What is an Orange Whip?

What is an Orange Whip?

 

The Orange Whip is a training tool used to help loosen your muscles before you play. This helps stretch out your golf muscles before a long 18 hole journey and helps stretch you out so that you can get in a few good practice swings and build your momentum before you even take the first drive on the first hole. This training tool helps you learn if you’re swinging too fast and really helps you feel what is wrong with your swing.

The way it works is there is a heavyweight at the bottom, a really flexible shaft in the middle, and a counter weight at the top. This tool is much heavier than the average golf club and will stretch you out, and at the same time it’s going to improve your timing. The club is made so that you can learn to swing at the right pace. If you try to force it and go too fast it will start to feel awkward and it will throw you off balance.

Orange Whip Trainer

The Whips give your swing a rhythm, which is important because that’s what a golf swing really is, a rhythm. The orange whip teaches you to let loose to what’s comfortable for you. The weight really is exaggerated when you swing and teaches you a rhythm to perfect your golf swing. When you start your backswing it’s almost as if the weight is on it’s own path and your simply guiding it.

There are multiple orange whips and you are encouraged to try all of them. There are differences in each whip and having your own personal experience will help you chose which whip is better for you. The long version can slow you down and help you find your swing, or the short version because the long version will flatten your swing and you want to be upright.

The Orange Whip is a great training tool that is a necessity and should be in every golfer’s bag. The stretch followed by the soon to be improved golf swing is definitely worth the purchase.

For even more information and in depth looks at the different Whips, visit their website at OrangeWhipTrainer.com

VC200 Golf GPS Rangefinder from Voice Caddie

VC200 Golf GPS Rangefinder from Voice Caddie

Voice Caddie VC200

I have been lucky enough to review several different GPS distance measuring devices in the last several years. Some of them have a bunch of additional functions and options more than just giving you a distance to the hole. If you are looking for a very simple way to get your yardages without pushing a bunch of buttons or trying to line up a flag in a laser you should consider the VC200 from Voice Caddie.

The VC200 is an innovative, compact device that gives you the basic information you need to improve your game. Simply clip the voice-guided GPS onto your belt or your hat and you can get spot-on distance measurements. No digging through your bag looking for the unit, or trying to read a digital display in the bright sunshine, one push is all it takes.

Voice Caddie VC200
The VC200 is your own personal caddie, simply click a button to activate the innovative voice-guided golf GPS. While other rangefinders on the market can be off, the VC200 guarantees accuracy. Consider it your own personal caddie, giving you distance instructions and feedback on the course. The VC200 provides you with a audio distance measurements within three meters or a little more than 3 yards.

Accurate Distance Measurements
Whether you’re looking for the distance to the green or your shot distance, you’ll hear accurate measurements from the VC200. The device is accurate, with a margin for error within a little more than three yards. That is plenty accurate for most recreational golfers, certainly for my game.

Cutting-Edge Design
Weighing in at under 0.85 ounces and measuring just 1 ½” wide by 1 ¾” tall by ½” thick including the clip, the VC200 is so compact that it clips right onto your hat or belt without adding extra bulk. Get the data and stats that you need on the course. The volume control buttons are easily accessible and can be adjusted to limit distractions to your playing partners. There is also a ball marker on the clip side of the device.

Voice Caddie VC200

40,000 Available Courses available
The VC200 comes with 30,000 preloaded courses, and offers more than 40,00 courses worldwide. You won’t have to spend time programming your device before taking it out for a day on the course. Just turn on the device a couple of minutes before your round and you will be good to go! There are no additional or hidden subscription fees with the VC200 device. It is all set to go once it’s charged right out of the box.

Automatic Course and Hole Recognition
While getting ready to go out for a game of golf, you should be excited for a day on the course, not worrying about your gadgets. With the VC200. You won’t have to worry about programming your device; it automatically recognizes what course you’re playing, as well as which hole you’re currently on. If you happen to be playing holes with parallel fairways the device may jump to that hole, you can quickly push the button to go back to the proper hole.

Golf Metronome System
Develop a better swing rhythm with the device’s unique swing tempo function. This would be a good feature to use on the practice range or during a practice round.

