HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM GOLFERS ON GOLF

MISTWOOD GOLF DOME is open New Years Eve but closing early. So please visit Mistwoodgolfdome.com. But regular hours resume on Sunday January 1st, 2023. The dome is located on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook and is also home to McWethy’s Sports Bar.

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect on LinkedIn and Facebook.

Golfers on Golf is from L-R Ed Stevenson-Len Ziehm-Bill Berger-Rory Spears at WNDZ Am 750.

ON BEHALF OF GOLFERS ON GOLF

A thank you for all the support in 2022, and to a great 2023 on and off the golf course.

During the New Years weekend, the Mistwood Golf Dome is open, but closing early on the 31st.

But it’s back open on New Years Day Jan.1. 2023.

Golfers on Golf.com will continue to run as Chicago’s only year round golf news source.

So on behalf of Ed Stevenson, Bill Berger, Len Ziehm and Rory Spears. Have a Happy New Year and Chicago’s Favorite Foursome wishes you a great 2023.

The Gog Blog returns on Tuesday Jan. 3rd-2023.

The Chicago Golf Show is back. See you in February.

THE TOP 10 COURSES ON MY HIT LIST FOR 2023

EAGLE RIDGE RESORT & SPA-63 holes of golf are closed. But one is now open, the simulator hole, located in the General Clubhouse. See the details at EagleRidge.com.

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Welcome to Sand Valley Resort in Nekoosa Wisconsin.

Well have you thought ahead to 2023, and where you want to play.

I’m sure you will hit your regular courses, and maybe go play an old favorite that you have not played in a few years.

But in my case, I do like to hit my share of new courses I have not played before, or courses I have not played since it has reopened from a restoration.

So here are some thoughts I have as 2023 approaches. Don’t be afraid to try a few new ones, you could end up with a new favorite you return to every year.

1.THE LIDO AT Sand Valley Resort. A few holes got opened this year for preview play. But the rest will open in 2023, this redo of the famous Long Island Course from nearly 100 years ago, should be something if Tom Doak and team nail it and I think they will.

2.THE CYPRESS COURSE at the Bonita Bay Club in Florida. Because I hear the Fazio renovation is outstanding, and I’ll see it after the PGA Show.

Welcome to Copperhead at the Innisbrook Resort in Florida.

3. Copperhead at Innisbrook Resort in Tarpon Springs Florida.

Earlier this year I was at the Innisbrook Resort and the temperatures dropped.

Badly.

So after a day of 48 degree weather on the North and South Courses, I really was not ready for 18 holes on the course that is home to the Valspar Championship on the PGA Tour.

Copperhead is one of the great PGA Tour courses anyone can play. So I am up for a rematch in 2023.

4. North Shore Country Club-the club in Glenview Illinois is one I have played a few times, but not since the Rick Jacobson renovation a few years back. The course will host the 2023 Western Amateur and I’m ready to see it one more time.

5. Stone Mountain Golf Club-near Atlanta GA. I visited the park as a kid, but back when there was no golf there. Now there is and it’s time to go back.

6.Boyne Golf in Michigan. It’s been over 4 years since I was there, and things have change a bit since I last played there. Architect Ray Hearn has been at work, and his projects are always great to check out.

7. Midlothian Country Club-speaking of Ray Hearn, his work at Midlothian has generated rave reviews, but I would to see for myself.

The Par-3 8th hole on the Oconee Course at Reynolds.

8.Reynolds-Lake Oconee the best golf resort property in the State of Georgia has six golf courses. I have played 4 of them, it’s time to finish the list.

Architect Bob Cupp designed the two courses I have not played. The Preserve Course and the Landing Course.

In 2022 I played the Great Waters Course by Jack Nicklaus-which was really good. But I can say the same about the Oconee Course by Rees Jones, now it’s time to see Cupp’s work as well.

9. Horse Shoe Bay Resort-near Austin Texas. I have played three of the resorts four courses. But the one I have not played a Jack Nicklaus signature design was only under construction when I was there. So it’s time to go back and see the finished product.

