Combine Golf and Poker for Twice as Much Fun

Do you remember a time when golf used to be fun and not just work? Do you remember when you used to go out and play 18 and did more landscaping than playing golf? Well, if you do continue on reading. The game is called 3 Putt Poker and it is gaining popularity as the game of poker becomes more popular. Now, this game is probably not made for the golfer trying to make it to scratch golf. But if your looking to add a little fun to your round you will probably enjoy it. Try this great game with you buds the next time you hit the golf course.

3 Putt Poker

The rules of this poker / golf game are set up to improve your putting while still having a good time. When your round begins, the group of players must put in their ante. Once this is done and the pot is all square each player will receive one playing card that they will put in their pocket. When a player one putts a hole they will receive another playing card but if that player three putts a hole they must put additional money into the pot. The player that has the best hand at the end of nine holes will win the money in the pot. The whole process starts over again on the back nine holes with the players putting in their ante again.

3 Putt Example

Three players start the day by putting up an ante of $ 10 each which makes the pot $ 30 to start.

  • Player 1 – one putts twice; three putts twice = + $ 2 in the pot and 2 extra playing cards totaling 3 cards
  • Player 2 – one putts 3 times; three putts 4 times = + $ 4 in the pot and 3 extra playing cards totaling 4 cards
  • Player 3 – one putts 0 times; three putts 7 times = + $ 7 in the pot and 0 extra playing cards totaling 1 card
  • Player 3 – one putts 0 times; three putts 0 times = + $ 0 in the pot and 0 extra playing cards totaling 1 card

The cards are shown after the front nine, player 1 holds 8c-7s-9h, player 2 holds 10h-Kh-2h-3h, player 3 holds Ah and player 4 holds 2d. Player 3 wins the pot ($ 43) because they hold the best hand which is ace high. The great thing about the game is that even though you may be the worst putter in your group, you still have the opportunity to win the pot.

Again, this game might not be for the player that is trying to make the tour, but if you and your buddies are just trying to get out there and have a good time and playing for the fun of it, this is a great way to have fun and change things up a bit. Enjoy.

Maxfli Balls

The following are the reviews for some of the maxfli balls.

Maxfli Noodle Soft and Long Balls

The soft and long golf ball from Maxfli is a ball with low compression, which is suitable for player with slow swing and average handicap. The ball offers great feel without compromising on the distance due to its core compression. It also gives high spin.

Maxfli Revolution EXT Distance Golf Balls

The Revolution Ext Distance ball gives more yardages than compared to Revolution EXT ball of the Maxfli. The company uses speed mantle technology in the manufacturing of the balls. In this technology, a thin layer is used in between the core and the cover to increase the speed of the ball when it leaves the club face. This increases the EXT distance longer and faster.

The speed mantel technology helps the ball to deliver low spin rate and high launch angle thus optimizing the distance. The short irons provide improved control, spin and feel. The cover of the EXT distance is significantly fast and slightly firm. The core’s low compression gives a soft feeling. The speed mantel technology along with the fast cover delivers extreme and high speed, low spin giving maximum distance off the driver. This results in maximum distance.

Maxfli Noodle Ice White Golf balls

Noodle Ice White balls of Maxfli provides excellent performance. They have an optic core, which is colored and improves the visibility of a player during its flight and is also equipped with cover that is transparent. This feature makes it the most recognizable brand in the soft and long golf balls category. This ball delivers classic soft and long performance. Noodle Ice White golf balls are also designed alongside the same specifications of the Noodle Soft and Long golf balls of Maxfli.

This means it uses the same construction that is two pieces, the surlyn cover, and low and fast compression core. The usage of advanced technology makes the Noodle Ice white golf balls more appealing and aesthetic.

The cover of the ball, which is transparent, makes the core visible. The cover is a thin sleek ice layer, due to which its name is derived. The white color of the core makes it more attractive and distinct from other balls. The appearance of the Noodle Ice ball makes the players focus on the target and also clearly distinguish it during its flight. Players can derive excellent benefits with the usage of the ball in terms of performance and results. Even the audiences can clearly spot the balls. The Noodle Ice golf balls find the perfect balance between spin, distance and feel.

