The final installment of The Teezy Awards for 2018 has arrived.

I’m going to quickly go through the “Best of the Best” for 2018. From the best equipment to the best accessory. So… let’s just jump right into it.

Top Driver – The winner of this category is no stranger to the title. Cobra Golf took the honors here from their showing at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show. The KING F8+ was a perfect blend of feel, power, spin, trajectory and aesthetics.

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Testing of the Callaway Rogue Sub Zero was real impressive but one thing still bothers me about it. The feel. It just didn’t feel crisp like the Epic. Maybe the Epic Flash will bring home the honors in 2019.

Top Fairway Metal – Okay so I really didn’t have much of an opportunity to swing any new clubs in this category outside of the PGA Show. It was there where I crowned the Cobra Golf KING F8 fairway metal. For much of the same reasons that the driver one. Terrific acoustics, crisp and light feel off of the face and last but not least easy to launch. A confidence builder from the fairway.

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Under further review… the Launcher HB nearly got the nod. If you need help from the fairway… look at the Launcher HB. (Photo Credit: Cleveland Golf)

In retrospect, I had a change of heart for the runner-up fairway metal in this category. The Cleveland Launcher HB. Although it didn’t seem to get any or for that matter many accolades it was an impressive stick. The easiest to launch that I experienced in 2018 also had a sweet ballflight and a fair price point. Of note here as well was the silver like that represented the step-down that I also served another great purpose. Framing the golf ball. 

Top Hybrid – I was torn on how to choose this category. Things were looking really good for the TaylorMade Golf M3 to maintain the award. But then in late 2018 I received a product for testing. The catch? It’s a product for 2019. That said, it just may repeat at this time next year. The Tour Edge Exotics EXS  is THE best hybrid that I’ve used to date. Long, consistent straight ballflight, a premium shaft, great acoustics I could go on and on why it wins the Teezy Award for Top Hybrid.

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Top Irons – There’s going to be no split in this category between forged and cast. Or GI vs Player’s irons. It’s about the Top Iron. The winner of this category is the 1031 Forged from New Level Golf. These irons feel great, are plenty forgiving, it’s a pin-seeker and quite frankly it has all of the aesthetics that you could want. Not to mention it’s also a forged GI iron.

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What surprised me here was how close it was between the 1031 Forged and the multi-material Cobra KING F8 ONE Length irons. They were the most fun I’ve had swinging an iron that I can ever recollect. Super long, forgiving and they feel powerful at impact.

Top Wedges – These wedges aren’t forged. Which isn’t a big deal. Many of the “top brands” make wedges that are cast. But when push comes to shove you want a wedge that you’re comfortable with. It might be a blade like a Vokey or it could be a cavity-back. New Level Golf could have won this award too had I spent more time with it. But when you’re in trouble… you want a wedge that will save your bacon. For this reason the nod goes to Cleveland Golf and their CBX wedge. These wedges are super easy to get up in the air, easy to get out of bunkers, and the mass slides through the greenside rough like a hot knife trough butter. One of my Members (and students) this year bought two. I told Bob that he was the smartest golfer at the course.

Top Putter – There were plenty of putters that I rolled that performed great. The TaylorMade Spider is a putter that I generally putt very well with. More often than not it just seems like they just fall. I had a great time rolling the ArGolf Uther in Orlando. It walked out of Orlando with the award. However, late this year I was rolling putts with a SeeMore Giant FGPt. Center-Balanced, a 360 gram head weight (I’d be inclined to get it to 400 grams) and the renowned Rifle Scope Technology made for a putter that I was extremely confident with. That’s half of the battle in putting.

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Maybe it’s just SeeMore Putters in general. (Photo Credit: SeeMore Putters)

Top Golf Ball – There are golf balls that I consider my go-to golf ball or golf balls. What used to be Titleist is no longer the case. That honor belongs to the Srixon Q Star Tour. That said, the Bridgestone Golf Tour B XS is the Top Golf Ball that I tested during this product cycle. These balls barely slid into the competition this year. Great all-around performance from tee to green. It was a banner year for the Covington, Georgia-based company with Bryson DeChambeau winning three times, Tiger Woods once, Matt Kuchar once and Lexi Thompson winning on the LPGA Tour.

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I was surprised by how good the TaylorMade Golf Project (S) was when I tested it in Florida as soon as the show wrapped up last year. For less than $30 CAD it was a golf ball that was half to a full club longer and felt pretty darn good. Also what surprised me was how good it performed when it came to greenside pitches and chips. Not bad for a distance golf ball.

