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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: Motocaddy M7 Remote and M5 GPS DHC electric cart review

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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!

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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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