I can’t walk from my office to the bathroom without tripping over about 17 golf inventions. I’ve gotten a bit jaded and quite skeptical after seeing so many products whose inventors think will be the biggest thing in golf since the golf ball. I see a lot of these golf entrepreneurs invest their life savings into a product which they think will sell millions, only to have 1500 Chinese made units rotting away in their garage and a depleted retirement fund.
One of these products which I lumped into that category was the Zoom Boom. This funky looking practice club not only had a strange look, I wasn’t a fan of the name either. So without even trying it, I gave it to my local pro. Happily I’d gotten rid of the thing.
What the heck is this thing? Click for more images.
Weeks later I started getting emails and calls from Zoom Boom inventor Lance McWillliams. I had to hand it to this guy. He was persistent. He had a passion about his product (which I didn’t) and he was selling it hard. I think Lance could sell swamp land in Louisiana for top dollar. Lance’s persistence forced me to ask my club pro for the unit back. At that point I was surprised to hear that the pro had been using it every day for his own swing, and during the lessons he taught. Between Lance and my pro, I decided I’d better take a even a more serious look.
Zoom Boom Concept
The Zoom Boom is a T shaped piece of steel with a golf grip on the end and a heavy weight/ball at the top of the grip. The T has smaller white balls which serve as visual club head alignment aids and provide weighting which helps promote the proper rotation and pronation in the swing.
Frogger’s Amphibian Tour Towel
I’m throwing in the towel this week. By that I mean that I’m going to bust out a couple of golf towel reviews I’ve been needing to take care of.
First on the list is the Frogger Golf Amphibian Tour Towel. I’ve reviewed a Frogger Amphibian Towel in the past as well as the Amphibian Ball Towel. This unit, however, is the “Tour” model. The word “tour” attached to a piece of golf gear usually means that it would be something a pro tour player would use. In the case of a golf bag, a “tour bag” would be a very large bag like you see on the PGA Tour. Like the tour golf bag analogy, the Amphibian Tour Towel is a larger and more substantial towel.
The Amphibian towel is a pita pocket shaped towel with an inside and outside layer system which has two functions. The inside of the towel is a wet side and the outside is the dry side. Between the fabric is a water resistant barrier which keeps the wet side wet and the dry side dry. The wet side is 3x as absorbent as a regular towel to hold more water.
The wet/dry concept is awesome. I used to wet half a towel, using the wet side to clean the clubs and the dry side to dry them off. But the wetness creeps to the dry side, the path of least resistance. So eventually I’d just have one towel which was damp, not dry or wet. With my Tour towel, I have a very wet inside to get the clubs clean, and a dry outside to dry the clubs or simply wipe the sweat off my face (or the mustard from the hot dog I inhaled at the turn).
In rain, the towel can serve as a rain cover!
During rain storms reversing the wet/dry concept is a very cool idea. The outside becomes the wet side and the inside is a protected dry towel.
Also I’ve found that with the size of this towel, that I can actually use the towel as a rain cover. See pic to right. I put the pita pocket over my clubs and it covers them all, with a dry layer despite the fact that the outside of the towel is wet.
The Tour model is double the size of the original Amphibian towel, at 20×20 inches. This isn’t small. Most players would benefit just fine from the smaller version. If you carry your bag and have the inside nice and wet, you can add quite a bit of weight to the load. The towel can also get in the way of carrying a stand bag, either when setting it down or picking it up as it can tangle in the bag’s legs. I usually put it high up and covering the top of the bag where it won’t have issues with the legs.
This is a great golf towel which can be much more to a golfer than just a standard towel. Performance and craftsmanship are as I’d expect from Frogger, top notch.
Due to its size the Amphibian Tour towel may be for more serious golf addicts, like me.
I’ve been testing out the new Nike Air Rate golf shoes for a bit. Unknowingly I picked a perfect time to do my review of these babies. Read on to find out why.
Nike Air Rate Golf Shoes - Click image to see more
Nike Air Rate Construction
I have a new pair of training shoes I use when I work out, Nike Air somethings… They’re so light I can hardly believe they’re on my feet. They conform to my feet so well it is like they become one with them. That is exactly the feeling I’ve gotten with my new Nike Air Rate golf shoes. These things are so light I feel like I weigh less with them on than with them off.
Air Rate's Mesh - click to enlarge
The upper of the shoe is one piece of synthetic leather which has a very cool looking mesh pattern. The mesh is precisely carved out of the upper with a laser. The pattern serves more of a purpose than just looking cool. The mesh makes the shoe lighter and provides a ventilation system. I hadn’t read the specs on the shoes before I wore them, and the ventilation was the first thing I noticed. It is about 100 degrees here now, and when a light breeze kicks up I can feel the wind blowing through my shoes. This feels so good, especially for someone who rarely wears shoes and socks because my feet get so hot.
The sole of the Air Rate is a super light “Phylite” material with an “air unit” in the heel. Unlike standard golf shoes which have a leather or hard sole, the Air Rates don’t beat up my feet, my knees and my back. The padding in the sole and air in the heel makes walking the course more doable for me, and more enjoyable. I’m able to play golf and not think about the fact that my knees or feet hurt.
