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GOLFBUSTERS: THE INFOMERCIAL WEDGE TEST

DO INFOMERCIAL WEDGES ACTUALLY WORK?

Almost all golfers have seen an infomercial ad for a wedge. Most think they're a joke or a gadget only for the fools in the world that think they can buy a game. But are the joke? Is it possible they actually work? The Ray Cook Alien Shot Saver grossed over $200,000,000 in sales over a three year period.  That's pretty amazing to think about when there's never been a comprehensive test done to find out if they actually help golfers.

That's where MyGolfSpy's GolfBusters comes in. We think all "AS SEEN ON TV" and Golf Infomercial products should be put to the test to see if they stack up to all their wild claims. So, we tested the three most popular (and recent) infomercial type wedges that were created for golfers with high handicaps and struggling short games. If these wedges really do perform, it could be the difference between you saving par and making a triple bogey...

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HOW WE TESTED

Like most infomercial products, the target demographic for the product is mid to high handicappers. With that, we tailored our test group to accurately reflect the target market.

  • Four total wedges were tested: a C3i Wedge, a Cleveland SmartSole 3, a Callaway SureOut, and a traditional sand wedge from a market leader.
  • The same clubs were used in each session for every tester.
  • 8 golfers with handicaps ranging from 10-20 and driver swing speeds between 70 and 90 mph participated in this test.
  • Each tester hit 12-14 shots for each club from the group (frequently rotating between clubs).
  • All shots were recorded regardless if the ball finished on the green.
  • All testers hit Bridgestone B330-RX Golf Balls.
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OBSERVATIONS

  • The C3i and Cleveland SmartSole produced the tightest average proximity to the hole.
  • The C3i also left the fewest shots in the bunker (6) AND the least number of shots short of the green (9).
  • The traditional wedge and Callaway SureOut left an identical number of shots in the bunker (12).
  • While the average proximity numbers don't show the C3i to be extremely impactful - 5 out of the 8 testers produced better results with the C3i  than any other wedge.
  • Not a single tester performed best with the traditional wedge; in fact, 5 of the 8 testers produced the worst results with the traditional wedge.
  • Subjective feedback from the test group showed the C3i was the preferred wedge among all clubs tested.  Testers noted the C3i felt heavier and were "allowed to let the club do more of the work."
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FINAL THOUGHTS

So, do these non-conventional wedges really perform? Our data suggests that they do for the average golfer. While these wedges may not be your golf game "savior," they can certainly help you get the ball out of the sand on your first try.

There are a few important things to note when deciding on one of these wedges:

  • If you have a "bunker swing" that you've practiced, tried and tested - we should probably stick to a conventional wedge. Due to the unusually large amount of bounce on the sole, opening up one of these wedges and taking a normal bunker swing can cause the club to just bounce off the sand, leaving you to blade it across the green or scoop the ball completely.
  • If you have a struggling bunker game but still know the basics (we call these golfers "in-betweeners") the Cleveland SmartSole is a great option.  The bounce and loft aren't as aggressive, which allows the club to dig just a bit.
  • For the weekend golfer, the high handicapper, the guy who just can't get the damn ball out of the sand - the C3i Wedge is for you. You don't have to change your stance, your aim or the way you swing the club; just step up and hit it out and closer.

You might just want to give one of these a try.

BY MYGOLFSPY

 

On this day, In 1970 Doug Sanders gets a win of sweet redemption at the Bahamas Island Open Classic

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After heartbreak at St. Andrews, Doug Sanders finally got redemption in the Bahamas

The 1970 British Open and the 1970 Bahamas Island Classic…Two different climates, two different results.  The 1970 Open Championship will always be synonymous with Doug Sanders name.  After a heartbreaking loss in any regard, its near impossible to bounce back from defeat.  Defeated indeed was Sanders at the 1970 Open Championship missing a 3 foot putt for the win.  Although maybe he beat himself, its never unnerving having Jack Nicklaus charging at your back.  He says this quote when asked about the putt,”(Walter)Hagen said that no-one remembers who finished second. But they still ask me if I ever think about that putt I missed to win the 1970 Open at St. Andrews. I tell them that some times it doesn’t cross my mind for a full five minutes.” (see missed putt below)

5 New Metalwoods That Offer Forgiveness

These metalwoods can fix your flaws

You might think that all metalwoods are designed to do the same thing: launch it high with low spin. In a way they are, but they go about it in different ways. The newest metalwoods target certain types of swings: (1) big hitters who need shots to launch with less spin; (2) slower swingers who need more clubhead speed; and (3) hitters who need a straighter ball flight. Whether it’s less weight or redistributed internal mass, most new metalwoods are player-specific. So start your search knowing your weaknesses, and make a purchase based on how a new club can correct what’s wrong. Here are five fixes worth considering.

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TOUR EDGE EXOTICS CBX
Better players looking for a low-spin fairway wood might benefit from this construction. It includes a titanium face fused to a high-strength steel body. A lightweight carbon-composite piece in the rear of the sole allows more weight to be placed forward.

CALLAWAY GBB EPIC STAR
This ultralight driver is designed for golfers with slower swing speeds and features the same distance technology found in the standard Epic—including two rods that join the crown and sole to help the face flex across a larger area.

COBRA F-MAX
This fairway wood provides full service for the flaws of average golfers. Helpful features include a lighter swingweight, anti-slice bias, higher lofts and larger, more comfortable grips. A thin, high-strength steel face insert gives distance a boost.

TITLEIST 818 H1
The H2 is preferred by tour players, but the H1 here offers something for the rest of us. The latest version is more stable on off-center hits and is designed for golfers who hit their hybrids with more of a sweeping motion than a downward strike.

PING G400 SF TEC
We don’t just hit slices with our drivers, so the G400 line has a heel-weighted fairway-wood option. A high-strength steel face provides extra flexing for more distance, and the slightly larger head size offers forgiveness on mis-hits.

By 

Mike Stachura

On this day, In 1993 Nick Price wins the “Million Dollar Golf Challenge”

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Price won the Million Dollar Challenge while breaking the course record…

Zimbabwe’s Nick Price posted a 24-under-par total of 264 to win the Million Dollar Golf Challenge by a amazing 12 strokes at Sun City on Sunday December 5, 1993.  Price shot rounds of 67, 66, 66 and a course record-equalling 65 as he won the 1 million first prize for the first time.  His four-round total was a remarkable eight shots better than the record set by Germany’s Bernard Langer in 1991 when the German also set the course record of 65.

From disqualification to becoming the champion

The victory resonated on a whole different level with Price, who just a year earlier was DQ’d after he fails to sign his scorecard in protest.  The reason being as during the third round, Price’s caddie moved an advertisement which resulted in a two stroke penalty.  Second place went to fellow-Zimbabwean Mark McNulty, who finished on 276, 12 under par, after closing with a five-under-par 67. Langer claimed third place with a final round of 68 for a total of 279 while South Africa’s Fulton Allem returned the second best score of the day with a 66 to finish fourth on 280.

Price was 17 under and 10 shots clear at the end of the third round and began the final 18 holes in spectacular style with an eagle two at the first, holing his 125 yard approach.  Out in just 32, with birdies at five and seven, he then birdied three of the next four holes to go to 24-under for the tournament.  Price bogeyed the 16th, but a well-timed birdie three at the last in front of packed stands enabled him to finish in style.  Price has now won over 2.7 million US dollars for the year and only Australian Greg Norman has a slight chance of overtaking him at the Johnny Walker Classic later in December.