Rechargeable Battery
The battery is rechargeable and lasts up to nine hours when fully charged. Charge before heading out, clip it to your hat or belt, and don’t worry about it dying during your time on the course. When your battery does need a recharge, the VC200 will alert you. The cord plugs into a USB adapter that most people have around these days from their cell phones.

Voice Caddie VC200

Additional Standard Features

Volume Control
Two buttons on the side of the device control the volume. These buttons can also be used to toggle between meters and yards and to manually change holes.

Multilingual Options
The device can read out information to you in nine different languages: English, Spanish, German, Italian, Swedish, French, Japanese, Chinese and Korean. Golf is hard enough for me in English I didn’t dare to try Italian or German.

Inside the Box
A USB cable, user manual and a ball marker all comes in the box

Pros
Very simple to setup and use
Compact in size and weight
Tells you your battery life when you power it up
A great value, low cost of investment

Cons
It provides you only simple distances, no bells and whistles here! What you hear is what you get!
No choice for a voice, a woman’s voice was fine for me but others might not like it.

Voice Caddie VC200

So if you are a golfer looking for the basic yardages to the center of green and the distance you hit that monster drive consider the VC200 from Voice Caddie. I think you will be happy with the results you get and it will definitely save you some time searching around for yardage markers or pacing off distances. Voice Caddie has multiple styles and types of golf measuring devices so check them out at voicecaddie.com

Michael Hallee
Golf Life Contributor

Chipping Pro – Chipping Training Aid

Chipping Pro – Chipping Training Aid

Chipping Pro

 

If there’s one thing that all golfers need to work on, it’s their short game. My good friend, a golfer who has competed on the Web.com Tour and in the PGA Championship, told me that a golfer’s short game on Tour usually separates the best from the rest. Living on a course and seeing everyone that comes through, most people spend little to no time practicing their short game but rather hitting nothing but full swings and a few putts. That’s why I think the Chipping Pro is a good idea, mostly because it can be used at home.

The Chipping Pro is a chipping training aid that teaches proper form. This is achieved by having a raised back edge and an angled flap at the front. The raised edge creates an obstruction that causes the club to take the proper path, while the flap helps make sure you follow through correctly. The ball rests on a turf platform that is only 15mm off the ground. After a chip, you simply use the club to reset the flap and place the ball back on the turf.

Chipping Pro

There are two methods that are used by tour professionals and the Chipping Pro can help practice each of them. The Hinge & Hold and Pull Through Methods both have videos available on their website so you can choose your method and become a better chipper!

For this review, I did some testing along with a few others. I was the only single digit handicapper where everyone else was 14 or higher. I consider my short game to be one of the better parts of my game, but it could definitely improve. As for the other testers, they all struggle with too many wasted shots around the greens that cause their scores to skyrocket.

Chipping Pro

The 14 handicapper struggled but after multiple uses and using the instant feedback, they were making crisper contact and generating more spin than before. She was pretty excited to see the difference and explained that the ball would be easier to control with the added spin and consistency. The highest handicap golfers that I worked with found that they became too frustrated to spend much time with the aid. Although I explained to them that this was proof their form was way off, neither wanted to continue.

Chipping Pro

As for me, I spent a ton of time using this before I got out to the course to try it out. I personally love the consistency this thing forces you to have. You simply can’t hit the ball without doing it correctly. If you’re slightly off, you’re gonna catch the raised edge and miss the ball. I think this is why the higher handicappers struggled so much. I think if they would have spent the time perfecting it, the results would have been there. I definitely recommend this product to anyone, just be sure to stay patient and use the feedback the Chipping Pro is giving you. If you do, more consistency and lower scores will be heading your way!

Price : $39.99

We loved it and we think the Chipping Pro can help you and your short game!!

Josh Ross
Golf Life Contributor

 

Golf Sunglasses put to the test

Golf Sunglasses put to the test

Golf Sunglasses

Golf Sunglasses put to the test!

 

It’s that time of year, warm temperatures, blue skies, beaches, convertible sports cars, vacations and best of all – 36 hole days of golf. For all of these activities a good pair of golf sunglasses can be a needed friend, and with Father’s Day on the horizon we thought it would be a great time to roll out our review of the finest eyewear in golf.

