Category: Product Reviews

Duca del Cosma Golf Shoes

Duca del Cosma

Golf Shoes

Duca del Cosma

Various

  1. Fitted with aqua stop; a water repellent breathable membrane between the upper material and the lining
  2. Taped seams
  3. Waterproof microfibre system
  4. Open cell foam (moisture absorbent and anti bacterial) high density (anti fatigue) to keep your feet well ventilated and dry
  5. Ergonomic handcrafted Italian golf shoes
  6. Thermoplastic synthetic material stabilising sole
  1. Calf skin or cow hide
  2. Waterproof guarantee
  3. Multiple colour ways and designs to suit all wardrobes
  4. For on and off the golf course
  5. High quality, high workmanship

I saw Duca Del Cosma shoes at the PGA Merchandise Show two years ago, or rather should I say I saw their staff and representatives walking into the show and what an impressive sight they made in their matching eye pleasing shoes of Italian flag colours.

After chatting to them and their PR company, Sports Impact, I was sent a pair of Pink Kubana shoes to trial.  It has to be said, I don’t have little dainty feet, Im 5’ 10” but was delighted when they sent a pair that fitted – and they weren’t dowdy mens colours!

Purposely choosing pink, I didn’t want a colour that simply faded into the background, I wanted one that would stand out, and the pink kubana do just that!!  Wearing a high colour also encourages people to ask, and on the back of this have instigated sales.

I even liked the two choices for laces, they are the flat type, as opposed to the tubular ones, and don’t slip when they are tied up, playing 18 holes of golf without having to re-tie your shoelaces is great.

The thing that I like most about the Duca del Cosma shoes is their versatility.  They can be used at home but when I travel I often take them as they can be played in any weather condition, they don’t make your feet hot in warm weather and they don’t leak and make your feet wet in colder drier conditions, yet they always look clean and fresh.  For me a perfect all round golf shoe with style to be worn on or off the golf course

 

Yes, I love the colour choices too

Birdie London knitwear

Birdie London knitwear

Wool jumpers, snood and cotton polo shirt

Birdie London

Various

  1. 100% fine merino wool (knitwear)
  2. 95% cotton 5% Elastane (polo shirt)
  1. Machine wash on hand wash setting (knitwear)
  2. Made in the UK
  3. 2 types of fit: female or box fit
  4. Variety of colour choices
  5. Contrasting colours are very well thought through
  6. Complete with matching items
  7. Machine wash (polo shirt)
  8. More than jumpers available!

 

  1. Wool jumpers

I was lucky to be sent a variety of jumpers to trial, but the reality is, I found it so hard to chose a few as they all looked so nice in the catalogue.  The design is ‘preppy’ – it is also clean looking and looked smart in all the pictures I’d seen prior to ordering.

When the package arrived with a lovely note from Theresa and Justine – the owners of Birdie London, I was so pleased with the feel of the jumpers.  All are 100% fine merino wool and so soft to the touch – always something I’m aware of as wool can be scratchy – I have worn the jumpers on various occasions, on and off the golf course, for travelling and for pretty much everything.  I have washed them multiple times and despite hubby putting one on the wrong wash, it didn’t go horribly out of shape – not that I’d endorse not washing as per the instructions!

The contrasting colour band is a trade mark of Birdie London, it does make it distinctive and easy to wear with multiple outfits.  I loved that the stitched wording ‘Birdie’ is not in your face but subtly matched to the background colour material – no need to shout about this quality, it shouts for itself.

I can honestly say, everyone who has asked me about the jumpers absolute love them.

2. Cotton polo shirt

To be honest, I wasn’t sure about the polo shirt when I saw it, as it didn’t look like anything special.  It actually took me a while to find the right occasion to wear it, but once I’d worn it that first time, I loved it’s soft feel against my skin.  It is a slightly heavier material and therefore not so great in the height of summer but perfect for the shoulder seasons or cooler summer days.  Again with the distinctive contrasting band across the chest, it is flattering in its design.

3. Snood/Headband

It has to be said I have a lot of hair, and having a head band to keep it off my face is a great idea, especially for putting!  But the best thing it is really a snood, so in effect two uses for the one item.

The snood sits beautifully on the neck giving enough space without cold air penetrating in.

I loved the fact that mine matched one of my jumpers, and when I wear one, I usually wear the other as a complete outfit.

Birdie London say their clothing is ‘cocktail sportswear’ a strange combination of occasions but actually I can see how that works.  If you want to be the best and warmest dressed on the course this winter, check out : https://birdie.london

I’m sure you won’t be disappointed, I’m not, even one year later of using these jumpers – testimony to their lasting quality and freshness.

