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Sun Mountain Micro Cart: A Review From the Links

August 8th, 2012 by The Golf Insomniac

Recently I took an epic pilgrimage to Scotland. I decided to take my own push cart, or “trolley” as they refer to them in the UK. The reason I took my own trolley was twofold. The first reason was that the trolleys they have in Scotland are of really low quality, and the second was that they charge for the rental of them. Since I was playing nearly 20 rounds in total it made sense to me from an economic as well as comfort standpoint to bring my own trolley. The golf courses in Scotland charge about 4-5 pounds sterling for the rental, so that equated out to about 150 US dollars if I was to rent and use a cart on every course, something I expected to do. Instead I brought my own which was substantially nicer than the rentals and by the end of the trip I had a really nice cart to show for it to keep to myself and use for future rounds ... Continue Reading Sun Mountain Micro Cart Review

Golf Hybrids: Not Just Replacements for the 3 and 4 Irons

August 2nd, 2012 by The Golf Insomniac

Golf Hybrids have become commonplace now in the world of golf, and even the best players on the PGA tour are now using them on a regular basis. And why not? They are easier and more forgiving than long irons and carry farther with less effort. Most people have 1 or 2 hybrids in their bag, the most common lofts being 18, 20 and 23 degrees. However, this insomniac has realized something in the past few sleepless weeks. My five and six iron fly about the same distance and height. This realization has lead me to try something with great results ... Continue Reading About Golf Hybrids

Different Wedges for Different Conditions: Is it Worth it?

July 27th, 2012 by The Golf Insomniac

I just got back from a whirlwind tour of Scotland, playing 14 courses and 20 rounds in 14 days. One of the things that you should know about golf in Scotland is that it is very different from most golf you will play in the states. The grass is different, most of the courses we played were links style and the ground is very firm almost hardpan, making it difficult to take a divot. Why am I mentioning all this? Well, because I want to talk about the wedges we all use. Specifically, pitching, gap, sand and lob wedges. These represent the 4 most common wedges in the bag. I should mention that not everyone will carry all 4 some will carry 3 or even 2, but I believe that to score well and play your best golf 3 wedges is a minimum, and If I was going to play in a tournament, say a club championship or invitational, I would put 4 in my bag and drop a long iron. The question that comes to mind now is what 4 wedges to put in the bag? The question that comes to mind now is what 4 wedges to put in the bag? This is where it gets a little technical. There are 4 characteristics of every wedge. (1) Loft (2) Lie (3) Bounce (4) Grind. (1) Loft: Put simply, that is how high you will hit the ball or the angle that the ball will launch. The higher the number the higher the ball will launch off the club face. Why is this important? A lob wedge will launch the ball higher and land it softer than a sand or gap wedge which would help you score better when you are short sided by the pin ... Continue Reading Different Wedges for Different Conditions

The Open Championship Tour Wrap Up

July 24th, 2012 by The Golf Insomniac

This year’s Open Championship will be remembered for many things. The chance that Paul Lawrie, a 46 year old past Open winner might rise again, and after 3 days it looked like that might happen. The idea that Tiger was back, his form and focus looked so good, but I have to question the strategy of laying back so far on most holes and then trying to hit such long shots into the green. And for that matter, trying to muscle 7 and 8 irons nearly two hundred yards. Why does he try to do that and swing so hard, doesn’t he have a 6 or a 5 iron? But for me, this year and for years to come, this week will be remembered as the year Adam Scott gave away The Open Championship. Not since Jean van de Velde’s infamous collapse on the 72nd hole at Carnoustie in 1999 (Carnoustie, which I played on my pilgrimage to Scotland) have I witnessed such a tragedy. I was completely dumbfounded by the lack of focus Scott exhibited in the last four holes of the Open Championship. It started on the Tee of the 15th hole where Adam had a 4 shot lead with 4 to play, and it seemed that all we had to do is watch as the Butch Harmon disciple (and as many have put it, a guy who has ... Continue Reading The Open Championship Tour Wrap Up