Six companies contributed to our review: Oakley, Bolle, Tifosi, Electric, Reks and Under Armour. Sometime in the early 90’s I discovered how important quality eyewear is when I visited an ophthalmologist to examine a growth on my right eye called pinguecula. I was only 25 years old and indestructible. The eye doctor told me that the growth was harmless, but lectured me on how quickly my 20/20 vision would deteriorate without wearing proper eye protection daily (especially living in the Sunshine State). As someone who’s office has been primarily in the sunshine since 1987, it was probably a smart move to heed the advice and get some type of premium shades. Since then, having top quality eyewear has been a priority.

Golf Sunglasses

From wraparound sporty to the more classic Wayfarer style like Electric’s Knoxville model (front row center). Picking out a new pair of specs is much more like selecting the right pair of golf shoes than it is getting fit for a new driver. All of the shades in this review offer superior UV protection, so it really boils down to preference in tintframe style, size, fit and cost. Although each model features high tech innovation and space age materials, we’ll try not to bore anyone too many times with words like hydrophilic, grilamid and polycarbonate (forgive me if I slip one in every now and then). We rated each according to lens clarity, capability for green reading, functionality, quality, versatility and style.

Rating Table:

♦ = Marginal quality and less than ideal for golf activities

♦♦ = Limited in reducing glare and picking up turf contrast detail

♦♦♦ = Good sunglasses, but just average for golf

♦♦♦1/2 = A solid overall performer that provides excellent clarity

♦♦♦♦ = Versatile. enhances green reading, handles everything you can throw at them regardless of conditions.

♦♦♦♦1/2 = Quality and style worthy of being your “go to” shades.

♦♦♦♦♦ =  Supreme Gamer shades – “Must Have”

 

Golf Sunglasses

Bolle offers a vast assortment of golf specific eyewear choices – our test subjects included: 6th Sense (back left), Ransom Folds of Honor Limited Edition (back right) and Fly Air (front).

BOLLE RANSOM – FOLDS OF HONOR LIMITED EDITION

Golf Sunglasses Folds of Honor V3 Golf Limited Edition – for every one sold, Bolle makes a donation to the FOH to help the families of fallen military. Ransom model features bClear lenses formulated to keep your vision clear all day long and to repel moisture and smudges. The wrap-around shape has become the standard in golf eyewear, and certainly that’s a good thing since side glare can be a problem. Green reading with the bclear V3 lens (amber/bronze tint) is significantly enhanced.

Pros: Ransom is the most versatile style of the 3 Bolle options we tested.

Cons: Nothing really stands out about these, shiny black frames and extended length nose section can be slightly distracting while addressing a golf shot. 

Fit: Med/Large  $99 Rating: ♦♦♦

BOLLE FLY-AIR

Golf Sunglasses

Bolle Fly-Air is new for 2017 and features all of the performance features of Ransom, but in a sleeker less cumbersome frame profile. 

Pros: Most prefer the Fly-Air styling because of the matte black frames and oval lens shape, these are both sporty and classic in style (and few golf specific shades can boast that). 

Cons: The smaller profile provides less lens coverage 

Fit: small/Medium $105 Rating: ♦♦♦♦

BOLLE 6th SENSE

Golf Sunglasses

Bolle Golf’s 6th Sense is just an all out UV shield of the highest order. Also popular in cycling, 6th sense is all about intense “get after it” competition. The golf specific model features the same bClear V3 Modulator lens that’s now Bolle’s standard for enhanced turf contour clarity. Bolle now offers the 6th Sense in a Ryder Cup Edition that will be popular in France for the 2018 matches. Lee Westwood wears these out on the PGA and European Tour. After wearing these for a round in the intense South Florida sun, 6th sense easily exceeded our expectations in virtually everyway.

Pros: More lens/less frame is ideal for most sports, with golf it’s a game changer, these have zero visual distractions. The pliable arms allow for a custom fit that stays put regardless of how furious the activity. The hardcore linkster will find (as we did) these are right at the top of the list of golf specific shades. They may be Tour de France style, but easily the yellow jersey of Bolle’s Golf rotation. 

