#TeeBoxChatter – Tour Edge Golf, AXIS 1, SUB 70 Golf and more.

In this episode of #TeeBoxChatter I come to you from the Wehrle Golf Dome in Cheektowaga, NY.

On a day were i was just planning n getting in a few swings in preparation for the 2020 PGA Show I had an expected yet unexpected parcel arrive. In for review is a putter from AXIS 1 Golf. Also in this episode I discuss the apprehension of wondering what the new Exotics EXS 220 metalwoods from Tour Edge Golf will be like. The Exotics EXS of 2019 WILL be a tough act to follow. Ongoing testing of the 699 Pro irons from SUB 70 Golf, Cameron Smith and more.

 

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#TeeBoxChatter – Club Testing SUB 70 Golf 699 Pro Irons

Club testing comes in many forms. From sessions on a driving range to on-course testing. Where testing truly matters most.

So far, testing of the SUB 70 Golf 699 irons has been conducted in a golf dome setting and on the range. January 2nd afforded me the chance to take the testing to the turf. Hitting off of mats is one thing but as most of us know the turf interaction is much different. In particular when the golf course is really soggy.

I headed to St. David’s Golf Club in St. David’s, Ontario to carry on testing of this golf club. The video below explains how testing was done on this day. Enjoy!

 

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Officially Introducing – #TeeboxChatter

In an effort to produce more video content I invested in a microphone and a tripod. While I will still be writing reviews look for more video content in 2020. Introducing #TeeBoxChatter.

#TeeBoxChatter will involve everything from happenings in the golf world, swing videos, equipment reviews and much more. This is the first installment. Topics of discussion include 2019 happenings, site growth, the 2020 PGA Show and more.

Happy New Year!!

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2019 Year in Review – A Year of Growth

Happy New Year!! And Auld lang syne and all of that jazz. As we kiss good-bye to the year 2019 and welcome in 2020 I just want to wish everyone a very happy and safe 2020. I sincerely hope that 2020 is a happy and healthy year for all of you.

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Without all of you, I’ll be honest. There would be no Until The Next Tee. It’s my readers that drive me, wanting to educate golfers about golf equipment, apparel, the occasional tip, and sometimes talk about what it’s like to have toiled in golf Mini-Tours. Especially, considering it was during a time that I likely shouldn’t have been. My swing was undergoing weekly changes back then. Of course, I’m not shy about sharing my opinion on the game that I love so much. Sometimes, we have to hurt the ones that we love right?

As I look back on 2019 there are so many things that I can take away from it. Personally, golf-related, and blog-related too. Accomplishments that I wasn’t sure would be possible. So what were some of the accomplishments and highlights from 2019.

  • January saw me attending the PGA Show with my wife Crystal. It was her first time attending the show. The show was excellent and if there was one thing that I learned it was this. The parity in the industry from company to company was crazy good. For the most part, when it came to drivers/metalwoods that real determining factor separating one from the other was the shaft, The technology in this industry is at a point where I often wonder “where do they go from here?” and I guess we’ll find out in a couple of weeks at the 2020 PGA Show.

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  • March saw me back in Florida and playing golf testing the likes of Ben Hogan Equalizer wedges and playing my first real golf since my Stroke. It was a long fight back. From learning how to walk again (September to November) to walking the fairways again. Always remember to #fightandgrind.
  • The golf season here got off to a very slow start. Never in my life can I recall a spring like we had in 2019. Rains of biblical proportions kept courses underwater and for the most part, closed. Including Scenic Woods Golf Club where I worked for the second season.
  • Once the rains ceased and the course was able to have carts on it (no paths to really speak of) it was “go time”. That didn’t happen until June. I started off sort of slow and struggled at times with my golf swing. I admit that I was making compensatory moves because of the weakness on my left side from the Stroke. I was shorter and lacked power and balance. It’s amazing that as the season progressed my game really improved.
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Loving life on the golf course. Comfortable in my skin out there.

