Callaway Diablo HX Golf Ball Review

Callaway’s newest golf ball has all the best of Callaway technology. From their award winning series collection, the Diablo name rests on these golf balls. Constructed with Callaway’s own Hex aerodynamic technology that reduces drag and allows for better ball flight.

The Callaway HX Diablo Golf Ball is 2 piece construction golf ball geared towards a player who wants better performance from tee-to-green. What’s different from this ball than previous Callaway models? The core has a softer center which allows the ball to gain more distance and less spin off the driver and more when used with the shorter irons for better greenside control. The cover was designed as a performance-enhancing system to help player with their short game without comprising spin on drives.

After testing a set of these golf balls out we couldn’t help but conclude that we agree with Callaway. Drives off the tee were getting great distance without serious spin but on short game shots there was still a bit of spin to get the ball right where it needed to be. We would recommend this ball for the golfer who is looking for help with distance and accuracy mainly off the tee.

Titleist Pro V1 vs. Pro V1x

Titleist may have some of the most played golf balls on Tour but what does that mean for the average golfer that isn’t making their living playing golf? Yes, most players have or at one time played with a Titleist golf ball but what makes them so special? Well it all comes down to design, specifically the dimples. That’s what distinguishing the Pro V1 and Pro V1 not only from the competition but each other.

The Pro V1 has a total dimple count of 392 with 5 different types where as the Pro V1x has a total of 332 dimples with 7 different types. Because the Pro V1 golf ball has more dimples it gives it more opportunity to cup wind resistance to increase spin rate, just imagine more dimples more speed. They are both made out of the exact same material so the “feel” is essentially the same on each golf ball. How Titleist explains the difference between the two as the ProV1 has “long distance with consistent ball flight” and the ProV1x has “Low Spin and Increased Velocity for Long, Straight Distance.”

Callaway Tour i(S) Golf Ball Review

Part of their 2011 line up Callaway introduced the Callaway Tour i(S) golf ball along with the Tour iZ, Diablo HT. What sets the i(S) apart from other golf balls is the technology, Callaway uniquely designed this golf ball to perform better. A HEX dimple design to reduce drag. A dual core improves both distance and control. A urethane cover is what gives the ball that softer feel and better spin.

They had great response and spin. Overall we would rate these as a solid performer. Definitely a soft feel at impact but your still able to get that good distance off the tee. Works great around the greens doesn’t scuff up too much. Comes off the putter face quickly. It’s most similar to the ProV1 with a bit less spin off the driver and long irons but still very responsive around the greens.

TaylorMade Tour Ghost Spider Review

We already reviewed the TM Tour Ghost putter on our site but with the release of the TaylorMade Tour Ghost Spider we had to see what this combination putter was all about. A mix between the ’08 Monza Spider and the ’10 Corza Ghost. Resurrecting the spider line after 3 years TaylorMade made some necessary adjustments to their popular putter series. They knew they wanted to go white because of those white ghost putters, demonstrating that it were easier to aim with than black, chrome or metallic putters.

What we liked about the new TaylorMade Tour Ghost Spider Putter was the moveable weights and the alignment features. A little bit about the weights: there are two weights located in the back of the putter which allow players to make the head heavier or lighter depending on how you want to customize it. We really liked the Pure Roll Surlyn Insert, performed great on the green, good, smooth forward roll. Another fun feature of this putter is the option to have a single-bend shaft or with a straight shaft that goes straight to the center of the face.

This putter has already received a warm reception on Tour as well. Jason Day, the Australian golfer making huge plays at this years majors so far finishing T2 and 2nd on the leaderboard. Developed by a Tour staff professional (Dave Stockton) it certainly lives up to their standards. “We’ve never made a putter that combines this kind of forgiveness and ease of use. Putting is all about confidence, and the Ghost Spider promotes confidence, big time,” says Stockton.

A reasonable price for a Tour level this TaylorMade Putter can be found at GolfClubs.com

Sun Mountain Micro Cart Review

Sun Mountain is ready for 2012 with their new Micro Cart. Unlike the Cligear cart that we reviewed the Sun Mountain cart has 4 wheels. Which is better? Personally we didn’t see a huge difference between the two. The 4 wheeled cart you were able to feel a little bit more stable but the 3 wheels give you better versatility and movement around the course.

Lightweight which makes it great for transporting from the greens to the car. Once you make it to the car it’s just a few fold away from the car. In our experience it folded up so easily and small we never thought twice about it. Fit’s into a car trunk easily with enough room for your golf bags too. The cart handles great on the course and of course the foam wheels are a must have on golf carts today. What was nice about this cart is you don’t have to buy accessories like a drink holder as extra’s they are already included. Even though it says it’s designed to match their Sun Mountain MCB bag it will fit just about any cart bag easily.

The Sun Mountain Micro Cart is now available at GolfClubs.com

Limited Edition Callaway Golf Clubs 2011

While some golf clubs went all white this season Callaway took the opposite approach. With the launch of their limited edition golf clubs they went for a look of their own.