Maxfli Revolution Tour Golf balls

The Revolution Tour Golf balls from Maxfli are the tour caliber premium balls that target players in the range of zero to ten handicaps. This ball consists of larger mantel layer, thinner cover and larger cover. The three-piece multi layer revolution tour ball is the most preferred by professionals. The revolution tour balls consist of engine, which uses a new speed core technology, which produces high velocity and great distance.

The Golf Swing Setup

The golf swing setup is made out to be really complex by a lot of instructors. It's not.

Get behind your ball with club in hand and pick out 2 spots.

The first spot is your target (where you want the ball to land). Make sure that if you look away (which you will), that you can find it again. Do not pick something 2 miles away. Pick a realistic place for your ball to land.

The second spot is 3 to 6 inches in front of your golf ball. Make sure that the ball and spot draw a line to your target. Pick a leaf, or (heaven forbid) put a ball marker in the right place! Do not worry about it, you're trying to get better, and are using the marker as a tool to help you learn to aim better. The USGA Golf Swing Thought Police are busy with someone else, just do it. Try it in the fairway too!

Once you pick the goals, do not think about them anymore. You are lined up, no worries. Move up to the ball and stand up with your hips parallel to the established target line.

Hold the club in your left hand (lefties please read this with a mirror). Extend arm and club (semi-straight elbow) towards the ground at about a 45 degree angle. Tilt at the waist until the club touches the ground. The ball should be in the middle of the face of the club. If the ball is somewhere else, then MOVE YOUR WHOLE BODY away or towards the ball. If you change anything else you will lose alignment or balance.

What you are trying to do is establish a routine and a position from which you can, via a repeatable golf swing, make a solid contact with the golf ball.

Beware the belly trap. You've seen the professionals, and the 18 year olds, with their arms almost vertical as they set up. Well, they do not have a belly, and most of us do. The belly (and loose clothing) can impede and deflect the golf swing. Look at the senior tour. They keep their elbows away from the belly trap. This also allows you to wear something warm on a cold day without getting your elbow trapped by clothing. You could call this setup perfect for fat man golf!

The real reason for this positioning is that every club in your bag is a different length. So, we are giving your body and mind a concrete reference of where the ball is and how long the club is. Swing mechanics and body mechanics require some information, and that's what you are providing through this routine.

Now, keeping your waist angle, bring your right hand to the club while bending your RIGHT knee slightly. Take your grip making sure your club head is perpendicular to the target line. Do not change your grip orientation if the club head is not perpendicular, instead rotate the club head and reset your grip.

Now you're ready for the Golf Back Swing.

Puma Golf Shirts – Why Are They So Hot?

The first time we saw Ricky Fowler in that monochromatic, orange outfit on the PGA Tour, it was mesmerizing. He came out with an orange shirt, pants, belt, hat and shoes. He looked like one big piece of fruit. Instantly, his good looks where a hit with the ladies. Not only was his golf swing amazing, but he had a single, unforgetable swagger when he walked up the fairway.

Ricky caused a huge buzz concerning Puma Golf Apparel. Questions abounded: How did they sign this guy? What's up with that outfit? These were some of the rumblings from other golf manufacturers. They were scoffing and scared that they might lose some of their market share to a company that had been on the outs for the last few years. Puma Golf has now turned a new tide in golf shirts and accessories.

For years, the company had been known for their footwear. That is now changing. Puma now offers a full line of shirts, shorts, pants and accessories. Every shirt they produce has a matching pant, short, belt and shoes.

In addition, Puma golf shirts are made very well with 100% Polyester, moisture-wicking material so you do not sweat. They also contain a UPF of 40 to protect you from the suns harsh rays. Most of the product line can be worn on and off the golf course. The pants and shorts have flat fronts and plaids that will make you look like your going to the beach.The colors that Puma offers are exciting, bold and tantalizing. Puma golf shirts are definitely for the young and the fit.

