One of my long time best golf and cigar buddies was in town from Vegas yesterday. He was here enjoying the cooler, 100 degree temperatures. Naturally I suggested we hit the links and I brought some “little friends” (said in the voice of Al Pacino). Those friends, a.k.a. golf cigars were the La La Aroma de Cuba/San Cristobal courtesy of Holt’s Cigar Company.
This sampler includes the following:
- 1 – La Aroma de Cuba Robusto (5.25 X 54)
- 1 – La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Belicoso (5.5 X 54)
- 1 – La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva Maximo (5.5 X 54)
- 1 – San Cristobal Monumento (7.25 X 49)
- 1 – San Cristobal Revelation Legend (6.25 X 52)
These brands are blended by renowned cigar maker Jose “Pepin” Garcia, in Estelí, Nicaragua. This sampler rates in the 92-95 range.
On The Course
On the 11th tee dark clouds and rain hit us. Not heavy rain, but there was some lightning activity. We took shelter to wait it out and that’s when we said hello to our little friends. I chose the dark lady in the middle, the La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva Maximo while my buddy chose the San Cristobal Revelation Legend.
The La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva Maximo I found to be very smooth and slightly above medium bodied, for me at least. My golf buddy loved the San Cristobal Revelation Legend. He finished the 11th with a fine par and when he was fully into his stick he made a tremendous birdie on the par-5 12th. My game was supercharged too. In the cigar holes 11-13 I went par-par-birdie.
The numbers don’t lie. We were cumulatively -2 for the cigar holes. Next round I’ll be putting more of this cigar sampler into play. I enjoyed mine right down to the (not bitter) end. Some cigars I can’t go that far with, but my Reserva Maximo provided “maximo” smooth and consistent taste all the way.
I’ve found a new gamer ball, one that fits my game perfectly:
The Emoji Poop ball above matches my Emoji Poop driver cover, which reviewed about a week ago.
Below is the Paige Spirinac ball:
These are part of the Emoji half-dozen pack which can be found on Amazon here.
When my golf partners watch me chip this is the ball that represents their reactions:
These would be a fun Father’s Day golf gift, though it may be too late to order these for Father’s Day unless you are on Amazon Prime.
On the 15th hole of the City Amateur tournament this weekend two players were using their lasers to get a yardage. It’s a long downhill par-3. “248,” the one player said to the other after 10-15 seconds of shooting. “Yup that’s what I got,” the other player replied. Seemed off to me but they both shot it. Player one then proceeded to knock his shot over the green. I got out my Bushnell Pro X2 laser and shot it at 228. The green slants toward the tee uphill, and the flag was on the front. I suspect each of those two guys was aiming at the flag, but their lasers were reading the back of the green and not the pin. My X2 locked onto the pin instantly. That’s a great example of my X2 story. It locks on so quickly and accurately.
Bushnell Golf Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder
Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder Features
- Pinseeker technology locks onto pin quickly
- Jolt – the unit vibrates when the pin is locked
- Slope-Switch Technology – turn slope on or off easily without changing physical hardware
- Rubber Armored Metal Housing
- IPX7 Fully Waterproof
- Accurate to a 1/2 yard
- Ranges 5-1,300 Yds; 450+ Yds to a Flag
- Dual Display Technology – red or standard black LED
- 6X Magnification
- 2nd Generation E.S.P.
- Fast Focus System
- Stable-Grip Technology
- Solid carrying case which mounts on a golf bag easily
- Two year warranty
On The Course
As I mentioned above, this laser is super-quick. I’ve used at least a dozen varying laser rangefinders and the X2 locks onto the pin faster than any of them. I prefer to use the red LED display, part of the DDT (dual display technology). The red is very easy to red and vibrant.
Being somewhat of a rules stickler, I’ve never used slope on any lasers in the past. During some non-tournament rounds on my very hilly home course I decided to try out the slope. For years I’ve calculated yardages by experience and feel. The slope in the Pro X2 shows the estimated yardage the shot would play if it was flat. For instance, the par-3 6th at my home course is 186 but quite a bit downhill. The slope rating in the X2 made it pretty clear why I’ve often hit my shots too far. I’ve calculated the downhill as 10 yards, so playing to 176 but according to the X2 it plays as 170, about another half club.
