Happy Golf Festivus

You’ve heard about it because of Frank Costanza. George’s somewhat intense father on the television show “Seinfeld”. Are you down because of the stress that is Christmas? Well, no need to fret. Because there is a “Festivus, for the rest of us”. December 23rd. Yep, it’s today. So get ready for the airing of the grievances and some feats of strength because it’s “Golf Festivus”.

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Airing of Grievances

Frank Costanza said it best. “I got a problem with you people! And now you’re going to hear about it”.

  • Slow play. I don’t care if we’re talking about Bryson “The Tortoise” Dechambeau or the folks at your local daily fee golf course. All that I know is this. There is no reason for rounds of golf to last longer than 3 hrs 45 min. Fun fact. When I played U.S. Open Qualifying everybody walked (of course). It was less than 3.5 hours. Play ready golf. Get to your ball and take the shot. Are you playing in a medal competition? Likely not. Hit your shot and move on.
  • The golfing public that keeps slamming Patrick Reed. It’s time to let go. Enough said. I’m done here.
  • You people who ride carts and park in front of the green. Wake up and smell the freshly cut grass. Park parallel to the pin. that’s the quickest exit and entry point.
  • You know those poles or signs that say “No Cart’s” in front of the green? The superintendent put it there for a reason. Don’t take your carts past those signs. Because we all want tire tracks in front of the green.
  • You people that don’t fix ball marks and divots. Yet you complain if your ball hits one on the green causing you to miss your putt. It’s karma. Oh, and you likely don’t fix them because you’re too lazy or because you have a fall sense of entitlement.
  • Slow play has plagued the PGA TOUR right?! Why can’t they play “ready golf”? Lead by example. Experiment on the LPGA Symetra Tour, Korn Ferry Tour, or the Mackenzie Tour. Much in the same way the NHL uses the AHL as it’s test-bed for new ideas.
  • Music haters. The times have changed, music is totally cool on the golf course… With a caveat. If you are one of the DJ’s out on the golf course, the entire golf course doesn’t wanna listen to your Backstreet Boys.
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No, not that DJ.

  • Professionals that damage courses. That’s you, Bryson and Sergio. I still say if they wanna damage the course. Penalize them. Not with strokes. Put them to work. Let them live a day in greenskeeper’s shoes.
  • There’s a better way to enforce the cannabis policy. Don’t! It’s so common that the PGA Show has exploded with CBD vendors. It’s becoming legalized more and more and if it’s prescribed by a doctor than it’s even more legit. I know, it’s about the Olympics. My suggestion. Enforce it a year out from the Olympics. If the PGA TOUR/IOC is that concerned, monitor players 365 calendar days out from the beginning of the Olympics.
  • The double-standard that has been created on the PGA TOUR
  • Trick shots. It’s time for them to slowly fade away. I appreciate the talent but it’s old. So 2018.
  • 25-Handicaps giving new golfers “lessons” at the range. Oh, and filling their heads with technical jargon like “weight transfer” and explain it wrong. You’re going to screw them up even more. Another new golfer… That will quit the game.

Feats of Strength

  • Coming all the way back , after my Stroke and playing the best golf that I’ve ever played. 2019 was my best year for scoring average.
  • My first Ace. Even though it was unwitnessed. It was still exciting.
  • Until The Next Tee had an amazing 2019 and it isn’t quite finished yet.
  • Tiger Woods winning The Masters, tying Snead with 82 victories, going 3-0 at the Presidents Cup and being the winning captain at said Presidents Cup.
  • LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan for slowly getting the purses to where they should be for the LPGA and pursuing companies to “walk the talk” when it comes to sponsorship dollars.
  • Brandon Matthews. Because he knows that there’s more to life than golf.
  • The guys might be good but the girls on the LPGA TOUR are amazing. Watch them.
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Feats of strength indeed. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Now we just need a “Festivus Miracle”. Happy Festivus!!

Until The Next Tee!!

