Last year I did a series of Friday mini-reviews of products I’ve been sent or things I’ve tried that I really enjoyed. I’m hoping to continue it this year.
- RocketBallz. Yesterday I had the good fortune (there’s no other way to look at it) to play St. George’s on a perfect day with the course in perfect condition. We played from the old tips, which was about 6,900 yards, plenty long enough and avoiding some of the new silly back tees (like the 6th and 18th). On four holes I hit by RocketBallz 3-wood from TaylorMade and I’ll say I’m sold on this one. It is typically as long as they say (I caught the first one a little off and still hit it a long way down the middle of the fairway) and I find it is one of the more accurate 3-woods I’ve had. I’ve been playing it since I was in the Dominican two months ago and it isn’t coming out of the bag anytime soon. Here’s a rare case where the product matches the hype.
- Sligo. Until I did a story for the Lifestyle, Golf and Travel digital magazine (you can find it here and it is worth a read) I had never worn clothes from Canada’s Sligo, a company formed by a couple of Devil’s Pulpit pros. Not sure why — they sent a couple of shirts and some pants along and I’m impressed. The shirt fit wonderfully and the collar was slightly firmer than other shirts I’ve worn recently. Great, cool clothes in neat colours. Graham DeLaet is wearing them on tour, as is Brian Gay.
- Bruce McCarrol. The man I’ve used as an instructor for several years is now teaching in a couple of locations — Angus Glen, Lambton G&CC, Beacon Hall — and is looking for a few new students. And don’t worry, if you’re not a member at Beacon or Lambton, Bruce can still teach you there, which is very cool. Bruce is what I’d call an agnostic instructor — he doesn’t fit into any one category, but has spent a lot of time studying a variety of swing theories and makes his teaching match what you are looking to accomplish. Recommended.
- Hirzl gloves. I hadn’t heard of Hirzl gloves before Gary Sheppard, the CEO, sent me a note asking what I knew about the company. He sent me a group of the company’s gloves, which have been big sellers at Golftown, to try out. They are gloves made of Kangaroo leather, similar to those made by House of Kangaroo, an Oakville company that received some attention a few years back. I’m stunned by how well these wear — and I’m tough on gloves. There are three variations of gloves — control, feel and flex — and I’m a big fan of the flex glove. I found the palm on the control to be a little thick to my taste, but the point is these gloves don’t wear like other golf gloves and provide great grip even in wet conditions. Worth checking out.