A Jury Divided – “First Impressions” Q Star Tour DIVIDE Golf Balls Review

Srixon Golf might be one of the major golf manufacturers that could be construed as somewhat underrated. Unless you’re a knowledgeable golfer with all of the golf equipment resources out there, Srixon golf balls may not be the first golf ball that you think to try. Sure, you see them on the shelves in your local shop, but, instead of trying them you pass them by for a box of “Pro V’s” or something instead. Oh, how market share and tour exposure sells golf balls.

The Q Star Tour is no newcomer to the golf ball market, as it is a golf ball that has been around for a few generations now. The Q Star Tour is a multi-layer golf ball that I’ve tested and reviewed in the past and it is a golf ball that I would not hesitate to put into competitive play. The Q Star Tour features several of the same features as Srixon’s tour-level golf ball (Z Star and Z Star XV) but is ultimately for those golfers that want a softer feeling pro-level golf ball. It’s price point is in that mid-high price point. Each dozen costs $44.99 CAD or $32.99 USD.

The Q Star Tour DIVIDE is the same golf ball but with a different “spin” if you will. This is a golf ball that allows you to see how your golf ball spins and makes the lining up of putts seem pretty… seamless. While the “standard version” of the Q Star Tour features a urethane cover featuring it’s patented “SpinSkin” technology which provides extra friction culminating in more spin. DIVIDE features a 50/50 matte thermoplastic urethane cover that has not been painted (in a similar manner that we’ve seen with Wilson’s Staff Model golf balls). The cover however, is manufactured with bright pigments that according to Srixon Golf will not scratch or tear.

The blue and yellow Q Star DIVIDE. Highly visible.

In the video below, I offer my first thoughts on the Q Star Tour DIVIDE from Srixon Golf. Stay tuned for more information on my testing of the Q Star Tour DIVIDE. There’s more work to be done with a focus on comparing the DIVIDE to the “conventional Q Star Tour”. The video highlights my concerns.

The conditions were windy on the date that I played and tested them. I apologize for any wind that made listening tough.

Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind #seeunthenexttee

Hailey Rae Ostrom Joins Blue Tees Golf

Hailey Rae Ostrom adds to a diverse, reputable, and inclusive Blue Tees Golf Ambassador team-
SAN FRANCISCO, CA. – July 22, 2021 – Blue Tees Golf, a rapidly growing producer of golf rangefinders and accessories, has developed a dynamic ambassador program and at the cornerstone of the team is professional golfer, and competitor from the Golf Channel’s “Shotmakers,” Hailey Rae Ostrom.

“It is a privilege to ‘officially’ welcome Hailey to the Blue Tees Golf ambassador team. She personifies the brand with her drive, passion, and commitment to contribute. As an early supporter of the brand, she produced and posted several Blue Tees Golf video reviews as well as multiple postings on her social platforms. We thank her for her ongoing support and look forward to involving her with some upcoming new products,” said Drew Koehler, Co-Founder and Head of Business Development of Blue Tees Golf.

Ostrom is a former D3 All-American golfer from George Fox University where she captured four collegiate events. Her post collegiate career includes being casted in The Golf Channel’s “Shotmakers” which chronicles nine teams in a head-to-head competition. Ostrom and her playing partner contested former PGA TOUR Professionals, mini-tour professionals, and an Olympian. The duo fought hard and made it to the semi-finals. This exposure helped her to gain notoriety, sponsorships, and solidified her pursuit of a career on the LPGA TOUR.

In preparation for the LPGA TOUR and Q-School, Ostrom moved to Scottsdale, AZ and plays on the Cactus Mini-TOUR. In 2018, she received conditional status to play on the Symetra TOUR. She continues to compete in LPGA TOUR qualifiers and plans to attend Q-School in August. The Blue Tees Golf Ambassador team includes: Hailey Ostrom, Katie Kearney, Kaira Martin, George Gankas, Brice Butler, Bryan Bros Golf, Hole in 1 Trick Shots, PGA Memes, DJ Lantz

About Blue Tees Golf

Blue Tees Golf is different than traditional brands. By utilizing a consumer first strategy and their industrial design expertise, they can cut out complex operations to create high-quality, high-performance golf products at a fraction of the price of the competition. All Blue Tees Golf products come with a 60-day money back satisfaction guarantee, and a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty. The Blue Tees Golf motto, “Save your money & have fun when you play more rounds with Blue Tees Golf on your bag. For more information, visit www.blueteesgolf.com.

Sagebrush Golf Club Announces Their Soft Opening

Sagebrush Golf Club announces soft opening for 2021 with new ownership and leadership team
offering an immersive, boutique golf experience

Quilchena, BC/July 21, 2021—Sagebrush Golf Club, one of the most celebrated modern golf courses to open in Canada in the last 25 years, has new ownership, an industry-leading management team, and is accepting golfers for its soft opening this summer and fall.