Top Golf Component – This category I lumped together with shafts, heads, ferrules, grips and anything else that you need to build a golf club. The winner here was clear cut. Not only did I experience great results using the TPT Golf 15-LKP-LT-LW but so did professionals using their various shafts on Tours worldwide. TPT Golf makes a wide range of shafts with various kickpoints, bend profiles and weights.

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Top Golf Technology – Probably the easiest category for me to decide. Initially, it wasn’t! But then long-term testing came of the FlightScope mevo. A device that costs the same price of most drivers on the market. It’s a personal launch monitor giving you important metrics like Club and Ball Speed, Smash Factor, Launch Angle and more. It transports easily from place to place as it fits into the palm of your hand. Great for figuring out your gapping.

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Top Golf ApparelArnold Palmer Apparel (APA). I left the PGA Show thinking that this apparel was sent from heaven. That was before I tested and reviewed their products. Everything from mid-layer to pants. My stance on APA became even stronger during and after the review. Fabric that has “great feel of hand”, apparel that wears real well, it’s sophisticated and trendy. The price point is more than fair. Not to mention 100% of the profits go towards Arnie’s Army Children’s Hospital Foundation.

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Top Accessory – Another category that was hard to decide. The final two that it came down to could have easily been placed in the Top Technology category too. But they weren’t. As I sat here and wrote this finale for 2018 I was torn in making a choice in a way similar to the Top Irons category. But a winner emerged. Shot Scope V2. A device that is not just a watch but also a watch-style golf GPS. The features give you exact yardages not just from the middle of the fairway but from off of the beaten path as well. Not only does it provide on-course information but it also provides you with a variety of stats to help you improve your game. This accessory is a performance tracker and it will find flaws in your game and help you improve. Shot Scope is always updating the app.

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I have to mention mention Aftershokz as well in this category. This is a set of headphones that features Bone Conduction Technology. They’re wireless, act as a headset so you can be hands-free on your cell phone, have rich sound and because their construction has an open construction design they are extremely safe.

Until The Next Tee!!

#FightAndGrind #SeeUOnTheNextTee

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Well everyone. We made it. Out with the old and in with the new. We bid a fond farewell to 2018 and in a few short hours we’ll be saying hello to a New Year. 2019 we’re ready for ya.

I just wanted to take the time to say a few words to you…my readers. Before I say anything further I just wanted to simply… Thank-you!! 

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Without all of you taking a few short minutes out of your busy lives to quickly read my articles I wouldn’t be doing any of this. It’s very humbling for me that you take any time take a look at what I have to say. From the beginning of me starting my own golf blog I was happy if anything I said reached one pair of eyeballs. I underwent a name change… re-brand what ever you want to call it. I was starting to gain traction when I decided that Alexander Toth Golf was no longer going to be feasible for growing a product. So in 2017, right before the PGA Show I made a difficult choice to start all over. Close the chapter on Alexander Toth Golf and start Until The Next Tee. When the dust settled in 2017 my stats were low and there was part of me that regretted the change. But, I decided to stay with it for another year.

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2018 was a year that was unreal for me. All of the regrets that I may have had slowly started to get forgotten. I was watching my site views grow per day and month and suddenly things were looking promising. In 2017, I had around 7,200 views (here at my .blog) while the .com gathered a little more. 2018 was a record-breaking year. All of the years that I’ve been writing and blogging I’ve never seen a year like this. The month of December alone was my best month ever by nearly 2,000 views and that too humbles me. After all, I’m just one little guy. It may not look like anything compared to the big guys (THP, WRX, MGS, Golfballed etc) but I’m happy with what my site has become and the growth that it’s seen. I’ve worked my arse off to get to this point. Funny thing this is all without Search Engine Optimization.

Without the companies that jumped on board with me to give me a shot… it couldn’t have been done without you. Bridgestone Golf, Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company, Cobra Golf, Callaway Golf, Tour Edge Golf, FlightScope (mevo), R-Motion, Shot Scope, Bald Head Blues, Loudmouth Golf, Bolle Eyewear and so many others all gave me a chance to test and review their products. Thanks so much! Later on, it was the likes of Wilson Golf, Srixon/Cleveland/XXIO, TaylorMade Golf Canada, Bettinardi Golf and once again Cobra Golf all made me privy to press releases of soon-to-be released products.

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Look for the review on the Equalizer wedge from Ben Hogan Golf in 2019.