 

A resounding Yes.  I love my Birdie London knitwear, and with the company evolving and producing new and exciting colours and designs each season, it’s one to watch out for in the future

Galvin Green Women’s Golf Clothing

GALVIN GREEN WOMENS GOLF CLOTHING

Galvin Green

Various

  1. Skintight thermal base layer -Thermal technology, breathable, moisture transportation properties
  1. Maureen shirt – Moves moisture away with their Ventil8 plus technology UV 20SPF protection
  1. Neely Shorts – Lightweight technical fabric, moisture wicking with UV up to 20 spf
  1. Maggie Shirt – Breathable Ventil8 lightweight fabric
  1. Nina Skort – Ventil8 technical fabric with style details
  1. Dominique Jacket – Insula fabric which is very breathable, soft and lightweight yet has a thermal lining
  1. Skintight thermal base layer – Warm but not too thick, collarless for extra fashion options
  1. Maureen shirt -Lightweight breathable material, easy to wash even when my chosen colour was white with navy blue trim there was no colour run it is also easy and light to wear
  2. Neely Shorts – Smart navy shorts with white detailing down the outside of the legs adding extra class to the items.  They stretched and moved as the golfer needs
  3. Maggie Shirt – This navy blue shirt is so lightweight you barley notice you are wearing it
  4. Nina Skort – On opening this skort I was so excited to get a white albeit totally impracticable colour, thinking the white would soon dis-colour in the wash or attract every particle of dirt as soon as I put it on – not the case, it is still fresh to this day, although does occasionally need ironing, this means it isn’t easy to travel with.  A quick fix would be to make it a pattern rather than a solid block colour?
  5. Dominique Jacket – A pocketless insula jacket in pink and white tones – what else can any red-head want – I love it!
  1. Skintight thermal base layer -The Emily crew neck thermal underlay was a surprise.  Yes I have used under garments before, but they have tended to be quite thick material and whilst this does pull the tummy in, one has to be able to breathe too!  The Emily crew neck is comfortable and doesn’t need any extra care to keep it looking and feeling warm – one for the serious golfer!
  2. Maureen shirt – It isn’t often you can get a white shirt and it reman good and fresh for a number of washes.  The Maureen shirt I had was white with a navy blue trim and is still just as fresh with no colour run even now, as it was when I got it months ago, and it has been worn many times!
  3. Neely Shorts – I must say I don’t usually wear shorts for golf, but having owned and worn the Neely shorts from Galvin Green, I would definitely get another pair.  They were so comfortable, even on ‘fat days’ they didn’t ride up and remained stylish throughout the day.
  4. Maggie Shirt – love wearing this shirt, I had mine in nave blue with  a knit white collar line trim, it looks classy and feels great to wear, even on hot days the dark colour didn’t make me feel any warmer due to its wicking technology. A must for the wardrobe and is my go-to shirt of choice.
  5. Nina Skort  – A block colour short with dart detailing at the bottom of each side seam, this did make it look like it was flying a bit but the style and fit were fantastic, although a bit big which is great on really hot days.  That said, I did think this style might suit smaller sizes better with its block colour choices?
  6. Dominique Jacket – Its pink!  OK I didn’t ever think I’d wear pink, but this jacket is so warm and cosy 

Absolutely, Galvin Green has successfully moved away from being known as the water proof jacket and trouser people to the carefully thought through designer items we golfers know and love today, the fabric is such good quality on each garment, it is worth the extra money.  

Never compromise is a great and appropriate slogan for Galvin Green.

Galvin Green Women’s Pac Lite Waterproofs

GALVIN GREEN WOMENS GOLF CLOTHING

Galvin Green

Various

  • Gore tex technology 
  • Breathable
  • Outer fabric repels water
  • Inner lining
  • Paclite technology
  • Variety of colours to choose from
  • Trouser and jackets match or can contrast
  • Matching waterproof caps to fit
  • Trousers have a slight stretch to them
  • Comfortable neck lining
  • Lower leg release
  • Female fit

I was trialling Alexandra trousers, Angel Jacket and Axiom hat, all in matching navy blue.  Gore-tex has been round for many years with Galvin Green being the market leaders.  The material is coated with a waterproof membrane to stop water seeping through, even at the seams.  Their ability to pack small makes them ideal for travelling yet they don’t come out crumpled and messy looking, in fact they are smart enough to pop over a top in the evening if it starts to drizzle or a little wind protection is needed.  The first time the waterproofs came out was whilst travelling, they were being used to pack the clubs and were, to be honest worked around the clubs int the travel bag.  No sooner had I pulled them out of the bag than they were good enough to be worn.  I was keen to wear my Galvins and have been ever since.  One year later, I know that the clothing is still waterproof and still love wearing them, feeling dry and smart.They are my go to waterproofs.  The accompanying hat is a great idea and works especially well for people with long hair with the hole at the back of the cap.  The finishing item for the outerwear was the Divine snood, in a few shades lighter than the Pac lites, the snood is a must have item for golfers.  No dangling of the scarf whilst your swinging your club, instead a neat, warm and cosy fitting snood to keep your neck warm and to stop those annoying dribbles down the back of the neck from the rain as you bend over to take your shot!

