Our Favorite Golf Products of 2018: Part 2

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Our favorite golf products 2018

Welcome to Part 2 in the series of our favorite golf products of 2018. If you missed Part 1, we discussed our favorites on the equipment side of the industry. In Part 2, we’ll highlight our favorites on the apparel/accessories side. You’ll learn about the main features of each product, discovering why they made our list. Let’s begin.

Favorite Golf Products of 2018: Part 2

Apparel – adidas Ultimate 365 Solid Polo

We start our list at the top, with our favorite golf polo, the adidas Ultimate 365 Solid Polo. A solid-colored polo is the cornerstone of any golf wardrobe. Its versatility fits any style and can be worn on or off the course.

adidas ultimate 365 polo

Nearly every golf polo on the market offers some sort of moisture-wicking and stretching capabilities. This adidas polo is no different, made of a breathable fabric with 4-way stretch. One thing that sets the Ultimate 365 apart from the crowd is its focus on durability. The shoulders are edge-stitched, which is an extra stitching that makes the shirt stronger where you need it most, the arms. Another difference maker is how the Ultimate 365 solid polo also protects you from the sun, blocking harmful rays with UPF 50+.

The final reason for this shirt making our list is the wide range of available colors. Choose from classic colors like black and navy or bright, fashion-forward colors like pink and Aqua.

Shoe – Puma Ignite PWRAdapt

Puma Ignite PWRAdapt features

Next, we move from the top to the bottom. This year, our favorite golf shoe was the Puma Ignite PWRAdapt. Golf shoes need to provide comfort for your feet while still providing stability during the golf swing. Puma conquers both of these areas, putting them in a stylish package the brand is known for.

What gives these shoes their comfort is the company’s signature Ignite foam that runs the length of the shoe. This soft yet stable material returns energy to the foot with each step, giving it a bouncy feel. The upper is made with a combination of mesh and a sock-like liner that hugs your feet and allows them to breathe.

There are 2 main aspects that incorporate stability in the Ignite PWRAdapt. First, a PWRFrame on the upper supports the middle and back of the foot. As the laces tighten, the frame locks the foot in place. The second stability feature is the proprietary PWRAdapt sole. This unique system cushions the Tornado cleats so you don’t feel them with each step. Each cleat moves 360° independently by being absorbed into the Ignite foam. This movement is especially helpful on uphill or downhill lies, letting you swing normally knowing your feet will stay planted.

Bag – Titleist Players 5

titleist players 5 stand bag red black white

With apparel covered, it’s time to talk about our favorite golf bag, the Titleist Players 5 stand bag. This bag has everything you’d look for in a stand bag. It’s lightweight, tipping the scale at a scant 4.8 lbs, making walking 18 (or 36) holes enjoyable. The 5-way top keeps golf clubs organized and the 7 additional pockets provide ample storage for accessories, valuables, and more. The valuables pocket is also waterproof, protecting your things in case you get caught in the rain.

There are 2 significant proprietary features in the Players 5 bag. The first is a proprietary strap system, letting you quickly switch from single to double straps. The stand system is the second proprietary system. The internal foot mechanism at the base of the bag is engineered to extend the legs to the most stable position.

Technology – Bushnell Pro X2

Bushnell Pro X2 laser rangefinder

Up now is our favorite technology product of the year, the Bushnell Pro X2 laser rangefinder. This is the ultimate laser rangefinder from the best in the biz. Here’s a look at the features.

The Pro X2 has Bushnell’s iconic Jolt technology, where the unit vibrates when it locks onto the flag. The unit’s 6x magnification lens assists in picking out targets ranging from 5-1,300 yards and 450+ yards to a flag within half of a yard. The distance is also displayed in either black or red, which you can switch based on light conditions. The Pro X2 also switches between slope and non-slope functions by flipping the “Pro X2” badge on the side of the unit up or down. In slope mode, the yardage shown is adjusted for uphill or downhill shots.

Aesthetically, the unit has an ergonomic shape that fits nicely in your hand. It also has a fully waterproof rubber armored metal housing, making it extremely durable.

