Due to the pandemic and the cancellation of much travel and people’s other favorite activities, golf was deemed one of the safest things you could do. So this spring and early summer the public have been heading to the courses and golf shops in droves. We have seen an incredible influx in sales, lessons, fittings, and overall excitement and interest in the game…and not just from dad. Golf is a family affair now more than ever, and due to social distancing, people have embraced walking the course again. Besides, riding in a cart with a cigar, beer, and a hotdog makes it feel like less of a sport right? Maybe, but it is a good time!
I have compiled a list of some of the best equipment and accessories for the walking player both in-store and on golfhq.com.
Ping Hoofer Stand Bag The Hoofer stand bag by Ping is the godfather of carry bags. If you played high school or college golf in the 90’s and early 2000’s there’s a good chance you carried a Hoofer. Now available with modern tooling, it is better than ever. Made of durable 300D polyester and available in a wide array of colors, it contains 11 total pockets…many of which are magnetic. While it’s not the lightest bag on the market at 5.5 lbs, it certainly doesn’t feel heavy thanks to the super comfortable, Sensor Cool dual straps.
SureShot PINLOC 5000 iPS Rangefinder With the PINLOC 5000 iPS Rangefinder you have all the info you need in the palm of your hand. This model by SureShot features all the bells and whistles in a sleek and attractive device. Priority Loc technology ignores any background objects and locks onto the flag for an accurate reading within a yard, and the distance stays on the screen for 15 seconds. There’s an optional slope mode that can be turned on to account for change in elevation when you are not playing in competition. 6x magnification makes it easy to see and you’ll know when you hit the flag thanks to a jolt of vibration. The 5000 iPS is also water and shock proof.
Skechers Go Golf Elite 4 Shoes (Men) Skechers has always brought comfort to the table. But now they bring performance and style in the Go Golf Elite 4. These aren’t your dad’s Skechers that he mows the lawn in. They feature a low drop design that keeps your grounded and the super-soft and comfortable Goga Max insole. The leather upper is protected from the elements with H2Go waterproofing. Walk 18 or 36 and feel as good after as you did when you put them on.
ECCO BIOM Hybrid 3 (Women) If you’ve never worn an ECCO shoe, it’s time to treat yourself. The combo of premium YAK leather and Gore-tex provides a dry, breathable, and comfortable home for your feet throughout your round. BIOM Natural Motion delivers superior flexibility and support with every step and swing; perfect for the walking golfer.
FootJoy ProDry Roll Tab Socks Yes, socks make a difference. The ProDry by FootJoy are thick but breathable, and feature moisture-wicking control to keep your feet dry and blister-free. The Comfort Seam doesn’t feel like dental floss cutting off your toes and the roll tab is less prominent than before. Remember…if you wear black shoes, go with black socks. Get Yours >
Callaway Tour Authentic Umbrella A good umbrella is worth every penny, and you’ll want a good one when the elements turn on you while walking the course. The Callaway Tour Authentic offers 68” of 50+ UV protection. That’s big enough to shield your entire foursome from the rain and sun. Ventilation holes allow the wind to pass through without imploding the canopy, and the push button release is a great feature.
And now for the hottest piece of golf equipment for 2020…no it’s not the Callaway MAVRIK driver or the Mizuno MP-20 irons. But this item is so sought after I wish I had a basement full of them. The 2, 3, or 4 wheel push/pull cart is the hardest thing to find right now at golf retail. In fact, push carts are so hot right now that the 3 major manufacturers, Bag Boy, Cliqgear, and Sun Mountain are reporting shipping delays as late as July and August. When social distancing and walking first began in early spring, pull and push carts sold out everywhere. Now the U.S. warehouses are empty and the pandemic has delayed them from overseas. We were lucky to get a few waves of 2-wheel pull carts in stock, but they sold out in 24 hours each time. When I was a junior golfer it was very taboo, or the “not cool thing to do” if you used a pull cart. You were only cool if you double-strapped it and walked. Now 3 out 5 players at junior and college tournaments are using a push cart. We currently have an ongoing wait-list for when the carts do finally arrive. If you’d like to be put on it to guarantee that you get one, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call customer service at 855-465-3470. When you get one, perhaps set it aside to pay for your kid’s college education.
PGA Tour Fantasy Picks
WOOOOOOHOOOOOO! The PGA Tour returns this week for the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial CC in Texas! This is the first tour event since the Players Championship was cancelled after 1 round on March 13th. I was on a nice little roll in fantasy picks before all hell broke loose. The best players rise to the occasion no matter how strange or how different the scenario and circumstances. So, with that thought, here are my 3 picks. Winner Patrick Reed Nothing bothers him, and certainly a virus won’t. He wins on all types of courses, and under extreme scrutiny, so why not one of the most classic tracks on tour? Will contend Jordan Spieth I’m sure he has been practicing and working hard, and the downtime was probably perfect for the Texas native. Sleeper Billy Horschel There are no sleepers as all prior momentum has been halted. It’s anyone’s ball game and a sleeper usually isn’t a household name or someone you’d expect. Billy is tough as nails and should play well on the tough and gritty Colonial.
Enjoy the game and each other,
Written by Seth Zipay – Head Golf Professional
Design and Published by Craig Walton