10. Pinehurst 8-Pinehurst NC. The course was closed last summer for some upgrades after 25 years. I can’t wait to see what they have done.

HM. Metedeconk National Golf Club. Yes Ray Hearn again, the Holland Michigan architect has been hard at work here, and his efforts have paid off with the club landing a new Korn Ferry Tour event.

HM ColdStream Country Club in Cincinnati Ohio, was recently renovated by Keith Foster. Because his projects are all really good-Can’t wait to play here.

So I’ll see you on the links and in the fairways everyone in 2023. RS

THE 10 BEST GOLF COURSES I PLAYED IN 2022

KEEP WARM THIS WINTER with a Mistwood Golf Dome stocking cap. The dome is open for practice, lessons, club fittings and Toptracer competitions, and is home to McWethy’s Sports Bar. So book your hitting bay at Mistwoodgolfdome.com or call the dome at (630)-739-7600. MGD is located on Rt. 53-Bolingbrook. Open daily until 10 Pm

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On the tee at the holes at Pine Valley Golf Club, in Pine Valley NJ.

The year 2022 came with some great golf course experiences. So as I settle into 2023, I’m hope next year goes as well as 2022 did.

The Top 10 are as follows.

No. 1 Pine Valley Golf Club. After playing here for the first time, it’s not hard to see why the club has been No.1 on Top 100 lists of various publications for years. Everything about Pine Valley on and off the golf course is nothing but first rate. I can only hope that golfers who love the game get a chance to play here some day.

Great Waters Golf Club at Reynolds Lake Oconee, Greensboro GA.

2. GREAT WATERS designed and now renovated by golfs all-time greatest golfer Jack Nicklaus.

One of Six courses at Reynolds Lake-Oconee it’s easy to say “Jack is back”.

His renovation is nothing short of outstanding. During an interview with me at the 2019 U.S. Senior Open Nicklaus said over 1,000 trees were removed to open up the sight lines. So that is exactly what happened. Nicklaus won his 19th major, with the redesign of Great Waters.

The 18th hole at Wilmington Country Club in Delaware, home to the 2022 BMW Championship.

3. Wilmington Country Club.

Wilmington Country Club might be Delaware’s finest club, but one thing it was for sure, was in the top 3 rounds for the year.

The club played home to the 2022 BMW Championship, and didn’t disappoint championship week.

My day on the course saw mostly overcast weather, a confused re-routing of the course that would be used tournament week. But clouds, rain and a zig-zag routing of holes couldn’t stop this day from being one of the best all year.

Southern Pines Golf Club is open once again.

No.4 Southern Pines Golf Club.

Then their were three. Ross Resorts in Southern Pines NC that previously had two Donald Ross courses, now has three.

In a great move by resort owner Kelly Miller, Ross resorts added the Southern Pines Golf Club to it’s roster at the resort.

But better yet, is that Miller turned architect Kyle Franz loose on a redo-that Ross himself would be proud of. I played the course on a 53 degree cloudy day-didn’t matter. Because this course is good, it’s great to play anytime you can.

Oconee Course at Reynolds Lake Oconee.

5. Oconee Course at Reynolds L-O.

The second round at Reynolds was almost as good as the first on Great Waters.

My entire outing cancelled that day. But I choose to go it alone, and in spite of getting soaked on a few holes. I am glad I did.

Rees Jones did an outstanding job here, but doesn’t get the credit because the course has not hosted an “Open” yet. But this course is a must if you visit Lake Oconee, rain or shine it’s an outstanding play created by the “Open Doctor”.

The par-3 Drumlin Course is a really fun part of Erin Hills.

6. Erin Hills-Erin Wisconsin.

ERIN HILLS just gets better every year, and this year as it tuned up to host the USGA Mid-Amateur in September.

The course is a long walk, but a good walk not spoiled.