The slope switch on this unit is quite convenient. Unlike the previous slope model Bushnell, there’s no taking off a plate to change the slope. That was somewhat inconvenient and the plates could be easy to lose.
The size of this unit is great. It easily fits in the palm of my hand. The technology is getting better, allowing for smaller devices. In the old days the Pinseeker models were obnoxiously large.
The Jolt feature is one I’ve grown to depend on. When the unit is locked onto the pin, it gives a quick buzz or vibration.
I’ve played in several rain storms with the X2, a couple quite heavy. No issues at all so the waterproofing works well.
The Bushnell Pro X2 is an industry leader without a doubt. The features, technology, and performance are unmatched. That performance and quality comes with a sticker price of $499 which is well worth it in my opinion. There are definitely less expensive options out there, if you like hitting your 248 yard club for shots that are 228.
I’ve tested out many golf head covers from classy high end ones like Sumi-G to inexpensive Chinese made pho leather ones like Craftsman Head Covers. Until now none has really been a match for my game. I’ve finally paired up my driver head cover to my play, like a wine aficionado pairs up a fine Italian red with baked ziti. Say hello to Emoji Poop driver head cover.
- Fits all modern drivers up to 460cc
- Thick padding in the head area protects club
- Looks like a happy, smiling pile of poop
On The Course
My driving has been damn good of late. I’m hitting 80-90% of my fairways. No, I do not wish to talk about my iron game. My short game hasn’t been great either. But when I get to my golf bag and feel sorry for myself after making another bogey, I’m instantly entertained by that smiling pile of poop. The poop helps bring things into perspective.
My 460cc driver fits easily. Putting it on and taking it off is no problem. I find myself rotating the poop while walking the course, you know, to make sure it is right side up.
This is a terrific golf novelty gift at less than $20 on Amazon. I’ve finally found a match for my golf game in my poop head cover.
Father’s Day is coming up. This would make dad’s day great. To seal the deal, the Emoji Poop driver cover registers the maximum available on the Hooked on Golf Blog Give-a-Shit-O-Meter.
Welcome. Welcome to Tattoo Golf, one of my favorite golf apparel accessory brands. Rock & Roll attitude. Skulls. Unique styles. Creative graphics. Welcome.
Below is the very sharp Hazard ProCool Men’s Golf Shirt. This polo features a TG chest skull, small skulls under the collar, and a plaid pattern which is a cross between a Scottish kilt and some kind of trucker design. Scottish trucker kilt skulls. Brilliant.
- 3.8-ounce, 100% polyester pique body, back and sleeves with full sublimated stripe front panel
- Self-fabric collar
- Tag-free label
- 3-button placket
- Men’s size Small through 3XL
- Available in 3 colors (who are we kidding though? Black duh!)
- ProCool fabric technology keeps the wearer cool and dry
I’ve been really digging this performance polo. Naturally as a rock & roll musician and metal head, I love the color and design, especially the skulls. This is a very unique piece. I love rocking this piece at the country clubs around town. Fully compliant, since it has a collar!
I love wearing this baby to the office too and around town. It catches a lot of eyes and is a great conversation starter.
The polo doesn’t stop at its looks. The performance is fantastic. First it is very flexible and comfortable. During the golf swing, or clicking my mouse when writing golf blog posts, this polo reacts and doesn’t resist. No binding or pulling. Full range of motion.
The ProCool fabric is great. The polo naturally helps wick moisture away to the outside of the shirt, where it evaporates. Fabric that helps you stay dry and cool under the collar.
Ring Around The Collar
I dare you to show me a cooler collar on a golf shirt. Maybe one made out of $100 bills or something? I haven’t seen one.
Match this polo up with a pair of Skullicious Tattoo Golf Lucky 13 ProCool Golf Shorts. What an ensemble.
At $59 the Hazard ProCool Men’s Golf Shirt is a great deal. Pick one up for yourself. Pick up two. Pick one up for dad too, regardless of whether or not he is a golfer. He’ll love it. Father’s Day is coming up.
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