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WRX Spotlight: Stitch SL1 golf bag

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Product: Stitch SL1 golf bag

Pitch:  From Stitch: “Designed using Stitch Golf’s durable Touring Fabric, a proprietary product used in the SL1 golf bag as well as the Ultimate Garment Bag (UGB) that has the strength of leather, but is more durable, lightweight and waterproof. The SL1 is sleek in design and weighs only 57 oz, making it “the perfect caddie bag” or the perfect cart bag.”

Our take on the Stitch SL1 golf bag

Stitch Golf may be best known for its headcovers, but just like its headcovers, the SL1 golf bag stands out, and for all the right reasons.

The bags feature bright colors, and the clean and classic look gives off a feeling of nostalgia. While the retro look is undoubtedly appealing, there are plenty of modern features that make these bags a serious competitor at the moment.

The SL1 golf bag weighs just 57 oz, so you can see why the company describe the product as “the perfect caddie bag.” The low weight is a huge advantage, and to provide a super light bag such as this, Stitch has concentrated on minimalism and pulled it off. The bag features two side pockets which are deep enough to carry the necessities for any round. While sitting above the two deeper pockets are two smaller pockets, designed to provide golfers with the opportunity to store their car keys, wallet etc., and a space for a small water bottle.

The actual stand features thin legs that are strong and create an excellent base for the bag to rest,  while the angle which the bag sits at makes it very comfortable for getting your clubs in and out without any difficulty. The SL1 features a single strap, emphasizing just how light this bag is, and makes it an ideal bag for walkers on the course, while the bag also fits comfortably onto carts. While you may think a light bag such as the SL1 may not be ideal in harsh weather conditions, the bag is waterproof and comes with an attachable matching rain hood, which is a very cool addition.

The concern with svelte bags such as the SL1 is usually the number of clubs you can comfortably carry. With the SL1, however, that concern isn’t there, with the bag easily holding 14 clubs, without the prospect of the clubs getting stuck all the time.

All bags come with an orange “Stitch” logo near the front of the bag. The orange “Stitch” logo, it’s also worth noting, from my perspective looks very striking and possibly at it’s best on the “Brushed Forest Green” SL1.

The personalization options are one of my particular favorite features of the SL1.  Along with the Stitch logo, golfers have the option of either getting a two-letter personalization which sits on the upper portion of the large right pocket, or a three letter horizontal personalization. The simple looking personalization suits the style of the bag perfectly.

With plenty to shout about, the Stitch SL1 also comes with a steep price tag. At $328, the SL1 sits among premium-priced golf bags, and with its classic, minimalist look, many golfers will be looking for some extra funky features for that price, which is understandable. But it’s that classic look that makes the SL1 so appealing, and in a market full of big bags with fancy gadgets, the SL1 delivers on all the essentials while offering golfers the opportunity to stand out on the course with a sleek, stylish looking bag from an independent business.

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  1. Max

    Feb 20, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    I have a gray one and LOVE IT. It looks so good and the playability is exceptional.

  2. Greg

    Feb 20, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    This bag is too heavy and is ridiculously over-priced. The Jones Players Series bag is far superior for about half the price. Stitch headcovers are great, this bag, not so much…

  3. Scott

    Feb 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Not sure I understand. $328 for a bag that does not hold anything for inclement weather? Why?

  4. Steve

    Feb 20, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    It’s funny how Stitch stays with the “57 ounce” descriptive — when every other OEM describes their bags in terms of pounds. I think we can all better relate to pounds vs. ounces, but to each his own. It also keeps them out of a bragging race with Sun, now that they have a 2.5 lb carry bag. I think this is a cool bag and if I were in the mood to splurge (and I am not) I would consider it. Heck there are other “high end” carry bags without a kick stand for a lot more $$ than this. But yes, I see Stitch competing more with Jones than anyone else. Sort of the PXG of golf bags, I guess.

  5. Bill

    Feb 20, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    Needs to be lighter than nearly five pounds. Sun Mountain 2.5 still wins.

  6. B

    Feb 20, 2019 at 12:45 am

    Too Expensive? Get a Jones Bag

  7. Paul

    Feb 20, 2019 at 12:31 am

    Ugly and way overpriced. Nope.

  8. Hanlpa01

    Feb 19, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    As a walker, I think the single strap would be brutal. Yes, it is only 57oz but adding in clubs and supplies I think it would get heavy pretty quickly.

  9. 234234

    Feb 19, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    UGLY

  10. S

    Feb 19, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Really not a very good bag to carry all your items if you’re not at a private club with snack stations middle way on either half of course, because it has no room for much more than a few balls and tees and your phone. If you need to bring a jacket, rain pants, med kit, ur own snacks and drinks, fuggedabootit

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WRX Spotlight: Swag putter covers

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Product: Swag putter covers

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 putter covers

When it comes to loud, inventive, standout putter covers, Swag never disappoints. Their new series of covers are certainly out there, and the contrast of their range, attention to detail, and excellent all-around quality make these putter covers a must have — if you can get your hands on them.

To start with, Swag’s Lincoln cover is a a real standout. The cover features a bright green background with President Lincoln looking the part in dark shades in the company’s own version of the $5 bill. The detail of the blade putter cover is excellent, with the bright green being the eye catcher and the unmistakable figure of Abraham Lincoln as the centerpiece.

The company also seem very proud of their creation, letting folks clearly know in their description of the cover that it is “not legal tender.” (Just in case you found yourself confused)

The company’s pink Flamingo cover is also a personal favorite, featuring bright colors and cool summer breeze feel. The great detail on the bird with its dark shades, vibrant colors and background of the palm trees make it an ideal cover as we head into the summer months. But it isn’t just the designs. The quality of the fabric and stitching lends for a durable and plush feeling cover too.

