Aug 16, 2014

Tom Watson Lessons Of A Lifetime II DVD Review - Golf Instruction

When it comes to golf instruction there's no one better than Tom Watson. Still going strong at 64 he's currently going over his options and will announce his captain’s picks on Sept. 2 for the The Ryder Cup. Pitting the American team against one composed of players from Europe. The Ryder Cup will be played Sept. 26-28 at Gleneagles in Scotland. Watson is one golfer that knows what to look for in a winning golfer. Pretty sure he can help us with our golf games.

Tom Watson Lessons Of A Lifetime II DVD

In 2010, world famous golfer Tom Watson released his DVD lesson series called Lessons of a Lifetime. It sold over 70,000 DVD sets in 5 languages in over 40 countries. When surveyed about the content of the DVD series, 88% of those surveyed said the program had improved their game and 79% rated it as excellent.

Recently, Mr. Watson released Lessons of a Lifetime II, which can be purchased separately if you already have the first series, or as part of a 3-CD set. 

The original series is perfect for a beginning golfer or for someone who is struggling with the basics.  It starts with a glossary of golf terms and then moves into some of the basics: grip, set up, stance and alignment. Some of the parts I regularly look are the takeaway and back swing to the transition and follow through which is something I always seem to struggle with. The DVDs are great for that, have a problem with your game, Mr. Watson has a chapter dedicated to it on one of the DVDs.

The series then covers topics like: chips, punch shots, bunker shots, chipping and putting with multiple lessons on each. Watson is a master of every type of chip shot and bunker shot imaginable that's why this section of the DVD seems to be the watched the most for me as this is where I seem to be able to make up shots on the golf course, thanks Mr. Watson.

Lessons of a Lifetime II -The New Advanced Lessons offers more than 20 lessons that give further instruction from Tom Watson. He goes deeper on not only how to pull off all the shots discussed in the original DVD, but goes into the mental side of golf.

The instructional videos and tutorials are easy to follow and filmed beautifully at The Greenbrier, America's Resort.

My favorite parts of the DVDs outside of brushing up constantly with the basics are:
 

  •  Bunker play- Watson is a master

  • Tom 's chipping techniques from all sorts of lies

  • His insight on teaching kids
  • Putting drills because you can never work to much on putting.
  • The touching Bruce Edwards Tribute
 The DVD series can be purchased online at www.TomWatson.com. It's also available through Amazon and select golf and sporting goods retailers and many golf superstores. A portion of the proceeds from all sales will be given to the Bruce Edwards Foundation for ALS Research.

The entire series (3 discs) is $49.95; if you've already got the first two DVDs and only need Lessons of a Lifetime II, it's $24.95. Each DVD contains a booklet which goes over the instructions on the DVDs. A solid investment for any level of golfer.


 


Aug 13, 2014

McIlroy wins PGA Championship, Odds on Favourite for Masters Win



Again this weekend Rory McIlroy showed us why he’s the World’s #1 golfer winning the the PGA Championship by one shot over Phil Mickelson Sunday at Valhalla. So now golf oddsmakers have Rory listed as a 5/1 favourite to win next spring at Augusta National. Damn we actually have to wait 8 months before McIlroy heads down Magnolia in search of his third straight major and the final leg of the career grand slam.

This week I had a lot of success with my golf fantasy picks including some golf money wagering. Now I’m not ready to write any golf fantasy guides just because I had a good week (my picks were spot on ;)). Just like if I have success at roulette I’m not going to publish a online roulette guide. Gambling especially when it comes to golf is pretty much impossible. All players on the PGA Tour could pretty much win any given week. Yes Rory is on a tear and most weeks he’ll be the favourite but most weeks it’s a toss up and anyone player could win.

Here are some other early favorites for the Masters, this year being played on April 9-12, 2015.
12/1: Tiger Woods
15/1: Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson
20/1: Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day and Jordan Spieth,
25/1: Justin Rose, Matt Kuchar
30/1: Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, Dustin Johnson, Lee Westwood
40/1: Charl Schwartzel, Brandt Snedeker
50/1: Martin Kaymer, Zach Johnson, Jason Dufner, Jim Furyk, Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan, Jimmy Walker
60/1: Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter, Louis Oosthuizen, Angel Cabrera
80/1: Luke Donald, Patrick Reed, Hideki Matsuyama, Victor Dubuisson, Marc Leishman, Ryan Moore, Graham DeLaet, Harris English, Gary Woodland, Jonas Blixt

Didn’t win tickets again this year to the Master. One year I’ll win the Masters lottery and go for my birthday – fingers crossed.


Aug 6, 2014

Apparel Review: Sunice Bremer Polo - Silver Collection

Over the years I've always been impressed with Sunice's Outerwear. Having the chance to review the Bremer Polo from Sunice, I came away once again impressed with what Sunice is doing both in style and technology.

The Sunice Bremer is part of the Sunice Silver collection which features X-Static®. What Sunice has figured out is by bonding silver with the rest of the fabric of the Bremer shirt you can create a shirt that keeps you cool and dry during that hot and sticky summer round of golf. You have to love the thermodynamic properties of silver and the way Sunice has incorporated them into such a stylish shirt.


 Selfie w/ Bremer "Silver" Golf Polo

The Bremer comes in a array of colors, including Leaf/Pure White. I really love this color and the white contrasting stitching a perfect touch for the Bremer polo.

Silver also has anti-microbial elements so the fabric will keep you smelling better and for a longer period of time.

The Bremer also features a UPF rating of 20+, another bonus when it comes to golfing in the heat of the summer here in Canada.


 The 4-Button placket and the self fabric collar of the Sunice Bremer Polo. Style meets functionality.

I'm a huge of this shirt when it comes to keeping cool in the heat of the Ottawa summer. A fun and stylish polo that impresses from the moment you put it on. Top marks again for Sunice.

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.



Likes

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.



Dislikes
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.


Conclusion
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
Disliked:
  • 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.