A few weeks ago I gave a preview of the Srixon Q Star Tour golf ball. My initial thoughts can be read here. Srixon has slowly been killing it in the golf ball market for years. Their tour ball is the Z Star and is a great golf ball. My search for a cheaper urethane golf ball led me to the Q Star tour. This year my favorite inexpensive urethane ball, the E5, was discountinued. This is why I have needed to find a new golf ball. I have reviewed the Callaway Chrome Soft and the Top Flite Gamer Tour. I thought I found a winner but the Q Star Tour was released and hits at the price point I like.
The Q Star Tour is a 3 piece ball. The urethane cover has 324 dimples and has Srixon’s special SpinSkin coating. The core compression comes in at 75. Compare this to the Chrome Soft at 65, the Top Flite Gamer Tour at around 80, and the Pro v1x in the high 90’s
The first thing anyone tells you to do with a new golf ball is take it to the putting green and see if you like how it feels. In my past reviews I have said my preference on feel is for the ball to be soft. When looking for a urethane covered golf balls finding a soft feel can be difficult. This golf ball feels really nice of the putter face. It is a solid feeling ball. As the compression ratings show its not as soft as the Chrome Soft but right on par with the Top Flite. I have said it before but I dont believe the ball makes the ball roll further or shorter. I think the ball rolled true and fell in the hole just as easily as any others.
Short Game Performance
For me this is the most important part of a golf ball. Its the reason I prefer to play urethane. If I play a non urethane I can not be as aggressive as I like. The Q Star Tour spun more like the Chrome Soft than the Top Flite. From any situation it was a hop and a stop. The performance was incredible. I couldnt believe how much spin I was generating. In all honesty it was just as good as any other ball if not better .That includes the Chrome Soft, Gamer Tour, and Pro V1x. The feeling the ball produced was just as good as it was off the putter. Firm but still soft enough.
Iron distances were right on par with what I expected them to be. My 8 iron was going 155 with this ball just like all the others. On the green this ball danced like none of the others. I hit a shot that landed 3 feet behind the flag and spun back 10 feet. To some they may like this but for me it left me with a much longer putt than the hop and skip would have. To me its a negative but to others it may be a positive. I didnt feel I was able to control when I backed it up 10 feet if I wanted. If I could control it it may not be so bad. The feeling off the face was very nice. A nice soft feeling. The ball produced a lower ball flight than I thought. This could also be part of the reason the ball spun so much when it hit the ground. The lower ball flight and the high level of spin the ball produced led to backing it up a few feet.
I couldnt believe how high this ball flew. Half way through testing I got a new driver and wanted to make sure things were not flawed so I took out a Chromesoft and a Top Flite. Considering how low the irons flew I was very surprised to watch this ball fly as high as it did. It didn’t fly as high as the Chromesoft but it was much higher than the Top Flite. As far as the distance was concerned, It was a few yards shorter on some shots and a few yards longer on others. Off the center of the face it felt great. Like the other parts said, It was firmer than the Chrome Soft but right on par with the Top Flite.
Overall I like this ball. It is a contender for the ball that goes into ball pocket. At $30 a dozen it matches the price of the E5 I used to play. The ball is a little more expensive but it does seem to have a lot better durability than the Top Flite. If youre like me the price point is perfect. The performance is great as well. If you want Tour ball performance without the tour ball price I cant think of a better ball than this one!
Yesterday I reviewed the Chrome Soft. I really like the ball but at the same time I also struggle paying $40 for a dozen balls. I am always looking for a mid priced urethane ball. I loved the E5 from Bridgestone. It could be found for about $25 a dozen. Well this year Bridgestone decided to make a terrible decision and cut the E5 in favor of a new version of the E6. Ever since then I have been looking for an inexpensive urethane ball. Well at Golf Galaxy I found the Top Flite Gamer Tour. Its a Urethane covered golf ball and at $35 for 2 dozen I had to take a chance.
The sound off the putter with this ball is slightly clickier than the Chrome Soft. The Chrome Soft may be too quiet for some folks. The Top Flite is great if you want some noise but without a click this is a good option. The most important aspect of feel is the sound. This is a great feeling ball as well. It isnt as soft as I like but it is still a great feeling ball. The ball rolled true and consistent.
I was very curious on how this ball would perform around the green. The price of this ball had me believing that this was going to under perform especially compared to the Chrome Soft and the V1x. It did everything I threw at it and it performed admirably. I could have it run out or stop on a dime. Trajectory was easy to control. I could hit it high or low and do either one with any amount of spin. I made a couple chips as well. The ball had a nice click when struck with the wedge. It was another middle ground between the V1x and the Chrome Soft. So far on the putting green and chipping green it was a solid ball.