 

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Golf’s Naughty and Nice List – 2019

It’s that time of the year. Good, ole, jolly St. Nick is getting ready for the big night. He’s checking his list, maybe even twice. He’s checking to see which golfer’s (professional and amateur alike) have been naughty or nice. Who knows, maybe there’s even a manufacturer or two who might slide in there too. Alright boys and girls, which of you have been naughty or nice.

Nice – Brooke Henderson – Honestly, I feel like this young lady can do no wrong. Her neighbours are very lucky people. It’s not because she is a fellow Canadian nor is it because she is a heck of a great golfer. No, she’s more than that! Miss. Henderson was the winner of the Founders Award. A very prestigious award and the winner is voted on by her peers on the LPGA Tour. Brooke is always smiling and she is a tremendous ambassador not just for Canadian golf or women’s golf. But golf on a whole. Brooke truly embodies the spirit of the game. Brooke Henderson should be in the running for the Lou Marsh Award for Canada’s Top Athlete.

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Naughty – Bryson Dechambeau – It wasn’t too long ago that I thought Bryson could do no wrong. True story, even though he didn’t need my help I stuck up for him when trolls took to social media (Instagram mostly) and just attacked the tar out of the guy. This was before he won on the PGA TOUR. Well, a lot has changed in the last year or so and Bryson, you young man have been naughty. You wrecked a putting green. Your pace of play is criminal and your selfie of you riding by yourself on a private jet was nauseating. Man, you’ve bulked up. I hope that doesn’t make you lumber around the golf course even more slowly. Maybe I’m just jealous.

Nice – SUB 70 GOLF – I really have to give the independent golf manufacturer from Sycamore, Illinois credit. In case you weren’t aware they manufacture great golf equipment at a fraction of the cost of their competitors (large and small). I’ve been very vocal talking them up on social media and that’s without any sort of solicitation. I’ve dubbed them the “Brand of the People” because they offer sets of irons (the 699 irons) for less than $430 USD. Because of their market model, they’re a brand that I could get behind. Moreover, they also opened themselves up to limited quantities of lefties. Proof positive that they are for REAL.

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Naughty – You People Who Golf in Fivesomes – You know who you are. Some of you might be members of mine at Scenic Woods Golf Club. You are the same people that not only golf in fivesomes but don’t fix your ballmarks when you actually hit a green in regulation and then have the audacity to complain about how te greens are rolling. I’ll be honest, a post on Twitter triggered this entry. A fivesome playing with five carts!!! On what golf course was this and where was a marshal, Head Pro, or even a General Manager to correct this behavior? Inmates running the asylum. Heck, all of the above deserve a lump of coal. Patrick, you triggered me!!

Nice – LPGA TOUR Commish Michael Whan – The LPGA Tour deserves to have a fearless leader like Michael Whan. The LPGA Tour is loaded with talent and they have long deserved the credit that they’re finally deserving. I just wish that the casual golf observer would start watching more of the LPGA. More male amateur golfers can relate to the swings of the LPGA Tour so there is much to learn from watching. If only the advertisers and networks would see fit as well. The Race to the CME Group Tour Championship saw it’s richest purse handed out ($1.5 million went to the winner). More recently, Mr. Whan announced that he wants “equal opportunity” when it comes to the LPGA and sponsorship dollars. Michael Whan is great for the LPGA Tour and the tour is great for him.

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Michel Whan (Photo Credit: Golf Channel)

Naughty – Phil Mickelson – Oh Phil. What have you become? I used to look at you as the “other guy” during Tiger’s crusade for world dominance (Tiger more or less succeeded). But you were the guy always walking the fairway with the dopey smile giving a thumb’s up. You were also the guy at Shinnecock Hills in the 2004 U.S. Open that blew a tee shot where ultimately a poor club selection caused him to lose the championship. He was always the gunslinger that took the chance. I admired the style in which he played. But over time, Phil has seemingly lost touch. Over the last year or so, he had the debacle on the putting green (during another U.S. Open faux pas), he had that stupid pic of him posing behind the money pile for the Tiger vs Phil match (he looked like a douche). Most recently, he opted t skip out of the Waste Management Open (an event that he’s played in for 30 years) to play in Saudi Arabia instead. Tell me, it’s not about the appearance fees. He took to social media to defend himself. Save it. Everyone can read through. Phil has fallen out of the Top-50, isn’t on the Presidents Cup team and this keeps him newsworthy. Geopolitics and ethics aside.

