Category: Golf Balls

Ground Under Repair: TaylorMade Golf Experience

Las Vegas once again, in a matter of a few weeks, has something to brag about in the world of golf. It was just several weeks ago when a brand new state of the art Golf Galaxy opened up in Henderson bringing a much needed retail facility to the southeast part of the Valley.

This new news comes to us from the former site of the Callaway Golf Center of Las Vegas and the news is rather exciting. TaylorMade Golf has taken over the facility and with a dramatic remodel of the retail store, not to mention some pretty sweet rental clubs to boot, the new TaylorMade Golf Experience brings a fresh new look to the south side of the Strip.

TaylorMade Golf Experience

With a grand opening celebration that included an appearance by LPGA superstar and Las Vegas local Natalie Gulbis the TaylorMade Golf Experience opened their doors to the public and showcased their new state of the art retail center that is a TaylorMade Golf lover’s dream. A closest to the pin contest, a club-head speed contests and a long drive contest were a few of the events that were held and the prizes were well worth the attempt. No, I didn’t win anything.

TaylorMade Golf Experience

The TaylorMade Golf Experience is a world class golf practice facility that is now paired with a fantastic retail space. With 113 stations to practice your swing from and a choice to hit from mats or natural grass, the massive practice range is a great place to work on your game. You’ll also find a large putting green and a chipping green that has an adjacent bunker to work on those pesky sand shots.

TaylorMade Golf Experience


Also on site is a very enjoyable and what can be a challenging Par 3 course that offers some amazing views of the Las Vegas strip. With holes ranging from 110 yards to 185 yards there is a challenge for even the top notch players.

TaylorMade Golf Experience

Looking for some professional help? The Erik Meeks School of Golf is on site to help you out.

“Welcome to the Erik Meeks School of Golf, led by former United States Amateur Champion and professional golfer, Eric Meeks. The school is conveniently located on the Las Vegas “Strip” at the TaylorMade Golf Experience, within 10 minutes of all major hotels and McCarran International Airport. Come join us and take your game to a new level.”

It easy to see why the weekends are busy time for the TaylorMade Golf Experience, there’s a ton to do and now with the edition of a newly remodeled retail center there is something for everyone and I didn’t even get to the Upper Deck Grill! I’ll just add their pancakes are amazing!

The TaylorMade Golf Experience
6730 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Webb Simpson: What’s in the bag?

Webb Simpson: What's in the bag?

Webb Simpson won last week. He fired a final round 66 at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas that led to a “W” at the Shriners Hospital for Children Open. That was his 4th career win on the PGA TOUR. Below is a complete list of the clubs he used to win that event. FORE!

Driver: Titleist 913D3 (10.5°) with a UST Mamiya VTS 6X shaft
Fairway Woods: Titleist 913F (15°), Titleist 913F.d (18°) with UST Mamiya VTS 8X shafts
Hybrid: Titleist 913H.d (20°) with a Graphite Design DI Hybrid 105X shaft
Irons: Titleist 680 (4-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (48°) with a True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shaft; (54°, 58°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
Putter: Ping G5i Craz-E B belly
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

About Webb Simpson:
James Frederick Webb Simpson is an American professional golfer on the PGA TOUR who is most notable for winning the 2012 U.S. Open. As an amateur, he was a member of the United States’ victorious 2007 Walker Cup and 2007 Palmer Cup teams.

Jesus Martinez: What’s in the bag?

Jesus Martinez is the GM over at Papago Golf Course, my favorite golf course in the Valley. They have a GREAT practice facility, the course is always in great shape and they have some of the cheapest beer in town. I LOVE playing this golf course, and try to play there at least once a month. I always try to get Jesus to play with me, but he always has an excuse. The last time I played there he was complaining about an ankle injury. He needs to suck it up and play some golf! He did bring me a beer on 17 and played 18 with us. But still, I rarely get the chance to play 18 holes with the guy.

Last week I was sitting at the bar with Jesus and I asked him, “Hey… What’s in your bag?” I know he plays Titlesit, but I always wonder what clubs he is playing. I know the guy changes his golf shoes every time he plays, so I figured he changed his clubs a lot. He does play all Titlesit… Even his glove. Below is a detailed list of what you will in his golf bag:

Driver: Titleist 913D3 9.5 degree, Aldila Phenom 70g Stiff Flex, Set to A-1
Fairway Wood: Titleist 913F 15 degree, Diamana Blue 72g Stiff Flex, Set to A-4
Hybrid: Titleist 913H 19 degree, Diamana Blue 82g Stiff Flex, Set to B-4
Irons: Titleist AP2 710 4-PW, KBS Tour Stiff Flex
Wedges: Titleist Vokey 52 degree CC, Titleist Vokey 56 & 60 SM4
Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Select Newport 2, 33 inches
Ball: 2013 ProV1x

Jesus went above and beyond here:

Glove: Titleist Players Glove
Range Finder: Bushnell Tour v3
Golf Bag: Titleist Staff Bag 9.5 inch
Umbrella: Titleist

Jesus has been, over the last few weeks, recording some great videos out at Papago. From how to fix a divot to a tour of the golf course, he has been doing a great job with these videos. They are in great quality and he sounds like a true professional in all of them. Since he is obsessed with creating videos, he even created a video for this blog post. Check it out:

Jesus Martinez: What’s in the bag?