No surprises with the ball. It flew on a nice high flight. It landed soft as well. Again I am not a big fan of the ball tha lands and zips back 15 feet. The Gamer Tour was within 1-3 feet of its ball mark every time. I couldnt believe it. I also loved the sound the ball made off my irons. It was a nice moosh. I could always tell when I hit it well. It made that beautiful noise and flew out quick. It was addicting. It didnt sound and feel like most budget balls. I didnt really gain or lose much distance with the ball.
This was my favorite part of this ball. The ball had a piercing trajectory. I played in heavy wind and it cut right through it. Hitting into the wind the ball can balloon. This can making a cut a slice or make you hit the ball 200 yards. With this ball it never did that. In fact one of the best drives of my life came with this ball. No wind behind me and a tight fairway. I ripped the drive. After walking to my ball the guy I was playing with asked me “Is that your ball?” I said yes and all he said was “Holy Shit”. I pulled out my range finder and tried to shoot the tee box marker. The range finder read 318. I didnt believe it. I shot it again. 318. I shook my head and continued on. I took the ball out with the Chrome Soft and Pro V1x. It continually out drove the Pro V1x by 10 yards. The Chrome Soft and the Gamer Tour were neck to neck. The Gamer Tour would beat it occasionaly by 5 yards. The gamer tour though was noticeably straighter than the Chrome Soft. The sound off the driver was solid. It was loud but not ear blistering loud. I loved it.
I couldnt believe how great this ball performed for the price. At 2 dozen for $35 you cant beat this ball. I have been trying to find some negatives to put in this review but I really am struggling. The durability isnt as good as the Chrome Soft but its nothing I can be concerned about. The only real negative I can think of is the packaging. It is so frustrating. I couldnt get the damn sleeves out of the box. I was having to stick my whole hand into the box but was still struggling. They are in there snug. I destroyed the boxes to just get them out. You can see it in my pictures. In the end it doesnt matter. If you are like me and want an inexpensive Urethane ball I think we have found it.
One of my favorite golf balls on the market is the Callaway Supersoft. I love how soft it feels and also the actual performance of the ball. The only thing that is missing is the urethane cover. Whenever I would play it all I could say was “This would be perfect if it had a urethane cover”. The solution to my problem was the Callaway Chrome Soft. I normally wouldnt spend $40 on a golf ball. I got these as a package with a nice discount golf book. I will be reviewing the 2017 model with the Truvis (Soccer ball) pattern.
The first thing I have always been told to do with a new golf ball is see how it feels off the putter. I took these out to the putting green and gave it a go. The first thing that I noticed was the Truvis pattern. It does make the ball look like a soccer ball. Its a unique look. I can see how some would find it distracting but to me it was kind of cool. After a couple of strokes I noticed a few things. First thing I noticed was how quiet it was. I dont like a clicky sound when I putt. I prefer a much more muted sound so right away I like the ball. Now when talking about the sound feel comes next. This ball is very soft. It is very mushy feeling. I know this is all in my head but you can almost feel the ball compress on the putter face. Again I really liked how this felt. I also felt the ball rolled true and consistent. I didnt feel the ball flew off the face or died too early.
The most important part of a golf ball to me is the greenside control. The part of my game I could use some help on is hitting Greens In Regulation. Chips and short pitches are something I work a lot on. My philosophy is if you are going to miss greens be able to get up and down for par. I threw this ball down with 2 other brands. One a Top Flite Gamer Tour (review tomorrow) and a Pro V1X. I hit a bunch of chips with each ball and the Callaway performed the best out of any of them. When I would want it to run out, the ball would run out. When I would want it to check up it would check up as well. Anything you could want in greenside performance from a golf ball is present.
With the irons the ball flew on a nice mid height flight. The same softness was present. I hit all of my irons the same distance as any other ball I have played. I took all 3 of the balls I mentioned earlier out on the course and it performed up to par with the Pro V1X and the Gamer Tour. Im not a player who likes to have the ball zip back 15 feet. I want the ball to hop and stop. This ball was never far from its pitch mark. Another plus mark for this golf ball.
This is where I may have a few issues with the ball. The ball was extremely soft off the driver. I didnt lose any distance but the ball didnt fly exactly how I like it. In my opinion it flew just a little too high. I also seemed to have a problem with this ball staying straight. Now I fully admit that is partly the result of the Indian. But I do question if because the ball spun more. I also have to question if the higher ball flight cause the ball to be in the air longer if it gives it more time to make a right or left handed turn. With that being said it killed the Pro V1X in distance. Im talking 5-10 yards. Thats the difference between a 7 or 8 iron.
