Each year I write a holiday gift guide around Thanksgiving. I usually include many random items from golf equipment to golf apparel. Those articles feature a comment or two about the item, plus a link to my original product article or review.
I’m going to do something a little different this year. Rather than putting a bunch of random items into one post, I’m going to post a few more focused golf gift guides. This one will be shoes.
Holiday Golf Gift Guide – Golf Shoes
FootJoy M:Project Spikeless
When looking back the the shoe reviews I’ve done this year, and there are many, I’d be inclined to give FootJoy’s new M:Project the best golf shoe of 2013. The M:Project is a departure for the normally conservative FJ in its appearance, in a good way. Not only are these shoes very stylish, they’re perhaps the most comfortable golf shoe from FJ I’ve ever worn.
The M:Project comes in spiked and spikeless flavors. Check out the Hooked On Golf Blog FootJoy M:Project golf shoe spiked review and the M:Project spikeless golf shoe review.
GoBe Prodigy Golf Shoes
GoBe Golf Prodigy-Black/Red Golf Shoes – click for more images
GoBe is a new player in the golf shoe market.
The new GoBe Prodigy golf shoe is a hybrid street/golf shoe with great comfort, performance and best of all, a very cool look.
The GoBe Prodigy shoes are 20x more water resistant than treated leather golf shoes.
Puma Faas Lite Mesh Golf Shoes
Puma Faas Lite Mesh Golf Shoe
I really dig Puma golf shoes. They’re always very stylish and trendy, with all sorts of great innovations.
The Puma Faas Lite Mesh golf shoes are the lightest golf shoes on the planet (currently). They’re like wearing super-light sneakers, only more comfortable and better looking.
The treads are very innovative with their “SmartQuill” pattern and flex grooves. Great traction.
Ecco Tour Hybrid Wingtip
Ecco Tour Hybrid Wingtip Golf Shoes – click to see more
I’d have to say the best looking shoe I’ve reviewed in 2013 is the Ecco Tour Hybrid Wingtip. You could wear this shoe to a wedding, then run out to the adjoining golf course to squeeze in nine holes between the ceremony and the reception.
Not only are they fantastic looking, the Ecco Tour Hybrid Wingtip is as comfortable as wearing a pair of fuzzy bunny slippers.
Whether you’re going for comfort, performance, style or a bit of each, the list above has you covered for great holiday golf gifts!
Dunning Base Layer Long Sleeve – click to zoom
After yesterday’s round I must post this review today. In northern Utah golfing in late November is not common because it is either too cold or the courses are closed due to snow. Since I hadn’t played for 21 days and the wind was down, I decided to brave the cold and play some golf with a good friend. Thanks to my Dunning Layering system, the only cold part of the round was my putting.
Dunning Base Layer Overview
The Dunning Base Layer system is made from 100% merino wool, one of the finest wools available. The merino wool in the base layer is fantastic at regulating body temperature, especially in keeping the player warm and insulated in cold conditions.
Dunning offers two options for the top portion of the base layer (the upper body). There is a short sleeve shirt base layer ($89.00) or a long sleeve version ($99.00). Sizes for the top section come in small, medium, large, extra-large and double extra-large. The only color offered is black.
The bottom portion of the base layer comes in the form of boxer briefs, with three styles to choose from. Sizes for the boxer briefs are small, medium, large, extra-large and double extra-large.
On The Course, At The Game, On The Slopes?
I’m normally pretty picky about the temperatures I’ll be willing to golf in. Anything below 55F is usually a no-go with my sketchy back. Yesterday’s temps were sub 50’s and hovering around the 40’s when the round was over. With my base layer system rocking, I was nice and warm and somehow hitting the ball very well to the point of being 20-30 yards longer than normal. The base layer helped keep me warm so I could focus on playing good golf, not on how cold I was.
I’ve worn the base layer system for two of the last home Utah football games here. My seats are in the west stands, which can be very cold when the sun goes behind them. I’ve nearly frozen to death several times at November football games. Not the case this year. The base layer has been a huge help.
Soon the golf courses here will be permanently closed due to snow. At that point I’ll be hanging up the golf clubs and heading up to Utah’s greatest snow on earth for some skiing. I’m looking forward to putting my base layer into play on the slopes. I like to suggest to my friends at Dunning they they make a long-underwear version of the boxer briefs.
Dunning Merino Wool Boxer Brief Base Layer
Dunning’s base layer components are not cheap. They could certainly be more expensive than the regular apparel items they would be underneath. That cost is offset immediately by the performance, comfort and especially the warmth the system provides. Thanks to the Dunning layering system, I can enjoy outside activities like golf, football, and soon skiing.
The Base Layer would go great with the Dunning Golf Stretch Thermal ¼-zip pull-over as well as the Dunning Stretch Pique Multi Stripe Polo.
Check out the Hooked On Golf Blog Dunning image gallery.
Clubhouse Collection by Tattoo Golf – click to enlarge
My friends at Tattoo Golf have done it again. They’ve delivered a very sharp looking, stylish, high quality golf polo in the “Clubhouse Collection.” The Clubhouse Collection has one unique feature I really dig, a bad ass skull. As you can tell from the Hooked On Golf Blog logo, golf and skulls are a great combination in my book. Though the skull is a great feature, this polo has much more to offer. Lets take a closer look at Tattoo Golf’s Clubhouse Collection.
