I’ve seen some interesting golf gadgets in my now 11+ years of golf blogging. In golf, alignment is a crucial aspect to the setup and golfers do everything they can and utilize every tool in the shed to insure it is correct, from alignment sticks to lasers to now sunglasses.
Birdie Max Sunglasses are not sunglasses one wears during a round of golf, walking along the beach, or riding a motorcycle. In fact, that’s not a good idea. Don’t do that. Birdie Max Sunglasses are meant for golfers to use during practice to check alignment and help them focus on only the target line and setup. How is this achieved? By blocking out everything in the field of vision except the primary target line.
Quite an interesting concept, which I poo-pooed at first. After trying it a few times I did realize a few interesting things about my setup. The most interesting part for me was that my head was not aligned parallel to the target line. My head seems to naturally line up crossing the target line from outside to in when drawing a line toward the target. If my swing wants to follow that line, I produce the dreaded hacker amateur outside-in swing path. Results of that swing path are either slices from cutting across the ball, or dead straight pulls if the clubface is square to the incorrect line.
It is interesting also to use this swing aid during putting not only for setup, but to watch the putter’s path through the stroke. I tend to be a more Ben Crenshaw style (yes, I could have picked a better example LOL), with a swinging gate. That means the putter goes inside the line on the backstroke and the end of the stroke. But the Birdie Max still helped me get the concept of being square at impact. A degree or two off on a putt of more than a couple of feet could mean a large miss. The longer the putt, the bigger the miss.
Included in the package is a nice case and cleaning cloth:
While this unit might seem a bit hokey, as many golf swing aids and alignment aids are, the Birdie Max sunglasses did “open my eyes” (sorry, had to do it) to some alignment issues I look to fix soon in both my full swing and in my putting setup. If you’ve tried other alignment aids and still are not able to get it right, maybe you should “look into” the Birdie Max sunglasses.
This the 2nd installment of my 2015 golf Christmas gift guides. These guides may be known to the politically correct as “holiday” golf gift guides.
Today’s gift category is golf accessories. Below are a few suggestions. Click the title link or the image to go to the full product review.
GPS watches are very popular in golf at this time. Your yardage to the front, middle, and back of the great is on your wrist at all times. Keep score too.
This awesome LARGE flask is a must for the golf bag and for other opportune times like tailgating. Have a wee nip!
If you like having the top of the line when it comes to your golf accessories, this is your laser. Not the cheapest, but the best in performance and quality no doubt.
Whether on the practice range, in the garage, or on the beach this is a great bluetooth speaker. I recommend metal.
This is a very nice switchblade divot tool. Super high quality and includes a magnetic ball marker.
I certainly can’t blame my golf accessories if I miss a green or a target! When I’ve got the Bushnell NEO Ghost pocket golf GPS on my person I have solid yardages of about 30,000 courses!
My family enjoys some of these “gift of the month” types of gigs, wine, fruit, cakes… Birdie Box offers several golf related subscriptions, all which could be some great holiday/Christmas gifts that “keep on giving.”
Rukket Sports makes some very cool practice nets for all sorts of sports, not just golf. I have several now. This is a good one for short game practice, and boy do I need that.
Well it is that time of year, the “gift guides” are all over the blogosphere now. Ah, I remember back in the days when I did one of the only golf blog Christmas gift guides. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Today’s golf gift guide is specifically geared around golf apparel. Featured below I have several golf apparel suggestions. Click the title of each one, or the image to read the full review. Happy Christmas shopping! If you follow my suggestions, your gift recipient will be very happy.
The best golf shoes I’ve worn in 2015 are the FootJoy Hyperflex. These wild looking shoes have provided a very stable base along with comfort to last walking round after round.
Dunning is one of the absolute best golf apparel brands on the planet. This 1/4 zip thermal has been a gamer in my golf scripting for nearly a year. So comfortable and so good looking.
Any HOG reader knows already that Kentwool Socks are THE best golf sock, ever in the whole universe. Now they have colors for your favorite college teams. These aren’t cheap, but I REFUSE to wear any other sock.
Get the person on your Christmas gift list a custom milled golf buckle and belt from NXT18 Golf. Send them a graphic and they’ll put it right on the buckle. If you’re not sure what graphic to use, they have the HOG logo on file.
This golf polo is super comfortable, very classy and simple, and keeps the player dry even in the most humid conditions. Highly recommended.
The creativity and ingenuity of some golf entrepreneurs and designers never ceases to amaze me. Case in point is Pitchfix’s ability to create cool new variations of the oldest and most over-invented product in the history of sports, the green repair tool.
Pitchfix Twister Green Repair Tool
The Pitchfix Twister is a very unique departure to regular green repair tools, sometimes called divot tools though I don’t know why. Rather than the standard two-fork, flat unit, this device features three forks in a triangular orientation. The user inserts the Twister in the ground and twists, thus the name. A great and necessary feature is that the forks are retractable. The forks are retracted by, you guessed it, twisting the unit.
An extra bonus is a nice ball marker which attaches magnetically to the top of the unit.
The above mentioned ball marker is logo-ready for custom branding. This is a great merchandising possibility for golf clubs/courses.
The Twister is available in eight vibrant colors.
On The Course
I must admit the first few times I tried the Twister I was afraid to twist too hard for fear of breaking the forks. They are flexible but extremely strong. I eventually gave it as hard a shot as needed and never bent or broke the forks.
The repair job done on the greens by the Twister is very nice. You can hardly tell there was a ball mark at that spot, especially when you get the hang of the proper technique.
Twisting the unit back and forth to produce the forks, then retract them, is almost as fun as playing golf.
I love anything that helps make the game better. Smoother greens equals better golf and Twister does a fine job of making that happen. The retractable action is cool too. The colors are very vibrant and stylish.
On super hard greens it can be difficult to get the twister in the surface, and twisting is even harder. Then again, with greens that hard it is not likely that the ball would be producing much of a pitch mark.
When in the pocket the unit feels a bit bulky. Flat repair tools certainly win this contest. Pitchfix says it is not much different than having a golf ball in your pocket, which is true. But I don’t golf with a ball in my pocket.
The Pitchfix Twister does a fine job of repairing ball marks on the greens and does so in a very cool retractable format.
Pitchfix also makes a great switchblade green repair tool. Check out the Hooked On Golf Blog review of the Pitchfix switchblade divot tool.
I need another golf bag like I need a hole in the head. But I had some pro shop money which was about to expire and this lovely University of Utah Utes themed golf bag caught my eye.
This is a great golf Christmas gift idea, a University themed golf bag. Most local pro shops around these parts at most of the golf courses have these bags for the local colleges and universities. If you have a person on your Christmas (holiday for you PC people) gift list, check with your local golf course or golf shop about a golf bag themed with your recipient’s favorite team.