Kiel Christianson

Senior Writer

Kiel Christianson has lived, worked, traveled and golfed extensively on three continents. His publications include poetry, political commentary, food and wine reviews, scientific articles, and, of course, golf and travel pieces for the Network, as well as Vue Touristique, Western Mass Golf Magazine, Carolinas Golf, Golf Vacations and Michigan Links Magazine. As senior writer and equipment editor for, he has reviewed courses, resorts, and golf academies from California to Ireland, including his home course, Lake of the Woods G.C. in Mahomet, Ill. Kiel currently resides in Illinois with his wife and their two children. Read his golf blog here and follow him on Twitter @GolfWriterKiel.

Recent articles
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May 1, 2017
Cobra and Arccos Golf have teamed up to create the COBRA CONNECT feature that is an ultra light-weight sensor to track distance and accuracy. Kiel Christianson reviews it.
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April 28, 2017
Tour Edge Exotics touts the company's "material advantage" in promoting its clubs. Case in point: The new Exotics EX10 Driver features a TSP 910 Beta Ti faceplate. Read the full review here.
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April 27, 2017
Kiel Christianson has some of our favorite golf clothing options for men and women, for the 2017 season.
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April 26, 2017
For a comprehensive club-fitting experience, Kiel Christianson tried out the Club Champion method, which has grown to many major U.S. markets.
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April 19, 2017
Last year, European golf trolley leader BIG MAX introduced a remarkable fold-flat technology in its three-wheeled Autofold FF model. Kiel Christianson reviews the latest model.
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April 11, 2017
Located just outside of Charleston, South Carolina, Wild Dunes Resort features 36 holes beside the Atlantic Ocean designed by Tom Fazio and Mike Strantz.
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March 8, 2017
Under Armour has a winning combination in Jordan Spieth and his eponymous flagship golf shoe.
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December 12, 2016
Honma has decided to work toward making more of an impact in the U.S. market and hopes American golfers will develop the same appreciation for its golf equipment, including its Tour World TW737 Drivers, as their Asian counterparts. Kiel Christianson reviews two of Honma's drivers.
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December 9, 2016
With its new e6 Soft and e6 Speed balls, Bridgestone Golf is seeking to shake up the golf ball market by directly challenging longtime leader Titleist ProV1. The company wants you decide for yourself which one is "king of the road.
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December 7, 2016
The Club at Chatham Hills is a private, Pete Dye design with a plum location just north of Indianapolis. Weaving over an idyllic landscape of beautiful topography, this new course is truly a bright spot in American golf.
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December 5, 2016
There are numerous "boutique" putter companies these days, but if you're on a quest to find the best of the best, Argolf is worth a close look. Kiel Christianson test drives their new Perceval mallet.
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November 25, 2016
Have a golfer on your holiday gift list? We've rounded up a list of popular golf items for every budget.
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October 26, 2016
For 2017, Srixon has tweaked the recipe of its best-selling Soft Feel and Soft Feel Lady golf balls to produce more distance in a lower-compression, softer-feeling package.
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October 17, 2016
Cleveland Golf recently introduced the RTX-3 wedges, continuing a tradition that includes more than 350 worldwide professional tournament wins. Kiel Christianson has been testing the clubs on his home course.
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October 10, 2016
Srixon's new Z F65 fairway woods represent a reversal of the trend toward larger clubheads. The Z F65s are as much as 60cc smaller than some recent offerings by other companies. But doesn't this compact size reduce distance? Not really.
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October 3, 2016
Cleveland Golf's new Huntington Beach Collection of putters stands as a sanity check on the skyrocketing prices of golf equipment. Everyone from casual golfers to serious club players will appreciate both the quality and the price point.
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September 27, 2016
The Z 565 and Z 765 Drivers are Srixon's first true entries into the "premium" driver category, but the somewhat higher prices compared to past models buy technology that rivals that of any other major golf brand. These are primo "big dogs" from top to bottom.
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September 23, 2016
The feel and workability of the new Z line of irons from Srixon are equal to the best equivalent iron sets on the market, and, based on my experience with several of these other sets, even softer.
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September 19, 2016
Cleveland Golf's expansion of the TFi 2135 line into mallet models is spot-on. All the great engineering of the TFi 2135 has translated beautifully into the mallets. These putters are some of the most eye-catching on the market, yet they won't break your budget.
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September 13, 2016
Kiel Christianson test-drove the new 2017 Sun Mountain C-130 cart bag at his home course and is impressed. It may be the most functional, feature-laden golf bag on the market, he writes.
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August 30, 2016
Kiel Christianson calls the PrecisionPro GPS Golf Band the best, most comfortable wearable GPS device he's ever tested. Best of all, when you're not paying attention to it, the GPS Golf Band is so light, you don't even notice it's there.
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August 19, 2016 finds wayward golf balls on courses all over the nation, brings them in, cleans them up, grades them, and sells them at up to 50 percent off the new ball price. Kiel Christianson has more, after test-driving a dozen used Srixon Z-Star black numbers.
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August 3, 2016
In the PUMA TITANTOUR IGNITE DISC golf shoes, thin steel wires are tightened and loosened with the simple twist of the disc, a nontrivial but excellent investment in podiatric health and comfort. The ease of getting these shoes on and off is much appreciated by an old guy like me.
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August 1, 2016
Fixing ball marks on greens requires a lot of bending over. Now there's a multi-tool putter that allows golfers to repair pitch marks without bending all the way over: The Double Duty divot repair putter.
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July 22, 2016
Paying $79.17 for a dozen golf balls may sound steep. But, Kiel Christianson writes, "there is absolutely no doubt that Clear Golf Balls occupy the upper echelon of premium golf balls.
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