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Callaway X2 Hot Hybrid Review: Hot Distance, Hotter Performance | 60S Today

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There are some clubs out there that look really good, but when you hit them, the love starts to fade away. Then there is the X2 Hot Hybrid from Callaway, a club that looks good coming out of the bag, feels good in your hands, and delivers when the time comes.

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Having read multiple reviews of the club before I gave it a go, I was fully prepared to unleash some bombs from anywhere my wayward drives led me: bunkers, deep rough, primary cut, and even the occasional fairway. And for the most part, the X2 Hot Hybrid passed all my tests with flying colors.

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Specs:

Callaway has made some real performance advancements in their clubs, namely their drivers, irons and fairway woods. They have now moved these advancements into their Hybrids, most notably in the Hyper Speed Face Cup and redesigned shape in an effort to provide maximum distance while not compromising on playability.

  • Hyper Speed Face Cup, providing a sweet spot 13x greater than prior year
  • Tour Inspired shape improves playability, accuracy and turf interaction
  • Callaway graphite shafts providing feel and control while increasing launch angles
  • Loft options of 19 (3H), 22 (4H), 25 (5H) and 28 (6H) degrees
  • Callaway X2 Hot Ultralite Hybrid Graphite Shaft (Light, Regular and Stiff)
  • Callaway Diamond Universal Orange Grip

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Looks:

The trend these days it seems is to move the look of the Hybrid more towards that of an iron, which to me makes sense considering it is replacing just that. And while the “Tour-Inspired Design” does make strides in doing this, the overall look of the club is still too reminiscent of a fairway wood or more traditional rescue. And that’s not a bad thing, particularly when using the X2 Hot Hybrid off the tee. Club head shape aside, the coloring of the club itself it very sharp. With a matte black finish on the crown of the club, patented Callaway “v” and charcoal & blue shaft, the X2 Hot Hybrid looks like a club that means business.

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Feel:

One thing I have noticed when hitting Callaway clubs, whether driver or iron, is that they tend to feel heavier than other makes and models. While it would take some real digging to prove whether that was actually the case, the X2 Hot Hybrid does feel solid, if not a bit too weighty in your hands. Not that it is too difficult to get back and around, but if you are used to a somewhat “lighter” club, this Hybrid may feel a bit heavier than you are used to. The stiff shaft also feels a bit too stiff, but that may just be a byproduct of the club feeling heavier in general.

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Performance:

From a performance perspective, the X2 Hot Hybrid surely delivers. Easy to swing, the club delivers solid contact from a variety of lies, and has no problem getting the ball in the air. And yes, it is long. My regular Hybrid, which is also 19 degrees, typically carries about 230 yards in good conditions. I was surprised, and pleased, to see the X2 Hot Hybrid carrying 235 to 240 yards. Not bad considering there is not much lost in the way of control or accuracy. There are a few things I noted though that could be drawbacks depending on the situation you’re in. First, the ball flight tended to be fairly consistent, punching through the air rather than elevating down the hole. This tended to give it quite a bit of run, which is great if you are using it off the tee or running it up to the green on a long par 4 or 5, but not so great if you are trying to fly this into greens from 220+ yards out. Additionally, the workability of the club, while decent, could be improved. Cuts and fades were not much of an issue, but drawing the ball was difficult. The old slinging hook could be achieved, although quite a bit of control is lost when doing so. Overall though, the club delivers as advertised.

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Overall:

Despite the very few shortcomings of the X2 Hot Hybrid, it is still a very good Hybrid option for those looking for greater distance and control out of a variety of lies. It looks great, is easy to swing, and most importantly, delivers on the extra distance all of us are craving. I would recommend this club for anyone who likes to hit a low lofted Hybrid off the tee when accuracy is paramount, as it is a great option when 230 or 240 off the tee is what you need.

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A Guide to Golf Courses Near Hudson County | 60S Today

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The cities surrounding the “concrete jungle” might not be a golf pro’s first thought, but rest assured, there is no shortage of golf courses and driving ranges near Hudson County. Take the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful fall weather out on the {socially distanced} green and swing your 2020 worries away. Read on to learn more about some of the most challenging, unique, and serene golf courses close to Hoboken, Jersey City, and beyond.

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Hoboken Golf {1012 Grand Street Floor #3, Hoboken}

Located inside Play! Hoboken, take advantage of what technology has to offer in the sports arena with five golf simulators and a putting simulator. Each one uses Foresight GC2 launch monitors and can be used for putting practice or a casual {virtual} round of golf. The location is currently open to the public while also offering monthly memberships.

Skyway Golf Course {515 Duncan Avenue in Lincoln Park, Jersey City}

Skyway Golf Course at Lincoln Park West is a solid golf experience in Hudson County for all skill levels. The 9-hole course is punctuated with dunes and rolling fairways, offering fun at every turn. Close to the Pulaski Skyway, patrons can enjoy panoramic vistas of the Manhattan skyline. For a full list of current regulations in keeping with the CDC guidelines, like not sharing golf clubs, visit their website.

Liberty National Golf Course {100 Caven Point Road, Jersey City}

Introduced to the golfing world in 2006, Liberty National Golf Course has been updated over the years and currently features the latest technology and teaching accessories providing easy access to professional golf instruction. In 2019 they added a full Super Station, incorporating Trackman launch monitors, JC video equipment, and Golf Biodynamics, making for a three-point golf experience. We wish we could tell you grabbing a tee time is as easy, but the club is private, and therefore only members and their guests can play there.

Weequahic Golf Course {1 Thomas Carmichael Drive, Newark}

This course in Essex County is located on a property rolling with hills. New bunkers have enhanced the strategy required to play the course in addition to amplifying the natural beauty of the area. Measuring slightly under 6,000 yards, never underestimate Weequahic Golf Course as its small greens make low scoring difficult.

