Monday, August 13, 2018

Cleveland Golf RTX-4 Wedge - First Look Preview

Cleveland Golf is releasing the new RTX-4, their most tour-authentic wedge ever created.  Enhanced with fourth generation Rotex, the new wedges will launch September 14th, 2018.  Cleveland held nothing back during RTX-4 development, creating a made-for-Tour wedge in its purest form. 


Cleveland utilized its latest face technologies, Tour-preferred shaping, expanded its grind options to design what they're calling their most Tour authentic wedge of all time. 

Ben Hogan Birthday Giveaway: Ben Hogan Tour Authentic Golf Visors

It's Ben Hogan's birthday today, and to celebrate the legend I'm giving away three (3) Ben Hogan Tour Authentic Visors. 


You can enter on twitter and Instagram.  On twitter just RT my giveaway announcement and be sure you're following both me and Ben Hogan Golf Equipment on twitter @BHGolfEquipment

Firestone Country Club - South Course Review: Back-9 (2018 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational)

I only needed to play the front-9 of the South Course at Firestone Country Club to learn this is a course that's as testing as it is beautiful.  Trees help mark the true lines of play, fairways have right sides and wrong sides, and undulating greens are heavily defended with bunkers - particularly on the front and sides of the putting surfaces.  I'd reflect more on my experience once the entire round was over, but I couldn't help but think about a few more things as I made the turn to the back-9. 


The South Course won't ever be mistaken for a C.B. Macdonald, Seth Raynor, or A.W. Tillinghast design.  But the South Course's charm is laying it all out right in front of you.  South shows you what shots you have to hit, and then rewards you or punishes you depending on your execution.  Wide fairways give players more options off the tee yes, but it's just as much a test of skill to hit straight drives on South's narrow fairways as it is to work the ball more on wider ones. 

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Firestone Country Club - South Course Review: Front-9 (2018 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational)

The South Course at Firestone Country Club is as much a part of the PGA Tour's fabric as any course in history.  South has hosted a Tour event in 64 of the last 65 years, including PGA Championships, World Golf Championships, and the World Series of Golf.  Giants of the game have played here and won here - which speaks to the integrity of and respect for this iconic course. 


I played South the week prior to this year's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, and it's classic, timeless design is challenging to both professionals and amateurs.  I can also tell you right now - South deserves to, and should host a future U.S. Open (more on that later).