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A Rookie At The Hot List: Drivers, wedges chip shots?

Busy day at the Hot List on Friday, the testers hit drivers and wedges (and an orange, but we'll get to that later) and battled the Arizona heat surprisingly well. Here are some of the best bits from Friday's action:

Golf Digest Equipment Editor Mike Stachura provided the morning entertainment. Sorting through golf balls is usually a pretty tedious task, but watching him trying to throw golf balls into a bucket two feet away was brilliantly funny. Who knows, maybe it's more difficult than it looks -- but probably not.

After picking up all the golf balls Mike had thrown near the bucket, I ran into my old college golf coach from the University of South Carolina Beaufort, Shane LeBaron (he's in the sunglasses below). Shane has been the Director of Instruction at the Wigwam for about a year and has already worked his way into our "Best in State" rankings. Better yet, he found time to give me a quick tune-up on the range; I've got to rotate my torso left through the ball more, so I'll be meditating on an image of Annika Sorenstam's swing for the next couple days.

This is what one of our tester notebooks looks like. After each wedge one of our testers hits, we ask them a variety of questions about each of the categories you see below, and ask them to give a ranking on a five point scale for each. By the end of the day, you won't have many clean looking pages like this one.

Jason Guss, one of America's Best Young Teachers, tried hitting a golf ball out of an empty orange on Friday. Didn't turn out well -- not enough muscle. So, remember, the next time this happens to you, make sure to swing hard at the orange.

I think it's worth taking a moment to admire how cool Golf World staffer Brendan Mohler makes drinking a Gatorade look. Notice how the color of the Gatorade matches the color of the shirt. Effortless. It's like he's not even trying.
Want to be a Hot List tester? Well beware, because it's not all fun and games. The group hit a lot of golf balls today, especially this guy -- just look at his hands.

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