Hendricks Field Golf Course {220 Franklin Avenue, Belleville}

Opened in 1929, renovations at Hendricks have included the reconstruction of tees and bunkers, in addition to extensive upgrades in drainage which improved overall playing conditions. Reviewers agree that among the best holes in the back nine is the par-five 10th where golfers need to pull out all stops to overcome a stream that crosses the fairway to reach the green.

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Overpeck Golf Course {273 E Cedar Lane, Teaneck}

Featuring over 6,500 yards, of course, Overpeck has ample space. With such open areas wind is an increased factor at each swing but the real challenge lies in skillfully avoiding the multiple ponds on the greenway. Situated on the northern tip of the New Jersey Meadowlands, this course is mental work out for avid golfers.

Galloping Hill Golf Course {3 Golf Drive, Kenilworth}

With a stunning clubhouse visible from the Parkway in Union County, Galloping Hill spreads across 271 acres in Kenilworth and Union. The course has a reputation of being one of the most challenging in the area. With natural terrain of rolling hills and valleys, it is the perfect spot for fall golf and foliage viewing. Along with the 18 hole facility, this Kenilworth golf course offers a state of the art learning center and 9 hole practice course as well.

Forest Park Golf Course {101 Forest Park Drive, Woodhaven}

This beautiful, tree-lined course with elevated greens and three water holes is a favorite of many local golfers. In addition to approximately two million dollars of course renovations, a completely new clubhouse was also built on the complex. The renovation lengthened the course to include over 6,000 yards.

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Silver Lake Golf Course {915 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island}

Enjoy the relaxing and beautiful atmosphere from the patio after playing a challenging course at Silver Lake. The menu offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner so any time is tee time. This location boasts great conditions and great prices without the commitment of a membership.

The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers {59 Chelsea Piers, New York}

Conveniently located almost directly across the Hudson River, Chelsea Piers is a great location for fun activities. The driving range is New York’s most popular for a no-hassle golf experience but never fear, thanks to the reservation-only system you can skip waiting or dealing with crowds wanting to use the full-swing simulators.

21 Golfland Inc {1 US-46, Palisades Park}

The golf simulator at 21 Golfland is now open and at $40 per hour, golfers can play virtual courses in 180 locations. Keeping to CDC guidelines, they are currently allowing 2 people per session, requiring temperature checks upon entering and asking all patrons to wear masks.

Van Cortlandt Park Golf Course {189 Van Cortlandt Avenue W, The Bronx}

Welcome to America’s oldest public golf course. This course is also the most easily accessible via public transportation in the Greater New York Area. A complete renovation finished in 2008, leaving local golfers with a pristine course offering full-service golf outings and catered events.

Marine Park Golf Course {2880 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn}

A Championship Course with 18 holes, Marine Park is open year-round. The course was designed in 1964 by world-renown architect, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and has delighted golfers ever since. The pristine fairways and panoramic water views are reason enough to make Marine Park Golf Course, any golfer’s go-to.

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Dyker Beach Golf Course {1030 86th Street, Brooklyn}

Located in the southwest corner of Brooklyn, Dyker Beach Golf Course offers both exhilarating play and superb event services. The 6,438-yard par 72 courses was originally designed by Tom Bendelow in 1897. In the time since they have added a recently renovated event facility featuring two exquisite catering halls so you can have the ideal event or a picturesque experience out on the green.

Clearview Park Golf Course {20212 Willets Point Boulevard, Queens}

Thanks to the intricate design, it’s no wonder this course is the busiest 18-hole course on the east coast. With 6,328 yards of open greenway, this par 70 course guarantees an exceptional golfing experience. The new 8,000-square-foot putting green is a great place to warm up or sharper your short game, and the spectacularly-remodeled clubhouse provides a terrific venue for events of all sizes. Enjoy a relaxing day on the course at Clearview Park Golf Course.

Kissena Park Golf Course {16415 Booth Memorial Avenue, Fresh Meadows}

The most recent addition to the Golf NYC collection of courses, Kissena Park was fully renovated in 2010. New bunkers, tees, and extensive drainage work mean this course is in excellent playing condition. Renovations also included the addition of a new pro shop to keep your accessories up to date and a snack bar to help keep energy levels high while you play through.

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10 Finger Golf Grip Vs. The Interlocking Grip – Which Is Best?

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10 Finger Golf Grip Vs. The Interlocking Grip – Which Is Best?

If you are new to golf, you have very likely been told to hold the golf club with all ten fingers. This is not bad advice as there are several benefits to the ten-finger golf grip. We have put together some information to try and help you decide between the ten-finger and the interlocking grip. Ultimately it would be best if you chose something that works for you.

Many people say that golfers with smaller hands do better with an interlocking or ten-finger grip; however, from personal experience, I don’t always believe this to be true. The best grip for your golf game is the one that feels the best when you swing the golf club.

What Is The 10 Finger Grip

The 10 finger grip is also commonly known as the ‘Baseball grip’ as it is almost the exact way way you would grip a baseball.

The 10 finger grip can be achieved (For Right Handers) by:

  • Holding the golf club with the club head pointing towards the sky.
  • Your left hand should be closest to the club head with the thumb around the index finger and closest to the club head.
  • The right hand should be touching the left pinky with the index and the thumb and should be held closes to the end of the grip on the golf club.

Ten Finger Golf Grip – Benefits

One of the best benefits of the ten-finger grip is its simplicity. It is by far the best grip for beginners to learn and this is a grip that you probably used on a baseball bat when you were a kid. Although there are a few modifications to make, it is not entirely impossible to get a ten-finger grip mastered in a matter of a few days.

