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Comparing Nike STR8-FIT and TaylorMade R9 Today

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, June 16th, 2009
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My boy is in summer golf camp.  Rather than dropping him off and coming back 1.5 hours later, I’ll be on the range today doing a side by side comparison of the Nike STR8-FIT and the TaylorMade r9 drivers.

It should take me a few days to complete my writing after today’s research so stay tuned.


1st impressions of the Nike STR8-FIT driver

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, June 9th, 2009
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On the 1st tee today I pulled the shrink wrap off my new Nike STR8-FIT driver.

I spent the evening last night reading the manual. Never read an owner’s manual for a driver before. Never even seen one. My conclusion for today’s round was to start the driver in neutral position and see how it worked.

This thing is much lighter than my old driver and it felt like I could swing it faster. On the first tee I yanked it left but after that I hit the thing very well. It has been raining for days here and the humidity is at about 90%. Even with the heavy air I hit this driver about 20 yards longer than my old one. The flight is a bit lower than I’m used to due to the fact that this model is 9.5 degrees and my old driver was a 10. I don’t mind a low trajectory though.

Poorly struck shots straightened out fairly well and I didn’t lose much distance.

So far so good.


SUMI-G golf head covers just might be the coolest ever, and they have a rigid exoskeleton. ’nuff said!

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, June 4th, 2009
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I’ve been touting how cool the products from SUMI-G are.  My new golf buddy Marius, the cranium behind SUMI-G, has a talent for making super hip, elegant, unique and functional golf accessories.  Every round of golf I play I have people drooling over my new head covers.  Just two days ago a military buddy of mine wanted the driver cover so bad I gave him the one off my personal set so he could have one in time for a trip to Hawaii.

Tired old head cover designs

Lame head cover #1: This one is a stretchy cotton sock which wears out and eventually just falls off.
Lame head cover #2: This one is leather or plastic and has velcro, which wears and and gets shabby looking over time.
Lame head cover #3: This one is leather or plastic and has a zipper.  The zipper may work for 1-2 rounds, then fails.

SUMI-G Mega-cool super stylin’ hip headcover

Looks

The SUMI-G head cover (hybrid shown upper right, driver cover lower right) has a stylish look with a silky black finish which feels like velvet.  I’m no fashion expert, but the black finish will match any bag color.

Mechanical enclosure

This headcover has a unique mechanical closure which protects the head.  The mechanical enclosure allows for installation of the cover with one hand can be put on the club from the ground without even having to bend over.  This one handed ground installation can save having to bend over dozens of times (drivers, fairways, hybrids) during around, helping guys like me with a bad back stay off the injured reserve list.  This 12 second video below shows just how quick and easy it is to slip the cover on:

Rigid exoskeleton

I’ve been excited to write this review not just because this is the coolest head cover on our planet and several others, but because I could use the words “rigid exoskeleton.”

The SUMI-G head cover employs a rigid exoskeleton to protect the club and the shaft.  Drivers these days are quite an investment and I don’t know about you but I’d sure want a rigid exoskeleton protecting my $500 driver with the $150 shaft.

On the course

These headcovers bring more enjoyment to my golf rounds because of their ease of use.  I just throw the head cover on the ground by the tee and slip it on with one hand when leaving the tee after blistering a drive down the middle.  It has become sort of my “post shot routine.”

Conclusion

Style, uniqueness and a perfectly useful functionality.  This is the coolest innovation in head covers in years and they’re so classy and sharp looking to boot.  Who wouldn’t love to own a head cover which has a rigid exoskeleton and convenient one handed ground installation?

Related links

If you just have to have a set of these head covers now, the new Golf Space SHOP carries the entire SUMI-G product line.

SUMI-G HOG Photo Gallery.

SUMI-G interview at the 2009 PGA Show.

SUMI-G web site.


Golfsmith acquired MacGregor

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, May 28th, 2009
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About a week ago MacGregor golf was bought by Golfsmith.  I’ve got two sets of MacGregor irons, a MacGregor 3-wood and two Bobby Grace / MacGregor putters.  Or is it three?  Can’t even remember.

Another “classic” line like Ben Hogan is absorbed and has become a shadow of what it used to be.  It sounds like Golfsmith bought the brand for pennies if I’m reading this article right, $1.75 million over three years?  Maybe that is just for the “rights” to the brand.

Regardless, I’ve been a fan of MacGregor and had success with the gear I own from them.  While Golfsmith will have MacGregor be a “house” brand for them, this will obviously mean you won’t see it in other big name chains.

Greg Norman is now officially out of the golf equipment business and owns no stake in any golf equipment company.  Sell sell!


My Sack is light brown, soft, and has two balls in it

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, May 13th, 2009
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golf ball holderYesterday I met with my new friend Doug from “MySack.”  MySack is a golf ball/tee bag you can hang from your golf bag.  The bag looks like, well, a guy’s ball sack.

Not only does MySack look like a ball sack… it comes with two balls in it!  Bonus! Ya gotta hand it to Doug for having the balls to “sack up” and try to make a golf product like this fly. I wish him luck.

The MySack could be a good ice breaker for that nervous first golf date you are on.  I could definitely see this unit as a good giveaway or tee prize for corporate tournaments, embroidered with a Hooters logoo etc…

I just installed my MySack yesterday.  I’ll be evaluating MySack, and putting MySack to the test for a review soon.

If you just gotta have one now, click here.


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