Equipment & Product Reviews


DST Golf - Ahead of the Curve PDF Print E-mail

 

By Jason Bruno

 

My first time hearing about DST Golf was at this years PGA Show, DST stands for

delayed strike technology. The idea first evolved when Berti Cordle (former player on

the European Challenge Tour and golf instructor) sought out the truth about what elements

the best ball strikers in history have had in common regarding their dynamic motion

leading up to and at impact. He studied the bio-mechanics of ball striking for the past

3 years, and the result of his research is the development of the DST Golf club (which is

available in Compressor and CR10 models).

 

What he found was that all of these players have much more forward shaft

lean at impact than they started with at address. So, how could he create a

way to replicate this dynamic position in a golf club so this could be felt by all

players?

 

The illustration of Ben Hogan at impact is a perfect example of what proper

impact looks like. A delayed strike or lag impact is when your hands lead the

clubhead through the strike, this is how the clubface is controlled and the golf

ball compressed - therefore achieving total control over accuracy and distance.

 

 

 

 

Our test club came in the DST Compressor 8 iron. I admit pre-setting your hands well

in front of the ball at address and looking down at the curved shaft is quite odd at

first. Then you'll start immediately feeling consistent compression at impact, and wonder -

What have I been missing? Is this is how golf clubs should have been designed in the

first place. Within the first few swings the ball launched much higher than my usual

flight and with virtually no side spin. Similar in concept to Martin Chuck's ingenious

Tour Striker, but the DST is certainly a simpler and easier concept for the masses to

execute properly.


 

 


The sole of the DST Compressor is wide and extremely flat so it sets up correctly on the turf when

the proper forward shaft lean is put into effect. I've started a ritual of warming up with the DST

at the start of each range session, and before heading to the 1st tee. My iron play has improved

dramatically (averaging 12 greens in regulation per round over the last 4 weeks) since using the

DST Compressor.

 

 

 


The photo above illustrates the recommended address and correct impact positions, if you

look closely - the arms, hands and golf club are in identical positions. It's only the body that

has moved and shifted towards the target. The concept is simple, if you start with the golf

club in the impact position, it's much simpler and requires far less compensation to return

it correctly to impact. I highly suggest you visit http://www.dstgolf.com/ and watch the video

demonstration.


 

 

 

The Hand Position

Alignment Marker or HPAM

allows the golfer to set up

correctly with square

clubface align-

ment to the target.

 

When the bottom groove

line aligns with the HPAM

on the clubs hosel (see

photo right), it signifies

optimal hand position at

address.

 


 

 

As of this Spring, 6 of the 10 players in the world, and more than half of the top 50 players

in the Official World Golf Ranking are using DST to fine tune their ball striking. 240 PGA Tour

and European Tour players use DST, including 27 major winners. Through my travels covering

the recent Florida swing I witnessed two of the best ball strikers in the game using the DST

on the range - Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose . . . needless to say, but if they're using it (and

are not paid endorsers) should we all be using it.

 

As time goes along this golf season I'll post any performance breakthroughs for my game and

who's using the DST out on Tour via @LinksNation on Twitter.

 

 

If you're looking to improve your ball flight and create a better and more consistent impact, then

you're gonna want to check out DST Golf: http://www.dstgolf.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Rival & Revel Silo PDF Print E-mail

 

 

By Jason Bruno

Rival and Revel Silo. Looking at this photo you likely have no idea what this device is,

but If you like to practice, or walk a short course - you'll want to read on . . .

 


 

 

Perhaps the most unique accessory at this year's PGA Show, Rival Revel's Silo

is a perfect item for the golf enthusiast who has everything. The Silo golf club

carrier conveniently holds 6 clubs, eliminating the need to carry your entire bag

for a practice session or when walking a short course. One end of the Silo holds

3 tees (as shown), the other end has a magnetic ball marker.

 

 

 

 

Master club builder Dirck Storm who is a serious range rat and gadget lover - demonstrates

proper form with Silo and sticks in tow (walking from the range to the short course at John

Prince Learning Center in West Palm Beach).

 


 

Features:

- Silo can easily fit and be stored into your golf bag

- reduces club chatter

- great for cart path only rounds, stands on it's own with only 3 clubs inserted

 

 


 

John Prince Park's short course sits right beside the driving range at the learning center.

On the first tee, the Silo holds the clubs in standing position. No need for the carry bag.

In the prototype stage is an attachable strap for the Silo. Stay tuned on future attachments.

 

 

The Silo is lightweight, and the center section is contoured for a comfortable fit for any size

hands. Rival and Revel call the Silo a simplified product for a sophisticated person, we couldn't

agree more. A serious thumbs up with all of our testers.