If you get the chance, you need to play this golf course. I just played there last weekend, and had a blast. Oh, and they have the best greens I have see. I have played all over the Valley, and their greens are in the best shape and are the fastest I have played to date. They hold, too! I backed up a 4 iron on Saturday. The next time you are in Phoenix, do yourself a favor and tee it up at Papago. You won’t regret it. Make sure to introduce yourself to Jesus. He is always on property. FORE!

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What’s In My Bag: Tiger Woods

Tiger isn’t playing this week, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t making news. There is still a lot of talk about his “illegal” drops at the 2013 Masters Tournament and at the 2013 THE PLAYERS Championship last week. He didn’t win the Masters this year, but he DID win THE PLAYERS. Tiger now has 78 PGA TOUR wins, just four shy of Sam Snead’s record. The way Tiger is playing this year, he might break that record this year! Tiger is at home this week resting, but what was he playing during THE PLAYERS? Check out what was in his bag last week.

Ball: Nike One Tour D
Driver: Nike VR Tour with Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 73X (9.5 degrees)
3-wood: Nike VR_S Covert (15 degrees)
5-wood: Nike VR_S Covert (19 degrees)
Irons (3-PW): Nike VR Pro Blade
Wedges: Nike VR Pro (56, 60 degrees)
Putter: Nike Method 001

Tiger is all Nike, but uses a PING grip on his putter. He always has, and he always will. Next time you see Tiger on TV, look at his grip. That is OLD school right there! According to E. Michael Johnson, earlier this year Tiger switched to Nike’s VR_S Covert 5-wood and added the 3-wood at the Masters. He used both of those off the tee all week at THE PLAYERS. He should just leave the driver in the hotel room… he hits the 3-wood like a champ. Glad to see Tiger holding the trophy on Sunday afternoon. He is hitting the ball great, has good control with his short irons and wedges, and is putting better than anyone on TOUR. Safe to say Tiger’s “back”?

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Golf Balls: Comparing Competing Brands

What golf ball do you play? I have, since high school, been playing the Titleist Pro V1. I feel it provides me with the necessary distance off the tee, the control I need with all irons in my bag, and the spin I desire around the greens. They are expensive, but for the performance that I expect on the golf course, they are worth every penny. I have tried hitting the Pro V1x, but it doesn’t spin as well around the greens for me. It is longer off the tee, but I prefer more control around the greens.

Last week I played 18 holes and decided to try a new golf ball. Someone gave me a dozen Callaway HEX Black Tour for Christmas, and they have been burning a hole in my golf bag ever since. I wanted to see how they compared to the Pro V1. Since I am playing a Callaway driver and 3 wood now, I figured it couldn’t hurt trying out a Callaway golf ball.

Off The Tee

The ball is long. I would even say this ball is longer than the Pro V1. The cover is just as soft, but doesn’t scratch like the Pro V1 does. I can’t play five holes with a Pro V1 without having to replace the ball. At $45.99 a dozen, that can be quite expensive. (I will admit I sometimes buy refurbished golf balls. Target actually has a great deal on refurbished golf balls for half the price!) I was able to play my entire round with the same ball. I played a tough course, so you can see I hit the ball well!

Maybe I am just getting used to the new driver, but this ball was deep off the tee. It just had a nice “pop” to it when I teed off.

From The Fairway

I hit 12 fairways on Sunday, or I would have titled this section something different. From the fairway, whether I was hitting a wood, hybrid, or long iron, this ball was simply perfect. The ball flight was consistent and it felt great with every swing. I did have a few shots from the bunker, one in the fairway and the other greenside, and it performed just as well out of the sand as the Pro V1.

I did hit a few in the rough, but couldn’t tell a difference in the feel or the ball flight of the golf ball. Thus far, the Callaway was stacking up nice!

Around the Greens

This is where the Pro V1 shines. Granted, the greens at Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club were hard, but still. I can still get a Pro V1 to check from around the greens. I wasn’t able to get the HEX to check as much as I wanted, but it did react with all my wedges. It spun more from the sand than I expected, too. The real difference was with my 6-8 irons. With the Pro V1, I am able to stop, sometimes spin the ball back a little. With the HEX, it would check, but it would hit, bounce, and roll out. There was a good 5-7 yard difference between the two from what I can remember.

The HEX was a good ball, and since they were free, I plan to use them again next week when I tee it up. Not sure where I am going to play, but I look to play through this dozen before I go back to the Pro V1. If nothing else, I am trying to experiment with a different ball and it will force me to think about my shots more. Rather than just tossing the ball at the pin hoping I picked the right club, I will now be able to think about where to land the ball to get the expected reaction that I want based on the shot type that I hit.

If nothing else, the HEX will make me think about my shots more. So… having said all of that, what ball do YOU play?