I’m in the planning stages of the next trip to the home of golf, St. Andrews, Scotland. One big decision to make is which bag to bring. There’s a lot of walking and bag carrying over there, not like here in the USA where some courses actually require you to use a cart (or “buggy” in Scotland). I’m trying to walk a little more and I may have found the perfect bag for that and the upcoming trip, the Wellzher Sunday Golf Bag.
Wellzher Sunday Golf Bag – Less Than 2 Pounds! – click to zoom
Wellzher formed in 1993, producing golf gloves, bags shoes and outdoor shoes for major brands. The name Wellzher comes from the two words “wellness” and “leisure.” Wellzher makes products with these two words in mind. In 2001 Wellzher Corp was established as a golf bag company in the USA, making stand bags, golf travel bags and cart bags. (more…)
I’ve been a member of Gold’s Gym for a year or so, and I’ve made some good progress in my fitness. Unfortunately a couple of months ago the gym I go to, which I can walk to in about one minute, closed. Now the closest gym is a very inconvenient drive away. That inconvenience has hurt my workout schedule. Recently though, I’ve acquired the SKLZ TRAINERmat and TRAINERball. I’ve done a lot of working out at the Gold’s on mats and with workout balls in the past, and now I can do some of those exercises at home. Today I’m reviewing the TRAINERmat.
SKLZ TRAINERmat – click to zoom
Quite simply, the SKLZ TRAINERmat is exactly what its name says. But this mat has some unique features which make it stand out above other mats.
First, this mat is long. The mat is six feet long and two feet wide. Most mats at my gym are only four feet. I really like being able to keep my whole body on the mat, instead of having my legs or upper body on the floor.
Second, this mat has graphics which show all sorts of stretches and exercises which are geared for GOLF. There are 24 total exercises printed right on the mat. No more reading my notes from a piece of paper or from my iPhone.
The pad rolls up into a very easy to carry compact cylinder for transport to the gym, storage in the house or car. See below.
SKLZ TRAINERmat rolls up for easy storage – click to see more
The 1/4″ thick pad is also a very cool shade of golf green. Love it.
Example exercise – click for more
The mat groups the exercises into four categories:
- Pillar Preparation
- Movement Preparation
- Movement Skills
Hard to write a 3,000 word review on an exercise mat, so I’m not going to try. In short the $29 SKLZ TRAINERmat is great for golf training, stores easy, covers a full body length and has the exercises printed right on the mat.
Hooked On Golf Blog SKLZ image gallery
Wilson Staff FYbrid RS 5w – click to zoom
Today we are covering the Wilson Staff FYbrid RS fairway metalwood. This review will be based on my experience playing the 18.0 degree 5w, or what we would traditionally call a 5-wood. The term “wood” is a throwback from the days when the clubs were actually made out of wood. I’d prefer to call it a 5-metal or 5-metalwood.
RS FYbrid Fairway Overview
The word FYbrid comes from the words “fairway” and “hybrid” combined. The FYbrid line contains seven individual clubs which morph from hybrid (the shorter clubs) to fairway (the longer clubs). The 5w doesn’t look like a combination of a fairway/hybrid. It is more of a standard fairway metal.
The “RS” in the name comes from the club’s “Rocker Sole.” The Rocker Sole is a rounded sole at the face of the club, which helps the player get the face at the proper position at address. Material is moved from the heel and toe of the club, making it easier to hit shots from lies other than perfect.
The center of gravity is moved back and low to make the club easy to hit and make shots fly at a higher launch and trajectory. Getting the ball in the air quicker is easier with this design.
The face has three zones which vary in thickness. This “Three-Zone Face Technology” optimizes the sweet spot, increases accuracy and helps make off-center shots fly farther and straighter. We could all use that!
FYbrid RS 5w at address – click to zoom
The look of this club when standing over it is very traditional and aesthetically pleasing. The face lines up nicely and I feel good over the shot, knowing that I’m aligned properly.
The feel and feedback of the club are nice. A well struck shot feels like butter and makes a distinct pinging sound. Off center shots are translated to your hands and ears giving feedback, but the forgiveness of the club helps with what would normally be distance and accuracy lost.
The shaft on the FYbrid 5w I have in the bag is very interesting. This is a “half-and-half” shaft which is half graphite and half steel. Best of both worlds I suppose. Many other more standard shafts are available.
FYbrid Line Specifications
Wilson Staff FYbrid RS 5w with head cover – click to zoom
Many golf companies slack in the head cover department. It almost seems as if they don’t even try the covers on the course. The Wilson covers however, are great. Putting the cover on and taking it off is easy and not irritating.