 

Silo is available in nearly every color combination and retails for $25.

 

 

For more info on the Silo: http://www.rivalandrevel.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Under Armour Eyewear - GAME DAY Collection PDF Print E-mail

 

By Jason Bruno


 

I'm one of those who spends most of my days in the South Florida sun. My occupation

and passion for the game requires high quality UV eye protection. Over 20 years ago

I was diagnosed with what is known by optometrists as a pinguecula (a small growth

on the eye next to the cornea). I was in my mid-20's at the time of the diagnosis and

thought - damn, I'm not even 30 yet, probably going to need these eyes for many more

years. I was ordered to wear sunglasses wherever and whenever outside - From that day

forward, I've worn premium eyewear everyday

 

So when I was contacted by Under Armour to review they're new GAME DAY Lens Collection,

I jumped at the opportunity. Under Armour Eyewear's GAMEDAY Lens was made specifically

to enhance any visual where moving targets are set against sky or turf. According to the folks

at UA, the Game Day lens has been engineered in collaboration with optics industry leader

ZEISS to deliver superior visual contrast and object illumination. Appearance wise, they're

sharp and sporty. The frame is superlight and flexible - constructed with a combination of

titanium and Grilamid.

 

 

Our test model - BIG SHOT came in satin black/charcoal. BIG SHOT comes in seven different

styles and colors. Retail $89.99 and is also available in polarized for $144.99.

 

 

 

I started testing the UA Bigshot during a recent round, and immediately the sky became a

more brilliant blue, the grass a more vivid green, and the golf ball a brighter white. It was so

much easier to see drives land, iron shots settle, grain direction and subtle contours on the

putting surfaces all came into focus - literally a beautiful thing. All this while wearing a cool

pair of shades . . . and considering how much performance these lenses provide, that just

seems like a bonus.

 

Under Armour Sport Performance Eyewear comes in 7 different models: RIVAL, BIG SHOT,

IGNITER 2.0, CORE 2.0, ZONE 2.0, MARABELLA, and THIEF.

 

 

 

Technical Features

  • Ultra-light ArmourFusion® frames are built from a combination of titanium & Grilamid for superior strength & flexibility
  • Adjustable nose pad
  • Three-Point Grip ensures a comfortable & secure fit
  • UA Flex Temple Technology delivers a secure, self-articulating fit designed to fit comfortably under a cap
  • All Under Armour® Performance Eyewear lenses block 100% of UVA, UVB & UVC rays
  • Fit: Large-XL
  • Lens: 65 mm
  • Nose Bridge: 18 mm
  • Temple: 129 mm

 

Under Armour Eyewear Game Day Collection can be seen on the PGA Tour by world No.1 Jordan

Spieth, his caddie Michael Greller and Hunter Mahan.

 

 

To learn more about UA Eyewear:

https://www.underarmour.com/en-us/mens/accessories/sunglasses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Nike Vapor Fly Metalwoods PDF Print E-mail

 

By Jason Bruno

 

 

Vapor Fly Pro Driver

Are you wondering where the bright blue/yellow lime color scheme came from for the new Nike Vapor

Fly?  I have two words for you - Rio & Olympics. Yep, Golf returns to the summer games after over

a 100 year hiatus, and Nike is not one to sit back and be a spectator . . . with Rory being front and

center as one of the favorites to medal, it only makes sense to have the Ulsterman's tee launcher

stand from the rest of his competitors during telecasts in 2016.

 

 

 

 

Nike's new Vapor Fly, Vapor Fly Pro, and Vapor Flex are the latest evolution in Swoosh metalwood

technology. We tested the Vapor Fly Pro, which is the same model that World No.3 Rory McIlroy

currently has in his bag.

 

 

Appearance

What we found was that most either loved the bright blue look or were put off by it. I personally

prefer to see my drivers in black, silver, or even a touch of white is fine . . . but this driver is

so well put together in both shape and style, that I actually started to like the look as testing

went on.

 

 

Stock Shaft

The standard stock engine in the Vapor Fly Pro is no slouch - Mitsubishi Rayon's Diamana Blue Board.

Specs (stiff flex) - 61 grams, 4.4 torque, mid launch.


 

 

 

The smoked finish on the Vapor Fly Pro is clean, a nice contrast to the blue crown and shows an

impression upon impact - which is a good way to get feedback on each strike.

 

 

 

 

 

According to Nike

engineers, The new

compression channel

increases performance on

mishits.


