After weeks of speculation that the reigning FedExCup champion would join Honma, the endorsement deal became official as the calendar flipped to 2019. Rose's deal with Honma will include playing 10 clubs, including driver, using a Honma bag, and having Honma on both sides of his cap.
Monday, December 31, 2018
While most of the world was celebrating the arrival of 2019, Honma Golf was celebrating the arrival of their newest and biggest staff member - World No. 2 Justin Rose.
The New Year is a time for reflection, it’s a time for love, and it’s a time for hope. And I wanted to share some of my favorite inspirational golf quotes from the game’s greatest figures to help you say goodbye to the old year and ring in the new.
Sunday, December 30, 2018
For the first time in its illustrious history, legendary club maker Miura Golf will sell fully assembled golf clubs directly from their website at miuragolf.com.
Through an intuitive custom design interface, you can build an entire set of eight to ten handcrafted irons, wedges and putters that can be custom designed for dexterity, flexibility, and feel.
When Bryson DeChambeau announced earlier this year he would take advantage of one of the new rules of golf and leave the flagstick in while putting, some traditionalists called the new rule sacrilegious. Still others praised it for its practical, common sense approach.
Whichever side you take, the modernized rules of golf have come a long way from the antiquated and rigid rules applications in the past. And as you’re about to see, some of these rules were just absolute and unbridled madness (and by the way the rules below are spelled, capitalized, and written in their original form).
TPT Golf had their "hello world" moment at the PGA Merchandise Show in 2017, when they first introduced their high performance shafts to market. Since then, TPT shafts have won multiple times on every major professional Tour. Justin Rose, Jason Day, and Bryson DeChambeau picked up big wins using TPT shafts. And Masters champion Patrick Reed hit every fairway the first time he put his TPT shaft into play.
In a very short period of time, TPT experienced significant worldwide success, and momentum was growing stronger. So I scheduled a TPT fitting earlier this year at Club Champion to see for myself if these shafts can also deliver for amateur golfers like you and me. And I discovered the answer is a resounding YES.
Friday, December 28, 2018
They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder. And after time away from the PGA Merchandise Show, Bridgestone Golf is returning to Orlando in January on the heels of their winningest year in team history. I'm saving all the details about their newest products for The Show, but can tell you now that Bridgestone will have you extremely intrigued and excited for 2019.
Bridgestone's Tour team had more victories in 2018 than in any previous calendar year in company history. They also had more wins per Tour team member than any other golf ball company. This isn't hype, just fact. And of the eight PGA Tour wins picked up by Bridgestone's four staff players, the most exciting may have been Tiger Woods return to the winner's circle at the season-ending TOUR Championship.
Tuesday, December 25, 2018
If you've never been excited about your golf bag, now is probably a great time to start. Titleist's new Hybrid 5 bag is new for 2019, and as the name suggests, can be used as a stand bag, a carry bag, or a cart bag. And no matter how you choose to use it, it's going to give you reliable and spectacular performance.
All the official details about the new Hybrid 5 will probably be announced around the time of the PGA Merchandise Show in January. But since I'm giving this bag away for the final day of my PGAPappas 12 Days of Christmas Golf Giveaway, I'm sharing some insights about the Hybrid 5 that I believe will make it not only one of Titleist's most popular bags of the season, but also maybe of all-time.
Monday, December 24, 2018
This one's easy for me to say. The Titleist TS2 fairway wood is the longest, most accurate, and most forgiving wood I have ever played from Titleist. Ever since putting it in my bag, the TS2 has been a distance machine that devours fairways with hulking power and speed.
I haven't carried more than a couple Titleist clubs in my bag since the 913 D series (when I played the driver, fairway wood, and hybrids). Titleist released some great equipment since, but I wasn't completely blown away by the new stuff or felt an upgrade would significantly improve my game. The TS series changed all that, and the TS2 wood is phenomenal on multiple levels.
Sunday, December 23, 2018
Let's get something out of the way right off the bat. You're never going to hit a full blooded flop shot like Phil Mickelson. Mickelson wields the lob wedge like it's a magic wand, and those impossible floppers he hits are pretty much genius level stuff.
The good news is you can use the same lob wedge Lefty uses, and the Callaway Mack Daddy 4 wedge will make just about anyone's short game formidable. And if you have the imagination, it might even turn you into a mini maestro around the greens.
Saturday, December 22, 2018
Looking for a shaft that tames your swing, wins your heart, and puts confidence back into game from the tee box? The new Aldila Rogue Silver 130 MSI shaft will do that and more. Club twirls are in its DNA.
The Rogue line has been extremely popular on Tour for years now, and it's won multiple major championships and countless other tournaments. So when Aldila announced earlier this year it was upgrading the Rogue, it got people's attention. And I can tell you right away, the Rogue Silver 130 is a golf engineering gift to mankind.
Friday, December 21, 2018
CRU Golf Classic GRAND Collection Headcover Review (in Hand Waxed Black Italian Leather) - PGAPappas 12 Days of Christmas Golf Giveaway
CRU Golf is a pioneering custom headcover manufacturer with a reputation for uncompromising perfection and quality. From brilliant and traditional designs, to unpretentious, minimalist styles, CRU's handcrafted, unique leather headcovers are always attractive and highly prized. And their Classic GRAND Collection is one of my favorites.
