Golf Gear


Review: Champ Scorpion Stinger Spikes

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf EquipmentGolf GearReviews
Champ Scorpion Stinger

Champ Scorpion Stinger

I finally retreaded my golf shoes.  I’ve started to notice errant shots because my feet have been slipping.   Every spring I go through this.  I lose power and accuracy and being the genius I am, I figure it out about two months too late.  So a couple of days ago, I replaced my old spikes with a set of new Champ Scorpion Stinger spikes.

Scorpion Stinger Features

The Stinger is made from a soft “durometer” TPU plastic.  This plastic can somehow provide comfort and padding, yet is still durable.

The forks of the spikes have a spring action, called spring-flex by Champ.  what I like about that is that the shoe can sort of auto-level itself for best traction.  The forks are designed to minimize marks on the green.  I’m definitely cool with that feature.  The greens I play are bumpy enough!

A very useful function of these spikes is the wear indicator.  You can see the “C” in the middle of the spike.  When the spike is worn to the point of needing replacement, the C turns solid.  I have yet to see this happen as my spikes are freshly installed, but it is nice to know I have a visual indicator telling me when to replace them.

Compatible Fasteners

Many golf shoes have different fastening systems.  The Scorpion Stinger is available for shoes using Small-Thread, TRI-LOK and Q-Lok systems.  The set I changed out were Tri-Loks, and they solidly click in with a fraction of a turn.

On The Course

Changing out my old spikes was easy, once I got my hands on a decent tool.  I’m now enjoying superior traction over what I had previously.  My feet are no longer slipping.  I’m also noticing some extra power/distance in my shots.  My base is much more solid.

Conclusion

Check your spikes. You may be losing some performance, distance and accuracy if they’re worn. I did and now I’m benefiting from more power and control, along with better stability.  The Stingers have been great so far and I’m glad I have them installed.  It will be interesting to see how long they last.


Review: Towelmate Golf Towel With Germ Shield And Hidden Compartment

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
Categories: Golf AccessoriesReviews

TowelmateThe creativity of golf inventors and golf manufacturers never ceases to amaze me.  Did the golf world need a billionth golf towel?  No.  But after using the Towelmate I may have changed my tune, including tunes from my iPod and iPhone which are in a hidden compartment INSIDE my towel!  Huh?

Towelmate

Towelmate is a golf towel made from soft 100% cotton terry.  But Towelmate is much more than a golf towel.  This towel has several nice features/functions.  Let’s take a look.

Golf Side

The Towelmate has several sides.  First is the GOLF side of the towel, which is marked by the embroidered word “GOLF.”  (more…)


Review: Nike Golf VR_S Forged Irons

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, April 26th, 2012
Categories: Golf ClubsGolf EquipmentGolf GearReviews

Nike VR_S Forged Irons - click for more

I’ve been taking my time with this review.  I wanted to log as many rounds in varying conditions as possible to completely fill my cranium with thoughts and comments on the new Nike Golf VR_S Forged Irons.  Now that I’ve had a chance to play in every condition from snow to high winds 90+ degree desert heat, I’m ready.  Here we go.

VR_S Technology

The VR_S Forged Irons feature Nike’s thinnest and hottest forging with Japanese SAE 8655 steel.  This steel provides great distance and precise performance.

Nike puts the center of gravity low and far back behind the club face via an undercut.  This is what they call Powerbow technology.  Essentially what would be the muscle of a muscle back club is moved behind the face with a space between the face and muscle.   Powerbow technology helps the ball launch higher for more carry and distance.  To go with that higher launch angle is a steeper descent, making the ball stop quicker on the green. (more…)


Review: Pro Compression Golf Socks

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
Categories: Golf ApparelGolf GearReviews

Pro Compression SocksThis past year or so I’ve set a HOG world record for golf sock reviews.  Here comes another.  I’m really digging the technology, heightened comfort and performance of modern golf socks.

Pro Compression Overview

What are compression socks anyway?  I’ve been hearing more and more about them the last year or so.  The answer: socks which are designed to fit tightly but for specific performance and therapeutic reasons.

Compression socks help delay muscular breakdown and fatigue from long rounds.  The socks improve blood flow, stability and reduce recovery time.

I wonder if they have a brain compression sock?

Pro Compression Golf Socks

Pro Compression Golf Socks - click to zoom

Materials

Pro Compression socks are made from a proprietary blend of nylon and poly materials which are optimized for performance.

Made In The USA

These socks are not made in China.  The quality of these USA made socks is completely under control, and results in consistency in construction and performance. All due respect to Chinese manufacturing, of course.

Sizes / Colors

There are numerous models offered by Pro Compression, both for golf and other activities.  The primary golf line contains several different lengths from ankle to long socks in many varying colors.  Best to visit their web site to see all the options, www.procompression.com.

On The Course

It took a few minutes for me to get used to the compression of these socks.  The pressure is noticeable. Slipping my feet into my golf shoes has a nice feel with the Pro Compressions on.  Playing many rounds of golf with these socks has been enjoyable.  I’ve walked several hundred holes with absolutely no discomfort.

Conclusion

While I can’t necessarily claim that these socks have knocked any strokes off my scores I can attest to the comfort and performance.  I like the fact that they seem to handle moisture well, much better than cotton. I’m about to throw out all my cotton socks…


Review: MOTOACTV Golf GPS, Golf Scorekeeper, Music Player, Fitness Tracker

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, April 20th, 2012
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf EquipmentGolf GearReviews

This review may be a bit long. The MOTOACTV has a lot of features to cover and I have a lot of comments and critiques about the unit.  First lets discuss what this device is and does.

What Is The MOTOACTV?

The MOTOACTV is made by Motorola.  It is an electronic device which is about the same footprint as an iPod Nano, about 1.5 inches square and 1/2 and inch thick.  The unit has a touch style interface and color screen.

MOTOACTV Features

  • GPS tracker for distance, pace, speed, elevation – shows route on map
  • Tracks time, distance, speed, calories burned in workouts
  • “Smart” music player knows which songs motivate higher workout performance
  • Challenges allow you to compete with your previous accomplishments or a friend’s
  • Notifications from calls, messages and even Facebook
  • Weather Alerts
  • Golf GPS
  • Golf Scorekeeper
  • Golf caddie makes club selections
  • Watch/clock

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