Lookin’ good on the #3 tee…
With the popularity of John Daly and his Loudmouth Golf apparel, it was only a matter of time before we started to see a few more apparel lines with the same flavor. In that vein, Royal & Awesome makes men’s trousers, shorts and flat caps with some very psychedelic colors and patterns.
Zebra to Ze-bar
Today I’m covering my cool black and white zebra shorts called “Zebra to Ze-bar.” Get it? Yes, very sophisticated. These are fun and comfortable shorts to wear and let me tell you, the comments you receive are possibly more entertaining than the shorts themselves. Here are a few:
“You lost the bet eh?”
“Where do the batteries go?”
“Your wife let you out of the house looking like that?”
“You need to have the body for them.”
“You can’t wear bold shorts like these unless you have the golf game to back ’em up.”
These shorts are made from 97% cotton. I’m not a big cotton fan for a few reasons and these reasons do come into play with the Royal & Awesome shorts. First, cotton gets wrinkly. So, often I need to iron these babies before I can wear them. Unlike spandex or a poly, these do come out of the wash in need of an ironing.
Cotton shrinks. These shorts fit a tiny bit tight on me (must have had too many strombolis the week before). After washing, they’re a bit tighter. They do mention that ironing helps loosen them back up, so I’ll give that a shot. (more…)
I’ve been doing a lot of apparel reviews this summer but this one is a little different. The golf shirt by Energy Athletic has something the others don’t, ion power. Lets take a look.
Energy Athletic Golf Shirt Features
Energy Athletic’s polos are made from 95% Polyester and 5% spandex. Yay! No cotton! I’m not a cotton fan with the shrinking and the wrinkling. With these materials the shirt doesn’t lose shape and is ready to wear right out of the wash.
The fabric of these polos is embedded with Energy Athletic’s exclusive “IonX Ionized treatment.” According to Energy Athletic, the negative ions give you more power.
“In fact, a study conducted on 12 rugby players to test ‘discrete physiological parameters associated with rugby’ has shown a measurable increase in average power when wearing IonX during repetitive, short duration, high intensity exercise, very similar to movements used throughout the golf swing.”
Click image to see more Energy Athletic pictures…
Negative ions aside, the shirt is a fine looking one. The polo could stand on its own on looks alone.
The shirt is also very comfortable and the fit is great. During the golf swing there are no tight spots or binding. No restrictions or irritations.
The short sleeve version comes in nine colors while the long sleeve comes in three.
Sizes are available in small, medium, large, extra large and double extra large.
On The Course
The first round I had the shirt in play was crazy. My negative ion powered round featured four birdies and a solid, low round. Given that alone I felt that perhaps there was something real behind the negative ion power. The rest of my group had a ton of birdies as well. In fact, the foursome had around 14 of them. Wow. That made me think that perhaps the negative ions worked for me, but also were affecting my opponents. Well, that’s a problem. I need the negative ion power working for me, not my opponent…
Energy Athletic long sleeve. Click to zoom.
I wore the shirt a couple of days ago. Had a great round of 72 with three birds on the back nine. The rest of my group: 71, 75, 75. See?
I should also mention that the shirt was great in the heat a couple of days ago. Temp was around 100F and I wasn’t overly hot or sweaty.
The Energy Athletic polo is great, regardless of whether you believe the negative ions do anything for your golf game. It is good looking, comfortable and breaths well in hot temperatures. I just wish they’d figure out how to point the negative ions just at me so I’m the only one getting their benefit, and not my opponents. I’m standing farther away from them now, just in case that makes a difference. 🙂
Energy Athletic Website
Hooked On Golf Blog Energy Athletic Photos
I swear this guy stuffed his performance pouch…
My first name is Anthony but my last name isn’t Weiner…
I had a hard time explaining to my 78 year old neighbor lady what I was doing in the back yard. I was taking pictures of myself, in my undies. The lighting is so much better outside. Her yelping mutt sure got all riled up. Ever since that day she stopped bringing her tasty homemade cupcakes over. Not sure why.
I had an equally difficult time trying to explain to the wife what I was doing when she walked in on me editing said photos in Photoshop. “What the hell are you doing?” she asked. “I’m editing photos of my performance pouch,” I responded. That quick and confusing response was enough to stop her dead in her tracks…
Ruez Performance Underwear Overview
So what is Ruez Performance Underwear and how can it help my golf game? Let’s look at some of the features these undies have.
First and foremost, Ruez’s undies employ a design called a performance pouch. The performance pouch is designed to separate the golf club from the golf balls, if you know what I mean. This is done with a couple of layers of fabric, with a hole on the closest layer for putting the male organ through. Keeping the performance package (also known as “sparky”) separated from the body helps “bring a clever, comfortable end to chafing, sweating and adjusting.” Here’s what the Ruez web site says about it:
“This innovative underwear solution is designed to separate and protect male organs during performance events including running, cycling, triathlons, Ironman and more.”
“RUEZ is designed with an innovative Performance Pouch that separates and protects men’s body parts during high-endurance but are comfortable enough to be worn all day.”
A 2nd pocket in the shorts, the personal pocket, is designed to keep valuables close and under gym shorts so they don’t fall out during a workout.
The undies are made of an 85% polyester material which is moisture wicking, with 15% elasticity for a little compression.
Ruez Performance Underwear comes in black and is available in two styles: Boxer and Brief.