Absolutely

Never compromise is a great and appropriate slogan for Galvin Green

Skechers Go Golf Womens Golf Shoes

GO GOLF BIRDIE WOMENS GOLF SHOES

SKECHERS

RRP £60.00

  • SKECHERS® H2GO SHIELD WATERPROOF PROTECTION
  • SMOOTH LIGHTWEIGHT SYNTHETIC UPPER
    DURABLE GRIP TPU BOTTOM PLATE
  • GOGA MATRIX® OUTSOLE PROVIDES SUPPORT AND TRACTION FOR A SMOOTH TRANSITION
  • LIGHTWEIGHT, RESPONSIVE 5GEN® CUSHIONING
  • SKECHERS GOGA MAX® CUSHIONED COMFORT INSOLE
  • GUSSETED TONGUE PROVIDES ADDED PROTECTION
  • REPLACEABLE SOFTSPIKES® FOR MAXIMUM GRIP
  • SPIKES ARE REPLACEABLE USING SOFTSPIKES® STEALTH PIN SYSTEM*

*SOFTSPIKES® IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OF SOFTSPIKES LLC

  • SMOOTH SOFT SYNTHETIC UPPER IS DURABLE AND EASY CARE
  • SIDE STITCHING AND OVERLAY DETAIL TRIM
    CONTRAST COLOURED SOLE TRIM
  • LACE UP FRONT
  • SOFT FABRIC SHOE LINING
  • CUSHIONED COMFORT INSOLE

IT IS RARE THAT I CAN PUT ON A PAIR OF GOLF SHOES AND THEY FEEL COMFORTABLE STRAIGHT AWAY. COUPLE THIS WITH MY FEET BEING SLIGHTLY BIGGER THAN MOST WOMEN IT IS ALWAYS DIFFICULT TO FIND A SHOE THAT FITS WELL. SKECHERS HAVE OVERCOME THIS LARGER SIZE PREJUDICE AND PROVIDE A GOOD ARRAY OF SHOES AND SIZES TO CHOSE FROM FOR THE FEMALE GOLFER.

I WAS SENT THE GO GOLF BIRDIE SHOES IN BLUE WITH A PINK TRIM, SUFFICIENTLY GIRLIE ENOUGH YET PRACTICAL IN THE COLOUR CHOICE. THE GO GOLF BIRDIE SHOES ARE WATERPROOF, SO THEY WERE NOT WORN MUCH OVER THE DRY PERIODS OF THE SUMMER MONTHS, INSTEAD FAVOURING THEM FOR THE WETTER DAYS. THEY ARE ENTIRELY WATERPROOF AND HAVE SEEN ME THROUGH A YEARS WORTH OF GOLF, ALBEIT SPORADIC DUE TO SEASONAL USAGE.

I POSTED ON INSTAGRAM THAT THE SHOES WERE DUE FOR A REVIEW AND HAD MIXED COMMENTS BACK, MOST WERE POSITIVE ON THE LOOKS. I HAVE ALSO HAD LADIES ASK ME ABOUT THEM WHEN I HAVE BEEN WEARING THEM, THE RESPONSE HAS ALWAYS BEEN POSITIVE. ONE COMMENT ON INSTA WAS THAT THEY SPIKES DID NOT LAST, BUT TO BE HONEST I HAVE NOT HAD THIS ISSUE, MAYBE IT IS BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT USED CONSTANTLY, ONLY IN WET OR WET UNDERFOOT WEATHER CONDITIONS?
WHILST NEGATIVE COMMENTS WERE MINIMAL ANOTHER ONE WAS THAT THEY LOOKED PLASTIC. THIS ‘NEWNESS’ WORE OFF AFTER A PERIOD OF TIME THOUGH.

HAVING BEEN WEARING THE SHOES FOR JUST OVER A YEAR, WITH THEM BEING MY GO-TO SHOE FOR WET GOLF, I WAS DISAPPOINTED TO SEE THAT THEY HAD SPLIT ACROSS THE TOP OF THE TOE, WHERE THE TOES BEND AS ONE WALKS NATURALLY.

