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.
The sun always shines when you’re cool.
I’ve had the pleasure of wearing the Bolle’ Ransom golf sunglasses for a while. These glasses are best fitted for a larger head, like mine. One must have a large head to hold as much golf knowledge as I do.
Let’s take a look at the Bolle’ Ransom, or should I say look through them…
- Thick, stylish, unique frame design
- The B-Clear lenses are anti-glare and produce colors and highlights well suited for the golf course
- The lenses are as clear as glass but considerably lighter
- The “Oleophobic/hydrophobic” lenses repel grease, dirt, and water spots
- High strength nose pads and rubber gripping to keep glasses from slipping
- 100% UVA and UVB protection
- Nice case
- Cleaning cloth included
On The Course – On The Beach
My on-the-course portion of this review is a little tough. I wear prescription sunglasses which really help me see the ball far away. I’m nearsighted, so reading greens, standing over the ball, and short range stuff is great. But long range, seeing a ball from 150+ yards was tough.
That said, in my good range I loved the clarity of the lenses, the colors, and how I could easily see the contours and slopes of the course.
I sport these shades in far more places than just the golf course. On my recent trip to southern California I thoroughly enjoyed sitting on the beach and soaking up the rays in the comfort of the Ransoms.
Other situations where sunglasses are great and the Ransoms have shined include outside parties, walks around the neighborhood, hiking, spending time at the park with my little boy.
On or off the course the style is fantastic and the comfort is as good as any shades I’ve reviewed.
If I had a prescription version of the Bolle’ Ransom they would be my gamer sunglasses on the golf course.
They’re certainly my gamers for many other sunny outdoor activities.
I’m changing my tune a bit regarding tunes on the course, but with some limitations. I really can’t stand it when someone I don’t know has a speaker on during their golf round playing Coldplay or some other wrist-slit-inducing music I don’t want to hear. The one way to get me to wrap my 460cc driver around someone’s head is to play Margaritaville, for the billionth time.
But if I’m playing golf by myself or practicing on the range I’m totally cool with playing some tunes. That’s when I use THE BEACON bluetooth speaker. This this is a badass and it lasts forever.
THE BEACON From X18 Features
- Drop proof up to 1.2 meters (so be sure to measure the distance to the ground before you accidentally drop it)
- Water resistant
- Internal battery lasts up to 15 hours at FULL VOLUME. And a former rock and roll drummer like me needs full volume.
- Dual 400mm speakers
- Dual passive radiator for enhanced bass and superior sound quality
- Rated power 6W
- 360 degree surround stereo sound
- Frequency Response: 90Hz-20kHz (90Hz isn’t terribly low, but you can’t change the laws of physics. More speaker area is needed to produce super low bass)
- Doubles as a boat bumper
- Top hook and carabiner allow unit to be hung from golf bag or in other suitable places for tunes
When not hanging from my golf bag or my boat as a boat bumper, THE BEACON from X18 sits by my Mac Mini and serves as my speaker for listening to tunes while blogging about golf and drones. I take it into the garage to listen to music in there, or in the basement lab where I build my drones or work on my putting stroke. I’ve even taken the unit to the beach and with a 15 hour battery life I had power to last longer than the sun was shining.
The sound quality of this unit is great. I prefer to pump in an equalized signal though as the un EQ’d sound is a little off to me. But once I have the tone tweaked THE BEACON is great.
Retail price on this great bluetooth speaker is $99, but I’ve seen THE BEACON as low as $65 on Amazon.
Enjoy the great sound and convenience of THE BEACON on and off the course. Stay clear of me if you intend to pump Hootie and the Blowfish, Coldplay, or any of that other sappy yuppie music.
Heavy metal? Come on over, and TURN IT UP.
Home site for THE BEACON is at Xone8.com
Golf Buddy has been a world leader in GPS golf yardage devices for many years and now they’ve added laser rangefinders to their product lineup with the LR5 laser rangefinder.
Golf Buddy LR5 Laser Rangefinder
The LR5 is a very small and handy laser which produces dependable yardages. Let’s take a look at some of the features.
- Compact design, easy to handle. Nearly half the size of some lasers on the market.
- Three targeting modes: scan, standard, pin
- 6x magnification in the viewfinder
- Accurate to 1 yard
- Water resistant. Not waterproof though, so don’t throw it in the lake.
- Reasonable price. Though it retails for $299 I’ve found the Golf Buddy LR5 on Amazon for around $180. Beats the hell out of $399 or $499.
- Carrying case
On The Course
First I really dig the footprint of this laser. Some lasers are ridiculously large. This one fits nicely in my hand and stows away in the included carrying case, or inside a pocket in my golf bag.
The laser locks onto the target quite easily and delivers solid and consistent yardages. Consistency is a big deal to me. Other lasers will produce different yardages every time you shoot the same target. That’s not a confidence builder!
The carrying case works just the same as most other brands’ cases, barring the little rubber strap which is supposed to aid in securing it. The mesh grabber on that strap fell apart. Not a crucial part though.
Finally companies are pricing golf lasers and golf GPS devices in a more reasonable range, not the crazy $500 price tag of years past. That money needs to be saved for this week’s latest driver, guaranteed longer and straighter than ever!
The Golf Buddy LR5 is small, accurate, and dependable. Solid.
If you love golf 24 hours a day, perhaps you might want to look into this new concept by Slow Watches. Rather than having a minute hand counting the minutes away, or even worse a second hand, this 24-hour watch only shows hours.
Time for golf? 24/7!
The concept is interesting. The wearer supposedly lives life a little more “in the moment” and the time piece provides more awareness of the time of day and the flow of the day.
On the bad side, it might show you just how much of your time is being wasted by the slow jerks in the group in front of you causing a five hour golf round!
Full review coming soon, after I’ve experienced the Slow Watch concept for a while.