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Review: Sunfish Animal Headcovers

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Pros: Sunfish’s head covers are 100 percent hand-knit in New Zealand, but you’d think they were hand sewn in your grandmother’s living room. With the look of sock puppets, these playful wool headcovers add more personality than those with a manufacturer’s brand name or logo. The line offers a wide selection of animals and they’ll fit snugly on just about any wood in your bag.

Cons: They’re a little cheesy, but isn’t that kind of the point? The homemade look works great for the lighthearted golfer, but might not be for everyone.

Bottom Line: These high-quality headcovers will add flair to any bag. They also make great gifts and are a practical investment to protect that new $400 driver. You can buy them both as a set or individually, allowing golfers to mix or match their favorites.

Overview

Sunfish Golf was started by a couple friends, David Riggs and Alonzo Guess, with a passion and vision to create high quality products with a homemade look. The company makes hand-made wool animal hats, sports scarfs, sports hats, and even Booz Kooz (beer holders), but broke into the golf world with their old school, traditional-looking headcovers featuring pom-poms on top.

After a positive response from its traditional-style head covers, Sunfish has now introduced its zoo creatures into the world of golf. Like the original line, the animal covers will be sold for $29.99 per cover or $79.99 for a three-headcover the set.

Click here to browse Sunfish’s online shop.

The Review

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Head covers can often become a nuisance if they are too tight to take on and off, sometimes causing golfers to merely keep them off and leave their club at risk for dents and scratches. A headcover that’s too loose doesn’t help much either, since you’ll be sprinting around the course when you realize it fell off a couple hundred yards back at the tee box. Luckily, these headcovers do not create either of those problems. They provide ample protection because of their thick wool construction and fit snugly, yet not too tightly, around the club head.

The animal headcovers are plenty long to protect club heads and the top of the shaft. The driver covers measures 22 inches, the fairway wood covers measure 17 inches and the hybrid covers measure 14 inches. The hybrid size fits securely on a rescue club, and can be used to protect a smaller utility-iron style club as well. The driver headcover is plenty big enough to fit a 460cc driver, but it will still fit well on a 430cc club head, which is about the smallest size you can buy a driver these days. If you have an much older driver that’s really small, like 300cc or smaller, you might want to consider a fairway wood headcover.

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Sunfish’s animal headcovers are practical, protective and easy to use, but most importantly they’re fun to have on your bag. Each animal comes with a smirk instead of a scowl, which couldn’t help but bring a smile to my face. That’s a good thing, especially after a bad swing. And if I was a club thrower, I would be hesitant to launch any club at my bag if I knew it might hit one of these adorable animals in the face.

For my review, I tried out a set of tigers, lions, and monkeys. Tiger Woods fans will likely fancy the tigers, which are a little more playful than the tiger on Mr. Woods’ bag. The lions have gold-and-white pom poms that replicates a mane, and they have black buttons for eyes. The monkeys, which are a personal favorite since they are my favorite animal, will most likely find their way onto my set of woods.

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Also available in Sunfish’s animal headcover lineup are lobsters, spotted owls, polar bears, pandas, elephants, koalas, giraffes, gophers, and even deer, pictured here in Joe Daley’s bag. Neither of the three animal covers that I tested fit my clubs better or worse, so it really comes down to preference. With a wide array of species, there should be something for everyone.

The material of these covers provides great flexibility without sacrificing protection, but proper care of wool must be observed, particularly in wet weather. Although wool may fend of a few drops of water, if the covers become soaked, it might not be a good idea to simply throw them in your trunk. The material should be properly dried, or like any wool, it will develop a sheepish smell. The head covers should look like cute animals, but should not smell like a barnyard.

The Takeaway

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If you’re looking for the latest in golf head cover technology, or you want to show off what brand of golf club is sitting under the protective cover, Sunfish Golf headcovers may not be for you. These animal covers are for the golfer that likes a little flair and doesn’t take him/herself too seriously, but still wants to protect the safety of their golf clubs.

These high-quality covers have a homemade flavor and they won’t break the bank. And if you’re an animal lover, rejoice. These might be right up your alley.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. christopher

    Sep 26, 2014 at 10:50 am

    I bought myself a sunfish golf headcover and then promptly ordered my father a set. These are high quality and beautiful. Buy with confidence!