The Flex/Loft sleeve allows

for precise adjustability, but

we found the stock setting

of 10.5 neutral was our

preferred setup during

our testing.

 

 

 

 

Performance

As for actual #'s, before heading out to the course to put the VFP through some actual game time

conditions, we did a fair amount of testing on a Foresight launch monitor. Here was the average

of all the swings, (minus the two best and worst - because sometimes you get a funky read off the

monitor that shows a mirage of Dustin Johnson like proportions, or the that you never played the

game in your life . . . therefore skewing the data).

 

SS: 104 Ball Speed: 151 Launch 13.4 Carry: 249.6 Total Distance: 266.1 Proximity to center: 11R

 

Pretty typical #'s for me, nothing to rave about or be disappointed by. When I took the Vapor Fly

Pro out to the course, I paid much closer attention to detail. Setting up on tee box on a tight driving

hole will do that to you. You can tell that Rory had some influence on this design, The pear shaped

crown doesn't look so big at address. . . and although it's a disco blue, it still somehow conveys

to the player that it's a serious stick . . .

 

 


 

The Golf Pride Z grip comes standard on Vapor Fly models

 

 

One thing I did find was that ball flight with the Vapor Fly Pro (in the stock neutral setting)

had a slight right bias. My usual push draw, was just a push. Since I like to see the clubface

slightly open to square at address, changing the setting on the sleeve to a slightly closed face

wasn't an option I normally prefer. I found myself wanting another level of adjustability. I've

gamed drivers the last few years that have an adjustable weight component as another way

to dial in the desired shot shape. When I did adjust the face angle to a more left bias, ball

flight started left of target, stayed left of target. After continuing to fiddle around with the

sleeve, I settled back to the stock setting (10.5/neutral). Once I knew that the ball would push

10 yds I just aimed accordingly. The Diamana Blue was as smooth and predictable as I hoped,

and impact felt exactly how it should - just a subtle thwack was a welcome sound. The Vapor Fly

Pro is not the most forgiving of the new line, but for a players driver it's fairly lenient on the

occasional heel/toe hit. Overall, I'd give the VFP a thumbs up from the previous years model,

and for those better players fighting the hard right to left shot, that 10 yard push would be a

welcome sight.

 

 


 

Vapor Fly 3 Fairway

Nike's Vapor Fly 3 Fairway looks so clean at address. In fact, more than a few Tour players

have called it their favorite club in the bag including World No.18 Brooks Koepka. The extremely

light crown allows for a lower center of gravity for higher launch and less spin, making the Vapor

Fly fairways really long.

 

 

 


Featuring the HyperFlight face for super fast ball speeds, even on slight mishits.

 

 

 

 

If Drivers probably have the

shortest life span in a

players bag, then 3 woods

usually have the longest.


Why so?

 

Well, Drivers are all

about distance, so most will

give up a bit of accuracy if

they can gain significant

yardage.


A good 3 wood is all about

accuracy, dependability and

versatility. It must perform

both on the tee and off the

deck . . .


 

 

 

Performance from a fairway club is usually a little more subjective because of what we stated

previously, the many demands placed upon a particular players choice of 3 wood. It has to start

from the tee, so we tested out just some raw flight #'s from our Vapor Fly 3. Once we get to the

course and start hitting shots off the deck, and trying to shape shots into tight fairways - then we'll

know if this particular club has a shot to un-root old faithful from the bag.


The launch #'s were solid, infact slightly better than average for me.

SS: 100  Ball Speed: 148  launch: 13.9  BackSpin: 3010  Carry: 232  Total Distance: 251

Sidespin: 186L


Barely a hint of a draw, most shots flew on line and fell just left of center. Fading it was a

piece of cake without touching a setting on the loft sleeve.


 

 

Stock shafts: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 65 or Diamana Blue.



Off the deck, it launches exactly how you hope it would . . . but without ballooning.

The Vapor Fly 3 wood still manages to flight the ball even in South Florida's windy

conditions. There wasn't a shot this club couldn't handle . . . looks like their might be

a new stick in the bag this spring.

 


To check out Nike Vapor Fly products: http://www.nike.com/us/en_us/c/golf/clubs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Best New Products - Part 2 (Apparel/Shoes & Accessories) PDF Print E-mail

 

By Jason Bruno

 

In part 1 of our Best New Products of the 63rd PGA Merchandise Show, we presented our

picks for the best Clubs, Golf Balls and Tech/GPS items. In Part 2 we'll give you our take on

latest golf footwear, apparel, eyewear, and accessories.


