Last week I played a very frustrating, windy and cold round up the canyon. I pretty much lost my will to live when my score ballooned in the cold wind. I’m a 25 handicap if the temps are below 70 and a two handicap if they’re above 80. I was on my way to the car when I saw the Bridgestone tent down on the range. This was my first real opportunity to try a ball fitting and I felt like I needed to give it a try even though I was tired and my back was tight.
About Bridgestone ball fitting
When you get a ball fitting, the techs have you hit balls on their launch monitor. Bridgestone’s system shows you your club head speed, ball speed, launch angle, side spin RPM’s, spin in RPM’s and carry distance. Based on your swing speed they can recommend the best ball for you.
While at the PGA Show this year, I managed a good trade. The booth across from ours was the Drizzle Stik both. They wanted a hat bad and told me they’d trade it for a Drizzle Stik. That was a good deal for me, since I would have given them a hat anyway. Little did I know how much I’d like using this thing.
What is a Drizzle Stik?
A Drizzle Stik is a mini umbrella which fits on top of a golf bag to keep the golf clubs from getting wet, or from getting a sunburn. We’ll call it a golf bag umbrella, but it could also be used as an umbrella for a really skinny person.
An inner layer (pictured in Drizzle Stik image gallery) covers the frame of the umbrella on the underside, which keeps it from hooking on any clubs or the bag. It also prevents any scratching of clubs.
The unit folds to a nice compact size which easily fits into pockets of your golf bag or even a backpack. Extended the handle reaches 49 inches. I put the handle into my bag and it slides in like a club and keeps my clubs dry in the rain. To get clubs out I just slide the unit up.
On the course
Living in a desert, it is difficult to find opportunities to test devices which are to be used in the rain. But we had an abnormally rainy spring, so I had many opportunities to put my Drizzle Stik into play, and it performed well. During my many rainy rounds I’ve played with my Stik, my clubs and grips have remained dry and given me the best chance to hit good shots in wet conditions.
At $19.99, this is a great investment in golf accessories. The Drizzle Stik protects the clubs from the rain in a convenient way, and can double as a thin umbrella on the course or out and about. The compact size makes it easy to store and bring with you anywhere.
Drizzle Stik web site
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Those of you who have followed this web site know that I take my golf product reviews seriously. I don’t just swing a club three times and write a two paragraph review about it. I play it for weeks and dozens of rounds. I don’t just wear a pair of golf shoes two times and write an uninformed review about them. I wear them for 30-40 rounds. I pride myself in the time I spend and the attention to detail I take when reviewing golf products and my reviews can be several thousand words. I take pride in the fact that 99% of the product photos here are original, and not provided to me or taken from some other web site.
This review is perhaps one I’ve spent the most time on; testing, evaluating, pondering, experimenting, tweaking, pushing the limits. This product is one I tested every day for months straight, usually in the morning. I evaluated this product in every type of condition the environment presented. Sometimes I tested it out in the evening or even a few times per day. Other times I may have I tested it out after having some very hot Mexican food the day before or perhaps those times when I’d had some chicken the day before which wasn’t quite fresh.
Why is my putting so good this season?
I’ve compiled a list of a few good suggestions as Father’s Day golf gifts. Some of these are items I’ve reviewed, know about or carry in the TGS SHOP. They’re not in any particular order, just the order in which they leaked out of my cranium.
MySack – $14.99
MySack is the best selling product in the TGS SHOP. The sack has a recognizable shape which is sure to get some attention from the lady golfers. The Sack is soft and brown and holds two balls, tees, accessories and more.
Click here to buy your MySack.
Sumi-G Head Covers – $28-39
I admit it. I’m biased! Sumi-G head covers are the best head covers in our solar system and beyond. Made of molded EVA plastic, their “rigid exoskeleton” protects expensive woods while providing a cool look. The cover can be easily scooped up off the ground onto the head of the club with one hand!
Click here to buy Sumi-G head covers.
Frogger Brush Pro – $19.95
Back in May of 2007 I reviewed the Frogger Brush Pro. My unit is still going strong and keeping my golf club grooves clean. The Frogger Brush Pro is the best golf brush I’ve ever used.
Click here for a Frogger Brush Pro.
Potty Putter – $19.95
I’ve been testing out the Potty Putter for a while now. That’s why my putting is so good lately, all that time spent practicing every morning. The Potty Putter comes with a green which goes around the toilet, a mini putter, a golf hole, a do not disturb sign and two balls.
Click here for a Potty Putter.
Sumi-G Golf Belts – $85
Sumi-G golf belts are the higher end Father’s Day golf gift. Sumi-G golf belts are very stylish and made of high quality Italian leather. They come with a magnetic ball marker too! Beware. If you buy one of these awesome golf belts, you may need to upgrade your pants.
Click here for Sumi-G golf belts.
Bridgestone B330-RX & RXS Golf Balls – $42.99
Unless Dad is on the Champions or PGA TOUR, his swing speed is probably less than 105mph. In that case, he probably can’t compress a golf ball unless it is a softer core model like the Bridgestone B330-RX series. The RX and RXS are designed for amateur swing speeds and I can personally vouch for the added distance. In my case it is a good 15-20 yards.
Bridgestone Golf balls can be found in any golf shop.
I’ve been playing with some fun tees lately called Royal Tees. They’re tees shaped like the castle piece of a chess set.
Royal Tee Overview
The Royal Tee is a soft rubber tee which is very flexible. The tee bends away from the club at impact, which reduces spin and resistance and results in longer and straighter drives. The crown of the tee has soft prongs which also help reduce friction.
Royal Tees come in four lengths for irons, fairways, woods and driver. The lengths listed below are from ground level to the top of the tee:
Royal Tees are available in four colors: white, pink, orange and blue.
On the course
I enjoy using my Royal Tees on the course. Perhaps the best advantage of using the Royal Tees is having a consistent teeing height. Once I find the right tee height for the particular club I am using, my shot can be grooved. I achieve consistent ball flight and launch angles.
Royal Tee’s statistics show longer distance and better accuracy with robotic testing as a result of using their tees. I don’t doubt these findings, but I didn’t “gain 20 yards on my drives” when I switched. I’m guessing the consistent ball teeing height is more responsible for my accuracy and distance (and confidence) when on the real course.
Royal Tees are a fun variance to normally drab and boring segment in golf equipment. They’re durable, easy to use and don’t poke holes in your pockets.