  • 2019 offered me a chance to work with companies that I never worked with prior to 2019 when it came to reviews. Golf manufacturers like SkyCaddie, Lamkin Grips, TaylorMade Golf (Canada), ZOOMTEE, Bridgestone Golf, Tour Edge Golf, and SUB 70 Golf to name a few. Thank you to all of those manufacturers for taking a chance on me.
  • When the dust settled on playing in 2019, the golf season was very kind to me. It was the lowest scoring average that I’ve ever seen since I started to play golf. Ironically, the Stroke might have helped. My left side is my dominant side and that was the side that was affected. It smoothened out my tempo. I’ve since gained strength, so we’ll see how it goes moving into 2020.
  • My First Ace. It was unwitnessed. But I swear, that it really happened.
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Approach shots like this became frequent in 2019 as the season wore on. My proximity to the pin made Birdies easy.

  • My low round was a -7 (65) 4x. My lowest total for 9 was a -6 (29).
  • I became a Member of the Golf Journalists Association of Canada and the International Network of Golfers.
  • Until The Next Tee. When I started as Alexander Toth Golf I was happy if one person read what I had to say. After gaining traction I rebranded in 2017. I thought I made a mistake. I only had 8,500 views that year. 2018 saw growth to 28,900 views. 2019 saw even more growth. Call it 70,000 views (at the time of writing 68,730 to be precise). When I say thank-you, I mean it from the bottom of my heart. Thank-you.

Well, that wraps up 2019 with a tidy little bow. If I may be so bold, I would love all of you to spread the word about Until The Next Tee. Please help me make 2020 the best year yet.

Late in 2019, I’ve been experimenting with “Live Twitter” and a little more video. Look for more of this in 2020 as I am getting used to being on camera. Look for #teeboxchatter. The coverage from the 2020 PGA Show will be aggressive.

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Introduction to Review – SUB 70 Golf 699 Pro Irons

Many thanks go out to the Founder and CEO of SUB 70 Golf (Jason Hiland) for giving me the opportunity to put the NEW 699 Pro irons through the paces.

A couple of weeks ago, the Sycamore, Illinois-based independent golf manufacturer announced that they had a new iron that was to be released in January. The iron… The 699 Pro. An iron that grabbed my attention right away when they posted a picture of it over social media. Shortly after the released picture, I exchanged a few emails with Mr. Hiland which led to a terrific telephone call where we discussed the 699 Pro irons and SUB 70 Golf in general. If there’s a brand that I can stand behind, it’s a brand like SUB 70 Golf. Why?

There are a couple of reasons.

  • The price point of their equipment is highly competitive and second to nobody. They might offer the best bang for the “golfer buck.
  • Just because the price point is significantly lower than the competition doesn’t mean that they “skimp” on quality. The products are of high quality.
  • They care about the consumer. It’s little things like a hand-written note thanking you for your purchase or putting a new piece of equipment through its paces.
  • They listen to the consumer and take recommendations into account. That’s actually how the 699 Pro irons came to be.

What are we looking at when we talk about the 699 Pro irons. Well, we have the same technology that was packed into their popular 699 irons (so popular in fact that they brought out left-handed versions of that iron) and placed it into a smaller, more compact head with less offset, and a thinner top line. The 699 Pro irons retain the same 17mm face as its predecessor. This thin-faced, hollow body design gives golfers the maximum in ball speed of off the face and a crisp, hot feel.

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The head of the 699 Pro is black. Using their Quench polish quench (QPQ) which “is a specialized type of nitrocarburizing case hardening that increases corrosion resistance and wear resistance” gives the 699 Pro irons a sleek, sexy, and stealthy look.

I received my 699 Pro 7-iron yesterday and immediately took it to the Paddock Golf Dome in Tonawanda, NY for some initial swings. The first impression was staggering. In a great way.

Stay tuned right for a review in the near future.