The Classic GRAND Collection headcovers are the first styles CRU ever designed, and you can immediately see from the quality of these masterpieces that everything for CRU starts and ends with attention to detail. You're not going to find more luxurious leather unless you travel to the world's most famous leather markets like Florence or Barcelona.
Thursday, December 20, 2018
If you followed the PGA and European Tours this year you'll know that Mitsubishi golf shafts had a dominating season. Mitsubishi won total driver counts, total shaft counts, first place finishes, and second place finishes week-in and week-out.
It wasn't uncommon to see entire leaderboards filled with Mitsubishi shafts, and at some events almost half the field was playing one. That's not just dominating, that's ridiculously dominating. One of these Mitsubishi juggernauts was always a Diamana shaft, and the DF-Series might be the most deadly.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
It's golfing gospel: The key to lower scores is a good short game. Some 60 to 65 percent of all shots come from 120-yards and in, making your gap wedge the single most important club in your bag. Cleveland Golf's RTX-4 is the culmination of 30 years of iconic wedge design, and as you might expect with that kind of pedigree, the RTX-4 are masterful in trajectory control, versatility, and feel.
I already wrote a full review on the Cleveland RTX-4 wedges here, and you can read about all the specific reasons why I believe these wedges will make you downright dangerous when you're taking aim at pins. I won't go into all the details here again, but will just say that the RTX-4 will conjure up some magical shots that leave your playing partners in awe.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Here's the situation. You're in the fairway on a dogleg par-5, and can hit your second shot with a wedge or mid-iron 125 to 150 yards to the right fairway. You'll leave yourself with an easy, short approach to the green. And probably give yourself a good look at birdie.
Or? You can pull your Callaway Rogue fairway wood from the bag and fire straight at the pin with nothing but water between you and the green for 200 yards. Oh yeah, and the pin is tucked up front. Guess what choice I made? Grinning. Nodding. Yep, every time.
Monday, December 17, 2018
The Wilson FG Tour PMP wedge is a club that legitimately gets better with time, like a fine wine. I've had at least one in my bag for the last two years, and this year almost 20 players on the PGA and European Tours trusted PMP wedges to help them score.
PMP is not a new 2018 release (although Wilson put out a new RAW finish version this year). But that just goes to show you that sometimes you don't need the newest to have the greatest. It's sort of like don't fix what isn't broken, and PMP is a wedge that will pretty much do everything you ask of it and more.
Sunday, December 16, 2018
I played the Cobra KING F8 driver on some pretty tough courses this year. If you don't hit the fairways on tracks like Harbour Town and Oakland Hills your hurt will be endless. On other courses like Firestone South and Shinnecock Hills distance off the tee is always going to be your best friend.
No matter what course I stepped onto this season, the F8 gave me complete confidence that I could hit the ball as far and as accurately as I needed to. Sure I hit some shots that were blooper reel material, but for combined distance, accuracy, and forgiveness, the F8 was still one of my top-3 drivers of the year. And in one of those rare instances in golf, I can honestly say the F8 made me a better overall driver of the ball.
Saturday, December 15, 2018
I used to be that dude who had to play with a staff bag because well, I thought it looked insanely cool. And then the day came when I played a course that only allowed walking, and lugging around that full size bag over my shoulder made me realize I'm definitely not Kratos from Gods of War. It was time for a stand bag.
The Titleist Players 4 checked off all the boxes in what I was looking for in a stand bag. It was lightweight, and turned out to be season long durable. It had plenty of pocket space (and you'd be surprised how many companies miss the boat on this one), giving it ample storage room. And most importantly, it was very comfortable to carry. Overall, you'll be hard pressed to find a stand bag that's better looking or more functional than the Players 4.
Friday, December 14, 2018
Golf is a frustrating game. Always has been, always will be. From tee to green, the variety of unpleasant shots we're forced to hit and ridiculous lies we're compelled to escape from can be downright traumatic. And the bunker shot might be the most menacing of all. Unless you're hitting the new Cleveland Golf RTX-4 sand wedge.
More golfers have probably sworn off golf from the bunkers than any other location on the course. It's not just escaping them to favorable locations that's so maddening, it can just be escaping them period. The RTX-4 makes it easy to dominate from the sand thanks to incredible spin, intelligent sole grinds, and exceptional balance and weighting. Oh yeah, and they're also pretty versatile from the fairway and rough.
5th Annual PGAPappas 12 Days of Christmas Golf Giveaway: Aldila, Callaway, Cleveland, Cobra, CRU, Mitsubishi, Srixon, Titleist, Wilson, and More!
It's time again for my PGAPappas 12 Days of Christmas Golf Giveaway, and it's going to be wilder and bigger than ever friends. That's because this year has been wilder and bigger than ever, and I have you to thank for that. We have equipment and gear from Aldila, Callaway, Cleveland, Cobra, CRU Golf, Mitsubishi, Srixon, Titleist, Wilson, and more!
Before we get into the details on how to enter and what you can win, and even before I recap some highlights of the year for you like I do every year, first I want to say thank you.