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Frogger Amphibian Tour Towel

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf EquipmentGolf GearReviews
Frogger Golf Amphibian Tour Towel

Frogger’s Amphibian Tour Towel

I’m throwing in the towel this week.  By that I mean that I’m going to bust out a couple of golf towel reviews I’ve been needing to take care of.

First on the list is the Frogger Golf Amphibian Tour Towel. I’ve reviewed a Frogger Amphibian Towel in the past as well as the Amphibian Ball Towel.  This unit, however, is the “Tour” model.  The word “tour” attached to a piece of golf gear usually means that it would be something a pro tour player would use.  In the case of a golf bag, a “tour bag” would be a very large bag like you see on the PGA Tour.  Like the tour golf bag analogy, the Amphibian Tour Towel is a larger and more substantial towel.

Design

The Amphibian towel is a pita pocket shaped towel with an inside and outside layer system which has two functions.  The inside of the towel is a wet side and the outside is the dry side.  Between the fabric is a water resistant barrier which keeps the wet side wet and the dry side dry.   The wet side is 3x as absorbent as a regular towel to hold more water.

The wet/dry concept is awesome.  I used to wet half a towel, using the wet side to clean the clubs and the dry side to dry them off.  But the wetness creeps to the dry side, the path of least resistance.  So eventually I’d just have one towel which was damp, not dry or wet.  With my Tour towel, I have a very wet inside to get the clubs clean, and a dry outside to dry the clubs or simply wipe the sweat off my face (or the mustard from the hot dog I inhaled at the turn).

Frogger Amphibian Tour Towel

In rain, the towel can serve as a rain cover!

Reverse

During rain storms reversing the wet/dry concept is a very cool idea.  The outside becomes the wet side and the inside is a protected dry towel.

Also I’ve found that with the size of this towel, that I can actually use the towel as a rain cover.  See pic to right.  I put the pita pocket over my clubs and it covers them all, with a dry layer despite the fact that the outside of the towel is wet.

Critiques

The Tour model is double the size of the original Amphibian towel, at 20×20 inches.  This isn’t small.  Most players would benefit just fine from the smaller version.  If you carry your bag and have the inside nice and wet, you can add quite a bit of weight to the load.  The towel can also get in the way of carrying a stand bag, either when setting it down or picking it up as it can tangle in the bag’s legs.   I usually put it high up and covering the top of the bag where it won’t have issues with the legs.

Final Thoughts

This is a great golf towel which can be much more to a golfer than just a standard towel.  Performance and craftsmanship are as I’d expect from Frogger, top notch.

Due to its size the Amphibian Tour towel may be for more serious golf addicts, like me.


Nike Air Rate Golf Shoes

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
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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

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.

Nike Golf Air Rate

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.

Looks

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.

Not Waterproof

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.

Colors

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

Nike Air Rate Golf Shoes - click for more

Conclusion

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.

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Titleist seeding new prototype 712 irons this week at the Mink

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, June 27th, 2011
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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.

Titleist 712 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.”


Nike releases athlete apparel scripting for U.S. Open – Players not wearing shoes, socks or undies

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
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Anthony Kim U.S. Open Apparel

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 Bands

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf GearReviews
ZENGYRO

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.

The Technology

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.

Pricing

The ZENGYRO is available at Amazon.com and prices range from $19.99-$34.99.


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