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Critical Golf: Unbiased Golf Equipment Reviews

About Us

Launched in the spring of 2009 by co-founders Andrew and Norm, Critical Golf focuses exclusively on providing reviews of golf equipment. Unlike other websites and publications that rely on advertising from manufacturers, Critical Golf is an independent site that was created to provide unbiased opinions of the newest products on the market.

Frustrated with cursory reviews filled with manufacturer marketing material, web sites with one-off reviews within a product category, and magazines that hand out awards to seemingly every product tested (when did you last read a negative review in a golf magazine?), we set out to provide consistent, thorough reviews that allow readers to compare products side-by-side. We compare golf equipment across multiple criteria to present a comprehensive picture of which product is best, and why.

Our testing staff includes players ranging from low to high handicappers to provide perspectives relevant to all golfers, regardless of ability level, and each product is tested by all staff members.

If there are particular products or categories you would like to see reviewed, please don’t hesitate to drop us a note.

Enjoy our site, and hit ‘em straight.


About Norm

Norm

I managed to get my handicap down to the high single-digits thanks to consecutive years of more golf than I’ll probably every play again. I’ve never played on a golf team, but have started to enter a couple of tournaments a year (net tournaments put on by local public courses, the NCGA or amateurgolf.com). In my last tournament I took a 12 on the final hole, which temporarily killed my spirit (good thing I brought extra balls).

My most memorable golf experience was a round at Shadow Creek, which had the most perfectly manicured course I have ever seen (oh to be a collegiate player at UNLV and have that as my home course). Low score ever was a 74 at Palo Alto Municipal (a nice calm day, less goose s–t on the course than normal, and hot putter), and I get in 3-4 rounds a month. I play most of my golf on the San Francisco peninsula, and like to get to Monterey/Carmel to play as much as I can (generally down to Poppy Hills).

Pet peeves include overwatering, slow play, Pete Dye’s railroad ties, and resorts that charge extra for the privilege of allowing your wife to walk the course while you play (thanks a bunch, Poipu Bay!). Favored post-round meal is a double burger on a french roll at the Dutch Goose, and I will generally spring for the fries though they are far too expensive for the amount you get.

In my bag:
Woods: Titleist 901D2, 910H (24 degree), 910F (15 and 17 degrees), all with Diamana Kai’li stiff shafts.
Irons: 4-P Mizuno MP-60 with S300 shafts
Wedges: 52 degree Cleveland CG10 Black Pearl (replaced my counterfeit Cleveland club as discovered by my fitting trip to the Cleveland Fitting Studio) and a 58 degree Cleveland CG12. I tried to put a 60 degree in my bag, but I just can’t hit it.
Putter: Bettinardi BB33 (replaced a Scotty Cameron Newport 2 purchased on eBay and restored at the Cameron Studio – they do great work).
Ball: Lately the Bridgestone B330-S, though I’ll vary between those and Titleist Pro V1 balls on occasion. Not in the same round, of course.

About Andrew

Andrew

I picked up golf in my mid 20’s, and after having made steady progress over the years, have hit a plateau in my efforts to get my handicap into the single digits. I reached a low of 10.2 before it started floating it up to its current 11+ status. Grrrrrrr….

The highlights of my golf life have been (a) hitting a very nice 7-iron that landed in the center of the green 150 yards away and then trickled into the hole for my one and only ace, and (b) a magical mystical morning playing the back 9 and shooting a 1-under 35.

My favorites courses are Cypress Point (which I’ve been lucky enough to play a number of times), Bandon Dunes, Pacific Dunes, Shadow Creek and Chambers Bay. I think that Pinehurst #2 is overrated, and that the Irish course at Whistling Straits is underrated. I HATE the 14th hole at Bandon Trails. Every scorecard I have from playing Pebble Beach includes taking an X on the 8th hole.

Pet peeves include courses that don’t let you walk, tricked-up multi-tiered greens, greens protected by a front bunker that you must carry (sorry Jack Nicklaus, I just can’t hit a high fade, so your courses irritate me), and waterfalls on resort courses. Favored post-round meal? The Crispy Chicken Costoletta at the Cheesecake Factory, of course

In my bag:
Woods: Callaway FTiZ Driver, Callaway Great Big Bertha II 3-wood (I just can’t give it up) and Callaway FTiZ 5-wood. I could tell you the shafts, but I’m not a shaft guy because I don’t think they really matter at my skill level.
Irons: Callaway Big Bertha Fusion irons – I know, it’s time for a new set.
Wedges: 60 degree, 56 degree, 49 degree and 45 degree Cleveland 588s.
Putter: Scotty Cameron Detour 1 – yes, I know it’s ugly.
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x balls with the Critical Golf logo on them!