ALL 19 HOLES INTRODUCES THE ECO-POLO™, A GOLF SHIRT MADE EXCLUSIVELY FROM RECYCLED PLASTIC BOTTLES

LOS ANGELES, CA, – February 20, 2020 – All 19 Holes, a golf and lifestyle apparel brand that celebrates the tradition of golf’s most fun hole, the nineteenth, announced today the release of its innovative ECO-Polo, a shirt made entirely from the world’s finest recycled polyester.

All 19 Holes developed the ECO-Polo to meet its goal of environmental sustainability, style, and performance. And the ECO-Polo exceeded the company’s goals. Each shirt performs at the highest level possible, looks impeccable, and helps remove a small but important portion of the plastic pollution from the environment. The ECO-Polo is up-cycled from eight to 12 plastic bottles retrieved from the ocean, a lake or a landfill, depending on the size.

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“We are excited for people to feel and wear our ECO-Polo,” said Founder and President of All 19 Holes, Tim Ready. “The first time I experienced the feel of our recycled performance fabric, I knew it would be a game-changer. What’s better than helping do something good for the planet and to wear a stylish shirt that feels like a mercerized cotton but with exceptional performance?”

The ECO-Polo’s recycled performance polyester fabric provides wicking, odor control, and is water-resistant. The flat back honeycomb mesh features MaxDri moisture management and Micoblok, an anti-microbial finish. These technologies make the ECO-Polo comfortable for golfing or any activity. Fuse these benefits with a proprietary pattern cut for fashion and help reduce plastic pollution, the company feels strongly the ECO-Polo will be a category leader in golf.

“Another key consideration when designing the ECO-Polo is that it must look good in any social setting, so we gave it a proper collar that looks perfect under a sport coat,” added Ready.

The ECO-Polo is made in the USA. Ready is committed to supporting people who work and live in his community. His designs, patterns, and manufacturing are all executed in Los Angeles, CA. His silhouettes are classic in design and are flattering to most body types. The ECO-Polo is available in S, M, L, XL, and XXL. It is available in both black and white with a variety of contrasting plackets and colors.

The ECO-Polo can be purchased for $89.00 on the company’s website at http://www.all19holes.com.

“Try an ECO-Polo. If you buy one, ‘you could save a Dolphin, and hopefully make a birdie,” added Ready.

We recommend washing the ECO-Polo in a cold and gentle cycle. Do not bleach, tumble dry, or dry clean. When ironing, use low heat.

For more information, visit the All 19 Holes website at http://www.all19holes.com.

 

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ABOUT ALL 19 HOLES

All 19 Holes is owned and managed by golf enthusiasts who embrace the sport of golf but also focus and embrace the enjoyment that circles the game on and off the course — most often in the clubhouse, coined as the 19th Hole.

Collectively, they are about going the extra distance to live life to the fullest. Their team play golf, compete and after their round, they collect their winnings, pay their bets, and have a good time on the patio at the club. They sometimes enjoy a cocktail, occasionally smoke cigars, and tell stories to pass time with friends and family. They welcome individuality yet work together to make lives better.

Though the spirited team has built a company on the merriment of the game of golf, they honor and respect the environment as most golfers should. Sustainable and eco-friendly apparel and accessories will always be at forefront of their products in development.
Whether it’s in business or pleasure, they live by the rules of golf, they try to make the world a better place, they compete in a friendly way, and they always play the extra hole — All 19 Holes.

It’s how they live!

 

“First Impressions” Review – AXIS 1 Golf Tour-S Putter

Have you heard of AXiS1 Golf? If not, I’m really hoping that by the end of this article, you will have heard of them and you’ll give their putters a look. I’d like to extend many thanks to Phil Long for giving me the opportunity to test and review the Tour-S putter from AXiS1 Golf.

Mr. Long is the Vice President of Marketing and Sales for AXiS1 Golf.

 

The Set-Up

For golfers not familiar with AXiS1 Golf, it is a golf equipment manufacturer that produces putters that are “torque-free” and perfectly balanced. How do they achieve this feat? More on that later.

AXiS1 Golf putters are the brain-child of inventor Luis Pedraza. Launched in 2009, AXiS1 Golf was in the news in a big-time way last year when they announced that current OWGR World #10  Justin Rose had signed with them. Fun fact. Rose has been playing AXiS1 putters since 2019.

What makes AXiS1 Golf putters unique is something that I already touched on. They produce torque-free, perfectly balanced putters. Moreover, unlike most putters on the market they don’t naturally open up, instead, the face of the putter remains square through and post-impact. Thus allowing golfers to make strokes that hold their line better.

