Sunday, May 17, 2015

What's In The Winner's Golf Bag: Rory Mcilroy at The 2015 Wells Fargo Championship - Great Golf Blog

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, May 17 (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy won for the second time in three weeks and shattered the tournament record when he clinched a seven-stroke victory at the $7.1 million Wells Fargo Championship on Sunday.

McIlroy started the final round with a four-shot lead, and was never seriously challenged as he compiled a steady three-under-par 69 at Quail Hollow, where he notched his first PGA Tour victory five years ago.

The Northern Irishman finished at 21-under 267, a tournament record low score by five strokes, while Americans Webb Simpson (72) and Patrick Rodgers (68) tied for second on 14-under.

McIlroy's margin of victory was only one shy of his record eight-shot wins at two major championships, the 2011 U.S. Open and 2012 PGA Championship.

What's In Rory's Bag?

Driver: Nike Vapor Pro (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+ 70X

3 Wood: Nike Vapor Speed (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 (X-Flex)

5 Wood: Nike Vapor Speed (19 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 (X-Flex)

Irons: Nike VR Pro Blades (4-9)
Shafts: Royal Precision Project X 7.0

Wedges: Nike VR Forged (46, 52, 56 degrees) Nike Engage Dual Sole (59 degrees)
Shafts: Royal Precision Project X 6.5

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Top Golf Gift Ideas Father's Day 2015 - Great Golf Deals Blog

Father's Day may still be over a month away but it is never to early to start thinking about what to get good 'ol dad this year. If your dad is a golfers then you're in luck because our crack staff of golfing dads has put together an early list of golf related gifts that are sure to make your dad especially happy on his special day. 

The following list should help take the stress out of buying that perfect golf gift for dad.

Golf Buddy BB5 LED GPS Band

No longer does a wearable GPS device have to be big and bulky and sit uncomfortably on your wrist.  Golf Buddy has designed the first ever golf GPS band with an L.E.D. readout.

The unique and fashionable band displays distance to front, middle and back of green on the L.E.D. screen.  It comes pre-loaded with over 37,000 golf courses and it will auto-recognize the course that you go to and automatically bring up the first hole data.

The band is available in 6 different colors so dad can fashionably match his attire.  It can also be used daily as a standard watch. ($229.99)

 Clicgear 3.5+ Push Cart

Get all the benefits of walking the course without throwing out your back with this ultra-light, full featured push cart. The Clicgear cart has been wooing over golf fans since its introduction in 2007. 

What's great about this cart is that it is light, it's very easy to push, it comes in a wide-range of colors and fold down to a small, manageable size for easy storing in your trunk.

 Golf was originally designed to be a walking sport where you can enjoy the game of golf while walking 5 miles burning calories and staying fit. dad can now do it in style with the Clicgear 3.5+ cart.  ($184.99)


Garmin Approach S5 Golf GPS Watch

No more need to remember to bring your GPS or Rangefinder with you because all the yardage information will be on your wrist.

GPS based golf distance devices have become wildly popular, and in addition to providing yardage, they offer hole by hole maps of the courses. 

The Approach S5 is newest the top of the line golf watch from leading GPS manufacturer Garmin. It comes pre-loaded with map data for more than 38,000 golf courses across the globe and uses course recognition so it knows where you are playing as soon as you arrive. 

Unlike many other golf GPS devices, there is nothing you have to download or do in advance, and no subscription fee. As additional courses are added or revised, updates are delivered free for the life of the watch, via computer or smartphone app. It has a crystal clear full-color display and shows a CourseView map with hole-by-hole details including doglegs, sand traps, water hazards, and green shapes. It displays distances to front, middle and back of green, and manual pin positioning lets you drag and drop the pin on screen to its actual day location – the S5 adjusts precise distances accordingly. 

You can also drag and drop the onscreen crosshairs to find precise lay up or carry distances to any hazard or part of the hole. The Measure Shot feature will even tell Dad how far his drive went. The touchscreen face is high-resolution and golf glove-friendly, the watch is weatherproof and rated to 50 meters underwater, and it has a 10 hour battery charge life, good for even a 36-hole day. 

Tournament legal under PGA rules, it can also be used to keep score, even in Stableford events. The S5 can display emails, texts and other alerts from your iPhone, iPad or Android device on the screen. An odometer tells you how far you walked, and you can track number of putts, fairways hit and greens in regulation, then download your rounds and track improvements. .  ($329.99 Plus Limited-time $50 Mail-in Rebate)

 Knitted Pom Headcovers

What is the one thing that makes your set of golf clubs stand out from everyone else? Is is that you have the latest and newest clubs? Maybe, but what really sets your clubs apart from someones else is your golf club headcovers. 

You walk over to the sets of golf clubs over by the starter box and you look at the headcovers to decipher which clubs are yours. Whether you have a big Tiger or customized headcover, you know exactly which set of clubs are yours.
Pom Pom headcovers were all the rage back in the 70's when Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson were dominating the PGA Tour.  Back then, the OEM headcovers were not the greatest so a lot of players swapped them out for custom headcovers.