Cons: none. 

Fit: Large  $158 Rating: ♦♦♦♦1/2

ELECTRIC KNOXVILLE

Golf Sunglasses

Electric is a California company that brings their classy shoreline vibe into the golf market. Their Knoxville shown above debuted 10 years ago and is the company’s best selling eyewear model of all time. Is it golf specific? No, but it’s quality and style of the highest order and that scores points no matter what the activity is. Born in Cali, crafted in Italy.

Golf Sunglasses

Ok, since the Knoxville is not a golf specific eyewear product, I’ll break from my earlier statement and give some actual tech data on the product line: Knoxville Features a mold injected Grilamid frame and OHM polycarbonate bronze lens that protects 100% UV protection as well as 98% blue light protection. According to Electric, their VLT 11% bronze tint offers vibrant landscapes and surroundings. We don’t disagree (weighs 30 grams).

Pros: Superb quality. The matte finish Tortoise shell wayfarer style frame easily is the timeless classic of this group of sunglasses. Knoxville can be worn anywhere anytime. As an all-around pair of shades they’re top shelf.

Cons: If this was a review on sunglasses in general, these would easily garner a higher rating. As far as golf is concerned there are a few small items needed for these to be considered as serious gamer shades (for example: the nose and ear pieces don’t provide any kind of non-slip contact point). 

Fit: med/Lg $99 Rating: ♦♦♦1/2 Shop Electric: http://www.electriccalifornia.com/sunglasses.html

OAKLEY GOLF – EVZERO STRIDE w/PRIZM

Golf Sunglasses

Oakley is the most well known brand in sports sunglasses. PRIZM is the company’s latest lens innovation and aims to set new standards in definition and clarity in high performance eyewear. According to our friends at the “O” that we met with at the PGA Show in January – “By fine tuning individual wavelengths of color, PRIZM sharpens visual acuity to reveal nuances that would be missed by the naked eye.” Their EVZERO STRIDE (above) was our model for this review.

Golf Sunglasses

Planet X frame design and color scheme is an edgy vibe. EVZero features Oakley’s lightest frame and a 180 degree rimless lens for a completely unobstructed view. Oakley’s unobtanium ear socks and nose pad handle the no-slip chores

Golf Sunglasses

EVZERO Stride is definitely a large fit for those with bigger facial features. Perhaps the cleanest aesthetics of any eyewear on the market. PRIZM filters 100% of all UVA, UVB UVC and harmful blue light up to 400nm.

Golf Sunglasses

Pros: Similar to Bolle’s 6th sense, the EVZERO Stride leaves nothing to chance. It’s ultra light, has comprehensive UV coverage and the most advanced lens technolgoy in sports to keep you performing at your best. Since there are zero visual obstructions from the frame and they weigh practically nothing (just over 20 grams), you practically don’t even realize you’re wearing them. Reading greens and observing course details is a great experience with PRIZM. You won’t miss even the smallest of intricacies.

Cons: If you don’t care for the ultra bright tint of the PRIZM lens there isn’t an option to swap out for a different lens. 

Fit: Large $170 Rating: ♦♦♦♦1/2 Shop Oakley: http://www.oakley.com/en/prizm/

REKS OPTICS

Golf Sunglasses

Reks Optics is a South Florida company that claims southern Palm Beach County as it’s home base. Innovation and value is what Reks is all about. We tested out their Sling-Blade Lumolux, an un-breakable black satin-touch flex frame that fits perfectly to those with a small/medium facial profile. According to Reks, “Our polarized lenses withstand impact 1000% better than glass or plastic.

Golf Sunglasses

Sling-blade comes in Black, Raspberry and White frames. Polarized Lumolux rose/amber polycarbonate lenses have 5 different coatings and an embedded polarized film that provides superbly crisp optics. Available in Red Mirror, Blue Mirror, Brown, Gold Mirror, Rose- Amber, Silver Mirror and Smoke. These performed as well as any eyewear we tested on the golf course.

