This is painful. There are two feet of snow on the grass here and the golf courses are closed for probably 2-3 months. I just got this TomTom Golfer Premium Golf GPS Watch in for review and all I can do is charge it up, put it on my wrist, stare at it in my office and dream of being on a golf course.
Here’s a photo of the unit on my wrist. As close as I can get to testing right now #snow
I guess I could put on my snow boots and go for a walk round the golf course with it to check yardages…
So here’s the first look at least for now, and the unit and it’s accessories. I hope to review this golf GPS watch soon. Maybe I’ll have to make a trip to a warmer area, or maybe global warming can be real and the snow will melt soon.
First impressions are that this is perhaps the first golf GPS watch I’ve received, and there have been many, that is actually small enough to wear comfortably.
It’s a Saturday evening, around 8:00. What are most regular people doing this time? Having a nice dinner. Perhaps catching a movie, some live music, or having a fun get together with family and friends.
Not a dedicated golf blogger. Nope. I’m reviewing an unconventional golf tee, the Flat Tee.
How many times have you tried to “tee up” an iron on a practice range which is mat based? Doesn’t work, does it? You can’t get a tee in the mat. So you are stuck with the rubber tee they supply which is way too high, or you try to put wooden tees in there. It never works.
Flat Tee was designed primarily with these driving range mats and situations in mind. The golfer can tee up his/her choice of a 1/4″ or 3/16″ flat tee, and get a perfect ball height for practice. Suitable clubs could be anything up to a 3-wood. Driver? Na.
First off, I can’t stand mats. It’s nearly impossible to hit a bad shot on mats because the cement underneath makes the club bounce right into the ball, rather than taking too big of a divot. For someone with a steep granny swing like mine, mats don’t expose or show bad shots. I hit good shots all the time on mats. On real grass those same shots may be too fat. Now I do have to use mats, I can use the Flat Tee for iron practice.
The design of the tee, and its “treads” on the bottom help make it flip on impact and it usually stays in the general area of the strike for easy retrieval. But sometimes if you take deep swing, the whole tee can fly… away. This could be especially problematic at a range with multiple levels.
The Flat Tee website has the caption on the front page, “The Future of Golf.” Uh, that’s a little exaggerated. But if you hit off of mats a lot and need a tiny bit of space between the cement and your ball, this is the answer.
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.