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The Sexiest Irons Ever? New Cobra F-Max One Length, Odyssey Red Putters

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In this week’s Tech Tuesday, we look at the new Mizuno MP-18 Irons, the Cobra F-Max range and Odyssey bringing out red putters… just like TaylorMade, almost.

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  1. Brian

    Aug 4, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Except for the part where he clearly stated he saw them at Mizuno’s tour truck at The Open.

  2. Bob Jacobs

    Aug 3, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    If you ever even think of buying Mizunos, do yourself a favor and try a set of Epons. I had my heart set on Mizunos based on all the “sexiness”, but they actually felt like I was hitting rocks after trying out the Epons.

    • ooffaa

      Aug 5, 2017 at 12:02 am

      “The Sexiest Irons Ever?”
      I strenuously object to comparing irons to sexism. Golf clubs don’t have a gender and are used equally by men and women. I really really hate all the sexism that pollutes this forum. I really do. It really turns me off.

      • Ude

        Aug 6, 2017 at 8:30 pm

        ooffa sleeps with her driver

      • John

        Aug 18, 2017 at 12:46 pm

        I hate to be pedantic but the irons aren’t being compared to ‘sexism’ but sexuality itself… desirability, more accurately. Your comment also assumes that only the female gender could ever be considered sexy. I know a few women who would argue that point as soon as you mention George Clooney.

      • Joe J

        Oct 13, 2017 at 5:11 pm

        Who cares what you think.

  3. allan

    Aug 3, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    i got a set of miz and i put stiff black graphite shafts into them. seeeexy.

  4. The Dude

    Aug 3, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    o.k…..good job

  5. Zac

    Aug 3, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Taylormade R9 B stamps

  6. Barry

    Aug 3, 2017 at 11:33 am

    MP-33 probably the best looking iron ever

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The Gear Dive: Discussing the drivers of 2020 with Bryan LaRoche

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The Wedge Guy: The 5 indisputable rules of bunker play

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I received a particularly interesting question this week from Art S., who said he has read all the tips about how to hit different sand shots, from different sand conditions, but it would be helpful to know why. Specifically, here’s what Art had to say:

“I recently found myself in a few sand traps in multiple lies and multiple degrees of wetness. I tried remembering all of the “rules” of how to stand, how much to open my club, how much weight to shift forward or back, etc. based on the Golf Channel but was hoping that you might be able to do a blog on the ‘why’ of sand play so that we can understand it rather than memorizing what to do. Is there any way you can discuss what the club is doing and why you open the club, open your stance, what you’re aiming for when you open up, and any other tips?”

Well, Art, you asked a very good question, so let’s try to cover the basics of sand play–the “geometry and physics” at work in the bunkers–and see if we can make all of this more clear for you.

First of all, I think bunkers are among the toughest of places to find your ball. We see the tour players hit these spectacular bunker shots every week, but realize that they are playing courses where the bunkers are maintained to PGA Tour standards, so they are pretty much the same every hole and every week. This helps the players to produce the “product” the tour is trying to deliver–excitement. Of course, those guys also practice bunker play every day.

All of us, on the other hand, play courses where the bunkers are different from one another. This one is a little firmer, that one a little softer. So, let me see if I can shed a little light on the “whys and wherefores” of bunker play.

The sand wedge has a sole with a downward/backward angle built into it – we call that bounce. It’s sole (no pun intended) function is to provide a measure of “rejection” force or lift when the club makes contact with the sand. The more bounce that is built into the sole of the wedge, the more this rejection force is applied. And when we open the face of the wedge, we increase the effective bounce so that this force is increased as well.

The most basic thing you have to assess when you step into a bunker is the firmness of the sand. It stands to reason that the firmer the texture, the more it will reject the digging effect of the wedge. That “rejection quotient” also determines the most desirable swing path for the shot at hand. Firmer sand will reject the club more, so you can hit the shot with a slightly more descending clubhead path. Conversely, softer or fluffier sand will provide less rejection force, so you need to hit the shot with a shallower clubhead path so that you don’t dig a trench.

So, with these basic principles at work, it makes sense to remember these “Five Indisputable Rules of Bunker Play”

  1. Firmer sand will provide more rejection force – open the club less and play the ball back a little to steepen the bottom of the clubhead path.
  2. Softer sand will provide less rejection force – open the club more and play the ball slighter further forward in your stance to create a flatter clubhead path through the impact zone.
  3. The ball will come out on a path roughly halfway between the alignment of your body and the direction the face is pointing – the more you open the face, the further left your body should be aligned.
  4. On downslope or upslope lies, try to set your body at right angles to the lie, so that your swing path can be as close to parallel with the ground as possible, so this geometry can still work. Remember that downhill slopes reduce the loft of the club and uphill slopes increase the loft.
  5. Most recreational golfers are going to hit better shots from the rough than the bunkers, so play away from them when possible (unless bunker play is your strength).

So, there you go, Art. I hope this gives you the basics you were seeking.

As always, I invite all of you to send in your questions to be considered for a future article. It can be about anything related to golf equipment or playing the game–just send it in. You can’t win if you don’t ask!

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Golf’s Perfect Imperfections: Task to target

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In this week’s episode: How having a target will improve your direction and contact you have with the ball.

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