Equipment & Product Reviews


Nike Lunar Control 3 Golf Shoes PDF Print E-mail

 

By Jason Bruno

 

Nike's Lunar Control 3 - high performance footwear inspired by world #1 Rory McIlroy.

 

 

Recently I returned from another trip to Bandon Dunes Resort, and as a walking only

facility it was the perfect opportunity do some golf shoe testing. Just before we headed

west, the folks at Nike had sent over their new tour shoe - the Lunar Control 3. There

aren't many golf shoes worthy of such a trek along the rugged South Oregon coastline.

This was my kind of product review, world class golf and the latest in premium golf

footwear all in one.

 

 

 

 

Our test model came in white/Lyon blue. The LC3 is true to size, no need to go

up or down a half size. Lunar Control 3 is available in eight different colors, and

infinitely more when you use Nike's customize it tool. The waterproof microfiber

synthetic leather is durable and provides superior protection from the elements.


 

There are 4 key criteria for me when testing out a new golf shoe, and hopefully

before you purchase your next pair of golf shoes you read reviews like this to determine

whether a particular model is right for you. Very few shoe models come up aces on all 4

of these characteristics: 1) Max comfort, there is no substitute for happy feet . . .

especially when you're toting your own gear 18 or 36. 2) Do they support your feet

properly, preventing injury when you swing aggressively. 3) Do they provide the best

performance and durability to hold up for hundreds of rounds, which equals value.

4)Aesthetics, although subjective, it says alot about you. Lunar Control falls on the

sporty side of the style spectrum which is the trend these days. Not much worse than

the golfer who shows up wearing sweet threads and that dingy pair of old shoes that

were layin in the trunk long past their prime.

 

 

 

 

 

The new carbon

fiber mid foot

shank provides

improved

stability, while

Scorpion

Stinger spikes

enhance traction

and

performance.


Compared to the

previous model,

molded spikes

are now on the

bottom of the

new sole to

resist slippage.

An extra

removable

Spike on the

inner front foot is

also new for

2015.



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Back in January Nike Golf Shoe designer "Dice" Furuya had explained to me in detail

the changes to the new Lunar Control 3, and was emphatic that it was World #1

Rory McIlroy that had a big part in the redesign. "Rory wanted us to increase stability

in the shoe, to achieve that - we brought added traction to the outside of the leading

edges of the shoe and added an additional spike. Rory is really pleased with the new

model and especially its added stability and traction."

 

 

 

Rory McIlroy's thoughts on the new LC3: "I love the look of the shoe and how

much lower to the ground it makes me feel," McIlroy said. With the increased

traction and stability I am able to be more aggressive with my swing, and do not

have to worry about slipping."

 

 

 

 

Comfort & Performance:

The first round on foot with the Nike LC3 was an afternoon on Bandon Dunes. Usually an

orthotic user because of chronic heel spur pain, I wanted to test the shoes simply with

a pair of Kentwool socks. My First impression after walking the front nine - extreme

comfort and stable especially while toting a pull cart over and around dunes in extreme

winds. Although my feet are relatively narrow, the Lunar Control 3 fit snug and provided

a wide and low profile. The following day walking 36 holes through the woods of Bandon

Trails and the rugged coast line of Pacific Dunes (again in 40 mph winds), my feet held

up great, and so did the shoes. The Lunar Control 3's kept my feet on the ground (even

on the most aggressive moves into crosswinds), and had my legs, hips and feet ready

to go the next day for the hike around Old Mac. In fact, I never went to pairs two or

three that I brought. When I played at Gamble Sands in Brewster, Washington the day

after the U.S Open, and the following day several hundreds of miles back across the

state in Shelton (at Salish Cliffs), I never gave it a thought. The Nike LC3 were still

the go to pair. Safe to say the new Lunar Control 3 passed all 4 keys with flying colors.

 

 

 


Nike's Flywire wraps the foot for lateral support.

 

 

 

The Verdict: When you go play an important or special round - What pair of golf shoes

do you choose? You don't choose the pair that hurts your feet, or the pair that slips on

the turf when you make an aggressive swing, or the shoes your feet move around in.

One might say that I have a fairly large rotation of golf footwear, and yet I find myself

continuously reaching for the Lunar Control 3 each time I go play. Honestly, one pair of

these isn't enough. Retail for the Nike Lunar Control 3 - $170

 

For more info on Nike products: http://www.nike.com/us/en_us/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 
Vice Golf Balls - No More Middleman PDF Print E-mail

 

by Jason Bruno

 

 

Vice Golf is a German golf ball company that was started in 2012 and entered

the American golf market in 2015. Founded by Ingo Duellmann and Rainer

Stoekl, the two set out to change the premium golf ball market by eliminating

the middleman. They surmised that most product goes through at least a three

step process before ending up on your peg on the first tee . . . and that costs

you $$$.