If you are into the traditional golf dress shoe look, these may not be your cup o’ tea. But I really like the look of my Air Rate golf shoes. They’re a little rebellious and a little higher tech looking.
On The Course
The comfort of these babies is off the charts good. Despite the fact that they’re tightly conforming with the shape of my feet, they still feel soft and deliver very low impact when walking the course. Getting beat up by the hard ground is one of the things that sucks about walking, and the Air Rates reduce that greatly.
Despite the fact that these golf shoes don’t have traditional screw in or click in spikes, I have fabulous traction. I hated switching from metal spikes to soft spikes years ago because I slipped all the time. Thanks to the Air Rate’s “Integrated Traction” I have yet to slip once in dozens of holes, hundreds of shots.
As mentioned, perhaps the best part of these shoes is the ventilation. With mid summer temps here around 100 degrees, my feet are as cool as they could be on the course.
The benefit of the ventilation is great, but it is obvious that these shoes are not waterproof. If you are playing in the rain, or plan on stepping into some standing water you may want to use a standard set of waterproof golf shoes. Obviously water can get into the shoe through the ventilation mesh.
The Air Rate comes in two colors: Khaki/White (pictured in this article) and Gridiron/Wolf which is a dark gray with yellow in the mesh.
Nike Air Rate Golf Shoes - click for more
The $110 retail Nike Air Rate golf shoes are excellent, comfortable and very light weight golf shoes. There’s a lot of talk in club shafts and club weighting these days using the “super-light” buzz term. If golf shoes can be classified as super-light, the shoes would be the Nike Air Rates. The ventilation of the shoe is fantastic and refreshing. The comfort level is very high.
The best part of these shoes is the fact that the light weight, ventilation and comfort of doesn’t compromise the performance. In fact, they enhance it.
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In preparation for my pending golf trip to St. Andrews, my best bud sent me some books to read via Amazon. I’m doing my best to plow through them, as slow of a reader as I am.
I’m really enjoying my current read, St. Andrews Sojourn: Two Years at Home on the Old Course.
St. Andrews Sojourn is the story of a golf writer named George Peper, who slices his tee shot on the The Old Course in St. Andrews, goes into town looking for his errant ball, and ends up buying a home which looks over the course. Though he buys the place as a rental property, he eventually moves in and experiences the dream of living next to the world’s most famous golf course in the world’s most famous golf town, the “Auld Gray Toon.”
I hope to have this one finished by the time I land in Philly tomorrow on my way to Scotland. It reads very easy and Peper’s humor and analogies are terrific.
I’m sure we’ll see George’s place as we play the 18th hole this coming week. If I slice a ball into his yard, I’ll be sure to stop by and get it so I can say hello.
ZENGYRO Energy Band - click for more
I’ve been evaluating some golf energy bands for the last few dozen rounds of golf, one of which is a ZENGYRO. This band is a hologram based energy band which is supposed to counteract the many electrical fields, like from cell phones, which upset the human body’s natural electrical balance. At least they didn’t promise that it would add 20 yards of driving distance and 43% more accuracy.
As mentioned, the ZENGYRO is designed to counteract electromagnetic fields which have a negative effect on the body. The bracelet, with its three holograms stores positive frequencies and “reminds” the body of the proper frequencies.
The ZENGYRO’s three holograms are all 120 degrees apart, preventing cancellation which they say occurs in bands with two holograms. Being 120 degrees apart there is no cancellation or “destructive interference” which would occur with bands where the holograms are 180 degrees apart.
I’m No Physicist But…
The above statements may or may not be true. If they are, they forgot to mention that there may be some additive and subtractive synthesis going on. They’re only talking about whether complete cancellation does or does not occur. In physics two waves which are not completely out of phase may interact with each other in a positive or negative fashion. Imagine a wave in the ocean moving along, and you jump into the wave. The wave created from you jumping into the water adds to the other wave, creating a larger wave.
On The Course
I’m a skeptic. I’m not really sure I believe that the hologram is storing good frequencies and telling my body to ignore the bad ones. I’m not sure about the technology but I do have some coincidences to mention which might convert me.
Since putting the ZENGYRO on my left wrist, my golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow are gone. Major bonus. Is it the hologram doing that? Maybe. Perhaps it is just having something on my wrist? Not sure, but I’m not going to take the chance of playing without the ZENGYRO for a while.
Saving The Human Race – Saving The Planet
I started wearing the ZENGYRO back before the predicted and widely publicized end of the earth. I can safely say that since putting this energy bracelet on my wrist, the earth hasn’t been destroyed and the human race hasn’t come to an end. Since I’ve been wearing this thing, no alien species has invaded our planet and eradicated the human race. Based on that info alone, it seems that it would be a really good idea to keep wearing the ZENGYRO.
The ZENGYRO is available at Amazon.com and prices range from $19.99-$34.99.