By Eddie Caiazzo
Another golf year is coming to a close … less swings on the course, but the holiday season is in full swing. Instead of taking part in the shopping madness that is the holidays, why not get the golfer in the family something they will really enjoy.
Although, the golf economy has been on the decline for a little over a decade, companies are still putting out brand new products and inventions keep moving from the drawing board to reality. The larger companies do the heavy work in terms of researching, testing and adding to their long list of industry feats. The smaller companies strive for that breakthrough idea or product.
Once again, GolfTalk Live has spent the year sifting through the long list of new products. Some are awful. Others aren’t bad. And then there are the products that made it to the top of the list –great examples of just how much passion there is for this game.
Presenting the 2013 GolfTalk Live “Products of the Month.”
Antigua – Hybrid Shirts – Antigua has been a hot name in the golf apparel business in recent years. With great products at a great price, it is no wonder they keep raising the bar for golf apparel.
The hybrid shirt is a combination of Antigua’s lightweight outerwear and short sleeve knit shirt, employing the quarter zip front and the company’s patented popular Desert Dry fabric. Plenty of colors are available and the shirts are perfect for when it gets a bit chillier here in the northeast region of the US.
Go to www.antigua.com to order.
Butch Harmon About Golf DVD – Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Adam Scott. What do these superstars of the game have in common? They have all been instructed by the legendary Butch Harmon.
Referred to as the world’s greatest golf teacher, Butch Harmon shares a lifetime of knowledge on how to play the game of golf. Broken into 10 sections, Harmon takes the viewer from the beginning fundamentals of the game, such as ball striking, to selecting the correct clubs. From the player picking up the clubs for the first time to the more advanced golfer, Butch Harmon’s DVD is guaranteed to help.
To purchase, go to www.butchharmondvd.com
Srixon Q-STAR Yellow Golf Balls – The golfers on the PGA Tour know all about the Z-STAR golf balls from Srixon. Sometimes, the amateur golfer needs a ball more in tune with their skill level. That is why Srixon created the Q-STAR ball.
Available in tour yellow or white, the Q-STAR ball was designed to be the perfect combination of distance and accuracy off of the tee, with more spin control from fairway to green.
To find out more about the Srixon Q-STAR balls, go to www.srixon.com.
Tour Edge Exotics XCG6 Fairway Wood – One of the only repeat companies to make the GolfTalk Live “Product of the Month” ranks each year is Tour Edge. For 2013, their XCG6 Fairway Wood was a great addition to their product lineup.
Against its competitors, the XCG6 performed at the very top with the lowest spin rate and the highest carry distance of 251.8 yards. That is six yards more than any other fairway wood on the market.
To see the results of how the XCG6 performed and to purchase, head to www.touredge.com
adidas Golf mi adizero Tour Custom Shoes – At just 10.6 ounces, the adizero Tour shoe is the lightest cleated shoe ever made.
Available in seven different styles and 11 different colors, the adizero Tour earns the name custom. Create yours at www.adidas.com
Volvik Golf Balls – The golf industry has finally embraced the colored golf ball!
In 2013, the Volvik golf ball became the number one colored golf ball — earning one victory, 13 top-five finishes, 22 top-10 finishes and 48 top-25 finishes on the LPGA Tour.
For the best playability, added distance and enhanced durability, check out the most colorful golf balls around at www.volvik.com.
The “Double Duty” Divot Repair Putter from WH Golf – Approved by the USGA to conform to the rules of golf, the Divot Repair Putter is the only putter on the market with a divot repair tool attached right to the back of the club.
Walt Graves, of WH Golf, invented the “Double Duty” to save the backs and knees of older golfers. Gaining a GolfTest USA Seal of Excellence, golfers of all ages have benefitted from the “Double Duty” for its putting ability.
Golf course superintendents everywhere are urging golfers to repair their ball marks. Make it easier by going to www.divotrepairputter.com.
Cleveland Golf – 588 RTX Wedges – “Stress-free” and “short game” usually do not belong in the same sentence. But that is what Cleveland Golf has used to describe their 588 RTX wedges.
The 588 RTX wedges combine the legendary performance of 588 with the breakthrough Rotex face. The Rotex wedges are Cleveland Golf’s most advanced spin technology ever.
To make your short game deadly, grab your Rotex wedge at www.clevelandgolf.com.
Nexbelt – With over 80 styles of belts for men and women, the Nexbelt had one of the busiest booths at the PGA Merchandise show earlier in the year.
The Nexbelt is the “belt with no holes” and completely customizable. While traditional belts have a one inch loop separation for adjustment, the Nexbelt instantly expands or tightens in quarter inch increments.
Golf Professionals have also enjoyed the Nexbelt because they can customize the buckle to display the club logo and they no longer have to carry all of the different sizes.
To get the most stylish and innovative belt on the market, head to www.nexbelt.com.
TPK Golf – The Putting Stick Pro Version – Teaching professional Mitchell Crum enjoyed great success making Bo Van Pelt one of the top putters on tour in 2012 using the original Putting Stick.
Invented by Vlad Gribovsky, the Putting Stick is a patented practice and training aid developed to help golfers of all levels improve their putting stroke. The eye alignment mirror has been specially designed to be used with the Putting Stick, with a slotted base plate that slips on to the end allowing the user to monitor eye alignment through practice sessions.
Under the advisement of Crum, The Pro Version has a built-in eye alignment mirror and the leveler can now differentiate up and down and left and right, and can be found by going to www.tpkgolf.com.
ClubCrown Wrap by Vive – Golf club customization is now possible and ClubCrown Wrap gives golfers the outlet for personal style to shine through on the golf course.
The ClubCrown Wrap conforms to the USGA rules of golf and is a one- size fits all semi-permanent adhesive allowing personalization of the driver, fairway woods and hybrids. The crown of the club can be customized to display many patterns and logos including the official Mossy Oak brand, the U.S. Military and an expanding line of NCAA Division 1 teams.
Get your clubs wrapped at www.clubcrown.com.
TaylorMade – SpeedBlade Irons – Five years ago, TaylorMade gave the average golfer a ticket to achieve greatness with the Tour Burner irons. Now, TaylorMade has changed the game yet again.
The SpeedBlade Irons debuted in October and feature the Speed Pocket; a handlebar shaped slot in the sole of the 3-7 irons. This enables a large area of the face to flex and rebound at impact. Faster ball speed and higher launch are the result, and with TaylorMade’s inverted cone technology, the sweet spot on the SpeedBlade’s is now the size of a quarter.
Shave strokes off your game and order the SpeedBlade Irons at www.taylormadegolf.com.