Another great thing about the ten-finger grip is that it helps golfers who have not yet learned how to release a golf club properly. The ten-finger grip is known for letting the right hand take a little more active roll in your swing.

Having that right hand slightly more involved can help work against the slice and get the club turned over.

Lastly, the other great benefit of the ten-finger grip is that it is suitable for people with smaller hands. Juniors who have a hard time getting their hands around the golf club will benefit significantly from a ten-finger setup until their hands start to grow.

What Is The Interlocking Golf Grip

The interlocking grip is similar to the 10 finger grip except you place the pinky of your right hand between the index and the middle finger of the right which should give you more control over the club, especially if you have smaller hands.

Interlocking Golf Grip- Benefits

The interlocking golf grip can give a golfer who is unsure about their grip a lot more confidence. An interlocking grip feels like the strongest and most secure grip on the golf club. When using an interlocking grip, you will feel as though you have both power and control.

One of the main benefits of this added power is the fact that you can get some extra clubhead speed. If you are starting to increase your speed, the interlocking grip can undoubtedly help you gain even more and improve your overall speed in your game.

The interlocking golf grip is excellent for players with small hands that feel as though the club may slip out of their hands. If you do feel as though the golf club is just too big for your hands, check to make sure you are playing with a club that has the right grip size.

Which Is Better Ten Finger Or Interlocking?

Now that you have seen the benefits of the two golf grips, how can you determine which is better?

There are a few things to know about the downsides of each of these grips that may help you decide which is better overall.

The ten-finger grip is not always intended to be a long term solution. Sometimes this is considered a beginners grip, and after a few years, a player should switch grips. The reason behind this is because the right hand has too much control in the swing.

When it comes to short game and control, you do not want your swing to be led or controlled by the right hand. When you switch to the interlocking grip, your hands will start to work together quite a bit more. The hands working together will lead to better tempo and better timing.

How Do I Know What Is The Best Grip For Me?

Knowing which grip is the best for you can take a bit of time. Many golfers will start with one grip and eventually switch to another. You have to see what works most naturally with your golf game and your swing to make a final decision as to what grip is going to work for you.

Taking a golf lesson is going to also help give you some direction as to which grip will be best. A golf professional can see how the grip is impacting your swing plane.

If you are a person that slices the golf ball and you have been using an overlapping grip, it may be worth switching your hands around a bit to see what works out better. Most golfers will play around with a few different grips for the first year or so of their golfing career and then choose one to stick with for the long term.

Can You Use Different Grips For Drivers And Irons?

It is very rare to use a different grip for your drivers and your irons. Using a different grip between an iron and a putter is a little bit more common and acceptable. The problem with using a different grip between drivers and irons is that there are too many variables.

When you are playing golf, the clubs change, the weather changes, your stance changes, your lie changes, and more. If you start changing your grip between each hole, you are setting yourself for too much change, and it will likely cause some inconsistencies in your golf game.

What Grip Do Most Pros Use?

The majority of professional golfers use an overlap or an interlocking grip. It is rare to find a professional that is using a ten-finger grip, but it certainly is possible. Many professionals like the overlap grip because it helps them have a much lighter grip pressure. Sometimes the ten-finger and the interlocking make a player grab onto the club much tighter, and this causes increases in grip pressure.

Pros want to have a light grip so that they can get the most rotation and speed out of their golf shots. When you grip the club too hard and try and over-control things, it can become more challenging to hit the proper golf shots.

What Grip Does Tiger Woods Use

Even though many professionals use the overlap grip, Tiger Woods uses an interlock. In fact, Jack Nicklaus also used the interlocking grip. This is a pretty powerful duo that makes the interlocking grip move up a bit further on the popularity list.

Both of these players have been able to manage their grip pressure well enough to win tournaments even while interlocking the fingers. One of the main reasons that Tiger uses the interlocking grip is because of his swing speed and the control he wants over it as he gets through impact.

Can I Switch From One Grip To Another?

Yes, you can change your grip at any time; the problem is that when you change your golf grip, you can expect to feel uncomfortable over the golf ball for quite some time. The grip is the only connection with the golf club. When you start making changes to the grip, it will significantly impact your ability to swing the club confidently.

What Are The Different Types Of Putter Grips And What’s The Best?

Where standard golf grips are generally a choice between ten-finger, interlocking and overlapping, when it comes to putting, there are additional options. Since a putter does not need to be swung in the same way that iron or driver does, there are lots of different ways that you can hold a putter.

Most of the putting grips are designed to help a player have a more consistent stroke that incorporates more of the larger muscles in the body and not the hands and wrists.

  • Standard Putting Grip: The standard putting grip can be the grip you use on all of your clubs, or it can be a standard ten-finger grip; both are quite popular on the putting green.
  • Cross Handed Grip: A cross-handed grip is where you put your left hand lower on the club than your right hand. The cross-handed grip makes it harder for players to move their wrists around during their stroke. The wrists are going to be locked in place along the sides of the golf shaft, and it keeps things more stable.
  • The Claw: The claw grip has gained popularity in recent years. With the claw grip, you keep your left hand in place and then use just the thumb and index finger of your right hand to help guide the club along. Again, this putting grip is designed to give a player more control with the left hand and keep any wrist action out of the putting stroke.

Conclusion

Hopefully, our guide to the ten-finger verse the interlocking grip gave you some insight into how similar these two grips are. One of the easier grip transitions to make is from the ten-finger to the interlocking. This transition is very natural and will very likely not throw off your swing as much as something like an interlocking to an overlapping can.

It is ok to experiment with certain types of golf grips on the driving range, however before you make your way to the first tee, make sure that you have a good idea as to what your plan is.

