Let’s Go To The Mailbag!

Hello everyone… hope you had a great weekend and you all had a chance to watch the golf. It was nice to see a someone outside of the “Big 4″ win a fairly major tournament. Only a few more weeks to go before the Masters! SirPuttsAlot is on a golfing trip this week so you’re stuck with me. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to keep up with the email but I think I’ll use today’s post to answer some of the ones we’ve got in the inbox.

What’s in Stephen Ames’ bag?

The 2006 Players Champion used a Nike SasQuatch Tour driver, Nike Pro Combo irons, a Nike SasQuatch fairway wood, Nike forged wedges and a Nike One Platinum golf ball. Ames also wore a Nike glove, Nike shoes and Nike clothing.

I want to fill the gap between my 3 wood and 3 hybrid. What would work better… a 5 wood or a 2 hybrid?

We get this one a lot… from both customers at work and from our readers. You need to look at a few different things before making a decision. First thing I’d look at would be your success with woods vs. your success with hybrids. Most golfers are leaning towards hybrids because they have shorter shafts and therefore are a bit easier to control. How do you hit your #3 hybrid? What are it’s limitations? When you hit a bad shot… what happens? How often do you hit a bad shot? Look at your 3 wood… how do you hit it? Remember that it’s going to be harder to hit than a 5 wood. If you hit one type of club much better than the other.. I’d start your search there.

Personally… I think most higher handicappers would benefit more from a 5 wood over a #2 hybrid. Some people assume that the word “hybrid” automatically means “put it in your hands and watch the ball fly long and straight”. #1 and #2 hybrids still require a decent swing to make them work. Remember that these clubs have fairly long shafts, less loft and smaller heads. Higher handicappers are better off starting with a #3 or #4 hybrid and going from there.

I’d also take a serious look at the golf course you play the most. What types of shots are required here? Where do you get into trouble? What clubs generally get you out of this trouble? You might find that filling this gap doesn’t do anything for you anyways… and your money might be better spent by adding another wedge.

It’s really up to you. Just make sure you demo before you buy! Hope this helps a bit and be sure to let us know what you do!

Is the new MacGregor NVG2 Tour driver a step up from last year’s NVG driver?

Short answer here is yes. We haven’t had a chance to test the new MacGregor NVG2 yet but it has been getting some great reviews from our readers. We get lots of email from readers giving their “mini reviews” of certain clubs and it’s safe to say that they like this new MacGregor driver much better than the older version. We’re looking forward to testing the NVG2… it’s got lots of technology and it could be the driver that really gets MacGregor into the mix in 2006.

I think that’s all for today. We’ve got more email to get to so don’t be surprised to see another mailbag post this week. A quick bit of trivia before I run. We’ve been hearing lots about Canadian golf over the past few days thanks to the great play of Stephen Ames. Mike Weir comes to mind when we think of Canadian golf but not many people know that one of golf’s most recognizable club designers is also Canadian. Do you know who it is? I’ll post the answer later this week! Have a great day.

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