Five Players To Watch at the Open Championship

July 19th, 2012 by The Golf Insomniac

Below are some of the Golf Insomniac's predictions for the British Open. He deprived himself of sleep for weeks leading up to the tournament, pouring over the stats and reports and putting together his best guesses at what might happen. As we draw closer to the end of the tournament, how do you think he did? Read on, for the record does not lie: First and foremost on everyone’s mind has to be Tiger Woods. Tiger has three wins this year and when he is on his game the swing and attitude look great. Remember, Tiger also has 2 missed cuts, something we just don’t expect to see from the former #1 golfer in the world, a title that he held for 623, 282, and then 264 weeks in a row. For those of you counting at home that is just shy of 5.5 years as #1 player in the world. How good is that? Well Greg Norman held on to the top spot for 331 weeks in total and 96 weeks consecutively, and only three players in history have held the #1 spot for a full year ... Continue Reading Five Players to Watch

Testing the New TaylorMade RocketBallz High Launch

April 27th, 2012 by The Golf Insomniac

Today I did a test run on the Foresight Sports Simulator with my present driver,  the Taylormade Super Fast 2.0 TP 10.5 loft w/ Aldila RIP Alpha Shaft as well as the new Taylormade Rocketballz High Launch with the Matrix OZIK XCON 7 shaft.  The results might surprise you. My swing speed is just over 102 mph and my launch angle on the TM SF 2.0 was at 11.9 which is on the low side.  Carry was 248 yards and with my slight draw final distance was 265-270.  I hit a pretty straight ball, but with 10 drives 2 were out of the fairway and in the rough.   The RocketBallz HL has a loft of 12.5 which you might think is too high, however that was not the case. Since the shaft has a higher kick point, it actually gave me a better launch angle of 13.8 which made the carry 262 and distance 278-282 yards ... Continue Reading TaylorMade RBZ Test

Over 30 years have passed since TaylorMade unveiled their first ever driver into the market, and as you can see, a lot can happen in three decades. The M1, released in 1980, has the distinction of being the first metalwood to feature a traditional headshape, inspired by the persimmon drivers that had come before. As the years progressed, TaylorMade continued to innovate and push the envelope; creating drivers with orange heads, offering multiple cc volume options, and even adding moveable weights and fully adjustable heads to promote customized ball flight, launch, and workability. Recently, we've seen a boom in TaylorMade's unique white, or “ghost,” head color, first seen in the R11 and SuperFast 2.0 lines, and showcased in the newly launched RocketBallz and R11S series. In the infographic that follows, you can follow TaylorMade's progression from up and coming equipment manufacturer of the Pittsburg Persimmon, to an industry leader in technology and innovation that has culminated with the release of the RBZ line of drivers ... Click To View the Infographic

Justin Timberlake has officially been hired as Callaway Golf’s new Creative Director. Add that to his resume, one that includes: Mickey Mouse Club Member, Boy Band Leader, Adult Pop Musician, Actor, Record Label Owner, Fashion Label Founder, Restaurant Opener, Saturday Night Live Host, and Golf Course Owner. The guy has done a lot of stuff. We’re (maybe) interested in this new life adventure he’s about to start, because it concerns our world, the world of golf and golf equipment. It will be curious to see what kind of design and creative choices Callaway starts to make now, or if there will be any noticeable difference at all. Here’s hoping Timberlake makes a mark, if for no other reason than it will be interesting. I have a bit of advice as well, and it may just be a stroke of genius, if I do say so myself. In order to fully promote his new position, and to add an entire new level of excitement to the direction of Callaway Golf, Justin Timberlake should update the song titles of all his greatest hits in order to more fully involve the sport of golf and the equipment used to play it ... Justin Timberlake and Callaway Golf

This is not simply a shameless advertisement for all the incredible and exciting savings we’ve been offering our customers lately. Goodness no, we’re so much better than that. This post has been designed as a means for you, the super smart and savvy money saving customer, to think up some creative ways to spend all that money you’ve been saving lately as a result of all our awesome sales. We figure that since we’re responsible for all that extra cash rolling around in your pocket, the least we could do was think of productive and worthwhile ways for you to get rid of it. Our pleasure! ... Continue Reading Ways To Spend

One Employee's Golf Holiday Wish List

November 18th, 2011 by Scott

As you are no doubt aware, the Holiday season is fast approaching. There is shopping to be done, gifts to be bought, stockings to be stuffed. You may be a golfer looking for something to add you your list. You may be a non-golfer shopping for the range rat in your life. You may be something in between. But no matter your golf familiarity or intentions, we have you covered at GolfDiscount.com ... Continue Reading Holiday Wishlist

