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.
Bushnell neo+ GPS – click for more images
My primary yardage device happens to be a Bushnell Tour V2 laser. I’ve leaned on the laser side of yardage tracking because I like to point the cross hairs at stuff and see how far away it is, like the snack shack or the range ball picker.
But lately I’ve been really enjoying the simplicity and portability of my new Bushnell neo+ mini golf GPS. This unit is small enough to fit in a pocket or mount onto a belt (via included belt mount) without getting in the way of comfort or the golf swing.
NO FEES. That is a biggie. Many golf GPS devices require a setup fee, or a yearly fee or a fee fee. I’ve taken other GPS devices to the course and excitedly powered them up on the 1st tee, only to find that I need to “subscribe” and/or pay some fee. Quite a turn off, and that is what I ended up doing with those units, turning them off.
Okay okay I’ll post this! I’ve gotten a lot of emails asking my “expert” opinion on Father’s Day golf gifts. I’ve put together a small list of fun stuff you can get dad. But if you are one of my offspring, don’t get them for me. I already have them!
Bridgestone Golf Balls & Beer – About $10
Bridgestone Golf has a great Father’s Day combination box which includes Michelob Ultra beer and some Bridgestone Golf e6 golf balls. In the link from the previous sentence, you can watch the video interview I conducted with my buddy Brandon from Bridgestone Golf, who explains what I affectionately call the “Free Beer” package.
Tattoo Golf Switchblade Divot Tool – $25
I can’t mention golf Father’s Day gifts without including one of my favorite companies, Tattoo Golf. I really love using my Tattoo Golf switchblade divot tool. The product is solid and works great, but of course the best part about it is the skull and golf club cross bones on the unit.
Kikkor Golf Tenny Clayburn Golf Tennies – $115
A very unique golf Father’s Day gift would be a pair of Kikkor Golf’s shoes. My review of the Kikkor Golf Tenny Clayburns covers these cool treads. Kikkors are very comfortable, perform surprisingly well, and bridge the gap between Vans and golf shoes.
Book – 101 Winning Golf Tips – $12.95
If you want to help out dad with his golf game, gear may not be the answer. Perhaps dad needs some tips on how to play the game. Golfweek’s 101 Winning Golf Tips covers almost every type of golf shot a player may encounter on the course, and how to execute it.
Hexcaliber Golf Ball Compression Measurement Device – For the dad who you thought had every golf gadget there was – $150
Think your dad has every golf gadget ever made? I’d be willing to bet he doesn’t have a Hexcaliber. The Hexcaliber checks the roundness, size and compression of golf balls. Now dad can see if the balls he fishes out of the lake on hole #7 are good or waterlogged.
Nike Machspeed Black Driver – $300
Money is no object for dad this year? Then I’d look into picking pops up a new driver. My Nike Machspeed Black Driver Review might influence your decision a bit. With extremely light components, dad can swing this club faster and gain more yards. With the completely adjustable club head, the club can be perfectly setup to match dad’s swing.
Frogger BrushPro – $19.95
I’m fairly sure I’ve included the Frogger Golf BrushPro in every Father’s Day gift guide I’ve posted. The BrushPro is perhaps THE most used golf accessory I have. I love this thing and it keeps my iron grooves nice and clean. I use the BrushPro before every iron shot. It is part of my pre-shot routine!
Gentleman’s Vice – $26
I covered the Gentleman’s Vice last year before Father’s Day and this unit is still a very original pick for a gift for dad. The Gentleman’s Vice is a combination cigar cutter and green repair tool with built in ball marker. The unit is very solid and comes with a nice carrying case.
Bushnell neo+ Pocket Golf GPS – $145
I haven’t reviewed this unit yet, but I really like the Bushnell neo+ mini golf GPS. No it isn’t a GPS for mini-golf, it is a miniature sized GPS for golf which fits easily in dad’s pocket or on his belt.
Loudmouth Golf Shorts
Summer is here and you want to stay cool and look cool. I definitely look cool in my Loudmouth Golf Hot Dog (on a stick or with a stick) golf shorts. They’re very comfortable and help keep me cool on the course, in more ways than one.