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Ben Hogan launches Equalizer wedges

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The Ben Hogan Equalizer is back.

Forged from a soft, 1025 carbon steel, Equalizer wedges feature a Progressive Center of Mass Weighting System, which means more mass higher and around the edge of the club head in the lower-lofted wedges, and incrementally lowering in the higher-lofted wedges.

Equalizer wedges feature a milled face and 0.20″ U-Shaped grooves precisely cut into the face at increments of 0.40″. The CNC-milled wedge faces create a texturized surface between the grooves for increased spin.

The company carries over its V-Sole Technology from the TK wedge series, improving upon the sole geometry with a softened leading edge and addition of more bounce. The leading edge of the Equalizer wedges is straighter than the TK series, which aids alignment and tightens dispersion.

Equalizer wedges are available now in even-numbered lofts from 48-62 degrees via BenHogangolf.com exclusively. Length, lie, shafts, and grip modifications are available at no extra charge. $100 per wedge.

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  1. Mike Singleton

    Mar 20, 2018 at 7:12 am

    This weighting theory is in direct opposition to Vokey & others of current offerings……Strange to think that hey would do a 180 degree
    difference in peripheral weighting of the wedges as it relates to lofts??????

    • Brian Kawakami

      Mar 21, 2018 at 3:32 pm

      Hey Mike, I think this has to do with the overall centre of gravity (COG) being higher then wedges like Vokey Design. To the best of my knowledge, Mr. Vokey lowered the overall centre of gravity in the SM6 and current SM7 wedges. As a result of the weight redistribution, Mr. Vokey had to reposition the weight higher in the more lofted wedges to manage the trajectory. Even in the lower lofted wedges Mr. Vokey raised the COG incrementally.

  2. guest

    Mar 19, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    The original Equalizer was just a re-naming of the pitching wedge. So now they are a whole wedge line? Is this because Terry Koehler is no longer there (TK)? The soles look blocky and the aesthetics look busy. Too bad. The TK wedges were great.

  3. Duncan Marc

    Mar 19, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Offer them Raw and I’m in!

  4. Joe

    Mar 19, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    They look sweet!!

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GolfWRX Spotlight: Motocaddy M7 Remote and M5 GPS DHC electric cart review

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I have been thinking about electric golf push carts, or trollies, ever since I started playing in my league seven years ago.

Motocaddy has been making high-quality electric, and non-electric, carts since 2004 and has a couple of great options for the golfer who loves to walk. Motocaddy was nice enough to get their M7 Remote and M5 GPS DHC in my hands to try out on the course for a few weeks.

I have had a lot of people stop me to ask about the carts, and the one thing I keep telling them is that these carts are just flat out fun to use on the course.

Motocaddy M7 Remote

The M7 Remote was very easy to get set up right out of the box. All you have to do is charge the battery, install the wheels, and you are pretty much ready to go. The M7 folds up pretty small, just a little larger than the 3-wheel pushcart that I had been using for years. Getting it to the course should be no problem with just about any trunk space. Now, the one downside to an electric cart is the weight when moving it around, and both carts come in at around 35 pounds each. Even with that extra weight, I didn’t have much trouble lifting them in and out of the back of a pickup.

The M7 unfolds quickly with the flick of two levers and extends the front wheels automatically. Once unfolded, you drop in the battery, plug it in, and secure your bag. If you own a Motocaddy bag, they have developed a really nice system called EasiLock that involves two metal studs that fit into the bottom of the cart. This system also includes a molded base that prevents the bag from rotating at all, even on the roughest terrain. You can still use the M7 with almost any other golf bag as it includes elastic straps that wrap around the top and bottom of the bag.

As soon as you plug in the battery the LCD screen comes to life and you are ready to go. You can use the M7 without the remote by using the dial on the handle to control the starting, stopping, and speed. But the M7 has a remote that is activated by a simple press of the power button to get going. The remote is very simple with just five buttons to control where the M7 goes.

Getting a feel for the M7 takes no time at all and by the time you drive it from your car to the 1st tee you will be in complete, and confident, control of the cart. You simply press the “+” button to start moving forward and the cart takes off gently without any rattling of your clubs, and you can press that same button again to increase the speed. The cart will go from a slow crawl, for bumpy or tight areas, too, as fast as I could run with just a few presses of the button. The big red “stop” button in the center stops the cart immediately, and when stopped it is locked in place, even on steep hills. You don’t have to worry about remembering to set the brakes or anything because it is done automatically.

Steering is just as easy: simply press the right or left button to turn the cart. Small, quick presses will just slightly adjust the cart as it moves down the fairway while a long hold of the button can make it turn on a dime to the right or left.

Almost everyone asked me how stable the cart was and if it would tip over. I can proudly say that it has stayed upright even on some unseen bumps at maximum speed. Side hills, ruts, and even curbs are handled with ease with the help of the small rear wheel.

I really enjoy strolling down the fairway with nothing but the M7’s remote in my hand — it just makes golfing more fun!

Motocaddy M5 GPS DHC

After using the M7 and its fancy remote, I was a little nervous that I wouldn’t like not having it. But to be honest the M5 was just as fun to use, but for a different reason.

As the name suggests, the M5 has a built-in GPS with 40,000 courses preloaded into it. The screen is a good size, pretty responsive to the touch, and easy to read in direct sunlight. Having the GPS directly on the cart is great, you drive up to your ball and immediately have yardage to the front, back, and center of the green as well as bunkers and hazards. You can easily toggle between screens on the GPS and it offers a couple of different views to help navigate the hole. The M5 can also keep score and let you know shot distances right on the screen. Motocaddy even includes nice little touches like a screen protecter kit to ensure durability.

