A lot of golfers wear special-edition products over the course of a season. One of the coolest things we've seen this year is the pair of shoes that Bubba Watson will wear Friday at the Greenbrier Classic.
These Fourth of July beauties are a Stars and Stripes version of the Oakley Carbon Pro 2 shoes that Watson has been wearing this year – he won the Masters in a pair three months ago.
The Carbon Pro 2 is the top of Oakley's golf shoe line. It features a waterproof full-grain leather upper with a compression-molded EVA chassis with Oakley's Red Code cushioning foam and an Ortholite foam insole. Inside are Oakley's Dynamic Motion Control and Coreflex Technology for comfort and flexibility.
The shoes feature an antimicrobial treatment to fight odor, and have a full TPU plated outsole with PINS system cleat inserts. They carry a two-year limited waterproof warranty and carry a suggested retail price of $200.
This Stars and Stripes version looks like a special edition not for public sale, but the standard models come in black, white and an ivory treatment with gray and orange accents.
— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) July 3, 2014
A lot of people -- myself included -- prefer to walk the course during a round of golf.
Walking is just so much better than riding in a cart and for so many reasons, the least of which is the exercise.
First, chances are you're playing golf to get out of the office and relax. Walking allows you to take it all in. Walking also allows you to develop a rhythm throughout the round and, between shots, you have the chance to think about the upcoming shot.
The only thing I loathe about walking? Carrying my bag.
I remember growing up and playing alongside my dad and great, great uncle. We'd all take those old pull carts. They were great at the time, but as I got older, they became "uncool." For some reason, carrying a heavy bag was "cooler."
Now at 34 years old, I just don't feel like carrying anymore, but I still want to walk and I don't have a regular caddie to call on a whim every time I have a few free hours to tee it up. I've seen so many incredible looking push carts (much easier to navigate than the old pull carts) on the market, that I decided to try one for myself recently -- the Bag Boy Tri Swivel II.
This is the next best thing to taking a caddie. We're in the middle of a typical steaming hot summer here in New England and it sure was nice to enjoy a round of golf in 90-degree temperatures without carrying around 20 extra pounds of luggage. Instead, I pushed the cart -- with incredible ease -- and was able to save my energy for what mattered most... the shot at hand.
The Bag Boy Tri Swivel II consists of the following features:
-- Lightweight, weather resistant aluminum frame
-- Handle mounted parking brake
-- Durable handlebar grip
-- Easy one-step handle adjustment accommodates golfers of all heights
-- NEW Full feature, extra deep scorecard holder offers golf ball storage
-- 9.5" front and 11.5" rear oversized wheels roll easily through the grass
-- Lightweight, solid foam, maintenance free tires
-- Integrated tee and ball holder
-- Integrated beverage holder
-- Oversized storage bag included
-- Weight: 17 lbs.
-- Folded dimension: 23.5" x 13" x 24"
My push cart was also equipped with an attachment for a small seat. That came in handy on a few occasions as we waited for the group in front of us.
I know many people are minimalists when it comes to what they take on to the course. I'm not one of those people. I like to be prepared for anything, so I always have a rain jacket, umbrella, extra golf balls, a couple of extra gloves, my rangefinder, etc.
All of that stuff -- along with a few snacks and bottles of water -- can really weigh down the golf bag. However, with the Bag Boy Tri Swivel II, you're not weighed down by your extra cargo at all. It was fantastic.
The features that really made this push cart so special were the beverage holder, tee and ball holder and scorecard holder. You don't realize how nice it is to have all this things util you actually have them. The only items I keep in my pocket now with this cart are a ball marker and a divot tool. Other than that, I simply grab a tee or ball off the top console as I need it.
There's also a convenient little net that drops down from the top console which is great for a rangefinder or GPS device. And a small pocket on the back side of the top console was perfect to store a cell phone, car keys and wallet.
You might get a few funny looks from those on the practice green when you stroll up with this sophisticated push cart, but they'll be jealous in no time. It makes the round and the walk far more enjoyable and far less exhausting.
The Tri Swivel II sells for $249.95. You know that saying, "you get what you pay for?"
Well, that's the case with this push cart. It's not cheap, but it's high end and you're not likely to ever need another push cart.
If you don't want to spend that much, Bag Boy's C3 push cart is another worthy option. It has many, but not all, of the same features as the Tri Swivel II. The C3 retails for $199.95.
For more information, visit www.bagboycompany.com.