It is that time a year for manufacturers to start unveiling their 2015 product lines and our first company to do so is Lamkin grips. Here is a quick look at what you will soon be able to get your hands on.
2015 Lamkin UTx Wrap
The UTx line made its’ debut last year and was well received. Lamkin is now introducing a new offshoot version of it. Over the years I found there are two types of people out there. No, I am not referring to Democrats and Republicans, rather golfers that either prefers a smooth surface or the texture of a wrapped grip. Now the UTx family covers both. The new UTx Wrap will be available in standard and midsize in both black and a blue version (sorry no red like the standard UTx).
If you are not hip to the UTx performance advantage, here is a quick look. They offer their Tri-Layer technology which is essentially blending different materials for better results. These give you the traction of a corded grip without the harsh feel.
Speaking of Lamkin UTx, there is also a new jumbo putter model. Lamkin will introduce two other putter grips, but we will talk about those in a future blog.
Another new grip line to “wrap” your fingers around, the new 2015 Lamkin Wrap-Tech Grips
Lamkin has had a long line of followers with their Perma Wrap families over the years. With the departure of the Perma Wrap Ace with 3GEN after the inventory runs out, Lamkin will soon have the new family called the Wrap Tech. This differs from the Perma Wrap grips of the past as Lamkin engineers added a high-traction band between the grooves in the simulated wrapped pattern. So you get the tacky feel you have come accustomed to with the Perma Wrap grips of the past but with some extra traction.
These will be available in standard, midsize and oversize (jumbo) grip sizes, while the standard model will be available with 3 different accent colors to color coordinate with today’s most popular clubs.
If you think you are seeing double on our website in regards to many of your popular Lamkin grips, don’t worry. Lamkin is slowing changing over from the long-time script logo to their new one. You can get some good bargains now on some of the older logoed grips so act fast before they are gone. For clubmakers, you may want to look at your inventory and see if you might need some fill-in pieces so you can complete a set before they are all gone.
Well, that’s a wrap on the new 2015 grips from Lamkin.
If you are an outdoorsman like me, you might want to be aware of a new company called Camo Golf.
They specialize in “camo golf gear” featuring Realtree MAX-4 wetlands camo; one of the most successful duck hunting camo patterns ever designed. The MAX-4 camo design features cattails, millet, milo, cornstalks, sunflowers, oak and maple leaves, cedar and oak limbs, and a variety of other plant life. The pattern offers maximum effectiveness as waterfowl camo in any open terrain—without geographical limitations. It is the largest camo artwork on the market. Just think of what the crew of Duck Dynasty might do to golf equipment.
CamoGolf was started by a good friend of mine (Gene Simpson) who is a fellow 30 year veteran of the golf business. The line is limited so I am going to review the entire line after given them a good “shot” out on the course.
Gene worked for UST for many years so it is no surprise he choose the new UST Proforce V5 shaft for his shaft. These feature nearly full-length Realtree MAX-4 graphics given them not only a unique or one of a kind look, but durable finish. These go through a unique hydrographic application process that adds no more weight than a traditional paint / polyurethane, but look way much cooler.
A synopsis of the hydrographic technique goes a little like this. The Max-4 pattern is printed on a water soluble film, which is then floated in a tank of water. The film dissolves, leaving the ink pattern intact on the water’s surface. The shafts are lowered into the water / ink bath where the ink wraps around the shaft. The shafts are then washed off to remove any overlapping ink patterns. Then CamoGolf puts them thru the typical silk screening and clear coating process – using a flat textured clear for durability.
If you are not hip to the ProForce V5 shaft, it is the next-generation version of UST’s popular V2 line which has been a clubmaker’s staple for many years. The bend profile using our EI Profiler is nearly identical to one another meaning you can expect the same trajectory. The biggest difference is the V5 uses newer materials and is made with a slighter higher torque for added feel (read the UST VTS story).
Camo’s grips use Realtree’s AP Camo graphics in 3 distinct color schemes; AP Blaze, AP Snow and AP Grey. The AP means all purpose for its effectiveness out in the field. These are mid-sized polyurethane grips (both in the standard and putter models) with a diamond-textured outer surface. The polyurethane material is soft and helps reduce vibration and the larger size is good for those that want to hold onto something meaty.
Buckshot Brand Golf Balls
OK, first of all, these aren’t camouflaged like their other products so you won’t lose them in the trees, traps, rough or any other place on the course as you would the ammunition you are using now. The Buckshot brand is similar to some of the major brands balls so you are not going to notice any difference in performance. You need to reload after a lost ball or when they get worn and ratty anyway and these white, Surlyn covered “bullets” are very affordable leaving you more money in your wallet for cool stuff.
They are available in two types of packaging; standard 12-pack as well as a unique shotgun shell casing. The latter is available in 000 (3-ball) or 00 (2-ball) shells and would be a great collector’s items or as a holiday gift for the outdoorsmen.
Golfers in general love the great outdoors and may very well like to hunt, fish, shoot, camp, hike or a number of other activities away from the hustle and bustle when not enjoying golf. These products are a way of tying your passions together.
A quick look at Quick Spikes – Portable Spikes for Your Sneakers
If you hadn’t noticed we have added a lot of new products to our website of late. Some of these newer items aren’t products that you would usually associate with a golf club component supplier would carry, especially our long-time customers. While we haven’t lost our focus that has helped us stay in business for over 30 years, we are expanding by offering more golf related items so we can be your one stop shopping source. One such item I would like to highlight today is Quick Spikes.
When I first heard about Quick Spikes, the first thing that popped up in my mind was whether this is just another replacement spikes for your golf shoes that could be quickly replaced. When I received the sample to review and opened up the package, then it became apparent that these were overshoes with spikes to put over your sneakers, tennis or athletic shoes (or whatever you call it in your neck of the woods). These are more like the studded ice/snow cleats than they are the old time galoshes some of us old fogies may have worn as a kid.
These were well packaged fitting around a cardboard hang tag display unit providing simple instructions. They fit and stretched easily over my tennis shoes and they are very lightweight (70g / 0.15 lbs. each). Plus you really don’t realize they are your feet when walking on carpet or hardwood. That same night I received them I now had an excuse to go out and play 9 holes with them after work. They never came off during the round and again weren’t noticeable walking on the tee box, fairway, rough or green. Even on the green, I didn’t notice any unusual marks left by the spikes or other rubber material on the sole.
VIEW HOW EASY IT IS TO SLIP ON QUICK SPIKES TO YOUR EXISTING SHOES!
The manufacturer touts this for travel, but if you travel, you are likely to stuff your golf shoes in your bag or throw them in the trunk of the car. That is if you don’t take your own clubs due to exorbitant airline fees and use a rental set or borrow your friend’s or a family member’s spare set while you are visiting. Believe me they take up much less space than your smelly (well at least mine) pair of golf shoes.
I don’t think I would be wearing these for everyday play, but I did would put them in my bag with my rain gear just in case I forget my golf shoes and wanted extra traction on the course or out on the range. Believe me we have all forgot to bring our golf shoes before. The Quick Spike just gives you some added assurance.
The retail price for the pair is $24.95 so it is less than trying to find a cheap pair of discounted shoes when you are traveling. Quick Spikes is an interesting product with a purpose and is priced fairly.