I DO NOT REVIEW GOLF PRODUCTS IMMEDIATELY, AS A REGULAR LADY GOLFER, I REVIEW THEM AFTER A PERIOD OF USAGE AND THIS IS THE REASON WHY. IS IT REASONABLE TO EXPECT MORE THAN JUST OVER A YEARS USAGE OUT OF A SHOE THAT AVERAGES OUT TO BE MAXIMUM USAGE OF ONCE PER WEEK?

NATURALLY I WAS DISAPPOINTED TO SEE THIS HAPPEN, BUT HOPE THAT THIS IS A ONE OFF INCIDENT AS SKECHERS DESERVE TO BE MARKET LEADERS IN WOMEN’S GOLF SHOES FO THE PRICE, THE VARIETY OF STYLES AND LOOK AND OF COURSE THE SIZE RANGES.

AFTER WRITING THIS REPORT, SKECHERS HAVE ADVISED THAT THE SHOES WOULD HAVE BEEN REPLACED WITHOUT QUESTION AND THAT THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME THIS ISSUE HAS BEEN RAISED.

A NEW PAIR OF SKECHERS SHOES WERE OFFERED AS A REPLACEMENT.

UP UNTIL THEY SPLIT, YES, AFTER THEY SPLIT, I WILL AWAIT THE RESPONSE TO THIS CONCERN RAISED, IT WAS POSITIVE, SO YES FOR THEIR IMMEDIATE COMFORT, DEFINITELY YES

VOLVIK GOLF BALLS

VOLVIK VIVID LITE

VOLVIK

PRO SHOP/DISTRIBUTOR

GOOD PRO SHOPS

RRP ~£27.00/DOZ

  • SOFT FEEL
  • MATTE COATING
  • VIVID TECHNICOLOUR
  • 55-85 SWING SPEED
  • MILD SOFT FEEL
  • HIGH TRAJECTORY
  • LIGHTER SOFTER CORE
  • VOLVIK DIMPLE DESIGN
  • CONFORMS TO USGA AD R&A RULES

GIVEN THE TIME TO REVIEW THE BALLS, I HANDED THEN OUT TO TWO LADIES OF A MID 20 HANDICAP AND WE PROCEEDED TO PLAY 9 HOLES TOGETHER, EACH OF US HAVING A DIFFERENT COLOUR.

THE COLOUR RANGE WAS POSITIVELY REMARKED UPON BUT CONCERNS WERE RAISED BY THE LIGHT BLUE AS A BALL TO SEE IN THE SKY? THE PINK AND YELLOW WERE EASIEST COLOURS TO SEE ON A COLD MARCH MORNING
FIRST THOUGHTS WAS IT LOOKED RUBBERY BUT PLAYED FINE, GOOD WITH THE SHORT GAME BUT FROM A GOLFER WHO IS A GOOD SHORT GAME PLAYER, IT WAS NOTED THAT THEY DIDN’T PLAY ANY DIFFERENTLY TO AFFECT HER STRENGTH IN THE GAME.

A GOOD PUTTING BALL. I LENT MY PLAYING PARTNERS MY PUTTER TO SEE IF MY EXPERIENCE OF THE BALL BEING SOFT OFF THE FACE WAS PECULIAR TO MY PUTTER, IT WAS FELT THAT THE SOFTNESS OF THE BALL WORKED IN ITS FAVOUR, THIS WAS NOTICED FOR PUTTING PARTICULARLY.

BEING MID 20 HANDICAPPERS, THE OTHER LADIES FELT THE BALLS RESPONDED PROPERLY FOR THEIR PLAYING ABILITY.

THE BALLS WERE QUITE DIFFICULT TO CLEAN IN THEIR MATT COLOUR, HOWEVER, IT APPEARED THAT THEY DIDN’T CUT OR SCUFF AS EASILY.

SHORT VIDEOS AND POSTS WILL BE PLACED ON INSTAGRAM SARAH.FORREST360GOLF – GO CHECK THEM AND MORE OUT FOR ALL THINGS GOLF

SUN MOUNTAIN MERIDIAN CLUB GLIDER GOLF TRAVEL BAG

CLUB GLIDER MERIDIAN GOLF TRAVEL BAG

SUN MOUNTAIN

RRP £199.00

DIMENSIONS 52 X 14 X 12 INCHES

12 MONTHS

THE MERIDIAN GOLF TRAVEL BAG, PART OF THE CLUB GLIDER RANGE, HAS ALWAYS RAISED EYEBROWS WHEN WHEELING WITH EASE THROUGH AIRPOTS AND AT HOTELS, IT DOES BAFFLE THE ODD PORTER WHO SIMPLY CAN’T UNDERSTAND THAT THE SECOND SET OF WHEELS MAKE IT EASIER TO NAVIGATE AND INSISTS ON DRAGGING IT ALONG AS IF IT WERE A REGULAR GOLF TRAVEL BAG – TO MY CONCERN THAT IT MIGHT DAMAGE THE GOLF CLUBS OR BAG ITSELF AS IT ISN’T BEING USED AS DESIGNED, WHEN BEING DRAGGED ALONG ON THE TWO STATIC WHEELS BUT IT HASN’T DAMAGED TO DATE EITHER, SO I CAN ONLY ASSUME THAT THE REINFORCED STRAPS AND PADDING MAKE IT A MORE DURABLE TO ‘MIS-USE’

