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WRX Spotlight: Shapland Sunday bag

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Product: Shapland Sunday bag

Pitch:Shapland Sports Co. is passionate about design, quality, and doing things right. We believe that quality design is built to last.  Whether it is a beautiful building, a classic car, a family heirloom, or a well-made sports bag, these things become more important to us as time goes on.  We have engineered all of our products so you can take pride in them for years to come. While our products gain inspiration from the great designs of the past, we will only make something if we believe we can improve upon it. Whether by using the best materials available or tailoring it to the modern age, our lightweight and water resistant products made from 14-oz canvas, top-grain leather accents and antique brass hardware will become a reliable addition to your life. When you buy a Shapland product, you know that you are not just getting the best made product money can buy, but the best designed product of its kind.”

Our Take on Shapland’s Sunday bag

Shapland’s Sunday bag is built for comfort and for those walkers out there on the course; it’s a detail which is impossible to overlook. One of the best features of this bag delivers that comfort through the two shoulder straps which are billed as “cushion-like” – a description which is a very accurate assessment. An added benefit of these straps is also the fact that these cushion straps are removable, which gives players options depending on the way they like to carry their bag on the course.

The bag’s lightness is a wonderful relief. Weighing in at just 3.5lbs, the Sunday bag is an excellent walker’s bag and combined with the cushion straps, really provides the low maintenance and practicality which walkers seek on the course.

The bag contains a 4-way cushioned divider which, like the entire bag, is very pleasing on the eye and the bag also boasts an impressive full-length spine rod, and the overall balance of the bag is on point. While lightweight is the priority of a bag such as this, the company have gone to extra lengths to deliver quality, and the premium leather trim enhances the style of the bag, while the actual feel of the bag is luxurious and of excellent quality.

The UV resistant and water-resistant canvas fabric provides you with ultimate protection against the elements which you might not expect to find in a lightweight bag such as this, while the waterproof zippers are another delightful addition of a bag which mixes nostalgia with modernity. The classic colors provided also add to the style, with navy, black, gray, burgundy, and green color codes available.

Generous storage areas on such a lightweight bag is another excellent element provided by Shapland, while the waterproof head comes in the same color as the bag keeping in line with the classic look. Shapland also offers custom embroidery on the bottom of the bag—if personalization is your thing.

Nailing everything you’d want in a lightweight bag while also being easy on the eye, the Shapland Sunday bag retails at $275 and is available to purchase at ShaplandBags.com.

 

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Nils Nelson

    Nov 18, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    When I saw the leather spine on the Shapland and how it extends above the top of the bag–for improved balance–I thought of the truly original design that I found in a thrift store back in the ’80s. It was the stick bag, a simple canvas golf bag with one pocket from the ’30s or ’40s that had a hickory spine extending about five inches past the top. I made a soft foam strap to replace the worn canvas strap and voila! Perfect balance. With 12 clubs, the bag rode gently on my shoulder and I didn’t even know it was there.
    Around that time, I saw a new stick bag, but it was poorly made. Inexpensive, though. I ended up trying to make my own, but without the requisite professional sewing machine to do the job properly, it didn’t work out.
    I may still have that old hickory model buried in my golf shed. The Shapland is handsome, but my heart belongs to “old hickory.”

  2. Pelling

    Nov 16, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Or you could just get a Jones bag for $139-$159…Shapland looks poorly designed, cheap.

    • Mike B

      Nov 17, 2019 at 12:11 pm

      I have the original stand bag. You couldn’t be more wrong on the quality. Top notch. And when they discovered an issue with 1 of the straps they mailed out a new strap. Customer service like I haven’t seen in a long time. Kudos to Shapland.

  3. Peter Seltenright

    Nov 15, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    You won’t be disappointed with a Shapland bag. I have the original design and it’s incredible, I’m always getting compliments at the course.

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Spotted: Chris Kirk with new driver and S200 shafts in irons at Waste Management Phoenix Open

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Chris Kirk is playing this week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale and has recently made some interesting changes to his clubs that you don’t generally see from tour players.

The first big change is the driver. Kirk recently switched to the all-new ST200X from Mizuno with a Mitsubishi Chemical Diamana D+ series 60 TX. A change like this seems pretty normal since the ST200X is one of three new drivers released from Mizuno for 2020 and Kirk is a Mizuno staff player. But the ST200X is the lightest, most draw-biased, game improvement driver model in the ST200 series, and it’s not too often you see a tour player fit into a draw-biased club. He also plays in an upright/lower-lofted hosel setting making the driver effectively play around 9.5 degrees.

When we reached out to Mizuno for comment we were told the reason for Kirk’s decision to use the most draw-biased driver in the line was simple “to help eliminate one side of the course.” It’s a common practice by golfers of all skill levels to choose a shot shape of the tee with the predominant option being a fade but in the case of Kirk who prefers to see the ball draw right to left the choice was simple.

