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TaylorMade Penta TP5 Golf Ball

Believing you have the best ball on the market is no small declaration, but TaylorMade firmly feels just that in their new PENTA TP5 ($46). They weren’t joking or offering half-hearted proclamations either; these guys really believe it. One of the main drivers of this new found confidences is a ball that has a 28%…

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Callaway HEX Black Tour Golf Ball

The right golf ball can make all the difference. Choose poorly and you’ll spend the next 18 holes wondering why you bother playing this game at all. Callaway Golf has taken a bold step to improve the benefits of a ball by combining two into one offering. The Callaway HEX Tour Black golf ball ($46)…

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Where the Rubber Meets the Road (Hole)

Bridgestone E7+ Golf Balls

If you’re a golfer of modest means, then today’s economic climate may be dampening your links-going spirit. Golf has never exactly been a cheap endeavor, but when finances are tight it is especially important to be creative in the purchases that fuel your game. It’s easy to how the tab on tee times and having…

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Because 5 Pieces Are Better Than, Well, Pretty Much Anything Less

Taylormade Penta TP 5 Layer Golf Ball

It’s not uncommon to see a stack of nondescript boxes littering the Gear Patrol mail room. Recently, found amidst said pile was a package from our good friends at Taylormade Golf containing the yet to be released Penta TP golf ball. To say that we did not dance the customary happy dance before bolting to…

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Titleist GranZ

The Japanese Pro V1 Hits The States. GP’s Golf Clubs Return The Favor It’s touted as the Japanese Pro V1 and it fetches an unthinkable $80 (U.S.) per dozen in Japan. In fact you can’t even purchases them retail here in the States. So when our friends at suggested a demo we jumped at…

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Callaway Tour ix

[click on image to enlarge] Every golfer should play the right golf ball for his game. And by right I mean long and straight. I might as well throw in lots of bite while we’re at it. I know, sounds more like a wish list than any ball you’ve played before. Distance balls fly like…

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Top-Flite “The Gamer” Golf Ball

On any given round I enjoy hitting Top-Flite golf balls about as much as I like losing them. In other words, they’re miserable. Harder than frozen cubic zirconia with as much feel as a novocained root canal, I find the brand’s balls to be appalling. To be fair, the balls I find are generally one’s…

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Callaway HX Hot Bite

For those of you who enjoyed Callaway’s HX Hot ball the past couple of seasons know it’s benefits. Distance and accuracy. Two crucial elements in a golf ball, but when it comes to approaching the green the ball’s hardness comes out in full force – and we don’t mean this as a good thing. This…

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Titleist Pro V1 / Pro V1X

The Titleist Pro V1 is the Bentley of golf balls. It’s hidden-seam design allows to to have the most dimple coverage (392 of them) among 3-piece balls giving it superior aerodynamics. This combined with it’s new staggered parting line give the ball an average of 3 to 4 yards more distance. Golf Digest’s recently released…

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Incred-A-Ball – Remote Control Golf Ball

Drive for show. Putt for dough. That is, unless you’ve got an edge. Let that edge be the remote controlled Incred-A-Ball. Through a remote control, the Incred-A-Ball is controlled through a sprinning gyro that will accelerate the ball into random directions. Imagine your friend who swears every time that his ball draws perfectly teeing up…

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Callaway HX Tour 56 Golf Balls

The HX 56 gives Tour-proven performance with softer feel and more greenside control. New Sub-HEX design creates more consistency and tour-type trajectory. [from Golf Galaxy] Soft, Thin Urethane Cover: The cover’s softness provides delicate feel and increased spin around the greens, while its thinness leads to high speed and low spin off the driver to…