Nike OZ Black T130 has one key design feature
Michelle Wie made her first cut in a men’s tournament this weekend (historical!), and finished in a tie for last place (yawn).
But I’m not here to debate the relative merits of the SK Telecom Open as a respectable Asian Tour event. I’m here to comment on the putter Wie played – the Nike OZ Black T130.
I’m in the process of reviewing this putter for TravelGolf.com, and have yet to decide just how much I like it. I’ve had trouble with it in a round (admittedly a very early round in the season, when nothing much was going right in my game), but it has performed well on the practice green.
The thing I really LOVE about this putter though is that I can pick up my golf ball with it. I have grown quite fond of mallet putters, not least of all for the built-in alignment aids incorporated in their designs. But I HATE the fact that the protruding, bulbous back-ends of the putter heads don’t allow you to scoop up the ball off the green, flip it into the air, and catch it with an insouciance that belies the bottled-up rage caused by triple-bogey gimme your playing partner has just conceded (with a snide, “That’s enough” rather than the usual “That’s good.” Funny.)
Well, Nike got this part right on the OZ Black T130. Not only are their alignment aids, high MOI, and pendulum-swing-inducing weighting in this putter, but there is also a handy channel in the back of the clubhead that allows me to flip my ball up in the air while I give that snide playing partner the finger before I snatch the ball.
I haven’t seen whether Wie flips up her ball in this way on the practice green (yawn) or bends over to pick up her ball (hooray!).
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She's only 17 years old you sick f**k!!! ...and how old are you??? Ever hear of the term pedophile???
However, acknowledging the beauty of a person (of any age, of any gender) does not mean that you want to have sex with them. Do people like m7 really believe that teenagers are not used as sex objects to sell products every day? That if Wie were 5'0" and 250 lbs and bald (have I offended enough people yet?), she would have a $20 million Nike endorsement deal? That men do not look at 17-year-old women in a non-platonic way unless they say something about it? Come on.
I consider overt sexualization (is that a word?) of young people to sell products extremely crass (for example, Abercrombie & Fitch's recent ad campaigns). But I also consider it naive and bizarre to believe that 18 somehow marks a magic turning point where all of the sudden beauty can be appreciated. No where else in the world does such a Puritanical view hold sway.
Wait, I take that back. m7, would you be happy of all teenagers wore burkas, just to be safe? Are you writing from Iran?