Here’s the latest driver from Taylormade, the M5. The M in the name stands for “Mixer.” This driver’s inspiration comes from the audio mixing console, like you see at big concerts and stuff.
Golfers will be able to adjust the usual driver properties like loft, face angle, lie, and so on. New adjustments will include parametric filters on several different bands, balanced and unbalanced inputs, high and low pass filtering, inline compression with hard and soft knee adjustments, effects inserts (adding a plugin type architecture for 3rd parties to develop their own “driver APPS”), noise gating, tube pre amplification, dynamic range expanders, and a bypass button for when the adjustments get so crazy you need to turn them all off.
Perhaps this is the the peak of the adjustable driver era? I’m not sure there are many more ways we can adjust these things. Statistically all these club adjustments over the years have had NO effect on amateur golf scores, which have not improved in decades.
Ironically, via the internet I stumbled upon a great article which gives a different perspective and reason for the shrinking game of golf, the internet. The net actually grew golf for me, exposing me to much more information about golf, playing the game, golf travel, golf equipment and so on. But I get what writer Rory Hughes is saying. It’s much more easy for people to surf the web and update their Facebook status or watch funny cat videos than it is to play a difficult long, expensive game in nature for five-plus hours without an internet connection.
Nice job Mr. Hughes. It’s a great angle and certainly a contributing factor to golf’s struggles.
If the web is the primary reason for golf’s shrinkage, I wish it would hurry and get as shrunk as it can. My home course is too crowded and the rounds take too long. It’s too expensive, plus the greens take too much of a beating. If we could get more people staying at home watching funny cat videos I could get a full 18 hole round completed in less than five hours, on better greens.
Get on it.
I missed the gym yesterday. That makes three years in a row. But now that I have some of the new Dunning Golf “Technical Sportswear” I may finally have the motivation to get back at it.
Dunning’s new sportswear line is so luxurious and comfortable it’s impossible for me to put into words. Here’s what they say:
“Dunning combines luxury fabrics with clean athletic designs to create a collection of technical sportswear for men. Today’s active lifestyles demand clothing that performs; Dunning delivers unsurpassed quality, year-round versatility and timeless styling, making it ideal for athletics, travel and leisure.”
I’ve got a pair of sweatpants, shirt, and a 1/4 zip sweatshirt to test.
Stay tuned for my full review soon.
Here’s my first review for calendar year 2016, the CEP Compression Sock line.
CEP Compression is a sports brand of medi GmbH & Co. KG headquartered in Bayreuth, Germany. CEP’s products include various apparel items for a wide variety of sports like running, biking, soccer, triathlon, basketball, and of course golf.
Why Compression Socks?
If you’ve never tried compression socks you are missing out on some great performance enhancement as well as a great feel. The compression of these socks helps reduce muscle and bone fatigue, increases performance recovery, helps blood circulation and helps speed up lactate metabolism. Golfers need every edge they can get so why not take advantage of these properties?
I sport compression socks like the CEP socks quite often, even when I’m not on the course or doing anything athletic. The comfort and feel of compression socks is very hard to describe. I can feel a big difference during wear, and especially at the end of the day.
I’ve been using two different sock models, the Dynamic+ no-show, and the Dynamic+ short socks. The no-show are basically ankle socks and the no-show (first photo above) are about halfway up the calf. The no-shows run around $18 and the short version runs around $22. There are numerous other models depending on the sport/application, and for men or women.
I can’t claim that these socks have shaved any strokes off of my golf game, yet. It’s winter and I haven’t played in a couple of months now. From past experience using other compression socks I can say I’m looking forward to the refreshed feel and lack of fatigue when I finally do get back on the course.
CEP’s are well made and very comfortable.
I got so sick of golf and golf blogging last year that I decided to shut it down until the next year. It’s been a nice five day break since that last post of 2015.
Happy New Year.
I didn’t get to a lot of my regular end of the year posts in 2015. I didn’t do the 2016 HOG Turkey of the Year. Didn’t do the products of the year. A few factors have been involved in my slacking a bit. One is that I’ve been struggling with my game, on the course and off. That has hurt my motivation. The other is the horrid back injury I got on the day before Thanksgiving. It made doing anything tough. For nearly four weeks I was in terrible pain.
I may or may not get to the Turkey of the Year. My guess is it would/will be Robert Allenby for his escapades in strip clubs and being kidnapped or perhaps not kidnapped. Then again, the camera man who knocked out Tiger Woods’s tooth is probably right up there.
Best products for 2015 are probably Bobby Jones or Dunning on the apparel side. Bridgestone or Mizuno for their irons. Perhaps Bushnell or Golf Buddy for their golf GPS’s and golf lasers.
Now is the time of year for me to evaluate 2015 and look forward to what I want to do in ’16, on and off the course and on this 11+ year old golf blog. What did I do well? What needs to be improved? What should I bail on? What new stuff should I try?