Driving the M5 is just as easy as the M7 with using the dial on the handle. And speaking of the handle, the grips have a great tacky rubber that grips well even in hot and humid conditions. To start the M5 you just press the dial down and the cart will gently start down the fairway. You can turn the dial to increase or decrease the speed — I found between 5-6 to be the most comfortable for me. But the speed can go up to a very fast pace if you are looking to set a record for fastest round of the day.

As you walk down the fairway, or rough, stopping the cart is as simple as pressing he dial again. When stopped the M5 engages a parking brake automatically so you don’t have to worry about it running down a hill without your approval. The M5 has tons of power to go up just about any hill and the Down Hill Control (DHC) keeps the speed consistent even when going down a steep decent.

Since the M5 has so much power, and it is a little heavy, I thought steering would be a little bit of a challenge. It wasn’t, at all. Guiding the M5 took very little effort and slight adjustments going down the fairway were very easy. Really tight turns took a slight bit more effort as the torque can want to go forward a little more than turn. Again, once you get the M5 from the car to the first tee, you will be a master at driving it.

Overall, Motocaddy has created two great carts that provide additional enjoyment to walking your favorite 9 or 18. Having the ability to walk without carrying or pushing your bag, clubs, and whatever else goes with you. I like them so much that it is going to be hard to get the M7’s remote out of my hands when I go play!

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Mito Pereira WITB 2021 (September)

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  • Mito Pereira what’s in the bag accurate as of the Fortinet Championship.

Driver: Ping G425 Max (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7 X

3-wood: Ping G425 Max (14.5 degrees @15.5, small +)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7 X

Irons: Ping iBlade (3-9)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Ping Glide 3.0 (46), Ping Glide Forged Pro (52-10S, 56-10S), Titleist Vokey Design 2021 Proto (60-A)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Ping PLD Prototype
Shaft: Stability Tour
Grip: SuperStroke Flatso 1.0

Grips: Golf Pride MCC (Black/White)

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

More photos of Mito Pereira’s WITB in the forums.

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The most popular golf training aids on Amazon (September 2021)

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What are the most popular golf training aids on Amazon right now?

From time to time, we like to get out of our little bubble of OEM releases and what’s being played on tour to look at what golf consumers are buying on one of the largest online retail marketplaces: Amazon.

Here are the 10 best-selling golf training aids on Amazon as of September 2021.

1. PUTT-A-BOUT Par Three Golf Putting Green

The best-selling practice putting green on Amazon — and it’s 40 percent off!

From the listing: “High-quality putting surface stays smooth…Built-in sand trap cutouts catch missed shots…3 practice cup cutouts…Measures 3 by 9 feet…Non skid backing.”

Buy here.

2. GoSports Golf Practice Hitting Net

The second most popular training aid on Amazon is a basic net at a reasonable price. 

From the listing: “Solid design and build for practicing your swing. The net sets up easily and the 10′ x 7′ size net provides more than enough surface area to catch any swings and even mishits so you can practice freely and confidently.”

Buy here.

3. GoSports Golf Hitting Mat

If you’re in the market for a slab o’ sod…

From the listing: Commercial grade synthetic turf is designed to feel like real grass turf while providing for maximum longevity…Made using a robust 15mm layer of non-slip foam padding to simulate real turf and provide maximum stability on any surface, indoors or outdoors.

Buy here.

4. SKLZ Golf Grip Trainer

And easy tool to pop on your grip to feel a proper connection to the club. 

From the listing: “80% of all golfers grip the club improperly. The Grip Trainer attaches to any club and fits all hand sizes, to correct and instill muscle memory for proper hand positioning and grip. And small enough to easily fit in your bag, it’s perfect for pre-round or any range session.”

Buy here.

The most popular golf training aids on Amazon: No. 5-10

5. Golf Practice Net

If you’re taking the net plunge, this is a good price for the size. 

From the listing: “10 * 8 *7 FT (W*H*D) large hitting area provides you with enough space to continually practice and improve your accuracy and driving and chipping skills, helping you become a more confident golfer.”

Buy here.

6. Balight Golf Swing Trainer

Train your tempo, enhance your lag. 

From the listing: “Refine your swing technique and achieve a more powerful swing on the golf course, When you train Golf Swing Aid repetitively, golf clubs create a low-impact stretch to increase flexibility and range of motion. The exaggerated flex allows for a lag during your backswing to help find your swing tempo. Use this training golf club aid 10-20 times a day to improve your golf game.:

Buy here.

7. GoSports Chipster Golf Chipping Pop Up Practice Net

A three-part solution to your lack of chipping and pitching precision. 

From the listing: “Sharpen your chipping skills while having fun with the GoSports Chipster Range! This portable 3 piece system sets up for practice in seconds and can be used indoors with foam golf balls or outdoors with real golf balls.”

Buy here.

8. PERFECT PRACTICE Perfect Putting Mat

It’s good enough for Dustin Johnson!

From the listing: “Perfect Practice Putting mats are desgined with a unique Crystal Velvet material allowing the golf ball to roll identical to a perfect green. Also included is an alignment “train-track” training to ensure a straight-back straight-through putting stroke. Auto Return Feature – no need to hassle the ball returns automatically.”

Buy here.

9. theHANGER Golf Training Aid

Confirmation of club head position. 

From the listing: “Designed to easily attach to your irons. theHANGER comes with a club face reference head to ensure it’s set up correctly and give you visual feedback. You can now practice in your home, office, range, or on the course with confidence theHANGER puts you in the correct position.”

Buy here.

10. Abco Tech Indoor Golf Putting Green

More budget-friendly version of a popular putting mat style. 

From the listing: “Our golf mat gives you the life-like feel of grass for a realistic playing experience to ensure instinctual shots while you’re out on course.”

Buy here

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