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Fave Fridays II: Five (more) things I'm loving

Vokey 48 wedge – I’ve had my typical AP2 wedge in my bag for some time, part of a set I started playing more than two seasons ago. Somewhere along the way I lost faith in it – or it lost faith in me. Not sure which. Anyway, I was at Eagles Nest one day when I asked fitter extraordinaire Chad about whether I might take out one of his 48 degree wedges. He said no problem. Hitting a full blade pitching wedge was a dream. I went to GolfTown on my way home and purchased the wedge. It won’t be leaving my bag anytime soon, and I’ve become quite enamoured of my ability to hit low 100-yard punch shots with it.

Footjoy Icons – Playing Coppinwood today, a female guest looked at my snazzy blue-and-black gootjoy Icons and said, ‘Are those those shoes?’ Yes, they are I told her. These are shoes I’ve worn Icons for a few years now – always tricked up with the MyJoys element that allows you to create your own design.  I won two pairs of these bad boys at the Golf Journalist Association Awards in Vancouver for two second-place articles. Though I have more golf shoes than my wife has in entirety in her closet, I couldn’t resist and made up two near pairs. One pair used the asymmetrical design and is blue and black with a monogram. The other pair, which I’ll save for next year, are a gold and black traditional style with a Canadian flag. Sure these are $319 in the store, but if you can’t play, you might as well look great trying.

Hollas shirts – Hollas seems to have been a hit with pro shops across the country this year for its mix of style and pricing. Hell, I bought a National Golf Club of Canada shirt at the club a few weeks back for $59. $59! Thank God for the death of cotton golf shirts. No more ironing, and Hollas has created the right mix of traditional and sporty.

Weston G&CC  — Colin Imrie is one of the country’s smart young(ish) pros, and he’s leading one of Canada’s most underrated golf courses. Fun, sporty, quirky in spots, Weston reveals itself over time and multiple rounds. The 9th and 18th are two of the meatiest par 4s in Canada.

Alister Mackenzie’s Golf Architecture – I’ve read this one before, and the reprint is slight, even with the foreword and afterword, but this is still one of those books you’ve got to investigate if you’re interested in golf architecture and design. Some of the writing – especially about maintenance – doesn’t have much to do with today’s game, but a lot of it (putting hazards in places where you want to hit the ball to add interest, limiting areas where one could lose a ball) would be beneficial to many of today’s clubs.

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Robert Thompson

A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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