If you are looking for something that feels soft but gives you that nice tour urethance cover then this is going to be a great ball for you. If youre the type of guy who doesnt care what kind of ball he plays and just needs something cheap then you may not buy this one. Are these better than other tour level balls? In my opnion, yes. Its my new favorite tour ball. Is it worth $40? Absolutely.
I think the thing that makes a bag look bad ass is the head covers. I always wanted a cool set of head covers. I asked my wife to make me some, I tried to make my own, and I had asked one of my wife’s friends to do it. I could never get it done. About 5 months ago Stitch offered up a grab bag. I bought 6 leather head covers for 50 dollars. You didn’t get to select what you got. You got what they gave you.
Through some trading I managed to get a color combo I wanted. My initial thoughts on the head covers was how good they looked. The colors popped and looked great. The other thing that caught my attention was how solid they seemed. The seams were very thick as well. The next thing I wanted to check was how well they fit on the clubs. The driver fits perfectly. Its snug but not overly difficult to use on the course. Nothing is worse than the guy who sits on the tee box trying to put his head cover back on but can’t figure it out. The 3 wood and Hybrid cover honestly fit a little loose for my liking. They stay on but it isn’t nearly as snug as the driver one which I would prefer. Maybe if I played a bigger 3 wood and hybrid it would fit better but I don’t. The most important part is the fact they don’t fall off. I can deal with it being loose.
Besides looking awesome the head cover functions as a means of protection. They protect the driver head from dings and scratches but they also protect the shaft from damage. A head cover that is too short doesn’t protect the shaft and a head cover that is too long clogs up the bag and can look sloppy. These are perfect. They hit right at the top of the bag . No other clubs can hit the shaft and that’s exactly what I wanted. They look good and they do their job perfectly.
After 5 months of them protecting my clubs I want to talk about how they have held up. Stitch uses leather for their head covers and they do not skimp on it. Sometimes with very cheap leather it has a plastic feel to it. These do not have that feeling. They haven’t lost that soft feeling in the past months and they feel like they are just breaking in. It reminds me of a nice baseball glove. They have some small scrapes but it looks like worn in leather not damage. I honestly feel these will be with me for a long time. One thing is the fact they need to be cleaned .The problem is I have no idea how to clean them. I’ll take suggestions if you got ’em I don’t see any stitches that could pop. The stitches that could pop are all covered by some very thick piping. Sometimes you pay a little bit extra for something you know will last you forever. This is one of those situations.
Essentially they look great, do their job perfectly, and have a good build. The quality is there. They are worth every penny. Especially if you get in on their grab bag deal. I don’t normally advocate for spending money on something like this but I got to say this is an incredible product. If you are looking to give you bag a nice classic look with a quality product give the Stitch head covers a spin.
A few months ago I decided to grab a new training aid. As I have said many times before my putting is terrible so I decided I needed a putting aid. I was walking around PGA Superstore when I saw this gem.
The SKLZ Perfect Plane is a putting aid that teaches you the correct stroke path, proper acceleration, and how to square the club face. It has 8 tee holes drilled where you put tees so that you practice going from tee to tee. This helps ingrain the correct back swing and follow through. It gives you a tactile feed back when you hit the tees. It also is a hard plastic so when you putter is on it you can hear it as well.
When I pulled this out of the box it wasnt hard to figure out. There were no pieces to put together. There was only the training aid and some tees. The first thing I noticed was the size. It was by no means tiny. It was long and wide. Were talking probably 18 inches long and a good 8 or 9 inches wide. I wish it were a bit smaller. If it cant be smaller for training purposes maybe make it collapsible. There was no way I was putting this in my bag and taking it with me to practice. This leads to my next point. Its pretty heavy. Im not saying it weighs 15 pounds or anything but between the size and weight it wasnt something I could bring to the practice green as an afterthought. I would have had to actively think about it to bring it with me. I wish it would have been smaller or collapsible.
With all of that said I can see how this may help some people. If I felt my stroke was off just a little I could grab it and put my putter on it. If I could hear the scraping noise I knew the putter was on plane. I cant say it transformed my putting though. I tried using it but didnt feel different. Putts wernt rolling better. Using it also just proved to be a pain in the ass. Making sure the ball was the right distance from the board and in the middle was too much. If I used the board it was usually with out a ball. I took it to the putting green after a couple of range sessions. This showed the problems with this product again. I had to take my bag back to the car, grab my putter, grab the board, walk back to the green, set it up and then finally practice. Again if I could fold this up and put it in my bag it would be 100X better. The portability problem led me to hardly use it. I tried using it on my putting carpet but when you used it with the tees it would move. If it had some way for me to attach it to my putting carpet it would have worked. Maybe some velcro?
