Pop quiz: What college football team is currently ranked #5 in the AP poll and is still undefeated?
Answer: My University of Utah Utes.
Such a great color…
In the festive spirit of college football and college sports in general, Kentwool is now making a new rainbow of colors for their Tour Profile golf socks called the Gameday Collection. The Gameday Collection features color schemes from most colleges out there, including my Utah Utes. Kentwools are the ONLY socks I wear. Period. That’s it. These wool socks are unbelievable and by far the best socks I’ve ever worn, bar none.
For info on the new product line see the HogWire press release from Kentwool.
And below are some links to other Kentwool reviews I’ve done.
Kentwool Tour review.
Kentwool Graduate Compression Socks.
Kentwool Men’s Sport Socks.
While settling up and collecting my winnings last Sunday over a celebratory frosty beverage, I couldn’t help admiring my Hooked On Golf Blog hat, made by Imperial Headwear.
Best Golf Hat EVER Made? I Think So
This hat is Imperial’s “Coolcore” line, even in black and 95 degrees my head was nice and cool and the sweat seemed to evaporate away nicely. Even better, the brilliant logo and precise embroidery on the black background made my apparel script the best on the course, and the best across several counties.
I’ve already posted my Imperial Headwear Coolcore Golf Hat review, but she’s such a beauty I had to show her off again.
I’ve had the pleasure of testing out some great polos from Galvin Green recently. Today’s feature is the Ventil8 (yes, I know) short sleeve golf polo.
Let’s take a look at some of the features of the Ventil8.
- Breathability via special fabric which keeps the player dry and wicks moisture away from the body
- Comfort comes from the fabric being very light and flexible
- The fabric also helps dissipate excess heat from the player’s body
- Anti-bacterial technology keeps the shirt fresh and helps prevent bad odors
- Easy to care for via regular machine wash and hang-dry
The Ventil8 is very simple, yet very classy, athletic, and stylish. The cut and trim lines of the polo make a non-physical specimen like me even look decent.
The polo looks athletic and allows for athletic movements and flexibility without binding, pulling, tightening, or restricting the body movement of the golfer.
The Ventil8 is available in seven colors. Pictured here is midnight blue with white trim.
Galvin Green is based in Växjö, central Sweden. As such, the sizing tends to be what I call “euro” fit, which means “does not fit fat American.” I normally wear an extra-large but need to wear a double extra-large in Galvin Green’s shirts.
Entertaining Care Instructions
I’m mildly entertained by the care instructions:
“Machine wash warm, with similar colours. Do not use bleach or fabric softener. Do not tumble dry – hang to dry. Iron at low temperature 110°/230F. Do not dry clean. Do not iron on print. Keep away from fire.”
Keep away from fire? Dang. I was going to do some fire dancing and juggle flaming golf balls while wearing this polo. Glad I read that part.
Galvin Green’s Ventil8 is a very stylish and super-high performance golf polo. Even in the hottest parts of summer with temperatures in excess of 105F here, the polo performed tremendously. It kept me dry and allowed me free movement to swing away.
Make sure you buy one extra size up if you like a more loose fit.
I present to you what I believe is the coolest belt buckle on this planet, and likely many other planets as well.
Custom Milled HOG NXT18GOlf Belt – A Work of Art
These NXT18GOLF belt buckles are made from 6061 aircraft grade aluminum, individually milled and crafted, as well as hand-painted for each customer. 100% crafted in Massachusetts USA.
I just got the buckle/belt yesterday and will definitely put it through the rigorous HOG review battery, but on first impressions I really dig it. If you can’t wait to make your own design and have one made before I post my full review, hit NXT18GOLF.com and get it going. It’s super easy. Send them a logo, a few bucks, and a few days later you have an awesome custom belt.
I’ve had the new FootJoy Hyperflex golf shoes in play now for about six months and probably a good 60-70 rounds of golf. That’s plenty of golf to determine a shoe’s performance not only out of the box, but after it has had a solid wear-in period. No flyby, surface-skimming reviews will be found here. No review will be written before its time…
FootJoy Hyperflex Golf Shoe – click to see more
Design & Technology
- The HyperFlex features “FlexGrid” materials on the outside of the shoe. That’s the mesh you see. It gives the shoe strength but allows it to be flexible and also keep its shape over time.
- The sole of the shoe is very cushy yet stable via FJ’s “FTF 2.0” technology. FTF is short for Fine-Tuned Foam.
- The outsole features all sorts of traction enhancing components via FootJoy’s N.E.O. system. N.E.O. is short for Next Evolutionary Outsole. Yeah I know… who thinks these phrases up anyway?
- The heel is stabilized by the OPS, “Optimized Performance Stabilizer.” Okay here’s where I’ll try my hand at FJ marketing: The Optimal Performance Stabilizer is very special. So we will call it “Special OPS.” Ha! I think I’ve found my next calling in life, golf marketing.
- The toe is rounded and the heel narrow to provide a good fit across different sizes and foot styles and the “Fit-Bed” with “Next Gen HeelLoc” helps provide comfort but stability at the same time.
Looks & Style
FootJoy has been branching out on their designs and styles over the last few years. Two years ago it was the M:Project (still one of my favorites) and last year the D.N.A. golf shoe.
FootJoy Hyperflex Golf Shoes – click to see more
These certainly aren’t the old-style classic dress shoes with golf spikes on them.
There are four color bases to the standard HyperFlex: black, white/gray/blue, gray/orange, navy/green (pictured here),
Standard sizes come in everywhere from 7-15 in men’s. A wide model is available in 7.5-13 and an extra-wide is available in 8-12.
There are three HyperFlex colors available with FJ’s “BOA” system, a reel which allows the wearer to custom tighten the shoe closure for a precise fit. Those are gray/blue/white, black/red, gray/orange.
On The Course
My requirements for golf shoes in order are:
The performance of the HyperFlex on the golf course is fantastic. I have a super solid base with which I can generate some great power in the golf swing. Aside from a time or two when the ground has been extremely wet or muddy, I’ve never slipped. I find that I draw the ball, especially my driver, more with these shoes. I believe it is because the left shoe is staying planted, and not slipping outward. This is helping me rotate around my spine angle, rather than moving laterally through it. If I change to different shoes, I don’t draw the ball as much.
Comfort, right out of the box. The HyperFlex is super comfortable. The cushioning and support all around the shoe really helps, especially when walking the course.
Style-wise I’ll admit they don’t quite match up with a few of my apparel scripts from a color standpoint. The photos here in this article show more of a green tint, but they seem to show some blue as well depending on the light source. The mesh is cool looking and I really dig the black trim.
Footjoy Hyperflex Golf Shoe – click to see more
I’ve been gaming the HyperFlex golf shoes for half a year and counting. After roughly 70 rounds of golf, they’re still comfortable and still provide superior stability and traction.
For more shots of these cool looking golf shoes, check out the Hooked On Golf Blog FootJoy Hyperflex photo gallery.
FootJoy D.N.A. golf shoe review.
FootJoy City shoe review.
FootJoy M:Project shoe review.