- October 23, 2014, 2:02 pm
- In Apparel
Most golfers like to look good when they head to the course. Even if you aren’t one who likes to spend a lot of money on your golf clothes, you probably at least make the effort to wear a nice golf shirt and some slacks or golf shorts. While dress codes are rarely in place at most courses today, the traditions of golf live on and many golfers take pride in how they dress before a round. While plenty of time is spent finding the right shirts and pants for a golf wardrobe, less time is spent considering other layers – and this could be a mistake.
Pay Attention to Your Undershirts
While it is true that an undergarment such as a long sleeve undershirt won’t be seen nearly as much as your regular golf shirt, it is probably even more important to your comfort and performance on the course. If you are cold during the round, you will have a hard time having good feel on your shots and your score can easily suffer. At the same time, if the clothes that are keeping you warm get in the way of your swing, your game can suffer even worse because you will be uncomfortable and unable to make a free swing.
A Great Wardrobe Addition
These problems are exactly why the FootJoy ProDry Performance Base Layer is such an important piece of clothing in a golf wardrobe. You want to have access to an undershirt that can keep you warm without getting in the way of your swing or feeling too ‘bulky’ as you go about your round. This base layer shirt is intended to be close fitting to your body so that it doesn’t catch during your swing. You can put on a normal short sleeved golf shirt overtop of this base layer and be set for a comfortable round in many different weather conditions. Just because the summer temperatures have gone away doesn’t mean you have to put the clubs up for the next few months – as long as you have the right clothes to keep your warm and still playing your best.
Of course, with the FootJoy name attached to this comfortable shirt, you will know that you are getting good quality and a product that should last for many rounds to come. FootJoy is a name in the golf business that has been respected and trusted for years, and for good reason. Many people, once they own one pair of FootJoy shoes, become loyal to the brand throughout their golfing life. Give this Performance Base Layer shirt a try and you just might be more excited about the next round of golf you get to play in colder weather.
- October 16, 2014, 2:02 pm
- In Golf Clubs
As the calendar makes its way into October, many sports fans across the country turn their attention to the baseball playoffs. Even if you are a die-hard baseball fan, however, you will still be looking for any opportunity you can find to get out on the golf course a few more times before winter sets in and the clubs get put away – or at least don’t get used quite as much. With these MLB Shaft Gripper Utility Headcovers, you can represent your favorite baseball team while out on the course with your friends.
The New Wave of Utility
There hasn’t been a golf club in recent memory that has changed the game quite like the utility club. Where most golfers used to carry just one or two fairway metals in addition to their driver, and then the rest of the set made up of irons and a putter, now most golfers have at least one utility club in the bag – if not more. Utility clubs are given a variety of names by different manufacturers, but they are all meant to do the same thing. They have the weighting and club head size to get the ball up into the air easier than an iron, but they have a thinner profile than a fairway metal to cut through the grass and provide a more-versatile experience. If you haven’t yet added a utility or hybrid club to your bag, make sure to stop by your local golf shop and try one out for yourself – you might not know what you are missing out on.
When you do purchase a utility club, it will probably come with a headcover of some kind. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t purchase a new headcover to display your favorite MLB team. Additionally, you can gain some benefits from using an after-market headcover instead of the one that is included by the manufacturer. Often those original headcovers can be awkward and difficult to use, which is the last thing you want to have to fiddle with while you are trying to play good golf. These MLB Shaft Gripper Utility Headcovers are easy to remove from the club with just one hand, and will stay securely in place when the club is not being used. Of course, if your favorite team happens to have an exciting October and advance deep into the playoffs, your new headcover will give you a piece of bragging rights over your buddies.
Utility clubs are one of the best options for amateur golfers who want to hit higher and longer shots from the fairway and are unable to make that happen with their long irons. If you have one or two utility clubs in the bag, consider these fun headcovers as a way to support your favorite team, and protect your club at the same time.
While the United States team obviously had a disappointing appearance in the Ryder Cup recently, there were a few bright spots that stood out during the loss to the European team. One of those bright spots was the play of young Patrick Reed, who is quickly making a name for himself on the pro tour. Not one to back down from pressure or the spotlight, Reed is a confident player and appeared to love the pressure that the Ryder Cup brings. If the U.S. is going to be able to take back the Ryder Cup from the European team in 2016, it will likely need more players with the attitude and confidence of Reed.
Ryder Cup Standout
Paired with Jordan Spieth during the team portion of the competition, Reed and Spieth were one of the few pairings that Captain Tom Watson could rely on to push the European players. Although he is not a big man, Reed manages to generate impressive power in his swing along with a well-rounded set of skills around the course. Already the owner of one World Golf Championship title in his young career, it seems to be a good bet that Reed will be a fixture for the U.S. team in the Ryder Cup for many years to come.