Golf Ball – Wilson Staff DUO Soft

Wilson’s DUO Soft golf ball is our favorite golf ball of 2018 because of feel and performance, not to mention all the cool matte colors they come in. We start by what Wilson is known for, feel.

The DUO Soft is, as its name suggests, very soft. It’s the softest 2-piece golf ball in the industry with a compression of 29. The soft feel comes from the large core and the specific ionomer blend in the cover. Wilson found that people prefer a softer ball over the alternative (cause who wants to hit a rock). The trick was coming up with a combination of core and cover that keeps it soft but still performs.

Speaking of performance, Wilson uses a shallower 302 dimple pattern, along with the larger core, to produce longer, straighter shots. The core contracts and rebounds at impact for higher ball speed. The core also produces less spin off the tee, improving the chances of finding the fairway more frequently. The new dimple pattern keeps the ball in the air long enough to maximize carry distance.

Wilson Staff DUO Optix colors

If feel and performance weren’t enough, there are also several matte colors to choose from, called DUO Optix. Wilson uses the matte finish to make it easy to see the ball flight better.

You can learn more about these golf balls in our interview with the man who designed them, Frank Simonutti.

Accessories – YETI Ramblers

Yeti ramblers multiple colors

Golf accessories are practical and convenient. Our favorite accessory to have on (and off) the course is a YETI Rambler. Whether the contents are hot or cold, you know they’ll be enjoyed at the perfect temperature.

YETI Ramblers come on a wide array of sizes (10 ounces to 1 gallon!) and colors. They’re sweatproof so condensation doesn’t build up, keeping your hands dry and preventing them slipping. Some models also come with the company’s MagSlider lid, which uses a magnetic closure to prevent spilling.

That’s a Wrap

That completes our list of favorite golf products for 2018. Again, if you missed Part 1, you can check it out HERE. Got products you think should’ve made our list? Leave a comment and let us know.

If you have questions about these products or any other product, please reach out. Happy Holidays!

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Our Favorite Golf Products of 2018: Part 1

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Our favorite golf products 2018

That time of year has come; a time to reflect on all the exciting products the golf world bestowed upon us. In this 2-part series, we focus on the top products in the realm of equipment, apparel, accessories, and more. We go over the features and benefits that landed each product on our list. Without further introduction, here is the first list of our favorite golf products of 2018.

Favorite Golf Products of 2018: Part 1

Driver – PING G400 Max

g400 max driver

The PING G400 Max driver may have been the last of the G400 family to be released but it’s definitely not the least. The slightly larger 460cc head packs the most forgiveness of any PING driver ever. Key features include a T9S+ forged face, turbulators, Dragonfly technology, and a tungsten sole weight. They all combine to deliver faster ball speeds, ideal CG placement, and aerodynamics to boost performance.

You don’t need to only take our word for it. The G400 Max is heralded throughout the industry for its performance, looks (that matte finish), and sound. Professionals, like Tony Finau and Cameron Champ (2 of the longest hitters on Tour), trust the G400 Max in their bag to bomb it down the fairway.

To learn more about this driver, check out our full review.

Fairway Wood – Callaway Rogue

Callaway Rogue Fairwaywood jailbreak technology

Callaway first introduced their groundbreaking Jailbreak technology in the Great Big Bertha Epic drivers. The technology places 2 vertical bars behind the clubface, stabilizing the head to deliver more ball speed at impact.

To evolve the design, Callaway introduced Jailbreak into our favorite fairway wood of 2018, the Rogue. Callaway improved on the design of the Jailbreak bars in the Rogue. The bars are lighter, allowing weight to be redistributed around the head for more forgiveness. To ensure stability and strength weren’t sacrificed, engineers made the bars out of stainless steel, versus titanium (used in the drivers).

Ball speed gets a boost from the Carpenter 455 steel face and Callaway’s Face Cup technology. A refined, more aerodynamic shape also make the Rogue fairway look very appealing.