I have to give thanks to marketing firms like Mary Beth Lacy, Vanessa Price (Read The Greens), Stuart Goldstein (Raker Goldstein), Al Abrams, Joe Wieczorek (The Media Group) and David Wheatley (Medi8 Golf) who sent me press releases to keep myself and my readers up-to date with products in manufacturers pipelines. Some of these releases also lead to reviews like Nexbelt, Shot Scope V2 and so many others. Thank-you everyone!!

2019 is going to be even better yet. Look for several changes. Some changes have already taken place like adding Crystal to the UTNT team. She’s going to be a real asset to all of this so as always thanks so much for staying by my side like you have for the last 21 years. the coverage that she’s going to provide will be at times edgy and she definitely gives a perspective on products that I likely wouldn’t cover. I’ve already made changes to the way that I’m doing things. More video, a podcast and updates to the site that will make UTNT more like a community. Look for a forum sometime after the 2019 PGA Show as well. Oh… there’s going to be downsizing as well. I’m getting rid of my .com to focus solely on what I have here.

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More golf in 2019. Better not leave these putts short in 2019.

2019 is a year where I will have other goals as well. Some golf-related and others that will only help my golf. For golf, yes I need to get out and play more. Sometimes this is hard to do when you work in the industry. But it’s something that I’m going to strive towards. While we’re at it… I need to address my putting while I’m out there. You can’t make putts if they don’t reach the hole (thanks Shot Scope V2). Is tournament golf and playing competitively in the cards? It might be but much of that depends on my amount of play and practice and of course my health. That said, I’m going to try to stay out of hospitals and have no more Strokes.

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Back here in three weeks.

December 2018 is finishing strong and we’re going to carry that momentum into 2019. Thanks everyone for being there and taking the time. 2019 will be fun and just think.. the PGA Show is fast approaching.

One thing remains for sure. The mission statement. Honest and unbiased reviews should go without saying. Being genuine is another thing altogether. I will always guarantee that we will remain genuine. In our reviews and editorials. If we don’t stay true to who we are than why bother?

From Crystal ,my children and myself. Thank-you!! Stay safe and please don’t drink and drive. #SeeUOnTheNextTee.

Until The Next Tee!!

#FightAndGrind

As I sit here watching fresh snow fall I am reminded that the holiday season is upon us. For all of my friends, family and loved ones in the United States I hope that each and every one of you have a very Happy and Safe Thanksgiving.

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With American Thanksgiving here means that Black Friday and the Holiday Season is upon us. As usual, I release a holiday gift guide based on products that I’ve personally used and recommend. In the past, this gift guide has focused on products that are under $100. However, I thought that I would change it up this year simply because there are too many gadgets that are more than $100 that I’d like to recommend.

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the offing maybe now is the time to take advantage of some sales. So without further delay here we go.

Gift Under $25

Believe it or not, there are a myriad of great gifts for under $25. Among these options are gifts like the Tee Claw. It’s a multi-purpose tool that allows golfers to practice without using those annoying rubber tees when you’re at the driving range. Tee Claw allows users to employ real golf tees. Not only that you can use Tee Claw as a very effective training aid whether it’s putting doing the “gate drill” or the full swing working on club path. A terrific stocking stuffer. Tee Claw is currently offering a sale. 2 3-pack kits including lanyards for $21.95. Visit the Tee Claw website for more information.

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Also in this gift category is the Stick-It Magnetic Golf Towel. Stick-It utilizes a a high-strength magnet (25 pounds of pull) and a high-quality micro-fiber golf towel which absorbs water quickly and dries fast. You can use this towel tee to green and requires no bending to pick it up after use. You simply “stick it and pick it”. It’s a great alternative to traditional towels, transports easily from tee to green and stays on the bag without falling off. Not to mention you simply un-clip the magnet and throw easily into the washing machine to wash it. My review of the Stick-It  Magnetic Golf Towel is coming out and it’s worth the $24.95. For more information or to order please visit Monument Golf.

Gifts Under $50

Alright, there’s a plethora of options at this price point. One of the most obvious things to purchase at this price point is golf balls. Name a manufacturer and they all have one to satisfy your needs. If it were me looking for a golf ball in this price point I’d either look at the Srixon Q Star Tour, Vice Golf Pro Soft, or the Tour B range from Bridgestone Golf. There are others out there for less money but these are the top golf balls that I’ve tested where the budget leaves you a little extra for something else… or a little bit to get yourself something nice. After all, you’ve been good all year right?

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There is no way that I could mention gifts under $50 without mentioning 2UNDR. 2UNDR is known for a couple of things. First, they are the most comfortable undergarments that I’ve worn in my life. Secondly, the “Joey Pouch” which goes a long way in aiding the comfort of these undergarments. Featuring creature comforts like their “No Drip Tip” the boys are happy all day and night long. They have several cuts of boxer briefs, long underwear, shirts, caps and more all for under $50. Go to the 2UNDR website for more details and pricing.