When Ricky hit the scene they did not have enough inventory to fill their orders. In fact, the golf clothing was hard to find in 2011. Now, that has all changed and its full steam ahead for Puma. With new inventory control in place, the company has finally achieved a balance on the amount of pieces they offer. For instance, one of Ricky's hats that was very hard to get a few years back, can now be found just about anyplace. With Ricky Fowler as their spokesperson they are sure to grab a huge piece of the market of the younger golfers.

Puma's biggest rivalry is Adidas. The latter company was at one time owned by two brothers and their ill fated feelings caused them to split into different directions. Now the two brothers fight for market share in the golf industry.

In 2012 Ricky had his first official win on the PGA Tour. Incidentally, 2012 was an incredible year for Puma Golf Apparel, as well. Puma is here to stay and has made their mark in the clothing and fashion industry. Look for Puma Golf shirts at your local golf store or find them online. A word of warning – if you like a piece of Puma Golf apparel, do not hesitate to buy it because it may not be there tomorrow.

Review of Nike SasQuatch Tour Golf Carry Bag

Golf Carry Bag Reviews: Nike SasQuatch Tour Carry Bag

OVERALL RATING
SCORE: 86
GRADE: B

The Nike SasQuatch Tour Carry Bag Absolutely LOOKS cool. Kudos to the design team for aesthetics. But when it comes to carrying performance, the bag is larger and heavier than most of the other bags tested. It appears to be designed as a hybrid between a carry bag and a cart bag, and unfortunately, when you try to please all of the people all of the time, you wind up pleasing none of the people some of the time … er , all of the time … er, all of the people none of the time? Suffice it to say that we were not completely pleased. But if you're looking for something to use primarily as a cart bag, with only an occasional stroll, the Nike SasQuatch Tour Carry Bag may be worth checking out.

Retail price: $ 190

CLUB STORAGE
SCORE: 85
GRADE: B

If you did not know how many clubs you are allowed to carry in a round, you will after you get a Nike SasQuatch Tour Stand Bag – the dividers segment the bag into 14 slots, one of only two bags that provided dedicated space for each club. The dividers run the entire length of the bag, so the shafts and grips of your clubs will not touch one another. Mr. Monk, we have found the bag for you! But for our reviewers, re-insertion clubs into the designated slots became a bit of a pain at times – after hitting a terrible shot, it is difficult to display the appropriate level of disgust if you have to actually find the appropriate slot before you can dejectedly slam your club into it.

LEGS
SCORE: 80
GRADE: B-

Tipping was an incidental problem with the Nike SasQuatch Tour Stand Bag when setting it down quickly, sometimes because either the legs are not quite long enough for the body of the bag (a bit like Elizabeth Hurley … I'm not saying she is not unbelievably beautiful, but next time you see a picture of her, see if you do not agree with me that her torso is a bit too long for her legs) or because the angle at which the legs extend is insufficient. The legs only have rubber caps over the end of them, instead of the larger feet found on many of the competitors' bags, so there is less stability. The spring was also a bit tighter than on most bags, forcing us to exert some effort before the legs would extend.

STRAPS
SCORE: 89
GRADE: B +

There are 4 adjustment points for the straps, and in addition to some basic padding, there are visible air bladders to provide even more cushioning. Oddly enough, some of the air bladders are on the outside of the strap – which would make it comfy for anyone to whom you are giving a piggyback ride on the golf course. Otherwise, we think it's just for show. Ooooh … air! In any event, the straps were comfortable enough, although we did not really notice any significant difference between the "air" supplemented straps and normal padded straps.

POCKETS / STORAGE
SCORE: 87
GRADE: B +

The Nike SasQuatch Tour Stand Bag claims to have 10 total pockets.

