My battery is charged. Bring on the cold! – click to zoom
Temperatures are dropping here in Salt Lake. It is cold and wet here now and it is only going to get colder.
I can’t believe I haven’t seen a product like this yet, but I now have a new HEATED golf rain jacket to test out. “Mobile Warming” (great name) makes various heated garments, including a line of heated rain jackets and vests for golf.
When it gets cold my sketchy back tightens up. Can’t wait to test this thing out and see if it will help me stay loose and of course, warm. I’ll be testing out the jacket for a bit, especially this Saturday evening at the Utah/CAL football game which starts at 7:45 p.m. Stay tuned for my full review. In the mean time you can click either photo to see more or head to the Mobile Warming web site.
Mobile Warming Heated Golf Rain Jacket – click for more
Rumors are starting to float around that Titleist player Rory McIlory, whose endorsement contract ends at the end of 2012, will be dawning the Nike swoosh. Estimates range from $20-25 million per year for a 10 year deal for the world’s #1 golfer. That’s up to $250 million for those of you counting at home.
Nike has freed up a little extra cash after dumping Lance Armstrong.
McIlory fielded questions about the deal in Shanghai, where he is attempting to lock up the European Tour’s money title:
“I have my management company deal with endorsements and everything like that. I’m just here to concentrate on golf this week, and I’ve got enough to think about trying to get that ball in the hole. So no further comment on that. These rumors have been going around for years, and it seems to always come up at this time of year.” ~Rory McIlory
Sounds like he’s approaching the situation in a proper manner.
TayorMade RocketBladez Irons – click for more RocketBladez photos
Golf gear head alert! TaylorMade has been hyping a new product which will “change the iron forever.” Preliminary statements say that there will be more distance than ever. Today’s big announcement isn’t just the iPad Mini, but the new RocketBladez irons. These irons have a “speed pocket” in the 3-7 irons, a small slit in the bottom of the club head. Pricing is from $799-899 for 4-iron through PW and AW.
Here’s the info from TaylorMade on the irons:
Only RocketBladez are powered by the Speed Pocket, the little thing that promotes radical increased speed and distance. These irons are the true blend of the feel the pros demand and the explosive distance amateurs crave. The Speed Pocket. If you don’t have it, then you don’t have it.
The Speed Pocket has changed the iron forever.
- Speed Pocket in the 3- through 7-irons works with an advanced, ultra-thin face design to
- promote consistently high ball speed and distance.
- Consistent distance with every iron made possible by careful management of the Speed Pocket, improved Inverted Cone shape and high MOI.
- 17.5 grams of weight is strategically redistributed to lower and center the CG location, promoting a higher launch angle, higher peak trajectory and a steep, soft-landing, quick-stopping descent angle.
- Fantastic feel promoted by a specially formulated polyurethane developed by 3M that fills the RBZ Speed Pocket and quiets vibration.
- SW and LW have re-designed cavities to promote feel, feature our renowned ATV sole for maximum greenside versatility, and come equipped with heavier steel shafts to promote better rhythm and control
- Shaft: RocketFuel™ 85 Steel – S,R
- Shaft: RocketFuel™ 65 Mens Graphite – S, R, M
- Grip:Mens RBladez Grip 47.5g
- Shaft size .370 tip
More importantly lets take a look at the specs (loft, lie, shaft length) of these clubs. That’s where the majority of the distance is coming from. These are long shafts and very strong irons as far as the loft goes.
As a reference to where modern irons compare to irons of the past, here’s a typical loft, lie, length of irons from the 1990’s courtesy of wiki answers. As you can see, most modern irons are longer and stronger.
TaylorMade RocketBladez photos
G-Mac by Kartel – click for more
I just received a product sample of the new G-Mac apparel line. G-Mac is the co-operative brand between Irish apparel maker Kartel and Irish golfer Graeme McDowell. The polo looks very nice and the feel of the fabric is very smooth to the touch.
I’ll be putting the shirt in play and putting it through the extensive HOG test battery and posting a review soon. I usually wear an XL because I prefer a loose fit which doesn’t impede my golf swing, but this one is a large. I hope their sizing runs fat-American large and not Euro-small or it could be the world’s shortest apparel. 😉
I’ve added a new G-Mac image gallery here, and inside are a few pictures of some of the new G-Mac product line.
This last couple of weeks has been tough. My back has been spasming and I’ve been in some pretty bad pain. The spasms stopped and I’m now ready to get back to the regularly scheduled golf blogram, and testing gear. I’ve had this new Wisp bag by OGIO in my review queue for a couple of weeks, and finally have it set up as the gamer bag. It is quite fun, moving one bag to another. I had the Wisp at the range yesterday (photo) and will be in play for a nice fall round here in a couple of hours.
OGIO Wisp Golf Bag – click for more
I’ll be putting the bag through the rigorous HOG test battery over several rounds, and posting a review shortly after that. Until then, enjoy the OGIO Wisk photos.