I sort of blew off reviewing the Power Play Adrenaline Hybrid for a while because it looked so offset. I just figured I’d hook the hell out of it a few times and throw it in the garage. But I finally busted it out and was very surprised to find that I hit it very well, and very straight!
Hireko Power Play SystemQ Adrenaline Hybrid - Hits shots longer than it's name, which is hard to believe. Click to zoom...
This hybrid’s most noticeable feature is the sole shape. The sole comes to a bit of a point or V shape which really helps get under the ball in either tight lies or in the rough. The sole design is what Hireko calls a “unirail.” Uni means one, so it has one rail.
The head on my 21 degree is offset by 1 degree, and the offset of these hybrids varies based on the model. Check out the chart below for all of the lofts and offsets and more stats.
The weighting of the head is distributed to make the club easy to hit, and make shots fly higher.
The grooves of the club are like an iron’s grooves, rather than like a fairway wood or other hybrids.
Looks & Feel
Golf Sox Knitted Head Covers - click for more
Regular HOG readers know I’m not a big fan of knitted head covers. I beat them up fast and they fall apart usually within 3-4 weeks. I do like the old school concept of knitted head covers though, and the fact that the make and model of club are not visible. That helps prevent theft a bit I think.
About Golf Sox
GolfSox is a company who calls the Netherlands home. How cool is that? They decided to make their product out of necessity:
“The idea to call GolfSox into existence was born out of need. Whoever prefers not to be a walking sponsor column or a toy shop has few alternatives. GolfSox headcovers present a subtle way of giving your golf bag a personal touch.”
GolfSox come in 10 standard styles which are all two color combinations.
If the standard styles aren’t the right color combos for your needs, they offer custom sox which are two color combos from 24 available colors.
On The Course
I’ve had two “Golf Sox” knitted head covers in play for a few rounds and these seem a bit more durable than the average ones I’ve tested before. The density of the thread or the knits seems to be a bit higher, which must be the reason.
These covers go on and off the club fairly easily and look cool. The pom poms on the top aren’t overly large like some brands, which helps keep the bulk down. Some pom pom covers have such large pom poms that they fall off when walking or riding the cart.
GolfSox web site
Hooked On Golf Blog GolfSox images
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