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ProT offers alternative to the classic tee

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Most people don’t put a lot of thought into what tees they’re using on the golf course. They find the right length and move on. But I recently discovered a company called ProT that offers high quality, classy golf tees that have added some “cool factor” to my tee shots.

ProTs come in three colors: gold, silver and pink, all of which are in a metallic finish and are the industry standard length of 2.75 inches. I try to leave the least carbon footprint possible when I play, so when I found out that ProTs are made with more than 98 percent recycled material I was even more impressed.

ProTs are fully recyclable as opposed to most other biodegradable tees. The current packaging is a little bulky and large, but the good news is that it is also fully recyclable. Kim Wogan, owner of ProT, said her company was currently working on other packaging options and should have something soon.

The tees have a low resistance Teflon-like coating for reduced friction and they won’t leave marks on your clubs like traditional painted tees. They are also more flexible and durable than standard wood tees, and slimmer and sleeker than a standard tee.

If you aren’t sold on ProTs yet, get this: ProT offers customization on the sides and top of the tees. You can get your company logo on it, a message to someone, whatever you want! Or how great would these be as wedding favors? ProTs are a really unique gift idea.

One pack with 16 tees of one color is $9.95. As you increase the volume of tees, the price per tee drops. Tees with customization have a separate pricing structure. ProT is manufactured in USA. You can buy your own ProTs straight from their website.

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Kimberly Baresel is a long-suffering golf aficionado. She began playing the game at age 16, married into it with her husband Greg, who is a teaching pro, and has worked on the business side of the industry in merchandise for the last 12 years. Working in a pro shop, doing the soft-goods buying has allowed her to examine apparel in an intimate way. Having a petite frame and being unable to find comfortable, stylish apparel is a motivating factor in her writing. Outside of golf, Kimberly loves being a mother to her two adorable little boys. For more apparel reviews, go to www.kbgolfstyle.com

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  1. Blanco

    May 10, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    How flexible are these tees?

    I play a lot of 1/2 and 3/4 iron shots off the tee (lots of wind on my home courses) and hate using plastic tees or thick woodem tees that don’t easily break/bend. Too often I feel the need to sweep irons off of a tee instead of striking downward so that I don’t bottom out on the tee (which restricts my follow through)…

    I’ve found a little bit of dirt/grass works better for me in these instances.

    • Kimberly Baresel

      May 14, 2013 at 11:19 am

      Blanco – I don’t think these are the tees for you, I really don’t think they have a lot of flex to them.

      I have never tried these tees, and I never recommend something I have never tried… but it sounds like these (http://www.brusht.com/) might work for what you’re looking to achieve. Have you ever tried them?

  2. Andy B

    May 10, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Kimberly, after reading my comment again, I wanted to apologize. I really just do not see the market in general, and think the idea is over thought. Article was well written and I respect you as a journalist, I just don’t see a place for product. But hey, to each their own! Sorry for the harsh tone and have a good day.

    • Kimberly Baresel

      May 10, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      Thank you, I really appreciate that, Andy. You’re right, to each their own. We’re not all going to agree on everything but that’s ok! Thanks again, have a good night.

    • C Masty

      May 13, 2013 at 8:44 pm

      I still don’t like them, but that doesn’t take away from a splendidly written review. Cheers!

  3. Sean

    May 10, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    I also like the idea that they don’t leave marks on your clubs like other tees.

  4. Lee

    May 9, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Not sure why so many rude comments. It’s an article about a golf product on a golf forum.

    I actually think the silver one looks really cool but the price is way out of line. If it was comparable to your typical bag of tees I’d probably try them out…

    • Kimberly Baresel

      May 10, 2013 at 10:08 am

      Thank you for your support, Lee. It means a lot!

      I definitely should have mentioned something about how it is a higher price point in the article. Lesson learned for next time!

  5. Andy B

    May 9, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    I cannot believe this is a real product and is actually even being mentioned as an option on a website that caters to serious golfers, not golfers looking for something cute or a gift, as the author says. I think the target audience was missed on this one.

    • Kimberly Baresel

      May 10, 2013 at 11:15 am

      I appreciate you taking the time to voice your opinion. I do happen to know that these tees are being used on the Amateur World Cup in Ireland, China, and Dhabi & Dubai. So I would say those are some serious golfers. Sorry if you feel I missed the target audience on this one.

  6. Kcco

    May 9, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Awesome! I’ve been painting my tees silver or gunmetal for years, but love the “green” alternative:)

  7. Kimberly Baresel

    May 9, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Aww, I like you too Metal-X-Man! More to come soon! I appreciate your support!

  8. Metal-X-Man

    May 9, 2013 at 6:39 am

    I like Kimberly Baresel! More articles!

  9. Gregory Hough

    May 9, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Much cooler. Thanks for checking Kimberly.

  10. Gregory Hough

    May 8, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Recyclable tees? Nobody is recycling tees. Its just impracticable. It basically just means plastic bits are going to end up strewn around our courses. Please everyone use wood, bamboo or some other natural material tee that will actually break down.

    • Kimberly Baresel

      May 8, 2013 at 11:09 pm

      When I saw your comment, I realized you’re right. Recycling tees isn’t always practical. So I checked into and I found that the company says they are biodegradable as well as recyclable. (Also lawn mower safe)

  11. pablo

    May 8, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    i usually buy tees with lines on them to make a consistent height. recently golfsmith was out of my brand and i had to buy nikes that were $3 more a box. my tees fly far back and sometimes they get lost, so these ones featured are way to expensive for me, even if they had the lines.

    • Kimberly Baresel

      May 8, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      Pablo – You’re right, they are on the high end as far as price is concerned. They aren’t for everyone, I just think they look pretty darn cool 🙂

      • pablo

        May 15, 2013 at 7:21 pm

        You may consider putting some lines on them?

  12. justplay

    May 8, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    no thanks!!

  13. Steve

    May 8, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Let’s keep it civil. No need to blast the author. A towel is a towel is a towel, but people on this site continue to chase Amino or tour issue towels. I agree a tee is a tee is a tee, but if there ever was a site for fancy tees, this would be it.

    • Kimberly Baresel

      May 8, 2013 at 10:24 pm

      Thank you, Steve, I really appreciate that. I’ve heard some great positive feedback on these tees but not everything is for everyone. Thanks again!!

  14. C Masty

    May 8, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Get real. That’s almost 63 cents per tee. A tee is a tee is a tee.

  15. Screamin'

    May 8, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Uhhh….no.

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GolfWRX Spotlight: Crossrope weighted jump rope & app

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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

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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.

Review

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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