I can’t walk from my office to the bathroom without tripping over about 17 golf inventions. I’ve gotten a bit jaded and quite skeptical after seeing so many products whose inventors think will be the biggest thing in golf since the golf ball. I see a lot of these golf entrepreneurs invest their life savings into a product which they think will sell millions, only to have 1500 Chinese made units rotting away in their garage and a depleted retirement fund.
One of these products which I lumped into that category was the Zoom Boom. This funky looking practice club not only had a strange look, I wasn’t a fan of the name either. So without even trying it, I gave it to my local pro. Happily I’d gotten rid of the thing.
What the heck is this thing? Click for more images.
Weeks later I started getting emails and calls from Zoom Boom inventor Lance McWillliams. I had to hand it to this guy. He was persistent. He had a passion about his product (which I didn’t) and he was selling it hard. I think Lance could sell swamp land in Louisiana for top dollar. Lance’s persistence forced me to ask my club pro for the unit back. At that point I was surprised to hear that the pro had been using it every day for his own swing, and during the lessons he taught. Between Lance and my pro, I decided I’d better take a even a more serious look.
Zoom Boom Concept
The Zoom Boom is a T shaped piece of steel with a golf grip on the end and a heavy weight/ball at the top of the grip. The T has smaller white balls which serve as visual club head alignment aids and provide weighting which helps promote the proper rotation and pronation in the swing.
Just got a press release from Nike about their new prototype shoe which Tiger Woods will be putting into play for the first time this week at the WGC Bridgestone.
NIKE FREE Golf Shoe
I remember a cool band here in town named “Free Beer.” They always used to get big crowds because the bar’s entertainment calendar said “Free Beer” whenever they played. I doubt that the NIKE FREE golf shoe is actually free.
Tiger Woods will be wearing these this week at the WGC Bridgestone. Click for larger version.
The name probably comes from the fact that the shoe “frees” up your feet and legs for a more natural motion and “freedom” of movement.
NIKE Press Release
Check out the whole press release on the new NIKE FREE shoe which Tiger will be wearing this week at the new HOGWire.biz golf PR web site.
Last week I managed to hit some shots with the new TaylorMade R11 irons. The irons are very forgiving and easy to hit, no doubt. I wasn’t very warmed up but I still hit them quite well. The back of the club head is sort of a cavity with muscle back which has an air gap between the cavity and the weight. You can see the gap in the 1st image below.
New TaylorMade r11 Irons - click for more TaylorMade R11 iron images
The R11 irons are certainly NOT blades or “tour only” clubs. The top line is fairly thick as is the sole, and the club head is fairly large. They’re obviously meant to be a more forgiving design.
New TaylorMade r11 Irons - click for more
I have a few more images of the TaylorMade R11 irons in the Hooked On Golf Blog TaylorMade Image Gallery.
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.
I’ve updated this post out of respect for my relationship with TaylorMade. To see images of the R11 irons and read my first impressions, tune in Monday the 1st of August.
New TaylorMade r11 Irons - click for more TaylorMade images