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TRUE linkswear adds to its collection with Proto

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Rob Rigg, president of TRUE Linkswear, and the rest of the TRUE team dusted off their high school biology education to help build a better golf shoe.

“Our thought process in making the shoes was if humans are supposed to have heels, they would have evolved with one,” Rigg said. “We don’t have heels for a reason.”

Naturally, the company created a barefoot shoe with what they call “zero drop,” keeping the heel and forefoot at the same level. TRUE released its first shoe, the TRUE tour, in 2011 and has grown since, most recently releasing the TRUE proto.

By not having a heel in the shoe, Rigg explained how it helps give golfers better posture and better form on their swings.

The proto has received a good deal of attention since Ryan Moore, a part owner of TRUE, won the 2012 JT Shriner’s Open in Las Vegas in a pair. The shoe design was based largely on input from Moore, and was released to the public earlier this year.

“Ryan wanted something he could really hit into, so the shoe’s still very barefoot but we decided to add a little more outer ridge to the side so when he’s transferring to the left side, he can really power through,” Rigg said.

The proto sells for $169.99 and has what TRUE calls a “sensei” outsole to provide more stability and traction.

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Other TRUE shoes, such as the tour, have TRUE’s “ninja” outsole, which gives more flexibility and feel for the golfer.

The proto meets TRUE’s five requirements for being a barefoot shoe. It has the zero drop, a thin outsole, flexibility, a wide toebox and is light weight.

On the bottom of the proto, there is a three-millimeter thick rubber outsole and five-millimeter thick traction elements spread throughout as if they were spikes. This allows for an easier walk on pavement while also allowing grass to pass through the traction elements and allowing the golfer to feel the sand or green on the course.

“It’s pretty intense if you haven’t tried our shoes before,” Rigg said.

Another benefit to TRUE shoes is that buyers do not have to worry about getting the right shoe width. TRUE shoes keep the foot stable with memory foam in the back, a sock-fit liner in the middle and the wide toebox at the top. The toe box allows for the toes to spread out which also promotes stability.

The release of the proto gives TRUE six different men’s shoes on the market, ranging in price from $99.99 for the phx and sensei to $209.99 for the chukka. There are also two TRUE women’s shoes — the isis and jade, each for $99.99 — and in March, it will release its first shoe for children called the padawan ($59.99).

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  1. girithara

    Dec 3, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Great shoes. Fits perfectly. Very comfortable.

  2. Johnny

    Nov 24, 2013 at 1:00 am

    These shoes are terrible. Not only do they look bad, they also have terrible traction. I would be better off wearing running shoes. My back foot slips just about every time I hit my driver. I do not recommend these. They are seriously ugly and cheap

  3. Lykato

    Apr 21, 2013 at 7:56 am

    I was disappointed with these shoes. They don’t grip very well in wet conditions in the morning. Sometimes you may feel yourself slip even when it’s not wet.

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    Mar 28, 2013 at 5:35 am

    It’s actually a great and helpful piece of information. I am satisfied that you shared this useful info with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Patrick

    Feb 15, 2013 at 1:02 am

    I purchased a pair of True Tour shoes 6 months ago. They are so comfortable, they are like wearing slippers.Because I have a broad foot , size 9US, I bought the 10US and they fitted like a glove. No !! I won’t be updating… I LOVE THESE ones. Thanks to True Linkswear.

  6. Scott

    Feb 14, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Why do they have to sell them for such a high price if they are minimalist shoes? 🙂

  7. TWShoot67

    Feb 3, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Great job Zach although I would have liked to do the interview with my boy Rob. This guy has changed the game when it comes to shoes in the golf industry. Now every single company out there is trying to catch up and ay they have the best lightweight shoe or best ground connection. You have to give this guy credit as he’s changed the footwear industry. I haven’t tried the NEW Sensei Proto but will soon for sure. I’ve been wearing these shoes as i was probably one of the first to tout this company. Now it looks like the rest of the golfing world has finally found them out. You can’t find a better more comfortable golf shoe. PERIOD!

    • john k

      Feb 6, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      First off let me start out by saying I have a son and daughter and wife who play. I put all 4 of us in spikeless shoes years back when Etonic came out with the G-SOK series. Well made shoe for the money and while many would comment that they looked comfortable, it was hard for many golf purists to comprehend that they would hold up on sidehill lie’s or wet conditions. Honestly they did. Whne True came along I jumped on the bandwagon immediately as I saw a company taking the no spike shoe to another level. I own 2 of the original soled shoes that have a nubby like bottom. Comfort and traction were fine, but the appearance I wouldn’t say was in line with what most players would commit to(almost a clown look to the shoe). I then upgraded to the Phx line last year and from my experience the shoe held up just as well as the original version but had a better look to attract the masses. I recently bought the True Sensei when it was released and have consistently used them while walking outdoors, playing golf and also working out(normal gym exercises). Quite honestly I find the Sensei platform to be far superior to the other lines and previous lines that are and were offered. I just ordered the Proto in brown and white. Tried the white out yesterday on the range…great look…much improved in my opinion and the best all around shoe True has made to date! I have viewed the new FJ(didn’t get a chance to try on)(ECCO)nothing to write home about and a few others that I can’t recal the maufacturers name…All in, this shoe delivers…and possibly most importatly, it allows you to walk in comfort and feel the ground as intended. Signed, a True fan for life!!

  8. Steffan Perry

    Feb 2, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Actually humans are suppose to have “heels”. The correct way to run for example is technically to never let your “heels” touch the ground. Footwear have negated to need to keep our heals off the ground, however the longest distance runners in the world in rual South America run without the heals ever touching the ground, arching them up like “heels” in a shoe.

  9. Troy Vayanos

    Feb 2, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    I’ve got issues with too much pronating in my feet. Will the TRUE Linkswear give me enough support to combat the problem?

    Thanks for the review

  10. Kyle

    Feb 2, 2013 at 11:01 am

    My Grandma would love the look of these shoes.

  11. Pete

    Feb 1, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    I’m a big fan of my True Linkswear Tours from 2011 and will be looking into the protos as a replacement.

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WRX Spotlight: Swag ball markers and divot tool

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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.

 

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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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