I swear this guy stuffed his performance pouch…
My first name is Anthony but my last name isn’t Weiner…
I had a hard time explaining to my 78 year old neighbor lady what I was doing in the back yard. I was taking pictures of myself, in my undies. The lighting is so much better outside. Her yelping mutt sure got all riled up. Ever since that day she stopped bringing her tasty homemade cupcakes over. Not sure why.
I had an equally difficult time trying to explain to the wife what I was doing when she walked in on me editing said photos in Photoshop. “What the hell are you doing?” she asked. “I’m editing photos of my performance pouch,” I responded. That quick and confusing response was enough to stop her dead in her tracks…
Ruez Performance Underwear Overview
So what is Ruez Performance Underwear and how can it help my golf game? Let’s look at some of the features these undies have.
First and foremost, Ruez’s undies employ a design called a performance pouch. The performance pouch is designed to separate the golf club from the golf balls, if you know what I mean. This is done with a couple of layers of fabric, with a hole on the closest layer for putting the male organ through. Keeping the performance package (also known as “sparky”) separated from the body helps “bring a clever, comfortable end to chafing, sweating and adjusting.” Here’s what the Ruez web site says about it:
“This innovative underwear solution is designed to separate and protect male organs during performance events including running, cycling, triathlons, Ironman and more.”
“RUEZ is designed with an innovative Performance Pouch that separates and protects men’s body parts during high-endurance but are comfortable enough to be worn all day.”
A 2nd pocket in the shorts, the personal pocket, is designed to keep valuables close and under gym shorts so they don’t fall out during a workout.
The undies are made of an 85% polyester material which is moisture wicking, with 15% elasticity for a little compression.
Ruez Performance Underwear comes in black and is available in two styles: Boxer and Brief.
On The Course
All the talk about performance pouches and such is great around the coffee table, but do these undies really do what they say? I’ve played some test rounds here in temperatures between 90-104 and here are my personal conclusions. I’m sure other men’s results may vary as much as their private parts vary…
In the more information than you need to know category, I’m a boxer kind of guy. I don’t have any tighty-whities in the drawer. So naturally I tested out the boxer version (first image) first. These boxers though, have a tight fit around my muscular Greek thighs. So muscular… I didn’t like that at first. I’m used to loose boxers. But as the day and the golf round wore on, I began to like the feel of the compression on my gluteus maximus and especially my hamstrings.
When I put the boxers on the first time I made sure to put my performance package through the hole in the first layer and into the performance pouch. It felt a bit strange. Most men lean one way or another, so I set up in the regular left position. As the day wore on and the round progressed, I found myself noticing that my performance package was not staying in the performance pouch. I found that during a round, the performance package can vary in size and position. Sort of a strange thing to suddenly “realize.” On several occasions I found that I had to move the performance package back through the hole in layer one, back into the pouch. This went on quite a bit. Unfortunately I found myself “adjusting” far more than I would with regular boxers.
It is tough to concentrate on golf shots, and even tougher when you’re pondering how and why your performance package moves around and varies in size so much, and having to “move the couch into the corner.” In the end, the boxers were a no-go. Too much fidgeting. Just hope the neighbor lady didn’t see that too…
Opening up the performance pouch… click to zoom
I wasn’t terribly excited (no pun intended) to put the Ruez briefs in play so I put it off for a while. Based on the boxer experience I was expecting another day of fidgeting and “performance package pondering” on the course. I put the briefs on in the morning, put the performance package into the performance pouch and got dressed. From that point on, I was very surprised to find that the sparky was cooperating. No movement. No repositioning. No distractions.
Yesterday, with the briefs in play, was very hot and humid. It was so hot that my hat was soaked and I had to put on a golf glove. I never wear golf gloves unless my hands are so sweaty that I can’t keep a good grip on the club. I’m happy to report that the performance pouch seemed to do a good job. No swamp crotch, which is always good.
My conclusion is a bit of good and bad. The boxers didn’t work, but the briefs did. On the boxers, it could be a size issue or perhaps the design/cut just doesn’t line up with my anatomy. But as I mentioned, I did like the compression of the boxers on the hammies.
The briefs did deliver as promised and made a believer out of me.
Hooked On Golf Blog Ruez Images
Golf shoes have really taken a turn in design the last few years. I remember the big buzz at the 2010 Masters was the fact that Fred Couples looked to be wearing some kind of casual, spikeless street shoe. I followed him around that day and saw them in person. Two years later the golf/street hybrid design is huge. Everyone is making them and the shoes are getting better and better. One of the absolute best hybrid golf street shoes I’ve tested is the Ecco BIOM Hybrid. Let’s take a look.
Ecco BIOM Hybrid Golf Shoe – click for more
Ecco BIOM Hybrid Golf Shoe Overview
The BIOM model employs Ecco’s “Natural Motion” concept. This is a concept in which the shoe supports and enables the human body’s natural systems for absorbing impact and transferring momentum.