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Callaway Big Bertha OS Irons Review – Distance Unleashed | 60S Today

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Callaway Big Bertha OS Irons Review

This is my review of the Callaway Big Bertha OS irons.

Callaway says that the Big Bertha OS iron, whose structure is key to unlocking its performance, is possibly the most complex iron they have ever made. These irons won a gold medal on the 2017 Golf Digest Hot List.

It’s claimed that the Big Bertha OS irons promote more distance in an entirely new way; more specifically, a light and strong Exo-Cage allows weight to be strategically positioned in a way that increases forgiveness and augments the 360 Face Cup to produce even more ball speed and distance.

How do these irons perform in reality? Do I recommend them? Read on to find out everything you need to know in order to make an informed purchase.

Quick Verdict

Rating: 9.4/10 (Excellent)

Pros and Cons: See review box at bottom of review

Classification: Super Game-Improvement

Best suited for: Beginners, high-handicappers or anyone looking for maximum forgiveness in a top-quality iron

Best Places To Buy Online

There are a couple of really good options, and because these irons have been out for a couple years, you can get some pretty amazing discounts (under $400).

Used Irons

If you’re looking to buy a used set, I highly recommend checking out this page on Callaway Golf Pre-Owned.

They have a fairly large selection with a 12-month warranty, 90-day buy-back policy, and condition guarantee.

Aside from that, the best place to find new and used Big Bertha OS irons is eBay. You can find some pretty incredible deals there. You can also check the current stock on Global Golf.

Want a high-resolution look at the Big Bertha OS irons? Click on the composite image at the top of the page and navigate the photos.

What are the reviews like?

The Big Bertha OS iron has been received very well overall, with average scores of nearly 4 stars on Amazon (disregarding the delivery mixups), 4.8/5 on the CGPO website (96% recommended), five stars on the DSG website, and five stars on RBG.

What People Like

  • very long and very straight (forgiving) as advertised
  • beautiful feel at impact
  • high launch makes long irons easy to control
  • an awesome look characteristic of Callaway clubs

What People Don’t Like

  • the wedges in particular are not very workable or ideal for finesse shots
  • a bit on the expensive side
  • some would like a little more hit feedback

What are the features?

New Exo-Cage Technology

The Exo-Cage has a uniquely light and strong design, and this allows more weight to be positioned in strategic locations to increase forgiveness while also helping Callaway’s 360 Face Cup Technology to function more efficiently.

Next Generation 360 Face Cup

Next-generation 360 Face Cup technology elevates clubface COR (coefficient of restitution) closer to the USGA limit.

This directly produces faster ball speeds and hence more distance.

Tungsten-Loaded Standing Wave

The Internal Standing Wave in the sole is inserted with a tungsten piece.

This lowers the center of gravity (CG), promoting a higher launch angle, longer carry and more ball speed on hits low on the face.

Progressive Center Of Gravity

The location of the CG moves lower as you move from the short irons to the long irons.

This results in higher launch and more carry in the long irons, and a lower, more controllable launch in the short irons.

Stock Info

Ladies and senior models of the Big Bertha OS irons are available; these are lighter and have more loft which encourage more clubhead speed and a higher launch.

The stock shafts available are the TT Speed Step 80 in steel and the UST Mamiya Recoil ES 460 in graphite.

Below are the specs of the men’s irons. Women’ specs and shaft specs can be found on the Pre-Owned website. Click to enlarge.

Callaway Big Bertha OS Irons Review Specs
Callaway Big Bertha OS Irons Specs

How do these irons perform?

Distance/Distance Control

I praise the distance of a lot of irons that I review, but I really mean it when I say that the Big Bertha OS irons are crazy long. They may just be the longest irons that I’ve ever tested, period.

I myself was hitting the 6-iron about 210 and the 3-iron about 250, which is pretty insane.

It’s not just me, either — plenty of other guys have reported a similar experience. You might think it’s just because of really strong lofts, but they’re actually not that strong; you tend to retain a nice high launch when you achieve these numbers.

The Big Bertha OS irons also, predictably, do a good job of retaining ball speed across much of the face.

To sum up, you certainly won’t be disappointed in the distance department.

Forgiveness

The Big Bertha OS irons also don’t disappoint in the forgiveness department. With shot after shot that went straight as an arrow, they are quite possibly the straightest irons I’ve ever tested.

Even swings that were less-than-perfect produced an impressively straight ball flight, and as I alluded to above, mis-hits see only a minimal loss of distance. The sweet spot is large too.

You can’t ask for anything better when you’re looking for a pure game-improvement iron.

Playability

These are very playable irons. It’s easy to get the ball up in the air, the powerful head gets through the rough nicely, and at the same time it’s easy to hit out of fairway bunkers and tighter lies.

Any hack golfer could look half their handicap playing these.

I will also say that Callaway deserves credit for designing separate versions of the Big Bertha OS irons that women and seniors can get the most playability out of.

What about look, sound & feel?

The Look

The Big Bertha OS, with its slate-grey finish that doesn’t scuff and show every little mark easily (unlike many other irons), has a fairly chunky appearance at address that inspires plenty of confidence in high handicappers.

The sole is wide, the top line is thick, and there’s plenty of offset.

The badge design on the back of the face is simple and effective, with only the necessary branding. It looks great in the bag to boot.

The Sound & Feel

The sound at impact can be described as a solid, powerful, quiet “snap” — perhaps not a sound you’d expect from a super game-improvement iron.

Overall feel is weighty and solid, and the iron does provide some feedback at impact, which is nice.

When you take into account the classification of this iron, I’d say that the sound and feel are both something to praise.

Where should I buy these irons online?

As mentioned above, the best options are currently eBay for new and used Big Bertha OS irons and Callaway Golf Pre-Owned for used irons.