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UTNT VLOG – December 27th, 2019

Here’s a fun fact. In the Niagara Region where I live, we’ve unofficially had two winters already. We received our first winter back on Halloween and then we just came through another wintry blast. Little did I realize golfers in the region would be able to enjoy golf around Christmas in weather at or near 50*F (10*C). Among those golfers, of course, is “yours truly”.

December 27th was one of those days where golf was on the menu. Having dropped off my wife at work I made my way to Queenston Golf Club. It and its sister course (St. David’s Golf Course) were packed. Patience is a virtue and I teed off around 2:30 in the afternoon to play 9 holes.

I decided to do some “Live’ Twitter posts so here are some of the videos that I made. I discussed. I hope you enjoy.

 

Shortly after getting home. I made two changes to my WITB. Out is the TaylorMade Golf JetSpeed 3-wood which was replaced by the SUB 70 Golf Pro Fairway (15*). Also being swapped out was the TaylorMade Golf SLDR 4H and back into the bag is the Tour Edge Exotics EXS 4H. Which remains the best hybrid that I’ve ever gamed. We’ll see how the bag looks as I head down to Florida in January for the PGA Show and for some golf.

Be sure to fix ball marks. Take pride in making them by fixing them. Also, a quick blurb about a Zero Friction golf ball. The Spectra Matte. Not a bad first impression.

Some final thoughts about the round. Adjusting to eyeglasses, the Zero Friction Spectra golf ball, the SkyCaddie SX400, and Golf Gum.

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Dome and Gym Time

So, I’ve been spending a fair amount of time over the last few months in the backyard. You see, in my backyard, sits the “UTNT Practice Centre for Deprived Golfers”. I have a Callaway Golf practice net set up so I can continue to make swings during the off-season. Which makes me think. Is there really an off-season?

While I’m back there hitting countless balls into the net I’m really only doing a couple of things.

  1. Getting my reps in
  2. Working on tempo and timing
  3. Working on my “quality of strike” and
  4. Make any mechanical tweaks that I see fit.

Honestly, this is the perfect time of the year for us in northern climes to make those adjustments. Admittedly, I’ve been working on having a bit of a bowed wrist at the top. Bowing the wrist does help to flatten the swing a tad on the way down. Truthfully, I’ve been working pretty hard on things because I’ve had some discussions with Crystal (my wife) and I do want to tee it up again when it matters. What’s the point of posting a 65 if it doesn’t mean anything?

It’s been over a year since my Stroke and the 2019 season saw me play the best golf that I’ve ever played. My lowest-scoring average (I had a couple of blow-up rounds 81 and 83) but I had a number of rounds SUB 70.

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Speaking of SUB 70.

My swing changed since my Stroke and my swing went from basically being aggressive and attacking the golf ball through impact to a move that’s more tempo-based. A huge reason for my scoring improving. It was a matter of more club with less swing and my GIR percentage increased. Finding the fairway has never really been an issue.

So I thought that today would be a good day to head indoors and see some ball flight. A dome session was in order. The dome where I go has a flight for about 80 yards as long as you don’t hit the ceiling. Which of course happens. It’s one thing to hit into a net and have really quality strikes.  But, it can be misleading. It’s another matter altogether when the ball has a chance to curve.

My session went really well today and other than a couple of low snap hooks I was really happy. The low snap is my miss. As long as nothing is leaking out to the right… Life is good. If I miss right, something went awry in my swing. Afterwards, I went to the gym.

I’m working out at Crunch Fitness and it’s a decent enough gym. I’m pleased to say that my weight is down to below 190 lbs, I’m feeling a little stronger and I guess I’m getting my “Inner Dechambeau” on. While I’m looking to gain muscle, I don’t wanna get big. I guess lean muscle mass is the goal.  Core work is essential and I will be taking SuperSpeed Golf into the gym as well. Golf, there is #nooffseason

There’s more news on the way so stay tuned.

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