Gifts Under $100

So now we’re starting to get into gift suggestions for under $100. As will be the case for every category there’s a proverbial cornucopia of ideas at this price point. Among the better one’s from my experiences include any of the product range from Arnold Palmer Apparel. Every piece is of the highest quality and extremely stylish. All of the pieces are under $100 and a 100% from the profits goes towards Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation. For more information please visit Arnold Palmer Apparel for more information.

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While I cannot comment on their most recent wedges I can comment on their initial foray. Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company released their TK wedges in January of 2015. These are wedges that feature a ton of loft options. They offer great feel, forged heads, premium shaft options and a gentle price tag of $75 each (plus shipping). For more information please visit benhogangolf.com. Help your loved ones short game. They’ll love you forever.

Gifts Under $200

Be Original. Enjoy the walk. My favorite brand of golf shoes is without question TRUE Linkswear. I credit their shoes with saving my leg in 2014 after I developed gangrene leading me to fight to keep my right leg. Since then they’re the shoe that I swear by on and off of the course. Give your feet a break with their all-world comfort and versatility. In 2018, they launched the TRUE Original $149 and their TRUE Outsider $169. These shoes have been phenomenal and the TRUE Outsider is great for literally any function.

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It’s early in the testing process but I’m going to make a point of mentioning the Tour Edge Golf Exotics EXS Hybrid. This is a piece of equipment for the 2019 product cycle. It features a premium Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei CK Blue shaft in many flex and loft options. The face is hot, light and responsive and sets up beautifully in the address position. Boasting Cup Face Technology with Variable Face Thickness (VFT Technology) the sweet spot is expanded.  You get a golf club with a ton of tech for $199.99.

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One of my favourite products discovered at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show and a product that tested extremely well was Aftershokz Trekz Air headphones. These received a very complimentary review and won the Teezy Award for Top Accessory at the 2018 PGA Show. These open concept headphones use Bone Conduction Technology to deliver great sound. Not only are they wireless and employ Bluetooth but they are very safe. For more information please visit the Aftershokz website for more details.

Gifts Under $350

Even though I haven’t had it in hand or made passes with it yet I just want to float the idea of the Exotics EXS driver again from Tour Edge Golf. For $299.99 and offering a ton of tech this driver is at least worth a mention and a look.

At any rate, this gift suggestion is going to be one of the last reviews for 2018 and one that will be released real soon. What do you get when you have a GPS Watch, sensors for the end of your golf clubs and an in-depth performance tracking system? The answer is the ShotScope V2. Wearable GPS Technology that helps golfer improve by letting them know their tendencies. Important analytics like average distance, putts per round, fairways and greens hit in regulation and so much more. The best part.. unlike other similar versions out there in the marketplace this one involves no tagging clubs. Just get up to your golf ball and fire away. The Scotland-based company retails them for 225 GBP which translates to roughly $288 USD however by visiting ShotScope.com you’ll see that they have some holiday season pricing.

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If you’re about making New Year’s Resolutions and your goal is to lose weight and get into better shape than maybe trading the riding cart for a push cart is an idea. If there is one that I recommend it would be the Clicgear 3.5+. With features like maintenance-free tires, smooth movement, a large storage net, ease of folding/unfolding and a wide variety of accessories available you can let your imagination run wild. With a multitude of color options there is an option for everyone. It might have launched in 2007 but there have been several enhancements to improve on an award-winning design. Approximately $300 CAD.

Gifts Under $500

I won’t list more than one in this category. But the one I am going to list for under $500 is a product that I would invest that kind of money into long before buying a new driver for the same money. The gift suggestion is the FlightScope mevo. Practice with a purpose. Know exactly how far you hit each golf club and know the particulars. With data recorded like clubhead speed, ball speed, smash factor, back spin you’ll have all of the data (or nearly) that you could ever need. In my review I had a wishlist for this product for them to include AoA and Club Path but at $499 this is quite a lot of bang for the buck. Especially, when comparing to other launch monitors worth thousands more. Great for practicing indoors or outdoors. If you’re stuck in a dome during the winter then this is a gift for you. Visit my review or flightscopemevo.com for more details. They are offering $50 off for Black Friday pricing.

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I hope that this guide has helped you find a gift for your loved ones or perhaps yourself. There are great gifts available at every price point. From my family to yours please be safe this holiday season. Happy Holidays!

Until The Next Tee!!