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Kanibi CBD and the Wild, Wild World of Cannabidiol

Depending on who you listen to, Cannabidiol (aka CBD), is either a miracle elixir, snake oil, or something in between. As an industry, CBD is a wild, wild, and totally unregulated world. That can lead to outlandish claims, occasional charlatans, and marketing hype that makes the golf industry look like a church bake sale. Kanibi – a higher-end maker of CBD oil – is looking to change that.

Kanibi, among others, is taking a long, slow approach to building a sustainable, profitable business. MyGolfSpy’s CBD Buyer’s Guide was our first attempt to help you separate the wheat from the chaff. That piece went into great detail on the pros, cons, myths, and realities of CBD, as well as what to look for when researching CBD. The purpose of this article is to share with you Kanibi’s unique, and self-described boring, approach to the industry.

Kanibi – The Boring CBD

“We’re okay being boring,” says Peter Van Newhyzen of Kanibi CBD. “We don’t need to see huge wins immediately. Our whole approach is that we’re kind of crazy about every aspect of our business. We want to be the best in every single phase.”

Pop culture has always been rife with miracle cures. Back in 1885, pharmacist Charles Alderton sold his new soft drink, Dr. Pepper, as a digestive aid that “restores vim, vigor, and vitality.” In the 1950s, Geritol was the cure for “iron-poor, tired blood.” And what your Mom told you about carrots being good for your eyesight? Yeah, carrots have vitamin A, but British Intelligence concocted the eyesight story during World War II. They leaked that RAF pilots were shooting down more Nazi bombers thanks to their love of carrots. Better that than to let the Nazi’s know the real reason: the RAF’s new Airborne Interception Radar system.







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(4)Testers Wanted ExPutt Putting Simulator

Is it possible for putting practice to be fun?  Is it possible for a training aid to make you want to spend extended time “practicing”? Can an affordable putting simulator offer you realistic feedback on your golf game?

When we say affordable, we mean cheaper than some of the current drivers on the market now.

ExPutt is an at-home indoor putting training aid and simulator that provides golfers the kind of data that previously required really expensive, enterprise-grade equipment. Can a more budget-friendly putting tool give you the same type of experience?  We are going to let four of you tell the MyGolfSpy community.

Testers Wanted

We’re looking for FOUR golfers who are motivated, detail-oriented, and committed to providing a thorough review to put the EXPutt to the test.







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Tour Stats: Do Playing Partners Matter?

For many of us, there are one or two guys we’d rather not play with. For whatever reason, we just seem to play worse when paired with them. Someone I used to play with was a great guy but EVERY time we played together, I scuzzed it all over the course. Would it surprise you to learn that tour players deal with the same issue?

Last week, Bubba Watson was asked if it mattered with whom he played for the first two rounds.

“It matters tremendously. There’s guys that are a shot, maybe a two-shot, penalty when you see their name on that sheet. Maybe that’s what they say about me, too, so I guess it works both ways.” – Bubba Watson

I was curious if this could be quantified. Are there some players whose presence in a group causes others to play worse? Are there some that have the opposite effect and bring out the best in their playing partners?

Was it as challenging to play with Tiger in the fourth round as the commentators would have us believe?












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Hype Meter: Nike Air Zoom Infinity Tour

You’ve heard about them, maybe seen them too. Everyday products are being hyped in your Twitter and Instagram feeds. They’re sometimes endorsed by pros, celebrities, and influencers alike. But do they live up to the hype? We take a closer look.

What are Golfers Talking About?

In 2017, Brooks Koepka issued Nike a challenge. He said, “Design me a running shoe that I can golf in.” Nike responded, “Let’s do it.”

Nike knows itself a thing or two about a good running shoe. The mega-brand integrated elements originally designed for running shoes and soccer cleats and combined it with Nike Zoom Stroble technology, first utilized by the NBA’s Kevin Durant.

The end result? The Nike Zoom Air Infinity Tour. They got the thumbs up from Koepka and Nike claims his swing speed increased as compared to his speed while wearing previous Nike models. How much? Nike doesn’t say, but we’re here to see if the Air Zoom Infinity Tour lives up to the hype.

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Hi, I’m Harry, and I am a professional golf shoe tester. (Yes, they exist.) I actually test a lot of things at MyGolfSpy and play professionally when I’m not checking and comparing specs on gloves, rangefinders, bags.. ball retrievers.. etc. You can call me the Director of Soft Goods Testing here at MGS. You can also just call me Harry, that’s fine too.