The other switch for Kirk is more unusual than the first and that is a full iron shaft swap from ProjectX LZ (Load Zone) to True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S200.

Tour players are creatures of habit, and when it comes to iron shafts they are one of the last things players tinker with since weight, flex, and balance point can all change the feel of a club.

When asked about the change spotted this week at the WMPO here’s what Kirk had to say.

“For a couple of years now, I used the Project X LZ 6.5 that weighed 125g, and then S200 into my wedges that weigh 127g to keep weight consistent. Then I found I needed something that just spun just a hair more than the Project X LZ but would have the same soft feel.”

“I talked with the Mizuno guys and asked why can’t we just try S200’s throughout the bag? … I put them in and just love the soft feel. They are very similar to an S300 or S400 and it’s hard to tell the difference except for the lighter weight.”

When asked how this change ultimately changed ball flight Kirk replied

“Ideally, in the set from 4-iron through-9 iron I want to see it peaking between 95 and 100 [feet] and these are just perfect, and my spin numbers are right where I want them to be”

With all these setup changes for Mr. Kirk, and a wide-open TPC Scottsdale as the venue for this week’s event, it’s going to be fun to see if they result in a great finish.

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Co-designed by Rickie Fowler, 2020 TaylorMade TP5 and TP5X Pix golf balls feature new ClearPath Alignment System

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TaylorMade TP5, TP5X pix

TaylorMade Golf has unveiled the all-new TP5 and TP5x Pix golf balls, which are co-developed by Rickie Fowler and feature the brand’s new ClearPath Alignment System.

Inspired by Fowler’s insights, the second generation of the Pix golf ball contains the all-new ClearPath Alignment System, which features a uniquely positioned single TaylorMade logo aligned with the TP5/TP5x stamp, which is designed to form a natural pathway through the center of the ball.

TaylorMade TP5, TP5X pix

Twelve multi-color graphics frame the single TaylorMade logo and TP5/TP5x stamp to form the company’s new ClearPath Alignment System, which not only aims to help with a player’s alignment but also seeks to provide feedback on the quality of the roll by allowing golfers to see the ball roll end-over-end.

TaylorMade TP5, TP5X pix

Speaking on the creation of the new TaylorMade TP5 and TP5X Pix balls, which he will put into play at this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, Fowler said

“The Pix graphics give you a precise focal point to work with. When we started developing the new design, one of my first comments was if we didn’t have the full TaylorMade logo in two places, we would have space to create a path that works for alignment and feedback.”

TaylorMade TP5, TP5X pix

For the first time, Pix is available in both TP5 and TP5x models. Both feature TaylorMade’s five-layer construction designed to achieve enhanced speed while still offering complete tee-to-green performance.

Like it’s predecessor, the TP5 and TP5X contain the brand’s Speed-Layer System which is comprised of four increasingly stiff layers that feature HFM. According to the company, HFM is a tightly wound spring that, when compressed, generates more rebound energy for more ball speed.

TaylorMade TP5, TP5X pix

The ball’s Tri-Fast Core consists of an extra-large, low-compression inner core (16 compression in TP5, 25 compression in TP5x) and a progressively stiffer outer core and mantle. The three layers are designed to work in conjunction to provide golfers with a ball that creates lower drag and increased carry.

Completing the new additions from TaylorMade is the Dual-Spin Cover containing an ultra-soft cast urethane cover and a 30 percent more rigid inner cover. The rigid inner cover is designed to force the soft urethane cover into wedge grooves for maximum spin generation, creating the perfect condition for maximum greenside control.

TaylorMade TP5, TP5X pix

Speaking on the new balls, Michael Fox, TaylorMade Category Director – Golf Ball & Accessories stated

“We learned a lot in the development of the first generation of pix, but through our partnership with Rickie Fowler we’ve learned even more. His vital feedback led directly to the development of the ClearPath Alignment System. It’s not just about unique cool designs that are easier to see, it’s now validated at the top of the pyramid with a performance benefit like nothing else out there. It’s the ideal combination of style and function.”

TaylorMade TP5, TP5X pix

The TP5 and TP5x Pix will be available at retail on 2/28 at an MSRP of $44.99 per dozen.

 

 

 

 

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Today from the Forums: “Justin Thomas remembers Kobe with his custom stamped Vokey & Cameron cover”

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Today from the Forums showcases Justin Thomas’ custom stamped Vokey wedge as well as a Scotty Cameron putter cover paying tribute to Kobe Bryant. The 60-degree wedge at this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open features the stamping “Mamba Mentality”, while the Lakers-themed cover pays homage to both Kobe and his daughter Gianna.

Check out the full thread here.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • bkirkley09: “That looks awesome!”
  • Matty01984: “Nice work JT and Aaron Dil, they look awesome.”
  • J-Ho12: “Those look AWESOME!!!”
  • jwhite86: “Nothing but respect for this.”

Entire Thread: “Justin Thomas remembers Kobe with his custom stamped Vokey & Cameron cover”

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