How? Luis Pedraza accomplished marvel of golf engineering by “pushing the weight forward with a patented heel counterweight that, for the very first time, places the center of gravity right on the center of the striking face and perfectly aligned with the axis of the shaft”.

When it comes specifically to the Tour-S putter here are some of the details. The head weighs 350 grams and is completely CNC-milled from 304 Stainless Steel. Each Tour-S putter is individually balanced. Lastly, there is a stainless steel weight screw in the toe for counter-balancing purposes.

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The Transition

I was really excited to receive this putter for testing as I’ve been admiring AXiS1 Golf putters for some time. The first and last time that I saw putters from AXiS1 Golf was at the PGA Show a few years ago. On that occasion, I remember walking by their booth and I noticed the putters. Honestly, it was the shape or design that caught my eye. I meant to double-back to their booth but, I ran out of time. So I was happy to receive this “mulligan”.

 

Upon receiving my parcel from AXiS1, I was like a kid, I was consumed by excitement. So next came the unboxing. When I opened the box, the first thing that I noticed was the headcover. It’s a vivid blue (Cobalt blue maybe) and the contrasting yellow stitching really stuck out. Often, when it comes to equipment, you can tell a lot about the quality just by looking at a headcover. The headcover is very-well constructed, with a very stout velcro enclosure. I really liked the “pebble-grain” finish of the leather. The deep-etched Lamkin Grip is a perfect match.

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Removing the plastic from the head I got my first look at the head of the Tour-S. The head itself is gorgeous and it is a blade-style of a putter. I love the milling of the face. It’s sharp, and it looks quite exquisite. The rear-portion of the Tour-S is pretty clean with the branding being visible on the rear-side and a simple alignment aid.

The front of the face is where all of the magic happens with putters from AXiS1. The hosel is set in front of the face which aids in placing the center of gravity exactly in the center of the face and in-line with the axis of the shaft. Coupled with the counterweight in the toe you have a putter that is balanced and has a sweet spot like no other. 

One of the concerns that I had with the aesthetics of the design was how the Tour-S would look in the address position. There is no reason to be concerned. The very first time I put it down in front of me and behind a golf ball, I didn’t see it. Thus, in my opinion, the design is not “off-putting” (for me). I found the optics of the Tour-S interesting. The head almost seems bigger than it is, and it feels like you cannot miss the sweet spot. So it also translates into building confidence.

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The Tour-S putter might be one of (if not) the best rolling putter that I’ve tried. The golf ball feels so good off of the face. There seems to be “no skid” and the distance control with the Tour-S has been very good. I’ve rolled putts in a variety of places and on different surfaces. From the day I unboxed the Tour-S on an indoor green at “The Dome” (Harris Hill, NY), on the practice green at the YMCA Par 3 in Lakeland (Florida) where I did a lot of testing with it, and during a round of golf at Southport Springs Golf Club in Zephyrhills, FL. The results were the same, a great feeling putter that provides excellent distance control.

Off-center putts. Putts struck along the periphery of the Tour-S (heel and toe) resulted in no twisting at impact. Putts remained on-line and make no mistake. This is a forgiving putter design. It’s no wonder Justin Rose has seen the best putting stats during his career since switching to AXiS1 Golf.

Rose set career bests in Total Putting (13th), Putting Avg. (5th), Overall Putting Avg. (3rd), One-Putt Pct (3rd) and 3-Putting Avoidance (8th)  – As per a press release from AXiS1 Golf

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The Finish

If you’re looking for a putter that might genuinely help you make more putts, you may want to have a look into putters from AXiS1 Golf. The Tour-S has performed great through testing. A consistent roll and a solid-feeling strike every time. The stability through impact leads to predictable distance control. No twisting on strokes off of the heel or toe whether the stroke was manipulated or not. The Tour-S putter is a winner.

The Tour-S has a retail of $399.99 USD. For more information, please visit AXiS1 Golf.

Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee

 

 

 

 

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“First Impressions” Review – Tour Edge Exotics EXS 220 (Driver)

Sequels. So often they can be very disappointing. For example, Caddyshack vs Caddyshack 2 is an example of a sequel that didn’t quite live up to the original.