Back in the day, it was difficult to find prices lower than the manufacturer-set price for these irons. Now though, you can realize some serious savings.

Summary & Conclusion

The Callaway Big Bertha OS irons are definitely one of the best super game-improvement irons out on the market today; they deliver outstanding distance and forgiveness in a mean and powerful package.

Whether you’re a beginner, high-handicapper, or anything else, if you’re looking for distance and forgiveness to the max, these are a must-try, especially now that the prices are lower.

Those looking for a slimmer iron profile that affords more control should look elsewhere. To ladies and seniors: remember to give the alternate Big Bertha OS models a try.

Have you tried the Big Bertha OS irons? Feel free to leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below!

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Callaway Mack Daddy 2 Review: The Ultimate Wedge For Ambitious Golfers?

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Callaway Mack Daddy 2

Our Rating: 4.7/5

Callaway Mack Daddy 2 Review

At a tempting price point, the Callaway Mack Daddy 2 brings a lot of features and quality usually found in much more expensive wedges. This is perfect for players that do want to get serious about golf, without breaking their wallet.

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The only way to win tournaments is with the short game. Over half your shots out here are within 30 or 40 yards.

Phil Mickelson (American professional golfer)

Maybe that’s why Phil carries some of the best short game clubs in the game in his golf bag every tournament.

He worked with renowned club builder Roger Cleveland to create the Mack Daddy 2 line of Callaway clubs.

Carrying with it the respect and weight of the Callaway name and the ingenuity of two of the brightest minds in golf, the Mack Daddy 2 gives some of the most versatility in a bag that every golfer of every skill level can put to work on any outing.

The Callaway Mack Daddy 2 wedges come from the same technology Callaway introduced on their X-Tour wedges that features the cutting-edge “Mack Daddy Grooves”.

Those groves help you put as much spin on your shot as possible.

These Callaway wedges come at the moment in two different loft degrees : 52 or 58. At one point in the tour, Phil Mickelson carried four different degrees of this club in his bag – when more degrees were available for purchase back then – , giving him the option of putting the spin and the loft on the ball he wanted for any possible scenario on some of the toughest courses in the world.

When you’re lining up for an approach shot, these Callaway wedges give you the confidence you need to put a good shot on the ball – particularly with balls such as the Titleist V1 which we reviewed not too long ago.

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How does the Callaway Mack Daddy 2 compare to the competition?

The Callaway Mack Daddy 2 certainly compares pretty well to other wedges on the market currently. For our purposes we’ll be comparing the Mack Daddy 2 to other top wedges.

Key Features of the Callaway Mack Daddy 2

Thanks to its carbon steel, the Callway Mack Daddy 2 gives great feel and control.

Most golfers believe that the grooves and grinds are what make wedges great. Those grooves and grinds are the biggest strength of the Mack Daddy 2. The groves on the second version of the Mack Daddy are 39% bigger and have much finer side walls than its predecessor.

Callaway switched from presser to machining the grooves so they’re able to get a much more aggressive groove. This prevents the grooves from wearing out too quickly.

The word “tour” can scare off many golfers that believe since they’re nowhere near the tour they shouldn’t use tour-inspired clubs. The tour-inspired shape of this club should prove them wrong. Even if it’s what the pros use, this club is easily mastered by any level of golfer.

The 5V groove pattern that’s 39% larger also gives better control from the rough. The Laser Milled Micro Grooves allow for 25% more spin out of the rough. The laser milled grooves help create more spin and control.

Even when those micro grooves wear off, the way the club face was produced will add surface roughness when the micro grooves are worn down, meaning you won’t lose control or spin over the life of the club.

The Mack Daddy 2 is available in three different grinds (S – C – U)

The S grind is the “standard” grind. It had the straightest leading edge of all three grind options. This is ideal for golfers who hit shots with a square face.

The S grind has a little heel relief, but also the least amount of bounce at 10 degrees so it works great in firm conditions. The S grind is best for golfers with a shallow angle of attack in their swings or if they play on mostly firm courses. It’s available in all degree models.

The C grind is aptly named this way because it has a shape that looks like the letter C. That helps create relief on the heel and toe sections.

The C grind has a more curved leading edge. That curved edge helps the wedge sit lower to the ground and makes open face shots much easier than the S grind. With 14 degrees of bounce, this grind works great in softer conditions or from the sand traps that we all find ourselves in from time to time. It’s a great grind for golfers that take big divots or if you play a lot of courses with softer terrain. This grind is only available in the 58 degree model.

The U grind is Phil Mickelson’s specialty. It’s the one he uses on the tour. The U grind has a concave sole which allows for the greatest versatility. It has the roundest leading edge of all three grind options.

For those of you not yet familiar on the importance of picking the right grind, this Q&A article from Titleist should help you to make the right decision.

That lets golfers get under the ball the best to hit a high, soft shot from most playing surfaces. The grind has 10 degrees of bounce like the S grind, but like the C grind it can be played from an open or closed position because of the distinct and rounded sole shape. It’s a great grind option for golfers with that like to hit specialty shots with a lob wedge. It’s also a great choice for golfers with moderate or steep angles of attack in their swings. This grind can be found on the 58 degree loft wedge.

These Callaway wedges come equipped with Lamkin Crossline grips and the True Temper’s Dynamic Gold S300 shaft. It comes in two different finish options, which are the chrome or slate finish.

The slate option is buffed with Scotch Brite and gives a sharp look like it is right out of a custom golf shop.

These unique features offer some of the greatest versatility in wedge lines available today. The grinds on the club face give some of the best control for every condition you could encounter on the course. With all the options, every golfer is certain to find a club (or two) that would make a great addition to any golf bag.

