Bridgestone Golf is in the midst of releasing a bunch of new clubs across the board. There are two new sets of irons coming out, the new J40 Forged Dual Pocket Cavity (2nd image below) and the new J40 Forged Cavity Back (1st image below). For the full press release from Bridgestone, click here to go to the new HOGWIRE.BIZ golf news wire site!
Bridgestone Golf J40 Forged Cavity Back Irons - Click for larger image
I’m hoping to get my hands on these babies when they’re available for review. Stay tuned.
New Bridgestone Forged Dual Pocket Cavity Irons - Click for larger image
For more images of new gear, check out the HOG Bridgestone Golf image gallery.
Cypress Classics Image Box - Click for larger image
I received a sample Large Box from Cypress Classics a few days ago. Seldom have I gotten this stoked and had such a great first impression of a product like I did with this one.
About Cypress Classics
Cypress Classics makes some very nice tee prizes, award plaques, keepsake boxes, awards, logo ball displays, throws and picture frames. The products are very classy looking and well made. I particularly like the wood finish and the lamination.
My Large Box is really neat. It has a picture of Lake Nona on the top. The image is atop a ceramic tile inlay in the lid as well. Very nice. Cypress can put any image you desire on the top of the box.
The fine wood of the box is a red colored maple hardwood and the lid’s hinges are made of brass. Very elegant.
The inside of the box is lined with a forest green fabric which is great for putting fine items inside. The large perfectly fits four sleeves of golf balls.
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Hard to write a 2000 word review on a golf keepsake box. This review will top out at about 250, but I could sum it up in five words. Cypress Classics products are cool.
I have my keepsake box on my dresser and put small valuables, pocket cameras, football tickets and my wallet in there. Love it.
Cypress Classics Web Site
HOG Cypress Classics Image Gallery
I’ve had some killer new socks in play for a few rounds now, the KENTWOOL TOUR golf socks. I was skeptical at first, because I thought that wool rather than cotton would be too hot for the 98 degree temps we’re having here right now. I’m now a believer.
KENTWOOL Golf Socks – Click image to enlarge
KENTWOOL has been making fine quality yarn since 1843. One set of products they produce is high tech garments for use by the United States Military. Back in 2010 they launched a line of premium golf socks which are 61% wool, 27% polyester, 10% nylon and 2% spandex.
KENTWOOL is one of only 50 companies in the world to receive an Usterized Quality Certification. What does that mean? Read the following below from the KENTWOOL site:
- The mill has been audited by Uster Technologies.
- The mill is able to produce products of consistent, defined quality.
- The mill has an installed quality management system with a continuous improvement process.
- The mill is able to obtain reproducible quality data continuously, reliably and accurately, which is comparable with the USTER® STATISTICS, the only globally-accepted quality benchmark.
So what does that all mean for the golfer?
I don’t know anything about yarn, wool, manufacturing, and have no idea what the word Usterized even means. What I DO know is that these are the most comfortable and soft socks I’ve ever worn, golf or non golf. The feeling of putting them on is so smooth and soft. The sock’s elasticity conforms tightly to the foot, but doesn’t feel too tight.
The performance level of this golf sock is fantastic. I have walked many miles in my KENTWOOLS and logged many golf shots. Walking is a joy in the socks, and they seem to really provide a good cushion and prevent the aching feet and knees.
My feet can get quite sweaty in the temps of the summer, like today’s round when it topped 96 degrees. At the end of my round I was amazed at how dry the socks were. They breathe incredibly well.
KENTWOOL offers men’s and women’s socks. There are three profiles in the men’s line: tour profile (ankle), tour standard (long) and low profile (below ankle). Men’s socks are available in medium, large and extra-large.
The women’s line includes the following profiles: low (does not show on shoe line), low skinny (for women with narrow heels), tour (ankle). The women’s socks come in size small, medium and large.
KENTWOOL has recently added four new colors to the standard black (above) and the natural, off white color. New colors include pink, lime green, light blue and purple.
The tour and low profile styles of the socks retail for $19.95, while the long men’s retails for $24.95.
KENTWOOL socks are used by some big name golfers like Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar, who could wear any brand they want. I now know why. They’re uber-comfortable, high performance, good looking and breathe seemingly better than any cotton sock I’ve tried. I need more KENTWOOL socks for my every day use! Would love to dump out the entire drawer of cotton socks and replace them with KENTWOOLS!
Thanks to Asher Golf for the golf gloves, which in a few recent rounds have saved me some strokes. I normally don’t wear golf gloves, but in the rain or when it is hot and humid and my hands are sweaty, I have to wear them to prevent the club from slipping.
The first glove I tested out was the ultra cool Asher skeleton glove called the “Cooltech Deathgrip,” pictured below. Anyone who knows me, knows the quickest way to my golf heart with a golf gear item is to slap a skull on it. The Deathgrip has a skull on the palm and bones on the fingers.
Asher’s Cooltech Deathgrip glove is cool looking AND performs amazingly. Click for more images.
The glove doesn’t just look cool. It fit my hand, ahem, “like a glove.” I had excellent feel and control even during very wet situations in St. Andrews, Scotland. The glove is very durable as well.
Ever have the need to turn around to the jerk behind you and give him a piece of your mind after he hits into your group? Feel the need to give a one finger salute to your opponent when he makes birdie on you with two presses working? The Asher Cooltech Birdie would be an excellent glove choice for those situations. Not only does the glove perform well, it has a bird on the middle finger to help out with the visual message you may need to send out on the course.
I was surprised to find that Asher is based about a 45 minute drive north of HOG World Headquarters. They’re locals!
Asher’s lineup currently includes 16 cool glove designs which range in price from $9.99 to $19.95.
Asher Golf web site
Hooked On Golf Blog Asher Image Gallery
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.
I’ll post a few pics and comments in the main blog here when I get back from my vacation here in SoCal, but for now you can check out the Cleveland / Srixon HQ image gallery.