Jul 23, 2014

Shoe Review: ECCO Street Evo One

This golf season I've had the pleasure of once again testing out a pair of ECCO golf shoes. The ECCO Street Evo One are of the spikeless variety and the color I got to test out was black/port. What amazes me every year is that ECCO some how is able to improve on their true and tested and original street-style golf shoe.


Improved Traction
ECCO has improved the traction for the golfer with this model. With the outsole providing 800 traction angles I had tremendous traction in all weather conditions as well as varying playing conditions. Being a golfer that likes to take a good rip at the ball I never had to worry about my feet slipping.

ECCO comfort
Out of the box my ECCO Street Evo Ones fit beautifully and comfort over 18+ holes was never an issue. Golfing back to back days as well my feet never became fatigued. This can only be attributed to the high quality hydromax-treated leather and the flexible construction of the shoe.

Dry Feet Good
Who wants wet feet when they're golfing? ECCO hydromax-treated leather seems to keep out H2O so my feet have been very happy.

Style for everyone
Loved the look and the style of the shoe from the color (black/port) to the additional black laces provided for a completely different look. ECCO seems to know how to choose colors that not only appeal to the young crowd but to the older generation as well.

I always wonder about the wear of these type of spikeless golf shoes. So far ECCO's ECCO-Dynamic Traction System has had little to no wear of any kind.

With so many types of golf shoes on the market it's great as golfers we have such a wide variety to choose from and ECCO continues to lead the way in innovation, style and comfort. Originally listed at $190 (now on sale at $159) they are on the high end price wise for the street-style genre of golf shoes but with ECCO style and quality these will last you a very long time. The ECCO Street Evo Ones truly are the "Complete shoe for the complete golfer.

Jul 20, 2014

Predicting The Winner At The Open Championship

The Open Championship is one of my favorite majors to watch. I love the fact they switch the venue around every year (Royal Liverpool, at Hoylake this year). The unpredictability of the weather and the way it can affect a golfer both mentally and the golf ball. Links golf something we don't have much here in Canada but the fact it requires so much skill in and around the greens plus the mental stamina of a ninja warrior.

Predicting who's going to win the Open Championship is so intriguingly hard. With course knowledge and Open Championship experience going a long way, predicting the eventual winner can be a daunting task. This year the course played so different from 2006 when Tiger Woods won at a score of -18. Check out the photo comparison of #18 from the two years.

When I choose what Fantasy Golf Pools I'm going to dabble in for the Open Championship it's like picking the best casino games at your local casino, it's more about playing a hunch. So the players that I chose for my various games has been pretty good. I've got front runner Rory McIlroy in most of my matches but I've throw in a few other good picks like Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and Shane Lowry. I was disappointed with Miguel Angel Jimenez and Mikko Ilonen but like I said earlier it's tough predicting.

So who's going to come out the winner today? No golfer has ever lost a lead of 6 shots going into the final round of the Open Championship so if you were a betting man Rory should be able to finish it off, right? I think he will but I'll predict a playoff win over Rickie Fowler. Enjoy your Sunday.

Jul 14, 2014

2UNDR Review - The Best Underwear for Men

These aren't your Dad's tighty whities 

What guy doesn't want comfort down in his nether regions, especially if your an active dude. With features like the Joey Pouch and The No-Drip Tip Vancouver's 2UNDR has some great performance underwear for the active male. I got to test out two pairs of 2UNDR's SwingShift underwear in green apple and charcoal grey.

Soft and Comfortable
2UNDR uses a blended fabric, Modal and Spandex. It's the most comfortable fabric of any underwear I've worn. Here's why:

 Modal is a type of Rayon that is smooth, soft and breathes extremely well. Our blend is formulated to be cool to the touch, absorbent and similar in texture to Silk or Cotton. Unlike Cotton, however, it is resistant to shrinkage and less likely to fade or pill from friction.

For an active lifestyle
Monday to Friday I deliver mail for Canada Post that's about 4-5 hours. I also work 3-4 hours in the morning Monday to Friday starting at 530AM at Rideau View Golf Club. I also usually work at least one evening shift a week at the LCBO. Throw in some golf during the week as well as chasing around my three kids and wife. The 2UNDR underwear stood up beautifully with my active lifestyle.