In-Depth Look at the Callaway Mack Daddy 2

In Depth Review Mack Daddy 2

Every golfer dreams of finding the perfect wedge that you can hit and convert almost any shot within 100 yards. But, even with the recent improvements on manufacturing golf clubs, that wedge simply doesn’t exist on the market today. The Mack Daddy 2 gets about as close as you can get, though.

Performance

On top of looking great, this wedge performs great too. It has a softer impact and has a lot of bite out of the rough. And can be used with precision close around the green as well.

With little practice, you’ll be able to hit shots from a low spinner to a high flop to a bump and run. This would come in handy when you need to hit a draw for example.

The bottom edge that is grinded-down also gives golfers a great advantage on tight lies. The aggressive 10-degree sole grind gives most golfers consistent bounce whether playing on harder grass or softer turf.

Full Swing

On fuller swings, golfers will notice a lower trajectory than most similar wedges.

The extra grip on the club and the balance help send it lower, but still gives it just as much spin as other wedges on full swings.

The wedge has a D3-D4 swing weight, but still has a pretty heavy feeling when taking fuller swings. That will help golfers that have trouble with executing full and smooth swings.

The feeling of the weight will help smooth out most swings and make putting a good swing on the ball much easier.

If you are unsure which golf ball to use and you are a high handicapper, feel free to check out our guide on the topic to help you take advantage of the best golf balls for your playstyle.

Partial Swing

From inside 90 to 100 yards the Callaway Mack Daddy offers a lot of versatility. Fuller swings within the distance could generate too much backspin with the aggressive grooves of the club face.

Speciality Shots

The Mack Daddy 2 wedge also allows golfers the full range of specialty shots.

Opening up for a flop shot is even relatively easy for most golfers due to the aggressive grooves.

With some practice, ball control back spin is easily attained. That’s also thanks to the new 5V grooves and the sandblasted milling in between those grooves.

Bump and run shots are also relatively easy to execute with all the new technology built into the club.

In Sand

These wedges also offer some great performance once we all hit the occasional and dreaded sand trap.

With the 56-degree wedge especially, the back spin out of the sand is nearly unmatched.

Bunker shots are something none of us want to find ourselves in, but with these clubs it’s possible to save par from most bunkers if you’ve practiced and can put a good swing on the ball.

Outside Sand

The smaller club head will also help you slash through almost any kind of rough. The larger grooves also help generate 25-percent more spin than previous Callaway clubs from the rough.

The wedge performs similarly on the fairway and on the fringe green as well.

Look

The club is nothing short of stunning at first glance.

Over the years, Callaway has produced wedges with smaller heads compared to others on the market. The Mack Daddy 2 follows that trend.

The line is available in both chrome and slate gray finish. All clubs also come equipped with True Temper’s Dynamic Gold S300 shaft and Lamkin Crossline grips.

Both finish options help reduce any potential sun glare, which at times can certainly be a problem with other clubs. The attractive wedges do have quite a bit of writing along the back side of the club head. Those writings and imagery might turn off some in the “purist” crowd of golfers, but these wedges are design to fit into the modern world.

The classic and iconic “Callaway” name and chevron symbol are in prominence on the club and compare and contrast interestingly with some of the milling and the modern text near it.

This is no doubt both a product of the company’s rich history and their ideas heading into the future on the cutting edge of golf. The club looks like it belongs in this decade and not in your grandpa’s golf bag.

Feel

The Lampkin Crossline grips give the club a great gripping surface and will feel great in your hands.

As far as the feel when you swing the club, it will feel somewhat heavier. If you have difficulties with full swings, the perceived weight of the club will certainly help smoothen your swing out. When you hit the ball, it will also feel much more solid than most wedges. That could take some getting used to, but after a few swings it shouldn’t be an issue for most golfers.

Break down per grind

S Grind

The S stands for “standard” grind.

It has the straightest leading edge of the options for the Mack Daddy 2. This grind has the least amount of bounce at 10 degrees. It also has little heel relief. It’s a straighter and more traditional and comes in around the middle of the C and U grind in its playability.

Golfers with shallower angles of attacks or golfers who play on mostly firm courses will find this grind preferable. It’s available in all degree models.

C Grind

The C grind is the much more versatile than the S grind.

It’s aptly named because it has a shape that resembles a C. It’s versatility is because of the heel and toe grind that allow it to be opened or closed. That will help golfers playing on changing conditions or golfers with a sweeping swing.

The C grind has 14 degrees of bounce and is great from the sand. It’s available in the 58 degree model.

U Grind

The U grind is the grind most aggressive golfers will chose and is the same grind Phil Mickelson uses on the tour.

It has the roundest leading edge of the three grind options. The U grind will help golfers get under the ball from nearly any surface.

It’s also a good choice for golfers who have steeper angles of attack in their swings. It’s available in the 58 degree wedge.

Trajectory

You can expect a flatter trajectory on this line of wedges than most other wedges. You’ll especially notice it on fuller shots.

The wonderful balance of the club and extra grips on the club face will send the ball lower than other wedges. Even with the lower trajectory, there is still plenty of spin produced because of those grips.

Bounce

Callaway wedges are notorious for playing with a little extra bounce than what’s advertised and that can certainly be said for the Mack Daddy 2 wedges as well.

The wedges come in two different degrees of bounce.

The S and U grinds come with 10 degrees of bounce. The C grind comes with a few more degrees at 14.

This helps produce a higher level of bounce than most other wedges, which could be preferable of not depending on the golfer.

Playability and Durability

The playability on these wedges is second to none.

It’s a very handy club that can give you a chance no matter where you are on the golf course.

You can open the club up for a flop or close it down and put a good pinch on the ball. The head will cut through almost anything: sand, rough, heavy rough and heavier rough.