A SECTION OF COLOURS HELPS WITH THE DECISION MAKING – IT ISN’T A ONE SIZE FITS ALL WHEN IT COME TO COLOUR CHOICES.

BUT WHEN A PRODUCT IS SO GOOD, FIT FOR PURPOSE, EASY TO USE AND IS A HELP NOT A HINDRANCE THERE SEEMS LITTLE ELSE TO SAY ABOUT IT, EXCEPT KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK, AND I WILL KEEP PROMOTING THROUGH BRAND FUSION, HERE IN THE UK.

PERFECT FOR ALL GOLF TRAVELLERS WORLDWIDE.

CHECK OUT MY VIDEOS ON INSTAGRAM SARAH.FORREST360GOLF FOR FULL VISUAL REVIEWS, AND PACKING HACKS

ABSOLUTELY, AND PROMOTED AS WELL!

SUN MOUNTAIN ULTRA LITE GOLF CARRY BAG

SUN MOUNTAIN ULTRA LITE GOLF CARRY BAG

RRP £225.00

MATERIAL IS OF LIGHT WEIGHT NYLON FABRIC WITH 200MM WATERPROOF COATING

  • WATERPROOF
  • WATERPROOF TAPED ZIPS
  • BUGGY FRIENDLY BASE
  • PATENTED E-Z FIT DUAL STRAP
  • TRIANGULAR FEET
  • VARIETY OF COLOUR RANGES

12 MONTHS

2018 REVIEW
SUN MOUNTAIN GOLF BAGS JUST GET BETTER AND BETTER.

I FIRST REVIEWED A SUN MOUNTAIN BAG IN 2013, NOW 5 YEARS LATER I’M BACK FOR MORE. (2013 BELOW FOR INTEREST)

WITH SUBTLE YET FUNCTIONAL CHANGES THE GOLF BAG IS NOT ONLY AVAILABLE IN TRENDY COLOURS BUT HAS FUNCTIONALITY WHICH MAKE IT A GOOD ALL YEAR ROUND GOLF BAG TO OWN. I USE MY LITE WEIGHT CARY BAG MAINLY FOR TRAVELLING, BUT IT WOULD WORK EQUALLY WELL IF IT WAS THE ONLY GOLF BAG YOU OWNED. IT HAS BEEN USED IN BLISTERING SUNSHINE, IN COLD DAMP WEATHER AND IN FULL BLOWN RAIN STORMS WHERE THE 19TH HOLE JUST BECKONS! DURING THIS PAST YEAR, THE NEW BAG HAS BEEN BASHED AROUND THE LUGGAGE BELT, BEEN THROWN IN AND OUT OF COACHES, TAXI’S AND CARS, AND DROPPED MORE TIMES BY CARELESS BAGGAGE HANDLERS THAN I CARE TO MENTION, NATURALLY I USE A TRAVEL BAG, BUT THE CONTENTS DO GET SHAKEN UP AT TIMES!

MY FIRST MISTAKE WITH MY ORIGINAL BAG WHICH I USED FOR TRAVELING WAS TO GET A WHITE ONE – BIG MISTAKE, IT GOT FILTHY GOING ABOUT ITS EVERY DAY LIFE, MY NEW SENSIBLE HEAD HAS GONE FOR A COLOUR THIS TIME AND I LOVE THE COLOUR I HAVE CHOSEN, AQUA BLUE, NOT ONLY FOR ITS COLOUR BUT THE VERSATILITY AND DURABILITY OF THAT COLOUR TOO, EVEN ON A GREY DRIZZLY DAY THE BAG LOOKS SHARP AND READY FOR ACTION – MAYBE MORE THAN IT’S OWNER SOME DAYS!!

ANOTHER NOTICEABLE THING ABOUT THE NEWER RELEASE OF THE BAG ARE THE CARRY STRAPS, WHICH SEEM MORE PADDED, BUT HAVE A WAFFLE EFFECT TO THEM WHICH SEEMS TO STOP THEM TWISTING AS YOU THROW YOUR BAG ONTO YOU SHOULDER. WHILST I DO LIKE THE EXTRA PADDING WHEN CARRYING THE BAG, I AM NOT SO SURE ABOUT THE WAFFLE EFFECT WHICH IS A BIT SCRATCHY WHEN WEARING SLEEVELESS GOLF SHIRTS AS YOU DRAG IT UP YOUR ARM BEFORE IT COMES TO REST ON THE SHOULDERS, WHERE IT DOES SIT COMFORTABLY ONCE ON.