Golf Sunglasses

The advanced polymer unbreakable frames have to be seen to be believed.

Golf Sunglasses

ProsStylish unbreakable satin touch frames and polarized lenses for $50 – need we say more? Reks as a relative unknown in Golf eyewear deserves some serious attention from those looking to get serious bang for their buck! Easily the sleeper of our review. 

Fit: Small/Medium

Cons: Nada! Rating: ♦♦♦♦1/2 Shop Reks: https://reksoptics.com/

TIFOSI CRIT

Golf Sunglasses

Tifosi Crit (Metallic Red) might be the cult hero of this review. Gaining some momentum among golf enthusiasts in recent years for their innovative and highly functional specs and all at a great value. Engineered for endurance sports (and summer golf should be thought of as such), Tifosi packed Crit with tons of features (compact, stylish, light (31 grams) and at a price tag that will shock you.

Golf Sunglasses

Crit comes standard with 3 lens options so you can get optic clarity regardless of the conditions. Smoke -15.4 light transmission, Golf/Tennis 16.4 light transmission and Extreme Conditions 39.1 light transmission.

Golf Sunglasses

Crit features adjustable arm and nose pieces for perfect fit. Vented lenses improve air circulation and prevent fogging. Grilamid frames and polycarbonate lenses come standard.

Pros: Style and quality are top shelf. 3 sets of lenses for all conditions is a major bonus. There really isn’t an option Tifosi missed with these shades. One of our highly respected product testers thoughts on Crit “They rival any pair of Oakleys that I’ve ever worn.” He continued his praise, “Tried out the EC (extreme conditions) lens, my eyes which are very sensitive to light adjusted perfectly to them in no time.” Big thumbs up!” $69.95 (We’ve seen them online for $50

Cons: ZERO 

Fit: Medium Rating: ♦♦♦♦1/2 Shop Tifosi: http://www.tifosioptics.com/

UNDER ARMOUR EYEWEAR

Golf Sunglasses

Under Armour has launched into the performance eyewear golf market with the emergence of the uber-marketable Jordan Spieth. Test models Octane and Igniter 2.0 shown above.

UA OCTANE

Golf Sunglasses

OCTANE features chrome GAME DAY multi-flection lenses that defend against 100% of UVA/B/C rays. According to UA: “ArmourSight lens technology provides enhanced distortion free vision.” Polyamide frame offers max strength and durability. UA AutoGrip self articulating temples conform to any head shape.

Pros: A versatile all around solid shield for links application. Multi- positioning nose pad provides a custom fit. One tester really liked the screwless cam-lock hinges.

Cons: chrome mirror-style lens doesn’t appeal to some of our testers.

Fit: med/Large $115 (seen online for under $90)  Rating: ♦♦♦1/2

UA IGNITER

Golf Sunglasses

UA Igniter 2.0 – Ultra-light ArmourFusion frames are constructed with Grilamid and titanium. The satin like feel and look of the matte black frames are a classy touch.

Golf Sunglasses

ArmourSight GameDay GREEN color enhancing lens technology delivers 100% UVA UVB and UVC protection as well as 20% less distorted peripheral vision. Adjustable nose pad ensures comfort and fit.

Pros: Solid performer. UA’s Igniter 2.0 gives you what you’d expect in a pair of modern day golf shades. No surprises, clear enhanced vision, clean lines and great fit. 

Cons: UA shades only come with a microfiber cleaning bag. Most of the companies featured in this review include a hard case in addition. $89 

Fit: medium Rating: ♦♦♦♦ Shop UA EYEWEAR: https://www.underarmour.com/en-us/sunglasses/golf/g/37agm

Summary: Like we stated earlier, it really boils down to preference when you’re dealing with eyewear of this quality. Decide if you prefer a small, Medium or large fit according to the size of your facial features. Decide if you like an amber/bronze tint lens or a brighter more vibrant experience like Oakley PRIZM. Then decide on what your price range is, all eyewear in this feature ranges in price from $50 – $170.  Have a great summer and don’t forget June 16th is Father’s Day . . .