  • 1 large garment pocket runs along the right side of the bag, with 3 small pockets (including a waterproof velor-lined valuables pocket) along the outside of this garment pocket.
  • There is a medium-sized pocket on the right side of the spine, near the base, and a smaller pocket on the left side of the spine, near the base.
  • On the left side of the bag is a lined "cooler" pocket, and along the outside of the cooler pocket is a mesh "water bottle" pocket. Yes, it stuck us that the one labeled "water bottle" should be the one that is lined, but hey, maybe the folks in Beaverton like to keep liquids at multiple temperatures over the course of a round.
  • If you're counting with us, that only takes us to 8 total pockets. We think that Nike is also trying to count the 2 tiny pockets for a Sharpie and a pencil. How do we know that they are for a Sharpie and a pencil? Because Nike sews on little pictures indicating their purpose, that's how.

The Nike SasQuatch Tour Carry Bag includes traditional straps on the right side of the bag for holding an umbrella, and a round ring for attaching a towel.

An oddity on the bag is a "quick access" sleeve on the spine of the bag for storing balls. The sleeve has a rubber-lined hole on each end, through which the user can forcibly insert about 5 golf balls. Removing a ball involved shoving a couple of fingers into the sleeve and trying to scoop the ball out. Our experience was that this was either "quick", nor was it what we considered "access". Instead, it seems similar to what we imagine it's like to reach inside a cow and turn around a broken calf. We vote for just a normal pocket next time!

While the number of pockets is sufficient, their placement left something to be desired. Our reviewers generally applaud efforts to be creative and different, but in this case, we found that "different" did not necessarily mean better.

RAIN HOOD
SCORE: 94
GRADE: A

The Nike SasQuatch Tour Carry Bag wins the award for best rain hood. Attaching the rain hood is as simple as hooking an elastic strap around a notch on the front of the bag, then snapping the hood into 4 buttons around the top edge. If you're going to be caught in a sudden downpour, this is the rain hood you want to have!

CARRYING IMPRESSIONS
SCORE: 81
GRADE: B-

The heavier weight of the bag left our reviewers cold. Actually, on a warm day, it left our reviewers overheated.

  • Weight. At 7.0 pounds as tested, including the rain hood, the Nike SasQuatch Tour Carry Bag is one of the heaviest bags we tested.
  • Balance. Something about the weight distribution in the bag was off, as it felt top-heavy (heavier toward the right side when both straps are utilized).
  • Padding. We appreciated the substantive padding where the bag rests against the user's lower back.

STYLE
SCORE: 94
GRADE: A

If there's one thing this bag gets right, it's the swagger in its design. Something about it just looks hot, and we think many buyers will make their decision based on that factor alone. There's nothing wrong with that – after all, a golf bag is a lot cheaper than a trophy wife.

The Nike SasQuatch Tour Carry Bag comes in 5 different color combinations:

  • Black, with gold trim (this one looks REALLY badass)
  • Charcoal and gray, with neon green trim
  • Charcoal and gray, with red trim
  • Blue and silver
  • Yellow and black, with silver trim

INNOVATION
SCORE: 89
GRADE: B +

All in all, even though we did not love all of Nike's experiments, we gave them bonus points for trying, because that's what will lead to better products. We've already indicated our ambition above to Nike's ball sleeve and with their "creative" pocket placement. A few other innovations include:

  • The Nike SasQuatch Tour Carry Bag also features a "dual durometer" bag base. This especially consist of some round yellow rubber circles on the bottom of the bag. We suppose that this makes it easier to stabilize the bag if it is strapped to a golf cart.
  • On the right side of the bag is a Velcro patch for attaching a golf glove. How do we know that it's for a golf glove? That's right … because Nike sews on a little picture indicating its purpose!
  • 5 rubber-lined holes are on the right side of the bag. We could not figure out their purpose because there was no picture. No, we kid! They are for tee storage.

COST / VALUE
SCORE: 83
GRADE: B-

At $ 190, the Nike SasQuatch Tour Carry Bag is priced at about the medal of the bags tested. Our reviewers believe there are better performing bags at an equal or lower price point.