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Oh Phil. (Photo Credit: Golf Digest)

Indifferent – The European Tour – So speaking of geopolitics. It’s hard to not have a quick look at the European Tour and their recent decision to play in Turkey. When they played the Turkish Airlines Open it was a bad time in the world like it always seems to be. President Trump turned things over to Turkish President Erdogan who went and turned his forced onto the Kurds. We know what happened. Many admonished the choice to play the event questioning the tour’s morals and ethics (there’s that word again).

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But then there’s the way that they market their players. They have fun and the players seem to like doing what they do. Look no further than little Billy. Yes, he’s grown up now. The PGA TOUR could learn so much from the Euro’s and the LPGA as far as that goes.

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Nice – Brandon Matthews – Honestly, this story is my favorite story from the year. If you don’t know the name Brandon Matthews he’s the 25-year-old PGA TOUR Latinoamerica golfer who missed an 8-foot putt and a potential entry into the Open Championship when a fan yelled in his backstroke. Initially, he was upset, frustrated that someone had done it intentionally. Later on, however, he was informed by PGA Tour Latinoamérica’s tournament administration manager Claudio Rivas that it was a fan with Down Syndrome that had made the scream. Instead of being upset, Matthews asked “Take me to him” and when they met Matthews embraced him in a hug and signed a glove. No anger, no animosity just… adoration and understanding. Brandon, thank-you for understanding that there is more to life than golf. There still is empathy in this world. Thanks so much for reminding all of us. Brandon, you are a champion.

Until The Next Tee!!

 

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New SALTWATER Collection from PUMA Golf

Today PUMA Golf is releasing its new SALTWATER COLLECTION, part if it’s SS’20 lineup.

The Saltwater Collection, released this week in conjunction with the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, is part of PUMA’s Game That Travels collection (more information on the entire assortment of apparel, footwear and accessories to be shared shortly), which is inspired by key aspects of some of the most desirable locations that Rickie Fowler, Bryson DeChambeau and Gary Woodland visit each week on the PGA Tour. The Saltwater Collection highlights some of the most sought-after tourist attractions in the Bahamas – swimming with sharks, stingrays, and turtles.

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Key pieces in the collection include:

The Slow Play Polo – featuring a fun, repeating golfing turtle pattern that is sure to be the highlight of your resort vacation. FusionYarn Flex fabric, a crafted blend of performance and natural fibers deliver the perfect fusion of everyday comfort and on-course performance, makes this polo a must-wear for your next golf round.

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The Slow Play Tee – utilizing a fun tie-dyed pattern with a three golfing turtle screen print across the chest, you won’t want to forget this Slow Play Tee as you head out for your next golf vacation.

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The Predators Polo – featuring a unique ocean-inspired pattern, incorporating stingrays and sharks, for a fun, all-over print that will have you turning heads as you make your way to the 1st tee.

P Snapback Cap – a little added flair to the popular P 110 Snapback.

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IGNITE NXT Lace Shoes – part of the popular NXT footwear range from PUMA. Designed for comfort and style off course and performance on the course.

All pieces linked here: https://www.cobragolf.com/pumagolf/saltwater

 

Look for Rickie, Bryson and Gary to pieces from this collection at this weeks’ Hero World Challenge.

