Friday, 20 May 2011

Nike VR STR8-FIT Tour Driver - Nice!

The VR Tour is a great blend of engineering precision and sleek design excellence. The Nike VR STR8-FIT Tour Driver has an assured and classic style which helps to provide a low spin rate and therefore greater penetrating ball flight.The new Compression Channel tied to high moment of inertia, means you won't lose any distance with off centre hits. Allowing you to shape the ball a little easier, by adjusting the loft and lie with 32 different positions is the true value of this driver.

Nike has designed the VR STR8 Tour with a 440cc head, which is also a more conventional 'pear' shape. This is a marginally smaller head than Nike's previous drivers, but once you start hitting balls you certainly won't notice the difference. With red, black and 'chrome' styling this driver follows on the classic but contemporary design of the VR range. The most noticeable feature of the club head is the hollow red channel on the sole, this is the Compression Channel. The Compression Channel is what drives this club. It acts like a catapult and springs the ball forward once the channel compresses. Found on all Nike drivers, the reconfigured face technology produces improved ball speeds.

If the Compression Channel propels the club, then the STR8-FIT technology provides the guidance. There are 32 different positions to play with, 15 draw setups, 2 neutral, and 15 fade setups. See Metal Fabrication London for more details. Close the face and see the ball draw, then open the face up and the ball will fade. All 32 positions lie between 2 degrees open and 2 degrees closed. The Nike Victory Red STR8-FIT Driver allows the golfer a chance to play with the same quality clubs used by the pros.

Friday, 6 May 2011

Gadgets for the Golf-Mad

Men are notoriously more swayed by gadgets than women, and most sports offer plentiful opportunity to satisfy that itch for a new piece of hardware or software that claims to go where no gadget has gone before… so here is our selection of new golfing gadgets. Purely for the fun of it, you understand. (And you can add them to your birthday wish-list…).

1. The Bushnell Tour V2 Slope Laser Rangefinder. This handy gadget not only gauges distance for you, it will also compensate distance measurements based on the degree of incline on a slope, while the PinSeeker technology will pick up the flag without capturing other background targets. Its range is 5 to 1,000 yards, and promises +/- one yard accuracy. All it doesn’t do is make the tea...

2. Lost your pencil, dropped your score card? The Digital Golf Scorecard keeps track of your strokes, calculates scores and even saves your best round. It conveniently attaches to your golf bag or belt and is shock and water-resistant. What more do you want?

3. Fed up of practicing putting because you spend most of your time bending down to pick up golf balls? Look no further. The RoboCup Golf Ball Return Robot makes practicing quick, fun, and painless, sending the ball back to you over distances of 14 feet or more, with each battery taking care of up to 12,000 returns. There’s even a caddy-cord to gather up your mis-hits and send them back where they came from…

4. Psst! Fancy a drink? The Deluxe Electronic Golf Club Kooler Caddie is the perfectly discreet way to enjoy hot or cold drinks right from your golf bag. It looks like a regulation driver – haha! – but its secret is the one-button dispensing pump. Designed to sit unobtrusively in a side pocket so it doesn’t take up space inside, you can fill it with hot or cold beverages, and they’ll stay at the right temperature for hours. (And no, it’s not a good idea to take your favourite wine, beer or cider around with you. Just to be perfectly clear.)

5. And finally, the most gadget-tastic of all, for the pure golf perfectionist, the hands-free Golf Swing Video Recorder. This allows you to correct your swing while you're on the course as it mounts to your golf bag, push, or golf cart. With one button recording and frame-by-frame playback, it captures your entire body and swing from six feet away. Play back through the built-in screen, your TV, or computer… you’ll be playing like a Pro in no time.

Note to our dear readers: This piece has been unashamedly aimed at the guys. This is because most of the women golfers I know – and I’m one – would prefer a week in the sun with a little golf thrown it. It’s that simple!

Summer Golfing - 5 Tips For Playing in the Sun

This Easter we’ve already seen temperatures in the 20s, with plenty of sunshine to go round. Here are my top five tips for being prepared for the summer…

1. It may sound blindingly obvious, but don’t forget your hat, shades and sunblock. Your skin hasn’t seen the sun all winter, and without a hat you’ll find yourself squinting into the void, unable to hit the ball straight. Your usual shades may be fine, but it needn’t cost the earth to get some glasses especially designed for sport – lightweight and with obstruction-free peripheral vision.

2. Don’t forget to drink lots of water… the beer comes afterwards!

3. Summer golf shoes are a lot more comfy than the mega-waterproof solid boots you trudged around the course in all winter. If you are looking for new shoes, there are plenty on the market which are light, breathable and look more like trainers. You can even get cool golf sandals which look like Tevas…but come with spikes. (As an added bonus, you get to avoid that unattractive white sock line!)

4. Make the most of the long evenings. Don’t forget to pack your pencil bag for a quick nine after work. It’s good for you.

5. It’s worth investing in summer golf shirts. These days they have Factor 50 UV protection, as well as wicking unwanted moisture away (that’s sweat, to you and me) – are stain-resistant, and don’t even need ironing.

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