What I liked:
  • Comfort all day long. (Perfect for those long days when I work 530am to 930pm)
  •  Love the colors, grey and green apple is my favorite.
  • Best underwear I've found for playing golf. No restriction or chaffing during my swings (comfortable during all facets of the game).
  • From the waistband and fabric to the "joey pouch" these are built perfectly for an active man lifestyle
  • Canadian company
  • Nothing so far
Your "Go To Underwear"
At $24.99 2UNDRs are a little more cash then your Dad's tighty whities but you'll love the comfort, feel and style. Plus your wife will like them so much on you, she'll buy you a couple pairs just for her. Be sure to follow 2UNDR on Twitter and Instagram.

Jul 2, 2014

Sergio Garcia Surprises Golfers at Bethpage Black

The Full TaylorMade Professional Treatment

Having never played Bethpage Black before I can only imagine the extra thrill these golfers had the day Sergio Garcia and TaylorMade Golf showed up with some SLDR drivers and the real professional treatment, have a watch.

Jun 28, 2014

PGA TOUR member Brad Fritsch to be FORCES & FAMILIES OPEN First Professional Golf Ambassador

Great news from the upcoming FORCES & FAMILIES OPEN. They introduced PGA TOUR member Brad Fritsch as its first Professional Ambassador of Golf. Great stuff from a local golfer who keeps on giving back in the Ottawa area.

PGA TOUR member Brad Fritsch to be
First Professional Golf Ambassador 

(Ottawa, Ontario) – John Randolph, Tournament Director is pleased to announce that Ottawa native and second-year PGA TOUR member Brad Fritsch will be supporting the FORCES & FAMILIES OPEN as its first Professional Ambassador of Golf.

Brad, 36, continues to have roots in Ottawa – even being sponsored by the Ottawa Senators – and is excited to be returning to his hometown to help support such an important event.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to help PGA TOUR Canada make a return to the city of Ottawa forForces and Families Open,” said Fritsch. “It's extra special to have the military involved, as my father flew in C-130s for the Canadian military for many years. I hope that the city's golf fans come out and watch exciting young players who will no doubt be making waves on the Web.com Tour and PGA TOUR in the years to come.”

The FORCES & FAMILIES tournament week begins Monday August 4th with the Monday Qualifier at Camelot Golf Club, and three Pro-am tournaments at Hylands Golf Course on Monday and Tuesday with a gala meet and greet on the Monday evening led by General Thomas Lawson, the Chief of the Defence Staff in the Lockheed Martin Pavilion at Hylands.

On August 6th, Brad will be putting on a golf clinic for Canadian Armed Forces members, as well as a Q&A clinic for members of Ottawa’s business community at the Web.Com Small Business Summit presented by RBC Royal Bank.

This clinic will precede the official opening ceremonies at 2:00 at Hylands GC.

John Randolph:

“Having Brad Fritsch participate as our first Professional Ambassador of Golf will give us a huge boost for the first year of this annual tournament. His participation will be a thrill to members of the CAF, to members of the business community as well as the young golfers in Ottawa”.

All proceeds from the FORCES & FAMILIES OPEN will go to the CAF’s own Military Families Fund, supporting the brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families.

ProAm, Ticket and Volunteer information can be found at www.forcesandfamilies.ca


John Randolph
Tournament Director, FORCES & FAMILIES OPEN

Jun 26, 2014

A Hidden Gem in the Heart of Toronto: Lambton Golf & Country Club Golf Course Review

Had the pleasure of playing Lambton Golf & Country Club back in May and I can see why Score Golf had it ranked in the top 100(2012) of all golf courses in Canada (94th). My father-in-law tagged along and had been a caddy for a summer back about 50 years ago so for him to play the course years later was a treat beyond words for him.

Having never played the course before I can only deduce the redesign work by Rees Jones and Keith Evans in 2010 has enhanced this beautiful 1902 golf course. Here's a few highlights with pictures.

Number starts out tame with a straightaway par 4 with a fair size landing area and a large bunker on the right that will swallow many a golfers ball.

Contouring on #2 is perfect for this downhill par 4
View from #3 is great considering your in the city of Toronto. Love the use of bunkers and the culvert situated before the green.
The holes that lie along the Humber River including the par 5 7th are flat but the use of bunkers and culverts make for a challenging back 9.

Plaque on #9 reads to the History of the golf course. Picture below is #9 a tricky narrow par 4.

One of my favorite par 5s on the course the uphill #15
My favorite, the beautifully contoured uphill #16

The par 3 #17 a stout par 3 that would be even more beautiful in the Fall
My father-in-law and I  on #18. I could definitely image the golfers getting off the train to play the prestigious Lambton Golf & Country Club. A must play for sure!