 

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COBRA GOLF’S NEW KING FORGED TEC IRONS OFFER BETTER PLAYERS A POWERFUL COMBINATION OF ACCURACY, FEEL, DISTANCE AND FORGIVENESS IN AN EYE-CATCHING DESIGN

COBRA Golf has introduced its next generation of KING Forged TEC Irons, featuring a traditional muscle-back shape with a hollow design for a softer feel and improved power preferred by better players, available in a variable or ONE Length set make-up. Fusing a classic look with modern, cutting-edge face, finish and feel technologies, the KING Forged TEC irons provide golfers with the ideal balance of precision and distance.

A sleek, muscle-back shape and sophisticated design of the Forged TEC Irons encloses an unassuming hollow body that delivers low CG and helps maximize distance, forgiveness, and playability. A hollow cavity is infused with energizing foam microspheres that fine-tune acoustics and create the softer feel that better players desire while supporting a thin PWRSHELL Face for increased ball speeds. An updated forged face insert creates a larger Sweet Zone and return area for higher launch and faster ball speeds in a player’s iron. A tungsten toe weight centers the CG behind the hitting zone to maximize distance and increase precision for attacking pins, even on off-center hits.

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Like a majority of COBRA equipment, the Forged TEC irons will feature the innovative COBRA CONNECT Powered by Arccos allowing users to track their accuracy and distance using the Arccos Caddie app on a smart device. Electronically embedded sensors in the grip automatically record the distance and accuracy of every shot so golfers can track their improvements round-to-round.

The KING Forged TEC ONE Length irons offer an added dimension of consistency, as COBRA engineers have manipulated the design of each iron to match the weight and length of a 7-iron, allowing for one simple, repetitive setup and swing motion to reduce variability and increase consistency between clubs. This is primarily achieved through matching 7-iron head and swing weights in every iron to create a consistent feel throughout the set. Weight is added to the ONE Length long irons to compensate for shorter (37.50”) shafts and to match 7-iron swing weight, while weight is removed from the short irons & wedges to compensate for longer shafts while still delivering traditional 7-iron swing weight.

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In addition, lie angles have been adjusted to optimize ball flight in a ONE Length set configuration. Long irons utilize more upright lie angles, while the short irons and wedges have slightly flatter lie angles delivering more consistent trajectory and ball flights. Lighter long-iron shafts encourage easy launch while heavier wedge shafts promote more control into and around the green.

The Forged Tec ONE Length irons are available through stock in a 7-piece (4-PW) set in stiff and regular, in both right and left-handed versions (graphite is available through custom in x-stiff, stiff and regular). The steel version comes equipped with a KBS $-Taper Lite (115- stiff, 110 – reg, 120 – wedge) shaft with Lamkin Crossline COBRA CONNECT grips in a blue colorway.

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The Forged Tec variable length irons ($1,399) are available through stock in a 7-piece (4-PW) set in both right and left-hand versions. The steel KBS $-Taper Lite shaft is offered in both regular (R110) and stiff (S115) flexes.  Graphite offerings in Project X Catalyst 80 in regular, stiff and x-stiff flexes are available through custom only.  Each set comes stock with Lamkin Crossline COBRA CONNECT grips in black.

The Forged Tec irons in variable and ONE Length will be available at retail and at cobragolf.ca beginning November 1, 2019. For more information on the entire KING family of products, visit cobragolf.ca.

Conjecture and Speculation

If you follow the golf world I’m sure that you’ve heard that a player from the Korean PGA recently received a three-year ban for “flipping the bird”. That player was Bio Kim and he was not a random player from that TOUR.

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You see, Bio Kim just happens to be that Tour’s current money leader. So what prompted him to give someone the finger? While leading the DGB Financial Group Volvik Daegu Gyeongbuk Open this past weekend, Kim was hitting his tee shot on the 16th Hole. As he was coming into impact, the sound of a picture being taken startled him. Irate at the situation, he spontaneously gave the finger and slammed his club into the ground. Kim would go on to win the event by one stroke. His second of the season.