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Cleveland RTX ZipCore: A New Old-Fashioned Wedge 

When you think Cleveland wedges, you think classic. You think consistent. And you think Zip – as in Zip Grooves. Well, there’s a fresh Zip in town as today Cleveland Golf unveils its new RTX ZipCore wedge.  

There’s only so much technology that can be added to a blade-style wedge and still keep it a blade-style wedge. While ZipCore maintains much of Cleveland’s RTX DNA, there’s enough innovation here to warrant a closer look. 

With apologies to Brenda Lee, you can consider the Cleveland RTX ZipCore a new old-fashioned wedge.  

Tearing Down the Flagship 

The RTX – and its rotational ROTEX face milling – has been Cleveland’s flagship wedge since 2012. Each iteration has brought slight changes in CG location, groove technology, and sole grinds. With RTX ZipCore, Cleveland is – to a degree – tearing down the flagship and starting fresh.  

“There’s always this balance between pushing performance to the next level of technology and innovation, and Tour players and avid golfers wanting something that’s familiar,” says Cleveland Marketing Director Brian Schielke. “They don’t want to look at something that’s a radically different shape or has a different feel from what they’re used to.” 




















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2020 MOST WANTED – THE BEST DRIVERS FOR SLOW SWING SPEEDS

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No two golfers have identical swings. Why, then, would we assume (or be led to assume) that any two golfers would require exactly the same thing from their equipment?

It’s our mission to understand what equipment best serves each unique golfer. The desire to capture more data is why our 2020 Most Wanted Driver Test consisted of 35 real humans and captured more than 15,540 shots. The more we know about the performance of each of the 37 drivers in our test, the better we can help narrow your choices.

It’s tempting to watch the PGA TOUR and assume the same drivers that work for the pros will also serve you. The data say otherwise.

Once again, we’re segmenting our data for 2020 to provide more meaningful information to the individual golfer. We’ve broken down our driver test results into three different swing speed categories. Today, we’re focusing on slow swing speeds (less than 94 miles per hour).


















































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2020 MOST WANTED – THE BEST DRIVERS FOR MID SWING SPEEDS

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No two golfers have identical swings. Why, then, would we assume (or be led to assume) that any two golfers would require exactly the same thing from their equipment?

It’s our mission to understand what equipment best serves each unique golfer. The desire to capture more data is why our 2020 Most Wanted Driver Test consisted of 35 real humans and captured more than 15,540 shots. The more we know about the performance of each of the 37 drivers in our test, the better we can help narrow your choices.

It’s tempting to watch the PGA TOUR and assume the same drivers that work for the pros will also serve you. The data say otherwise. Once again, we’re segmenting our data for 2020 to provide more meaningful information to the individual golfer. We’ve broken down our driver test results into three different swing speed categories. For this breakdown, we’re focusing on mid swing speeds (95 to 105 miles per hour).

While overall results for the Most Wanted Driver test yielded small differences, the mid swing speed group showed a significant difference between the longest and shortest drivers. The mid swing speed group is the middle of the bell curve and encompasses the greatest number of golfers so likely you’ll find information here that applies to you.


















































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2020 MOST WANTED – THE BEST DRIVERS FOR HIGH SWING SPEEDS

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No two golfers have identical swings. Why, then, would we assume (or be led to assume) that any two golfers would require exactly the same thing from their equipment?

It’s our mission to understand what equipment best serves each unique golfer. The desire to capture more data is why our 2020 Most Wanted Driver Test consisted of 35 real humans and captured more than 15,540 shots. The more we know about the performance of each of the 37 drivers in our test, the better we can help narrow your choices.

It’s tempting to watch the PGA TOUR and assume the same drivers that work for the pros will also serve you. Data say otherwise. Once again, we’re segmenting our data for 2020 to provide more meaningful information to the individual golfer. We’ve broken down our driver test results into three different swing speed categories. For this breakdown, we’re focusing on high swing speeds (greater than 105 miles per hour).  

Whether you’re an off-the-rack buyer, someone who’s constantly tweaking your gear or a golfer who is going to take the time to get fitted by a knowledgeable professional, we’re here to help you.


















































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Shaft University – Testing 101

We started Shaft University as an introductory journey into golf shafts focused on a single question. “What is involved in creating a golf shaft?” From there, we explored the topics of materials, design, and production, which brings us to the end of this design cycle – testing.

As a trusted colleague likes to say, “The proof of the pudding is in the eating.” Whether a shaft design results in a physical product that achieves the target objectives isn’t clear until the shaft is tested. Or, think of it this way – everything is theoretical until it isn’t.

