Review: Callaway women’s golf apparel
Recent lines of Callaway apparel seemed to have been aimed at my parents, not me. But the company has really stepped up its game with its new line, which targets a younger, more athletic crowd.
Take for example, the water resistant, fully lined Luna Vest ($95, pictured right), which I paired with the moisture wicking Snow White Helix Polo ($70) and the moisture wicking, print knit Velocity Skort ($70). It offered a younger look than I was expecting, and a really cozy feel.
The skort has both front and back pockets, a nice feature because the skort is actually loose to allow you to fit things in its pockets. Also pictured are the Solaire 2013 white-and-silver golf shoes ($69.99), which are very breathable and fit true to size.
The shoes are spikeless, which means you won’t need to worry about spike replacement. And they’re inexpensive enough that when you’re done wearing them on the course and around town, you can toss them and pick up a fresh pair.
Callaway’s Snow White Omega Polo ($70, pictured below) looks great with the Black Track Jacket ($85), Red Chev II Skort ($60) and Novas shoes ($79.99). Like the track jacket, the skort has moisture-wicking properties, and UV Protection and a mechanical stretch as well.
The Novas white-and-bone golf shoes have spikes, which were actually a little hard to get used to because I’ve become accustomed to spikeless golf shoes. There’s no doubt that the spikes can provide additional traction from slippery lies. The only question is whether or not consumers believe that traction is worth having to change your shoes twice every round.
Pictured above is the Purple Magic Stretch Long-Sleeve Knit Pullover with ¼ Zip ($58), Stretch Seamless Leggings ($65) and under the 15-inch Skirt ($60,) as well as the Solaire SE golf shoes ($69.99) The pullover shirt is extremely comfortable, and the leggings offer figure-flattering compression (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t want that?) as well as antimicrobial yarns for odor control. The skirt also has a nice stretch to it for a full range of motion. The Solaire SE shoes are lightweight and breathable, and Callaway added a nice touch by selling each pair with two sets of complementary-color laces.
This was my favorite look of the three I tested. Everything from the pullover to the shoes was perfect in my eyes. The outfit felt sporty yet feminine, and had a very clean look. And everything was incredibly comfortable and easy to play in.
Callaway offers a fairly wide range of sizes ranging from XS to XL and 2 to 16. I wear an XS/0, so I got the smallest sizes available. For me, Callaway runs on the large side, so most of the items were a little big on me with the exceptions of the vest, long-sleeve pullover and leggings.
There is still room for improvement in this much-improved line. The shoes, particularly the Novas, could be more comfortable. They felt tight and heavy, and like some of Callaway’s men’s offerings it took a long time to break them in. The clothing could also be cut closer to true sizes, which would help it appeal to the younger, trendier golf crowd who prefer golf apparel that is passable in places other than the golf course.
Overall, I’m excited to see the direction Callaway is headed and think it will only get better from here.
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GolfWRX Spotlight: Motocaddy M7 Remote and M5 GPS DHC electric cart review
I have been thinking about electric golf push carts, or trollies, ever since I started playing in my league seven years ago.
Motocaddy has been making high-quality electric, and non-electric, carts since 2004 and has a couple of great options for the golfer who loves to walk. Motocaddy was nice enough to get their M7 Remote and M5 GPS DHC in my hands to try out on the course for a few weeks.
I have had a lot of people stop me to ask about the carts, and the one thing I keep telling them is that these carts are just flat out fun to use on the course.
Motocaddy M7 Remote
The M7 Remote was very easy to get set up right out of the box. All you have to do is charge the battery, install the wheels, and you are pretty much ready to go. The M7 folds up pretty small, just a little larger than the 3-wheel pushcart that I had been using for years. Getting it to the course should be no problem with just about any trunk space. Now, the one downside to an electric cart is the weight when moving it around, and both carts come in at around 35 pounds each. Even with that extra weight, I didn’t have much trouble lifting them in and out of the back of a pickup.
The M7 unfolds quickly with the flick of two levers and extends the front wheels automatically. Once unfolded, you drop in the battery, plug it in, and secure your bag. If you own a Motocaddy bag, they have developed a really nice system called EasiLock that involves two metal studs that fit into the bottom of the cart. This system also includes a molded base that prevents the bag from rotating at all, even on the roughest terrain. You can still use the M7 with almost any other golf bag as it includes elastic straps that wrap around the top and bottom of the bag.
As soon as you plug in the battery the LCD screen comes to life and you are ready to go. You can use the M7 without the remote by using the dial on the handle to control the starting, stopping, and speed. But the M7 has a remote that is activated by a simple press of the power button to get going. The remote is very simple with just five buttons to control where the M7 goes.
Getting a feel for the M7 takes no time at all and by the time you drive it from your car to the 1st tee you will be in complete, and confident, control of the cart. You simply press the “+” button to start moving forward and the cart takes off gently without any rattling of your clubs, and you can press that same button again to increase the speed. The cart will go from a slow crawl, for bumpy or tight areas, too, as fast as I could run with just a few presses of the button. The big red “stop” button in the center stops the cart immediately, and when stopped it is locked in place, even on steep hills. You don’t have to worry about remembering to set the brakes or anything because it is done automatically.
Steering is just as easy: simply press the right or left button to turn the cart. Small, quick presses will just slightly adjust the cart as it moves down the fairway while a long hold of the button can make it turn on a dime to the right or left.
Almost everyone asked me how stable the cart was and if it would tip over. I can proudly say that it has stayed upright even on some unseen bumps at maximum speed. Side hills, ruts, and even curbs are handled with ease with the help of the small rear wheel.