The Korean PGA was very quick to discipline Kim for his actions. Banning Kim for three years. The explanation for the disciplinary action being “Kim Bi-o damaged the dignity of a golfer with etiquette violation and inappropriate behavior,”. On top of the three-year ban, Kim was also handed a fine of $8,350 USD. This has outraged golf fans around the world. But I want to look at this from a different perspective.

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KPGA says “No golf for you. Three-year ban. Next”

In a sense, I have to applaud the Korean PGA for taking such a strong and decisive stance on his actions. While most (including myself) see this as simply a player displaying a “knee-jerk reaction” in frustration the reality is that there’s a bigger picture involved. The reality is that in no way is that appropriate behaviour to display to junior golfers (or children in general) that may have been in attendance. Three years is a long freaking time but at least the KPGA did something that might deter this sort of thing in the future. There’s a huge part of me that would love to know what their policy is when one of their tour members maliciously damages a green or damages a golf course in the “heat of the moment”. Would they hand out disciplinary action for a breach of that etiquette? Now, I think that’s worthy of steep disciplinary action.

Conversely, however, it makes me think about the PGA TOUR and European Tour (for that matter). Would they take any sort of action regarding an incident? My answer is no. It’s clear that the likes of PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan in all likelihood wouldn’t. Look at Bryson DeChambeau damaging a green earlier this year. No recourse from the TOUR office for his actions. Or how about Sergio Garcia in Dubai? The European Tour did nothing either. Essentially, the commissioners of their respective tours look spineless and cowardly. One could speculate that the “inmates are running the asylum”. Sometimes in life example’s need to be made.

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For those worrying about Bio Kim and his livelihood being threatened. I’m sure that we’ll see him emerge elsewhere. Between the Asian Tour, the Korn Ferry Tour and sponsor’s exemptions elsewhere he’ll be getting more than his fair share of opportunities to make money.

At the end of the day, the KPGA held a player accountable for his actions and to me… that’s a great thing. I just hope that they (the KPGA) stick to their convictions. But it raises another question for me. If it was Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia, or Bryson Dechambeau would anything have been done to those players? My hypothesis is no, not a damn thing. Folks, there is a double-standard in this world and the golf world is a microcosm of what society is and has become. Where the elite and wealthy are treated oh-so differently.

At the very least Kim and the KPGA got their 15 minutes in a world view. How many of us knew the name Bio Kim before this of gave a crap what happened on the KPGA? Is three years too long for Kim’s actions? Was it an over-reaction? Perhaps. After all, Kim did make an obscene gesture.  Who knows? Maybe the other tours may decide to grow a pair and follow the example set by the KPGA and start handing out discipline. Quite frankly, they need to.

Until The Next Tee!!

#SeeUOnTheNextTee #FightAndGrind

 

 

“First Impressions” Review – Cobra Golf KING F9 SPEEDBACK Irons

When it comes to irons that impress some take a little longer than others. Meanwhile, there are some products that make such a tremendous first impression that you just know when you have a special piece of golf equipment in your hands. The new Cobra Golf KING F9 SPEEDBACK irons are one such example.

Having put the KING F8 ONE Length irons through their paces during a somewhat lengthy testing period in 2018  I made the final conclusion that they were the most fun I had swinging a set of irons (REVIEW HERE).

The thing about movies when they bring out a sequel is that there’s always the concern that the sequel doesn’t quite make the grade. I mean sure, the movie had its moments of comedy but it’s not the same. Look at Caddyshack vs Caddyshack 2 (has anyone watched the sequel?) When it comes to Cobra golf this hasn’t been quite the issue. When they first released ONE Length iron (2017’s F7) it was a decent enough offering in my eyes. The ONE Length concept model made sense to me and they were easy irons to swing and for the short time and limited experience with them, I walked away thinking that they would help a ton of golfers willing to give them a chance. The sequel in 2018 was fantastic but now in 2019 golfers see the third iteration. The KING F9 SPEEDBACK irons.

