The most important club in the bag other than one’s brain, is the putter. 40-50% of all the strokes a golfer records on the course are with the putter. Putting is certainly the strength of my game. I rely on my putting big time to make up for other deficiencies in my game. Having the right putter setup is crucial. If any part of the setup is off even slightly, putts will be missed. Without the right weight and grip size/shape, the strength of my game would be neutralized. I don’t roll with the jumbo grips because they reduce the feel for me, and I don’t have a problem with breaking my wrists.
I’ve found the perfect grip for my putting, the Golf Pride Tour SNSR Contour (there’s a straight model as well). It’s a mid-sized grip with a taper which fits great in my hands. The taper is known as a pistol shape.
The grip is made from a proprietary rubber which feels soft and comfortable in the hands, and translates the feel of impact from the head to my hands. This is called “feedback.” Feedback is extremely important for any club, but putting is especially crucial because there is so much touch and feel involved.
On The Course
I’ve had this grip on my putter since before my trip to Scotland this past summer. It has been a fantastic grip and I’ve putted very well with it. Last week I had a round with 22 putts, starting off with eight 1-putts in a row. I’ve found the SNSR to be perfect in call conditions, from slow to fast greens and even with the Texas wedge (my best wedge). It was tremendous on the hard links ground of Scotland, even from 50-70 yards out in the fairway!
When the original grip on my Dornoch Putters Mad Dog 1 finally wore out, I went through several grips. That special putter has a handmade milled aluminum head, and it provides a ton of feel and feedback. I needed a grip that can compliment that amazing putter and the Golf Pride SNSR Contour is a perfect match.
In for review are some Zero Friction ZFT Maxx golf tees. Unfortunately the ones that arrived are too short for me, since lately I’ve been teeing it very high. So I passed out a few to my golf buddies and we’ll see what they think. I hope to get some longer ones in to try.
I can still use these for clubs other than driver so I will test them a wee bit. Stay tuned.
I’m happy to show you a very exclusive look into a golf company that you’ll be hearing about on other golf sites sometime in early 2017:
OUUL fashion forward, technically superior bags & accessories
Yes this isn’t a hack golf blog which reviews gear that’s been out for five years. Oh no. Hooked on Golf Blog is often able to feature golf equipment, courses, resorts, apparel and other products that haven’t even hit the market yet. Be on the lookout for OUUL.
I will be covering many of OUUL’s products down the road. For starters I’m doing a preview post and working on reviews of the OUUL Python Collection of golf bags. These bags are super-light, even the cart bag. I seriously almost threw the cart bag across my back yard when I picked it up to move it. Check them out:
OUUL Python Golf Bags – Stand bag and cart bag
I’ll be testing these bags out for the next few weeks and I’ll post individual reviews of each one when I’m ready. In the mean time enjoy the photos and let me know if you have any questions about OUUL.
I’ve been gaming the Air Force One nitrogen charged driver now for about a year and a half. I told my buddies just today that I’ll keep hitting it until I find a better driver. I don’t care who makes it or what the retail price is, as long as I’m killing it.
Naturally I was eager to accept the offer from Air Force One to review their new Air Foil fairway metal-woods, based on my great experience with the driver. Here are a couple of photos of this new fairway wood:
Air Force One – Air Foil Fairway Wood
I hit 2-3 shots with the Air Foil 3-wood in today’s round, one resulting in a birdie on the par-5 10th at Mountain Dell. Unlike other “reviewers” though, I can’t review a club in three swings. Stay tuned for a full review, which will be a few weeks. When I test clubs I play real golf, on real golf courses.
Yeah, hard work I know. But I have to stay true to my golf blogger roots. FORE!
What’s a great test for a golf bag? How about walking 122.7 miles with it, after schlepping it thousands of miles across the pond from Utah, USA to the Home of Golf, St Andrews, Scotland! The bag I chose for that test is the Puma Superlite Stand Bag. Let’s look at the bag’s features and then talk about how it fared on my grueling and fantastic testing.
Puma Superlite Golf Stand Bag Features
The Superlite is, of course, super-light. It weighs in at a mere 3.8 pounds. Every ounce counts, especially over time.
The bag has a 4-way top with four dividers which go all the way to the bottom. This is great because it helps keep clubs from tangling up and becoming hard to put in our take out. At the top of the bag is a grab-handle with comes in very handy. I use it every time I put the bag down to stand the bag straight up for getting clubs in and out. I also use that handle when putting the bag in the trunk of the car.
There are five zippered pockets on the Superlite. These are one reason I went with this bag for Scotland. I thought of using a smaller bag, but needed room for rain gear and sweaters and such. There’s a large apparel pocket which fits an amazing amount, plus two small item pockets, a ball pocket, tee pocket, and insulated beverage pocket. The small pocket at the top with the white zipper is waterproof and has padding inside. That’s where I put my phone and small camera to protect them. Each pocket has a large rubberized loop which makes them easy to grab and open. Nice touch. The ball bag has room for a lot of golf balls. So many, that I barely even fill it up 1/5 of the way. I use that extra space for other necessities like extra beverages or apparel items.
The stand portion of the bag is very solid. Some cheap-o stand bag’s stand mechanisms work poorly and the bag has to be set down just right or in a strong fashion to get the legs to deploy. This bag’s legs open and close with ease. Plus, they open to a nice wide and solid base. Once again, the cheap-o bags may not open wide enough and as a result the bag’s base isn’t wide enough for a solid stance.
The bag has padded dual shoulder straps to help the bag stay balanced on the player’s back. More on the straps later in the critique section.
The Superlite is made from 100% polyester. It protects the contents from water and moisture extremely well. A couple of the rounds in Scotland were very wet. I deployed the included rain-hood and with that in play the bag kept everything dry. In the image below you can see how well the bag deals with water.
Style is part of the overall package and this bag has it. I love the solid, bold looks and colors of this bag line.
My critique of this bag, and an area I think it could be improved, is with the straps. I have a bad back so carrying the bag isn’t typically going to happen. But I do it sometimes. In Scotland I carried a few times, one in particular at the extremely hilly Cruden Bay. Since my back problems are in the lower area of my spine, I like to wear the bag up high. I don’t want the weight of the bag in my lower back or buttock area. I need it laying in the middle of the back or higher. With the bag very high the X part of the straps ended up right on my shoulders. So the weight of the bag was not on the padding of the strap, rather it was on the gap between the padding and the frame of the strap. Also, with that setup, often the strap would flip over as I put it on, resulting in the non padded side being the one against my body. Then I would have to mess with it for a bit to flip the strap over.
On The Course
I’ve used this bag for dozens of rounds at home in the desert heat of Utah. I’ve also logged rounds in French Lick, Indiana, Philadelphia, and over a dozen rounds in Scotland. The performance and ease of use has been great. The variance in conditions has been large and the bag has performed brilliantly in all of them.
At Panmure Golf Club near Carnoustie, Scotland
My favorite highlights about the bag is the large pockets, for such a small footprint of a bag. The bag’s design makes great use of space. Getting the clubs in and out is super easy.
With it’s brilliant design and engineering the Puma Superlite Golf Stand Bag seems to defy the laws of physics. It has the space of a larger carry bag or cart bag, but is light and easy to carry. Golfers looking for a solid carry bag, or any bag to just lighten the load for travel or other reasons, should check out the Puma Superlite.