 


 

Their business model is similar to our friends at Snell Golf, make a tour quality

product, sell thru the internet, ship directly to your door for approximately half

the cost of the big boys. If you order 5 dozen or more, the price drops down

to $25 per dozen . . . that's hard to beat.

 

The Pro is a three piece cast urethane cover with a 318 dimple design. The Pro

Plus is a four piece ball constructed with a dual casing for lower launch/lower spin

off the driver. Also a cast urethane cover, but with a 336 dimple design.

 

Along with the Pro & Pro

Plus, Vice Golf Balls

come in two other

models.


For slower swing players

seeking distance there is

the 3 piece surlyn

covered Tour model.


For the player who just

wants an inexpensive

ball that's durable, there

is the two piece Drive

model.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is the ball worthy? We tested and played with the Vice Pro, the results were

on par with the best the industry is putting out there . . . short game feel and

spin is spot on - "buttery soft" and driver/iron distance is what you'd expect

from the best golf balls on the market. There were no funky #'s on the launch

monitor and the ball flight on the course bore that out.

 

 

One of the great features about a company like Vice is they'll customize your ball

for very little cost. Available in both white and Neon, Vice gives you no reason

not to give them a try . . . after all who doesn't like performance at a great price.

 

 

For more info on Vice: http://www.vicegolf.com/us2/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Miura CB-57 Forged Irons PDF Print E-mail

 

By Jason Bruno


 

Miura. The very name exudes an excellence and quality rarely achieved by a golf

equipment company. The reactions of golfers at their first sight of a forged Miura

iron is almost always that of amazement.

 

 

 

Photo by Dirck Storm

 

Way back when I was in High School, I had a teacher named Mr.Larder. He

would laud over our psychology class by using hyperbole to boost our self

esteem and raise our expectations of ourselves. Ron Larder would often call us

the "Creme de la Creme" of today's youth. Some thirty years later, the jury is

probably still out on that group of 80's teenagers (now in their late forties) . . .

but that term he used has always stayed with me.

 

 

In the golf industry, marketing folks use hyperbole all the time to describe the

latest in equipment technology. Miura is a golf company that does things

differently. As a small family owned company, they have had to pick and choose

their own strategy for long term growth. This model allows them to pay very close

attention to the fine details on each and every product that comes out of their

factory.

 

Recently I was fortunate enough to receive my own custom set of Miura Series

1957 "limited edition" - CB57 irons (with UST Mamiya Recoil Prototype 95 gram shafts).

 

 


Designed and hand

crafted by the Miura

family in Himeji, Japan

- Mr.Katsuhiro Miura

along with Yoshitaka

and Shinei Miura

inspect and hand

grind the forgings

everyday.

Nothing mass

produced here.

 

Miura's CB57 irons are

a limited edition

forging designed for

those golfers who

want a compact

muscleback cavity

with a touch of

forgiveness.


Photo by Dirck Storm

 

 

 


The weightbar in each muscleback cavity is progressive, as the irons get longer the weight is

relocated lower in the head and changes size as needed. Notice in the photo above, the weight

bar placement in the 4 iron as opposed to the 5 iron, subtle design differences that help ball

flight.

 



Photo by Dirck Storm

Fine details like ferrules with Miura logos are a nice touch.

 

 

 

The clubface

of the CB57 -

notice the

acute topline

angle and low

heel profile of

the 4 iron.


 

 

 

 

What's better than the finest forgings? How about being equipped with the latest in graphite iron

shaft technology - UST Mamiya's Recoil Prototype 95. The smoked chrome finish on these has to

be seen. If you're one of those who resists the urge to change from the steel you've been playing

for decades, head to your nearest fitter and experience the feel and performance of these shafts

(combined with the softest iron heads on the market, the feeling at impact is indescribable).


Performance wise, I picked up approximately 6 yards per iron while testing with the Recoil shafts.

UST's flagship iron shafts are responsive, stable and a perfect match for such a buttery feeling

forged iron (truth be told, these shafts would make virtually ANY iron more playable). Shaping

shots with the compact head of the CB57 is what these babies were born to do, but make no

mistake - these are not intimidating to look down at . . . although the offset is minimal, the

mid-handicap player who wants the classic look could easily game these irons.


 

 

At address the

CB57 is clean

and sleek,

compact but

not at all

intimidating.

 

Jack Nicklaus

has recently

been gaming the

CB57. In fact,

he notched a

Hole-in-1 at the

Masters Par 3

contest in April

using his Miura

CB57 Pitching

Wedge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The hosel

stamped

"Genuine" -

lets you

know it's the

real McCoy.

 

 

 


 

 

Although I'm not one to use headcovers on my irons, it's somewhat

understandable to cover your Miura's. The company supplies covers

with each set.