***If you haven’t seen the most recent review prior to this, I’ve changed the format up just a little bit. All of the technical information is now “The Pre-Shot Routine”. “The Transition” is how I break down the performance while “The Finish” is my final conclusion.

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The Pre-Shot Routine

When it comes to Cobra Golf I have said for several years that Cobra Golf is one of the biggest “movers and shakers” in the golf industry. Cobra Golf is always finding a way to be innovative. It’s one of the things that I admire about Cobra Golf and mentioned this fact to Tom Olsavsky during my time spent with him at the 2019 PGA Show Demo Day.  With that thought comes a question. How? “How do they (Cobra Golf) produce products that seemingly are better year after year?”. The answer is strenuous R&D efforts, brainstorming, and model development long before consumers and in some cases TOUR player’s see them.

When it came to the design of the KING F9 SPEEDBACK irons innovation and R&D were definitely integral components to the development of this iron set. Before we delve too deep into the irons let’s look at their moniker. “SPEEDBACK Technology”. In designing this iron set Cobra Golf sought out a way to make these irons “long, stable and accurate”. This was achieved by placing the CG (Center of Gravity) low while creating a design with high MOI.

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By adding a “steel belt” that is wrapped around the rear perimeter of the head the weight was set low and back. The end game here is to maximize distance through more carry and better launch conditions. When it came to increasing the MOI (stability or resistance to twisting) Cobra Golf R&D utilized the addition of Tungsten (33-grams between the heel and toe) of the long and mid irons (4-7).  Like its predecessor, the KING F9 SPEEDBACK irons feature the PWRSHELL face. The face features variable thickness which makes the size of the sweet spot just a little bit larger (E9 Variable Thickness). The forged PWRSHELL design “features a deep undercut sole with a 1.2 mm internal Speed Channel that absorbs and returns more energy” resulting in higher ball speeds thus equating to longer distance.

Like the previous years, Cobra Golf is incorporating Cobra Connect into the KING F9 SPEEDBACK irons. It’s a great way to track your stats and performance. The KING F9 SPEEDBACK irons come in two versions. Cobra Golf offers the KING F9 SPEEDBACK irons in both a Variable length and ONE Length variant (all irons in the set are a 7-iron length). Cobra Golf didn’t skimp on the golf consumer on their stock shafts with these irons. The KING F9 SPEEDBACK irons come with either KBS Tour shafts (steel) or in the case of graphite, the Fujikura ATMOS 6 ONE Length shafts are featured. The grips are Cobra Lamkin Crossline grips.

 

The Transition

(Conditions at Orange County National Golf Resort and Lodge while swinging Cobra Golf products was sunny, breezy with a crosswind right to left. Later in the day with the temperature was about 64*F/18*C)

Aesthetics – When the KING F9 SPEEDBACK irons are sitting in the golf bag it’s hard not to notice the carbon composite in the cavity immediately. It looks sleek and it was something done on the previous iteration. There is a slight difference between the Variable Length and the ONE Length in this area. The paint scheme. The Variable Length irons say “SPEEDBACK” in red whereas the ONE Length have it in blue and red. When compared to the F8 from 2018 I think the cavity view of these irons looks somewhat “boxy”. It just wasn’t blended in a way that I thought it could have been. Perhaps, it’s just a simple matter of the paint-filled areas where the tungsten is placed and advertised. They have a relatively “futuristic” look to them.

Flipping the club over into the address position you’ll see a relatively moderate topline. There are thinner toplines in this iron category (GI) but there are some others that make this look head look sleek and svelte when looking down at it. In the address position, for some reason, something bugged me. While there is some offset (as is the case with most GI irons) it wasn’t the offset that bugged me. There was something that I didn’t like with the cavity or something to that effect. Even as I write this review I still have a hard time expressing the right thought that I’m looking for. Unsettling maybe? That said, it’s not like the looks would sway me from not playing them.

