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