Sagebrush, designed by the team of former PGA Tour winner Richard Zokol, agronomist Armen Suny, and Cabot Links designer Rod Whitman, was previously in the Top 10 in Canada on SCOREGolf’s Top 100 list, and was voted Best New Course in the country by Golf Digest in 2009. A small group of local investors, headed by Andrew Knott, hired Mark Strong as the club’s General Manager earlier this year, appointed Randy Smith as Head Professional, and are reinvesting millions into the award-winning course. It is the start of a renaissance for what is considered British Columbia’s best public-access golf facility.

The course, which has a new website (www.sagebrushgolfclub.com), is now accepting reservation requests for an August soft opening as the club reinvests and builds out its amenities. This is a beta test phase for the club, as it works to finalize its amenities and understand what golfers want from the world-class facility. In keeping with offering Sagebrush as an opportunity to escape with friends and disconnect while playing a world-class course, the facility will offer a day rate that will include your round, on-course lunch, refreshments, a chance to fly-fish, and if you’re up for it—even more great golf.

“We’re thrilled to be able to put Sagebrush back on the path Richard Zokol envisioned for the course when he designed it,” said ownership’s Andrew Knott. “With a great leadership team, along with investing in a clubhouse and on-site accommodations, we will offer an experience that is entirely unique to public golf in Canada.”

Designed to offer a bold vision of golf with grand vistas and intriguing shot options mix, Sagebrush was regarded as one of the best courses in Canada immediately upon opening in 2009. Ownership challenges kept the course closed in recent years, but the new group, working with Superintendent Neil Pilon, are returning Sagebrush to its former glory. The reinvestment will continue in coming years, including the development of a new clubhouse and resort area, and real estate offerings that will seamlessly blend the majestic property with its incredible elevated views of the Nicola Valley.

“Golfers have anxiously awaited the return of Sagebrush for several years now,” said General Manager Mark Strong. “As a proud member of the team, but even more so as a golfer myself, I’m incredibly thrilled to get players back onto such an unforgettable course. We have no doubt that those who join us will have a memorable time—golfers will replay the experiences of Sagebrush in their memories. It really is a special place.”

For more information:
Mark Strong, General Manager
Sagebrush Golf Club

About Sagebrush Golf Club

Established in 2009, Sagebrush Golf Club has long been regarded as one of the best modern golf designs in Canada, with Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Lorne Rubenstein saying the course “reaches into, explores, and touches golf’s soul.” Now under new ownership and management, Sagebrush is proud to offer public play, and will launch a limited real estate offering for those seeking something entirely unique on a remarkable property.

“Straight From The Tour Van” – The Tour Edge Golf Exotics Pro 721 Hybrid

The “straight from the tour van” Exotics Pro 721 Hybrid is a Limited-Edition small batch production that is being offered to the public in only 1000 total pieces.

The Exotics Pro 721 Hybrid ultra-compact shape was designed to be the most iron-like hybrid on the market. It features tour-inspired shape with a tour-prototype look and feel that features a new matte finish on the crown.

Exotics clubs have been in play by over 120 different PGA TOUR players with over 1,600 Exotics clubs in play on the three PGA Tours over the past few seasons.

The Pro 721 hybrid was designed with the feedback from those PGA TOUR professionals Tour-Inspired Shape – The limited-edition Pro 721 Hybrid features tour-inspired ultra-compact shape with a deeper square-face. Ball strikers with faster swing speeds tend to gravitate towards smaller, more compact hybrid designs that they can swing with an iron-
like swing.

Extreme Heel and Toe Flight Tuning System – The clubhead features a Flight Tuning System (F.T.S.) adjustable heel (3 grams) and toe (15 grams) weights on the sole. Adjusting the F.T.S. dual weights in these ports that are placed to the extreme heel and toe of the clubhead can drastically affect ball flight and shaping shots in this compact design.

Diamond Face 2.0 Technology – Different diamond shapes of variable face thickness behind the face act as mini-trampolines to create faster ball speeds and expand the sweet spot to outer areas of the face. There are a total of 41 total Diamond shapes featured on Diamond Face 2.0 on the Pro 721 Hybrid.

Sound Diffusion Panels – Sound Diffusion Panels are placed strategically inside the club head vastly improves the acoustic engineering of the entire new Pro 721 metalwood line up.

TrueLoft System – A TrueLoft System ensures extra quality control in the bending process of unfinished Pro 721 hybrid heads and includes an extensive triple-check on loft and lie in the final stages of the manufacturing process. This commitment to making sure that each club head fits the exact intended loft helps players expertly dial in their preferred distances.

The Tour Edge R&D team expects an average of six to eight yards in between each loft, giving the Pro 721 a 24–36-yard distance gap from 17-degree to 20-degree.

Stock Shaft Options

The stock shaft for the Exotics Pro 721 Hybrid is the TENSEI AV RAW hybrid series from Mitsubishi. Both of these RAW hybrid shafts feature a RAW finish that reveals the Aluminum Vapor (AV) Coated Weave in the butt section, a visible look at the added stability this unique weave provides.

