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Groundbreaking Golf Gear Of The Season

While the PGA Tour winds down this season and heads into the playoff events of the FedEx Cup here are some fun facts about this year’s season: (and it was a strange one at that) only the 2nd time all 4 winners of the majors were 1st time major winners. To boot it was Keegan Bradleys first attempt at any major when he won the PGA Championship also the first to win a major using the controversial long putter. Taking over was the domination of the rookies on Tour; there were 8 rookie winners on the PGA Tour this season the most ever since 1970 and 12 first time winners. Not only was the majors won by four different 1st time winners it was played with 4 different drivers, The Cleveland Launcher Ultralite TL310 (Keegan Bradley PGA Championship, TaylorMade R11 (Darren Clarke, The Open), Titleist 910D2 (Rory McIlroy, U.S. Open), and Nike VR Tour (Charl Schwartzel, Masters).

What this golf season will probably be most memorable for the world of golf clubs is TaylorMade’s white-headed driver, the R11. TaylorMade recently shipped their One Millionth White Metalwood. They even tracked the design, manufacturing, shipping and delivery of the club all on their Facebook and Twitter pages. TaylorMade even dressed up one of their top Tour professionals, Dustin Johnson in a FedEx uniform to deliver the one millionth white metalwood. What’s all the buzz with this club? While is does have a distinctive look it’s not just the all white non-glare club head that makes this driver special. The adjustability capabilities of the R11 were unprecedented before it’s release. With the ability to adjust not only the sole plate but also the moveable weights and adjustable hosel for a total of 48 possible settings.

The second biggest story was easily the rise of the long putters on Tour. While the long putter has been around for almost 30 years this is the first year it has ever been used to win a major. Not only did it help Keegan Bradley win the PGA Championship it was the putter of choice for PGA Tour winners for a consecutive 3 weeks. While the R11 dominated the driver market the Cleveland Mashie stirred up quiet the buzz on the hybrid market.

Cleveland golf made 2010 the year of the wedge and in 2011 they went a little retro. Bringing back the Cleveland Mashie hybrid they kept its retro-chic look but updated the technology used to drive the club. They finished the Mashie off with a RetroRaw finish giving it a rugged look but added Gliderail technology to make it a top performer in the market. Players and consumers were pleasantly surprised with the resurrection of the Mashie and the positive affects it leant to their game. It was most recently spotted in the winner’s bag of Keegan Bradley the 2011 PGA Championship winner.

While equipment usually focuses on golf clubs we also wanted to take a look at a groundbreaking golf glove maker that made headlines across the country. HIRZL golf gloves are top of line all weather golf gloves. We reviewed them here. While they do come with a higher price tag than a synthetic golf glove these authentic leather gloves are not only worth the money in quality but in performance as well. While the claim to have the ability to deliver 3x better grip in dry weather and 5x better grip in wet weather they truly are the all around best gloves for all weather.

Need to find the R11, Long Putter, Mashie, or HIRZl golf glove right now? We suggest taking a look at our favorite online golf retailer GolfClubs.com

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Golf’s Latest Putter Trend

First there was the domination of the white golf clubs now it seems to have taken a turn to the long putter. Dominating the Tour this August with consecutive wins by Adam Scott, Keegan Bradley and now Webb Simpson, the long putter seems to be a staple on the leaderboard. Even before their glory days of winning they were stirring up controversy. This is of course because with the extension of the club it allows the golfers to anchor the club on their body. While most purist golfers find this an abomination others just enjoy the feel and confidence this brings them. The belly putter is said to simplify the fundamentals of putting so those players who have inconsistencies and other issues will probably be the one’s making the switch to this latest fad.

The latest victim in the long putter takeover was this weekends victor at the Wyndham Championship, Webb Simpson. Simpson’s trusty putter is a PING Craz-E belly putter. While this may just having people talking about the new putter style there is no evidence that players are actively switching to the new putting style due to the August PGA Tour wins.

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Keegan Bradley’s Odyssey Long Putter: 2011 PGA Championship

As Keegan Bradley neared the end of the 2011 PGA Championship playoff with Jason Dufner, there were two facts that were becoming quiet clear 1) An American would finally win a major 2) The first player to use a long/belly putter would win a major championship on the PGA Tour.

Both of these facts came true as Bradley putted his Odyssey White Hot XG Sabertooth putter to victory. What makes Bradley’s putter different from most golfers on Tour (excluding Adam Scott and Robert Garrigus) is it’s length and how it’s used. Bradley’s putter is 46.75″ from the bottom of the club to the end of the grip, a standard putter is usually between 33 and 35 inches long. Using that extra length to anchor the club into his belly (thus the name “belly” putter) to stabilize the putter.

Of course Bradley’s win at a Major championship stirred up the debate whether or not belly/long putters should be allowed in professional tournaments. The idea of anchoring the grip of the club the belly is seen as an advantage by many. Nothing to get too worked up about though, according to Golf Digest this is not a very popular trend in the golf world with junior golfers.

Fun Facts From the Sandbox: This was the 10th PGA Tour win of the season for Odyssey putters. Odyssey had 40 putters in play this week which was 25.6% of the putters in play.

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Nike Method Putting Success

The only thing more talked about than Lucas Glover’s beard was his remarkable putting. Glover was ranked first in putter per greens in regulation and third in putter per round during the week. Currently, Glover leads the PGA Tour in strokes gained in putting. Golfers Equipment of course wanted to know what he was gaming to make all these stats. Thanks to his Nike Method 003 putter which helped him out a bit on those greens. He was also using the Nike VR Pro Combo blades for his short game as well.

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