Today, OEM headcovers are a lot more stylish and OEM's put a lot of work into styling their matching headcovers.  But there is something just a little too sterile about the new headcovers.  Maybe its the man-made synthetic material they use or the styling or just the way they fit.  Maybe it's that everyone else with the same driver has the same cover and I like variety.  In any case, this is a way dad add a little customization and style to his bag without spending a lot of money.  ($23.99 Driver,  $21.99 Fairway & Hybrids)

ARCCOS GPS Stat Tracking System

You've probably heard of the fitness trackers that seem to be all the rage right now.  Think of the ARCCOS Stat Tracking system as a fitness tracker for your golf game.  You currently need an iPhone 4s or above for this system.  You simply download the app to you phone, attach the 14 sensors to the end of club then pair your phone with Arccos using bluetooth.

Next, all you need to do is go out and play a round.  The app will record all the data you will ever need about your game.  Want to know how far the hole is?  Arccos will tell you.  Want to know how far you just hit your driver, iron, wedge etc?  Arccos will show you.  Want to know how many greens, or fairways you hit in regulation? or how many putts you made per hole?  Arccos will show you. 

Basically every shot, every distance, every round, every moment is captured by Arccos and you can use that data in real-time or after your round to see what part of you game needs improvement.  If your dad is a techie he will love this gift!  ($279.99)

Adidas Adipower Boost Golf Shoes  

Whether your dad walks the course or rides a cart he will be happiest guy in his foursome with these shoes.  The adidas Adipower Boost shoes are by far the most comfortable golf shoes on the market today. 

The new boost technology is a more efficient cushioning design that provides a spring feeling underfoot as you walk.

This increased energy return should in turn help you feel fresher for longer in comparison to using heavier shoes with traditional soles.

To put the spring in your step, adidas takes thousands of TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) energy capsules and fuses them together using a high-pressure steam moulding process.

These capsules then store and release energy more efficiently than the traditional EVA foam adidas used to use, because they don’t harden and soften when temperatures fluctuate, and so retain their consistent spring-like feel. ($174.99)

 Bushnell Tour X Golf Rangefinder

If you're dad's game is good enough where he needs absolute accuracy in his yardage calculation then this is the rangefinder for him.  This is the new top-of-the-line rangefinder from Bushnell which has a top-of-the-line price but it's almost like you are getting two rangefinders for the price of one.

Previously, Bushnell released separate rangefinders; one that calculated distance with and one that calculated distance without slope.  The new Tour X with its Exchange Technology  gives the ability of the laser to be in slope mode or not depending on whether or not the golfer wants/needs to use one or the other. Slope mode calculates the distance when terrain factors in such as hitting uphill or downhill and it works extremely well. Take off one cap from the front and put on the other that comes with the unit to make it completely USGA legal for tournament play.

Other features include dual display technology which optimizes visibility based on light conditions. PinSeeker with JOLT pairs with 2nd generation E.S.P. to equip Bushnell Tour X Rangefinders with fast and accurate yardage output.  ($469.99)

Happy Father's Day to All!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

What's In The Winner's Golf Bag: Rickie Fowler at The 2015 Players Championship - Great Golf Blog

After being selected as the most overrated player on the PGA Tour by an anonymous poll of his peers, Rickie Fowler uses that as motivation to win his biggest tournament of his career.

Fowler prevailed at the fourth play-off hole – and first of a sudden death variety – after tying with Sergio GarcĂ­a and Kevin Kisner at the end of regulation play. With only Kisner remaining, Fowler sent his tee shot at the signature 17th hole at Sawgrass to four feet. With the subsequent tap-in Fowler finally endorsed his talent.

What's in Rickie's Winning Bag:

Driver: Cobra Fly Z+ (10 Degrees, Orange)
Shaft: Matrix Prototype

3 Wood: Cobra Fly Z+ (14 Degrees, Orange)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Blue 70X

5 Wood: Cobra Bio Cell+ (18.5, Orange)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Blue 70X

Irons: Cobra Fly-Z Pro (4-9)
Shafts: KBS C-Taper 125 S+
Wedges: Cobra Tour Trusty (47-08, 51-08, 57-08, 62-08)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1X 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

What's In The Winner's Golf Bag: Rory Mcilroy at The 2015 WGC Matchplay - Great Golf Blog

Rory McIlroy may have missed out on ringside seats for the big fight in Las Vegas, but the world number one made amends by giving himself an early birthday present with victory in the WGC-Cadillac Match Play in San Francisco.

McIlroy, who turns 26 on Monday, defeated Gary Woodland 4&2 in the final at Harding Park, his third win of the day after completing victory over Paul Casey in the quarter-finals and producing a brilliant finish to get the better of Jim Furyk in the last four.