In 2025 the course will host yet another USGA Championship, the U.S. Women’s Open.

Let’s just hope it turns out as good as the Men’s Open did in 2017.

Erin Hills continues to add cottages, and other things off the course that makes any trip there very enjoyable. The golf is really good as well.

The General at Eagle Ridge in Galena IL.

No.7 The General at Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa in Galena.

The General celebrated it’s 25th birthday this year, with an outing in the fall. So that was really a fun event.

But the look is new if you have not been there in a few years. So to start with the nine’s have been flipped. Which creates a more scenic and dramatic ending.

But some of the old tee boxes have been discovered and are being brought back into play. Some heavy tree area’s off the tee boxes are being cleaned out. #EagleRidgeGolfDontTakeUSforGranted The General is charging forward again.

Lawsonia-Links Course gets better and older every year.

No. 8 Lawsonia Links. Green Lake Wisconsin.

Lawsonia is one the best tracks in Wisconsin, even though it gets over shadowed by some other courses.

I was there for the (William) Langford Shield Outing in the fall and the course was in mint condition.

Lawsonia is one of the great old-time classic courses, but it’s one that the general public can play. Fun day-fun golf course. The Woodland Course next to it, looks good too #Hitlist2023.

The Pine Barrens Course at World-Woods in Brooksville Florida. WW is now Cabot Citrus Farms.

No. 9 Pine Barrens-Brooksville Florida.

Pine Barrens was still in great shape, even though it was closing for 18 months shortly after partner Len Ziehm and I pulled out of the front gates.

The Tom Fazio design is currently being redone by Karl Franz, and will reopen in December of 2023, as part of the new Cabot Citrus Farms.

Pine Barrens was created to be the public option of Pine Valley. Now having played both. Pine Barrens wasn’t far off. But it will be a real treat when the course reopens in 12 months to play it once more.

Austin Greaser wins the 2022 Western Amateur at Exmoor.

No.10

Exmoor Country Club Club in Highland Park.

The Western Golf Association (WGA) did an outstanding job in the selection of Exmoor for it’s 2022 Western Amateur.

I played the course at the media day with superintendent Tim Kelly, who had the course in outstanding condition. Exmoor was the best conditioned course I played this year. But it would be great to play courses in that great of shape all the time.

SO THAT’S THE TOP 10, and there were plenty of others that were really good too. But I will return with the hit list for 2023 tomorrow. RS

THE 10 BEST GOLF PRODUCTS FOUND IN 2022

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BELOW ARE TEN NEW products I found in 2022. They might have been on the market before 2022, but this current year is when they were new to me. So here are the new ones I thought were the best. RS

Sqairz Golf Shoes #1

No. 1 Sqairz Golf Shoes

Sqairz plain and simple has become the best new golf shoe on the market.

What started out as a good product, but was a little heavy and bulky, has been slimmed down and sleeked out into a real force in the market.

It’s no longer just about the durability, it’s about the style and comfort that Sqairz brings to the table. I am wearing the new Speed model, and it’s the best shoe I have ever worn. So order your pair today, you will be glad you did. Sqairz.com.

Callaway Rogue ST Clubs.

No. 2 Callaway Rogue ST Golf Clubs.

I started the year in January finding Callaway Golf doing fittings in the Mistwood Golf Dome in Bolingbrook.

Because they were greatly improved over my Callaway Mavericks, I made the change immediately. So by the time I returned from Florida and the PGA Show in February, my clubs were here.

So much for supply chain issues. But then later in the summer, the Rogue ST fairway woods did finally beat the great numbers I was getting from my older Callaway Steelhead woods. With that, my entire set of woods and irons was the new Rogue ST clubs. I am happy with these clubs, but rumor is Callaway will have something new in 2023. But anything new will have to be great to top the Rogue ST’s.

Brava Driver Shaft- by BGT Golf

No.3 The Brava Driver Shaft, by BGT Golf and the Barney Adams group.

