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Review: Callaway women’s golf apparel

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Recent lines of Callaway apparel seemed to have been aimed at my parents, not me. But the company has really stepped up its game with its new line, which targets a younger, more athletic crowd.

Outfit 1

Take for example, the water resistant, fully lined Luna Vest ($95, pictured right), which I paired with the moisture wicking Snow White Helix Polo ($70) and the moisture wicking, print knit Velocity Skort ($70). It offered a younger look than I was expecting, and a really cozy feel.

The skort has both front and back pockets, a nice feature because the skort is actually loose to allow you to fit things in its pockets. Also pictured are the Solaire 2013 white-and-silver golf shoes ($69.99), which are very breathable and fit true to size.

The shoes are spikeless, which means you won’t need to worry about spike replacement. And they’re inexpensive enough that when you’re done wearing them on the course and around town, you can toss them and pick up a fresh pair.

Outfit 2

Callaway’s Snow White Omega Polo ($70, pictured below) looks great with the Black Track Jacket ($85), Red Chev II Skort ($60) and Novas shoes ($79.99). Like the track jacket, the skort has moisture-wicking properties, and UV Protection and a mechanical stretch as well.

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The Novas white-and-bone golf shoes have spikes, which were actually a little hard to get used to because I’ve become accustomed to spikeless golf shoes. There’s no doubt that the spikes can provide additional traction from slippery lies. The only question is whether or not consumers believe that traction is worth having to change your shoes twice every round.

Outfit 3

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Pictured above is the Purple Magic Stretch Long-Sleeve Knit Pullover with ¼ Zip ($58), Stretch Seamless Leggings ($65) and under the 15-inch Skirt ($60,) as well as the Solaire SE golf shoes ($69.99) The pullover shirt is extremely comfortable, and the leggings offer figure-flattering compression (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t want that?) as well as antimicrobial yarns for odor control. The skirt also has a nice stretch to it for a full range of motion. The Solaire SE shoes are lightweight and breathable, and Callaway added a nice touch by selling each pair with two sets of complementary-color laces.

This was my favorite look of the three I tested. Everything from the pullover to the shoes was perfect in my eyes. The outfit felt sporty yet feminine, and had a very clean look. And everything was incredibly comfortable and easy to play in.

The Takeaway

Callaway offers a fairly wide range of sizes ranging from XS to XL and 2 to 16. I wear an XS/0, so I got the smallest sizes available. For me, Callaway runs on the large side, so most of the items were a little big on me with the exceptions of the vest, long-sleeve pullover and leggings.

There is still room for improvement in this much-improved line. The shoes, particularly the Novas, could be more comfortable. They felt tight and heavy, and like some of Callaway’s men’s offerings it took a long time to break them in. The clothing could also be cut closer to true sizes, which would help it appeal to the younger, trendier golf crowd who prefer golf apparel that is passable in places other than the golf course.

Overall, I’m excited to see the direction Callaway is headed and think it will only get better from here.

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Kimberly Baresel is a long-suffering golf aficionado. She began playing the game at age 16, married into it with her husband Greg, who is a teaching pro, and has worked on the business side of the industry in merchandise for the last 12 years. Working in a pro shop, doing the soft-goods buying has allowed her to examine apparel in an intimate way. Having a petite frame and being unable to find comfortable, stylish apparel is a motivating factor in her writing. Outside of golf, Kimberly loves being a mother to her two adorable little boys. For more apparel reviews, go to www.kbgolfstyle.com

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  3. Daily Sports USA

    Nov 14, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    All outfits are great, well paired, they are functional and stylish at the same time.

  4. jed

    Oct 26, 2013 at 12:39 am

    I like the way you paired everything. I enjoy the purple and black look and I wear it all the time(as a guy). I am not a fan of the leggings look but I totally understand why one would wear them.

  5. Philip

    Oct 22, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Although I personal like purple and black it just doesn’t work with the leggings. Now the white top with orange trim, orange skirt and black jacket works really nice with or without the jacket. The hiking style with plaid skirt – no way!

    On a side note – how do girls play in a skirt? I want my clothing as loose as possible – but they do it on the LPGA and they would smoke me :o)

    • Philip

      Oct 22, 2013 at 9:24 pm

      Ok, so that was red – the colour profile makes it look more orange on my screen.

      • Kimberly Baresel

        Oct 22, 2013 at 10:26 pm

        The skorts are surprisingly comfortable and I think I actually prefer them to shorts or pants. They have shorts under the skirt and it’s an awesome combination that really allows a lot of mobility.

        It’s actually not a plaid skort, I probably should have taken some closer shots of each individual piece so you could see the detail better. Sorry about that!

        • Philip

          Oct 22, 2013 at 11:33 pm

          Ok, so it’s not a skirt – I thought it was a type-o, now I can see why it’s so comfortable.

  6. Patty D

    Oct 22, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    The leggings look has to be the worst look out there. It looks sloppy, and almost like a kid that outgrew their pants. Yuck!

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WRX Spotlight: Athalonz EnVe—The best golf shoes you’ve never heard of

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One of the coolest parts of being in this part of the golfing world is being able to shed light on smaller companies that typically get overshadowed by their bigger corporate brothers.

So, this post is about one of those products that is definitely competitive against top golf shoe companies, and it’s made by a company called Athalonz, which is based out west in Arizona. Typically known for its innovative baseball cleats and insole packages, Athlonz newest addition takes the patented design to the world of golf with the EnVe golf shoe.

These have started appearing on the world long drive circuit due to the amount of traction they get, allowing players to swing harder. So for the last few months, I have gotten to wear them and see if they are as good as the company claims.