On The Course
My 18 degree FYbrid has been a great tool. It fills a gap between my regular or strong 3-metals which are anywhere from 13-15 degrees, and my hybrids which start at 21 degrees. The club is easier to hit than a 3-metal, but goes nearly as far.
Shots out of varying lies are easy to hit as the description says. In fact, I’ve hit this club from everywhere with great results, even fairway bunkers. It is nice to know that even though I may be 235 yards from the green in a bunker, I can still get it there provided the lip isn’t too high.
The distance I get with this club is perfect for those “go times” when trying to reach par-5’s in two. The no-go times when a dependable club other than a driver on a par-4 is needed, is a great time for the FYbrid RS 5w. And long par-3’s are no longer that tough when it is this easy to hit long and high shots.
The FYbrid 5w is a fine club which fills a great space between a 3-metal and a hybrid. The club is easy to hit, has great feel and feedback, and launches the ball nice and high.
Well played Wilson. Seriously.
Hooked On Golf Blog Wilson Staff image gallery
Wilson Staff FYbrid 5h Review
Lookin’ good on the #3 tee…
With the popularity of John Daly and his Loudmouth Golf apparel, it was only a matter of time before we started to see a few more apparel lines with the same flavor. In that vein, Royal & Awesome makes men’s trousers, shorts and flat caps with some very psychedelic colors and patterns.
Zebra to Ze-bar
Today I’m covering my cool black and white zebra shorts called “Zebra to Ze-bar.” Get it? Yes, very sophisticated. These are fun and comfortable shorts to wear and let me tell you, the comments you receive are possibly more entertaining than the shorts themselves. Here are a few:
“You lost the bet eh?”
“Where do the batteries go?”
“Your wife let you out of the house looking like that?”
“You need to have the body for them.”
“You can’t wear bold shorts like these unless you have the golf game to back ’em up.”
These shorts are made from 97% cotton. I’m not a big cotton fan for a few reasons and these reasons do come into play with the Royal & Awesome shorts. First, cotton gets wrinkly. So, often I need to iron these babies before I can wear them. Unlike spandex or a poly, these do come out of the wash in need of an ironing.
Cotton shrinks. These shorts fit a tiny bit tight on me (must have had too many strombolis the week before). After washing, they’re a bit tighter. They do mention that ironing helps loosen them back up, so I’ll give that a shot. (more…)
I’ve been doing a lot of apparel reviews this summer but this one is a little different. The golf shirt by Energy Athletic has something the others don’t, ion power. Lets take a look.
Energy Athletic Golf Shirt Features
Energy Athletic’s polos are made from 95% Polyester and 5% spandex. Yay! No cotton! I’m not a cotton fan with the shrinking and the wrinkling. With these materials the shirt doesn’t lose shape and is ready to wear right out of the wash.
The fabric of these polos is embedded with Energy Athletic’s exclusive “IonX Ionized treatment.” According to Energy Athletic, the negative ions give you more power.
“In fact, a study conducted on 12 rugby players to test ‘discrete physiological parameters associated with rugby’ has shown a measurable increase in average power when wearing IonX during repetitive, short duration, high intensity exercise, very similar to movements used throughout the golf swing.”
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Negative ions aside, the shirt is a fine looking one. The polo could stand on its own on looks alone.
The shirt is also very comfortable and the fit is great. During the golf swing there are no tight spots or binding. No restrictions or irritations.
The short sleeve version comes in nine colors while the long sleeve comes in three.
Sizes are available in small, medium, large, extra large and double extra large.
On The Course
The first round I had the shirt in play was crazy. My negative ion powered round featured four birdies and a solid, low round. Given that alone I felt that perhaps there was something real behind the negative ion power. The rest of my group had a ton of birdies as well. In fact, the foursome had around 14 of them. Wow. That made me think that perhaps the negative ions worked for me, but also were affecting my opponents. Well, that’s a problem. I need the negative ion power working for me, not my opponent…
Energy Athletic long sleeve. Click to zoom.
I wore the shirt a couple of days ago. Had a great round of 72 with three birds on the back nine. The rest of my group: 71, 75, 75. See?
I should also mention that the shirt was great in the heat a couple of days ago. Temp was around 100F and I wasn’t overly hot or sweaty.
The Energy Athletic polo is great, regardless of whether you believe the negative ions do anything for your golf game. It is good looking, comfortable and breaths well in hot temperatures. I just wish they’d figure out how to point the negative ions just at me so I’m the only one getting their benefit, and not my opponents. I’m standing farther away from them now, just in case that makes a difference. 🙂
Energy Athletic Website
Hooked On Golf Blog Energy Athletic Photos