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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: 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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