I have to admit that I haven’t tuned in to The Big Break on The Golf Channel in a few seasons. Besides the usual hot girls that are competing, there’s really no reason to bother tuning in. This season each team has a former NFL star on their side and from what I can tell, it hasn’t helped to spark all that much interest. That aside, on a recent episode the great Chi Chi Rodriguez showed up for the classic “glass breaking” challenge, and some hilarity ensues when the ball ricocheted off the glass frame, right back to Chi Chi hitting him square in his family jewels. What I find pretty amazing (besides that Chi Chi still looks great and is all around awesome) is that the 78 year old composes himself after walking it off a bit, and then steps back up and shatters the glass! Have a look…
I realize I’m a bit late to the game with a review for the RBZ Stage 2 Driver by Taylor Made, but better late than never right? I hadn’t updated the driver in my bag for a number of years and when I started to hear such great things about the Stage 2, I couldn’t put off replacing my old r7 any longer. My r7 had been good to me over the years (for the most part), but after demoing the RBZ Stage 2 I knew I’d be retiring the dated r7 in my bag.
I opted for the stock, off the shelf model, and while I know that there are a wide array of custom golf shafts available that will drastically increase it’s performance, I decided that can be a later enhancement that I make to the club.
The RBZ Stage 2 comes in two versions, the Standard version and the Tour Model. I went with the Standard with a 10.5 degree loft and cut the shaft down to 45″ (it comes stock at 46″).
When testing it out on the launch monitor, for the most part it lived up to it’s billing of adding somewhere around 10 extra yards off the tee. My old r7 was a 9.5 degree loft and opting to go the extra degree in the new club seemed to help launch the ball higher and overall get me some extra distance. Taylor Made reps state that most golfers are playing the wrong loft for their game, and they probably have a valid point. One of the first things I noticed on the Stage 2 was how hot the face was, and the balls jumping off the face of the club.
When hit well, the ball seems to just scream off the face. Alignment is made easier with the contrast of the white head and black face. Some seem to dislike the graphics on the head of the club, but they haven’t bothered me a bit. Lastly, I am most impressed with the forgiveness of the Stage 2. It doesn’t seem to take a perfect swing to get good results.
I’ve probably stated it before, but I’m without a doubt a “fair-weather golfer”. Don’t get me wrong, I love to play, but I’m not the type that needs to be out there in the down pouring rain, wind, and in some cases snow (I do live in New England afterall). But I know plenty of guys that don’t let the weather deter them in the least. My rule of them for when I know it’s time to hang up the sticks is when the temperature drops below 50 degrees. Which is almost right around that time when you have to transition from shorts to pants.
I always dreaded that point of the year, having to go with pants and abandon the shorts. Mostly because it signaled that the end of my golfing season was near. Years ago a golfers only choice was the reach in to the closet and grab a boring pair of khakis. It’s a much different world now in terms of choices with golf fashion.
In my mind, the manufacturer leading the way in the golf apparel business is Nike, who’s lineup shows a wide variety of styles and colors to choose from. It also doesn’t hurt when you have guys like Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and Nick Watney on your roster of starts donning the Swoosh. When shopping around, I’ve found that Nike golf pants from Function 18 carries a wide selection of various styles to choose from. Whether you like classic colors with a great fit, or want to show some more flair with either bright and bold colors, or even the tartan plaid, Function 18 has a great selection.
They also carry a wide range of golf shoes from Nike as well. No golfer can have too many pairs of golf shoes, am I right? And with the new “hybrid” type of shoe the most manufacturers are now coming out with, it just gives you more options to choose from.
Payne Stewart won 11 times on the PGA TOUR and was a 3-time major championship winner. He did it with flair, grace and won pretty much every fan over in the process. He was a gentleman who played the game right, but also had a great intensity about him that showed what kind of competitor he was. On Oct. 25, 1999, Stewart tragically died in a plane crash when the cabin lost pressure. All on board died of hypoxia — a condition in which the body or a region of the body is deprived of adequate oxygen supply.