It’s worth noting that Swag enthusiast and team member Kevin Streelman is rocking one of the latest Swag putter covers. The American is currently gaming a Swag 2019 Handsome Too Tour with a double fly milled face, and the 40-year-old rocks the Chicago style deep-dish pizza cover to accompany the flat-stick.

Swag is without a doubt a no BS company, and in their putter covers, they have certainly delivered in their aim to be bold and experimental. Perhaps the only disappointment is that all their limited edition putter covers are already sold out, which is an ode to how clever and engaging their designs are. The covers range in price from around $75-$125, and as the company continues to push the boundaries, here’s hoping for more releases in the near future.

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WRX Spotlight: Garmin Approach Z80 laser rangefinder

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Product: Garmin Approach Z80

Pitch: From Garmin: “See the game differently with the Approach Z80 laser range finder with GPS. Laser ranges are accurate to within 10,” so you can take dead aim at the flag. See a full-color CourseView and Green View overlay in 2-D, showing distances to the front and back of the green, plus hazards on more than 41,000 courses worldwide.”

Our take on the Garmin Approach Z80 Laser Rangefinder

In terms of laser rangefinders, the Garmin Approach Z80 does all the little things well and then packs on a bundle of additional features, which makes the product unique.

For starters, one of the coolest features of the Garmin Approach Z80 is the 2D hole layout that appears on the left-hand side of the screen. The image serves as a virtual map of the hole, and offers you a great view of what’s in store next should you either pull or push your shot, making it one of the best rangefinders on the market for use on your tee shots. The rangefinder also allows you to enter your average driving distance, which will automatically suggest where your tee shot should land.

For approach shots, this rangefinder gives you the distance to the front, back and flag which shows up at the bottom of the screen. The Z80 can also provide distances to hazards and bunkers which is very useful for tight pin locations. When locking onto the flag, the rangefinder provides a yellow arc which once more presents you with a view of where you could end up if you hit your number but miss your target.

The rangefinder goes into standby mode after it hasn’t been used for five seconds, a feature which is extremely good for battery life. Once fully charged the ApproachZ80 will easily last you from 3-4 rounds. However, the standby mode does cause it to take slightly more time to load up when using, but we’re only talking 10-20 seconds.

The PinPointer feature which the Approach Z80 features is also very beneficial in that an arrow on the screen will direct you to the hole, whether you’re facing a blind shot, or are out of position. It’s worth noting that the PinPointer feature is also advantageous in that it gives you the yardage to the hole and not just a guide, despite you being unable to see the flag.

All in all, the Garmin Approach Z80 is a top rangefinder with an innovative 2D map of the hole which gives you a tremendous amount of power in that you can not just visualize the hole quickly but also possess a powerful tool for shots off the tee. The small size of the rangefinder is also a major plus, as is its light weight of just 8oz. At $600, it wouldn’t be considered an economical purchase, but in terms of the innovative technologies and benefits, it could still be considered value.

 

 

 

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WRX Spotlight Review: Golf Pride Tour SNSR Contour Pro

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Product: Golf Pride Tour SNSR Contour Pro

Pitch: From Golf Pride: “Tour-proven shapes that are engineered with innovative SNSR material that delivers unsurpassed Tour-level feel and feedback. The…grips are made of a soft-tuned rubber formulation that gives these grips extraordinary feel, and encourages lighter grip pressure that golfers seek in creating a smooth stroke. The most-preferred sculpted pistol shape on the worldwide Tours is now available in our proprietary SNSR rubber blend, with two oversized shapes for maximum feel and feedback.”

Our take on the Golf Pride Tour SNSR Contour Pro

Golf Pride has a new addition to the SNSR line that it has been making for a few years. In March, you will be able to get your hands on (bad pun) the new Tour SNSR Contour Pro. This new model has a refined pistol shape that has been preferred by players on professional tours and comes in two sizes. The new pistol shape is a little smaller in the upper hand, will less protrusion in the pads of the fingers. The Contour Pro is flat on the front of the paddle for proper thumb placement, but it also has a curve near the end that helps lock the putter in the palm of your hand. This new Contour Pro model feels like it has more taper in the lower half as well, like some traditional grips.

Right out of the box, the Tour SNSR Contour Pro has a very soft rubber feel, almost squishy before you install it. Once installed the soft-tuned rubber has a great tackiness to it without being sticky. It isn’t hot out yet, but I have confidence that even in the hottest and most humid environments this grip will perform well.

Two sizes, 104cc  and 140cc, both feel good in the hands, with neither having ridges or shapes that hit you anywhere that would feel strange. The contour on the front, upper half of the grip really does help lock the grip into your palm without having to add any additional pressure. The lower half of the grip is slightly softer and overall the SNSR material reminds me that I don’t need a death grip on the putter.

I like the reduced pistol shape in the pads of my fingers on the upper hand as well. I don’t feel like I have to “try” to grip the putter, it just rests naturally in my hand. The flat top of the grip is also comfortable and a solid platform to place your thumbs. The only real thing I would change would be to add a smaller size, similar to a standard grip. I mean that is all personal preference, but I like the feel of a slightly smaller grip.

On the putting green the soft SNSR material really performed better than I thought. I figured the grip would remove too much vibration and kill the responsiveness, but I was wrong. The grip provides solid and precise feedback, even with the larger 140cc version. One of the two sizes should be a fit for any putting preference or hand size. I wear a medium glove and a standard putter grip so the 104cc felt the best for me. I liked having more taper in my lower hand since I struggle with having a strong right hand grip and the taper allowed me to grip the club more neutrally.

Overall, the Tour SNSR Contour Pro is a really good option for someone who wants a larger grip but doesn’t want to lose feel or taper. The soft, tacky rubber should provide great traction throughout any weather you are willing to play through!

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