2019 Best New Products Part 2 (Footwear, Eyewear, Tech and Accessories) PDF Print E-mail

By Jason Bruno

In Part 1 of our Best New Products (2019 edition) we presented the

latest in equipment to keep on your radar for a possible upgrade to

your bag this year. Here in Part 2, we present those essential products

to focus on in the Footwear, Tech, Grips, Apparel, Eyewear & Accessory

categories. In other words - the goodies . . .


When it comes to top shelf memorable golf accessories, nobody does it like

Seamus Golf. From the first time I saw their unique golf treasures at

Bandon Dunes 7 years ago, I was smitten. Founders Akbar and Megan Chisti

create the coolest handmade specialty items (ball repair tools, headcovers,

bottle openers and bag tags) in the game. Found in many of the finest green

grass golf resort pro shops like Sand Valley, Bandon Dunes, Erin Hills, Cabot

Cliffs and Streamsong.

Tweed and Tartan headcovers are a staple of this Portland, Oregon based

brand. For more on Seamus Golf: https://www.seamusgolf.com/



In last summer's Best Golf Footwear feature we raved about the 2018

edition of the Adidas Tour360. So how do you make an outstanding

premium tour shoe even better? Adidas created their XT, which refers to

Adi's X-Traxion outsole of X-shaped treads that provide maximum grip in

even the foulest wet conditions while providing the comfort of a spikeless

shoe. Available in four colorways. MSRP: $200

Another view of the Tour360 XT outsole.

TOUR360 XT Spikeless

All of the Adi Tour360 XT style and BOOST performance in a spikeless

model. Available in four colorways; White/Black/Silver, White/Navy/Gold,

White/Black/Scarlet and Black/Metallic/White.

Tour360 XT-SL outsole - MSRP $170. Both Tour360 XT & Tour360 XT-SL

have arrived in for review, watch for our "Best Links Footwear" feature

coming this Spring. For more info: https://www.adidas.com/us/men-golf




Puma's new IGNITE NXT SOLELACE features a non stretch breathable

mesh upper, a lightweight strong TPU that allows the lace system to

support the entire midsole by attaching directly to the edges of the

outsole - providing what Puma describes as the ultimate spikeless golf

shoe. Ignite Foam provides comfort, energy return and cushioning for

superior step-in comfort.

100+ directional hexagon lugs provide the traction. Available in four

different colorways. MSRP $120 - IGNITE NXT has arrived in for review,

watch for our "Best Links Footwear" feature coming this Spring. For

more info on Puma Golf: https://www.cobragolf.com/pumagolf/


Footjoys new FURY features an Ortholite impressions FITBED comprised

of two variable foam compounds - a base layer for support and a soft

memory-foam that creates an impression of the foot for an individual

custom fit. The outer features an external support that works in tandem

with the Inner Fit Sleeve, while the FlexGrid provides medial and lateral

support for even the most aggressive swings.  MSRP $170


FJ FLEX knit lightweight mesh upper and FTF FitBed provides all-day

comfort, maximum breathability and a casual versatility that's proper

on or off the course.

Versa-Trax sole provides the traction. MSRP $89.99


The all new Pro/SL is available in lace or BOA version, featuring Chromoskin

- 100% waterproof full grain leather upper provides instant comfort

right out of the box. Worn on tour by Ian Poulter, Adam Scott, Louis

Oosthuizen .

Pro/SL features a perimeter weighted outsole for max stability, the TPU

molded outsole provides 223 individual points of ground contact for

complete versatility in any playing condition. MSRP $159 BOA $189

For more info on Footjoy: https://www.footjoy.com/golf-shoes/


ECCO's BIOM G3 features uppers made from tumbled textured Yak leather for

a supple garment washed appearance and feel. A double-layer neoprene collar

adds comfort while on the links. FLUIDFORM technology bonds the upper and

outsole - creating a one-piece golf shoe without the use of glue or stitching.

Available in BOA or lace. MSRP $250 - For more info: https://us.ecco.com/golf/



New Balance Striker features a microfiber leather and FantomFit upper

structure for better support and fit all while weighing only 12.4oz. Cush+

foam insole provides extreme comfort.

Slim-Lok spikes provide traction for all types links terrain. NB Striker

has arrived in for review, watch for our "Best Links Footwear" feature

coming this Spring. MSRP: $120 - For more info on New Balance:




True Linkswear has had a cult following for years, and their new MAJOR

is their first shoe inspired by Tour Players. Designed to be their most

versatile and durable with the comfort of your favorite sneaker. The

designers at True utilized a combination of a leather saddle and a

Paracord Lacing System to provide the type of foot stability that the best

players demand.