I still remember when I heard the news from a co-worker. It seemed almost surreal. I didn’t believe him at first and thought it was some type of sick joke. I had just seen Stewart at the Ryder Cup in Brookline a few weeks earlier and watched on as he celebrated their improbable comeback along with his US teammates.
A lot of great golfing moments have happened since his passing at a way too young age of 42. But Payne helped to provide quite a lot of memories himself will live on in golf history.
Oct 9th, 2013 by Jeff Palopoli
I try to avoid golfing in the rain whenever possible and would rather not play at all than play golf in the rain. However, there are those times when Mother Nature has her own ideas, when even though the weather report called for sunshine and blue skies, a surprise down pouring shower comes out of nowhere and you’re not prepared for it on the course. Sure you have an umbrella and a couple extra towels, but if it’s a heavy rain those will do little to keep you from getting soaked completely through. This exact situation happened to me a few weeks ago, where I got caught in some unexpected down pours and just my large golf umbrella was not cutting it. My clothes were soaked and even everything inside of my golf bag was wet still soaking wet the next day.
I’ve always been a fair weather golfer and never felt the need to bother and invest in some good foul weather apparel to have in the bag…just in case. After my experience a couple weeks ago I’ve completely come around on that position. I’ve started to look around for some good, affordable choices of rain gear, in order to stock up for next season. In my search I came across a great range of golf waterproofs from Galvin Green. They are all made of GORE-TEX to keep you dry in those soaking rains and come in a great variety of colors to choose from as well. You can click here to shop at Function18 for them.
My golf season in the Northeast is unfortunately nearing it’s end, with the impending snow and cold winds coming soon. However, the lesson I learned from my time on the course a few weeks ago is to never be caught out on the course ill prepared. It can make a miserable experience that much worse… and wet.
Sep 30th, 2013 by Jeff Palopoli
The President’s Cup gets underway this week in Dublin, Ohio at the Muirfield Village Golf Club. Last week I posted what the US Team will be wearing during competition. The International team will be sporting the very classy looking Peter Millar line. Below is their scripting for all events/days. Also, be sure to check out the latest betting odds for the event.
The season long race for the FedEx Cup may have wrapped up this past weekend, with Henrik Stenson taking home $11.44 million, but in just one week from today the 2013 President’s Cup gets underway at Muirfield Village in Ohio. Each team just released their apparel scripting for the week, and team USA will be wearing Ashworth while the International squad will be in Peter Millar. Below is the scripting for the US Team.
Sep 19th, 2013 by Jeff Palopoli
Dustin Johnson hasn’t exactly been lighting up the FedEx Cup Playoff events, and ended up just barely making it in to the field of the final event at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, sneaking in at the last remaining spot (30th in standings). Despite a dismal T62 finish at the BMW Championship last week, where he failed to break par all week, those rounds seemed to be a distant memory for Johnson in the first round of the TOUR Championship today where he shot a 2 under par 68 (currently T6) and seemed to have all parts of his game working well.
Johnson, who ranks 3rd on TOUR in Driving Distance, must have been putting some whey protein in his breakfast shake today when he bombed his tee shot 355 yards on the 5th hole, a par 4 measuring 520 yards. For the day he averaged an amazing 312.5 yards off the tee. His card featured six birdies on the day, but those were offset by four bogeys.
“Hit a couple of poor iron shots, but other than that, I’m pretty pleased with the way I struck it,” he said. “I had a lot of opportunities to make birdie.”
For him to have any kind of shot at taking home the FedEx Cup he’s going to need a lot of things to happen, as moving from 30th to 1st in standings will require enough scenarios to give you an ice cream head-ache.
“I think by far it’s the best round I’ve ever had starting out here,” Johnson said. “I’m very pleased with it. Just try to do what I did today and tomorrow and see what happens.”
All the players are chasing the red hot Henrik Stenson who come out firing in the opening round with a front nine of 30, which included four birdies in a row. Stenson holds the first round lead with -6, and has Adam Scott hot on his heels at -5. Both players control their own destiny this week, as they are both within the top 5 in the standings. Win the TOUR Championship, and win the FedEx Cup. Simple enough huh?