Review – Clicgear Model 3.5+

Before I start my writing of this review I just wanted to take the time to thank Todd Hansen. Mr. Hansen is the National Sales Manager of The ProActive Sports Group. The latter oversees brands like Clicgear USA and Alphard Golf to name a few. I was fortunate to sit down and talk with Mr. Hansen (Todd) at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show this past January. Through that discussion, I was very fortunate to receive the opportunity to test and review a golf push cart. The first time that I’ve had such an opportunity. Thank-you Todd!!

As one might gather from the title of this review the chosen cart was the Clicgear Model 3.5+. While not being new to 2018 the Model 3.5+ is very much relevant in the golf industry. As a matter of fact when I look at a golfers that walk using a push cart the Clicgear Model 3.5+ is the cart that I see most often. And why not? It’s packed with high quality components and features. More on that later.

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Depending on what publication you read, research indicates that golfers can burn approximately 720 calories walking 9 holes while using a push cart. If you walk at a moderate pace for 18 holes that’s roughly 1400 calories burned. Thus the health benefits appear to be pretty obvious. Of course there’s weight management but looking at the benefits just a little bit deeper walking a golf course can help with cardiovascular health, improve circulation (walking breeds lateral vessels in your legs according to my Vascular Surgeon) and it can help control blood glucose levels for diabetics.

So I received my Clicgear Model 3.5+ when the snow was still falling during the endless winter of 2018. The more that I stared at the box the more I couldn’t wait to get started on the testing and review process. As far as colours go the options available are numerous including Pink, Yellow, Black, Arctic White, Lime and more.  In my case, we decided on Orange as the colour really matches the color scheme of my site. Before I continue on with the testing process and observations lets look at some of the highlights of the Clicgear Model 3.5+.

  • It’s rugged construction is durable. Thanks to the use of high-grade oversized aluminum tubing.
  • Tires are airless. Unlike tires that use tube these tires are low-maintenance. Clicgear employs a rubber compound that is long-lasting.
  • Sliding mechanisms first used in their original model remain the norm with the 3.5+. This makes folding and unfolding the 3.5+ push cart easy.
  • Bag Straps that are easy to adjust. Ultimately fitting golf bags of various sizes.
  • Storage net. It makes holding your valuables in a convenient location a snap. Also, this storage net is 80% bigger than the previous model.
  • The 3.5+ includes a new improved lever that helps reduce cable wear.
  • Umbrella Holder.
  • Drink holder.

Upon looking at some of the highlights listed it really doesn’t come as much of a surprise that this is the push cart that I’ve seen most. Those highlights don’t include the high quality brake used (not the cable and handle), the storage compartment just below the handle of the push cart or the fact that there are a bevy of accessories that you can get for the Model 3.5+. Options like a seat, shoe brush, cooler bag and even wheel kits. So if you really wanted to “pimp your ride” the opportunity is there.

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Small and compact. The Model 3.5+ in its folded form (Photo Property of Until The Next Tee)

When time came for the unboxing it was early April and the snow finally had melted. So outside I went and unboxed the Model 3.5+. Of note right away was how compact the 3.5+ folded in the box that it was shipped in. Also of note was how light it actually was. While I’m not suggesting in any way that the Model 3.5+ is featherweight what I can say is that it’s light enough to make it pretty easy to place into and remove from the trunk of your car or whichever vehicle you use. In fact, the stock Model 3.5+ weighs 18 pounds. How this overall weight compares to others push carts on the market I don’t know. Quite frankly, until this testing I had no experience using a push cart. I had an older electric cart and that cart is a behemoth. Totally cumbersome. Speaking of cumbersome that is something that the Model 3.5+ simply is not. At the moment I drive a Chevrolet Sonic which I wouldn’t describe as a large vehicle. The Model 3.5+ lifts into a trunk easy and rests easier as the compact designs sits in the trunk with room to spare. I can fit my stand bag (when I use it) and the 3.5+ in the trunk at the same time.

My first time or so unfolding and folding the Model 3.5+ was something right out of a comedy sketch. I was sort of looking around at it trying to figure things out and on one or two occasions I may have tripped over it or my feet. Having said that, once you fold/unfold the 3.5+ a few times it gets really easy. The cart does come with instructions and there are videos available at the www.clicgearusa.com website to assist.

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A good-looking cart. Built with the highest quality. (Photo Property of Until The Next Tee)

As far as the on-course testing I don’t even know where to begin. I guess the first thing to say is that the 3.5+ is an “easy push”. Pushing the cart is easy and smooth including walking up inclines. Never at any time did there feel like friction. The large storage net is handy for holding a cell phone, keys, wallet or any other item that you might need quick access to. The scorecard holder is effective and the convenience of storing a few tees a couple of inches away from the handle is nice. A small feature but nice nonetheless. I like the storage compartment in that it securely holds 3 golf balls and other necessary items. Extra tees, pencils, anti-inflammatories etc. Golf bags of various sizes fit on this cart with its easy adjustments. Everything from a stand bag to my custom staff bag will fit securely on the Model 3.5+.