Why did Callaway go all black instead of all white? The black finish gives golfers the same non-glare that the white clubs do but with a more durable finish that won’t show dings and scratches.

First their driver went all black. Callaway produced 5,000 limited editions of their Diablo Octane Tour Driver donned in an all black finish. Expect it to perform just like their regular Diablo Octane Driver, made with Callaway’s innovative Forged Composite lightweight carbon material. The Tour model is of course for those skilled golfers out there. The difference between the Tour model and the regular driver is it’s slightly smaller head and a design specifically created to deliver increased workability with low, penetrating trajectories.

What makes this Limited Edition driver special? Aside from the obvious all black club head; the driver also comes with a black 45 ½ inch Project X 7C7 graphite shaft and a black and white Golf Pride new decade grip.

Callaway also revealed a redesign of one of their Odyssey putters. The Odyssey PT 10 is the all black special edition all black follow up to their PT 82, which was released last October. You may recognize the PT 10 putter because it is the same design that Ernie Els used to win the South African Open back in 2010. Expected to only release 2,000 to golf retail stores. This limited edition putter was milled from 1025 carbon steel with heel toe weighting and a classic blade style. This putter is also designed for Tour advanced players.

Callaway also announced that they will be turning their popular aid assisting putter into a black model as well. Odysseys White Ice D.A.R.T Tour Black putter still has all the technical advances but now with a dark nickel finish instead of the chrome. The darker finish is supposed to create that contrast and enhance your aim.

Online Golf Shopping: Tips List

We all understand the woes of online shopping that’s what blogs like try to do. Finding you the best equipment at the best prices from the best places with reviews of the equipment. We have helped you learn how to choose the right driver, wedge, putter, shoes, etc but what about when it comes down to actually purchasing the club? Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

  • Looks for a secure checkout
  • Search out customer reviews of both the product and the online store
  • Compare the prices
  • Authorized dealer of the equipment (golf manufactures sometimes take a while to update their lists online so take them with a grain of salt)
  • If the deal looks too good to be true it probably is- most prices of golf clubs are regulated by the manufacturers and can’t be sold under a certain amount if their advertising waaaay lower it’s probably a fake.
  • Check out the privacy policy (keep your data safe) and the return policy (one thing we like about GolfClubs.com is they have a 30 day playability guarantee)
  • Look for discount code online (they all have them floating around)
  • Best thing about shopping online you can always find the club in stock somewhere!
  • Good Luck

Most Cart Friendly Carry Bag

When you buy a carry golf bag you generally plan on actually carrying it around the course. Well that might not always be the case. That’s why Sun Mountain made a carry bag that was also friendly to strap onto the golf cart. The new version of their already popular Superlight 3.5 carry bag is the perfect solution to the carry/cart controversy.

The new design features that make it cart friendly are it’s 4-way divided top, 3 handholds (easy to lift out of the cart), and secure stand bag legs. The revamped new shape allows the bag to stand straight opposed to being positioned sideways. An added strap makes sure the bag doesn’t twist around so you have all access to those 7 pockets in the bag.

It’s the perfect hybrid golf bag for the walking golfer (we know your only doing it because you have to).

Hirzl Golf Glove Review

A golf glove can be worth a thousand words or shanks depending on how good the glove is. Thankfully a new player is in town. The popular Swiss glove maker Hirzl has finally made it’s way over the pond and here to the U.S. As discussed on The Hackers Paradise it’s been a good tester round.

Why are Hirzl golf gloves so much better than the standard glove?

Made with some unique material including Kangaroo leather on the palm and mesh/cabretta back on the Trust series of gloves. Hirzl unique GRIPPP technology delivers players what they say is 3x better grip in dry weather and 5x better grip in wet weather.

Sound too good to be true? Reviewed by the USGA these beauties conform to the rules of golf, so you can carry them in your bag to the next tournament you play in.

Only carried by a handful of stores in the U.S. including GolfClubs.com the Hirzl golf gloves are a but pricier than the average golf glove but if you have learned anything from this review is that these gloves are way above average.

Available in three different gloves: Trust Control Glove, Trust Feel Glove, Sofft flex glove

Taylormade Burner 2.0 TP Fairway Wood Review

Featuring that same Superfast technology as the TaylorMade Burner Superfast driver, which means it’s got a lighter longer shaft, lighter grip and a larger more forgiving clubhead. A light club leads to what they describe as game changing technology. With a lower and deeper center of gravity it gives players more power and a high launch angle for more carry distance. With their unique non-glare white clubhead and black face it’s the perfect visual alignment aid.

Our review is that they give a nice swing, really easy with a good tempo. The SuperFast Burner 2.0 TP Fairway Wood is a solid club, great weighting and the back swing feels effortless. It has a great look at address and it’s playing ability is definitely up to par with TaylorMade status. We would recommend this obviously to the more skilled or advanced players and we can assure you, you won’t be disappointed.