Golf gear: What’s new?
By Cameron Healey
Last Bag by ClubGlove
If you’re looking for a quality golf travel bag, you won’t go wrong with ClubGlove’s Last Bag©. Made of single piece construction, extra foam padding, and Invista™ Cordura® 1000 D water resistant nylon, which is up to 3x stronger and lasts up to 5x longer than standard polyester, this collapsible travel bag (weighing only 10.6 lbs) will support and protect your equipment. No need to worry about lugging your gear around as The Last Bag features a patented high-impact plastic wheelbase with integrated support and in-line skate wheels and bearings for smooth and quiet transport. For larger golf bags and staff bags we recommend the XL; however, the standard bag includes two exterior shoe/storage pockets with nylon shoe bags and ID card holder. Limited lifetime warranty included and Last Bag is manufactured right here in the U.S.A. $279 www.clubglove.com
Nike VR_S hybrids
Nike Golf engineers have been busy concocting up new ways to make their hybrids even more enticing. End result is the VR_S family of hybrids which combine the performance of a fairway wood with the accuracy and scoring ability of an iron. Nike is relying on their exclusive NexCOR variable face-thickness technology to help players with slower swing speeds launch the ball easier, higher, and longer through a new speed-expanding multi face thickness design. The NexCOR infinity design creates a bridge for ultra-thin, ultra-hot faces and unmatched ball speed and the sound off the tee is admittedly more than gratifying. The VR_S family is an extension of Nike Golf’s Tour-proven VR franchise, which, since its 2008 introduction, has helped the game’s elite earn 83 worldwide Tour wins, including three major titles. Specifications: 2H/18° (RH/LH), 3H/21°, 4H/24° (RH/LH), 5H/27°; Nike Fubuki K HY: S, R, A; Women’s Loft Options: 4/24 degrees (RH); 5/27 degrees (RH); 6/30 degrees (RH) $159.99 www.nikegolf.com
Nike Performance Shorts and Shirts
Golfing in the summer months demands that you wear clothing that is light weight, cool, and comfortable. Yes, even here in the Pacific Northwest! Nike Golf has come out with a new line called Tour Performance apparel that meets those “must-haves” including moisture management, cooling, and stretch technologies. The men’s polos are constructed of Nike Dri-FIT which includes UV protection and added stretch to ease the golf swing. The Plaid Pant (MSRP $85) and Fashion Plaid Short (MSRP $70) are constructed of Nike Dri-FIT allowing the athlete to not only look good on the course but also feel good in performance fabrics. For women, the Color Wrap polo (MSRP $70) and the Convertible Skort (MSRP $95) provide women a comfortable, chic and practical outfit for the course. The Convertible Skort (patent pending) is reversible from a plaid to a solid and comes with a twill short to provide women with three looks in one. www.nikegolf.com
Do you suffer from the dreaded “chicken wing” or “flying elbow.”? It’s a swing flaw that plagues many amateur golfers and is the reason most mid to high handicappers hook or slice the golf ball. The Swedge is a small, washable half-moon pillow covered with a durable nylon casing that is designed to help keep your arm in the right position and connected throughout your swing resulting in improved accuracy, distance, and confidence. It comes in three colors; black, red and blue and has a convenient clip that attaches right to your golf bag. It can be custom-logoed, even in small quantities for golf outings, promotions, gifts or tournaments prizes and is 100% Made in the USA. The Swedge is so effective and simple to use that it has everyone saying, “Why didn’t I think of that?” The Swedge helps focus your attention on keeping your arm in the proper position, correcting several swing flaws simultaneously. $29.99 www.golfsmith.com and www.avidgolfusa.com. Click here to view a demonstration video.
PureMotion footwear by Adidas
Have you heard about the concept of barefoot training? In golf, while we generally don’t play golf in bare feet, the folks at Adidas have designed a new style of golf shoe called PureMotion that might be the closest thing. The engineering behind puremotion brings the foot into closer contact with the ground while also providing necessary traction, flexibility, lightweight support, waterproof protection and freedom of movement needed to perform. Weighing in at 11.5 ounces, puremotion is incredibly light. An anti-wicking mesh upper provides both breathability and waterproof protection while an abrasion-resistant outsole provides green-friendly spikeless traction, comfort and off-course versatility. Built on a barefoot last, puremotion’s unique oblique web-shaped forefoot allows the toes to naturally spread out during the swing to promote better stability and increased flexibility. There is also a reduced heel lift which helps to align the spine with the body and improve posture. Puremotion carries a two-year waterproof warranty, and is available in a choice of four colorways: White/Metallic Silver/Satellite, Chocolate/Scout/Black, Black/Black/Red, Satellite/ White/Metallic Silver. $120 www.adidas.com.
Cutter & Buck Edge Performance Jacket
Are you in need of a light weight performance jacket this summer? Check out the Edge quarter zip performance jacket by Cutter & Buck. Not only is it crazy comfortable, but the DryTec moisture-wicking technology is guaranteed to keep you comfortable for hours without overheating. The dual-textured piecing and piping at the front and back, pieced sleeves, and self-fabric mock, hem and cuffs makes for an attractive addition to your golf attire repertoire. $80 www.cutterbuck.com