  2. Golfraven

    Jul 16, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Not for everyone but like the idea though. Great for kids ????????

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Top-3 men’s golf polos at the 2018 PGA Fashion Show in Vegas

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GolfWRX’s fashion expert Jordan Madley picks her top-3 favorite men’s polo shirts from the recent 2018 PGA Fashion Show in Las Vegas. Enjoy the video below!

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I tried the great Golfboarding experiment… here’s how it went

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Corica Park Golf Course is not exactly the first place you’d expect to find one of the most experimental sports movements sweeping the nation. Sitting on a pristine swath of land along the southern rim of Alameda Island, deep in the heart of the San Francisco Bay, the course’s municipal roots and no-frills clubhouse give it an unpretentious air that seems to fit better with Sam Snead’s style of play than, say, Rickie Fowler’s.

Yet here I am, one perfectly sunny morning on a recent Saturday in December planning to try something that is about as unconventional as it gets for a 90-year-old golf course.

It’s called Golfboarding, and it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like: an amalgam of golf and skateboarding, or maybe surfing. The brainchild of surfing legend Laird Hamilton — who can be assumed to have mastered, and has clearly grown bored of, all normal sports — Golfboarding is catching on at courses throughout the country, from local municipal courses like Corica Park to luxury country clubs like Cog Hill and TPC Las Colinas. Since winning Innovation Of the Year at the PGA Merchandising Show in 2014, Golfboards can now be found at 250 courses and have powered nearly a million rounds of golf already. Corica Park currently owns eight of them.

The man in pro shop gets a twinkle in his eyes when our foursome tells him we’d like to take them out. “Have you ridden them before?” he asks. When we admit that we are uninitiated, he grins and tells us we’re in for a treat.

But first, we need to sign a waiver and watch a seven-minute instructional video. A slow, lawyerly voice reads off pedantic warnings like “Stepping on the golfboard should be done slowly and carefully” and “Always hold onto the handlebars when the board is in motion.” When it cautions us to “operate the board a safe distance from all…other golfboarders,” we exchange glances, knowing that one of us will more than likely break this rule later on.

Then we venture outside, where one of the clubhouse attendants shows us the ropes. The controls are pretty simple. One switch sends it forward or in reverse, another toggles between low and high gear. To make it go, there’s a throttle on the thumb of the handle. The attendant explains that the only thing we have to worry about is our clubs banging against our knuckles.

“Don’t be afraid to really lean into the turns,” he offers. “You pretty much can’t roll it over.”

“That sounds like a challenge,” I joke. No one laughs.

On a test spin through the parking lot, the Golfboard feels strong and sturdy, even when I shift around on it. It starts and stops smoothly with only the slightest of jerks. In low gear its top speed is about 5 mph, so even at full throttle it never feels out of control.

The only challenge, as far as I can tell, is getting it to turn. For some reason, I’d expected the handlebar to offer at least some degree of steering, but it is purely for balance. The thing has the Ackerman angle of a Mack Truck, and you really do have to lean into the turns to get it to respond. For someone who is not particularly adept at either surfing or skateboarding, this comes a little unnaturally. I have to do a number of three-point turns in order to get back to where I started and make my way over to the first tee box.

We tee off and climb on. The fairway is flat and wide, and we shift into high gear as we speed off toward our balls. The engine had produced just the faintest of whirrs as it accelerated, but it is practically soundless as the board rolls along at full speed. The motor nevertheless feels surprisingly powerful under my feet (the drivetrain is literally located directly underneath the deck) as the board maintains a smooth, steady pace of 10 mph — about the same as a golf cart. I try making a couple of S curves like I’d seen in the video and realize that high-speed turning will take a little practice for me to get right, but that it doesn’t seem overly difficult.

Indeed, within a few holes I might as well be Laird himself, “surfing the earth” from shot to shot. I am able to hold the handlebar and lean way out, getting the board to turn, if not quite sharply, then at least closer to that of a large moving van than a full-sized semi. I take the hills aggressively (although the automatic speed control on the drivetrain enables it to keep a steady pace both up and down any hills, so this isn’t exactly dangerous), and I speed throughout the course like Mario Andretti on the freeway (the company claims increased pace-of-play as one of the Golfboard’s primary benefits, but on a Saturday in the Bay Area, it is impossible avoid a five-hour round anyway.)

