I can’t walk from my office to the bathroom without tripping over about 17 golf inventions. I’ve gotten a bit jaded and quite skeptical after seeing so many products whose inventors think will be the biggest thing in golf since the golf ball. I see a lot of these golf entrepreneurs invest their life savings into a product which they think will sell millions, only to have 1500 Chinese made units rotting away in their garage and a depleted retirement fund.
One of these products which I lumped into that category was the Zoom Boom. This funky looking practice club not only had a strange look, I wasn’t a fan of the name either. So without even trying it, I gave it to my local pro. Happily I’d gotten rid of the thing.
What the heck is this thing? Click for more images.
Weeks later I started getting emails and calls from Zoom Boom inventor Lance McWillliams. I had to hand it to this guy. He was persistent. He had a passion about his product (which I didn’t) and he was selling it hard. I think Lance could sell swamp land in Louisiana for top dollar. Lance’s persistence forced me to ask my club pro for the unit back. At that point I was surprised to hear that the pro had been using it every day for his own swing, and during the lessons he taught. Between Lance and my pro, I decided I’d better take a even a more serious look.
Zoom Boom Concept
The Zoom Boom is a T shaped piece of steel with a golf grip on the end and a heavy weight/ball at the top of the grip. The T has smaller white balls which serve as visual club head alignment aids and provide weighting which helps promote the proper rotation and pronation in the swing.
At a recent PGA Tour stop I had the pleasure of spending some time inside the PING tour truck. The tour trucks from golf manufacturers travel with the PGA Tour to support their players with gear, tweaks, repairs, maintenance, fresh hats and sometimes just a cool place to relax.
Inside the PING Tour Van. I want to live here. Click for more images.
Inside the PING truck were some very interesting machines and technology used in building and adjusting clubs. The tech, my new friend Daniel Udd (pictured below), could literally custom build any PING golf club in a matter of minutes. customized weighting, lofts, lie, grips take even less time.
Master technician Daniel Udd tweaks a PING wedge. Click for more images.
Perhaps the most fun was looking inside the drawers which contained player specific items like special grips for Bubba Watson or Hunter Mahan. The hat drawer had hats for all of their staffers and I wanted snag one of Miguel Angel Jimenez’s brown hats (below left). I resisted.
Brown hat is for Miguel Angel Jimenez. I want one... Click for more.
Frogger’s Amphibian Tour Towel
I’m throwing in the towel this week. By that I mean that I’m going to bust out a couple of golf towel reviews I’ve been needing to take care of.
First on the list is the Frogger Golf Amphibian Tour Towel. I’ve reviewed a Frogger Amphibian Towel in the past as well as the Amphibian Ball Towel. This unit, however, is the “Tour” model. The word “tour” attached to a piece of golf gear usually means that it would be something a pro tour player would use. In the case of a golf bag, a “tour bag” would be a very large bag like you see on the PGA Tour. Like the tour golf bag analogy, the Amphibian Tour Towel is a larger and more substantial towel.
The Amphibian towel is a pita pocket shaped towel with an inside and outside layer system which has two functions. The inside of the towel is a wet side and the outside is the dry side. Between the fabric is a water resistant barrier which keeps the wet side wet and the dry side dry. The wet side is 3x as absorbent as a regular towel to hold more water.
The wet/dry concept is awesome. I used to wet half a towel, using the wet side to clean the clubs and the dry side to dry them off. But the wetness creeps to the dry side, the path of least resistance. So eventually I’d just have one towel which was damp, not dry or wet. With my Tour towel, I have a very wet inside to get the clubs clean, and a dry outside to dry the clubs or simply wipe the sweat off my face (or the mustard from the hot dog I inhaled at the turn).
In rain, the towel can serve as a rain cover!
During rain storms reversing the wet/dry concept is a very cool idea. The outside becomes the wet side and the inside is a protected dry towel.
Also I’ve found that with the size of this towel, that I can actually use the towel as a rain cover. See pic to right. I put the pita pocket over my clubs and it covers them all, with a dry layer despite the fact that the outside of the towel is wet.
The Tour model is double the size of the original Amphibian towel, at 20×20 inches. This isn’t small. Most players would benefit just fine from the smaller version. If you carry your bag and have the inside nice and wet, you can add quite a bit of weight to the load. The towel can also get in the way of carrying a stand bag, either when setting it down or picking it up as it can tangle in the bag’s legs. I usually put it high up and covering the top of the bag where it won’t have issues with the legs.
This is a great golf towel which can be much more to a golfer than just a standard towel. Performance and craftsmanship are as I’d expect from Frogger, top notch.
Due to its size the Amphibian Tour towel may be for more serious golf addicts, like me.
ZENGYRO Energy Band - click for more
I’ve been evaluating some golf energy bands for the last few dozen rounds of golf, one of which is a ZENGYRO. This band is a hologram based energy band which is supposed to counteract the many electrical fields, like from cell phones, which upset the human body’s natural electrical balance. At least they didn’t promise that it would add 20 yards of driving distance and 43% more accuracy.
As mentioned, the ZENGYRO is designed to counteract electromagnetic fields which have a negative effect on the body. The bracelet, with its three holograms stores positive frequencies and “reminds” the body of the proper frequencies.
The ZENGYRO’s three holograms are all 120 degrees apart, preventing cancellation which they say occurs in bands with two holograms. Being 120 degrees apart there is no cancellation or “destructive interference” which would occur with bands where the holograms are 180 degrees apart.
I’m No Physicist But…
The above statements may or may not be true. If they are, they forgot to mention that there may be some additive and subtractive synthesis going on. They’re only talking about whether complete cancellation does or does not occur. In physics two waves which are not completely out of phase may interact with each other in a positive or negative fashion. Imagine a wave in the ocean moving along, and you jump into the wave. The wave created from you jumping into the water adds to the other wave, creating a larger wave.
On The Course
I’m a skeptic. I’m not really sure I believe that the hologram is storing good frequencies and telling my body to ignore the bad ones. I’m not sure about the technology but I do have some coincidences to mention which might convert me.
Since putting the ZENGYRO on my left wrist, my golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow are gone. Major bonus. Is it the hologram doing that? Maybe. Perhaps it is just having something on my wrist? Not sure, but I’m not going to take the chance of playing without the ZENGYRO for a while.
Saving The Human Race – Saving The Planet
I started wearing the ZENGYRO back before the predicted and widely publicized end of the earth. I can safely say that since putting this energy bracelet on my wrist, the earth hasn’t been destroyed and the human race hasn’t come to an end. Since I’ve been wearing this thing, no alien species has invaded our planet and eradicated the human race. Based on that info alone, it seems that it would be a really good idea to keep wearing the ZENGYRO.
The ZENGYRO is available at Amazon.com and prices range from $19.99-$34.99.
GolfBuddy Platinum GPS – Click for more images
I’m going to continue with the GPS theme this week and post my review of the GolfBuddy World Platinum GPS. The Platinum is full featured GPS with numerous cool features.
Golf Buddy Platinum Features
Yardages yardages yardages! The unit shows a display of the golf hole you are on, and can give yardages to front, middle back of green as well as yardages to any place on the hole. You can simply use the touch screen to highlight a target and yardages are calculated.
This unit has a touch screen interface. I’m so used to using an iPhone and an iPad though, that I find myself pinching and dragging my fingers like it is one of those units. It doesn’t quite work the same, but the interface works well.