There’s a saying out there about pictures and words and in this case it’s entirely true. One thousand may not be enough. More than anything, there’s something about this picture that fully encapsulates the post-scandal Tiger Woods better than anything else I’ve yet to read or see. It finally seems real now! We can, quite literally, see the pain on the man’s face. I think my ACL started aching just looking at it. My back feels sore, does anyone have any aspirin? I started typing this and then the underside of my hands started to hurt, so I taped them up Eldrick style to ward off any calluses. Ok, that’s enough, for now ... Continue Reading Tiger Woods and Steve Williams

Say, have you seen this on the internet lately? I just stumbled across it a day or two ago, and while it’s possible I’m just way behind the ball on this and it’s all just old news, I’d like to share it with you, and offer some praise of how awesome this fake ice cream is. It’s pretty awesome, right? This fake Caddyshack, or should we say, Caddysnack (we should) ice cream by Ben and Jerry’s was designed by Jon Defreest at his website Jonny etc. There are some other excellent fake ice creams over there, and other awesome designs of cool and interesting stuff, so definitely take a gander if you’re so intrigued. But since we’re a Golf Blog, let’s talk about this Carl Spackler number, shall we? ... Continue Reading Caddyshack Ice Cream

Full Disclosure: I think Ben Crane are pretty much awesome. The reasons why is probably pretty obvious, but it’s almost impossible to not root for the guy. In case you’ve been living underneath a rock (also, don’t do that, it can’t be comfortable at all), you should be informed that Ben Crane is responsible for some legitimately hilarious internet videos. To be clear, when I say “hilarious,” you would be forgiven to assume that I’m using the word a bit carelessly, that I’m putting the humor of a PGA golfer and professional athlete on a different scale than normal comedy ... Continue Reading Ben Crane WITB

How to Select an Iron Set For a Beginner

September 30th, 2011 by Scott

Most beginners tend to be a bit inconsistent when it comes to how flush they hit the ball. Beginners often hit a little bit behind the golf ball, causing a fat or “chunky” shot, where the iron digs into the ground a little bit before it gets to the ball, causing grass to get in between the ball and the face of the club. The result is a shot that comes up very short. Does this sound familiar? To remedy this situation ... Continue Reading Beginner Iron Sets

Webb Simpson What’s In The Bag

September 7th, 2011 by Kyle

Webb Simpson has won two tournaments within a month of each other. This seems fair to me. Fair, of course, because the guy has a ton of talent and no doubt works very had to be good at golf and deserves to be rewarded for that talent and hard work with golf wins and large checks and everything else that comes from success on the PGA Tour. It’s fair in that way. It’s also fair in the cosmic way we humans enjoy thinking about, call it karma if you like or whatever other word that suits you. It’s fair because before these two wins ... Continue Reading Webb Simpson WITB

The observant blog reader may notice that this is the second consecutive blog post to utilize the golf equipment manufacturer TaylorMade as the focal point. This is an inescapable truth. Is it creatively bankrupt to highlight the same company twice in a row? one might ask, yeah man, can’t you come up with something different to write about? might ask another, hypothetical blog critic. The answers to these questions are 1) Kind of, and 2) Yes, probably, but it would be more challenging. There are also third and fourth answers to a couple more not yet posed fake questions ... Continue Reading A Humble Request to TaylorMade

The All White (TaylorMade) Golf Bag

August 23rd, 2011 by Kyle

The last time we tackled an entire golf bag themed around a certain color (or, to be more specific, the color of objects that do not emit or reflect light in any part of the visible spectrum – if you want to be a nerd about it), we focused on the tastefully hueless wonder, black. Seeing as I myself currently employ an All Black Golf Bag, there was a certain level of admitted bias in the colors’ selection and the execution of the blog post. I like black golf clubs. I prefer them. That’s just the way I choose to go through life. However, seeing as I am an enlightened blogger of all things golf, I can employ a few thought exercises to imagine the other sign of the coin. The white golf club phenomenon is pretty huge ... Continue Reading The All White Golf Bag

Tiger Who?! Am I right, you guys!? No, I’m kidding. That’s not an interesting narrative at all. Sure, Tiger Woods played golf poorly this week, and was conspicuously absent this weekend while a good chunk of guys a lot of people probably haven’t really heard of, and then a couple of them, contended for the seasons final major. It happens. So much has been, and will be written about Tiger Woods playing golf poorly, I don’t think at this point we ourselves need to contribute to that insurmountable wall of sound. Hey, Keegan Bradley won! Let us talk about that! ... Continue Reading Keegan Bradley PGA WITB