As far as the design goes I really liked how wide the wheel base was (rear wheels). This wide wheelbase guarantees stability and when I parked the 3.5+ sideways on a hill my golf bag never wandered off. Which I think says a lot for the quality of the brake components. As mentioned earlier the wheels are maintenance free and void of tubes. The wheels spin nicely which again point to great components (bearings). In fact, there is only one minor issue that I have with the Model 3.5+.

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Accessories and features to burn make the Model 3.5+ a must look if you’re in the market for a push cart. (Photo Property of Until The Next Tee)

If the Clicgear design team sees this review I would love them to address the front wheel. There HAS to be a way to make the front wheel of the Model 3.5+ swivel. The fixed wheel is sort of a pain in the arse when it comes to maneuvering the Model 3.5+. IMG_20180503_143210.jpg

No bridge is too far to cross while using a Model 3.5+. Enjoy the walk!! (Photo Property of Until The Next Tee)

Regardless, of my comments in the last section the Model 3.5+ from Clicgear is a must look. If you’re looking to transition from riding to walking (without lugging your clubs on your back) then this could be worth your investment. An investment to your health and your game. Honestly, if I has a cart like the Model 3.5+ it’s quite possible that I would have been walking instead of riding all of the times I rode. Honestly, I play better when I walk. I’m not as rushed, I take in more of my surroundings and I simply enjoy golfing more. If you’re looking for more information on the Model 3.5+ from Clicgear then please visit www.clicgearusa.com

Until The Next Tee!!

 

Callaway® Apparel Launches the Tour Authentic Collection – Heritage in the Making

Callaway® Apparel Launches the

Tour Authentic Collection – Heritage in the Making

 

(Miami, FL, April 26, 2018) — Callaway® Apparel, licensed by global fashion leader Perry Ellis International, announces the launch of the Tour Authentic Collection – a timeless collection designed for the elite player seeking the best in form and function.
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Talor Gooch, PGA Tour professional
“We are excited to bring the exclusive Tour Authentic collection to market,” stated Gregg Hemphill, Senior Director Global Soft Goods and Licensing at Callaway Golf. “Tour Authentic’s upscale men’s golf apparel is appealing to all customers, whether or not they enjoy the game of golf, thanks to active styles that go far beyond the fairway. Callaway® Apparel pledges innovation, quality, and performance, which have always been our core attributes.”

The Tour Authentic Collection was conceived by leaders in technical apparel and specifically designed for golfers. An exclusive and concise collection of ultra-premium garments, Tour Authentic represents the best craftsmanship, materials, and technological innovation in the industry. Tour Authentic is an opportunity to be part of something special, where less is subtly more.

“We invested two years in product development researching the latest in fabric technologies and fabrication processes,” stated Lupe Benitez, Vice President of Design at Perry Ellis International. “This unique perspective enabled us to create an unparalleled luxury golf apparel collection that represents the perfect fusion of function and fashion”.

Highlights of the Spring 2018 Tour Authentic Collection include:

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Tour Authentic Polos:  Created with the world’s most luxurious fabrics including Merino wool, 100% mercerized cotton and luxurious Japanese technical yarns, the Tour Authentic polos are available in a variety of fashionable designs and patterns for the elite player seeking the best in form and function. Infused with quality, style and artisanal craftsmanship that translates into confidence on and off the course:

 

  • Underarm pieced gusset allows for maximum range of motion, smooth set-on laser cut plackets, with ultrasonic hems, feature three powder-coated alloy buttons
  • Interlined self-collar creates a structured feel
  • Moisture management works to keep you cool and dry by wicking away sweat, while UPF protects you from the sun’s damaging UV rays during a long day on the course
  • Revolutionary sweat hiding technology helps inhibit sweat marks from showing on the outside of the polo

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Tour Authentic 100% Cashmere Sweater:  A captain’s pick on and off the golf course, the Tour Authentic Cashmere V-neck sweater will elevate your play and style. Designed to look good on the links or walking along city streets, the cashmere sweater pairs perfectly with the Tour Authentic polo to create an elegant, sporty style.

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  • 100% Long Staple Mongolian Cashmere. 15.5 micron, double ply represents the best grade in cashmere quality
  • Long pile double thread allows the sweater to resist odors and maintain temperature control by insulating during cold weather and cooling during warm weather
  • UPF protects the skin from damaging UV rays during a long day on the course
  • Crafted with a ribbing around the bottom hem, sleeve cuffs, and V-neck, this lightweight, luxurious and soft golf sweater is the perfect layering piece on and off the course
  • Four fashion-forward colors create the ideal look for both on and off the course
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Tour Authentic Shorts and Trousers: Fusing artistic craftsmanship, luxurious materials, and technical innovation, the Tour Authentic shorts and trousers have superior details and performance features.