Thanks goodness the last thing longtime golf PR-Wiz Mary Beth Lacy did before retiring, was have me sent one of these Brava Golf driver golf shafts. Once added to my Callaway Rogue St Driver, the distance increase was amazing. My fitter Matt Carter at Mistwood GC, was shocked to see the numbers increase after checking out the stats on the Trackman. So you can learn more at BGTgolf.com

Golf Shots comes in at No. 4

No. 4 Golf Shots

This has been the best energy supplement I have found in a long time.

Not only did Golf Shots taste good, it did what is was promoted to do.

because I feel like I did have a better sense of focus, and for once when using a product like, I didn’t have an energy crash feeling in the 19th hole. A few friends also tested it for me, and enjoyed the same results. I took the samples 15 minutes before teeing off, and they worked really well. So for an extra boost on the course, without paying the price later, do try Golf Shots and see more at Golfshots.com.

The Stewart Trolley at Cantigny.

NO. 5

The Stewart Trolley from England.

What’s the best golf product coming out of London these days ?

The Stewart Trolley and for those of you who like to walk, these is the best Push-Pull cart you can find.

But even better if you don’t like to push or pull, how about the remote feature that allows the Stewart Trolley to just follow you as you walk down the fairway. No pushing or pulling needed. Yes now that does sound even better. I’m not really a pull cart guy. But I found the Stewart Trolley to be really good, during my round of golf Cantigny in Wheaton using one. See more at StewartgolfUSA.com. Put the enjoyment back in walking.

Spencer Hadelman’s Talon Golf products, were the surprise of the 2022 PGA Golf Show.

NO.6

TALON GOLF PRODUCTS.

I met Spencer Hadelman at the PGA Merchandise show, and while his golf gloves were really good.

His apparel line is even better. I can say enough good things about the comfort of Talon Golf T-Shirts, but even better is the Talon Golf Hoodies.

They came in handy all year long, and they really are comfortable. Which is why some big name properties are selling the product line. See More at Talongolf.com.

The Zero Friction bag-cart combo is no. 7

NO. 7 Zero Friction’s-Cart and Bag

So look out on the course, is it a golf bag, or is it a push-cart.

No, it’s the all in one bag-cart. Because the bag and cart go-together or they come apart and can be used separate or together.

So if you trying to make everything fit in the trunk of your vehicle, or trying to lighten what you are pushing around the golf course.

Get the Zero-Friction cart, the all in one way to walk. See more at Zerofriction.com.

Links and Kings headcovers are No. 8.

No. 8 Links & Kings Head Covers

I am aware of several different companies that make head covers for all types of the clubs that find the way into your golf bag.

But in my visit to Pine Valley this past August I found a brand in the pro shop I had not seen before.

Links and Kings.

The photo here is the one that I bought, and is now on the 3-wood in my bag. The stylish leather cover fits snug on my club, but not to tight where you have to really work hard to pull it off.

It’s very easy to clean or dry when it gets wet. See LinksandKings.com

The Putting Arc lands at No. 9

No.9 The Putting Arc

I have just been introduced to the Putting Arc in the last month.

But after it’s arrival at my office, I started testing it out. I have found that the formula of four easy steps to better putting is one that is improving my putting.

Or at least the putting I’m doing here indoors. With the progress I have seen, I am getting more interested on working on my putting.

I am hopeful when I start playing next month, I will see some improvement. Check out thePuttingArc.com and learn more about this putting aid.

No. 10 the OGIO Golf Club Travel bag.

NO. 10

When your golf club travel bag finally blows a tire (or wheel in my case), it’s time to find a new one.

Sure beats everyone staring at you in places like O’Hare Airport when you walk past from the baggage carousel.

While my OGIO bag has not had to survive the O’Hare baggage area, it soon will. But with the durability I found while picking it out. I have no worries that it won’t hold up for a while. See OGIO products online, or visit your favorite golf store or the pro shop at the next resort you stay it.

