Equipment expert Brian Knudson and Editor Andrew Tursky test and review Titleist’s “2019 Proto” golf balls against the company’s most recent Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls. Check out their discussion in the video below.
WRX Spotlight: Adidas Crossknit 3.0
Product: Adidas Crossknit 3.0
Pitch: From Adidas “Get outstanding energy return on every swing with these men’s golf shoes. The spikeless outsole flexes with your foot and is durable enough for everyday play, while a lightweight and water-repellent textile upper keeps your feet dry for all 18 holes. A TPU heel counter and polyurethane welds in the forefoot give you the stability you need to go long off the tee.”
Our take on the Adidas Crossknit 3.0 shoe
The Adidas Crossknit 3.0 is for golfers that love a modern looking golf shoe. These may not be for classicists, and not targeted towards an older clientele, but they are currently very popular with the younger generation, and it’s hardly surprising considering the sleek, trainer-like style.
Not only in the looks department, but the feel of these golf shoes is also unlike the majority of other options on the market. The Crossknit 3.0 is extremely lightweight, which adds to the trainer feel, and the comfort level of the shoes is fabulous. Much of that comfort has to do with the enhanced cushioning that Adidas has provided through their boost midsole. Billed as the companies “most responsive cushioning ever,” the Crossknit 3.0 will offer you as comfortable an 18-hole walk as is possible.
Performance wise, the puremotion outsole of the shoe offers excellent flexibility which adds to the comfort of the shoe, while also delivering superb traction. Adiwear lugs, forefoot stability welds, TPU stability heel counter and a Torsion system stability bar are the technologies which Adidas has merged to create a spikeless golf shoe which rivals any other shoes turf interaction performance.
The Adiwear outsole adds to the durability of the shoe, and the breathablility, as well as the waterproof element, creates a beautiful blend of resistance and comfort.
The shoes come in five colors: Dark Blue, Core Black, Night Met and Core Black, Grey Five, and Active Green.
At $150, Adidas has created an extremely flexible and unique looking golf shoe. The Crossknit 3.0 will be popular on the course as well as off it, thanks to the spikeless nature as well as the sneaker look and feel. Fashionable, current, excellent performance-wise (turf interaction in particular), and unrivaled in the comfort department, the Crossknit 3.0 is a shoe which won’t disappoint its target market in any way.
WRX Spotlight: Swag ball markers and divot tool
Product: Swag ball markers and divot tool
Pitch: From Swag: “Swag is the brand that isn’t scared to push the limits in a conservative sport that isn’t evolving to meet changing styles. We like to listen to music on the course, we want to be bold, we love having fun, we love golf, and we’re going to express that both on and off the course. We aren’t going to try to sell you on how great our proprietary materials are and we don’t need to rely on clever marketing to sell more. We’re a no BS company. What matters is that our putters feel good and in turn make you feel good when putting. We have some crazy ideas, we love to tinker, and we experiment on how to perfect everything we do.”
Our take on Swag’s ball markers and divot tool
Swag Golf is creating some of the most sought after products on the market right now, with their funky headcovers and putters all being in high demand. Well, the companies ball markers and divot tool are no different, both of which are easily identifiable as coming from this emerging company who create high-quality products.
The Skull is the companies flagship symbol, and their Stainless Steel Skull Marker their most recognizable marker. The skull marker features black and fluorescent paint, with the bright sunglasses on the marker giving it a vibrant look. 100% CNC milled, the tool contains the companies name engraved on the back of the marker.
A variation on the Skull Marker is the companies Rainbow Skull Marker. Just in case the black and fluorescent paint job on the former wasn’t flashy enough for you, Swag’s Rainbow Skull Marker will make sure to get you noticed, containing the same features as their Skull Marker with a Rainbow PVD finish.
Moving away from their Skull Marker’s, Swag’s St Paddy’s Day Cap Marker is more than worthy of a mention. Identical in size to a bottle cap, the St Paddy’s Day inspired marker features a hand polished golden finish, with the word Swag in green written on the front, while on the back the words “Swag Golf Co.” as well as the company’s philosophy “Don’t give a putt” featured.
The company describe their bottle cap/marker as not being the first bottle cap/marker on the market but “the best one” out there. While I can’t confirm how true that statement is, I can certainly say it is an excellent one.
Swag’s first divot tool is the DTF Divot Tool. Get your head out of the gutter, that stands for “Down To Fix”. The device comes in a black and lime paint job, and an impressive weight of 49 Grams which should ensure that it doesn’t go missing on you.
The divot tool, like their ball markers, is 100% CNC milled and made from 303 Stainless Steel. For a Swag product, the writing and branding on the tool is quite minimalist, and it is as clean and sharp looking a divot tool as I’ve seen from the 2019 releases.
As always with Swag products, the only issue is the limited releases and how quickly the items go, which is no surprise considering the unique products as well as the quality provided. They are, however, continuing to create and release more and more products and their website, as well as their social media sites, are all well worth keeping a close eye on if you’re looking to snag some of the companies top gear in the future.
WRX Spotlight: Etonic Stabi-Loud shoes
Product: Etonic Stabi-Loud shoes
Pitch: From Etonic: “Throughout the years Etonic continued to achieve recognition for its footwear throughout the entire sports industry. From partnering with tennis legend Fred Perry to releasing the signature shoes of NBA All-Star Hakeem Olajuwon, Etonic has shown a passion and dedication to supplying athletes everywhere with the highest quality athletic shoes. Etonic continues to follow its commitment to athletes around the world by producing industry-leading activewear that allows you to achieve your best while feeling your best.”
Our take on the Etonic Stabi-Loud shoe
If you were to think of one Tour player which you would expect to wear the Etonic Stabi-Loud shoe, then who would you pick? I’m confident you all got it right. John Daly is partnered with both Etonic and Loudmouth who collaborated on this shoe, and you’d be hard pressed to find a golf shoe which represented his flamboyant style more than the Etonic Stabi-Loud shoe does.
Looking to create the loudest shoe in golf, Etonic did just that, with bold colors in a zebra style pattern. According to John Holst, VP of Sales for Etonic Golf,
“The Stabi-Loud shoe is truly one of a kind. If you’re looking for an ultra-comfortable, high performance shoe that will stand out on the course, then look no further!”
What’s more, the color sequences they’ve paired together work excellently. The classic zebra look, the black and orange and particularly the companies deep red and black pattern which looks electric.
The shoes come in four different color schemes and are fully waterproof. The shoe also features a microfiber material which makes the shoe extremely comfortable as well as durable.
The shoe hits the retail market in May, and for those who admire the styles of John Daly, Ian Poulter etc. then you’re likely to love Etonic’s Stabi-Loud Shoe. It covers all the bases in terms of comfort, and if you’re looking to stand out on the course, this shoe will undoubtedly help you achieve that.
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