Well now this is fun. A mystery box came in to day from FootJoy. Normally boxes which come from FJ are in the size of shoe boxes. This one was not. It was about three by five by five inches.
Inside was a mystery “object” which is about seven inches long and shaped somewhat like a bat. One side is textured, as can be seen in the photo.
FootJoy Mystery Box 1
A small card in the box says “We would like to invite you to experience the next innovation from FootJoy over the coming weeks… piece-by-piece from the inside out!”
piece clue number one…
In for review is the new Street EVO One hybrid golf shoe from Ecco Golf.
Ecco Street EVO One Shoe
I’ll be putting these in play as soon as possible, as in when the snow melts. Stay tuned for my review, hopefully very soon.
There are so many great golf apparel companies which make some fantastic threads. Here are a few quick gift suggestions for the golfer on your Christmas list. Each short description includes a link to the original Hooked On Golf Blog review.
Tattoo Golf Clubhouse Collection Polo – $49
Tattoo Golf Clubhouse Collection Golf Polo
Tattoo Golf’s Clubhouse Collection Polo is a very comfortable and sharp looking golf polo. The fabric, 100% woven polyester, is high on comfort and low on management. The fabric resists wrinkling and doesn’t need to be ironed if you take it right out of the dryer.
Not only is the polo very comfortable and high performance, it is adorned with the timeless signature Tattoo Golf skull and cross club bones.
Dunning Base Layer
Dunning Merino Wool Boxer Brief Base Layer
Staying warm on the golf course is imperative for comfort and playing well in cold conditions. If I’m not warm, my back tightens up and the swing goes bad. Very bad.
The Dunning Golf base layer is a system you wear under your normal golf threads. The base layer system can include a long or short sleeve merino wool undershirt as well as merino wool boxer-briefs.
My personal experience with the Dunning base layers has been nothing short of fantastic, on and off the course.
Nike Golf Hyperadatpt Storm-FIT Jacket – $280
Nike Storm Fit Jacket
If you were to give this $280 jacket as a gift, you’d be telling someone they’re very special. This is the same jacket the likes of Rory McIlory and Tiger Woods had in the bag at the 2013 British Open.
The Nike Hyperadapt Storm-FIT Jacket is an amazing performance golf jacket which a very stylish design. Most importantly, this jacket can hold off even the worst of Scottish rain and wind.
FORE!! Axel & Hudson Golf Apparel for Boys and Girls
FORE!! Axel & Hudson
Got a baby or youngster who could use some very classy golf apparel? Back on October 21, 2013 I posted a review of some of the products from FORE!! Axel & Hudson, makers of very stylish and classy golf apparel items for ages 12 months to 12 years.
Included in the review: Crinkle Plaid Driver Cap, Poncho Stripe Shorts, two Golf Polos.
OGIO Groove Shorts – $90
OGIO Groove Golf Shorts
2013 marked the year that the very cool company OGIO started to offer golf apparel to go along with their killer golf bags and accessories.
I’m thrilled with the comfort and style of my OGIO Groove golf shorts. These are made from 94% polyester and 6% spandex. The end result is mega-comfort, no wrinkles and easy care.
Greg Norman ML75 Golf Polo – $69
Greg Norman ML75 Polo
Here’s one you may find in your local apparel store or golf shop, the Greg Norman ML75 golf polo.
The ML75 is a very sharp looking polo which comes in some really great color combinations. The polo is made from a super fine microfiber polyester yarn which is so soft and smooth that the shirt feels like it is made from silk.
Switch Belt – $29
Switch Belts – click for HOG review
I’ve raved about Switch Belts many times. These are so cool.
Switch Belts are made from plastic. They come in one size and the wearer cuts them down for a tailored fit. There are 14 colors available in both the belt and buckles, which are interchangeable. That makes 196 different color combinations. Better budget some extra time for getting dressed in the morning.
Since the belts are made from plastic, they can be washed in the dishwasher. Yes, the dishwasher.
Each year I write a holiday gift guide around Thanksgiving. I usually include many random items from golf equipment to golf apparel. Those articles feature a comment or two about the item, plus a link to my original product article or review.
I’m going to do something a little different this year. Rather than putting a bunch of random items into one post, I’m going to post a few more focused golf gift guides. This one will be shoes.