On The Course
All the talk about performance pouches and such is great around the coffee table, but do these undies really do what they say? I’ve played some test rounds here in temperatures between 90-104 and here are my personal conclusions. I’m sure other men’s results may vary as much as their private parts vary…
In the more information than you need to know category, I’m a boxer kind of guy. I don’t have any tighty-whities in the drawer. So naturally I tested out the boxer version (first image) first. These boxers though, have a tight fit around my muscular Greek thighs. So muscular… I didn’t like that at first. I’m used to loose boxers. But as the day and the golf round wore on, I began to like the feel of the compression on my gluteus maximus and especially my hamstrings.
When I put the boxers on the first time I made sure to put my performance package through the hole in the first layer and into the performance pouch. It felt a bit strange. Most men lean one way or another, so I set up in the regular left position. As the day wore on and the round progressed, I found myself noticing that my performance package was not staying in the performance pouch. I found that during a round, the performance package can vary in size and position. Sort of a strange thing to suddenly “realize.” On several occasions I found that I had to move the performance package back through the hole in layer one, back into the pouch. This went on quite a bit. Unfortunately I found myself “adjusting” far more than I would with regular boxers.
It is tough to concentrate on golf shots, and even tougher when you’re pondering how and why your performance package moves around and varies in size so much, and having to “move the couch into the corner.” In the end, the boxers were a no-go. Too much fidgeting. Just hope the neighbor lady didn’t see that too…
Opening up the performance pouch… click to zoom
I wasn’t terribly excited (no pun intended) to put the Ruez briefs in play so I put it off for a while. Based on the boxer experience I was expecting another day of fidgeting and “performance package pondering” on the course. I put the briefs on in the morning, put the performance package into the performance pouch and got dressed. From that point on, I was very surprised to find that the sparky was cooperating. No movement. No repositioning. No distractions.
Yesterday, with the briefs in play, was very hot and humid. It was so hot that my hat was soaked and I had to put on a golf glove. I never wear golf gloves unless my hands are so sweaty that I can’t keep a good grip on the club. I’m happy to report that the performance pouch seemed to do a good job. No swamp crotch, which is always good.
My conclusion is a bit of good and bad. The boxers didn’t work, but the briefs did. On the boxers, it could be a size issue or perhaps the design/cut just doesn’t line up with my anatomy. But as I mentioned, I did like the compression of the boxers on the hammies.
The briefs did deliver as promised and made a believer out of me.
Hooked On Golf Blog Ruez Images
Golf shoes have really taken a turn in design the last few years. I remember the big buzz at the 2010 Masters was the fact that Fred Couples looked to be wearing some kind of casual, spikeless street shoe. I followed him around that day and saw them in person. Two years later the golf/street hybrid design is huge. Everyone is making them and the shoes are getting better and better. One of the absolute best hybrid golf street shoes I’ve tested is the Ecco BIOM Hybrid. Let’s take a look.
Ecco BIOM Hybrid Golf Shoe – click for more
Ecco BIOM Hybrid Golf Shoe Overview
The BIOM model employs Ecco’s “Natural Motion” concept. This is a concept in which the shoe supports and enables the human body’s natural systems for absorbing impact and transferring momentum.
The upper of the shoe (top half) is made of a breathable Yak leather which is three times stronger than other leathers. Despite the strength, the leather is very soft to the touch. I mentioned previously in my Ecco BIOM preview that sometimes I find myself in a daze, caressing the Yak leather…
The leather is also treated with “Hydromax,” which gives the shoe superb weather and water protection.
The structure of the mid-sole arch support mirrors the foot skeleton. No unnatural supports, resulting in comfort with high performance.
The bottom of the shoe has roughly 100 (I stopped counting) molded traction bars.
Ecco BIOM Hybrid Golf Shoes – click for more
These bars replace traditional golf spikes but provide far more surface traction area, with more than 800 “traction angles.” These bars are made from a material called TPU, a highly durable material which lasts five times longer than rubber.
Ecco BIOM Hybrid Golf Shoes – Click to zoom or see more images
Since the first day I put the BIOM’s on, I’ve had people coming up to me and asking me about them. One of those people is the merchandise manager at my home course. He had nothing but great comments about the BIOM’s.
Despite being a hybrid street shoe, the BIOM design is very classy and sharp looking.
On The Course
I’ve logged many rounds in the BIOM’s. Some of those rounds are early morning, with dew on the ground. Some are simply in wet conditions from the heavy watering which has to be done here in the desert in the summer. In other words, I’ve put these to the test in some very slippery conditions. In hundreds of swings (not per round mind you…) I have yet to slip once. I owe that to the 800 traction angles I suppose.
The great traction I mentioned above means great performance and power in the golf swing. If your base isn’t stable, the rest of the swing is going to fail. I’ve got a ton of power. In fact, I’m hitting some draws and gaining a bit of distance because my base is so solid.
Ecco is widely known for making the most comfortable street and dress shoes on the planet. The $190.00 BIOM Hybrid golf shoe is just as comfortable as my uber-comfortable Ecco dress shoes, and perhaps even better looking. The shoe combines performance with modern, classy style. A total winner.
Hooked On Golf Blog Ecco Image Gallery
I had the pleasure of putting into play yesterday the new orange version of the Kentwools, which are fantastic. Even though the temps were between 95-100 degrees I felt fine in the foot department. The new orange version is available in “tour profile” for men and women, and women’s low profile skinny. The addition of the orange line brings their total tour golf sock line colors to seven.
Now in orange, for you Rickie Fowler traffic cone fans…
I’ve reviewed Kentwool Tour golf socks previously, so I’m not going to go into super detail about them here. Check out my Kentwool Tour golf sock review if you want more information.