Puma's new Ignite golf shoes launched in December, retaining some of the style and technology

from of the previous TitanTour, but with some serious upgrades. The TitanTour Ignite premium

has a new platform, and along with the infusion of Ignite foam, the new treads are built for

extreme comfort and all day play. The upper features full grain aniline leather and pigskin

lining.

 

Puma's premium model is for the golfer who wants a more sophisticated style, and comes

in 3 colors, brown, gray, and white. This was probably the shoe I most desired at the show

(everyone knows you can never have enough stylish/comfortable golf shoes).  Shoe Maestro

Grant Knudson who creates all of these innovative golf shoes for Puma, described the demo-

graphic for this shoe as: "for the progressive tradionalist". Couldn't agree more, sign me up

for an 11.5 med width.

 

 

The TitanTour Ignite gives the consumer more of what they expect from Puma - sporty with

bright colorways. All Ignite golf shoes feature a sleeker more rounded toe down look, but

actually have a slightly wider last in the forefoot. Rickie's Ignite high top will be a limited

edition run in 2016. PWRCOOL technology by Outlast, increases ventilation to keep you

playing at an optimum temperature. http://us.puma.com/en_US/men/shoes/golf

 

 

 

 

Adidas introduces 360Tour Boost, as their top of the line flagship premium

model for 2016. If you've never worn a BOOST model golf shoe, you're missing

out on the most responsive heel/sole area of any golf shoe on the market. Adidas

spent 10 years creating this shoe, so you know it's worthy.

 

 

360TOUR Boost comes in 6 different color ways (including the official USA 2016 Olympic golf

shoe). http://adidasgolf.com/

 

 

 

In the casual spikeless golf shoe market, Skechers GoGolf Drive 2 are new for 2016 -

featuring soft RESAMAX material insole technology for ultimate comfort. We've already

started testing these, and an early thumbs up is definitely in order.

https://www.skechers.com/en-us/men/styles/shoes/performance/go-golf

 

 

 

Footjoy introduced Freestyle at the show as their new sporty casual golf shoe model.

 

 

 

A closer look shows FootJoys traction system inspired by Tree Frogs superior grip, called

F.R.O.G.S (FootJoys - Revolutionary - Outsole - Grip - System), it incorporates a super -

flexible new SoftMax translucent outsole that offers both softer feel and extra grip. Footjoy

Freestyle comes in choice of BOA and standard lace. http://www.footjoy.com/

 


 

Nobody gives your feet a better day - on or off the links than Kentwool. Their famous Tour

Series socks feature superfine Merino wool (a natural Smart Fiber w/Windspun technology.

No more blisters. Kentwool is now available in nearly every color and in different profiles,

from the Tour Profile, Low profile, Standard and now in the Game Day Collection (that comes

in your favorite team colors combinations). http://www.kentwool.com/collections.php#golf

 

 

 


We've talked about the latest in golf shoes and socks, so why are these sandals in our golf show

feature? Well, after a day at work on your feet all day or walking the links, your feet need

recovery - enter Oofos. As John McMahon explained, "Traditional athletic shoes made of EVA

deliver rebound and energy return benefits to propel you forward during your fitness activities.

Oofoam does the opposite, absorbing 37% more of the impact to reduce the stress on your feet

and body to help you recover."

 

 

We started testing Oofos (Ooahh Sport model) about 10 days ago, wearing them everyday

after work and golf . . . I have no idea how my feet made it this long without them. Recovery

Technology for your feet - http://www.oofos.com/

 

 

 

 

This is

obviously

not a new

product, in fact

it is the oldest

trophy in Golf -

The Claret Jug.

The booth for

Scottish Golf

Tourism had it

briefly on

display.

In a place where

there is over

100 thousand

new items being

shown, the

oldest item in

the place is still

the beauty.

Open Champion

- Zach Johnson

currently is the

holder of the

Jug.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scotty Cameron was mobbed at the

show in the Titleist booth, posing with

his fans from the industry like a

celebrity or rock star.

 

On display was his latest putter

designs, custom - one of a kind works

and these very creative putter

covers that have become collectors

items.