Gliding along, my feet a few inches above the grass, the wind in my face as the fairways unfurl below my feet, it is easy to see Golfboards as the next evolution in mankind’s mastery of wheels; the same instincts to overcome inertia that brought us bicycles, rollerblades, scooters, skateboards, and more recent inventions such as Segways, Hoverboards and Onewheels are clearly manifest in Golfboards as well. They might not offer quite the same thrill as storming down a snowy mountainside or catching a giant wave, but they are definitely more fun than your standard golf cart.

Yet, there are obvious downsides as well. The attendant’s warning notwithstanding, my knuckles are in fact battered and sore by the time we make the turn, and even though I rearrange all my clubs into the front slots of my bag, they still rap my knuckles every time I hit a bump. Speaking of which, the board’s shock absorber system leaves something to be desired, as the ride is so bumpy that near the end I start to feel as if I’ve had my insides rattled. Then there is the unforgivable fact of its missing a cup holder for my beer.

But these are mere design flaws that might easily be fixed in the next generation of Golfboards. (A knuckle shield is a must!) My larger problem with Golfboards is what they do to the game itself. When walking or riding a traditional cart, the moments in between shots are a time to plan your next shot, or to chat about your last shot, or to simply find your zen out there among the trees and the birds and the spaciousness of the course. Instead, my focus is on staying upright.

Down the stretch, I start to fade. The muscles in my core have endured a pretty serious workout, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to muster the strength for my golf swing. It is no coincidence that my game starts to unravel, and I am on the way to one of my worst rounds in recent memory.

Walking off the 18th green, our foursome agrees that the Golfboards were fun — definitely worth trying — but that we probably wouldn’t ride them again. Call me a purist, but as someone lacking Laird Hamilton’s physical gifts, I’m happy to stick to just one sport at a time.

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Review: The QOD Electric Caddy

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If you want an electric golf caddy that doesn’t require that you wear a sensor or carry a remote — one that will be reliable and allow you to focus on your game, and not your cart — then the Australian-manufactured QOD is worth checking out.

The QOD (an acronym for Quality of Design and a nod to its four wheels) is powered by a 14.4-volt lithium battery, good for 36 holes or more on a single charge. It has nine different speeds (with the fastest settings moving closer to jogging velocity) so the QOD can handle your ideal pace, whether that be a casual stroll or a more rapid clip around the course.

The QOD is also built to last. Its injection-molded, aircraft-grade aluminum frame has no welded joints. Steel bolts and locking teeth take care of the hinging points. The battery and frame are both guaranteed for three full years. If you need a new battery after the three-year window, the folks at QOD will replace it at cost.

Its front-wheel suspension gives the QOD a smooth ride down the fairway, and the trolley is easy to navigate with a gentle nudge here and there. The QOD is always in free-wheel mode, so it is smooth and easy to maneuver manually in tight spaces and around the green.

The caddy also features three timed interval modes for situations where you might wish to send it up ahead on its own: when helping a friend find a lost ball or when you will be exiting on the far side of the green after putting, for example. The clip below includes a look at the caddy in timed mode.

When folded, the QOD measures a mere 17-inches wide, 15-inches deep and 12-inches tall.

Another area where the QOD excels is in its small size and portability. When folded, it measures a mere 17-inches wide, 15-inches deep and 12-inches tall, making it the smallest electric caddy on the market.

Folks Down Under have been enjoying the QOD for some time, but it wasn’t until a few years ago when Malachi McGlone was looking for a way to continue walking the course without putting undue strain on an injured wrist that the QOD found U.S. fairways. After first becoming a satisfied customer, McGlone convinced CEO Collin Hiss, who developed the product and oversees its production in Australia, to allow him to distribute and service the QOD here in the states.

The QOD has no self-balancing gyroscope, bluetooth sensor or remote control. Bells and whistles just aren’t its thing — though it does have a USB port for cell phone charging that can come in handy. However, if you are looking for a no-fuss workhorse to move your bag down the fairway, the QOD should be on your radar.

The 2018 model has begun shipping and will be on sale at $1,299 for a limited time. It normally retails at $1,499.

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