In a sense, shaft testing is the seminal moment when a product either checks all of the boxes, or it doesn’t. This isn’t to suggest that every shaft manufacturer uses the same checklist or maintains identical spec tolerances. However, leading brands produce higher quality products more often and more consistently.

WELCOME TO THE END

With that, welcome to Testing 101, the final component of this edition of Shaft U. Particularly with high-performance (and high dollar) shafts, engineers are likely to argue that of all the steps, testing might be the most critical one.



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Golf Pride MCC Teams Grips – Available Now

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Penfold Golf Balls: Another Direct-To-Consumer Brand?

Golf brands come and golf brands go. That’s simply the way of the world. There was a time when Penfold Golf was the name in golf balls in Europe. That time, however, is long gone. So, it’s fair to ask why is an English squash pro living in Philly trying to bring the brand back in North America? It’s also fair to ask if we really need another Direct-to-Consumer golf ball brand.

Penfold’s history is a fascinating look at the way things used to be. The new Penfold Golf is an interesting look at the new reality of golf: if you have a story to tell, there’s a business opportunity.

Penfold. Albert Penfold

“There’s a massive nostalgic appeal to Penfold,” says Gavin Perrett, co-owner of Penfold Golf and the man in charge of bringing Penfold to life in North America. “It was the best golf ball in the world in its time.”

Never heard of Penfold? You’re not alone. But if you’re a European of a certain age or an avid James Bond fan, you may well know at least some of the Penfold story.

Albert Ernest Penfold made his golf ball bones back in the Gutta Percha days. He was a kind of rubber savant who figured out a way to make a pure white Gutta Percha that was easier to find than the normal dull gray ones. By 1919 Penfold went to work for Dunlop Golf and developed the very first ball to carry the name Maxfli.















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Should We Roll Back The Golf Ball? | #NoPuttsGiven 42

Should we roll back the golf ball, is square the future of shoe design, and what brand would you NOT let sponsor you? All this and more on episode 42 of No Putts Given.

0:52  – Bryson Dechambeau’s impressive drive distances has revitalized the argument: Should we roll back the golf ball?37:44  – If you think the word “SQAIRZ” looks strange, wait ’til you see their shoe. Is square the new shape of golf innovation?47:57  – What brand or product would you NOT let sponsor you?53:56  – Getting Knighted by Sir Nick, and the verdict on square shoe designs

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2020 MOST WANTED MALLET PUTTER

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OUR JOB IS YOUR GAME

Seldom do our test results make us do a double-take. But in the case of the 2020 Mallet Putter test, we not only rubbed our eyes and blinked to make sure we were seeing the numbers correctly but we triple checked the data. Sure enough, the 2020 winner blew out the competition and took Best Mallet Putter of 2020 in a landslide.

2020 isn’t just the year of extraordinary results but also the year of the boundary-pushing unique design. This year’s 2020 mallet putter field featured putters of every color, shape and size. Some were too big and some were too bright but the Odyssey Triple Track fits just right.

At MyGolfSpy, our job is to provide independent, unbiased and objective testing of products to help you make more confident purchasing decisions. We do this by employing consistent testing methodologies and advanced golf analytics inside our 100-percent independent test facility. You are then able to leverage the industry’s richest set of head-to-head data to help unlock your full potential. Our testing yields unparalleled data which equals unparalleled insight for the golfer.

For 2020, stop buying golf equipment you like and start buying equipment you want to keep. Don’t spend a dollar unless it improves on what’s already in the bag.




























































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PUMA RS-G Golf Shoes

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TaylorMade SIM Tour and Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero LS Triple Diamond Drivers

Filed under probably not coming to a retail store near you, TaylorMade and Callaway, the market leaders in the driver category both have new models on the USGA’s Conforming Clubs list this week.

As per usual, the USGA doesn’t provide the measure of specificity we’d like, and so while we wait to hear back from both companies, all we can do is speculate.

TaylorMade SIM Tour

Missing among a 3-deep sea of SIMs at retail this season was a SIM Tour. For the past several generations of drivers, TaylorMade has offered an undersized tour head in the 430-440 cc range. With three drivers in the lineup and golfers still clinging to the myth that TaylorMade has too many SKUs or updates its driver lineup every six months (it doesn’t – hasn’t in years), it made sense not to offer a small driver at retail. Given a choice between a wee-headed, low spin, low MOI Tour head and a high MOI draw-biased head, the numbers say SIM MAX D was the smarter choice for the mass market.

As I said, it’s speculative, but given how TaylorMade has used the Tour designation recently, the odds are that this is the sub-460 model missing from January’s launch.