THE POCKETS ARE OF A GOOD SIZE AND WHILST BULGING DURING THAT IFFY SEASON OF WATERPROOFS ON WATERPROOFS OFF, THEY DO TAKE EVERYTHING A GIRL SHOULD NEED FOR GOLFING. THE POP OUT LEGS ARE STURDY AND SO LONG AS THEY ARE PROTECTED BY BEING HOOKED BACK WHEN USING THE BAG ON A CART, SHOULD LAST A LONG TIME WITH THE DURABLE MECHANISM IN PLACE.

A LITTLE VELVET LINED POCKET FOR THE BITS AND BOBS IS A NICE TOUCH BUT A BIT OF A NUISANCE WHEN YOUR HANDS ARE WET AND THE VELVET STICKS TO THEM AS YOU’RE IN AND OUT OF THE POCKET. THE BALL POCKET IS PLENTY BIG ENOUGH FOR EVEN THE MOST WAYWARD OF PLAYERS COLLECTION OF BALLS, BUT I DO THINK THAT THERE SHOULD HAVE A 2-WAY ZIP AS THE BALLS COULD FALL OUT WHEN CARRYING THE BAG IF LEFT UNOPENED. THE THREE WAY DIVIDER FOR THE CLUBS ARE OF A GOOD SIZE TO GET THE FULL SET OF CLUBS IN EASILY HOWEVER DURING WET GAMES I HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO INADVERTENTLY GROUP ALL MY CLUBS TOGETHER IN ONE OF THE 3 AVAILABLE DIVIDERS FOR EASE OF ACCESS CREATING A PICK UP STICKS MOMENT AS I PULL OUT MORE THAN ONE CLUB IN A HURRY TO GET OUT OF THE RAIN – USER ERROR!

WITH THE FRONT BALL POCKET BEING BLANK ENABLES EMBROIDERY OF YOUR COMPANY NAME, ALWAYS A GOOD BRANDING EXERCISE AND ONE I AM GLAD SUN MOUNTAIN HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT IN ADVANCE TO OFFER THEIR CUSTOMERS MORE REASONS TO BUY THEIR PRODUCTS.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE, THE WATERPROOF FEATURE ONLY WORKS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE HOOD – MIGHT BE A SILLY STATEMENT TO MAKE, BUT I HAVE SEEN OTHERS PLAYING GOLF IN THE RAIN WITHOUT THE HOOD THEN COMPLAINING THAT THEIR CLUBS ARE WET!

HAVING A CARRY BAG IS ONE OF THE MOST USEFUL PIECES OF FLEXIBLE EQUIPMENT A GOLFER COULD OWN AS IT LENDS ITSELF TO PLAYING LOCALLY AS WELL TRAVELLING, WITHOUT COMPROMISE. THE SUN MOUNTAIN CARRY BAG IS NO EXCEPTION TO THIS, COMBINING STYLE AND PRACTICALITY

IN SHORT I LOVE THE SUN MOUNTAIN H2NO ULTRA LITE CARRY BAG AND WOULDN’T HESITATE RECOMMENDING IT TO GOLFERS.

PGA Merchandise Show

Flaunting in Florida was published in The Golf Business

I HAD FORGOTTEN ABOUT THE BUZZ AT THE PGA MERCHANDISE SHOW, WHICH I HADN’T BEEN TO FOR A FEW YEARS, BUT THIS YEAR I WANTED TO GO BACK AND TAKE A LOOK AMID RUMOURS IT WASN’T AS GOOD, IT HAD GOT SMALLER, NOT AS MANY PEOPLE WERE GOING AND ALL THE OTHER LITTLE THINGS I HAD HEARD OVER THE PREVIOUS FEW YEARS. SO OFF I TODDLE IN JANUARY REPRESENTING THE GOLF BUSINESS FOR THE FIRST TIME – MY REMIT, TO CHECK OUT THE WEIRD AND WONDERFUL PRODUCTS ON OFFER THIS YEAR.

AND I DID FIND THEM, THE WEIRD, THE WONDERFUL AND THE DOWNRIGHT GREAT IDEAS WHICH MAY OR MAY NOT SUCCEED IN THIS TOUGH MARKETPLACE OF EVOLVING PRODUCTS AND THE ‘NEXT BEST THING’.