 

For everything Scotty Cameron:

http://www.scottycameron.com/custom-shop/


 

 

 

 

KLVN golf bags offered up futuristic clad models in their booth that moved in a

robot like sequence all week. KLVN brought the message that the future of golf cart bags

will offer a modular type system where the carry bag detaches like a shuttle from the

mothership - not sure if it will catch on, but KLVN wins the award for Best new golf bag

innovation.



http://www.klvn.com/

 

 

 

 

Nexbelt was by far the busiest booth at the show, people love belts, especially those

with no holes. http://www.nexbelt.com/

 

 

 

 

Under Armour Eyewear - UA GAMEDAY color enhancer lens by ZEISS illuminates moving

objects, delivers superior visual contrast and object illumination. Stylish too.

https://www.underarmour.com/en-us/mens/accessories/sunglasses

 

 


 

Oakley is still the market leader of sports shades, their new Prizm lenses are the ultimate

in contrasting colors (especially for golf). The demo on these had me wanting an upgrade

of my old Radars.

http://www.oakley.com/en/mens/sunglasses/prizm-sunglasses/category/m0201

 

 

 

The guys at Rival and Revel have created this small device called Silo. Silo holds

6 clubs for the golfer who likes to practice or play a short course without needing

to carry the entire golf bag or a bunch of loose clubs. Keep watching for the review

of Silo coming soon.

Silo comes in assorted colors

The boys at Rival and

Revel are working on this

carry strap for the Silo.

Modeling the strap

in the photo is world

famous club builder to

the pros (and some

hacks)- Dirck Storm.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunice - The weather is rough out there, but you still want to get out there as soon as

possible and tee it up - wherever you are. The Sullivan jacket, or as one of my famous

caddie friends loves to say, "The Sully" is the perfect piece of an early spring performance

layering system.

 

 

If the weather puts up a brutish test, the Albany jacket and Narooma pant

combo offer the ultimate in lifetime weather proofing. Featuring Gore-Tex,

cinch waist, inner sleeve layer and ball cleaner. Be prepared for it all with

Sunice.  http://www.sunice.com/us/golf

 

 

 

Maide Golf, a division of Bonobos Apparel has been producing the Highland golf

pant for several years now. In 2016, there are more colors, patterns, and a lighter

performance fabric that only makes the best pants in the biz even better.

https://bonobos.com/shop/golf

 

 

 

 

Devereux Golf and their "Proper Threads" can be seen on your flat screen this year -

they're form fitting style is being displayed by 2015 Greenbrier Classic Champion Danny

Lee. The new line looks fantastic with tons of new designs and colors. Aristotle shown

above in Apricot/Steel/White. http://www.dvrxgolf.com/

 

 

 

 

Oakley had the scripting attire for Bubba Watson for this years Open Championship (shown

above) and the PGA Championship on display.

http://www.oakley.com/en/collections/mens-golf?nav=TN-Mens_Shop-by-Sport_Golf_6

 

 

 

Longtime golf enthusiast, fashion icon and Carnoustie President/founder Marshall Mancillas has

created some really classy links threads coming up for 2016. Look for more from us on Carnoustie

golf apparel this spring.

 

To learn more about Carnoustie: http://www.carnoustiesportswearonline.com/


 

 

 

Antigua's new 2016 spring line incorporates a textured look with the use of heather

themed designs, this multi-striped jersey knit performance polo is called Vision.

http://antigua.com/index.php


 

 

 

Miami Beach based

Whet Golf design

offers apparel with a

sophistication and

tailored look that is

all its own. Love the

"W" logo on the self

collar. Their motto

is look great, play

great, stay Whet.

 

 

 

http://whet-design.com/

 

 

 

The folks at Golf Pride have come out with a new putter grip called Tour SNSR (obviously short

for Sensor), tour players have described feel as their #1 reason for choosing a putter grip.

According to Golf Pride Retail Product Manager Bruce Miller, the new grip gives players feedback

in the lower hand and a 40% softer compound in the upper hand for feel - combining the two,

all in one grip. The lighter the grip pressure, the better the feel on the greens. Two shapes: the

straight profile is the same diameter from top to bottom, and then there's the more traditional

pistol contour. Both styles come in different sizes, 140cc and 104cc in volume.

http://www.golfpride.com/

 

 


 

Our Friends over at Zero Friction have teamed up with a golf legend to create the new

Motion-Fit system glove. Zero Friction President John Iacono welcomed Johnny

Miller into the fold as part owner in the company, and Miller seems quite passionate

about the product line. The Motion-Fit glove offers the same universal fit as with past

models, but the new spandex glove body offers a perfect compression fit - combined

with cabretta leather in the fingers and palm for the best glove we've EVER tested.

http://www.zerofriction.com/

 

 

 

 

Imperial broke new ground with their CoolCore hat technology in 2015, in 2016 they

offer up the same innovation in their Instant Cooling Towel. CoolCore is 30% cooler

when it's wet. Summer will be here before you know it. Stay Cool . . .

https://www.imperialsports.com/product/coolcore-towel/

 

 

 

 

Look for these and other great products to be tested and reviewed by us in 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
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