 

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Jason  Bruno
LinksNation.com & GolfLife.com
Sci-Core Practice Golf Balls

Sci-Core Practice Golf Balls

Sci-Core Practice Golf Balls

Every golfer needs to practice to get better at this game we call golf. However, it isn’t always easy to find the time to get away and head to the course to practice. That is where Sci-Core golf balls can help. The company Swing Coach (behind the game changing training golf club endorsed by Top Teacher Dean Reinmuth) has created this “real feel” practice ball for the everyday golfer. The Sci-Core golf ball is the heaviest practice ball on the market to purchase. Coming in at a weight of 20.5 grams, this ball will give you that more realistic feel allowing for maximum flight of 130 yards on full swings.

The Sci-Core Golf Ball is the perfect ball to use for indoor practice. Use them on your indoor putting greens. You can even chip them into a indoor or outdoor net. Take them outside to use in the backyard. They are perfect to use for short game practice around the yard. Get your kids involved and start them practicing early. You get real pop off the club face with a limited distance flight.

Sci-Core golf balls

TECHNICAL SPECS:

  • Durable non-marking glossy cover

  • Condensed patent pending polymer foam construction

  • Traditional dimple pattern for accurate flight characteristics

  • Balls float for easy retrieval 

  • Extended use ball, won’t crack over time and retains its shape after months of use

    Sci-Core golf ball

Cost:

Swing Coach Club makes it easy to have plenty of practice balls for practicing. You can purchase a 6 pack of Sci-Core golf balls for only $14.95. An even better offer is their Buy 3 Sleeves Get One Free deal.

No more excuses for not practicing. Now is the time to check out the Sci-Core Practice Golf Balls. No more FEAR of breaking windows or denting cars. Head over to their website and learn more today!

 

MGGolfTowels from MitholoG

MGGolfTowels from MitholoG

MGGolfTowels from MitholoG

The golf business is so rapidly growing that sometimes we seem to get lost in the process. I feel like everyday a new golf product is hitting the market. The big OEM’s constantly launching new clubs every few months. Apparel companies are starting up faster then you can say “Grip it and rip it.” One product we don’t see a lot of changes in is the Golf Towel. That is what made this review on the MGGolfTowels so much fun.

Last month we were in California filming a segment for Swing Jacket. While there filming, we were introduced to some of the folks behind MGGolfTowels from MitholoG. I have heard of them but didn’t really know much about them. Now I can honestly say I am not actively searching for new golf towels and making sure our readers know which are the best golf towels to use. I guess I can say it wasn’t a top priority. However, after seeing several different styles from MGGolfTowels I was immediately interested in learning more about them and if we should do a review.

MGGolfTowels

Styles:

MGGolfTowels have 18 different styles to choose from. Each style has its own clever name. For example, some of my favorites are the AUSSIE AUSSIE Its Jayson’z-Day,The KING and the @TheRealTrickyFowler. Every golfer is unique and has their own style. What better way to showcase your school colors or your favorite teams then by pimping out your golf bag and representing.

What was really cool was seeing some of the golf towels on golf bags while filming. The colors just really popped on camera. It just showed so much personality to each golfer. Check out these pics below and you will see what I am talking about.

MGGolfTowels

MGGolfTowels

MGGolfTowels

 

Logos:

MGGolfTowels can even place your logo on one of their towels. It can be your sports team or even golf courses can put their logo on the towels and give them out to their members. It’s that simple. Choose your colors, add your logo and start rocking it out on the course.

MGGolfTowels

Final Thoughts:

MGGolfTowels help all golfers be unique and standout on the golf course. Every single towel is made right here in the USA.  Made with 380gsm microfibers making it very absorbent. Adding some water to the towel makes it easy to keep those balls or clubs clean throughout your round. They are machine washable making it super easy to clean after each round. These towels literally allow you to add some swag to your round. My only negative is probably the price. Most golfers I golf with or know would probably not consider purchasing a towel that comes in around  $35-40 bucks. I guess I would tell them that don’t look at it as just a regular golf towel but as a towel that is going to represent your personality and is a very well made product. In my opinion, that is worth the investment. Head over to MGGolfTowels.com to check out all the styles and get yourself one today!

 

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