That’s my top 10 for 2022. I hope you find what you need as you shop with the check or gift card in hand from Christmas. RS

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-DID SANTA BRING YOU GOLF STUFF

MISTWOOD GOLF DOME is back open for business. So is McWethy’s Sports Bar that’s tucked inside. The Mistwoodgolfdome.com is located on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook, you can book a hitting bay online or call the call the dome (630)-739-7600 #Toptracer

The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, the Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect on LinkedIn and Facebook. In the newly opened Stonedrift Spa at the Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa in Galena Illinois.

SO here we are two days after Christmas, and I’m hoping everyone got what they wanted for Christmas, on the golf side and all the other area’s.

But did you get golf clubs, or do you have a check, credit or gift card in hand ready to go shopping.

Because if so, take your time. The big equipment companies will have something new before the courses open here in the spring.

There should be some information at the PGA Merchandise Show Jan. 24-27 in Orlando Florida. Most of the major equipment companies are returning. There could even be announcements as soon as next week. So stay clicked in right here.

GREAT PLACES AROUND TOWN to start looking for new clubs, include Mistwood and the Mistwood Golf Dome in Bolingbrook. Heritage Oaks Golf Club in Northbrook, Club Champion Studios at several Chicago locations. PXG Studios in both Northbrook and Oak Brook Terrace.

CONDOLENCES to all the family and friends of LPGA great Kathy Whitworth who passed away on Christmas eve, according to media reports. Whitworth was with family and friends celebrating Christmas when she passed. But her 88 wins are most of any player on any tour, matching Sam Snead whose current official number is 82. Snead’s victory count saw six wins removed by former commissioner Deane Beaman who didn’t like Snead. But Snead’s real win count is 88.

Whitworth a World Golf Hall of Fame member, was the first woman to win over 1 million dollars in prize money on the LPGA Tour, but was frustrated that she won the U.S. Women’s Open. She was 82.

A GREAT PIECE FOR SI-GOLF on the best 10 voices on the air in golf by John Hawkins. Who is correct in leaving Trevor Immelman off the list, and adding that his brother Mark is better (he is). CBS Jim Nantz is #1, but will have to work harder with such a weak partner now that Sir Nick Faldo has retired. Somehow the weak link on the NBC’s broadcast Dan Hicks made #5, Hicks could be deserving if he would quit kissing a few players backsides in especially Mr. December’s.

AUGUSTA NATIONAL AND THE MASTERS TOURNAMENT-will remain a major tournament, with the addition of 16 LIV players in the field. The Masters risked becoming a minor tournament, should they have played politics by excluding certain players because they were LIV Golf members.

Were back.

GREAT NEWS FOR GOLFERS

The Chicago Golf Show is returning after a two-year absence-due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

February 24-26 are the dates and tickets are on sale now. Saturday social media influencer and golfer Paige Spiranac will be on the main stage. Chicagogolfshow.com. It’s great to see the show back at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. I am anxious to see all the courses and resorts back again-updating what’s happening on their properties. Course restorations, practice area’s, par-3 courses and accommodations have been improved at many facilities in the last three years.

LEN ZIEHM at LenZiehmongolf.com and part of our Golfers on Golf family-Chicago’s Favorite Foursome recently posted a piece on the Bonita Bay Club, which is Florida’s largest private club with five golf courses. A recent renovation of the clubs Cypress Course was done by Tom Fazio, and is reported to be outstanding. I am looking forward to visiting the property next month after the PGA Show. So keep it here for details.

WILLOW HILL GOLF DOME is getting closer to opening after a few small delays. So keep it here for updates. But in the meantime-enjoy the 1.7 mile drive around the hill at night to see the holiday light show.

Massage room in the new Stonedrift Spa.

YES I DID GO SEE the new Stonedrift Spa at Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa in Galena. The new multi-million dollar spa is outstanding. But while toured the entire facility, I did not enjoy any of the spa services or new spa services that are now offered. But you can bet I won’t wait long to do that in 2023. So think about New-Years Eve or Valentines Day as great dates to visit.