The biggest sequel that I was curious to see at the 2020 PGA Show Demo Day was that of Tour Edge Golf. What would the Batavia, Illinois based company do for an encore? 2019 proved to be Tour Edge Golf’s most successful year ever. A development that didn’t surprise me at all. The EXS range of products was fantastic, the CBX 119 metalwoods were played by several Champions Tour players, and these were products that offered plenty of “bang for the golfer buck”. I made the prediction here November 2018 that the Tour Edge Exotics EXS range was going to be a serious “sleeper” among golf consumers. When you have a highly successful range of products, sometimes it’s hard to repeat. Would that be the case in 2020?

When pictures and information emerged about the Tour Edge Golf Exotics EXS 220 metalwoods, I had a couple of initial thoughts.

  1. They looked fantastic.
  2. The EXS 220 metalwoods looked like a “love child” of the CBX 119 and the EXS.

So let’s have a look to see if the EXS 220 driver would live up to the pressure of being the heir to the Teezy Award Finalist EXS driver (Finished in 3rd).

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The Set-Up

When it came to the design of the EXS 220 driver the R&D team at Tour Edge Golf did their homework. The EXS of 2019 was packed full of technology for the price point and this year, the EXS 220 features even more technology. The technology incorporated into the EXS 220 driver includes.

  1. A slightly larger footprint to facilitate the use of an adjustable 9-gram back weight. This results in an extremely high MOI.
  2. Triple Carbon Fiber is featured on the crown, heel, and sole. The use of this extremely lightweight carbon allowed Tour Edge engineers to utilize extreme weight savings from these locations, and place the weight further back into the clubhead.
  3. “Diamond Face” technology features 42 different thick and thin diamond shapes which produce a generous sweet spot. The Diamond Face produces a hotter face with faster ball speeds, reduction of spin and better performance on off-center hits.
  4. Engineers added a “Sound Diffusion Bar”. The bar was developed to enhance the acoustics of the EXS 220 driver.

The EXS 220 driver is available in three lofts. The EXS 220 driver comes in lofts of 9.5*, 10.5*, and 12*. An adjustable hosel allows for changes in lofts +/- 2*. Last but not least is that the EXS 220 driver comes with “SpeedTested” shafts. Tour Edge conducted comprehensive robotic testing to see which shaft paired best for each swing speed.

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The Transition

With all of the technical jargon taken care of, the time has come to get down to business. How did the EXS 220 perform and did it live up to my expectations? The conditions were tough on Demo Day, and I was happy about it. The wind was cold and blew left to right. Perfect for knocking the ball out of the air.

First of all, from an aesthetic point of view, the Exotics EXS 220 is a great-looking driver. The carbon fiber crown really stands out (refer to the above pic) and it’s clean (other than the “E” alignment aid). Flipping the club over, the sole features the “SlipStream Sole” which helps with aerodynamics and potential increases in clubhead speed. But, I really like the combination of the blue and red accenting with the silver of the adjustable weight and the carbon fiber weave. Lastly, I like the simple branding out towards the mid-section placed between the toe and the trailing edge.

I put the SpeedTested shaft to work. In my case, I opted for the stiff flex Project X HZRDUS Smoke Yellow in 60-grams. I swing above 95 mph so that was the obvious choice. To that end, in my case, the shaft worked out really well. The shaft was able to keep up with me and there was zero evidence of a ballooning ballflight. So it was a good choice. However, I learned something about myself later during Demo Day. For some reason, heavier more stout shafts were working better for me. I didn’t think I was an X-flex any longer. Maybe, I should have tried an X-flex? Either way, my dispersion was great with EXS 220 paired with the stiff PX HZRDUS Smoke Yellow.

The ball jumps off of the face and there was one thing that I noticed in particular. The improved acoustics. If 2019s EXS had an issue it might have been the sound at impact. Tour Edge Golf engineers did great in placing the Sound Diffusion Bar in the head. The placement is set in the head, not quite halfway back. The acoustics are ear-pleasing and are what I would describe as “authoritative”. When you put a good swing on with the EXS 220 driver… You know it. You hear it, see it and feel it.

The launch with the EXS 220 was perfect in the stock 9.5* set-up. The ballflight penetrated in those conditions and the ball just seemed to carry. Remember that this was a cold, knock-down wind. Perhaps, there is stock in the “Diamond Face” technology.

The EXS 220 driver is plenty forgiving too. As it should be with the MOI numbers that are associated with it. Toe and heel strikes did not result in horrible misses or spinny, ballooning shots.

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The Finish

The EXS 220 driver is a definite upgrade and improvement over 2019s EXS. It’s a bonafide finalist and contender for the “Top Driver” Teezy Award. Long, straight, low-spinning and forgiving. I’d recommend any golfer looking for a driver in 2020 to have a look at and make swings with the EXS 220. There is a ton of technology packed into this driver and the SpeedTested shaft pairing worked for me. Everyone is different though. What works for me or your playing partner, may not work for you. But, what a great baseline to start with.