Multi-directional sole treads provide proper traction for any walk on

the links. 2 year waterproof guarantee gives confidence that TRUE

Linkswear has you covered in any conditions - MSRP:$199. Our TRUE

Major samples have arrived in for review, watch for our "Best Links

Footwear" feature coming this Spring. To learn more about TRUE

Linkswear: https://truelinkswear.com/true-major/




Prior generations of the industry standard - Footjoy's StaSof were

on display at the Footjoy booth in Orlando at this year's PGA Show.

Footjoy's Taction3 performance leather by Pittards of England optimizes

softness. Strategically positioned perforations and Power-net mesh

provides exceptional breathability. The 2019 StaSof features enhanced

grip performance and provides a longer lasting glove - MSRP $25. For

more info: https://www.footjoy.com/golf-gloves/


John Iacono and the outside the box innovators at Zero Friction have

given their unique compression-fit Cabretta Elite golf glove an updated

look with matching colored lycra to go along with their 100% premium

Cabretta Leather. Unlike your typical leather golf glove, Zero Friction's

re-inforced Lycra (located in the fingers, back of hand/palm) provides

the ultimate in breathability. Detachable tee and ball marker included -

MSRP $17.99. For more info: https://www.zerofriction.com/








TecTecTec - ULT-X Rangefinders

TecTecTec introduces the long awaited ULT-X rangefinder. Their bold claim

of the ultimate rangefinder can be validated with it's impressive features.

ULT-X's Target Lock Technology will catch flag targets up to 450 yards

and hazards at 1000 yards.

Ult-X includes Slope mode, which is easy and quick to operate, simply pull

the faceplate out : Yellow = Slope / Black = Non-Slope. If you want quick

overview of various distances, Scan mode will provide instant readings on

all targets in view.

At $249, TecTecTec packs an awful lot of innovation, ease of use and

value. Our test unit has arrived, so stay tuned for a complete review

of ULT-X. For more information on TecTecTec: https://us.tectectec.com/


GOLFBUDDY launches their latest rangefinder line - the sporty aimL10

features three different target modes (Standard, Scan and Pin with

vibration mode) and a new ergonomic design that weighs a mere 6 oz.

aimL10 comes with a slope on/off switch for accurate distance readings

while playing courses with elevation.

aimL10 V has a built-in speaker for an added VOICE feature. Simply press

the voice button anywhere on the course and hear your distances aloud.

aimL10 is a great value when you consider the features included and the

cost of leading competitor models. Available 3/1, MSRP - $299. For more

info on GolfBuddy: https://www.golfbuddyglobal.com/

GOLF LOGIX - PuttBreaks

In today's world of high-tech Golf GPS devices, course layouts and yardages

are just a push button or voice command away. Now in 2019, GolfLogix

the most downloaded app in the game has launched PuttBreaks.

According to GolfLogix, this new app technology goes a step beyond

any recent innovation focused on how to improve putting performance.

PuttBreaks is quite simply a 3-D green mapping app for golfers who

demand cutting edge next level insight to score their best.

PuttBreaks illustrates the undulations and breaks of your putts on over

12,000 golf courses - to within a centimeter, and it's all right at your

fingertips. The phone app automatically places you wherever you're

located on the putting surface. Navigate, zoom and pan-in to better

understand the green and how to sink more putts. Just drag the line

from your ball to the hole and PuttBreaks shows you the directional

markers indicating the elevation changes, breaks, speed and aimpoint

variables on the green. We've tested PuttBreaks for ourselves - it's so

easy to use, a big thumbs up. Download for free on Google Play or the

App Store. For more info: https://www.golflogix.com








Everyone can use some healthy energy while out on the links, and while

strolling around the PGA Show we stumbled upon the Bobo's booth, their

natural ingredients and amazing taste prompted us to dig a bit deeper.

According to the folks at Bobo's, "We started with and still use – four

simple ingredients found in our kitchen and yours. Each one of our oat

bar ingredients is gluten-free, vegan, certified Non-GMO, and made from

100% organic whole grains." Healthy, but amazingly delicious and perfect

for the golf course

Our favorite of the flavors we sampled was the Peach Oat Bar, but the

Cranberry Orange, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Gingerbread and Apple Pie

are on our to do list. Check out Bobo's: https://eatbobos.com/


Under Armour - Tuned Golf/Recovery

Under Armour introduced their TUNED GOLF and RECOVERY Eyewear

system for the transition from performance to relaxation. New UA

GOLF lenses are engineered to "See it Better and Read it Better"

enhancing turf contrast. ArmourSight technology provides distortion

free vision. UA's TUNED RECOVERY lenses filter out harmful blue light -

rejuvenating your eyes for the next outdoor performance. All UA

shades defend against 100% of harmful UVA/B/C rays. Tuned Golf

Big Shot MSRP $115, Tuned Recovery Glimpse MSRP $110, Getaway

Polarized (classic sportstyle) $160. For more info on UA Eyewear:


