BREAKING: SJ Tees are Now Available at PGA Tour Superstores!

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Ladies and Gentleman, Boys and Girls..the BIG Announcement is Here! SJ Tees are Now Available at PGA Tour Superstores!! We are Super Excited about this Partnership in an effort to bring SJ to the Masses.  We are currently in the locations below with more to come, so Swing on By and grab some of your favorites SJ tees (and of course tell All of your Friends).  As we add more locations we will let you know and also keep you posted on In Store Events, Promo’s, etc. Thanks so much again for the continued Support!!

Locations:

Myrtle Beach, SC

Bluffton, SC

Roswell, GA

Orlando, FL

Scottsdale, AZ

Downers Grove, IL

Westbury, NY

Have a Drink Friday – Goose Island Cooper Project No. 2

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Pay attention to your junk email.  That’s the lesson of this #HADF.  My dad and I both received an clutch email mentioning this Goose Island Cooper Project No. 2 at one of our local big box liquor stores.  Having our curiosities piqued, we stored this brew in our memory banks.  Days later as we decided to take a trip to the store together to stock up, we came across a four pack of this beer for a whopping $16.99.  High price, yes, we pulled the trigger anyway.

Hard to find a ton of info on this one at this point, it’s not even on Goose’s website, but I enjoyed it.  It’s a Blonde Dopplebock aged for three months in bourbon barrels and comes in at a steady 9.2% ABV.  Not exactly a lighthearted beer, but doesn’t beat you over the head like a lot of the other ones you may run into in this category.  $17 is probably a bit heavy for this four pack, but worth a try if you’re willing to spend a few bucks.

 

Review: Mizuno MP-5 Irons

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Mizuno MP-5 Irons

Mizuno is long known as one of the top irons for serious golfers.  I could list off some classic blade models Mizuno has had over the past 20 years and my fellow golf nerds would rejoice in the magical trip down memory lane, but today we’re talking about the MP-5.  This iron has a classic clean Mizuno look with some updated changes to try and make it more practical for the modern range of players.

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The Highlights:

  • Updated Channel Back design – Maintains thickness behind impact for muscle back feel, but moves enough mass to create stability from off center strikes like a player’s cavity model.
  • Grain Flow Forged – From a single billet of Carbon steel.
  • Harmonic Impact Technology (H.I.T.) – Mizuno’s technology used to fine tune sound and feel of the club.

Find the Mizuno MP-5 irons HERE.

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The Vibe:

The Mizuno MP-5 has a classic muscle back appearance, but it’s a far cry from the MP-14s and MP-33s of yesteryear.  The soles and toplines are far from razor thin, and while these irons look very much like a blade still, they do not have that same terrifying butter knife vibe Mizuno’s blades had years ago.  Offset is a major concern for players in the “blade” category and the MP-5 has minimal offset.  Mizuno used a new Channel Back to add thickness behind the face and place the mass for a more forgiving feel as well as performance.  The result is a buttery feel where a well struck shot sounds like it’s whipped off the golf club.

The MP-5 is one of those irons that look so elegant and sweet when they’re brand new, but will look just as great when they’re all beat up and have that nice worn brown spot in the center of the face.

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On Course:

One of Mizuno’s claims is that the MP-5 is a more forgiving iron that will have appeal to a wider range of players.  I will say that I agree the MP-5 feels more forgiving than predecessors like the MP-14 and MP-33 mentioned earlier, no question, but I wouldn’t consider them forgiving.  Mishits are still punishing and finding the sweet spot is key.  All of that said, if you’re a good ball striker, the MP-5 is a tremendous iron.  The great feel makes it easy to control your shot shape and general ball control.  The quality of the MP-5 shines most in the shorter irons and I’ve seen noticeable improvement in my shot-making with those clubs.  With all seriousness, I will also add that I’ve found I consistently hit these irons 10-5 yards longer than anything else I’ve played recently.

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The Verdict:

Like many blade irons, the MP-5 is definitely best fit for a better player.  Though Mizuno brands them as more forgiving and better for a wider range of players, the fact is they are still a players club.  For those players, however, they are one of the best players clubs on the market and I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone in the market that has the game for them.

My Verdict: The Mizuno MP-5 is a great players iron with tremendous feel and valuable playability to the good shotmakers out there.

As always, if you have any questions, leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you.