Holiday Golf Gift Guide – Golf Shoes
FootJoy M:Project Spikeless
When looking back the the shoe reviews I’ve done this year, and there are many, I’d be inclined to give FootJoy’s new M:Project the best golf shoe of 2013. The M:Project is a departure for the normally conservative FJ in its appearance, in a good way. Not only are these shoes very stylish, they’re perhaps the most comfortable golf shoe from FJ I’ve ever worn.
The M:Project comes in spiked and spikeless flavors. Check out the Hooked On Golf Blog FootJoy M:Project golf shoe spiked review and the M:Project spikeless golf shoe review.
GoBe Prodigy Golf Shoes
GoBe Golf Prodigy-Black/Red Golf Shoes – click for more images
GoBe is a new player in the golf shoe market.
The new GoBe Prodigy golf shoe is a hybrid street/golf shoe with great comfort, performance and best of all, a very cool look.
The GoBe Prodigy shoes are 20x more water resistant than treated leather golf shoes.
Puma Faas Lite Mesh Golf Shoes
Puma Faas Lite Mesh Golf Shoe
I really dig Puma golf shoes. They’re always very stylish and trendy, with all sorts of great innovations.
The Puma Faas Lite Mesh golf shoes are the lightest golf shoes on the planet (currently). They’re like wearing super-light sneakers, only more comfortable and better looking.
The treads are very innovative with their “SmartQuill” pattern and flex grooves. Great traction.
Ecco Tour Hybrid Wingtip
Ecco Tour Hybrid Wingtip Golf Shoes – click to see more
I’d have to say the best looking shoe I’ve reviewed in 2013 is the Ecco Tour Hybrid Wingtip. You could wear this shoe to a wedding, then run out to the adjoining golf course to squeeze in nine holes between the ceremony and the reception.
Not only are they fantastic looking, the Ecco Tour Hybrid Wingtip is as comfortable as wearing a pair of fuzzy bunny slippers.
Whether you’re going for comfort, performance, style or a bit of each, the list above has you covered for great holiday golf gifts!
Dunning Base Layer Long Sleeve – click to zoom
After yesterday’s round I must post this review today. In northern Utah golfing in late November is not common because it is either too cold or the courses are closed due to snow. Since I hadn’t played for 21 days and the wind was down, I decided to brave the cold and play some golf with a good friend. Thanks to my Dunning Layering system, the only cold part of the round was my putting.
Dunning Base Layer Overview
The Dunning Base Layer system is made from 100% merino wool, one of the finest wools available. The merino wool in the base layer is fantastic at regulating body temperature, especially in keeping the player warm and insulated in cold conditions.
Dunning offers two options for the top portion of the base layer (the upper body). There is a short sleeve shirt base layer ($89.00) or a long sleeve version ($99.00). Sizes for the top section come in small, medium, large, extra-large and double extra-large. The only color offered is black.
The bottom portion of the base layer comes in the form of boxer briefs, with three styles to choose from. Sizes for the boxer briefs are small, medium, large, extra-large and double extra-large.
On The Course, At The Game, On The Slopes?
I’m normally pretty picky about the temperatures I’ll be willing to golf in. Anything below 55F is usually a no-go with my sketchy back. Yesterday’s temps were sub 50’s and hovering around the 40’s when the round was over. With my base layer system rocking, I was nice and warm and somehow hitting the ball very well to the point of being 20-30 yards longer than normal. The base layer helped keep me warm so I could focus on playing good golf, not on how cold I was.
I’ve worn the base layer system for two of the last home Utah football games here. My seats are in the west stands, which can be very cold when the sun goes behind them. I’ve nearly frozen to death several times at November football games. Not the case this year. The base layer has been a huge help.
Soon the golf courses here will be permanently closed due to snow. At that point I’ll be hanging up the golf clubs and heading up to Utah’s greatest snow on earth for some skiing. I’m looking forward to putting my base layer into play on the slopes. I like to suggest to my friends at Dunning they they make a long-underwear version of the boxer briefs.
Dunning Merino Wool Boxer Brief Base Layer
Dunning’s base layer components are not cheap. They could certainly be more expensive than the regular apparel items they would be underneath. That cost is offset immediately by the performance, comfort and especially the warmth the system provides. Thanks to the Dunning layering system, I can enjoy outside activities like golf, football, and soon skiing.
The Base Layer would go great with the Dunning Golf Stretch Thermal ¼-zip pull-over as well as the Dunning Stretch Pique Multi Stripe Polo.
Check out the Hooked On Golf Blog Dunning image gallery.