It has been a year since my last book review (or so it may seem) so by default it is time to do my next one. I don’t get a lot of time to sit down and read books. If I’m not writing about golf I’m playing it. Thanks to a nice little break by a pool in Las Vegas this past weekend I was able to bust out an enjoyable read about Gary Player: Gary Player: Golf’s Global Ambassador from South Africa to Augusta.
John Boyette is the author of this book. Boyette is the sports editor for the Augusta Chronicle and thus the book covers a lot information related to the Masters Tournament and Augusta National. Perfect for my interests as I’m such a Masters fan and history buff.
The book is a timeline chronicling the career of Gary Player from his humble beginnings as a child in South Africa and finishing at the Masters as Player joins Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus as honorary starters. In between are all sorts of great stories, quotes and inside information about Player’s career and the Masters.
There are some nice nuggets in the book which are interesting, for instance Player’s involvement with the beginnings of IMG management. IMG was perhaps the first real sports management group, setting the foundation for the lucrative contracts athletes like Tiger Woods enjoy today. I also like the recounting of Player’s rounds with a young Seve Ballesteros and how Seve told Gary he “showed him how to win Masters.”
This is a very easy and enjoyable read. The book is supported by some great photos, with an assortment of color images in the center section.
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.
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…)
This 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 - click to zoom
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.
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…
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.
- 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
This is the first in a several part series I’ll be doing on the new Nike Golf VR_S golf clubs. In the review queue right now are the VR_S Forged Irons, VR_S Driver, VR_S Fairway and today’s subject, the VR_S Hybrid. I’ve picked the VR_S Hybrid as the first because I’ve been hitting some fantastic shots with it. This club has turned into an instant go-to gamer for shots anywhere from 200-250 yards depending on conditions.
Nike VR_S Hybrid - click to zoom
VR_S Hybrid Technology – Speed
Speed is a keyword for Nike with the VR_S line. VR_S is all about obtaining more of it.
Nike is touting their “NexCOR” technology, which is in the face of the club. What is that exactly? I didn’t know until I hit one, then I didn’t care. It worked. But since I’m doing this review I thought I’d see what NexCOR really is.
With NexCOR technology the face has a variable thickness. Unlike most clubs which make the face thinner toward the center, this face is thicker in the center and thinner on the outside. Very interesting. The result of this variable thickness is a larger and hotter sweet spot, which literally adjusts to shots which hit the face in different locations. The variable thickness produces hotter ball speed from all over the club face.
Along with the face technology is an aerodynamic design which helps the club head obtain more speed. Catch that last word? (more…)