While I wouldn’t go as far as saying that golf is my life, it’s pretty much the only thing I like to do with my free time. Sure, I enjoy spending time with my wife, my friends and my family, but I’d argue those good times with my loved ones could easily be ENHANCED if we were out on the course. Am I wrong in thinking that? If I am, there is no way you could ever convince me of it. So don’t even waste your breath trying, hot shot.
Anyway, like a lot of golf junkies (which is slightly better than being an actual junkie, I might add) my intense love of golf also comes a desire to have all the latest gear, gadgets and apparel. I can’t help it. At some point in my life some jerk uttered the phrase “look good, play good” to me and things have gone downhill ever since. Plus, we live in an age of gross materialism and if I’m going to blow my money on THINGS, they might as well be golf-related.
Since the 2016 season (for us amateurs) is about to be in full swing, I wanted to put together a list of all the golf gear we have had our eye on this year. Let’s get to it.
TaylorMade M2 Fairways – $249.99
From the moment I opened the box, I knew the M2 3-metal (we sure we don’t want to say wood anymore?) was getting a permanent spot in my bag. My previous 3-metal (again, wood?) was TaylorMade’s Aeroburner and to be brutally honest, it never fit my eye. Looking down at the Aeroburner I had no confidence. The club head seemed small and unforgiving and that’s primarily why it stays in my bag 99.9% of the time. The Aeroburner performed fine on the range, sure, but if I’m not confident with a club in my hand, I avoid putting that club in my hand. For a while I thought I was going crazy, thinking the Aeroburner looked smaller, but look at this comparison…
IT IS SMALLER!
The M2 reminds me a lot of the Rocketballz Stage-2 at address; it gives off the appearance that it’s bigger and more forgiving. Not to mention the fact that, much like the Aeroburner, the ball FLYS off the face. But it does so without also giving me unnecessary anxiety at address. I’ve only spent a few hours with this beast, but from about 75-100 swings, the M2 is easily my favorite TaylorMade 3-metal (god, I really want to call it a WOOD) to date.
Rangefinders are expensive, but if you buy the right one, you can use it for a LONG TIME. The only upkeep they need is a new battery every year and that’s about it. Of course, that’s assuming you don’t spike yours on the ground in a fit of unreasonable rage.
I recently had the privilege of testing the Bushnell Tour V4 Slope and I can say with 100% certainty that this is the right rangefinder. Bushnell knocked it out of the park with this one. My previous rangefinder was a Bushnell Tour V3 and while it got the job done, it left a lot of guess work when it came to elevation changes at courses that I was unfamiliar with. The Tour V4 has that covered with it’s slope technology. And the slope mode can easily be turned off to conform during tournament play and for posting handicap rounds.
Here is a video explaining the new rule change and how Bushnell created the Slope technology.
The G/FORE Special Issue Delta Force Camo Golf Glove – $40
I’ve balked at buying this glove several times already. Is it badass? FO SHO. But it is also $40 and at the rate I blow through golf gloves that would be one hell of an expensive accessory. Also, what if it comes and the sizing isn’t right? I would be inconsolable.
Adidas golf set out to improve golf shorts in 2016. They’re doing so with breathable, waterproof shorts that free your knees and allow for better movement throughout the swing. What sucks about that, of course, is you now have one less excuse when you block your drives into the trees. “Dammit, my knee got caught in my shorts. Otherwise that would have been STRIPED.” Stinks to lose such a good excuse. Sad day.
FJ Spectrum Golf Gloves – $24
Not to be outdone by G/FORE, Footjoy has come out with their own line of colorful golf gloves. Compared to G/FORE, these things are priced to sell, too.
Under Armour UA Drive One – $199.99
Last year, I noticed a new-ish golf brand called Linksoul came out with a popular t-shirt that said “Make Par Not War.” While I think making pars is a far better use of time than making war, I prefer to be a little more aspirational than pars. So give me motherfucking birdies, motherfucker or give me…a par. Not death. I never want death. Or double bogeys.
Next week is a national holiday in the house that Camm
built bought. My wife knows that she is to never schedule anything on Masters’ weekend. I just wish the Catholic Church would get the message and stop occasionally scheduling Easter on the same weekend. Cut that shit out, Church. You’re ruing my Masters and Chill vibe. Thankfully, this year the Masters can finally be enjoyed the way Bobby Jones intended, on a random, holiday-less weekend where golf fans the world over can enjoy the sport’s greatest tournament without their mother-in-law asking them if they can carve the goddamn ham.
Mizuno JPX EZ Forged Irons – $999
The new PX EZ Forged from Mizuno USA are 30% stronger than their previous irons, but thanks to the 1025 Boron material they’re thinner than ever before.
Nike just dropped these Lunar Force 1 golf shoes yesterday and while they’re a little too ALL WHITE for my liking, I have to imagine that sneakerheads who also golf will be all over these. That is, once they are released on April 1.
Chrome Soft with Truvis Technology – $37 per dozen
That Truvis (soccer ball) pattern that maximizes your view of the golf ball. It also maximizes your chances of looking like a dipshit, so that’s nice. But if it keeps the ball in play and gets it in the hole faster, then sign me up.
Update…we just received an email from a reader that Callaway is putting a yellow and black version of these in play at the Master par-3 tournament. Take a look at these…
TruGolf Simulator – THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS 🙁
I told you I was aspirational. And now I am also depressed because the cheapest TruGolf simulator starts at around $10,000 and I know my wife would rather use that money to feed our family. Such a goddamn killjoy she’s turned out to be.