The 2023 golf season on Eagle Ridge’s 63 holes will begin on April 14th. So learn more at EagleRidge.com. Eagle Ridge Golf-2023 #DontTakeUSforGranted.

THE GOG BLOG returns tomorrow starting our series of year-end thoughts, wrap-up’s some Top 10’s and more. So go hit some balls in the Mistwood Golf Dome, it’s warm in there. RS

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM GOLFERS ON GOLF

MISTWOOD GOLF DOME RT. 53 BOLINGBROOK Closed today and back open tomorrow with normal business hours for a Monday. Mistwoodgolfdome.com or call (630)-739-7600 stop in to McWethy’s Sports bar for food and beverage along with golf.

MERRY CHRISTMAS from all of us at Golfers on Golf.

Ed Stevenson-Len Ziehm, Bill Berger and Rory Spears at WNDZ AM 750 studio’s.

The Gog Blog returns on Tuesday December 27th-starting out our week of year end wrap-up. RS

HONMA INTRODUCES THE NEW T//WORLD TW757 COLLECTION

THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME IS OPEN- 7 TO 4 PM-Christmas Eve. But closed on Christmas Day. So while it’s freezing outside, hit the golf ball indoors at the Chicago area’s most complete golf dome. Mistwood Golf Dome Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook. Because you can book a hitting bay online at Mistwoodgolfdome.com or call (630)-739-7600.

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HONMA TW 757 WOODS (L)-Then the Honma TW 757-Irons (R) with the Carbon Slot.

HONMA GOLF has created the NEW T-World 757 collection of clubs that includes a line of premium Drivers, Fairway Woods, Hybrids, and Irons designed in the Sakata Japan Studio.

But even better are the hand-rolled VIZARD graphite shafts.

“We are extremely excited to get the long awaited T//World 757 line in the hands of golfers across North America,” says COO of Honma North America, Janeann Lanning. “It’s a handsome product line loaded with performance-improving characteristics. The use of carbon in these two new driver models helps produce exceptional speed that’s going to catch a lot of people attention. The three new iron-models-built for mid to low handicappers – perform brilliantly in their respective categories.”

HONMA DRIVERS-GOLFS FIRST CARBON SLOT: The TW757 Driver has a new, patent pending “Carbon Slot” which increases the performance of the lower half of the face at impact. Because by using a thinner layer of titanium, which is partnered with a lighter and more responsive carbon insert.

Ti-Carbon FAST FRAME when coupled with the Carbon-Slot, the TW757’s Carbon Crown increases weight savings. This enables a low-deep GC placement in tandem with a Keel Sole that was first used in the Honma GS line. But this enhanced sole is in the new TW757’s high MOI 6-4 Titanium body.

HONMA’S TWO DRIVERS FOR THE BEST BALL FLIGHT – D and S.

BOTH DRIVERS Come in come in a 9 and 10.5 degree loft. 460CC D Driver comes with two weight ports in the sole, one each in back-heel and front-toe for “Directional Control”. The 450 CC S Driver has strategically located weights in the sole for “Spin and Control.” The drivers both D and S start at $719.00. But could increase based on shaft selection.

FAIRWAYS AND HYBRIDS both have a sole slot for a higher launch and added speed. They are built with a SUS360 stainless steel body and a 455-carpenter steel face. The progressive internal sole helps generate consistent long distance shots. Honma fairway woods start at $414 per club, with the TW757 Hybrids at $350 with small upcharges for shaft upgrades.

P-IRONS are one of the three models of the series Irons. So with the Inlaid 12gr. Tungsten sole weights with the undercut pocket cavity, create a low and deep CG. The P-series is $1,275 (5-PW) for NS950 NEO steel shafts and $1,392 with VIZARD TW757 graphite shafts.

