Normally I like to get more holes under my belt with a golf ball before I review it. But by the first round I’ll almost always have reached my primary conclusions anyway. I’m speeding up the review process on the Nike 20XI-X golf ball because I can, and I want to beat everyone else to the scoop.
The 20XI-X is one of two new balls Nike is releasing soon. The 20XI-X or what I call the “X” version, is the longer, distance ball. The 20XI-S (“S” version) is the spin/control version.
Scotland’s Caddies DVD – Click to expand
You’ll hear more and more about this, but I’m going to St. Andrews in July! The timing could hardly be more appropriate that I had a cool DVD submitted for my review called Scotland’s Caddies.
A Film Celebrating Caddies and the Home of Golf
Scotland’s Caddies is film by Ron Colby. In the movie Ron treks around Scotland golf courses and sticks a camera into the mugs of the world’s coolest caddies.
There are some gems in this film, great quotes, great footage, great stories and of course many beautiful clips from some of the best courses in the world.
Kikkor Golf Shoes - click for more
Hang with me for a day and you’ll know that if the weather isn’t warm enough to wear flip flops, I wear Vans. I love the comfort of that type of shoe.
At last year’s Masters practice round I stood next to Fred Couples and noticed that he wasn’t wearing “golf shoes.” He was wearing some sort of tenny. His reasoning was that the shoes were softer and easier on his back. That struck a nerve, pun intended, with me.
One of the biggest buzzes at this year’s PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando was about Kikkor Golf. Everyone was stopping by their cool booth to see their line and have a frosty beverage. I made my stop there as well, and interviewed Kikkor’s James Lepp.
In my talks with James I loved this quote from him:
“Golf is an athletic sport. Why am I wearing dress shoes?”
Kikkor Tenny Clayburn
My first (and not last) pair of Kikkor’s are the Tenny Clayburns. They look similar to my loved Vans or a pair of Converses.
Kikkor Tenny Clayburn - click for more images
The construction of the shoe is quite serious though. Despite not having removable spikes, the Kikkor Diacon Embedded Spike System (DESS) does a fine job. I surprisingly have great traction.
One of my favorite movies of all time is The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly with Clint Eastwood. That’s also the name of a fun casino chip golf game.
Good Bad Ugly Chips
Golf Game by GolfPokerChipGame.com - click image to visit their site
The game comes with 12 casino style chips, each with a golf scenario on it like birdie, par, sand, OB etc. Six of the 12 are “good” and six are “bad.” The good chips are green and the bad are black.
As an occurrence, like say a sandy par happens, that player gets the chip. At the end of the round the person with the most green chips wins. In my group we assign $1 to each chip.
I’ve been doing a lot of personal research for my review of the FootJoy Layering System, at locations on and off the golf course. I’ve used the individual garments of the system on their own, as well as combining any two of the three and all three together on and off the course.
Layering System Concept
“Dress in layers” is a quote you always hear as advice when trying to keep warm. The FJ Layering System is a complete set of garments which are used for every possible layer. The three primary layers are the base layer, mid layer and outer layer. I’ll describe each a bit below, as well as my experience with them.