When Reed reached for the driver this season on Tour, he was grabbing a Callaway Big Bertha V driver – the latest in the classic Big Bertha line. While it is fitted with many of the newest technologies in club building, the V series driver still maintains the classic Big Bertha shape and look that so many golfers have loved through the years. It provides a more-forgiving face that allows shots hit off the sweet spot to still achieve good distance – something that pros like Reed and amateurs alike can benefit from. The hosel is adjustable in order to allow the player to customize just the ball flight and shot shape that they are looking for. While this driver might not suddenly turn you into Patrick Reed off the tee, it is certainly worth your time to try one out for yourself and see what it can do for your game.
Fans of the United States Ryder Cup team would be wise to keep an eye on the career of Patrick Reed as the calendar turns closer and closer to the next playing of the matches in 2016. While Reed can’t win the cup all on his own, his name is one that the next captain will be keeping a close eye on to see how his results in 2015 and 2016 position him in terms of points for the next team selection. With Reed and perhaps more like him, maybe the U.S. will be able to take the cup back after all.
Let’s be right up front about something – there are certainly more affordable golf shoes on the market than this luxury pair from FootJoy. However, if you like to make sure your wardrobe is up to par when you hit the links, the FootJoy Men’s Icon golf shoes are a pair that can complete your look perfectly. Using both full grain and calfskin leather, these are high-end shoes that certainly don’t fit in with today’s trend of ‘tennis-shoe’ style golf footwear. These will go beautifully with a tailored pair of slacks, and will likely draw the eye of many other golfers on the course.
For decades, golf shoes had a specific look, and they were easy to pick out of a crowd. Today, more and more golf shoes look like shoes you would see in other sports, and sometimes you can’t even tell if they are golf shoes. If your sense of style misses the old days, the FJ Icon shoes might be right up your alley. They have that classic ‘golf shoe’ look, while still remaining modern and appealing. These probably aren’t the shoes that you want to just throw on when you head to the range to hit a quick bucket of balls, but they are great for playing a round on beautiful country club fairways or at a resort destination.
Not Just All Looks
While looking good, these shoes also provide the performance you need to make your swings and enjoy the day on the course. They include ‘Stinger’ cleats from CHAMP which will help your feet grab onto the turf, and the full grain leather means you will enjoy breathability inside of a waterproof shoe. Like any shoe, it is a good idea to try on the FootJoy Icon to make sure to feels comfortable on your feet – especially since you will be spending several hours in them out on the course. FootJoy golf shoes have a reputation for being comfortable to wear, and these stylish shoes certainly live up to that billing.
The FootJoy Icon golf shoes are offered in four colors including black, and white. There are different widths available, as well as an assortment of shoe sizes. When selecting your preferred color, think about how you typically dress for a round of golf, and make sure the color you pick will work nicely with your normal outfit. The black option is great for keeping a subtle and understated look, while the white or tan options will help you to stand out from the crowd a little bit more. If you would like to invest a little more in your next pair of golf shoes to really turn on the style, check out the FootJoy Icon design right away.
If you are looking for a traditional, blade-style putter that doesn’t stand out from the crowd, the TaylorMade Ghost Spider Si is not the right choice for you. However, if you want to try out the latest in putter technology and see what it can do for the way you roll the ball, this putter is worth a closer look. A unique head shape, along with a ‘PureRoll’ Surlyn insert make for a putter that certainly will get attention from your playing partners.
Modern Mallet Design
A far departure from the mallets of days gone by, the Spider Si has something of a high-tech look when you stand over the ball at address. This will appeal to some golfers, and not to others. If you get the opportunity, try one out in your local pro shop and decide how you feel about the look for yourself. If it inspires confidence and helps you line up your putts accurately time after time, then you might be a good candidate for this putter. Also, notice how the head behaves through impact – specifically on putts that aren’t quite hit on the sweet spot. You will likely notice that the blade remains stable through the ball even if you miss the center of the putter face. This difference will be even more noticeable if you are currently putting with a traditional ‘blade’ style putter.
One of the most-popular trends in putters is adding weight to the grip to achieve a counterbalanced effect that can help the player to have more feel and control of the putter head through impact. The Spider Si is included in that trend, with a 15’’, 130 gram grip attached to the shaft of the putter. Again, just as with the head design, this is a feature that will appeal to some players and not to others. If you do decide to make the Spider Si your next putter, make sure to spend plenty of time on the practice green getting used to the feel that this club offers.
