What the heck is this?
There’s probably nobody on the planet who has more golf gadgets in his/her house than me. 10+ years of running a popular golf blog will do that. Most of the gadgets are useless pieces of plastic and metal that some poor aspiring golf entrepreneur blew his retirement fund on in hopes of selling a million of them. Likely the poor sap as 5,000 of them sitting in his garage, shipped directly to him from a plant in China that screwed them up and took his money.
I thought the SILO Golf Club Carrier by Rival and Revel would be another one of those useless gadgets I trip over in the middle of the night on the way to the bathroom, but after playing with it I’ve changed my opinion.
So what is the SILO? It’s a golf club carrier which carries up to six clubs, three tees, and a ball marker. The intended use is for times when carrying a full bag of clubs isn’t needed and just a few are necessary. Those times might be practice sessions, rounds on smaller courses, or perhaps using it to carry wedges and a putter right of one’s main bag.
I’ve played in a lot of 3 and 4-club tournaments, and the scores are nearly the same for the players as when they play their usual 14 clubs. So why not knock it down to six clubs and carry 80% less weight around?
I’m currently planning my third trip to Scotland. Golf over there is very different than here in the USA. I’ve learned what clubs I use over there and what ones I don’t. Most of my wedges are useless over there, especially a lob wedge. I could easily go with a sand wedge and get rid of the gap, lob, and maybe even pitching wedge. The only reason I would keep the sand is to get out of pot bunkers. I never used 3-wood either. I could easily drop 2-3 irons. The ball rolls forever there, and it’s about feel. I’ve thought of bringing a pencil bag with about 8-10 clubs, but now I’m toying with the thought of bringing the SILO and six clubs: Driver, putter, sand wedge, 5-iron, 7-iron, pitching wedge… or perhaps driver, putter, SW, 4-iron, 6-iron, 8-iron.
There are three tee holes on the opposite end of the unit from the magnetic ball marker. I could not get a tee in there.
I would love to see a SILO-8 or SILO-10. The 8 or 10 representing the number of clubs it holds. I would like to see a wider unit and down the center one could store a sleeve of balls (not in the sleeve of course).
Would a tour pro use this golf gadget? Probably not. But for practice, quick nines, or perhaps a trip to Scotland the SILO could be a great alternative to a golf bag Joe golfer.
My short game might stink but now that I’m reviewing the new Bobby Jones fragrance I won’t. On first sniff I can say I really like it, and so does the lovely lady.
This is a first
look sniff post and after a few “rounds” under my belt with this fragrance I’ll report as to how many strokes it shaved off of my scores. Stay tuned.
After a few months of gaming the Golf Pride Tour Wrap grips on my newest irons, the Bridgestone J15DF Driving Forged Irons, I’m ready to post my findings.
I didn’t want to use these grips at all. I’ve been suffering from pretty bad golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow since last year. These grips are advertised as shock absorbing, but I didn’t believe it based on how hard they felt. But rather than ripping them off my irons without even trying them, I thought I’d give them a chance and I’m glad I did.
Tour Wrap Features
The grip is made to look like an old school leather wrapped grip, but it is really a one piece rubber grip. The rubber is extremely tacky, even after months of play and dozens of rounds. Unlike an old school leather grip, the rubber material in the Tour Wrap lasts a long time and is extremely durable.
The Tour Wrap is available in black (pictured), red, blue, and white.
A couple of the colors also have different sizing available. The white model is available in regular and midsize. The black is available in regular, midsize, jumbo, and undersize.
On The Course
Though these feel hard to me when just gripping them, somehow the grip does a great job of isolating and reducing vibration. That really has helped me stay in the game without experiencing a lot of pain with the elbows. In fact, since I switched the irons and put on these grips, my pain has nearly gone away completely.
The tackiness of the grip ensures ultimate control and feel for me. No slipping and no death grip needed to keep the club under control.
The only time I have a grip issue is in the rain. If the grip gets wet it can turn quite slippery.
Even after months, I barely see any wear and the grips are still as tacky as the day I first tried them.
Tacky, durable, great feel. What more could one want in a golf grip?
The latest belt script I’ve been proudly featuring is a very cool and unique custom milled Hooked on Golf Blog belt from NXT18 Golf Belts. Let’s take a look.
Custom Milled HOG NXT18GOlf Belt – A Work of Art
NXT18 Golf custom mills the buckles out of a block of 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum. And we are not talking about milling in China either. These are done in Massachusetts.
While one could simply purchase the original artwork of the NXT18 belts, custom artwork is where it is at. Just look at the beauty of the HOG logo and you’ll see what I mean.
The milling effect alone makes most artwork look very cool. Add that to the different color/paint possibilities and the buckles look out of this world awesome. The buckles are hand painted, adding to the fine attention to detail and quality of the product.
The belt tightens through a tension lock system. In the HOG photo above you can see left of the H a loop in the belt which is where it is tightened. This is cool because the tightness of the belt can be perfectly set to the wearer’s preference and comfort level. Belts which have holes and pins to lock them seem to never have the right setting for me, they’re either too tight or too loose. With the tension lock system one can loosen the belt up a little for comfort while sitting in the office after a large lunch which includes an Italian Stromboli. Trust me on that one.
The belts themselves are a nylon webbing material which is very strong and light. These belts come in about 13 colors/designs. I chose black, being a former rock & roll musician. If they had skulls, I’d be all over it like John Daly over a cigarette.
There are a large number of colors available for the bucles, somewhere around 10-15 is my guess.
Since the belt is a tension system, sizing is easy. You just let them know your waist size and they’ll hook you up with the proper length, which is once again, completely adjustable.
My only critique and suggestion for this belt is for NXT18 to consider a different system than the Tension Lock. While it is cool, the system results in the buckle not sitting on the wearer’s body very flat. The tightening side sticks out farther than the other side (photo below).
A different system with the lock on the back of the buckle would solve that issue, and also free up about another inch of space for artwork/milling.
Love my custom milled aluminum HOG belt. I wear it proudly and love the quality and uniqueness it showcases, thanks to NXT18 Golf Belts!
I reviewed the Sun Mountain Club Glider Journey golf travel bag a while back. The Club Glider series features FOUR wheels, two of which are retractable. The system makes lugging golf club bags and clubs around airports as easy as can be. Now Sun Mountain is putting that same four wheel setup into luggage.
Soon I’ll be putting this bag to the test and posting my review. I’m thinking perhaps a trip to the Bahamas would be a good test for this bag… Stay tuned.
For now you can see a few more photos of this piece by visiting the Hooked On Golf Blog Sun Mountain image gallery.