Dec 31, 2017

Putter Review: SeeMore Mini GIANT Deep Flange Black Stealth Putter

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  12/31/2017 02:15:00 PM   No comments
The SeeMore Giant line of putter evolves the classic FGP design with the Mini Giant Deep Flange. A putter I've been dying to test out since I first saw the press release. The new Mini Giant would seem perfect for those golfers looking for a high MOI putter. While size of the Mini GIANT is not as large as most of the other GIANT line this compact look in my option will appeal to a wider range of golfers.    
 
 
 
 
Nonadjustable copper weights on both ends of the head and sole increase MOI.
 
 
 Reviewed: Specs - Length: 35" Lie: 72 degrees(upright) Grip: Rosemark 1.52, Black Stealth with tone on tone RST.            Price: $395        
 
        
Found the distance control of the Mini Giant Deep Flange to be spot on on, tried it in many conditions and different types of greens including the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island. In my opinion this high quality of distance control is due to the large, perimeter-weighted head which regardless of the putters stroke will help all types of golfers.

 

 

 

Like most SeeMore putters you require more of a pendulum motion putter stroke. So for those like myself that are use to this kind of stroke will be more dialled in, others will need to practice this further to groove their putting stroke.  
  
 
 
 
The “Stealth RST” features a blacked out look and a dark red RST that has a crackle effect look. Very unique and quite stylish. 
 
The 100% Milled Aluminum head weight is 350 grams a nice weight for the stroke required for this face balanced putter. Feels effortless both on long and short putts. For those requiring more weight SeeMore like always can customize your putter by adding internal weight.  
 
    
 
      The black finish which is maintenance free frames the golf ball beautifully at impact and has a slimming effect on the “Giant” models.    
 
 
        The oversize Rosemark grip is not only a perfect fit for those with larger hands but the shape and overall feel has for me made it the only grip I’ll use on a putter. The best connection between you and your putter. Be sure and check out Rosemark’s grips on their website and social media channels.    
 
     A tad smaller then the Giant M1t I reviewed last year. The Mini Giant is one sexy looking putter, bold copper weights and a striking milling pattern gives it a bold rich look.      
 
    
 
        Final Thoughts The SeeMore Mini Giant Deep Flange Black Stealth Putter is a mouth full to say but is simplistic in its design. The weight and feel make it the perfect putter setup for those struggling with direction and distance control. The look of the mini Giant DF with its simple black finish and the deep flange instills confidence for those struggling with their putter. The “Stealth RST” makes this putter even more stylish and unique. Add SeeMore’s many customization options and you have another winner from SeeMore Putters.  
 

Dec 19, 2017

Kiawah Island Resort More Than Just World Class Golf

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  12/19/2017 09:21:00 PM   No comments
One of the things I came away with after my two day vacation at Kiawah Island Resort was if your need a vacation to recharge your batteries. Kiawah Island Resort is the place to visit. On top of the World Class Golf courses I got to play including The Ocean Course. Kiawah Island will pamper you at every turn.

Accommodations

The Sanctuary
Located along the pristine shores of Kiawah Island, South Carolina, this exquisitely designed oceanfront hotel, just 21 miles from downtown Charleston, captures the spirit, history and charm of the beautiful south.

As soon as you walk through the front doors you'll experience a southern seaside mansion like no other. Five star service and hospitality, prepare to be spoiled at the Sanctuary.



The Sanctuary awarded the Forbes Five Star Award

#1 U.S. Resort Hotel by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report.









Loved the architecture and style of the Sanctuary


View from our balcony.



Dining



Jerk Chicken Sandwich

 Loggerhead Grill- What better way to enjoy your Jerk Chicken Sandwich then outdoors with an amazing view of the Atlantic Ocean. Outdoor dining by the pool, relax in the sun.




Beaches & Cream - Quick smoothie before my round at The Ocean Course, yummy!

Tomasso at Turtle Point

The first night at the Resort we had an amazing dinner at Tomasso at Turtle Point. Between the caesar salad, charcuterie, mussels, pizza and steak. We were treated to a feast for the eyes and palate.

During the day you can enjoy panoramic views of Jack Nicklaus’ newly renovated Turtle Point Golf Course from the comfort of Tomasso Restaurant.

Chef Derick Wade’s Italian inspired menu is influenced by locally sourced ingredients, featuring homemade pastas, sauces, pizzas, and breads prepared daily. Indulge in a selection from our extensive list of Italian and New World wines, from Pinot Grigios to Barolos, and complete your visit with a glass of our house-made Limoncello. Buon Appetito!




Relaxing Spa

While I didn't partake in the Spa and Salon Services that Kiawah Island Resort offers. My wife had a massage and completely enjoyed the mineral whirlpool, steam room and sauna while she waited me to return from golfing. My wife and I have been to many golf resorts that have spas. I've never seen my wife so relaxed after her day at the Spa at Kiawah Island Resort.


Shopping

My new driver headcover.




Mercedes Benz SL550 Roadster


My wife and I didn't rent a car for our trip to Kiawah Island Resort but were lucky enough to be able to test drive an amazing Mercedes to check out the Island. `




Dec 14, 2017

Who Can Land The Famous Green Jacket In 2018?

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  12/14/2017 09:55:00 PM   No comments
The US Masters at Augusta is the opening Major Championship of 2018 and the event that the majority of the world’s leading players look forward to the most on the golfing calendar. In 2017 Sergio Garcia ended his long wait without one of the four biggest prizes in the sport with a playoff victory over Justin Rose.