This should have been a simple little blog post. Adam Scott won a golf tournament. He played very well. We would have written a paragraph or two about that, maybe, if we were feeling frisky we may have mentioned the semi-controversy surrounding the particular style of putter he’s been using lately. It’s a long one. Some people don’t like that while others don’t mind one way or the other. We would have written about those things, listed off the golf clubs he used, and moved on, getting ready for the PGA and all the fun that will come from that little competition ... Continue Reading Adam Scott and Steve Williams WITB

It’s been some time since we last met on these electronic pages to discuss golf, and the clubs you use to play it and the like. If you’re like me, the time between now and when Darren Clarke won the British Open has been much too long. It turns out that things have been happening in the world of golf! ... Continue Reading Golf News and Happenings

If I had to pick one word to sum up the British Open, it would be this: Patience. Golf, simply put, takes patience to play. Now, add in extreme and volatile weather conditions, a confounding and imagination stretching golf course, and the weight of a major championship to the mix. Patience, my friends, looms essential ... Continue Reading Darren Clarke WITB

Schopenhauer said, “Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.” I can’t find any evidence that he wasn’t talking about golf shoes, so let’s continue under the assumption that he was. It’s 50/50, probably, and applies either way. Big hitter, Schopenhauer… long. And one heck of a hair cut. But, I digress ... Continue Reading Street Style Golf Shoes

TaylorMade Staffer, Jason Day WITB

July 8th, 2011 by Kyle

Jason Day is the 7th ranked golfer in the world. This seems to be happening to me a lot lately, but at first glance, I find that to be quite surprising. Didn’t he just win his first tournament about 45 minutes ago? Of course, it’s been more time than that, but it feels like I’ve been aware of him as a professional golfer for a very small collection of time ... Continue Reading Jason Day's WITB

Tiger Woods won’t be playing in the British Open after all. I can’t help but become a bit less enthused about the event having learned that fact some days ago. Golf, for better or worse, is more compelling with Woods in the field, and his presence will be missed ... Continue Reading Fun Caption Time With Tiger Woods Pictures

Nick Watney is probably a lot better at golf than you would think. I don’t mean that as an indictment of your PGA Tour knowledge, or even of his ability as a golfer. Nick Watney is just one of those guys ... Continue Reading Nick Watney WITB

Bill Simmons — In case you haven’t visited ESPN’s popular sports website in the last, oh, decade or so — goes by the inspired moniker “The Sports Guy.” He writes from the perspective of a fan, unashamed of bias, humor, pop cultural references, and, as you may surmise from the above image, gambling discussion! ... Continue Reading Simmons Bets Against Rory

Watching the US Open this weekend was pretty interesting. Our inevitable champion , Titleist Pro Rory Mcilroy, seemingly had the whole thing locked up so tight, that there really wasn’t a whole lot of dramatic intrigue. And as he poured in birdie after birdie, hole after hole, the closer we got to Sunday and the end of the tournament, the more obvious it was that no one was going to challenge the kid ... Continue Reading Rory Mcilroy WITB

If you’re like me, you don’t have time in your busy schedule to search, compile and read all of the day’s Tiger Woods news information, no matter how much you crave and demand said news information. Thankfully, ESPN has taken measured steps towards serving our completely normal and not-at-all-strange inclinations ... Continue Reading Tiger Tracker

I’ll be honest with you. It’s kind of a challenge to write about Steve Stricker. Not an insurmountable challenge, mind you — because I’m a gosh darn professional — but Steve Stricker is a taller order than most golfers when it comes to inspiring seamless sentences of flowery prose ... Continue Reading Steve Stricker WITB

The All Black Golf Bag

June 3rd, 2011 by Kyle

An interesting development is going on in the world of golf equipment these days. Manufacturers are looking to turn some heads, gain some attention, and stand out from the crowd. Typically, the methods for doing this are a new head shape or an advancement in technology, but with gains in research and development coming at a slower pace than in the past, many companies have decided to challenge the traditional aesthetics of golf clubs ... Continue Reading The All Black Golf Bag