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Looking at the club face I loved the milling on the face. Although, the milled face isn’t strictly for aesthetics. There’s a high level of functionality involved as the milled faces aid in creating precise lofts with a perfectly flat surface area to work with. The hosel lengths vary for moving weight around to get the best CG location. Groovy right? Oh, speaking of groovy. Even though you can’t see them, Cobra Golf designed these irons to have three different spin “groove cuts”. The long irons featured Milled V-Grooves (4-7), the 8-PW has Milled U-Grooves, while the GW-SW have Wedge Grooves.

Sound/Feel – I won’t waste any time here. These irons sound and felt great. Overall, they were the best sounding clubs acoustically speaking. They have a “crack” that I associate to them. That said, the feel isn’t harsh and that fact can be attributed to the multi-material construction of the badge (aluminum, TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) and acrylic foam). Literature from Cobra golf says that these materials “promote a softer, more responsive feel” and they do just that. Strikes off of the massive sweet spot were distinct and crisp. Especially when it came to the long irons.

Performance – This is the facet of testing and reviews that golfers want to know about. Especially when dealing in a situation where the term of testing isn’t long by any stretch and limited to only so many swings. But these sticks PERFORM!

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The KING F9 SPEEDBACK irons absolutely “killed it” on Demo Day. After I made my first swing with them I turned back to the bleachers at their demo area where my wife (Crystal) was sitting. I just shook my head. I knew with one swing that these irons were every bit as good as the F8 or dare I say… Better! That first strike was as crisp as any that I can recollect. The ball flight was long (7i) and it was “dead straight”. No sign of curvature whatsoever (bear in mind the wind direction). The next swing resulted in the same way… Two shots that were identical in every way. So I changed clubs. I selected a 5i and it was more of the same. I took 10 swings with the KING F9 SPEEDBACK irons and knew that they were one of the best for me during the show. At the very least, I walked away knowing that the F9 SPEEDBACK irons were an improvement over the incumbent.

Flighting the ball wasn’t an issue when adjusting to my right a little and hitting into the “teeth of the wind” a little more. Drawing and cut shots. No problem there as well. Like I said, these irons “killed it”. They nearly stole the show in their Teezy Award category (37/40 points).

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The Finish

When Cobra Golf introduced the KING F9 SPEEDBACK irons they already had a name to live up to. Not only was the previous generation “the most fun I’ve ever had swinging an iron (in my life)” but the really big brother (KING F9 SPEEDBACK driver) had already seen victories on professional TOUR’s worldwide (Lexi and Bryson).

Yes, there are better-looking irons in the category but looks aren’t everything. My issue was two minor things where one of which was something that I still can’t put a finger on to this day. When a golf club is this fun and easy to swing and you see immediate results it says a lot. These irons are geared towards 5-25 handicap golfers. Heck, if you’re Scratch or better why not? Rickie Fowler has KING F9 SPEEDBACK  4-iron in his bag. If it’s good enough for him… Why wouldn’t it be good for us?

If you’re looking for a 2019 iron set that you’ll get your golf consumers dollars worth for I highly recommend the Cobra Golf KING F9 SPEEDBACK irons.

 

Until The Next Tee!!

#FightAndGrind #SeeUOnTheNextTee

 

The USGA Strikes Back

Let’s get right to the point. The 2019 Modernization of the Rules of Golf has been quite the lightning rod of controversy. Almost from Day One of 2019, there has been controversy regarding certain rules infractions. In a way, I’m sort of glad that this has been the case. Really, it has made for excellent “cannon fodder” giving me something to write about.

Personally speaking, I’ve been relatively opinionated about my general disdain of at least some of the new rules in place. That said, it isn’t all bad. I like the idea of leaving the flag in… If anything else it will speed up the pace of play where it matters. The source of the revenue for golf courses and the respective manufacturers. The recreational golfer. I haven’t been on a golf course since January 1st but it only stands to reasons that this will benefit pace of play. Just one thing though, don’t park your carts (push or riding) in front of the greens. Park parallel to the pin. It’s that simple!!

