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Friday, March 11, 2005

Big Break III: Crotch Shots Only

Sarah is eliminated after scoring a 7 on a par 3 over water that was about 175 yards.

This was an interesting episode for a few reasons.

1. First I believe this episode showed the weaknesses of these players. As a male golfer I was very surprised that on some drives they couldn't even hit their drives 220 yards. Their driving accuracy wasn't much better.

2. I did think their flop shots were fairly good. They all hit many shots very close but the green looked really soft.

3. Their chipping in this episode was terrible. Perhaps it was nerves.

4. The crotch shots in the driving competition were an OBVIOUS ploy to get more viewers. How many times did they practically zoom in on pelvic regions of the women wearing short skirts? Don't get me wrong, as a red blooded male I'm all for it...

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Bridgestone sues Titleist

Bridgestone is suing Titleist over supposed patent infringements. They've apparently been "discussing" said infringements for "months" with no settlement. Bridgestone claims Titleist (Acushnet) balls including Titleist® Pro V1™, the Titleist® Pro V1x™, the Titleist® NXT™, Titleist® NXT Tour, the Titleist® DT SoLo, and the Pinnacle® Exception™ golf balls are all in violation.

I wonder if it is just a coincidence that about 1 week before this news becomes public, Titleist announces completely "New" versions of their golf balls. Did they change the manufacturing process or some technology in the "new" version to avoid further claims from Bridgestone?

My pals over at The Sand Trap cover this in a little more detail.

Jason (you know who you are): You guys must be sitting back in your chairs laughing...

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Maxfli BlackMax Prototype Test 2

Round 2 of my on the course testing of the new Maxfli BlackMax took place last Sunday at my first 18 hole tournament of the year, a men's club event.

Unfortunately on the first hole I screwed up badly and bladed my approach shot over the green right into a fence that marked the OB line. The ball hit the fence and bounced back in bounds. (Note after blading a lob wedge into a chain link fence the ball had NO marks or scuffs). I had more troubles on the hole and ended up with a triple bogey. Next hole was a par 5 that I reached in two and two putted for birdie. To make a long story short, after the triple on the first hole I ended with 73.

I played the same ball that I played my first 18 hole test with. At the end of the 36th hole, the BlackMax literally looked shiny and brand new. THIS BALL IS VERY DURABLE!

Once again my iron game was good and the ball responded and felt awesome. Off the putter the ball feels great to me. It does not feel "hard." The parts of my game that were bad were chipping and driving. Unfortunately the jury is still out with me on driving distance and workability because for the 2nd round in a row my driving was terrible. Usually my driving is solid.

I had a couple of possible OB and "tree incidents" with my little BlackMax and once again it refused to get lost. So for some funny reason I can't lose this ball! I say again, if they can patent that feature they'd have the best selling ball in history!

Monday, March 07, 2005

Tiger's charitable contribution

As my new found friend Insta Marv reports, Tiger has given the Ford GT he won at Doral to his caddie Steve Williams.

Anyone find it ironic that Tiger won the Ford GT and Phil is the big Ford endorser?

Sunday, March 06, 2005

He's Back! Tiger is #1 again

Tiger pumps his fist one last time as he makes par on 18 to close out Phil Mickelson at Doral. With this victory Tiger regains the #1 position in golf.

The battle today was everything I'd hoped for. Tiger gained on Phil and then overtook him by two with an eagle. Phil came right back and birdied the next two holes to tie. Tiger then made a clutch putt at 17 to go up by one. It was just like two boxers exchanging punches.

Phil had a chance to sink a chip to force a playoff. Look how close his ball was to going in the hole below:

This is the kind of golf I'd love to see on a weekly basis.