Yesterday I had the pleasure of touring Cleveland Golf / Srixon world headquarters here in Huntington Beach, California. Keith Patterson in the PR department was my tour guide and I had a fantastic time exploring the facility. And let me tell you, it is a “facility.” I was very surprised to find out that quite a few of their golf clubs are manufactured and assembled right here in the USA.
Cleveland Golf / Srixon Headquarters - Click to view the INSIDE!
I got quite a few funny looks and comments because of my “attire” or lack thereof. I had literally come straight from the beach in my flip flops and bathing suit. In fact, I had sand on my feet and my bathing suit was still wet. When I got back to the beach, it was at that time that I realized I was wearing a t-shirt which said “get leid” on it. No wonder I got so many funny looks!
Unfinished Cleveland wedges. I want one... Click for larger image.
Yesterday I played my Tuesday league with my buddy Dan. I’ve been playing some very mediocre golf lately and didn’t come into the round expecting much.
I decided to put a couple of new products into play, one being the new Bridgestone e5 golf balls with the “dimple in dimple” pattern. Somehow I shot a 70, my low round of the year! I gave an e5 to my buddy Dan to try. Check out his comments in this video below:
At a recent PGA Tour stop I had the pleasure of spending some time inside the PING tour truck. The tour trucks from golf manufacturers travel with the PGA Tour to support their players with gear, tweaks, repairs, maintenance, fresh hats and sometimes just a cool place to relax.
Inside the PING Tour Van. I want to live here. Click for more images.
Inside the PING truck were some very interesting machines and technology used in building and adjusting clubs. The tech, my new friend Daniel Udd (pictured below), could literally custom build any PING golf club in a matter of minutes. customized weighting, lofts, lie, grips take even less time.
Master technician Daniel Udd tweaks a PING wedge. Click for more images.
Perhaps the most fun was looking inside the drawers which contained player specific items like special grips for Bubba Watson or Hunter Mahan. The hat drawer had hats for all of their staffers and I wanted snag one of Miguel Angel Jimenez’s brown hats (below left). I resisted.
Brown hat is for Miguel Angel Jimenez. I want one... Click for more.
Bridgestone Golf, HOG sponsors for fantasy golf and various other programs, announced today a new Precept Lady iQ+ golf ball. Though they’re designed for ladies, I’ve actually tried previous Lady iQ’s and they performed surprisingly well! Let the jokes begin. I know.
Okay okay I’ll post this! I’ve gotten a lot of emails asking my “expert” opinion on Father’s Day golf gifts. I’ve put together a small list of fun stuff you can get dad. But if you are one of my offspring, don’t get them for me. I already have them!
I can’t mention golf Father’s Day gifts without including one of my favorite companies, Tattoo Golf. I really love using my Tattoo Golf switchblade divot tool. The product is solid and works great, but of course the best part about it is the skull and golf club cross bones on the unit.
Kikkor Golf Tenny Clayburn Golf Tennies – $115
A very unique golf Father’s Day gift would be a pair of Kikkor Golf’s shoes. My review of the Kikkor Golf Tenny Clayburns covers these cool treads. Kikkors are very comfortable, perform surprisingly well, and bridge the gap between Vans and golf shoes.
Book – 101 Winning Golf Tips – $12.95
If you want to help out dad with his golf game, gear may not be the answer. Perhaps dad needs some tips on how to play the game. Golfweek’s 101 Winning Golf Tips covers almost every type of golf shot a player may encounter on the course, and how to execute it.
Hexcaliber Golf Ball Compression Measurement Device – For the dad who you thought had every golf gadget there was – $150
Money is no object for dad this year? Then I’d look into picking pops up a new driver. My Nike Machspeed Black Driver Review might influence your decision a bit. With extremely light components, dad can swing this club faster and gain more yards. With the completely adjustable club head, the club can be perfectly setup to match dad’s swing.
Frogger BrushPro – $19.95
I’m fairly sure I’ve included the Frogger Golf BrushPro in every Father’s Day gift guide I’ve posted. The BrushPro is perhaps THE most used golf accessory I have. I love this thing and it keeps my iron grooves nice and clean. I use the BrushPro before every iron shot. It is part of my pre-shot routine!
I haven’t reviewed this unit yet, but I really like the Bushnell neo+ mini golf GPS. No it isn’t a GPS for mini-golf, it is a miniature sized GPS for golf which fits easily in dad’s pocket or on his belt.