Vx-Irons that are forged with the softest premium S20C carbon steel, the TW757Vx Iron is a players iron. Because the toe-weight serves to pull CG towards the dead-center of the face (4-8 iron). $1,272 (5-PW) in TW757 Modus 105 steel shafts and $1,500 with Vizard TW757 IB-WF composite-material shafts.

B-Irons are the Honma next-gen muscle back blade design. This features a thin top-line in a traditional-shaped blade, a 7gram Tungsten weight. These new irons TW757 B irons retail for $1,272 with the TW757 Dynamic Gold Steel shafts. VIZARD shafts are the 757-50 Shaft. The Vizard MA, the Vizard MP, the Vizard FZ and the Vizard PT (Platinum).

But to learn more see http://us.honmagolf.com.

TITLEIST INTRODUCES THE TSR DRIVERS AND FAIRWAY WOODS

IT’S REAL WINTER GOLF SEASON so take your game into Chicago’s premier golf dome. The Mistwood Golf Dome on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook. Because you can book you Toptracer hitting bay online at Mistwoodgolfdome.com or call the dome (630)-739-7600 and while you are there enjoy food & beverage from McWethy’s Sports Bar in the dome.

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect on LinkedIn and Facebook.

TITLEIST TSR DRIVERS (R) AND THE NEW TITLEIST TSR FAIRWAY WOODS (R)

The new Titleist TSR Drivers and Fairway Woods are now available in pro shops and retail golf outlets worldwide. The TSR line has been created to bring more ball speed and distance to all golfers regardless of skill level.

“Titleist TSR represents the deepest, most complete, and most validated understanding¬† of the tee shot ever held within our walls,” said Stephanie Luttrell, Director Metalwood Development, Titleist. “Every aspect of impact has been considered, constructed and optimized in service of our singular desire to produce more playable distance from every swing. New TSR drivers take everything that made TSi the most played driver on the PGA Tour¬† and pack more performance into every head. From new face technologies to CG improvements and aerodynamic refinements, TSR helps the golfer unlock more speed.”

The TSR driver comes in three models. The TSR2, TSR3, and TSR4. TSR2 is a combination of speed and stability. TSR3 adds speed and distance through precision tuning technologies as SureFit Adjustable CG Track Weighting. TSR4’s adjustable weighting system brings more control to spins conditions.

SHAFTS FOR THE TSR Woods are built by Graphite Design and use a TORAYCA carbon fibers that produce high level performance dynamics. The shafts come in 50, 60, 70, and 80g weights.

OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER Cam Smith and runner-up Cam Young both used the TSR3 drivers at St. Andrews. While Smith (Now a LIV player) was not quoted, Young said,” I love it. It’s faster and I especially like the toe miss for me. I haven’t got as much curve out of it, which is obviously a good thing.”

WILL ZALATORIS won his first PGA Tour Event with a TSR3 driver in the bag, at the Fed Ex St. Jude Classic Championship. But for J.T. Poston who put his new TSR3 in play right away, the results were amazing. Because his first week saw a T-2 finish at Hartford, followed up by a win at the John Deere Classic.

TSR DRIVERS come in lofts from 8 to 11 degrees, with the featured grip a Golf Pride TV 360. But featured shafts are HZRDUS or TENSEI.

TSR DRIVERS are $799 (Premium) and $599 MAP.

TITLEIST TSR FAIRWAY METALS

DESIGNED for optimum distance both off the tee box and off the deck in the fairways and surrounding rough.

VP OF TITLEIST GOLF MARKETING JOSH TALGE says, “the key is the Center of Gravity (CG) has been lower. Because we wanted to get the weight down, so golfers could get the ball up. So with the new TSR fairway woods we have accomplished that goal.”

Open Hosel Construction-Low Face-Centered CG are the keys to these new fairway woods. TSR2 and TSR3 various lofts from 13-18 and TSR2+ (low 13 degree lofts).