Have a Drink Friday – New Glarus Bubbler

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A perk of traveling to Wisconsin is that you’re in the only state of this Union allowed to sell New Glarus beer.  Most New Glarus nuts live for Spotted Cow and their fruit beers, but I had my first encounter with their delightful Bubbler.  For those that don’t know, Wisconsinites refer to drinking fountains as “bubblers” and this beer is a nod to that tradition.  My pour was enjoyed after hours of tracking down fresh seafood in the middle of nowhere Wisconsin and grilling it for the family.  Perfect summer night in my book.

From New Glarus:

Suits stride, Toes skip, Heels click staccato expedition rhythms. Labor and Workers and Shoppers alike paused to share Downtown Bubblers on Wisconsin blocks.

The Bubbler Hefeweiss you hold in your hand sparkles with democratic spirit combining Wisconsin Wheat alongside European Pilsner Malt. Choice American hops partner with imported hops, even yeasts blend together in our Open Top fermenters. 100% naturally carbonated and hazy, expect this living beer to pour an exuberant effervescent gold. Bubblers beat in our hearts- it’s a Wisconsin thing.

 

Regular Guy Reviews: Cobra King LTD Driver

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Our Regular Guy Reviews the Cobra King LTD Driver

If you think the Cobra King LTD looks familiar, it’s because you probably have seen it before, with a slightly different paint job.  Cobra has brought back the King LTD for a second straight year, this time with an all black paint job.

Find the Cobra King LTD Black Driver HERE.  The original black and orange paint scheme is HERE.

Joe Pro’s Original Review

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The Vibe:

Let’s start with the looks.  The original LTD was one of the cooler looking drivers released last year, and the newer model improves on that.  The flat black crown and the all black paint makes this club look downright badass.  It doesn’t have the massive appearance behind the ball that you can get with drivers nowadays, and the subtle Cobra logo for the alignment aid gets the job done without being overly distracting.

The sound on this driver is also a huge plus for me.  It doesn’t have that loud aluminum sound we all know and don’t love, but has a much more solid sound when struck well.  I will say that when us average guys do strike it a bit high on the face, however, it will let you know with a much louder “cracking” sound.  The overall feel of the driver is very balanced and smooth, and with the right shaft, seems to be the perfect weight.  I know many of us Average Joe golfers like a lighter feeling club so we can swing for the fences, but the LTD kept me grounded and swinging smoothly.

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On Course:

The King LTD was one of the top three drivers on my list for last season, and for good reason.  The distance was the second longest driver that I hit, and offered the best combination of accuracy and distance.  When paired with the right shaft, I got a nice, high ball flight with tons of carry.  We all know us regular guys aren’t hitting the center of the face every time, but the LTD also gave a fair amount of forgiveness as well.  Shots towards the heel lose very little distance (although it’s going to go right!), but shots off the toe gave me the most distance loss.  Again, when paired with the right shaft, it’s a long and consistent bomber, and is fighting for a spot in my bag for this year.

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The Verdict:

The Cobra LTD Driver is back again with an even badder paint job.  Clearly the performance of last year’s model didn’t need any updates, nor should it.  This is one of the longest and most consistent drivers in the game, and is worth a look from anyone searching for a new driver.  All I have to say is, “bravo Cobra”.

My Verdict: This is a real challenger in my bag yet again this year.  It’s hard to beat the distance and consistency that the LTD brings to the table.  It’ll be in the final showdown for a spot in my bag, and you should give it a run at your current gamer as well.

Review: Byron Morgan 612 Putter

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Byron Morgan 612 Putter

Everyone knows Scotty Cameron, and lot of people know the name Bettinardi, but one of the lesser known names in the world of putter makers is Byron Morgan.  Byron is a surfer guy from Huntington Beach, CA that has a good eye for putter lines, knows his way around milling machines, and can package it up into one of the finest custom putters you’ll come across.  If you’re looking to spend a little more and go the boutique route, Byron should be on your radar every time.  While there are endless options from Byron, this review will loosely cover one of my favorite Byron Morgan models, the 612.

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The Highlights:

  • Made-to-order custom designs
  • Classic head shape
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Custom face milling

You can find Byron Morgan putters HERE.

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The Vibe:

Everything about Byron Morgan is because of his “vibe.”  He’s cool, he’s calm, he’s friendly, and he just loves to do what he does which comes out in his work.  Byron has been at this game for a long time, and is one of the original “modern garage putter makers” that knows a thing or two about designing and milling a putter.  Some will even say he literally paved the way for a couple of other famous putter makers that now control the market.

