I’ll admit this review is a stretch in relation to golf. It’s almost better for skiing, so maybe I should post it on my ski blog as well. Yes, I have a ski blog. It’s winter here in northern Utah, so we aren’t golfing much. We are skiing. But some crazies (like I used to be) will still play golf if the course is open, no matter what the temperature. I’ve played in single digit temps before, back in the crazy days. Even played in snow and hail storms. The first problem I would have in those conditions would be cold hands. One thin long iron shot with cold hands and it’s over.
These Volt Resistance Heated Gloves would be a great solution for keeping the hands warm between cold golf shots, or using them for more practical winter activities which we are deep in right now here, shoveling snow and skiing. Let’s take a look.
The Volt Fleece Heated Gloves are battery powered. Each glove has its own 7.4-volt 2200mAh battery which slides into a zippered compartment to shield it from the elements. On the top of the glove, over the wrist area, you can see a clear bit of plastic (photo). Through that clear part the wearer can see the battery lights, which indicate what heat level the gloves are operating at. There are four heat levels.
Heating is distributed through the hand and fingers.
The set comes with a battery charger which plugs into the way and has a “Y” connector to charge both batteries. I’m not sure how long the charge lasts. The amount of time the batteries last depends on how high the level you set. I took them skiing last weekend in brutally cold temperatures. Even without the heating the gloves were great. As the day wore on I turned on the heaters and had a whole afternoon of warm hands.
According to Volt here are the rough times the batteries will last based on heat level:
100% High – 2 hours
75% Med/High – 3 hours
50% Medium – 5 hours
25% Low – 8 hours
Their website says low is 8 hours but the packaging says they will last over 10 hours.
Check out the conditions I was in last week in the video below. Unbelievably my hands were never cold!
The gloves are very comfortable. I’m a big fleece fan so they’re great for me. They fit well and with the wrist coverage they help keep the pow pow out when I’m carving fresh tracks, or shoveling the driveway.
At a retail of $149, these gloves aren’t cheap. But warm hands can make the difference between enjoying your time outside doing whatever activity you may be doing, and being miserable. Whether walking the dog, skiing, or playing golf in the winter, warm hands are essential!
Pop quiz: What’s the best selling golf shoe of all time?
Answer: The FootJoy Contour
Below is the newest rendition of the FJ Contour for 2017, the Contour Fit.
FootJoy Contour Fit
Some of the key features of the Contour fit include:
Soft and comfortable achilles pad
Green-friendly low profile soft spikes
Foot-forming extra thick fit-bed
The key focus of the Contour Fit is comfort. This is a “first look” post. I will be testing out the Contour Fit as soon as the snow melts, or as soon as I get out of here and head to a warmer climate. Until then, enjoy the photos.
The 2017 PGA Merchandise Show is coming up in a couple of weeks. One new company which will be showing there for the first time is OUUL. OUUL is a maker of “fashion forward, technically superior bags & accessories.” I have been testing out a couple of great bags from OUUL this summer and fall. Today’s review is the extremely light and easy to carry Super Light Stand Bag, part of the Python Series. Let’s take a test drive.
OUUL Super Light Stand Bag Overview
The goal of this bag is to provide the golfer with a light, easy to carry, convenient, and stylish stand bag. Goal achieved. The Super Light clocks in at only 2.7 pounds. Of course that is a starting weight. Many more pounds may be necessary depending on how many golf balls one must carry to “have enough” to finish a round.
The opening (photo below) of the bag is 9.5 inches, not huge, but the engineering and design of the 5-way top makes club removal and insertion super-easy. The 5-way top also helps with club organization. I have my long clubs like driver and fairway in the top, long irons middle left, mid-irons middle right, wedges and putter on the bottom.
One of the best features of the bag is on top of the bag’s opening. There’s a plastic handle which goes around 3/4 of the bag, with some pretty good clearance to the top. That clearance allows for easy grabbing, carrying, controlling the bag. It also helps protect the clubs inside as well as giving the golfer a good place to hang a towel.
