Datrek® Go Lite Hybrid Stand Bag Wins Best Hybrid Golf Bag by Golf Digest

One of the booths that I visited very late at this years PGA Merchandise Show was that of Dynamic Brands. The conglomerate that brings the likes of Bag Boy, De Vant, Burton, IGotcha and Datrek under one umbrella.

While at their booth several products caught my eye however none caught my eye more than the Datrek Go Lite Hybrid Golf Bag. This golf bag caught my eye for a few reasons. First there were the colours that drew me to the bag display. Once seeing them I noticed right away that the Go Lite Hybrid golf bag had 14 slots with full length dividers and then there was the weight when I picked it up. It certainly lives up to its billing as being lightweight. In fact, the golf bag weighs a mere 5.2 lbs when empty. Impressive for a stand bag with the full length dividers.

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Recently, Julie Parham who is the Marketing Manager for Dynamic Brands shared a press release with me announcing an award that Datrek had won recently. The Datrek Go Lite Hybrid Stand Bag won an award as presented by Golf Digest. Golf Digest gave the “Editor’s Choice Award” for “Best Hybrid Golf Bag”. I would love the opportunity if Datrek gave me an opportunity to test one of these bags to allow me to form my own opinion. Please see the press release below.

***Generally, I refrain from posting accolades handed to company’s by other publications and websites. 

Richmond, VA – Datrek® Golf, a leader in modern golf gear designed to enhance players’ on-course experience, has earned a 2018 Golf Digest Editors’ Choice Award in the category of “Best Hybrid Golf Bag”. The full story is available on-line here.

“We are honored Golf Digest chose the Go Lite Hybrid Stand Bag,” said Craig Ramsbottom, President of Dynamic Brands, Datrek® Golf’s parent company. “The Go Lite Hybrid Stand Bag is the third generation of the popular Go Lite; now labeled a hybrid as it combines the portability of a stand bag with the functionality of a cart bag.”  This is the second award the Go Lite has received since it was first introduced in 2015.

The selection, through which the magazine’s editors identify its list of “The Best Things in Golf”, with an emphasis on lifestyle properties, products and services. The program receives similar editorial treatment as the annual Hot List, which has become the game’s authoritative review for golf equipment. Best Golf Bags has six categories: Cart, Carry, Lightweight/Ultra Lightweight, Hybrid, Stand less/Sunday and Waterproof, with Datrek’s Go Lite Hybrid awarded one of the coveted Best Hybrid Bags.

The Go Lite Hybrid has a streamlined new design for 2018, built for carrying, riding or walking with a push cart. The 14-way organizer top with full-length Individual Divider System (IDS) and easy-grip handle are designed for on-course convenience. Double shoulder straps and padded hip protection make the bag comfortable to carry. Six total pockets include an oversized, insulated cooler pocket and full-size garment pocket. The Go Lite Hybrid this year now includes new TOP-LOK™ Technology, a patented bag-to-cart attachment system designed to work with Bag Boy® push carts. Available in 10 colorways and sells for $149.95 at pro shops and retailers nationwide.

Until The Next Tee!!

First Look – Wilson Staff C300 Driver

To me Wilson Staff have been one of the two biggest movers and shakers in the golf business over the last 5 years. The brand that has the most Major victories in golf history and a brand that’s been around for over 100 years. In recent memory the brand has tried to get back into the golf consumers mindsets with some groundbreaking marketing with their popular Driver vs Driver reality television show. In January, at the PGA Merchandise Show Demo Day they announced that there was going to be a Driver vs Driver 2 with judges including Rick Shiels, Jeremy Roenick and President Tim Clarke. The Triton was the winner then so I’m excited to see what happens this time around, Wilson Staff Triton Review

In the meantime fresh for the 2018 golf season Wilson Staff introduced the new C300 range of products. Geared towards the “Crossover” player who is looking for control and distance. The line-up includes a driver, fairway wood, hybrids and irons (cast and forged). For today’s review we’re going to look at the C300 driver and my organic, first-hand thoughts and experiences with the driver.

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When it comes to the C300 it’s clear that Wilson Golf wants you to #PowerYourPlay. How does Wilson want to establish that notion? Well, through the utilization of what the company calls “Power Holes”. On top of the crown and right behind the leading edge of the face (sole) Wilson Golf engineers strategically placed urethane-filled holes on the entire range of products. What the design team was looking to achieve by doing so was to give golfers higher ball speeds, more distance, and more consistency through more face flexion and a larger sweet spot. The aptly named “Power Hole Technology” was first seen in the brands C200 irons. As far as adjustability goes there are a few methods with C300 that allows golfers to tweak their launch and trajectory characteristics. Firstly, there’s the adjustable hosel  loft which allows you to adjust either adjust 1* Down or 2* Up in half degree increments. Secondly, there are three adjustable weight screws (2 gram and 2 6 gram weights) that allow you to give a draw or fade bias. Place the 6 dram weight in the heel for a draw-aiding shot shape. The C300 comes in 3 different lofts (9*, 10.5*, and 12*) and features the venerable Fujikura Speeder Pro 58 shaft as its stock option. The Lamkin Crossline 2 grip rounds out the construction points. The constructed stock length is 45.5″ and has a solid D4 swingweight.