Cherry blossoms lined the entrance to Lambton in the Spring

Jun 17, 2014

PowerBilt Air Force One DFX Tour Driver Review:

It's hard to believe it's almost the middle of June. The golf season was a little late in arriving in the Ottawa area but the weather has been great and the review testing has been fun and furious. I started off the season with only one new club to test out,  and that was the new PowerBilt Air Force One DFX Tour Driver. PowerBilt has been around awhile first getting it's start way back in 1916 making persimmon drivers. Now they're better know for being the #1 choice for junior golfers.

 Deep face cannon

It's always fun testing out a new driver and I usually start by getting acquainted on the range for a few days. The PowerBilt Air Force One DFX Tour Driver was a little different. I had set up 3 rounds of golf in early May in Toronto with my father-in-law and brother-in-law. So I hit the range at Lambton Golf and Country Club the first stop on my golf weekend only thinking about hitting a few balls with the PowerBilt and going with my regular driver (TaylorMade R1). Well that all changed after taking the headcover off the deep faced Air Force One DFX Tour Driver and hitting a few balls.

Four things happened:
  • Ball came off the club head hot with a solid feel
  • Ball flight mid to high with a boring trajectory
  • Limited distance range balls were even going long and straight
  • PowerBilt Air Force One DFX Tour Driver has been in my bag since (just recently started to hit my R1 again)


The AFO DFX Tour driver from PowerBilt really surprised me out of the gate, I definitely wasn't expecting to put into my bag right away and most definitely expected a few range sessions first.
I tested out the 10.5° model with stiff Aldila RIP Alpha 60 g shaft – this proved to be an effective combo for my swing right from the get go as I had used this shaft previously in a few drivers.

The AFO DFX features a forged titanium body with titanium cup face technology, as well as aerodynamic 460cc clubhead shaping. I definitely loved the more traditional-sized head offered by the Powerbilt Air Force One DFX Tour Driver. Set beautifully up at address and framed the ball perfectly. 

The PowerBilt Air Force One DFX Driver is available in both the high MOI and Tour Series, in lofts of 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5° and 12.5°. Standard shaft length is 45 ½”. The club is offered in several leading shaft models, like Aldila/Fujikura/Oban/Mitsubishi/Graphite Design. So finding the right shaft for your swing and achieving the optimum launch angle and spin rate for their personal swing.

So what's up with this nitrogen thing?
The PowerBilt Air Force One DFX Tour Driver is one unique driver and the first driver I've hit that includes nitrogen (Nitrgen N7) within the driver.

PowerBilt says Nitrogen Charging is a newly patented method to reinforce the face of the club without adding any weight. “Compressed nitrogen provides tremendous support to the club face so every golfer can benefit from maximum C.O.R., maximum C.T., maximum Trampoline Effect, and Maximum Smash Factor for incredible distance!” says PowerBilt.

After gaming the driver for the past month and a half I have to admit that's one of the things I loved about the driver when you hit it well or on the sweet spot (which is huge) you get that instance feedback. That pretty much starts out with a nice sharp sound and then with quite some substantial drives. I've always been one who has mainly hit a draw but with the PowerBilt I was fading the ball at will with little to no draw. Straighter drives got more distance but with this new found fade the left of the fairway was non-existent.

“We reduced the nitrogen pressure (from a previous model) to 80 pounds, for better impact feel,” said PowerBilt President Ross Kvinge. “This new amount of nitrogen generates a tremendous trampoline effect for increased ball speed. In fact, now the trampoline effect is up to the USGA maximum limit. Shot dispersion is also the tightest ever in our drivers. And by adding 6 grams low and forward in the clubhead, we moved the CG lower and more forward than in any other Air Force One driver. We did this to appease our clubfitters who requested a better smash factor. I can confidently say that this is the most solid driver we have ever produced.”
Solid Driver that can stand up to OEMs
The PowerBilt Air Force One DFX Tour driver is one solid driver and can stand up with the big OEM golf companies. I'd only really heard of junior clubs made by PowerBilt but I think they really have a solid driver in the PowerBilt Air Force One DFX Tour Driver.  With a price tag of $299.99 US, this driver performed performed beautifully over the last month and a half and it just may stay in my bag permanently. I would recommend to PowerBilt to add customization of grip to their options as I wasn't in love with the stock grip as well I'd make some improvements to the headcover with so many companies going with retro or unique headcovers Powerbilt's just seemed cheap.

To find out more about PowerBilt and its 2014 offerings, visit www.powerbilt.com.