I’ve been testing out the new Nike Air Rate golf shoes for a bit. Unknowingly I picked a perfect time to do my review of these babies. Read on to find out why.
Nike Air Rate Golf Shoes - Click image to see more
Nike Air Rate Construction
I have a new pair of training shoes I use when I work out, Nike Air somethings… They’re so light I can hardly believe they’re on my feet. They conform to my feet so well it is like they become one with them. That is exactly the feeling I’ve gotten with my new Nike Air Rate golf shoes. These things are so light I feel like I weigh less with them on than with them off.
Air Rate's Mesh - click to enlarge
The upper of the shoe is one piece of synthetic leather which has a very cool looking mesh pattern. The mesh is precisely carved out of the upper with a laser. The pattern serves more of a purpose than just looking cool. The mesh makes the shoe lighter and provides a ventilation system. I hadn’t read the specs on the shoes before I wore them, and the ventilation was the first thing I noticed. It is about 100 degrees here now, and when a light breeze kicks up I can feel the wind blowing through my shoes. This feels so good, especially for someone who rarely wears shoes and socks because my feet get so hot.
The sole of the Air Rate is a super light “Phylite” material with an “air unit” in the heel. Unlike standard golf shoes which have a leather or hard sole, the Air Rates don’t beat up my feet, my knees and my back. The padding in the sole and air in the heel makes walking the course more doable for me, and more enjoyable. I’m able to play golf and not think about the fact that my knees or feet hurt.
If you are into the traditional golf dress shoe look, these may not be your cup o’ tea. But I really like the look of my Air Rate golf shoes. They’re a little rebellious and a little higher tech looking.
On The Course
The comfort of these babies is off the charts good. Despite the fact that they’re tightly conforming with the shape of my feet, they still feel soft and deliver very low impact when walking the course. Getting beat up by the hard ground is one of the things that sucks about walking, and the Air Rates reduce that greatly.
Despite the fact that these golf shoes don’t have traditional screw in or click in spikes, I have fabulous traction. I hated switching from metal spikes to soft spikes years ago because I slipped all the time. Thanks to the Air Rate’s “Integrated Traction” I have yet to slip once in dozens of holes, hundreds of shots.
As mentioned, perhaps the best part of these shoes is the ventilation. With mid summer temps here around 100 degrees, my feet are as cool as they could be on the course.
The benefit of the ventilation is great, but it is obvious that these shoes are not waterproof. If you are playing in the rain, or plan on stepping into some standing water you may want to use a standard set of waterproof golf shoes. Obviously water can get into the shoe through the ventilation mesh.
The Air Rate comes in two colors: Khaki/White (pictured in this article) and Gridiron/Wolf which is a dark gray with yellow in the mesh.
Nike Air Rate Golf Shoes - click for more
The $110 retail Nike Air Rate golf shoes are excellent, comfortable and very light weight golf shoes. There’s a lot of talk in club shafts and club weighting these days using the “super-light” buzz term. If golf shoes can be classified as super-light, the shoes would be the Nike Air Rates. The ventilation of the shoe is fantastic and refreshing. The comfort level is very high.
The best part of these shoes is the fact that the light weight, ventilation and comfort of doesn’t compromise the performance. In fact, they enhance it.
Hooked On Golf Blog Nike Image Gallery
Gear head alert. Titleist has released some photos of their prototype irons for 2012, the 712 series. They are “seeding” them to players for a “tour validation analysis” this week at the AT&T National at Aronomink Golf Club. I’ve snagged a few shots of some of these fine looking clubs and thrown them in the Hooked On Golf Blog Titleist image gallery. Click the image here to see the rest of them, including the new Titleist 712 CB, MB, AP1 and AP2 irons.
New Titleist 712 irons - click to see more images
Ever wonder why Titleist names all of their irons with a number like “712” CB etc? The “7” means irons, and the next two digits are the year. So 712 means “irons from 2012.”
Anthony Kim's apparel lineup for the U.S. Open - click to see other players scripts
I’m curious to know how many people are interested in this sort of thing. Nike PR has sent out apparel scripts for their players in the field at this week’s U.S. Open. Now you can see what Stewart Cink, Anthony Kim and other Nike players will be wearing in advance. I know I was losing a lot of sleep until I found out what color pants Lucas Glover is going to wear on Sunday’s final round, presuming he makes the cut of course.
The images though, don’t include what type of underwear (boxers, briefs, boxerbriefs or thongs) or what type of socks or shoes they’re wearing. Looks like there will be a lot of players with chafed cabooses and blisters on their feet!
ZENGYRO Energy Band - click for more
I’ve been evaluating some golf energy bands for the last few dozen rounds of golf, one of which is a ZENGYRO. This band is a hologram based energy band which is supposed to counteract the many electrical fields, like from cell phones, which upset the human body’s natural electrical balance. At least they didn’t promise that it would add 20 yards of driving distance and 43% more accuracy.
As mentioned, the ZENGYRO is designed to counteract electromagnetic fields which have a negative effect on the body. The bracelet, with its three holograms stores positive frequencies and “reminds” the body of the proper frequencies.
The ZENGYRO’s three holograms are all 120 degrees apart, preventing cancellation which they say occurs in bands with two holograms. Being 120 degrees apart there is no cancellation or “destructive interference” which would occur with bands where the holograms are 180 degrees apart.
I’m No Physicist But…
The above statements may or may not be true. If they are, they forgot to mention that there may be some additive and subtractive synthesis going on. They’re only talking about whether complete cancellation does or does not occur. In physics two waves which are not completely out of phase may interact with each other in a positive or negative fashion. Imagine a wave in the ocean moving along, and you jump into the wave. The wave created from you jumping into the water adds to the other wave, creating a larger wave.
On The Course
I’m a skeptic. I’m not really sure I believe that the hologram is storing good frequencies and telling my body to ignore the bad ones. I’m not sure about the technology but I do have some coincidences to mention which might convert me.
Since putting the ZENGYRO on my left wrist, my golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow are gone. Major bonus. Is it the hologram doing that? Maybe. Perhaps it is just having something on my wrist? Not sure, but I’m not going to take the chance of playing without the ZENGYRO for a while.
Saving The Human Race – Saving The Planet
I started wearing the ZENGYRO back before the predicted and widely publicized end of the earth. I can safely say that since putting this energy bracelet on my wrist, the earth hasn’t been destroyed and the human race hasn’t come to an end. Since I’ve been wearing this thing, no alien species has invaded our planet and eradicated the human race. Based on that info alone, it seems that it would be a really good idea to keep wearing the ZENGYRO.
The ZENGYRO is available at Amazon.com and prices range from $19.99-$34.99.
GolfBuddy Platinum GPS – Click for more images
I’m going to continue with the GPS theme this week and post my review of the GolfBuddy World Platinum GPS. The Platinum is full featured GPS with numerous cool features.
Golf Buddy Platinum Features
Yardages yardages yardages! The unit shows a display of the golf hole you are on, and can give yardages to front, middle back of green as well as yardages to any place on the hole. You can simply use the touch screen to highlight a target and yardages are calculated.
This unit has a touch screen interface. I’m so used to using an iPhone and an iPad though, that I find myself pinching and dragging my fingers like it is one of those units. It doesn’t quite work the same, but the interface works well.