Normally I like to get more holes under my belt with a golf ball before I review it. But by the first round I’ll almost always have reached my primary conclusions anyway. I’m speeding up the review process on the Nike 20XI-X golf ball because I can, and I want to beat everyone else to the scoop.
The 20XI-X is one of two new balls Nike is releasing soon. The 20XI-X or what I call the “X” version, is the longer, distance ball. The 20XI-S (“S” version) is the spin/control version.
Masters Icons (but not Jack, Arnie or Seve)
If you like cool shoes, next week will be a good week for you. Starting at 8:00am ET on Monday of Masters week, my good friends and HOG Space Fantasy Golf sponsors at FootJoy will be offering 150 pair of limited edition Augusta-inspired FJ Icons.
FJ Masters Icons - Click for larger image
FJ Icons are awesome. I have so many pairs I lost count. It is like Christmas every time I go golfing, choosing which pair to wear.
There will be 150 of these pairs available with an exclusive Masters green croc print, the same one produced for the players at the tournament.
FootJoy will also be giving away a pair of these per day during the Masters, for a total of four. Stop by the FootJoy web site for that, but you’ll have to beat me to get ’em.
During Masters week next week my pals at Nike are releasing “Masters Green” limited editions of the Lunar Control golf shoe and also the new 20XI golf balls. Check them out below.
Limited edition Masters package - Lunar Control and 20XI golf balls - click for more images of these cool products
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Kikkor Golf Shoes - click for more
Hang with me for a day and you’ll know that if the weather isn’t warm enough to wear flip flops, I wear Vans. I love the comfort of that type of shoe.
At last year’s Masters practice round I stood next to Fred Couples and noticed that he wasn’t wearing “golf shoes.” He was wearing some sort of tenny. His reasoning was that the shoes were softer and easier on his back. That struck a nerve, pun intended, with me.
One of the biggest buzzes at this year’s PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando was about Kikkor Golf. Everyone was stopping by their cool booth to see their line and have a frosty beverage. I made my stop there as well, and interviewed Kikkor’s James Lepp.
In my talks with James I loved this quote from him:
“Golf is an athletic sport. Why am I wearing dress shoes?”
Kikkor Tenny Clayburn
My first (and not last) pair of Kikkor’s are the Tenny Clayburns. They look similar to my loved Vans or a pair of Converses.
Kikkor Tenny Clayburn - click for more images
The construction of the shoe is quite serious though. Despite not having removable spikes, the Kikkor Diacon Embedded Spike System (DESS) does a fine job. I surprisingly have great traction.
One of my favorite movies of all time is The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly with Clint Eastwood. That’s also the name of a fun casino chip golf game.
Good Bad Ugly Chips
Golf Game by GolfPokerChipGame.com - click image to visit their site
The game comes with 12 casino style chips, each with a golf scenario on it like birdie, par, sand, OB etc. Six of the 12 are “good” and six are “bad.” The good chips are green and the bad are black.
As an occurrence, like say a sandy par happens, that player gets the chip. At the end of the round the person with the most green chips wins. In my group we assign $1 to each chip.