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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.