But some of the rules that have been put in place has been tough to palette at times. For example, the knee height drop. You might recollect that back in December I acted out rehearsing “the drop” just to make sure that I got it right. At the root of it, I was openly mocking the rule change. Is it difficult to bend over at the trunk to execute a drop? Certainly not. Does it really make a difference? No, as a matter of fact, I conducted an experiment and out of 10 knee height drops vs the conventional method I actually got more bad lies with the knee height version. Believe it or not!

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Speaking of the knee height drop, there has been some drama surrounding it. First, in Hawaii, Bryson DeChambeau got real “extra” in performing a drop. I like Bryson and I like him a lot but he looked like a damn fool trying to get comfortable. Bryson, leave the mocking to us that are not on national television. Then there was Rickie Fowler. He got penalized for dropping the “conventional” way. Even in law, ignorance of the law is no excuse. The Criminal Code and laws of the land are written somewhere. The USGA and R&A are no different. All players know the rule but to penalize on those grounds? It makes me wonder if Mr. Palmer is rolling in his grave looking down at this. In my opinion, there is plenty of room for the rule to be written. Perhaps it could be something like this. In my eyes, it seems very reasonable and I actually had Brittany Lincicome give it a “Like” on Twitter (sorry about the mention Brittany).

“In the case of dropping a ball for relief or a penalty. A player may proceed to drop with the option of dropping the ball from knee height as he or she sees fit”.

Like I said, I’m a fan of some of the new rules. For example, Rule 10.2b(4): “The previous prohibition is extended so that, once the player begins taking a stance for the stroke, and until the stroke is made, the player’s caddie must not deliberately stand on or close to an extension of the line of play behind the ball for any reason”. Honestly, I like it and I feel that a professional golfer playing in a major TOUR should have the sufficient skill to be aligned properly. First, there was China’s Haotong Li at the Dubai Desert Classic that was assessed the two-stroke penalty. Li was preparing for his birdie putt on the 72nd hole at the Emirates Club. His caddie was observed standing behind him as he was taking his stance. Then look no further than Friday. At the Honda Classic, Adam Schenk was assessed a two-stroke penalty after the fact when his caddie (Mark Carens) was said to have been discussing where to land a shot. It was viewed as Carens lining up Schenk. While Schenk and his caddie said that there was no intent to cheat (I feel that there wasn’t either) a rules official showed the footage on an iPhone prior to his third round. The net result was a triple bogey being put on the scorecard. I really think there could be a fine line with this one. To the caddies on TOUR just stand to the left or right of your player.

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ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 22: Justin Thomas of the United States plays his shot from the 14th tee during the second round of the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club on September 22, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Now, players have been voicing there concerns to any media outlet that will give them access. Golf Channel and of course social media. Today, Justin Thomas was called out. By the USGA themselves. See below.

I liked the response. The USGA openly aired the proverbial dirty laundry and let everybody know that they’ve been waiting right there for players to approach them. Or at least in this case Justin Thomas himself. This is the solution to get to the bottom of all of the rules hubbub. Instead of golfers (TOUR players) taking to social media from the safety of a cell phone or laptop sit down and have a face to face interaction. Isn’t this what the Player’s Advisory Council is for? Chairmen Hahn and Kisner the floor is yours. Whatever happened to interpersonal skills? Those skills that we acquired growing up as children where you actually talked openly about situations? Oh, those were the days.

I sincerely hope and am hopeful that what we’re experiencing are growing pains. Golfers, for the most part, have always been reluctant to accept change. Remember when white drivers came out? Or new ways to develop a golf swing (Stack and Tilt, The Golfing Machine etc). The controversy and hate. With any luck, the USGA and respective TOUR players will all be on the same change by the time The Masters comes around. If controversy continues come the U.S. Open the USGA could be in a real hornet’s nest.

Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee