A Trip Around The Golf World

Good evening everyone! Our friend Scott Kramer is back with new on the great Ping groove debate, a recycled golf ball and new clubs from Nike and Adams.

Image– In case you missed it, PING will waive its right to have pre-1990 Eye2 wedges kept legal for PGA Tour play, starting March 29. These are the wedges that have caused such controversy on Tour since the start of the year, as they were the only pre-existing clubs that were exceptions to the new groove rule.

– Nike Golf's new SQ MACHSPEED square-shaped fairway woods aim to deliver more clubhead and ball speed, while reducing drag throughout the swing.

– Dixon Golf introduced the Wind golf ball with a resilient eco-cover that maximizes durability and spin control. The ball uses all recyclable materials and performs well in my tests, at least…

– Vijay Singh's been playing a Never Compromise VooDoo Daddy Long putter this season, and claims it's helped him feel the best he's felt on the putting green for a long, long time. His putting has helped his putting statistics this year. Speaking of Singh, he's been trying Srixon's new Z-STARx Tour Yellow ball, but has yet to put it in play. Tim Clark and Jerod Turner both used it at The Honda Classic.

– Adams has come out with the large-headed Idea Black Super Hybrid featuring a maraging steel face, long shaft, and 85 grams of weighting on its tri-level sole; Puglielli Black wedges forged from 8620 carbon steel; Idea Black CB2 irons with dual perimeter weighting, four-way cambered sole and progressive offset; and the forged carbon steel Idea Pro Black CB1 irons with thin top line and constant offset.

– Among Heavy Putter's many new putters for 2010 is the LITE-WEIGHT Series Q2-L, a toe-droop blade with a plumber's neck hosel and a full shaft offset. Its total weight is 600 grams – which is roughly 100 grams more than standard putters from competing brands – and includes a 375-gram head.

– Tiger Shark Golf unveiled two new SuperStroke Slip-On Series jumbo putting grips, the Fatso Lite (1.67" in diameter, 85 grams) and the Slim (1.3" , 115 grams).

ImageVeteran golf equipment writer and former Golf Magazine senior editor Scott Kramer has published a new e-book, How To Buy The Right Golf Equipment. The easy-reading book helps the average golfer by simplifying the process of buying clubs, shafts, balls, bags and shoes — as well as buying equipment for other people, including your spouse and kids. For the complete book, visit for the Kindle version or for the instant pdf download.  

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