 

 

 

Pure Grips are standard on all Miura irons.

 

 


#3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 PW
Weight (grams) 243 250 257 264 271 278 286 295
Loft (degrees) 22 24 27 30 34 38 42 47
Lie (degrees)
59.0
59.5
60.0
60.5
61.0
61.5
62.0
62.5

 

Obviously, Miura's aren't an off the rack blowout price purchase, it's a serious investment

in your game. At well over $200 per stick, acquiring a set requires a great committment

from the golfer of modest means, but if you're searching for the finest craftsmanship and

softest sensation at impact . . . Miura's "Series 1957" - Limited Edition CB57 irons truly

are the "Creme de la Creme" of forged irons.

 

 

To learn more about Miura: http://www.miuragolf.com/

 

 

Read our Q&A with Miura Exec Bill Holowaty at Bruno's Blog or click on the link below:

http://www.linksnation.com/site/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=2&Itemid=3


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Devereux Golf Apparel - 2015 Collection PDF Print E-mail

By Jason Bruno


Devereux refers to their Aristotle shirt as the most unique in the the new collection.

Featuring a waved cut and sewn on piece that was inspired by the waves of the

sea.

 

 

In 2013 Devereux Apparel was born, a brand so timeless and classic in style . . .

you'd swear Hogan or Palmer wore the apparel fifty and sixty years ago. Simple

and classy is the theme, and it's no wonder the slogan for such a clothing company

is "Proper Threads".

 

We first reviewed Devereux in early in 2014 after being impressed at the PGA Show

in Orlando. In 2015 the style remains classic, but evolves with the "Christina O"

Collection.



Our threads for this review - the "EOS" polo in White/Sage features a double

chest stripe and the Brunner (also in sage) which features a unique left chest

pocket and buttoned collar.





The Brunner (color: Pebble) is named after the creative minds behind the brand,

Robert and Will Brunner. Proper Threads come in a Pima Cotton/Poly blend . . .

Classic looks, and feel, combined with performance fabric.


Although the style is elegant and classy, perhaps its greatest asset is the versatility

of the apparel . . . wear it on the links, out to dinner or anywhere else at the

resort . . . only a handful of golf apparel companies can truly claim this as a

strength (Ashworth, Dunning, Bobby Jones, Maide and Kartel are the ones that

immediately come to mind). A loud neon stretchy shirt with obnoxious patterns is

certainly not what Devereux is all about.



The trademark slogan is displayed on all Devereux packaging, the logo adorns

the back collar.


We field tested the new shirts, and the comfort level (while playing golf) is

outstanding in humid Florida this time of year. Another unique trait of wearing

Devereux is it's fit, not nearly as baggy as some, and certainly not skin tight like

others. Their sizes run a hair on the smaller side, in the case of an in-between

size (like me) . . . go up to the larger one. The entire feel and fit is unique to

Devereux. You've heard it before: If you look good, and feel good, you'll likely play

good. It's no wonder the Brunner Brothers refer to their products as "Proper

Threads".


For more info on Devereux Apparel: http://www.dvrxgolf.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 
CorkTree Putter Grips PDF Print E-mail

By Jason Bruno


In the category of putter grips, there are many choices in regard to size and

style, but when it comes to putter grip materials, rubber and synthetics have

ruled the scene. If you're in search of something a little different from the

ordinary look and feel . . . Cork Tree putter grips might be worth a look.

 

All four Cork Tree putter models carry the stitched logo along the front of

each grip. Made from Cork Tree bark - otherwise known as Cork Tree leather,

these grips come in various styles and sizes:



The Gimme model (57 grams)- measures 33mm in diameter at the top and 41mm

diameter at the bottom, the Gimme features a slight taper shape.



The Bandit Grip (52 grams)-has a reverse taper shape, the wider position

on the lower hand helps diminish unwanted hand action (Measuring 33mm

diameter top and 41mm diameter at the base).




Slim Jim (80 grams)-is the sleekest model featuring a Tour Taper grip shape

(Measuring 24mm diameter-top and 19.6mm diameter-base).




Stumpy (83 grams)-is largest Cork Putter Grip with reverse taper grip shape

(Measuring 39mm diameter-top and 41mm diameter-base).


 

 

Certainly there is a style, size, shape and color to suit each individual.

Cork Tree Putter Grips retail for 29.95


We tested the Bandit model, which is very similar in size and shape to the

popular Superstroke 2.0 model. The look and feel of the Cork grip is something

very unique. The texture is smooth, and overall has a much softer feel compared

to the oversized rubber/synthetic grips that are so popular today. If your in the

market for a new feel with your flatstick, check out Cork Tree Putter Grips.


For more info: http://corkputtergrips.com/cork-golf-grips-store/









 
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