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Gullible Golfers?

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Stan Sutherland
Stan Sutherland
Z Star

It never fails to amuse me the stuff golfers buy, and methods they try to improve their score.

A new load of balls has arrived at our pro shop and already they’re flying out the door to golfers who still believe a new kind of golf ball will help solve their golfing problems.

The guys at thesandtrap have had a look at Srixon’s Z Star and Z Star X and in typical golf geek speek advise, “The Energetic Gradient Growth Core (clever, clever) is a design which features gradual compression from the center of the ball out to the perimeter (goes from soft to firm) in order to create lower spin and high ball speed.”

But wait there’s more about the Z Star!

Last Saturday afternoon over a beer Barney said he’d been using the Z Star and thought it was a great ball. The fact that he’d just had a great round was purely coincidental and didn’t influence his opinion –Yeah right!

And in case you haven’t seen one yet. This from Scotty Cameron, the guy who makes those ultra expensive putters and who is now making mega expensive ball markers

Did you see that, yet another example of golf geek speek?

“This 1 3/16" square piece of milled stainless steel with a ball-shaped cut-out may just change the way you putt forever. The idea is simple. Use the line on your ball in conjunction with the milled lines and "tick" marks on the Ball Tool to envision the line you want to putt on. Whether it's the break you've chosen or a straight line to the cup, the Ball Tool was designed to help you find the line and make more putts.”

You wouldn’t see the price ‘cause it’s not there but word has it $NZ88.00 will get you one but don’t you dare put that outsize “thing” anywhere near the line of my putt.

The teaching pros say that only gullible golfers or words to that effect would try the “Stack and Tilt” method.
What you've never heard of it but are prepared to try anything to improve your score.

Some time ago Golf Digest did a write up and called it, “The New Tour Swing–The Swing Whisperers-How these two teachers in only a year went from unknowns to tour gurus.

The swing whisperers are Mike Bennett and Andy Plummer and Golf Digest’s Peter Morrice writes, “Their secret is a geometry-based swing model that contradicts almost everything being taught in the game today. They each carry a three-ring binder stuffed with images of great players who validate pieces of their swing model and tattered drawings that illustrate their points. In short, their swing has the player tilting dramatically to his left on the backswing, and then springing up through impact. Players who get beyond its radical look marvel at the pure strikes it produces.”

If you no longer care what people say about your unorthodox swing then maybe you should give it a go.

Coming soon Geoff Shackelford covers Matt Ginella’s interview with Jack Nicklaus and how the golf blogging community are ‘bombing’ the Golden Bear for his “rude” remarks.

Finally, better be quick, go to Geoff’s site to see the pic of Henrik Stenson stripped down to his shorts. Geoff writes, “I love how Fanny appears to be totally unfazed by the scene. Then again, she worked for Faldo so it would take a lot to shock her.”

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