I receive so many golf widgets, gadgets and accessories that I can’t even make a trip to the bathroom without tripping over 12 or 13 of them. Most are junk and I feel bad for the poor guy who dumped his live savings into R&D and some Chinese manufacturer to release a product nobody will use. Golf gadgets have to do something meaningful, useful or fun, without being an inconvenience or difficult to use.
One sure way to get me to review a product is to slap a University of Utah Utes logo on it. Or better yet, send me a product which lets me put a U logo on my golf gear! Bingo.
Tin Cup makes these metal stencils which fit over golf balls with all sorts of cool graphics from animals to skulls to logos of your favorite sports teams.
In the photo above my lovely lass is marked up a white spheriod with a Utah Utes logo, in red of course. Love it.
I learned that on a design which uses this much ink, letting the stencil dry for a while is required. Lift the stencil carefully too so as not to smear the ink.
Check out my original Tin Cup review, posted back on September 24, 2009.
While at the PGA Show this year, I managed a good trade. The booth across from ours was the Drizzle Stik both. They wanted a hat bad and told me they’d trade it for a Drizzle Stik. That was a good deal for me, since I would have given them a hat anyway. Little did I know how much I’d like using this thing.
What is a Drizzle Stik?
A Drizzle Stik is a mini umbrella which fits on top of a golf bag to keep the golf clubs from getting wet, or from getting a sunburn. We’ll call it a golf bag umbrella, but it could also be used as an umbrella for a really skinny person.
An inner layer (pictured in Drizzle Stik image gallery) covers the frame of the umbrella on the underside, which keeps it from hooking on any clubs or the bag. It also prevents any scratching of clubs.
The unit folds to a nice compact size which easily fits into pockets of your golf bag or even a backpack. Extended the handle reaches 49 inches. I put the handle into my bag and it slides in like a club and keeps my clubs dry in the rain. To get clubs out I just slide the unit up.
On the course
Living in a desert, it is difficult to find opportunities to test devices which are to be used in the rain. But we had an abnormally rainy spring, so I had many opportunities to put my Drizzle Stik into play, and it performed well. During my many rainy rounds I’ve played with my Stik, my clubs and grips have remained dry and given me the best chance to hit good shots in wet conditions.
At $19.99, this is a great investment in golf accessories. The Drizzle Stik protects the clubs from the rain in a convenient way, and can double as a thin umbrella on the course or out and about. The compact size makes it easy to store and bring with you anywhere.
Over the course of a year a few things in my golf world change. My handicap goes up in the spring and proceeds downward until the winter snow shuts the game down for the year. One thing which seems to follow a similar seasonal change is my waistline. I seem to have about a two inch variance throughout the year. Fortunately I’m staying in an “acceptable” range.
That two inch variance is between a 36 and 38. Yes Camilo Villegas’ waist is a tiny bit smaller than mine… My current lineup of golf belts have two holes in them which are worn at the 38 and 36 marks. Often a 38 is too loose and a 36 too tight. If it is tight, it is uncomfortable and if it is loose, well, I look like a gangsta with the low riders. 37 would be the ticket. Enter Ratchet Belt.
What is Ratchet Belt?
Ratchet Belt is a whole different concept in belts designed by a retired Navy serviceman. First, there are NO holes in the belt. There’s no pin in the belt buckle. This makes the belt look much nicer. No worn holes or waistline historical info.
If the belt has no holes for the belt buckle, how does it tighten and/or fasten?
I’ve got a fun new golf toy I’ve been evaluating. It is a 4-wheeled push cart by my pals at Upright Caddy. The name is the Racr. Yes, not the greatest name. If someone is trying to find it they’d probably google “racer” and not “racr.”
Are four wheels better than three?
The primary feature of the Racr is that it has four wheels, unlike 99.9% of the golf push carts out there with three. With the fourth wheel, the cart can have a level platform to mount the bag in a vertical position.
Having the bag in a vertical position is great because my clubs are much easier to remove and put back into the bag. The golf towels hanging from my bag hang nicely and don’t drag on the ground like they do with my 3-wheeled push cart. It is especially good to not have your towel dragging on the ground this time of year because of all the goose crap on the course.