I really enjoy strolling down the fairway with nothing but the M7’s remote in my hand — it just makes golfing more fun!
Motocaddy M5 GPS DHC
After using the M7 and its fancy remote, I was a little nervous that I wouldn’t like not having it. But to be honest the M5 was just as fun to use, but for a different reason.
As the name suggests, the M5 has a built-in GPS with 40,000 courses preloaded into it. The screen is a good size, pretty responsive to the touch, and easy to read in direct sunlight. Having the GPS directly on the cart is great, you drive up to your ball and immediately have yardage to the front, back, and center of the green as well as bunkers and hazards. You can easily toggle between screens on the GPS and it offers a couple of different views to help navigate the hole. The M5 can also keep score and let you know shot distances right on the screen. Motocaddy even includes nice little touches like a screen protecter kit to ensure durability.
Driving the M5 is just as easy as the M7 with using the dial on the handle. And speaking of the handle, the grips have a great tacky rubber that grips well even in hot and humid conditions. To start the M5 you just press the dial down and the cart will gently start down the fairway. You can turn the dial to increase or decrease the speed — I found between 5-6 to be the most comfortable for me. But the speed can go up to a very fast pace if you are looking to set a record for fastest round of the day.
As you walk down the fairway, or rough, stopping the cart is as simple as pressing he dial again. When stopped the M5 engages a parking brake automatically so you don’t have to worry about it running down a hill without your approval. The M5 has tons of power to go up just about any hill and the Down Hill Control (DHC) keeps the speed consistent even when going down a steep decent.
Since the M5 has so much power, and it is a little heavy, I thought steering would be a little bit of a challenge. It wasn’t, at all. Guiding the M5 took very little effort and slight adjustments going down the fairway were very easy. Really tight turns took a slight bit more effort as the torque can want to go forward a little more than turn. Again, once you get the M5 from the car to the first tee, you will be a master at driving it.
Overall, Motocaddy has created two great carts that provide additional enjoyment to walking your favorite 9 or 18. Having the ability to walk without carrying or pushing your bag, clubs, and whatever else goes with you. I like them so much that it is going to be hard to get the M7’s remote out of my hands when I go play!
GolfWRX Spotlight: Crossrope weighted jump rope & app
An 18-hole round of golf averages out to just under five miles of walking, which on its own is a good workout. Once you throw in some potential uphill trekking you get some serious cardio too, but if you all looking for a quick workout between rounds of golf look no further than Crossrope.
Crossrope – The details
Crossrope is a system of the weighted jump rope that allows you to quickly switch the weight of the ropes you are using to boost your workout—they range from 1/4 lbs all the way up to 2 lbs depending on the kit you start out with. There is an accompanying app that helps you go through multiple workout routines and is available free, or you can upgrade to the entire library of workout routines along with more workout tracking options.
This is NOT your middle school jump rope
The handles are heavy duty and feature precision bearings to allow the rope to move smoothly around as you go through a routine. They are also ergonomic and fit into your hand naturally, which making gripping easy, something that is really nice when you’re swinging a 2 lbs coated steel cable around. The handles also come with a fast clip system to make changing cables depending on your selected workout easier too.
The ropes themselves are made from braided steel and are almost impossible to tangle, allowing them to be easily transported and stored when not in use. All in you are getting a premium piece of workout equipment that is effective and easy to store—hard to same the same thing about a treadmill.
When it comes to a workout, skipping rope is one of the most effective cardio workouts you can do, and with Crossrope, you can get both cardio and low impact weight training when using the heaviest ropes, and follow along with the guided workouts.
As someone that hadn’t used a jump rope in over a decade, starting out lighter was a nice way to ease in before moving up, and I was pleasantly surprised how easy and fun some of the workouts in the app were. If you are looking for a fun way to add something to your workouts, or you just want to try something new to get you into golf course walking shape, this could be right up your alley. To learn more check out crossrope.com
WRX Spotlight: Athalonz EnVe—The best golf shoes you’ve never heard of
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
- Design that delivers more power and stability
- 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.
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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Nov 14, 2014 at 12:08 pm
All outfits are great, well paired, they are functional and stylish at the same time.
Oct 26, 2013 at 12:39 am
I like the way you paired everything. I enjoy the purple and black look and I wear it all the time(as a guy). I am not a fan of the leggings look but I totally understand why one would wear them.
Oct 22, 2013 at 9:21 pm
Although I personal like purple and black it just doesn’t work with the leggings. Now the white top with orange trim, orange skirt and black jacket works really nice with or without the jacket. The hiking style with plaid skirt – no way!
On a side note – how do girls play in a skirt? I want my clothing as loose as possible – but they do it on the LPGA and they would smoke me :o)
Oct 22, 2013 at 9:24 pm
Ok, so that was red – the colour profile makes it look more orange on my screen.
Oct 22, 2013 at 10:26 pm
The skorts are surprisingly comfortable and I think I actually prefer them to shorts or pants. They have shorts under the skirt and it’s an awesome combination that really allows a lot of mobility.
It’s actually not a plaid skort, I probably should have taken some closer shots of each individual piece so you could see the detail better. Sorry about that!
Oct 22, 2013 at 11:33 pm
Ok, so it’s not a skirt – I thought it was a type-o, now I can see why it’s so comfortable.
Oct 22, 2013 at 7:19 pm
The leggings look has to be the worst look out there. It looks sloppy, and almost like a kid that outgrew their pants. Yuck!
Oct 22, 2013 at 7:35 pm
How did you like the other two looks?