The best way to witness this extreme playability is to go ahead and spend time on the driving range to get to know the wedge better.

The durability suffers a little because the club is forged. The grooves hold up over time, but even after heavy play where the micro grooves wear down the club will add surface roughness. That means you won’t lose control or spin over the life of the club. Like any club, the Mack Daddy 2 isn’t impervious to bag wear and tear, but that won’t affect the function of the club.

Distance

The Callaway Mack Daddy are great short-range clubs, but most golfers will notice their full shots will fly just a few yards shorter than what they’re used to seeing in other wedges.

For example, a golfer who can usually go 120 yards with a 52 degree wedge, they may only see a 112 to 115 yard shot with the Mack Daddy 52 degree wedge.

For a golfer that hits a 58 degree 100 yards, expect to see a Mack Daddy 2 to fly about 92 to 95 yards.

Even though the distance is a few yards shorter, these Callaway wedges produce some of the most spin out there.

A competent golfer can still accomplish a lower spin shot from 70 yards or farther as well.

Grooves and Spin

The grooves on the Mack Daddy 2 wedges are some of the highest spinning in golf right now.

The 5V grooves are 39 percent bigger than Callaway’s previous line. Some of the biggest challenges for club companies have been the USGA 2010 rules that reduced the allowable sharpness of wedge grooves.

According to club designer Roger Cleveland, the Mack Daddy 2 get about as close to that rule as you can and created “roughly 85 to 90 percent” of the spin handled by wedges before that rule was handed down.

On top of the grooves, you’ll notice a lot of milling in between grooves on the club face. That also helps create more spin.

Callaway boasts this line has 25 percent more spin from the rough than any of their previous lines because of these grooves.

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Top 10 Golf Brands To Avoid (2021 Updated) | 60S Today

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Golfer on green

All golfers know the big names in the game.

The Callaway, TaylorMade, Titleist, and Cobra products are well known, reputable, and generally responsible for the products that they bring to market.

However, these clubs are usually quite pricey, and they don’t always have all of the options that you may be looking for.

As soon as you start looking for other golf clubs, you may have a hard time distinguishing what is considered quality equipment and what is not.

This list of the top ten golf brands to avoid should help you narrow down what makes sense for your game and what does not.

Top 10 Golf Brands to Avoid

1. Yonex

Yonex logo displayed on smartphone

Yonex is a golf club manufacturer that is based in Japan.

Many of the golf equipment companies based in Japan do an incredible job coming up with high-performing and high-quality equipment.

Typically speaking, the feel that golfers get from a Japanese golf club is quite a bit better than that of other clubs on the market.

Of course, the problem with Yonex equipment is that it does not have the same feel or overall performance as other golf club brands.

In fact, the few clubs that we played with the Yonex brand seemed as though they had a poor feel and were cheaply made.

Granted, some of the Yonex products are priced a bit lower and could be considered cheap products, but still, we expect more from a quality brand.

Yonex sells some complete set options that will price for over $1,000.

Considering Cobra has comparable sets that are priced lower, choosing the Cobra set is a no-brainer.

Even something like the Tour Edge seems to have a better feel and be more solidly built than the Yonex.

Although this company is fairly large and makes both tennis and badminton equipment, we highly recommend choosing an alternative when it comes to golf.

2. Alien

Choosing golf club on retail shop

Alien Golf Products are another cheap golf manufacturer that sells their clubs through a wide range of channels.

You won’t be able to buy direct from Alien, but you can purchase these clubs from most major retailers.

The biggest problem we have with the Alien products is the quality of the build.

You will find that, for faster swing speed players, the chance of breaking one of these clubs is incredibly high.

In fact, if you go after the golf ball in any way, we don’t recommend the Alien clubs.

Many golfers start with a set like this when they are first picking up the game.

The pricing is low, and it seems to make sense.

In all honesty, you are better off spending a few extra dollars and getting something that suits your needs a bit better.

The only exception with the Alien clubs is that some of their junior golf sets seem acceptable.

Alien also claims that they are releasing a new sand wedge this summer.

We will see how that compares, but based on this brand’s history, we don’t have all that much confidence that it will be your new favorite club.

3. Giga Golf

shiny metal golf clubs for sale

Giga Golf is a company that makes custom clubs and also sells clubs that are pre-built to certain specifications.

You can purchase these golf clubs directly through their website or from other third-party sellers.

We have two major issues with Giga Golf.

The first is that you don’t know what you are getting.

Since this is not a well-known brand, there is no way to try out the equipment, and you end up getting a club that is not necessarily suitable for your game.

If you order a TaylorMade driver, chances are you’ve had a chance to try it once or twice before you made the purchase.

With Giga Golf, you are taking their word for it that this club is built specifically to your needs.

Golfers who know quite a bit about club fitting and design may find that this is a good option for them.

However, for the most part, the majority of golfers are not going to have this kind of knowledge, and it will impact any decision they make when it comes to equipment choices.

Giga Golf also causes us to question the quality of their product because of the components that are used.

When you purchase a driver for $500 and one for $150, there are likely some differences in the quality of the materials that are used.

The products that are priced higher are going to have better components.

We are not going to go as far as to say it is easy to do what Giga Golf does to make products cheaper, but we can see how these have better pricing than some others.

If you want something with a bit more quality, look for a previous version of a TaylorMade or Callaway that has been replaced with newer technology.

4. Hammer X

golf club on retail shop

As soon as you start looking into the Hammer X golf products, you should see what we mean about this brand’s quality.

The Hammer X is truly a gimmick type of golf brand.

Of course, there are going to be success stories, but when you think about the major manufacturers and their products, they don’t need to advertise these same success stories.

The proof is in their product, the design, the look, the feel, and even the sound.