HERE IS A BRIEF SYNOPSIS OF A FEW OF THESE, MAYBE NOT SO QUIRKY PRODUCTS BUT ALL NOTE WORTHY

POPTICALS – GOLF SUNGLASSES – NOT NEW, I’VE REVIEWED GOLF SUNGLASSES BEFORE, SO WHAT MAKES POPTICALS DIFFERENT? USING OPTIC INDUSTRY LEADERS CARL ZEISS NYDEF NYLON LENSES, WHICH HELP REDUCE WEIGHT BY UP TO 18% AS WELL AS COLOUR SATURATION WHICH IN TURN INCREASES THE ABILITY TO READ UNDULATIONS ON THE COURSE, AS WELL AS THE LIGHT TO DARK SHADOWS CAST ACROSS THE FAIRWAY ON A SUMMERS DAY. THEY ARE IN THEMSELVES GOOD ALL ROUND SPORTS SUNGLASSES, HOWEVER WHAT MAKES THE DOUBLE UNIQUE IS THEIR ABILITY TO PACK AND TRAVEL ANYWHERE IN A SMALL FOLD-UP SELF CONTAINED UNIT. WHICH MAKES THEM GREAT FOR THE TRAVELING GOLFER. A HARDY, PROBABLY NEAR INDESTRUCTIBLE HARD SHELL CARRY CASE IS HALF THE SIZE OF NORMAL SUNGLASSES CASES DUE TO THE UNIQUE NATURE OF THE FL2 MICRO-RAIL SYSTEM WHICH QUICKLY AND EASILY ENABLES THE SUNGLASSES TO FOLD IN HALF. AND TO TOP IT ALL – THEY LOOK PRETTY TRENDY TOO WITH A VARIETY OF FRAMES TO CHOOSE FROM. NO MORE LOOSING YOUR SUNGLASSES AT THE BOTTOM OF THE GOLF BAG, ONLY TO FINALLY FIND THEM HAVING SLIPPED OUT THEIR CASE, COVERED IN LAST YEARS BANANA AND SCRATCHED TO PIECES, THEY HAVE AN TAG TO ATTACH TO THE GOLF BAG WHEN NOT IN USE.

LINDEBERG – NOW IT HAS TO BE SAID THAT IF MY J LINDEBERG HIMSELF IS BEHIND THE COUNTER, AT THE PGA SHOW, THE MEANS SOMETHING -HIS PASSION FOR THIS WELL KNOWN CLOTHING BRAND HAS NOT WANED. THE RANGE OF PRODUCTS NOT ONLY GET A BIG THUMBS UP FROM ME, BUT A CERTAIN ADMIRATION TO THE CHAP HIMSELF. THE J LINDEBERG CLOTHING RANGE IS NOT NEW, IT HAS IN SOME RESPECTS BEEN MARKET LEADERS FOR THE MENS CLOTHING BUT THEIR INCLUSION OF A VARIED RANGE OF LADIES GOLF CLOTHING HAS ALSO CAUGHT MY EYE. WHY? BECAUSE THEIR SAME ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND STYLE HAS BEEN APPLIED TO THE LADY GOLFERS APPAREL AS IT HAS TO THE MENS. SHARP CLEAN LINES OF QUALITY MATERIAL WITH NO UNNECESSARY FUSSY NON-FUNCTIONAL BITS ADDED TO MAKES THE CLOTHING LOOK FRILLY OR LESS TRIM, IT IS ALL ABOUT THE CUT OF THE CLOTH. J LINDEBERG ALSO PRODUCE EVERYDAY LADIES CLOTHING AND THE THOUGHT PROCESSES BEHIND THE DESIGN OF THE GOLF CLOTHING IS THE FLEXIBILITY OF MULTI-USE CLOTHING, YOU DON’T NEED TO GET CHANGED AFTER GOLF TO GO AND DO THE SHOPPING, J LINDEBERG CLOTHES ARE SIMPLY CHIC AND COMFORTABLE ENOUGH TO BE WORN ANYWHERE, STYLE AND COMFORT ARE PARAMOUNT.

APPRECIATING THAT THE LADIES APPAREL IS A DIFFERENT MARKET, THEY HAVE DONE THEIR RESEARCH AND I WOULDN’T BE SURPRISED TO SEE IT OUT-SELL OTHER LEADING BRANDS IN THE FUTURE.