  • Schoeller’s exclusive 3XDRY technology creates a water repellent fabric that causes liquids to bead up and drip away
  • Moisture management technology wicks away moisture and perspiration away from the skin, allowing air to circulate throughout the lightweight fabric
  • Inside gripper active flex waistband with belt loops provides all-around stretch for maximum range of motion, flexibility, comfort, and expansion for optimal feel and comfort
  • Cotton/Nylon/Elastane blend provides a lightweight finish, optimal, easy care, and reduction of heat buildup
  • An innovative slide snap fastening system takes place of the button closure, allowing for ease of open and close
  • Hidden back zippered pocket allows for easy storage of small personal items

 

Callaway® Apparel brand ambassador Talor Gooch will be donning the Tour Authentic collection during the 2018 PGA TOUR® season. Tour Authentic is available at www.callawayapparel.com/tour-authentic/, select retailers and leading golf and country clubs around the world including Medinah Country Club, Whistling Straits, Blackwolf Run, and The Broadmoor.

  

About Callaway Apparel

Callaway® Apparel is the ultimate combination of golf authenticity and classic style. Always innovative, always an outperformer. Because apparel that offers quality, performance, functionality, and fit is as important to both men and women golfers as the equipment they use. Callaway apparel is designed for those who love the game of golf. It represents where the game has been, and where the game is going. Additional information on Callaway is available at www.callawayapparel.com.

 

About Perry Ellis International

Perry Ellis International, Inc. is a leading designer, distributor, and licensor of a broad line of high-quality men’s and women’s apparel, accessories, and fragrances. The Company’s collection of dress and casual shirts, golf sportswear, sweaters, dress pants, casual pants and shorts, jeans wear, active wear, dresses, and men’s and women’s swimwear is available through all major levels of retail distribution. The Company, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, owns a portfolio of nationally and internationally recognized brands, including: Perry Ellis®, An Original Penguin® by Munsingwear®, Laundry by Shelli Segal®, Rafaella®, Cubavera®, Ben Hogan®, Savane®, Grand Slam®, John Henry®, Manhattan®, Axist®, Jantzen®, and Farah®. The Company enhances its roster of brands by licensing trademarks from third parties, including Nike® and Jag® for swimwear, and Callaway®, PGA TOUR®, and Jack Nicklaus® for golf apparel, and Guy Harvey® for performance fishing and resort wear.  Additional information on the Company is available at www.pery.com.

 

Until The Next Tee!!

LYNX CONGRATULATES STAFFER LAURA DAVIES AFTER FOUNDERS CUP SUCCESS

The Tour season has been an exciting one thus far in 2018. As a matter of fact if you could have a soundtrack to sum up the 2018 season so far I think a song by Cher comes to mind. “If I Could Turn Back Time” would be the perfect choice. We’ve seen long-awaited visits back to the “winner’s circle” by Michelle Wie and Phil Mickelson. Yes, there’s Tiger Woods as well reminding this generation of what he was (and is) to golf. however, as big as those story lines are let’s not forget about Laura Davies.

Dame Laura Davies made golf fans excited this past weekend on the LPGA Tour. I watched the LPGA Founders Cup last weekend and I became enthralled with the movement on the leaderboard. The tournament already exciting was made even moreso by the fact that Davies at the ripe age of 54 turned back the clock and was in contention to win the tournament. Unfortunately, she wouldn’t win the event and finished in a tie for second behind winner Inbee Park.

Dame Davies plays Lynx Golf equipment that includes the brands Black Cat driver, Parallax Irons and their new Prowler wedges.Please see the press release as shared below by Snap! Golf PR.

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Just weeks after relaunching in the USA, Lynx® Golf came within a whisker of gaining a first LPGA Tour victory as its ambassador Dame Laura Davies finished second in the LPGA Founders Cup at the Wildfire Golf Club, Phoenix, Arizona, on Sunday (March 18th).

The four-time Major winner, World Golf Hall of Fame inductee, first non-American to top the LPGA money list and seven-time winner of the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit finished in a share of second place, behind winner Inbee Park.

With a Lynx® Black Cat driver fitted with a Fujikura Speeder Evolution 757 shaft and Lynx® Parallax irons and Lynx® Prowler wedges fitted with Nippon NS Pro 950GH shafts, the England star was hoping to record her 85th worldwide professional win but settled for her best finish for over a decade and her first top 10 place since 2014.

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Congratulating Davies on her astounding performance – the 54-year-old would have become the oldest-ever winner of a LPGA Tour event had she ­ taken top spot –  Lynx® Golf CEO, Steve Elford, said: “This was a magnificent performance and everyone at Lynx was so excited watching Laura take on the youngsters and show she still has what it takes to compete at the very highest level.

“Lynx is now a British, family-owned golf business but we took the decision to relaunch in the USA because we know Lynx still has such a strong affinity there. To see Laura flying the Lynx® flag so proudly on the LPGA Tour and proving that our products are up with the very best, was so exciting for all of our team.”

Following its debut at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando in January, the Lynx® 2018 range will be available for the first time in the USA from next month (April) through Dallas Golf http://www.dallasgolf.com.

Until The Next Tee!!