The four-time major winner made a scrappy start to the final before a hat-trick of birdies from the fifth took him four up at the turn and seemingly certain to win his second World Golf Championship title after victory in the Bridgestone Invitational last year.

What's In Rory's Bag?

Driver: Nike Vapor Pro (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+ 70X

3 Wood: Nike Vapor Speed (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 (X-Flex)

5 Wood: Nike Vapor Speed (19 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 (X-Flex)

Irons: Nike VR Pro Blades (4-9)
Shafts: Royal Precision Project X 7.0

Wedges: Nike VR Forged (46, 52, 56 degrees) Nike Engage Dual Sole (59 degrees)
Shafts: Royal Precision Project X 6.5

Sunday, April 26, 2015

What's In The Winner's Golf Bag: Justin Rose at The 2015 Zurich Classic - Great Golf Blog

AVONDALE, La. — Whatever derailed Justin Rose's game appears long gone now. Sensing he needed to birdie the final two holes to keep the lead, Rose pulled it off with aggressive swings and clutch putts for a one-stroke victory over Cameron Tringale on Sunday in the Zurich Classic.

"Earlier this year it looked impossible to win," Rose said, referring to his three missed cuts and failure to finish better than 37th in his first five starts of 2015. "I'm very happy to have turned my game around." Rose completed a 7-under 65 in the rain-delayed third round Sunday morning and closed with a 66 at TPC Louisiana for his seventh PGA Tour title. 

He finished at 22-under 266, a record total on the course southwest of New Orleans that has hosted the city's PGA Tour stop 10 times since 2005.

What's In Justin's Bag?

Driver: TaylorMade R15 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage XTS 70X
Length: 45.5 inches (tipped 0.5 inches)
3 Wood: TaylorMade AeroBurner TP (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik 8M3 Black Tie
Length: 43.5 inches
5 Wood: TaylorMade R15 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozix 8M4
Length: 43 inches
Irons: TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB (4-PW)
Shaft: KBS Tour C-Taper 130X (soft-stepped)
Wedges: TaylorMade Tour Preferred EF ATV (52, 56 degrees) TaylorMade Tour Preferred EF (60-10)
Shafts: KBS Tour C-Taper 130X (soft-stepped)
Putter: TaylorMade White Smoke DA-62 Milled Prototype

Sunday, April 19, 2015

What's In The Winner's Golf Bag: Jim Furyk at The 2015 RBC Heritage - Great Golf Blog

Five years of frustration were lifted today as Jim Furyk claims his first victory on the PGA Tour since 2010.

Furyk won the 2003 U.S. Open and entered this tournament ranked 10th in the world, but he has struggled to close out events. He was 0-of-9 when leading tournaments after three rounds since winning the TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola. He is 44 and always believed he'd win again.

"But I was starting to feel like this game is beating me up, and the losing hurts a lot more than winning feels good," he said. "I think I just forget how good" it feels to win.

What's In Jim's Bag?

Driver: Callaway Big Bertha (9 degrees)
Shaft: Oban Isawa Red
Length: 44.375 (tipped at 1.25 inches)

3 Wood: RAZR Fit Xtreme (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder VC 8.1X

Hybrid: Callaway X2 Hot Pro (20 degrees)
Shaft: UST Mamiya ProForce VTS 105 Hybrid (S-Flex)
Length: 39.875 inches

Irons: Callaway RAZR X Forged (4-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour 110 R-Flex (Hard Stepped once)

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 2 Tour Grind (52-10C), Titleist Vokey SM4 (56 degres), Callaway Mack Daddy 2 (64-08C)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey Versa #1W (WBW)

Golf Ball: Callaway SR3

Sunday, April 12, 2015

What's In The Winner's Golf Bag: Jordan Spieth at The 2015 Masters Tournament - Great Golf Blog

He might not yet be the next Tiger Woods, but Jordan Spieth served notice to the golfing world with a record-breaking first major victory at the Masters on Sunday.

The 21-year-old became the second-youngest player to win at Augusta, behind only Woods' 1997 effort, and just the fifth man to lead the prestigious tournament from start to finish.
The American went into Sunday's final round with a four-shot lead, extended that by one after his opening nine holes, and at the next beat Phil Mickelson's Masters record of 26 birdies for the week.
Unlike last year, where he squandered the lead just before the nine-hole turn on the last day, this time he was unstoppable.

What's In Jordan's Bag?

Driver: Titleist 915D2 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue 60TX

3 Wood: Titleist 915F (15 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 7X

Hybrid: Titleist 915H.d (20.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 95X

Irons: Titleist 714 AP2 (4-9)
Shafts: True Temper Project X 6.0

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM5 (46-08, 52-08, 56-10, 60-04)
Shafts: True Temper Project X 6.0

Putter: Scotty Cameron 009 Prototype
Grip: SuperStroke Flatso Ultra (Black/White)

Ball: Titleist Pro V1X