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Cobra 3D Metal Jet Printing: The New Revolution?

Are you one of the many convinced there are no real frontiers left for golf equipment? Even the hardest-core dreamers believe we’re pretty much maxed-out. With that as a backdrop, the recent announcement by Cobra that it has begun leveraging 3D Metal Jet printing qualifies as a Grade-A big deal. It may very well be the next great revolution in golf equipment manufacturing.

That’s right, manufacturing. 3D printing has been a valuable R&D tool for years, but Cobra is jumping with both feet into golf club manufacturing using HP 3D Metal Jet printers.

And the deeper you dive into the possibilities, the more it becomes clear that this technology has the potential to completely change damn near everything.

Brave New World

“We first started thinking about 3D metal printing maybe eight, ten years ago, thinking it would be 15 to 20 years out,” Mike Yagley, Cobra’s VP of Innovation and AI, tells MyGolfSpy. “Here is it less than a decade later and we’re doing it.”

You’re probably familiar with 3D printing: an actual “printer” connected to a computer that squirts out a three-dimensional object. 3D printing has been used in the golf space for years; first to create plastic mockups and then to create actual prototypes.














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The 13 Best “Day Before Father’s Day” Deals

You’re here because it’s the day before Father’s Day and you’re just now thinking about what to get dear old Dad. Or maybe you’re here because you like a good discount.  Not only are we compiling some of the internet’s best Father’s Day gift ideas for the procrastinators of the world, but we’re guaranteeing that every one of them is a bargain.

What is MyGolfSpy Deals? You’ll likely recognize some past winners from Most Wanted tests, MGS Labs and 59 Awards. We’ll also toss in some staff favorites or products we’re actively looking to purchase ourselves. Beyond that, it’s a potpourri of items we think you might like or timely deals on seasonal gear. Only the best hand-picked deals will be posted. Only the most trusted merchants will be listed.

We find the best deals and pass the savings along to you.

The Best “Day After Father’s Day” Gift Deals

1. Srixon Z565 Driver

A #MostWanted winner for only $139….what?? That’s a no-brainer.



















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(4) TESTERS WANTED: Honma TR20 Driver

Let’s start with a statement so obvious it’s almost not worth mentioning. The only thing better than bombing a drive…is bombing a drive several yards farther.

In fact, it’s probably safe to assert that there isn’t a golfer on the planet who would turn down a bit more ball speed by simply switching drivers.

I know, “you can’t buy a game.” Blah, blah, blah. But, you can buy better technology…right?!

In our Most Wanted testing, Honma’s TR20 driver finished 4th overall and produced the 4th highest average ball speed. Moreover, Honma states that nearly every professional who has tested the TR20 has picked up speed. Prior to his departure, former staffer Justin Rose stated that Honma’s driver was 4-5 MPH faster than the comparable TaylorMade model.

Is it hyperbole or a bona fide Japanese driver that can hang with the big boys?







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Cobra Pars and Stripes SPEEDZONE Drivers

If you’re trying to wrap your head around the timing of the Cobra Pars and Stripes SPEEDZONE and SPEEDZONE Xtreme drivers, remember that if not for the misery that is 2020, the best golfers in the world would be competing in the U.S. Open at Winged Foot this week.

Pars and Stripes was supposed to be Cobra’s limited-edition U.S. Open driver. But as was the case when The Masters was postponed, the schedule change has left the brand in a pickle.

What do you do now?

You could hold it for the U.S. Open. A limited-edition driver in September is infinitely more practical than an azalea print polo in November but that would push you perilously close to end of the buying season.











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Sacks Parente Modernizes Two Classic Putter Designs

We are going to take a look at two new Sacks Parente putters: the Series 66 and the Series 18.

Last July, we learned about Sacks Parente and explored their Bullseye-esq initial putter offering, the Series 39.

Sacks Parente is using the same playbook a year later, producing modern interpretations of classic Anser and 8802 heads – a tall order. As our sometimes vitriolic comment section demonstrates, gaining public acceptance of such interpretative ambitions is not easy.

In some ways, innovating in the putter field is like writing a haiku. Unlike other poems where you can wax pentameter, the haiku has a very narrow syllabic window to work within. Historically, putter producers who too closely follow the established shape guidelines evoke cries of mimicry. Putter makers must walk the balance of being creative with their spins while still following the 5/7/5 constraints of the Anser poetry. Consumers want putters that look familiar. But not too familiar.

So,  yes, the Sacks Parente Series 66 and Series 18 putters are modern versions of classic putters. That is obvious as soon as you look at them.



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