We loved the feeling of the ball jumping off the face at impact. It’s also easy to hit it off the tee or off the ground. For more information, read our full review HERE.

Hybrid – Wilson C300

wilson staff c300 hybrid combo

Hybrids have been a game-changing club for many golfers. As long iron replacements, they offer more forgiveness and consistent distance, helping golfers play better.

The Wilson C300 hybrid is our favorite hybrid of 2018 because it does something unique. Wilson uses Power Hole technology to deliver distance and forgiveness. The Power Holes run through the crown and the sole of the club, a first in the industry. To maximize performance, the holes flex at impact, transferring more energy to the golf ball at impact. That energy translates into more distance. The holes on the crown also aid alignment, perfectly framing the ball at address.

Swapping the interchangeable weights (12-gram and 2-gram) on the sole of the C300 promote different ball flights. Place the heavier weight in the heel for more draw bias. Switch the heavier and lighter weight around to give the club a neutral bias.

The loft is adjustable +/- 1-degree with the hosel adapter at the end of the shaft. There are also “upright” settings that give the club more draw bias.

Finally, the C300 hybrid has a smaller, peanut-like head shape that inspires confidence in the club’s shot-making ability and forgiveness. And don’t forget the gorgeous dark(er) matte red finish.

Iron Set – TaylorMade P790 BlackTaylorMade P790 black

Player’s distance irons became a trend in 2018. These clubs have the looks a better player likes (compact head, thin topline, minimal offset) with the forgiveness of a game-improvement iron. One of the first of these types of irons was the TaylorMade P790. They were originally released in September of 2017 but TaylorMade came out with the P790 Black in 2018 (which is why they made the list). P790 Black irons share all the features with their older brother but stand out thanks to their high-gloss black PVD finish.

P790 irons have a clean, crisp look to them. But their beauty goes more than skin deep. The face of the P790s is made of an ultra-thin material that wraps around the sole to the cut-through Speed Pocket. The face and Speed Pocket flex at impact, creating the added ball speed and distance.

Inside of these hollow-body clubs is the secret to their performance, SpeedFoam. SpeedFoam is a revolutionary material that gives the irons a soft feel and helps increase ball speed at impact. The improved feel is an important distinction. Irons with a thin face produce more vibrations that translate to a hard feel that’s off-putting to golfers. SpeedFoam dampens these vibrations, lessening the negative feedback. SpeedFoam also works in conjunction with the face to add more flexing at impact, meaning more ball speed/distance.

Finally, let’s talk about the forgiveness of these clubs. A tungsten weight placed near the toe places more perimeter weight on the clubs. As we know, more weight on the perimeter helps shots hit near the heel or the toe go further. The progressive offset on the P790s (more on long irons, less on short irons), gives you forgiveness and control where you need it most.

These are just some of the reason why the TaylorMade P790 Black irons were our favorite iron set of 2018. Check out our full review of the originals HERE.

Wedge – Titleist SM7

Titleist SM7 wedges favorite golf products

Bob Vokey is a legend in the industry for his wedge designs. In fact, Vokey wedges are the most popular wedges on the PGA Tour (not that we need to tell you that). Success in the wedge game comes from designing consistent, high-performing clubs for the widest array of players. Titleist SM7 wedges have these in spades, which makes them our favorite wedge of 2018.

The biggest feature of the SM7 wedges is the number of grind options that are available, 6 in total. With plenty of options, finding the right combination for your swing/playing conditions is as easy as finding the right letter (of the grind).

Progressive CG locations and loft-specific groove patterns enhance the performance of the SM7 wedges. The CG location starts high and lowers as the loft increases, controlling the height of the shot. There are also 2 different groove patterns on the SM7 wedges. Lower lofted wedges (46-54 degrees) have narrower, deeper grooves. Higher lofts (56-62 degrees) have wider, shallower grooves. The groove pattern partners with the CG location to produce the ideal ball flight and spin for each club.