The Super Light features three pockets. First is a large, bag-height pocket for clothes and larger items. Then there’s a smaller bag toward the bottom, about 1/4-1/3 the height of the bag, and then there’s the ball pocket. The ball pocket could hold several dozen balls. I never carry that many but it could. Inside the ball pocket is a 4th “pocket” they don’t mention which can hold some small items like maybe a GPS watch. One critique, the missing soft and fuzzy valuables pocket for a camera or phone. There’s also an insulated beverage sleeve.
I like the large ring on the side. It has plenty of space for hanging various golf accessories like towels, GPS units, golf lasers, and club brushes. Just below the handle is a place for a sharpie type pen. Nice touch.
The dual shoulder strap attaches to the bag in four places and adjusts well. It should result in a comfortable and balanced carry when set correctly.
The base of the bag is flexible and adjusts when the bag is on the ground. Hard to explain this, but it’s a popular design of late in carry/stand bags. The legs are very solid and the base of the bag when set down is very broad and sturdy.
The rain cover is nice and big, with easy velcro straps and four buttons to attach it. See the “snow” photo below.
On The Course
I’ve traveled extensively with this bag in play, even all the way to Morocco. The bag is easy to carry, light, and provides a sharp and classy look. The pockets have plenty of space for all my rain gear and accessories. I really like the top section’s fantastic design and especially the protective handle.
This bag has been a joy to use in many different conditions and environments, even the Christmas Classic (photo below).
The OUUL Super Light Python Series delivers solid quality, very sharp looks, and super smart design.
One last thing to mention is the lack of branding. Notice how the big brand names these days are plastering their logos all over the place on their golf bags? No obnoxious branding on OUUL bags. I dig that.
A few rumors have been floating around in the last few hours on social networks that Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company is out of business and has fired all of their employees. I just received a “clarification” which is copied and pasted below:
Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company announces reorganization and restructuring – maintains commitment to building highest quality and most precise golf equipment in the world
Fort Worth, Texas: The Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company announced today that it is going through a period of re-tooling and right-sizing in an effort to become more nimble and profitable in the highly competitive golf equipment business.
The Company has voluntarily implemented a reorganization initiative to minimize expenses and streamline the operation. This included the reduction of a large percentage of the exempt and non-exempt workforce, some of whom will be rehired as contract employees. The company has not declared bankruptcy nor been foreclosed upon, and remains in the business of producing and selling the highest quality and most precise golf equipment in the world.
“Reports of our death have been greatly exaggerated”, said Scott White, President and CEO of the Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company. “While our organization does not look the same today as it did in 2016, we are confident that the changes we are making will make us a stronger and better company in the future”.
About Ben Hogan Golf The Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company is based in Fort Worth, TX and manufactures premium golf clubs and golf bags. The company was started in 1953 by Ben Hogan himself, and is continuing Mr. Hogan’s reputation of innovation, performance, and classical designs. For players who are serious about their games, and the game of golf, there is only one choice: Ben Hogan Golf Equipment
Drumroll please… Happy New Year! Welcome 2017. This is the final 2016 year-end golf blog post. Today I’m happy to announce the best product Hooked on Golf Blog reviewed in 2016, the Miura Series 1957 Limited Edition Small Blade Irons. Check out the Hooked on Golf Blog Miura Series 1957 Limited Edition Small Blade Irons review.
These small blade irons are perhaps the most deserving product I’ve ever awarded for the HOG Product of the Year awards. They’re as incredible as they look. If you were to look back on the Hooked on Golf Blog Twitter to the most retweeted tweets, you’d see that consistently the ones with photos from this review are at the top. These are one of golf’s best products and everyone knows it.
Miura Series 1957 Small Blade Irons
Most people see blades, especially ones like these which are 15% smaller than normal blades, and think, “oh these are blades so I can’t hit them.” WRONG! I’m not sure how, but Miura’s engineering and hand-crafted design makes these easier to hit than many clubs meant for higher handicap players, not single digits or pros. The feel of these irons is so butter. What a joy to play.
Blade-a-licious! Could you hit this? Easier than you would think!
Congratulations to Miura. It’s not really a surprise that one of their products would win a HOG Product of the Year award. That’s pretty much what one would expect. But it’s still nice to recognize the quality, workmanship, looks, feel, and joy these clubs bring to the game of golf.