Athalonz EnVe: Living up to claims

The main selling points of these shoes are focused on two things

  1. Design that delivers more power and stability
  2. Custom comfort that lasts all day

These are somewhat difficult to combine into one shoe, and though they are on the heavier side, Athlonz are completely worth it for the benefits. It is obvious that they made strides to hit each box on the list for a great shoe. The patented design has been adapted from their baseball cleat and introduces a spikeless golf shoe with a circular design that allows the player to gain traction through the golf swing. This gives a player the chance to swing harder and faster without losing their footing. They also offer insole packages that help with correct bodyweight placement to help add an extra layer of consistency.

Secondly, it’s very noticeable that there was plenty of thought given to comfort with a roomy toe and custom insoles to fit your style. Additionally, ankle padding helps to provide more stability and comfort.

On another note, they have a good sense of style with a more classic, casual take. In addition to the pictured white/brown color, there’s a black/grey colorway as well.

After multiple months of wear in all types of conditions, these shoes have performed great for me with all the traction I need and while feeling great throughout the round.

Verdict

I am a person who tends to support smaller companies when I can if they make good products. Any support for them goes a long way—especially in the golf business. Since these shoes will set you back about $150, I wanted to be sure they are worth it for the money and they absolutely are. Seriously, for anyone looking to boost their shoe game and help alleviate aching feet and ankles, give these a shot.

 

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GolfWRX Spotlight: Nikon Coolshot 20 GII and 20i GII

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Every golfer should have an accurate, reliable, easy-to-use rangefinder. With the new Nikon Coolshot 20 GII and 20i GII, you get all of that and more in one of the smallest, lightest packages on the market.

Not only do you get a ton of features, but when you consider these devices start at only $199.99 for the 20 G II and then $229.99 for the 20i GII ( slope adjusted version ), you get one of the best values in a rangefinder from one of the most well-known consumer optics companies in the world.

Review: Nikon CoolShot 20 GII and 20i GII

First Target Priority and 8-Second Continuous Measurement: “First Target Priority” is Nikon’s way of making sure you are picking up the flag and not a tree behind your intended target. There is nothing worse than thinking you have your distance dialed in to then have a shot fly over the green. With how quickly it lets you know the ranger finder is locked, getting that distance and double-checking can happen remarkably fast.

In the eight-second continuous measurement setting, the rangefinder will continuously measure the field of view as you scan the target area for approximately eight seconds. This setting is great when playing unfamiliar courses or trying to figure out the exact spot to a dogleg, tree, or hazard on your intended line.

Bright, 6x Monocular: Nikon is known for its glass and multi-coating technology, from telephoto camera lenses to rifle scopes, if it’s Nikon glass, it’s going to be clear, fog-resistant, and high-contrast for easy viewing. From a viewing experience perspective, the Coolshot 20 GII’s 6x monocular has an adjustable diopter for sharp focusing, along with long eye relief—meaning you can keep your glasses (or sunglasses) on when acquiring your target.

Slope-Adjusting ID Technology: With the 20i GII you have the option to get the slope-adjusted distance for any shot thanks to Nikon’s ID Technology. The mode can be turned on and off by the user to comply with USGA rules to make it legal for tournament rounds. Having tested it out on hilly terrain it’s easy to see why so many golfers mis-club going into greens when elevation changes become a lot more dramatic.

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The Nikon Coolshot 20 GII’s size and weight make it ideal for anyone who regularly carries and wants the benefit of knowing distances but without having to worry about weight—it weighs about the same as a sleeve of balls.

The size allows you to hold the units stable. However, I could see for those new to the rangefinder space, it could take some time getting used to when first getting acquainted with it. The best bet for this is to take it to a range or just step outside with it on your next walk and get used to hitting targets before you take it to the course—plus it makes for a fun game to see how good you really are at estimating distances.

Overall, for the price and size, it is one of the best rangefinders on the market. Plus, with a five-year warranty, you can be assured of years of use with the Nikon CoolShot 20 GII rangefinders.

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WRX Spotlight: Putting Perfecter

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Putting can be one of the most frustrating parts of the game, it mystifies scratch golfers as much as high handicaps and can make anybody tremble over a three-footers. It’s one of the biggest factors in scoring, especially for the club-level player, but it’s often one of the last things people actually work on. Let’s be honest, it’s a lot of fun to pound drivers on the range, am I right?

But if you are seriously looking for a simple tool to help get you into the proper address position, the Putting Perfecter is a great one to start with.

The beauty of the device is in its simplicity. Fitting under your arms and across your midsection, it “locks” the player into the proper position to create a pendulum putting stroke. After giving it a shot and hitting putts for just a few minutes, then going back to putting without it made me feel like I was much more connected.

Don’t think it’s just for putting though.

Funny story, when I first took it out to work on my putting, I used it for about 30 minutes and then moved onto my chipping. After a few trips around the putting green I tried chipping with the Putting Perfecter in the same position and “WOW” same connected feeling was produced—it was perfect for working on low-flying “runners.” I was excited to tell my friend about it, until I went home and realized they actually advertise it to help with that too. Guess I’m not as clever as I thought…

No matter how you use it, the Putting Perfecter is a simple and effective training tool that can be carried in a bag to be used before or after a round, takes NO time to set up (a big plus), and is light—so you don’t feel like its dragging you down if you actually keep it in your bag. Since it’s a putting tool, you can even use it indoors very easily. If you are someone that struggles with consistent address position on putts or disconnecting when chipping, I believe the Putting Perfecter is a great tool to try.

For more information check out the Putting Perfecter website.

 

 

 

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