Remember, it’s as important to get fit for your wedges as it is any other club in the bag. A fitting will find ideal wedge setup (loft and grind) for your game. Read more about the SM7 wedges in our review.

Putter – TaylorMade Spider Tour

taylormade spider tour family favorite golf products

One of our favorite putters in 2017 was the TaylorMade Spider Tour. This putter continues to wow us in 2018, expanding the options of the lineup to fit a wider range of players. Jason Day was the first player to put this putter on the map, in 2016, using it to reach #1 in the world. Since then, it’s crawled its way into several bags on the PGA Tour, including former world #1 Dustin Johnson and rising phenom Jon Rahm.

The Spider Tour comes in 3 finishes and adds multiple hosel configurations and several alignment line options for 2018. The finishes include the original red, a black, and a diamond silver. There are a handful of hosel options to choose from; ranging from classic “L” shape to center-shafted, fitting any putting stroke. You can also choose from a single alignment line that runs the width of the putter or no line at all.

Each Spider Tour head is constructed of a heavy 304 stainless steel frame and a lighter 6061 aluminum body. The heavy frame places more weight on the perimeter of the head for extremely high MOI.

You’ll also find TaylorMade’s patented Pure Roll insert on the face of each Spider Tour model. The insert has grooves cut at a 45-degree angle, helping get the ball rolling online faster.

Experience this putter for yourself and see why it repeats as one of our favorite golf products of 2018.

We Made It…

Whew. Thanks for checking out Part 1 of our favorite golf products of 2018. Leave a comment below and let us know what some of your favorites were. As always, we’re here to help if you have any questions. Stay tuned for Part 2…

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Our Favorite Golf Stocking Stuffers

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The stockings are all hung by the chimney with care. Now to decide what to put in there. Traditionally, gifts like socks, candy, or a book have been favorites to stuff stockings with. However, these types of gifts don’t always resonate with golfers (unless the book is Ben Hogan’s “Five Lessons…”).

This Holiday golf gift guide is here to assist in finding the perfect gift, listing some of our favorite golf stocking stuffers.

Golf Stocking Stuffers

Corkcicle Cooler

Corkcicle 25 oz Wood Collection cooler walnut golf stocking stuffers

Corkcicle 25 oz Wood Collection Cooler

Golfers can work up a powerful thirst during a round. Having a beverage close at hand to quench that thirst makes all the difference. Enter the Corkcicle Cooler, a great everyday gift to stuff a stocking with. Available in several sizes, patterns, and colors, finding the right one is a snap.

What makes these coolers so cool (pun intended) is the amount of time they keep their contents hot or cold. Models keep drinks cold for up to 25 hours and hot up to 12 hours! All models include a slip-proof silicone bottom and easy-grip sides.

Our favorite is the 25 oz. Wood Collection Cooler.

Callaway Dawn Patrol Golf Glove

Callaway Dawn Patrol glove golf stocking stuffers

A new golf glove is something every golfer needs at some point. The more they play, the sooner that time comes. Get ahead of the curve by gifting a Callaway Dawn Patrol golf glove.

The Dawn Patrol is made of all leather that is both comfortable and durable. The entire front of the hand is perforated to keep hands cool and dry. The OptiFit™ Adjustable Closure system ensures the glove is snug as a bug in a rug. Finally, a cotton terry cuff hugs the wrist in softness that absorbs any moisture.

Range Gripper RG1

Range Gripper RG1 golf stocking stuffer

Cup holders in golf carts have become the default place to hold golfer’s cell phone, rangefinder, and more during a round. The problem is, these items jump around as we traverse the course, which leads to potential damage to said items. Luckily, the Range Gripper RG1 has come to the rescue.

The RG1 is made of an unbreakable rubber-like material that fits easily into a cupholder. It securely holds a cell phone, rangefinder, or anything else you don’t want bumping around.

And to all a Good Night

Thanks for checking out some of our favorite golf stocking stuffers. If you need more inspiration, check out this article. Finally, we want to hear about some of your favorite golf stocking stuffers you’ve gotten over the years. Share in the comment section below.

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