Nothing like leaving it until last minute, and my wife will attest that this is by no means a new thing, but I’ve had my eye on a handful of “must haves” for my 2013 golf season, and I’m just now putting them on my list for Santa.
- I’ve been in the market for a new driver for quite a while. I came close to pulling the trigger towards the end of this past Summer, but opted to wait due to limited amounts of golf in the near future. I’ve been playing the Taylor Made r7 since it came out and I guess you could say it’s time for a replacement. I did go and demo a handful of drivers back in October, which included the r11, Ping i20, and Rocket Ballz. Hitting in to a simulator you can only tell so much, but going off of feel and distance alone, I was incredibly impressed with the Rocket Ballz driver. The face was extremely hot, and I was consistently getting about 10-12 yards more distance over the other two drivers. Santa, here’s a direct link to the Taylor Made Rocket Ballz Tour TP driver on TGW.com.
- I’ve made it quite a while playing golf without any type of GPS device to help me along the way. I always swore them off and thought they slowed down play. That may have been just a handful of guys I had gotten stuck with on various occasions who felt the need to use it on a 25 yard pitch shot (who then more than likely proceeded to chili-dip it). This past summer one of my playing partners who I play with quite regularly started to carry one and having just the distance to the front/middle/back of the green I found was extremely useful. Pacing off yardage on courses can be quite unreliable, and I’ve played on more than a few courses where their distances were way off. So on my list this year is SkyGolf Breeze GPS from SkyCaddie. No huge frills on this, but a great device at an affordable price, with superior accuracy. This seems to get great reviews as well from what I’ve read.
- They hybrid golf shoe is everywhere now. Fred Couples brought it to the PGA Tour with his Ecco Street Premieres, and now just about every manufacturer has some form of hybrid golf shoe. Tiger Woods has even jumped on board. I’ve been playing with the same Fred Couples endorsed Ecco Street Premiere’s for a couple years now and I absolutely love them. However, I’m thinking it may be time for a new pair and to try something different. TRUE Linkswear, worn by Ryan Moore, who is also part owner of the company, has taken off in the past couple years. They claim their shoes are the “Most Comfortable Golf Shoes”, and have even had someone run a marathon in their shoes. It’s supposedly as close to playing golf barefoot as you can get. TRUE comes to market with a lot of fun styles and colors to choose from. Their new Sensei line has a great look, and is also the shoe that Ryan Moore won the JT Shriners Open in, while TRUE’s president ran a marathon in the Sensei’s on the same day. Sign me up.