Clubhouse Collection Overview
The $59 (retail) Clubhouse polo features a 100% woven polyester fabric which is silky smooth and comfortable. Being a poly means that this garment is very easy to care for, needing not much more than a machine wash and little to no ironing. And since it isn’t cotton, it won’t shrink.
The fabric is also very breathable, keeping the player cool under the collar (at least physically).
Speaking of cool, this is a very classy design which is bold yet simple.
Even without the subtle skull with cross clubs featured on the upper left side of the chest this shirt is fantastic. With the skull? Killer.
The polo also features side venting which comes in handy on very warm days.
The Clubhouse Collection polo comes in sizes from small to XXXL.
Colors available are black (pictured) and white.
Tattoo Golf Clubhouse Collection Golf Polo
On The Course
The comfort and fit of this polo is fantastic. The fabric is extremely smooth and soft on the skin.
The looks are rocking yet classy enough to wear to the country club. At the country club the subtle skull gets some double-takes from some of the stuffy old cronies. Just what I like.
Performance wise the polo’s great fit doesn’t inhibit the swing in any fashion. Crush drives freely.
Tattoo Golf’s Clubhouse Collection is one of my favorite polos for 2013. The polo scores perfectly on the three primary requirements I have for a golf shirt: performance, comfort and style.
Click here to view other HOG Tattoo Golf articles. There are too many to list here!
Yesterday was the final tournament of the year, the annual Hell Day Halloween event. I did play quite well, though I did not take home the cool skull trophy. Part of the reason I played well was because I was testing out the Dunning Golf layering system for the first time.
Dunning Merino Wool Boxer Brief Base Layer
This time of year it can be quite cold here in northern Utah, and having the right apparel is crucial to staying warm and loose, and playing well.
The two layering items I put in play yesterday were the Dunning merino wool long sleeve base layer and the merino wool boxer shorts pictured below.
Dunning Golf Layering System
So far I’m very impressed with the comfort and how well I was able to stay warm yesterday. I’ll put the layering system through a few more HOG test batteries and post my full review soon.
Dunning Golf Stretch Thermal 1/4-Zip
Dunning Stretch Pique Multi Stripe Polo
Nike Storm Fit Jacket
The temperatures here are dropping fast here. We’ve had a lot of rain this fall, and now even frost delays in the mornings. Two Fridays ago a tournament I was competing in experienced a snow delay.
This time of year can be the best though, as casual weekend hackers are hanging up their sticks for the season. As long as die-hards like myself can brave the conditions, the courses are far less crowded and we can play golf in a reasonable amount of time.
In these conditions golf apparel and golf outerwear become more and more important. Its nice to know that I’ve got the same apparel to choose from as Rory McIlory and Tiger Woods. One such item is my new full-zip Hyperadapt Storm-FIT jacket. Lets take a look.
Hyperadapt Storm-FIT Jacket Overview
Nike engineers have produced a jacket with some amazing properties in the Hyperadapt Storm-FIT. The jacket is waterproof and wind resistant, yet stretches more like a sweater.
There are strategically placed fabric “vents” which make the garment breath very well. This is especially useful in the bipolar weather in the spring and fall where one minute it is raining and the next it is sunny. No need to take the jacket off and put it back on all the time.
The shoulders of the Storm-FIT have specially designed four-way stretch system which reduces binding and tightness and increases the range of motion in the golf swing. The system even reduces noise.
The body fabric is 100% polyester while the mesh components are 81% nylon and 19% spandex.
The sleeves have adjustable cuffs which are great. Being able to set the cuff tightness can help keep rain and wind out, yet allow the golfer to retain flexibility.
Nike Storm-FIT Hyperadapt Full-Zip Jacket – click to zoom
On The Course
First things first. I must mention the style of this jacket. This is a very sharp looking piece. The wife really loves the look when I put it on. My dad tried it on and for quite a while refused to give it back. I just figured out what his Christmas gift will be…
Many of my outerwear items are one size bigger. This is because here in the cold of Utah, we often have to wear a few layers to stay warm. The bigger size is needed because of the restriction imposed by the outer layer. One problem with that extra size is that the garment can get in the way of the swing, especially for my putting stroke. I bend over quite far with a 34” putter and when I do that, often times my outerwear snags on the butt of the putter grip. Not good. When I have a huge putt to win a $2.00 nassau, the last thing I want is worrying about my putter going off line due to snagging on my apparel. No worries with the storm fit. The fit is precise without being too small. The jacket performs, but stays out of my way so I can perform.
I’ve managed to make it rain twice during my testing of the Storm-FIT. Rain drops bead up on the outer layer and no water or moisture gets inside. None.
On windy days the Storm-FIT is fantastic.
I always try to find a flaw or place for improvement when I do my golf reviews. In the case of the Storm-FIT I have none. Zero.
The Hyperadapt Storm-FIT jacket comes in the following sizes: small, medium, large, extra-large, double extra-large.
Colors: Black; Cool Grey; Game Royal; Armory Slate
Full-Zip / Half-Zip
There are two versions of this jacket available, a full-zip (pictured) as well as a half zip. The half zip retails for $240 and the full zip retails for $280.
Thanks to the Hyperadapt Storm-Fit jacket I’m ready to take on wind and rain with the confidence that my outerwear will not interfere with my golf swing. Bring on the Old Course! Scotland here I come!