The conditions on the Demo Day range at Orange County National were fairly ideal and the wind was generally over my left shoulder (right-handed golfer) at their location.

Aesthetics – Upon picking up the driver for the first time my eyes went to the finish. It’s a lovely matte red finish that gave me an instant memory of their old Deep Red drivers. I love the colour and how it goes from black to red much like a “sunburst design” on a Gibson or Fender guitar. Honestly, this driver had the best looking finish of any of the drivers at the 2018 PGA Show. While I didn’t mind the Power Holes on the crown I did NOT like the “Power Holes” graphic towards the trailing edge of the crown. Personally, I think it cheapened the looks of an otherwise pretty driver. But I really liked the subtle “shield” as an alignment aid. Flipping the C300 over the Power Holes are evident as mentioned towards the leading edge with another touch of the classy Wilson Staff branding that is ‘The Shield”. There are also graphics that say C300 and “FLX Face”.

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Performance – First off, when I had the C300 in my hands I loved the overall “heft” of this club. For some the D4 weight might seem “heavy” but it was something that I really liked about it. I really felt that the weight allowed the head to work the shaft and more importantly allowed me to feel the club through the hitting area. As I set the C300 down in the address position I also observed something else. I have to mention that the combination of the Power Holes on the crown and the alignment aid perfectly frame the golf ball. It just gives you additional confidence over the golf ball. On my first pass the ball flight was high and straight. two great things especially when hitting downwind. I think that the first shot was pretty spinny as well basing that judgement on what I observed.

At impact, I think the best way to describe it was that it gave me a feeling of being “indifferent”. I wasn’t astonished or disappointed in any way… it was just sort of “meh”. I really liked that I could feel the club throughout the golf swing which is a nice characteristic. I made several more passes and the one word that was most operative was straight. Hitting the ball straight was a breeze with the C300 and I think a lot of that has to do with the expanded sweet spot. From a distance standpoint, I think the distance was average and not where my gamer is. It could have been the spin numbers being high. This was a case where I wish I would have had some sort of launch monitor or a tech representative giving me a hand. If nothing else, to verify what I was seeing. The feel off of the driver wasn’t overly awe-inspiring which is something that I alluded to in my remarks regarding the first pass.

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Overall – I think the C300 has some good things going for it. It’s a great-looking driver but this isn’t just about beauty. One of things that I don’t like is how spinny the head/shaft combination appeared to be. The distance was average (at best) and the C300 has a real unassuming sound and feel to it. The launch however was perfect, it’s straight (which is a positive) and if I have choice of being straight off of the tee or hitting 3 from the same tee… I’ll take straight every time. Maybe a different shaft fixes the results for me or assistance from a tech rep in changing the configuration around. After all, there is adjustability to burn with the C300. I researched some WITB information of some Wilson staffers and none are playing the C300. Does this suggest anything? If you’re looking for a new driver give the C300 a try. The retail price for the C300 is $399.99 USD.

Until The Next Tee!!

Miura Debuts KM-009 Putter

Scottsdale, AZ — Miura Golf has introduced the KM-009, a brand-new design that outperforms previous putter models. “This classic toe-weighted design proves it is possible to match looks with performance,” says Hoyt McGarity, President of Miura Golf. “Although putters aren’t our core focus, the Miura family has never attached their name to any product that did not live up to their extremely high standards.”

Made of milled mild steel, this blade-style putter has a rolled top line and tapered heel that makes it easy to square to the putting line. The face is forgiving and produces an impact strike that creates a solid feel with the control needed to achieve the truest rolls from reduced skid. It goes through the same forging process as all Miura irons, renowned for delivering both feel and performance. The KM-009 is finished in a clean, sleek white chrome.

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“We are committed to designing clubs for players who insist on the very best in terms of looks and performance,” says McGarity. “The KM-009 will exceed expectations on both levels.”

 

About Miura Golf

 

Miura has been making the world’s finest forged golf clubs since 1977. Designed and constructed by the Miura family in Himeji, Japan, each club is individually made using the patented Miura forging process.

World-renowned craftsman Katsuhiro Miura began hand crafting and grinding irons in 1957 and has since created one of the most respected brands in the golf industry. Miura’s endless quest to make the perfect club has introduced over 10 product series. This number continues to grow as the next generation of the Miura family-led by sons Yoshitaka and Shinei-continue the meticulous refinement and evolution of the Miura product lines. Each club is handcrafted and never mass produced, as generations of passion and steelmaking skill bring to the world the finest forged golf clubs.

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