The Hammer X is one of the oddest looking golf clubs that you will probably ever encounter.

This is a club built for golfers who think the club will fix everything.

It is an unfortunate truth that many golfers will fall for sales gimmicks and mistakes.

If you are a player who has sliced the ball your entire life, you may do anything to purchase a club that will finally go straight.

As much as we can understand and relate to this, stay away from the Hammer X and get yourself something that will last for more than just a few months.

5. Axis Putter

Axis Putter

If you watch professional golf, chances are you have seen Justin Rose play in a few events.

Rose is a very solid golfer with quite a good reputation on tour.

He has one of these Axis putters in his golf bag.

There are a few things that we should clarify about this brand and why it has made it on our list of brands to avoid.

For starters, there is nothing about the quality of this club that puts it on our list.

In fact, the Axis putters are very well made, and they are some of the more expensive putters made with very premium materials.

The issue we have with Axis putters is that we don’t believe they are quite as revolutionary as Axis thinks they are.

Although there is no questioning that balance and design are important in a putter, it doesn’t seem to be worth the pricing.

Justin Rose is a great putter without a doubt, but so are many other golfers on tour.

Many of these other golfers are winning golf tournaments with putters that sell for half the price of the Axis.

We understand this is a smaller company that puts a lot of time and effort into its designs, but the price is hard for an amateur golfer to justify.

6. Ryoma

Hand holding golf club, close up

Ryoma is another Japanese golf brand that is trying to follow up behind Mizuno and other high performers.

As far as we are concerned, the Ryoma brand has a long way to go.

The clubs themselves have a very sleek look to them, and we can see the appeal that it may have for some players.

However, the issue that we have with the Ryoma is the sound.

This club does not sound good, and a lot of times, when a club does not have the proper sound, it also ends up losing a bit of feel as well.

Overall, this brand makes a wide range of golf clubs, but they seem a bit undecided as to who their target customers are.

Most of the Japanese brands are known for having a very good feel and high-end performance.

If you want something from Japan with high quality and impressive features, look for the XXIO or the Mizuno brands of golf clubs.

Chances are you will end up with something that will last you quite a bit longer and perform better as well.

7. Yamaha

yamaha logo

Yamaha is a very large company with its hand in everything from motorcycles to yachts to golf clubs.

There’s a good chance you have a Yamaha built product somewhere around your home or office.

With the success that Yamaha has had and its size, they certainly deserve to charge a premium price for great equipment.

The problem is that Yamaha took this a bit too far with their new line of golf clubs.

When drivers start costing almost as much as a complete set of golf clubs, things have gone a bit too far.

We know that the pricing of golf clubs is continually on the rise.

However, many people can justify these prices because of the performance they see.

At some point, the price will be so high that the performance does not match the cost.

This is exactly what has happened with the Yamaha golf clubs.

In fact, Yamaha would have probably not even made our list if they had figured out a way to design golf clubs for people with realistic and average budgets.

You could buy yourself two or three drivers for the price of the one Yamaha.

8. Seven

Cavity back of Iron No. 7 Head

Seven is a Japanese based golf club company that is very interested in making premium golf clubs.

With the Seven clubs in your bag, you must be a good player.

Their blade is one of the better-looking golf clubs on the market, but you will not get any forgiveness or leeway with this club.

If you find that you struggle with hitting the center of the clubface, this is a brand to stay away from.

Seven’s clubs are high quality, and they are very high priced.

For a smaller brand, we have a hard time finding a wide range of customers who will enjoy and benefit from a club like this.

Most players need a bit more forgiveness and, indeed, a lower price point for these clubs to make sense.

We noticed that the Seven putters almost precisely resemble the Scotty Cameron putters, yet they are priced at almost ten times the price.

If you know anything about Scotty Cameron, you know his putters don’t start at a low price.

It will be interesting to watch this brand to see if they get a bit more realistic about club pricing.

If they do, they will be able to easily move themselves off of our list.

9. Kankura

black golf shoes and balls

Kankura is a golf shoe company.

They are a newer brand, and we like what they are trying to do by making shoes that are better for the golf course as well as better for the environment.

The issue with these shoes is that they are just too new to the market.

They don’t seem to have the same durability as something like a FootJoy or a Callaway.

These shoes also have the Kankura branding all over the shoe, making them a bit of a fashion difficulty for most golfers.

If you wear a FootJoy or an Adidas shoe, the logo is a bit more subtle.

With the Kankura, everyone will certainly know you are playing with a Kankura shoe, but we are not sure that will benefit you in any way.

In addition to the questionable durability and the slightly funky styling, the Kankura golf shoes are a bit expensive.

You may feel that you are somewhat of a billboard for the Kankura company playing with their shoes.

When it comes to comfort, we will admit that these are easy to wear.

If that is something you can’t find across all of the other golf brands, then we can understand going for this particular shoe.

10. Precise

man inspecting the golf clubs

The Precise brand of golf clubs are last on our list.

The reason these are a brand to avoid is simply the quality.

Precise doesn’t pretend to be somebody they are not.

They advertise their clubs as being a value option for the golfers who don’t want to spend a lot of money.

If you play golf once a year and need a set to keep in the garage, Precise is a decent option.

However, if you play every weekend, you will notice that these clubs will wear down quite a bit more quickly than some other choices.

Since they are not made with the highest quality components, the clubs deteriorate, and the grooves don’t hold up as long.

Of course, golfers with high swing speeds will have a major issue with this.

If you really go after the ball, you will want to get something that can handle your swing speeds a bit better.

These clubs are great for a teenager who is thinking of taking up the game, but this is not your next set if you are serious about golf.

The new Precise push carts are a little better than the clubs and could be worth taking a look at if you need a new pushcart.

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