The Si is available for both right and left-handed golfers, and is offered in 35’’ and 38’’ lengths. While 38’’ might seem long for a putter, it would be a good idea to try both lengths before you choose one to add to your bag. With the counterbalanced grip, you might find that you can stand more upright at address and make a comfortable stroke without bending over as much as you would with a shorter putter.
For the golfer looking for a new putter to help the ball find the bottom of the cup more often, the TaylorMade Ghost Spider Si putter is a club that is worth giving some strong consideration. As long as you appreciate the modern styling of the club, you could stand to benefit from all of the technology this putter brings to the table.
One of the most-common mistakes that amateur golfers make is playing a golf ball that they are not yet good enough to use. Many amateurs simply reach for the same box of balls that their favorite pro golfer uses, not thinking about the fact that the ball might not be a good match for their game. In fact, for any player with a handicap above 10 or so, using a tour-level ball is almost certainly a mistake. By playing a ball intended for the average golfer, most amateurs could improve their game and save money all at the same time.
Cost = Spin
This is not a hard and fast rule, but it applies more often than not. When evaluating which golf ball to purchase, you can usually tell how much it will spin just by looking at the price tag. The discount model balls that are in the $10-$20 range per dozen usually will not produce very much spin on any of your shots. At the same time, tour-level balls that are over $40 per dozen will often be the highest spinning models you can find. Again, that rule is not 100% accurate, but it is a good guideline to start from.
With that in mind, you need to think about how much spin you want on your ball. Remember, spin not only means backspin to stop the ball on the green, but also sidespin that can send your ball far offline. If you struggle with a hook or a slice on your full shots, you aren’t going to want to play a ball that makes those problems worse. In this case, you would want a lower-spinning ball that helps straighten out your shots – and doesn’t make them worse.
Q-Star is a Good Option
The Srixon Q-Star is a good example of just the kind of ball that most amateur golfers should be looking for. This ball is designed to maximize your distance from the tee without putting too much spin onto the golf ball. Also, Srixon has added something they call ‘Spin Skin’, which is meant to help give you more feel around the greens than some of the other balls in this category. That means you can reap the benefits of having a lower-spinning ball for your full swing, while still having some touch and control while chipping and putting.
Before you go purchasing a full dozen of any new golf ball, try picking up a sleeve first and see how the ball performs for your swing. Every golfer is different, so trying out the ball in actual on-course conditions is the only real way to know how you will like it. The good news is, because the Q-Star is a moderately priced ball, you won’t have to make a significant investment to give it a chance and find out if it is the one that will find a home in your bag.
A good pair of rain pants is something that every golfer should have in their bag ‘just in case’. Even when you think the weather should be nice for a day out on the links, having your rain pants tucked away in your golf bag is a good idea. Whether you need them when it comes on to rain – or just because it is a little cold in the morning or evening, having a pair of rain pants to slip on can help to keep you comfortable throughout the round.
The NIKE Men’s Storm-FIT rain pants have all of the basic features that you should be looking for in a pair of rain pants. They are weatherproof thanks to their Storm-FIT technology, and feature a stretch fabric to permit ease of movement so you can still make your swing even while wearing these pants. Some golf rain pants can be so bulky and heavy that it is hard to maintain your normal swing – but that is not the case with this pair. The hand pockets have zippers so you can keep the contents of your pockets dry while you are walking up the fairway or riding in the cart. With 10’’ zippers on the sides of the legs down at the bottom, you shouldn’t have any trouble sliding these rain pants on and off – even without taking off your golf shoes.
Comfort is Key when playing in the Rain
Given the choice, almost every golfer should prefer to play under dry conditions than have to deal with the rain. However, if you are a serious golfer, chances are good that you will encounter some rainy conditions from time to time out on the course. The key to keeping your golf game on track in the rain is staying both dry and comfortable throughout the round. If you start to feel wet – or restricted by your rain gear – you might lose your patience and focus along the way. Good rain gear should allow you to mostly forget about the rain that is falling and keep your mind focused on hitting good shots and getting the ball in the hole.
While the name ‘rain pants’ indicates that this garment is meant for wet conditions, it also can be very useful in the cold as well. Specifically, when you tee off early in the morning and are expecting a warm, sunny day ahead, your rain pants can be the perfect way to stay warm until the sun heats things up. If you are wearing shorts, simply slip your rain pants on for the first couple holes until the temperature gets to a point that you are comfortable with. Then, just tuck the rain pants away in your bag and go on enjoying a beautiful day on the course.