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.
What the heck is this?
There’s probably nobody on the planet who has more golf gadgets in his/her house than me. 10+ years of running a popular golf blog will do that. Most of the gadgets are useless pieces of plastic and metal that some poor aspiring golf entrepreneur blew his retirement fund on in hopes of selling a million of them. Likely the poor sap as 5,000 of them sitting in his garage, shipped directly to him from a plant in China that screwed them up and took his money.
I thought the SILO Golf Club Carrier by Rival and Revel would be another one of those useless gadgets I trip over in the middle of the night on the way to the bathroom, but after playing with it I’ve changed my opinion.
So what is the SILO? It’s a golf club carrier which carries up to six clubs, three tees, and a ball marker. The intended use is for times when carrying a full bag of clubs isn’t needed and just a few are necessary. Those times might be practice sessions, rounds on smaller courses, or perhaps using it to carry wedges and a putter right of one’s main bag.
I’ve played in a lot of 3 and 4-club tournaments, and the scores are nearly the same for the players as when they play their usual 14 clubs. So why not knock it down to six clubs and carry 80% less weight around?
I’m currently planning my third trip to Scotland. Golf over there is very different than here in the USA. I’ve learned what clubs I use over there and what ones I don’t. Most of my wedges are useless over there, especially a lob wedge. I could easily go with a sand wedge and get rid of the gap, lob, and maybe even pitching wedge. The only reason I would keep the sand is to get out of pot bunkers. I never used 3-wood either. I could easily drop 2-3 irons. The ball rolls forever there, and it’s about feel. I’ve thought of bringing a pencil bag with about 8-10 clubs, but now I’m toying with the thought of bringing the SILO and six clubs: Driver, putter, sand wedge, 5-iron, 7-iron, pitching wedge… or perhaps driver, putter, SW, 4-iron, 6-iron, 8-iron.
There are three tee holes on the opposite end of the unit from the magnetic ball marker. I could not get a tee in there.
I would love to see a SILO-8 or SILO-10. The 8 or 10 representing the number of clubs it holds. I would like to see a wider unit and down the center one could store a sleeve of balls (not in the sleeve of course).
Would a tour pro use this golf gadget? Probably not. But for practice, quick nines, or perhaps a trip to Scotland the SILO could be a great alternative to a golf bag Joe golfer.
My short game might stink but now that I’m reviewing the new Bobby Jones fragrance I won’t. On first sniff I can say I really like it, and so does the lovely lady.
This is a first
look sniff post and after a few “rounds” under my belt with this fragrance I’ll report as to how many strokes it shaved off of my scores. Stay tuned.
After a few months of gaming the Golf Pride Tour Wrap grips on my newest irons, the Bridgestone J15DF Driving Forged Irons, I’m ready to post my findings.
I didn’t want to use these grips at all. I’ve been suffering from pretty bad golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow since last year. These grips are advertised as shock absorbing, but I didn’t believe it based on how hard they felt. But rather than ripping them off my irons without even trying them, I thought I’d give them a chance and I’m glad I did.
Tour Wrap Features
The grip is made to look like an old school leather wrapped grip, but it is really a one piece rubber grip. The rubber is extremely tacky, even after months of play and dozens of rounds. Unlike an old school leather grip, the rubber material in the Tour Wrap lasts a long time and is extremely durable.
The Tour Wrap is available in black (pictured), red, blue, and white.
A couple of the colors also have different sizing available. The white model is available in regular and midsize. The black is available in regular, midsize, jumbo, and undersize.
On The Course
Though these feel hard to me when just gripping them, somehow the grip does a great job of isolating and reducing vibration. That really has helped me stay in the game without experiencing a lot of pain with the elbows. In fact, since I switched the irons and put on these grips, my pain has nearly gone away completely.
The tackiness of the grip ensures ultimate control and feel for me. No slipping and no death grip needed to keep the club under control.
The only time I have a grip issue is in the rain. If the grip gets wet it can turn quite slippery.
Even after months, I barely see any wear and the grips are still as tacky as the day I first tried them.
Tacky, durable, great feel. What more could one want in a golf grip?