I love companies that put traditional thinking and design aside and try new ideas. Ogio obviously is one of those companies. Ogio doesn’t think out of the box, they build the coolest and most “pimped out” box to begin with.
With Utah’s snowcapped Wasatch mountains as a backdrop, Ogio makes gear bags and packs for many different “activity” sports. “Activity sports” to Ogio would be motocross, surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding and (last but not least) golf!
Ogio Grom Stand Bag
I’ve always admired Ogio’s golf bags either in the golf shop or on the course. I’ve looked at their innovations and ideas and often thought “why doesn’t anyone else do that?” or “why didn’t anyone else think of that?” For some reason I’ve always picked up the traditional and conservative offerings from other companies, but now I’m happy to say I’m an Ogio fan.
The Grom is a very good looking carry/stand bag. The lines and look are very pleasing to the eye. The first round I put it into play my golf buddies noticed on the first tee that I had a new bag. The looks drew them to it and the great features sold them. A round or two later, two of my pals had bought the same bag in different colors and were proudly showing them off.
The first thing I noticed about the Grom (and Ogio’s other bags) is how well designed and wide the opening for the clubs is. My gripe about another company’s carry bags that I’ve been using is that the club opening is too small. In their effort to make the bag small and light, the opening size was compromised. This can be a real pain when you have either many fairway woods or clubs with covers. And it can really be a pain when you have very tacky grips on the clubs. With the smaller opening and shell of the bag, my tacky grips often made getting the club in and out of the bag a real chore. I’d grab my 7 iron and two other irons would come out with it.
What do Bruce Fleisher, David Feherty, Billy Andrade, Scott McCarron, The Reluctant Jamboy and mediaguru (yours truly) have in common? We all wear Peak Vision Sports Sunglasses.
Peak Vision Sports makes many different sunglasses for golf, skiing, baseball and other sports. Peak Vision’s glasses not only look cool, they employ some interesting technology to help you with your game. Let’s check it out.
Standard sunglasses (like the kind you see on people’s hats and not their eyes) are manufactured with injection molded polycarbonate. These lenses do help cut out glare and protect your eyes from UV light, but also filter out much of the color needed to judge the contour of the terrain. Lenses manufactured this way can have poor optical clarity and distortion. The distortion also interferes with your ability to judge distances and read course contours.
Peak Vision’s glasses use a material called NXT (no, not the material used in NXT golf balls!) which provides the same clarity as optical glass. The material is also very light and scratch resistant.
The Peak Vision lenses have two noticeable “zones.” The gray upper zone is darker and eliminates glare from the sun while enhancing your distance perception. The amber lower zone is lighter and allows you to see the contours of the green better. It is basically like having a set of bifocals that are built for different lighting from top to bottom. The two zones blend or dither together. The combination of these two zones into one lens results in a more even optical response curve across the board. Other glasses typically only cover one of these two issues.
There are some companies that stand out above the rest in terms of innovation. Hi-Tec is one of those companies. Hi-Tec has been making sports shoes for over 30 years. That experience pays great dividends in Hi-Tec’s Golf Shoes.
Some golf companies make golf shoes by modifying dress shoes, without much thought going into design or functionality. Hi-Tec CDT Golf Shoes not only break that mold, they obliterate it.
Hi-Tec’s designers have obviously studied the footwork of the golf swing. They’ve built the shoes with reinforcement in all the crucial areas of the shoe.
The most obvious reinforcement I immediately spotted was the roll bar on the inside of the toe on each shoe. In the golf swing both feet roll. The roll bar protects the shoe from wear in the toe area. And it is rounded to allow for less resistance when you do roll. Why hasn’t any other golf shoe company thought of this?
RadarGolf to release a BPS (Ball Positioning System) that will help you find lost golf balls this fall.
If James Bond were a golfer he would certainly own a RadarGolf BPS System. This is a system where you have a golf ball with an embedded chip which reflects a specific radio frequency which is transmitted by a small hand held device you keep in your bag or golf cart. The handheld gives you a audio and visual signal levels indicating your proximity to your ball. You find your ball, save yourself strokes, speed up play and lower your frustration.
The range of the system is anywhere from 30 to 100 feet depending on terrain. On flat ground the range is about 40-50 feet. The system actually works better on uphill or downhill slopes with a range of roughly 50-100 feet.
The Visiball glasses are supposed to make you see golf balls you might not see with the naked eye. Do they work? Here’s a quick little review to find out.
The Visiball glasses are designed to reduce the the light reflecting off background objects and grass. Special pigments in the Visiball glasses cause white golf balls to emanate a “glow” effect, making the balls easier to spot.
This image above shows the regular and Visiball image fields. The area shown has 4 golf balls in it. In the image on the left you can’t see the golf balls. In the right side Visiball image you can see them.