Given 2018 is a Ryder Cup year, there is even more incentive to perform well at Augusta as the points on offer could be the difference between making the US or European teams for the event in Paris, France in September.

Here is a look at five players who could win the Green Jacket for the first time in their careers in the 82nd edition of the tournament.

Jason Day


Australian golfer Jason Day was as high as number one in the world rankings in September 2015, however, sadly for the former US PGA Championship winner, his form has not quite been as solid over the last couple of years.



Norfolk Premier Golf via Twitter

Day has yet to taste success in the US Masters, however, his game is perfectly suited for the course at Augusta. He has had three top-10 finishes since making his debut there in 2011. The closest he has come to the Green Jacket was six years ago where he ended the weekend in a tie for second, two shots behind the winner Charl Schwartzel.

The man from Queensland had a winless season in 2017 and therefore will have put a lot of hours in during the off-season to sharpen up his game ready for 2018. He split from his caddie of 11 years Colin Swatton and has been using his friend Luke Reardon on the bag in his most recent tournaments.
Day plays Augusta as well as any of the top players on the PGA Tour, therefore, a return to Georgia may just help him rekindle his old form. The Australian is as big as +1600 to win the 2018 tournament which could be a huge price, his outsider status no doubt attractive to bettors on the lookout for a market to use one of the many free bets offered by odds comparison website Oddschecker.

Rickie Fowler

It is surely only a matter of time before Rickie Fowler finally wins a major championship. The hot-shot American will take encouragement from Garcia’s success in 2017 as the Spaniard was taking part in his 74th Major Championship when he won the Masters. Fowler is only 28 years old, with, his best years in the sport could be ahead of him.

The American has made a brilliant start to the 2017/18 campaign as he won the Hero World Challenge where he carded a score of -11 across the four days in the Bahamas. The eight-time PGA Tour winner also went close in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba but fell short by just one stroke despite solid rounds of 65-67-67-67 in the tournament won by Patton Kizzire.

Fowler is a great player to watch around Augusta as he is fearless. The former number one ranked amateur attacks every hole that he plays, therefore, he gives himself lots of opportunities to score birdies and eagles on the par fives.

Although he has yet to get over the line in one of the big four tournaments, Fowler has a top-five finish in each of the Major Championships. The closest he has come to the Green Jacket was in 2014 where he finished in a tie for fifth place. The Ryder Cup participant can now lean on his experience at Augusta and in big tournaments to help him win the biggest competition of his career.

Brooks Koepka

Brooks Koepka had a breakthrough year on the PGA Tour in 2017 as he landed the US Open at Erin Hills in a very composed performance on the final Sunday as he showed no signs of nerves to pick up the top prize in the second Major of the year.

Koepka will now want to build on his success over the last 12 months when he tees off in 2018. The American has risen up the rankings recently and is now as high as eighth in the current standings. He looks on course to qualify for the USA team for the Ryder Cup once again but will want to add more tournaments to his name before then.

The 27-year-old has played in the last three US Masters’ and with each year he has improved his finishing position in the event. In 2017 the graduate of Florida State University just missed out on a top 10 finish as he ended the weekend in 11th place.

Koepka will look forward to tacking the par fives at Augusta once again as he is one of the longest hitters from the tee on the tour. If his short game is also just as good, like it was in the US Open back in June, he has to be considered as one of the leading contenders for the tournament next year as he has proved he is capable of converting a winning position into silverware.

Rory McIlroy


Rory McIlroy needs just the US Masters to complete the set of Major Championships in his career, therefore, the Green Jacket at Augusta will be his priority once again this season. The Northern Irishman has not been outside of the top 10 in the Masters in each of the last four years, therefore, he has been one of the most consistent golfers on the PGA Tour to play the course in Georgia.


Golf Channel via Twitter

By his very high standards, 2017 was a disappointing year for McIlroy who will be desperate to bounce back in 2018. He recorded six top finishes but was unable to add to his trophy count during the calendar year. In that time, he has split from his caddie JP Fitzgerald and is now working with his good friend Harry Diamond.

McIlroy will be making his 10th appearance in the Masters this year so he will know the course very well when he tees off in April. The former world number one led the field in 2011 after 54 holes before shooting a final round of 37 which ruined his chances.

The bookmakers make McIlroy one of the leading contenders in the betting for the 2018 US Masters at +900 as they know that the European player is difficult to stop in any field when he is at the top of his game.

Justin Thomas

FedEx Cup champion Justin Thomas will be full of confidence going into 2018 as the American has won five PGA Tour tournaments in the last 12 months, including his maiden Major Championship which came in the 2017 US PGA Championship.

Thomas has been tipped for a number of years to be one of the leading players in the USA and he has now fulfilled that potential. The 24-year-old has only had two appearances in the US Masters and has yet to record a top 20 finish, however, he should now be familiar with the course which will help his chances in 2018.

The US PGA Championship winner has one of the most solid games in the sport today. Unlike some of the elite on the PGA Tour, Thomas does not have many weaknesses. Those who have had success at Augusta over the years have known exactly when to attack and when to defend and Thomas is intelligent enough to play the right shots at the right time in the Masters.

Thomas is +18000 to win back-to-back Major Champions in April and continue to climb up the standings in the world rankings where he currently positioned at number three.


The 2018 US Masters begins on April 5 where there is expected to be 19 past champions in the field, including the resurgent Tiger Woods who recently made a return to the sport and will be bidding for his fifth Green Jacket.

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