All in all its a quality build. The plastic is thick and heavy. It feels very durable. The problem with that is it makes it very big and heavy. The lack of portability makes it a pain to use on a putting green. The fact you cant bolt it down when its not on a grass surface makes it hard to use indoors as well. It wasnt the product for me but that doesnt mean it was bad. If you are not concerned with the portability or are more willing to use it, it is a solid putting plane.
There are soemthings we as guys just dont talk about very often.One of those things is what we wear as underwear. My wife and her friends talk about that and I can safely say I have never discussed that with a friend. To most guys its whatever we dont really care. I didnt at all. All I knew was I wanted boxer briefs. Well after using my regular cotton boxer briefs in 100 degree heat I would come home and just not feel great.
This is where the Under Armour Boxerjock comes into play. The Boxerjock is a pair of boxer briefs that uses Under Armour’s heat gear material to create a lightweight moisture wicking material. It also features some anti-odor technology as well. I liked all of these features and decided to invest in a couple of pairs.
I again ordered these online. They arrived in the mail and they were in their retail packaging. They are rolled up in the package and 3 fit in a fairly small box. I took them out and examined them pretty closely. First thing I noticed was how soft the material felt. I also noticed how “stretchy” the material was. I could tell I was going ot have a nice range of motion in these which was exactly what I wanted.
I put them up knowing I was going to play golf really soon. When I took them out it was around 90* and I put these on. Putting them on felt great. They were tight but not uncomfortable. They gave me a slight compression feel. This feel lasted throughout the round which is great. Normal cotton boxer briefs will stretch out throughout the round and end up feeling more like a boxer. A normal cotton boxer will get damp throughout a round and can cause chaffing and create some unwanted feelings down there. After 9 holes I went to use the restroom and noticed how dry the boxerjock was. After another 9 I drove home and didnt feel uncomfortable at all. Most of the time when I finish a round I need to go home and shower. There is no hope o fgoing out afterwards mainly because of how I feel underneath the shorts. With the boxerjock I have no problem going out afterwards. The moisuture isnt there. That leads to more comfort.
All I can say is the boxerjock has made a difference in my comfort during and after the round. GO pay the money for the boxerjock. I dont have much negative to say about it. If i had to choose something it would be how gaudy the waistband is. Its still comfortable. I cant tell you if the Boxerjock will be worth it to you but it is worth it to me.
I dont know about you but I consider clothing a piece of equipment. If you are comfortable you will swing better and play better. The rest of this week I am dedicating my time to do some clothing reviews. Today we will start with a nice pair of Nike Flex Front Woven Short.
I ordered these online and waited patiently. I decided to go with the Steel Gray color because I felt they would go with any color I threw at it. When they showed up I pulled them out and felt the material right away. They felt soft and light which was exactly what I wanted. The other thing I noticed was how good the material looked. The color was nice and vibrant. I wouldnt say bright because they are a dark color. They managed to pull all of this off without the shorts looking “shiny”. A lot of times the moisture wicking material requires it to have a shine.These shorts didnt really fall into that category and I appreciate it.
After looking at them the next move was to try them on. They fit true to size. I ordered my size and they didnt fit too small or too big. It was right on the number. I didnt want to get the tapered fit because those tend to run small and get a little too tight for my golf swing. These are also the shorts with the longer inseam. I am 5′ 7″ and these still hit right. I would imagine if you are a tall guy the shorter inseam may not be for you.
Next step was to see how these shorts perform on the course. I played a few rounds in them and so far I am pretty impressed. I am really able to move freely in these shorts. The material kept me dry and cool. My favorite part is the weight of these shorts. It almost felt like I was wearing nothing. That made some hotter days very bearable.
Not everything on these shorts is great though.My biggest complaint is how cheap the hardware on the shorts feels .The button feels like it could fall off at any point and the zipper doesnt feel to hearty. This could be to save some weight and keep them light but it doesnt feel like it will last. To be fair it has lasted a little while but it doesnt feel like quality. The rest of the shorts are great and feel first class I would just like a nicer zipper and button.
Overall these are good quality shorts that will look great and feel great. When you are looking for clothing to wear on the course its hard to ask for much more than that. I think they are expensive for what they are and there may be an option for less money but it is hard to argue with how nice the short is.