  • TENSEI™ AV RAW Blue hybrid shaft provides Mid-Launch, Mid-Spin properties.
  • TENSEI™ AV RAW White hybrid shaft is the heavier option of the two and provides Low-Spin and Low-Launch.

Low Scores and Drivers That Suck

Whether you call it The Open, The Open Championship, or the British Open can we all just agree that debating about the name of the event is stupid? It’s pretty apparent that it’s called “The Open” if you look at the grandstands and everything associated with it. People, it’s right there!

The name is right there. All over the place. (Photo Credit: The Open)

If you’re anything like me and live in North America, you were up early watching the action from the 149th Open Championship. While many golfers amongst us prefer The Masters as our favourite of men’s golf’s Major Championships, it’s The Open Championship that’s my favourite. There’s all of the history of the golf courses that make up the rota and I love links golf. Not just to watch though because links golf as it happens is my favourite to play.

It’s nice to see all of the fans gathered at Royal St. George’s Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent. Avid, very knowledgeable golf fans that for the most part don’t scream obnoxious things liked “Mashed Potatoes”. There was a loud “get in the hole” at one point for one of Tommy Fleetwood’s putts, so there was that. As I watched the action today I sort of sat there sipping my coffee and gnawing away at my English Muffin with a side Old Cheddar Cheese and quietly thought to myself, “Damn, it’s been two years” since we last watched this championship.

Leader after the first round of the 149th Open Championship. Louie Oosthuizen. (Photo Credit: Sky Sports)

I then had my first glimpses of the leaderboard and I was taken aback a little bit by the scores that were being posted. American lefty Brian Harman was leading the way at -5, Jordan Spieth was sitting at -4 and Canadian Mackenzie Hughes was sitting at -3. I started to do some quick mental math and thought, “If the winning score of this is -16 or lower this is totally going to suck”. Sure, it will mean that good golf was played but I love The Open because of the potential for carnage. As it stands right now 78 players are at Even Par or better.

Often, the weather plays a huge role because in some cases we see four seasons in one week. Honestly, I’m hoping that the winds pick up and some rain comes creeping into the area this week. Looking at the forecast though, there’s no rain in the forecast and to be totally frank the weather looks to be very good. Moderate winds? Meh, that isn’t so bad.

For the field navigating their way around Royal St. George’s, they just have to avoid the fescue around the golf course. Just hit the fairway and half of the battle is won. First round leader Louis Oosthuizen proved that. But then there are other’s that were a little less fortunate. Phil Mickelson fired a bunch of blanks during his +10 (80). Patrick Cantlay struggled a bit as did other notables like Adam Hadwin, Matt Kuchar, and Jason Day,

The forecast for Sandwch, Kent.

In typical fashion Bryson DeChambeau also made his presence known, but for all of the wrong reasons. Every time that I watched him strike a golf shot it was from the fescue. That’s not newsworthy, but what is newsworthy is that he absolutely lambasted the R&D team at Cobra Golf. DeChambeau would later issue a statement/apology.

In a return volley, a representative from Cobra Golf had this to say…

My take on this is pretty simple. Say you rent an apartment and you don’t like it. What do you do? You move. You leave that apartment and find something better. My advice to Bryson is exactly that. If you don’t like the products that Vice President of Research and Development Tom Olsavsky and the rest of the team at Cobra Golf are releasing then look elsewhere. Find equipment that suits your needs or better yet, design your own. Draw up plans, then design with a computer (CAD design), make a 3-D model, test that prototype and then bash your head against the wall time and time again until you get it just like how you want it. Bryson, you never ever bite the hand that feeds you.

Moreover, if I’m Cobra Golf I’m talking to my legal team to see if there was any sort of breach of contract on DeChambeau’s part in making these statements. Statements that were definitely malicious and detrimental to the brand. By definition, his statement was defamation but making it more serious is the fact that it was libelous. There’s a permanent record of this presser everywhere which brings it from basic slander to libel. While I understand that PGA TOUR players get points towards the $40M prize pool known as the “Player Impact Program” somehow, I don’t think that this is what they had in mind with the “Nielsen Brand Exposure Rating.”

I’ve jokingly referred to Bryson as “Biff” since he bulked up. So, with that being said, I have some food for thought. If you’re so long, bragging about short courses like Royal St. George’s and a place like Augusta National being a “Par 68” why aren’t you just mashing irons off of the tee. Hit every single fairway. Have a short iron or wedge in every time and yu’re looking at Birdie attempts all week. It worked for Tiger. Food for thought.

For the record, I have not made swings with RadSpeed so I can’t tell you if the driver “sucks”. But based on the way that the products have trended over the last near decade that I’ve been doing equipment reviews drivers from Cobra have gotten better and better. Besides, what has he been playing and winning with? If you won Bay Hill playing with a KING LTD, why not play “it”? Sometimes in life, we have to take responsibility for our actions and look directly at the person in the mirror.

Until The Next Tee!

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee