At the end of the 2016 golf season here in northern Utah I received the Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition for a review. I posted a quick first look article right when it came in.
Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition – click for more photos
Because of my golfer’s elbow I couldn’t hit it until I changed the grip. By the time I got the grip changed I had thrown out my back very badly and it took four weeks for me to recover. By then the courses were closed and winter had come. So I’ve been staring at this beautiful club all winter and spring. The snow finally melted and my back is cooperating. It was hard to even consider hitting this beauty. I thought it might be better to just put it on the wall as a show piece. But I’ve now put it into play.
Tour Edge CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition – click for more photos
I’ve got a few rounds in the books with this hybrid and I think it is fantastic. My full review of the CB Pro U Hybrid will be coming soon. If it comes close to my Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 3-wood, the 2014 HOG Product of the Year, I’ll be thrilled.
Yesterday I had my first in-water therapy session for my back. I’m a little stiff today. Following a recent MRI I was diagnosed with arthritis, narrowing of the gaps between the vertebrae and a couple of discs slightly bulging. Somewhere in there a nerve pinches once in awhile and puts me down with massive back spasms and insane stabbing pain.
My latest back doc recommended aquatic therapy for the back, to strengthen my core and help relieve some pressure on the lower vertebrae. It was an interesting session. I was in a small pool with a moving floor. The doc had me do core exercises like walking in the water, forward, backward, sideways. He even turned on jets to provide more resistance. I also did some kind of water weightlifting and resistance training.
At the end I did a relaxation session where I floated vertically to let gravity help the back loosen. It was not a difficult session and I had to remind the doc that when my back isn’t tweaked, I’m pretty much 95% and no pain. That said I can have some stiffness in the morning or after sitting for a while. The doc told me I did great and can “take a lot more” than most people, so he will be working me harder in the next session. Bring it on.
He also said if I tweak the back to call or text him and get in the water right away. He says some water therapy can get rid of the spasms quickly. I have my doubts on that, but the next time I tweak it I’ll be giving that a shot.
My game is not at its best right now and I have my first real tournament of the year tomorrow, 8:10 a.m. No worries though. I’m going to put BodyArmor Sports Drink into play for the first time. I’m confident I’ll play well as a result!
BodyArmor Sports Drink
This will be my first taste and performance testing of this new sports drink. Why do we need another sports drink? This one has no artificial flavors, no artificial colors, and no artificial sweeteners. BodyArmor provides electrolytes, coconut water*, vitamins, and nothing artificial.
*I don’t like coconuts so this could be interesting.
I’ll be drinking BodyArmor for a few rounds, then reporting back with my full review. Stay tuned.
I receive five or more email requests EVERY DAY to blog about a crowdfunding project for a “great new product that is going to change the game.” I’m all about the spirit of entrepreneurs and the dedication it takes to design, build, and release a product for sale. That said, if I posted about every Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaign the blog would be overflowing with that content, which isn’t interesting and would make the site very spammy.
I focus on real reviews of real golf products. I give my best regards to those who want me to post about their crowdsourcing campaigns but I have to decline at this point, unless you want to talk about some paid advertising.
When you DO have a REAL production product, hit me up. I’ll be happy to look at doing a product review of it then, free of charge, if I think it would be an interesting item to cover for the awesome HOG readers.
Good luck and thanks for your consideration.
I need another social network like I need a worse short game. I’ve resisted Instalame, I mean Instagram, for a long time. There are many reasons I’ve not been a fan of Instagram and not joined it:
- I can’t stand the crappy pictures shot on cell phone cameras which are then over-processed with instalame filters. “Ooohhh you’re such a great ‘photographer!'” LOL.
- I don’t dig square pictures*. Sometimes I use them but in general I like to shoot wide panoramas of golf courses and square just doesn’t cut it.
- I can’t upload images from my computer. I often shoot raw images with one of my many cameras, then process the raw settings in photoshop to get the best quality and exposure I can, then upload to the web. Not being able to upload photos from a computer is one of the dumbest things ever.
Despite those irritants, I’ve decided to take Instagram for a spin now.
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I’ve been capturing a lot of pictures with my smartphone lately. Smartphone cameras keep getting better and better. But it’s a pain to download them to my computer, then edit them in Photoshop, then upload them here to be displayed. If I can go straight from my phone to Instagram I can then just embed the photos. It does make the workflow a little easier.
Because Instagram is so big in terms of members, I might be able to make a few new connections and bring in some traffic from users who find HOG there and not on other social networks. Even if I get a few new happy patrons it will be worth it. Photos I post there will likely only be from my phone, and not edited or processed.
*I did find a way around the square images, which is good. You can click a little icon in the post window in Instagram which switches from square to actual picture dimensions. I will not be posting much square stuff now.
New Gallery Coming in 2016
I have recently found out that the image gallery engine I’m using here has been mothballed. So I’m testing out using Instagram (Twitter, G+ and Facebook) as my photo repositories. Free storage. Each one of these has its inherent problems though. Instagram’s are that the image size is reduced. Facebook’s photo quality is crap. Google plus is likely to go away due to the fact that it’s a ghost town. That leaves Twitter, which so far has been the best to deal with for images. But still I can’t organize the photos into albums, sort them, edit them, etc…
Those reasons above are why I’ve decided to program my own photo gallery in PHP. It’s come along but not ready to use yet.
So there you have it. HOG is now on Instagram. Can’t wait to see more Paulina Gretzky and Paige Spirinac yoga pants photos there. #barf