Back on February 8th, 2009 I posted my review of the Upright Caddy RACR. The Upright Caddy RACR is a four wheeled golf push cart or trolley (UK) which holds the golf bag in an upright position. I also sat down and talked with Andy De Carlo about the unit and gave him a face to face honest assessment of the product and what I would change if I could.
Since then Andy has come up with a newer and better model. The new unit for 2011 is called the RASR and not the RACR. Honestly I don’t get either name as neither is actually a word. In this review I’ll discuss what the strengths of the new RASR are, and also highlight the features which have been improved over the RACR. I’m fairly sure that I’ll get my RACR’s and RASR’s mixed up at some point, so I apologize in advance for that.
Just like the RACR, the RASR holds the golf bag and clubs in a vertical position. This is MUCH better than any other golf push cart on the market, no matter if they’re two, three, four or 84 wheels. Club access and bag access are all far better than carts which hold the bag at an angle. Even using a club towel is easier.
The RASR is light. The frame is made from aluminum tubes, not steel. The RASR’s wheels are a very light plastic.
The cart is easy to push because of the light frame and wheels, and the solid wheelbase.
I see a lot of golf clubs and seldom do I react like I did when the Maruman Shuttle i4000X 3-Wood arrived. This club is quite a sight to behold.
Maruman i4000x Fairway Wood - Click to zoom. I highly recommend it!
Would the performance of the club match its aesthetics?
Maruman is a Japanese golf company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan which dates back to 1950. They have two primary offerings, golf equipment and health related products. The golf division makes a complete line of men’s and women’s golf clubs, golf bags, golf shoes, golf gloves and travel bags.
And now on to the Shuttle i4000X Fairway…
Shuttle i4000X Fairway Wood Design
The first major design point about the shuttle i4000X is the size. The 3-wood is the largest on the market at 230 cubic centimeters.
If you have trouble with gauging distance on the putting green here’s a golf accessory which might help.
Personal Stimpmeter and measuring device can help you fine tune your distance control on the greens. Click for more images.
The Golf Green SpeedReader is a portable Stimpmeter and putting stroke measuring device. There are two basic functions the device features.
2/3 Scale Stimpmeter
The first feature of the device is a 2/3 scale Stimpmeter. A Stimpmeter is a device used to measure the speed of putting greens. You may hear during the Masters or PGA Tour tournaments for instance, that the “greens are a 12 on the Stimpmeter.” Slow greens measure on the “stimp” at around 8, medium 10 and fast 12+.
The Green SpeedReader is 2/3 scale, meaning that a ball which rolls 2 feet on the device would roll 3 feet on a Stimpmeter.
24 Inch Ruler
The second feature of the device is a simple 24 inch ruler. The ruler is useful for a couple of different functions. It measures the length ball rolls and can also serve as a measuring device for the putting stroke length.
How It Works
The process is simple. Roll a few balls on the green with the unit and measure how far they travel. Then lay down the ruler near your putter and work to figure out how long a putting stroke will send the ball precisely that distance. You’ll have a visual representation and feedback on how long the putt will roll versus what Stimp rating the putt measures at.
Another useful byproduct of the ruler, is that it can be used close to the putter to align the stroke.
Golf Greens SpeedReader Web Site
Hooked On Golf Blog Golf Greens SpeedReader Images
Seven Days In Utopia opens TODAY
I was pleasantly surprised to hear early this year that the golf novel Golf’s Sacred Journey was being made into a movie. I did enjoy the book, one of the few golf novels I’ve read in the last decade or so. I wondered if the film would end in the same strange way that the book did. You’ll have to watch it to find out and now you can since the movie Seven Days In Utopia opens in theaters today.
Without giving away what happens, the story line is one of the classic lines used in several golf novels which I break down in three bullets:
- Golfer goes to some strange place and somehow meets zen like guru who helps him
The Club Stick in action - click to see more photos
Next time you play in one of those three club tournaments here’s your bag, the Club Stick. The Club Stick is a plastic stick which holds three clubs and can either stand up via a fork which goes into the turf, or a clip which hangs on the side of a golf bag.
The main benefit to the Club Stick I can see is keeping clubs dry which you bring to the green area or away from your bag. Nice to keep the clubs and grips off the wet grass.
Lately my greens in regulation is so bad (50%), that I’m always bringing 2-3 clubs to greens. I put those three in the Club Stick and all I have to do is grab it and head to the green. No digging in the golf bag for my putter, lob wedge and 8-iron (the three clubs I’ll need to get up and down).
The Club Stick web site claims that the product will improve the golfing experience because it lets you “focus less on managing your gear.” That seems a bit of a contradiction, since the unit would be an additional piece of gear to manage, but I get it.
One of the better accessory offerings for keeping club grips dry. Convenient for the range or those who like gadgets on the course. Don’t think serious players would use it, but the casual 18 handicapper might.
Club Stick web site
HOG Club Stick photos