This past review period for the adidas Sambas has been about as fun as one could imagine. I first put them into play on my favorite course in the world, Black Mesa. I beat them up right out of the box, climbing like a mountain goat on the New Mexico sand hills and plateaus looking for great photo opportunities. Then there was the round yesterday, my best ever, here at home.
adidas Samba Golf Shoes – click to zoom
The Samba shoe was originally a soccer shoe. The golf version seems to be a cross between the soccer shoe, a golf shoe and the new street shoe styles which are hot right now. The platform of the shoe isn’t like a standard golf shoe with the big heel and thick sole. It seems to get the player closer to the ground as a result of the “THINTECH” low-profile design. (more…)
I can’t help thinking of Terminator whenever I see the BagBoy “T-2000” name. There was the Cyberdyne Systems Model 101, the, T-800, T-850, T-1000 and now the BagBoy T-2000 golf travel bag.
“I need your shoes, your clothes and your motorcycle.”
Does this bag protect my golf clubs while traveling like a Terminator would? Lets find out. (more…)
Tattoo Golf OB Polo Ensemble - Ya gotta to have the body for it...
Take a close look at the Hooked On Golf Blog logo and you’ll see quite a resemblance to the Tattoo Golf logo. Being a rock & roll drummer who loves metal, a “golf skull” seemed like a perfect logo for my golf blog here. Naturally my path crossed with my now long time pals at Tattoo Golf, who bring a rock & roll edge complete with their golf skull logo, to golf accessories and apparel.
This week I’m reviewing the very cool Tattoo Golf OB Polo. This is a fine golf polo with a very breathable textured microfiber knit fabric. The shirt “wicks” moisture away from your body, keeping you cool. Mine keeps me cool even though it is black.
The material in the shirt is a doubly poly mesh which is very light at 4.5 ounces. Sleeves on the shirt feature double-needle seams in the arms shoulders and sleeves for extra durability.
Best of all the features though, are the brilliant “cascading skulls.” I dream of cascading skulls. On the back of the shirt there’s one single “skull and golf club cross bones” screen with a fine Tattoo Golf script underneath (pictured below). Fantastic. (more…)
Hex Black after 51 holes - click to zoom
Funny story to lead off this review. I’d received a SLEEVE of Hex Black golf balls from Callaway for a review. I had to laugh, because they obviously didn’t know about my home course (or the bad state of my game right now for that matter). My home course has as many hazards as a mine field in Baghdad. If the winds are up, it is possible to lose a sleeve on my home course in the first 1-3 holes. I told them that I usually like to play with a ball for many rounds and that a sleeve wouldn’t be enough. Shortly after that, a 2nd sleeve arrived. “Great,” I thought to myself. “Now my review will last maybe five holes.”
A few rounds ago I put a Hex Black into play. I then proceeded to play 18, 18 and 23 holes (59 holes) with ONE Hex Black. I shot the picture above right after 51 holes. With the 2nd sleeve of Hex Blacks in my bag I went out today for another 18 with the 59 hole ball. I played the front nine in 37 with birdies on #7 and #9. I decided that after so many holes I should retire the ball. I pulled out a brand new shiny Hex Black on #10 tee and proceeded to knock the darn thing into the hazard right of the fairway. One shot, one new ball gone. How can I play 68 straight holes without losing one ball, then lose a brand new ball in one swing? There’s a four letter word which perfectly answers that question: GOLF. (more…)
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.
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.
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.