Oakley - Mercenary

Oakley's new Mercenary Prizm Dark Golf model blends the classic style of

aviators with today's sporty eyewear styles. Featuring a round lens shape

and double-bridge frame design made from a nylon infused plastic called

"O Matter" that's super-light and durable. Prizm Dark Golf lenses enhance

contrast on the fairways and greens to enable peak performance. MSRP -

$173. For more info: https://www.oakley.com/en-us/collections/mens-golf


Electric was a big hit in our 2017 Best Golf Eyewear feature, and they

continue to bring out more classy and unique styles this year.

Watch for Electric's first signature series shades - the JJF Knoxville

Sport. The customized JJF design also features exclusive melanin-

infused polarized lenses. Bronze Polarized plus as shown $220, Grey

Polarized $170. For more on Electric: https://www.electriccalifornia.com/



Golf Pride

Golf Pride's 2019 new grip models: Tour Velvet Plus 4, MCC ALIGN

(Green), ZGRIP w/ALIGN and the TOURSNSR Contour Pro putter grip

(available in 104cc & 140cc sizes) featuring a sculpted pistol shape

with a more traditional tapered profile. For more information on Golf

Pride: https://www.golfpride.com/


Lamkin's latest line of high performance grips features micro-texture

FINGERPRINT technology in their new GENESIS compound. The new

Sonar Tour (grey-center) is already being played on the tour by World

No.1 Justin Rose. (only available in standard size). MSRP: $9.29

For more on the latest Lamkin grips: https://www.lamkingrips.com/



If you're like me, accessories like belts, golf specific footwear and

eyewear are more than just a necessity, they provide support, comfort,

safety and style while enjoying a day on the links. Slidebelts has quickly

become a standout in the golf marketplace and a favorite of ours.

There are several ratcheting quick release style belts on the market, but

none that we've found that have the quality and variable styles that SlideBelts

offers. We've partnered up with the team at Slidebelts for a giveaway later

this spring, follow us on Twitter and stay tuned . . .

For more info on Slidebelts: https://www.slidebelts.com/


The Greg Norman Collection is a mainstay each year in our "Best Of"

feature and 2019 is no exception. The Shark's Foulard and Splash

polos set the stage for another big Spring/Summer from this iconic

brand. MSRP $69.95

Norman's outerwear like this Heathered Weatherknit Rain Jacket is a

must have for any dedicated linkster. Featuring 100% Polyester Melange

Interlock 2 layer breathable seam sealed waterproof protection, includes

an interior media port on the pocket. The reflective silver Shark logo

on the back neck area is a rad accent - MSRP $124.95. For more info:




Dunning isn't an apparel company that has a golf line. They are a

GOLF COMPANY that creates only the finest threads for serious

style connoisseurs who want the best fit and performance without

compromise. Their STRETCH golf shirts are worn on tour by Kevin

Kisner and Andrew Colsaerts - MSRP $99

Player Fit woven pants and Pro Heathered golf shorts are two of Dunning's

calling cards, and referred by many in the industry as the finest in golf. A

favorite in green-grass shops around the globe for their four way stretch

and player specific fit. Clean lines and extreme comfort will have you

looking and feeling your best on the links - Pants MSRP $99/ Shorts $89

For more info: https://www.dunninggolf.com/




In the all-weather gear department, it's hard to beat the extensive

selection of choices from FootJoy. The DryJoy Tour LTS is the top of

line in outer layers constructed from advanced tech materials. Footjoy's

rain booth display proved the point beautifully. Worn on tours around

the globe. MSRP $285 To learn more about FJ weather gear :





Ralph Lauren's 2019 Golf Collection can be seen on tour being worn

by Justin Thomas, Billy Horshel and Davis Love III. A more array of

subdued colors are the theme for the classic styles of their Polo line

this upcoming summer season . . .

. . .  variable prints and sporty styles create a fresh look for Ralph

Lauren's RLX line. Both can be found in green grass shops and

retailers everywhere. https://www.ralphlauren.com/


Stay tuned for reviews coming up on many of these products including:

Tech/Rangefinders, Our Spring Best Links Footwear Feature, Belts/Apparel

as well as Eyewear and Accessories.