The upper of the shoe (top half) is made of a breathable Yak leather which is three times stronger than other leathers. Despite the strength, the leather is very soft to the touch. I mentioned previously in my Ecco BIOM preview that sometimes I find myself in a daze, caressing the Yak leather…
The leather is also treated with “Hydromax,” which gives the shoe superb weather and water protection.
The structure of the mid-sole arch support mirrors the foot skeleton. No unnatural supports, resulting in comfort with high performance.
The bottom of the shoe has roughly 100 (I stopped counting) molded traction bars.
Ecco BIOM Hybrid Golf Shoes – click for more
These bars replace traditional golf spikes but provide far more surface traction area, with more than 800 “traction angles.” These bars are made from a material called TPU, a highly durable material which lasts five times longer than rubber.
Ecco BIOM Hybrid Golf Shoes – Click to zoom or see more images
Since the first day I put the BIOM’s on, I’ve had people coming up to me and asking me about them. One of those people is the merchandise manager at my home course. He had nothing but great comments about the BIOM’s.
Despite being a hybrid street shoe, the BIOM design is very classy and sharp looking.
On The Course
I’ve logged many rounds in the BIOM’s. Some of those rounds are early morning, with dew on the ground. Some are simply in wet conditions from the heavy watering which has to be done here in the desert in the summer. In other words, I’ve put these to the test in some very slippery conditions. In hundreds of swings (not per round mind you…) I have yet to slip once. I owe that to the 800 traction angles I suppose.
The great traction I mentioned above means great performance and power in the golf swing. If your base isn’t stable, the rest of the swing is going to fail. I’ve got a ton of power. In fact, I’m hitting some draws and gaining a bit of distance because my base is so solid.
Ecco is widely known for making the most comfortable street and dress shoes on the planet. The $190.00 BIOM Hybrid golf shoe is just as comfortable as my uber-comfortable Ecco dress shoes, and perhaps even better looking. The shoe combines performance with modern, classy style. A total winner.
Hooked On Golf Blog Ecco Image Gallery
Wilson Staff FYbrid RS 5H – click to zoom
I was so excited to try out the new Wilson Staff “FYbrid” clubs that I hit them before I took my images. Normally I shoot my images before I scratch up the faces and such, but not this time… Today I’m covering the FYbrid RS 5H or 5-Hybrid. The club is a 27 degree hybrid, the 2nd shortest in the line. See club lofts under specs below.
Wilson Staff FYbrid RS 5H Overview
So what exactly is a FYbrid anyway? You guessed it. FYbrid is a combination of a fairway metal and hybrid club. The FYbrid line contains seven clubs. The shortest clubs have a hybrid head design and the line morphs into a fairway style head design as the clubs get longer.
The RS in the name stands for “Rocker Sole.” The face is rounded at the bottom or sole, helping the player get the ball into the proper position at address. The material taken away from the heel and toe of the club face promote solid contact through varying lies and surfaces. (more…)
It was a bit of an accident that I got to this review at all. I’ve I had a box of Bridgestone Tour B330-S golf balls sitting in my garage for some time. I hadn’t intended to try them any time soon based on my experience with the previous models. They were simply too hard feeling. During a recent round I was struggling a bit and had lost a few balls. When looking for for one of the lost balls, I found a brand new B330-S, the 2012 model with the dual dimple pattern. I threw the ball into play on the next tee, the 15th hole. 15 is a very tough 440 yard par-4 which is uphill. I knocked that B330-S inside the 150 marker, the longest drive I’d hit on that hole all year. I was hitting a wedge into a green I normally hit 5-7 iron. At that point, the ball had my complete attention. I’ve played the B330-S now for the last roughly eight rounds with very good results.
Bridgestone Tour B330-S Golf Ball – look closely for the dual dimples. Click to zoom.
Bridgestone Golf Tour B330-S Overview
The Tour B330-S is Bridgestone’s higher spin “tour” ball. “Tour” meaning what most tour players would use. Tour balls are typically higher compression and higher spin. That higher compression is one of the reasons I’d avoided trying the ball. That avoidance was clearly a mistake on my part, as I’m able to compress the ball just fine despite not having the swing speed of someone like Matt Kuchar or Fred Couples. (more…)
Street casual golf shoes are the rage. I knew comfort wasn’t in question but I’ve wondered if this type of golf shoe could provide enough performance and stability in the golf swing for serious players. Now I know. Lets take a look at the 2012 Cardiffs and see what the buzz is all about, and if they can provide my spastic swing a solid base.
The Cardiff is designed to cross-over from the golf course to the office to a night on the town. No need to change shoes.
The shoe is composed of a premium leather upper on top of a rubber spike-less outsole.
The leather is waterproof, with a two year waterproof warranty.
Tan/Black/Gum (pictured in this article) (more…)