Anyway, the 612 is reminiscent of one of the earlier Scotty Cameron “Timeless” designs which are based off of the Anser 2 head shape.  (For the record, I don’t know who had the similar design first, that’s neither here nor there right now.)  The thin face has a lot of feel in it, but paired with this specific face milling it still comes off as soft.  Obviously there is a unique appearance to this putter due to its stamping.  What’s nice with Byron is that he offers a lot of custom stamping options and the world pretty much your oyster when it comes to making it your own.  The bubbles you see on the face are called “Tai Dots” after an idea from one of his biggest regular customers.

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On Course:

So much of how a putter plays for you out on the course comes down to your brain, hands, and a wide array of personal preferences.  Short version: performance is very much based on subjectivity.  I just so happen to prefer #2 putter shapes.  Byron has had a few different models inspired by that head shape, but for whatever reason, I’m drawn to the 612 head over and over again.  I’ve personally had a handful of these pass through my hands but have always struggled to get one I felt good with on the course.  The 612 pictured in this review is about 355 grams with a perfect balance and great feel.  These combined factors give me the response I’m looking for so I can consistently put a good putt on the ball.  It didn’t take me time to realize it either.  I rolled two balls on the practice green and immediately went, “yup, this is it, got it just how I want it.”  The rest was history.

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The Verdict:

Byron Morgan makes some of the finest flatsticks in the game of golf.  Seeing as he still makes them out of his shop in California he’s only able to produce a small amount (relative to the big players in the game), and his attention to detail and craftsmanship are a testament to this.

My Verdict: Byron Morgan can basically make you exactly the putter you want and you know it will be of the highest quality.  When you get them perfect like this 612, the best head shape in the Byron lineup, you’ll feel confident anytime you have that putter in your hands.

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The Aftershow:

The Aftershow is where we talk about aspects of the equipment that’s of interest but didn’t necessarily make the review.

One thing I didn’t really dive into is Byron Morgan’s history and his custom options.  Perhaps that’s a post for another day, but I wanted to point out that Byron is considered to be one of the best by his peers and experts across the golf industry.  The only reason he isn’t as well known is because he doesn’t have a big company behind him doing massive marketing campaigns and paying players on Tour to play his gear, even though a lot of those pros probably don’t realize they’re playing one of his designs (including at least one current Major champion).

It’s worth taking a look at Byron’s website to see all the different head shapes, finish options, and everything else he has to offer.  Who knows, it may even spark something inside of you to get your own Byron Morgan putter made in the near future.

Tiger Woods Back in the Gym

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Golf Digest - It’s been more than three months since Tiger Woods underwent a fourth back surgery that ended his season. Although Woods hasn’t given us any indication of when we might see him play golf again, in the meantime, it looks like the 14-time major champ is moving around pretty well again.

Saw this tweeted by Golf Digest today.  I’ve known Tiger well enough at this point to know not to get my hopes up, but seeing a Tiger Woods sweating in the gym, willing to pause for a selfie with some fans…can’t tell you it doesn’t get me a little excited.

Now I’m just waiting to see how bad the “return to the course” speculation is going to be.

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That same article has a picture of him with his kids and the nanny walking around Miami.  Ok, maybe this is where my comedown begins.  I can’t help but feel a little bit of that “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” feeling here.

Just get better, Tiger, and win a few golf tournaments.  That’s all I ask right now.  I don’t think that’s asking too much.

Have a Drink Friday – Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break

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Last week’s #HADF gave you a glimpse of the beer I’m featuring in this week’s Have a Drink Friday, Evil Twin’s Imperial Biscotti Break Stout.  It’s suppose to have all of these different vanilla, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, etc aromas, but it was a dark dark dark stout just blasting you in the face with coffee.  If you’re a coffee beer person, this one’s for you and its 11.5% ABV is nothing to mess around with so have at it.

Over the Top

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Golfers often struggle with the over-the-top move.  Or the heavily exaggerated outside-to-in move.  Making these moves can result in big dangerous pulls or scary slices.  By looking at the role of the right shoulder in the swing, we can help you fix that over-the-top move.

Meurig Morgan is the head instructor for Dragon Golf Instruction out of Lake Oswego Golf Course in Lake Oswego, Oregon.