J LINDEBERG
WEATHERMAN UMBRELLA

WEATHERMAN UMBRELLA – THE HUMBLE GOLF UMBRELLA – HOW CAN THAT BE IMPROVED UPON, WE HAVE STORM UMBRELLAS, ONES FOR SUN AND ONE FOR HIGH WINDS, WE HAVE DIFFERENT SHAPES AND SIZES AND DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT THE COLOURS OPTIONS. THE WEATHERMAN UMBRELLA TOOK ME A LITTLE WHILE TO GET MY HEAD AROUND – I COULDN’T FIGURE OUT WHY I WOULD NEED BLUETOOTH CONNECTIVITY ON A GOLF COURSE AND WHY ON THE UMBRELLA ITSELF? IT HAS AN INTEGRATED APP TO GIVE YOU THE WEATHER FORECAST AND SYNCS WITH YOUR EXISTING BLUETOOTH TECHNOLOGY – THERE IS EVEN A LITTLE POCKET TO PUT YOUR PHONE IN WHILST PLAYING GOLF. NOW I AM NOT ADVOCATING TO GET YOUR PHONE OUT, TALK AS LOUDLY AS POSSIBLE AND DIAL INTO CONFERENCE CALLS WHILST PLAYING GOLF, BUT FOR EMERGENCY USE, IT MIGHT BE USEFUL?

TESTED IN WIND TUNNELS, WATER AND SUN PROOF THIS UMBRELLA IS ALL SINGING ALL DANCING GOLF UMBRELLA, AND MOST LIKELY JUST WHATS NEEDED IN THE GREAT BRITISH WEATHER – BUT I DID GIGGLE WHEN I WAS TOLD THE APP FOREWARNED ME OF IMPENDING SHOWERS – NOT EVEN OUR WHETHER MEN ON THE TELEVISION CAN GET THAT RIGHT!

A VARIETY OF THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE DOWNRIGHT UGLY CAUGHT MY EYE AT THE PGA MERCHANDISE SHOW THIS YEAR, AND I AM FOREVER CURIOUS TO SEE WHICH PRODUCES MAKE IT OR NOT.

KANKURA GOLF SHOES, PORTUGAL

A RELATIVELY NEW GOLF SHOE MANUFACTURER, I WAS ASKED TO REVIEW THE KANKURA GOLF SHOES FOR THE LADY GOLFER MARKETPLACE. AFTER ALL GIRLS SIMPLY CANNOT HAVE ENOUGH SHOES, SO WHY SHOULD GOLF SHOES BE ANY DIFFERENT?

MADE OF SOFT LEATHER THE SHOES COME IN A VARIETY OF COLOURS WITH EITHER CONTRASTING OR COLOUR MATCHING THE SHOE WAS THE TRADEMARK ‘K’ DESIGN ON THE SIDE OF THE SHOES. IDEAL FOR SUMMER PLAY OR FOR THE GOLF HOLIDAY, THE SOLE IS MADE OF SMALL DIAMONDS FOR GRIP.

SOFT AND PLIABLE YET STURDY SOLES MEET SOFT PLIABLE LEATHER FOR ADDED COMFORT.

COMING IN ITS OWN LITTLE TOTE CARRY BAG COMPLETE WITH A SHOE HORN, PICK UP THE ENSEMBLE AND YOU’RE SET TO GO.

ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT THESE SHOES IS THE VARIETY OF COLOURS THEY COME IN – WHETHER YOU ARE THE KIND OF GIRL (OR BOY) WHO MATCHES THEIR OUTFITS – SHOES, GOLF BAGS, CLOTHING, HATS (WE ALL KNOW THE TYPE, AND ENVIABLY SMART THEY LOOK TOO) THEN THESE KANKURA SHOES ARE JUST THE TICKET. LADIES SHOES TEND TO COME IN MORE COLOURFUL OPTIONS THAN THE MENS BUT THE MENS DO LOOK SMART. MY BUSINESS PARTNER WAS SENT THE BROWN ONES

AND I LIKED THOSE AS MUCH AS I LIKED MY BLUE AND WHITE ONES, IN FACT THE MENS ARE SO VERSATILE THEY CAN BE WORN AS A REGULAR SHOE – IDEAL WHEN JUST NIPPING UP TO THE CLUB FOR A FEW HOLES AND YOU DON’T WANT THE BOTHER OF CHANGING WHEN YOU ARRIVE OR FOR IN THE CLUBHOUSE AFTERWARDS. THE LADIES SHOES ON THE REVERSE LEND THEMSELVES TO BE WORN AS YOU WOULD A COMFY PAIR OF TRAINERS, SO NOT PARTY DRESS BUT CERTAINLY A VERSATILE SHOE. WE LOVED THESE SHOES AND BEING ABLE TO POP DOWN FROM YOUR HOTEL ROOM READY TO PLAY IS A MASSIVE ADVANTAGE ON YOUR NEXT GOLF HOLIDAY.

Buy your lovely Kankura shoes at
http://kankuragolf.com/en/products.aspx

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