Will Zalatoris Cameron Young and Max Homa are among 60 players now using the TSR Fairway Metal Woods. Zalatoris calls the shots he is hitting TSR fairway metals, “rockets” and says the TSR is the best 3-wood he has ever had. TSR fairways are finding success with LPGA players. Because as of late August, the No.1 and No.4 players on tour are using TSR fairways, $549 (Premium) and $349 MAP.

So for more details on TSR Drivers and Fairway metals visit Titleist.com.

TOUR EDGE GOLF ANNOUNCES NEW 523 SERIES OF CLUBS

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THE NEW Tour Edge E523 Driver-Now Available.

NEW FROM BATAVIA BASED TOUR EDGE GOLF.

The E523 and C523 Series line of clubs are now available in time for the holiday season ahead. But complete with a price point that works for all golfers.

These two series of clubs cover the Super-Game-Improvement and Game Improvement categories, with separate driver, fairway hybrid, iron and wedge designs.

Extreme (E) and Competition (C) ranges have been built to produce different playing characteristics, for specific players.

Tour Edge C-Series 3-Wood

The E range are extreme Spec Super-Game-Improvement clubs that boast an extremely low Center of Gravity (CG).

The C range offers a premium Spec-Game-Improvement designs with a higher Moment of Inertia (MOI). This with clubs that have a classic shape and sit squarely at address. But launch shots with more forgiveness and power.

Tour Edge C-Series Iron.

The 523 series is the 7th iteration of the best selling Hot Launch Line from Tour Edge.

“One of the biggest reasons Hot Launch has been such a successful endeavor for us has been our ability to simplify and take custom fitting to the mainstream,” said Tour Edge Founder and President David Glod.

“Hot Launch custom fitting has increased 700% over the years. So I feel we have created a space that did not exist before the budget-minded golfers to consider the custom fit process.”

Tour Edge Golf will implement it’s 48-hour shipping arrival program with any Hot Launch 523 series custom order.

Tour Edge Hot Launch Super Spin wedge

Glod added,” no one else is putting this kind of focus on fitting at this price point level. Because we’ve really opened the door to a large group of golfers to get custom fit.”

The 523 is a running upgrade over the Tour Edge 522 series line of clubs.

Because retail prices are $269.99 for both the C and E drivers. $169.99 for both the E and C fairway woods. Hybrids are at $149.99 for both C and E series clubs. C 523 Irons are $79.99 per iron and E 523 Irons are $99.99.

Because of several features¬† the 523 series drivers will be easy to hit with technologies that aren’t new to Tour Edge clubs. But have been refined for better game improvement. Houdini Sole Technology, Ridgeback Technology, High MOI, Diamond Face VFT, and the 523 series drivers have a new power channel. But this new channel adds ball speed, reduces spin, and adds forgiveness on shots off the lower part of the clubface.

Tour Edge VIBRCOR Iron series like the drivers and other woods. Brings similar but improved Tour Edge technologies to the club faces. The Tour Edge 523 series are now available, see TourEdge.com.

FRENCH LICK RESORT PROFESSIONAL ANTHONY BRADLEY HONORED

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French Lick Resort professional Anthony Bradley.

ANTHONY BRADLEY a golf professional and great club fitter at the French Lick Resort, was recently honored by both Callaway Golf and his alma mater Austin Peay University.

Bradley won the Midwest Callaway Golf regional at the White Eagle Golf Club in Naperville in a playoff, to advance to the Callaway Golf Staff Championship at the Torrey Pines Golf Club in California. Bradley shot 67 during his round to make the playoff.

But on top of that, Bradley a native of Plymouth England, was honored and selected by Austin Peay to join it’s 2023 Athletics Hall of Fame Class.

Bradley has now been with the French Lick Resort for seven years and received national publicity for on short notice. Bradley built a putter for Laura Davies to help her win the Senior LPGA Championship on the Pete Dye Golf Course.

But while showing off his playing skills. Bradley continues to build French Licks resorts profile on being a great place for golf lessons and club fitting. So learn more about the resort at FrenchLick.com now with a sports book in the casino.