The retail of the EXS 220 is $349.99. That’s $50 more than last year’s EXS and it’s worth it. Even at this price, it’s much lower than several competitors in the industry. You will never see me refer to EXS or EXS 220 as a “value” driver. It’s premium… Period! Tour Edge Golf is right. “Pound for pound, Nothing else comes close”.

Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee

 

 

 

 

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STITCH® Golf Introduces Bonesman Polos DARE TO BE DANGEROUS

(APEX, NC, February 3, 2020) —STITCH Golf announces the re-launch of the Bonesman
Polo, originally released as a limited edition item in November, 2019, and brought back and expanded by popular demand.

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“We created the Bonesman polo for those looking to add some edge to their style,” stated
Brad King, CEO of STITCH. “These are the polos I want to wear when driving an old sports car, they dare you to feel dangerous.”

Whether you are at the course or in the boardroom, the Bonesman polos will make you feel the same way you feel when you are pushing down the throttle of an old Porsche racing car. Constructed with 95% Egyptian Giza cotton and 5% spandex, the Bonesman polo is as comfortable as it is functional. Self-stay collar with under buttons and signature STITCH Bonesman appliqué, the Bonesman solid polo, available in six colors, has a two-button placket while the striped polo, available in four colors, comes with a four-button placket and chest pocket.

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STITCH Golf continues its innovation by incorporating cutting- edge technically advanced
fabrics to create a rich hand feel with a sophisticated style all created and inspired for
today’s modern golfer. By creating cohesive looks with details that perform, STITCH Golf
has made it easy to dress your game to match your style and personality.
The Bonesman polo is available for purchase at http://www.stitchgolf.com and leading golf,
country clubs and select retailers. Stay connected with STITCH Golf on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook at @StitchGolf

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About STITCH Golf
Founded in 2012 as a headcover company, STITCH is known for designing and creating
products with precise attention to detail, all the way down to the last stitch. Based in Apex, North Carolina, STITCH gives a unique experience, whether it’s the high-quality leather used in our headcovers, the durable waterproof fabrics in our bags and gear or the fashionable color schemes seen in our apparel. STITCH products are designed to be
effortlessly fashionable, allowing you to create a stylish, comfortable and color-coordinated look-on and off the course. Designed with details that perform, our line of golf bags and gear, travel bags and apparel combine function and fashion with three themes in mind: DRESS YOUR GAME™, ARRIVE IN STYLE™ and FROM WORK TO PLAY™. STITCH products are available at leading golf, country clubs and select retailers around the world and at http://www.stitchgolf.com

Lilly Pulitzer Launches Honda Classic Capsule

It’s Valentine’s Day. A day of love. When you love someone or something it means that you care.

Lilly Pulitzer. This was a booth that stood out in my mind from the 2020 PGA Show. Even though I didn’t stop I vividly recollect the bright, cheerful colours and the neon signage that lit up the booth.

Lilly Pulitzer is an apparel brand, that offers men and women’s golf apparel and more. Recently, Lilly Pulitzer introduced the “Honda Classic Capsule” which is offered in 13 different styles. The prints have a variety of images incorporated into them including palm trees, golf clubs, and a golf course. Everything that you might think of when you think of SoFLA golf.

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Most notably, Lilly Pulitzer is donating $51,000 towards “Honda Classic Cares”. An organization that “supports initiatives that advance and enhance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of childhood diseases and disorders”. If you’re planning on attending the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens please visit their “pop-up” shop that Lily Pulitzer will be setting up.

For more details, please see the press release below as shared by Tatum Murray of Allison Brod Marketing + Communications.

Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee

 

Lilly Pulitzer launched its latest Print with Purpose – the Honda Classic Capsule Collection.This year’s Honda Classic print is available in over 13 best-selling styles and golf necessities for women and men and features the iconic Honda Classic golf course – complete with golf clubs, palm trees and the rolling Florida green golf course.

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Whimsical and sporty all at once, this collection is for the first time golfer or the golfing pro and of course, the golfing spectators. With this Print with Purpose, Lilly Pulitzer is supporting Honda Classic Cares with a donation of $51,000 toward the organization. Honda Classic Cares supports initiatives that advance and enhance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of childhood diseases and disorders. Last year, the Honda Classic Tournament raised over $5.1 million dollars which supported over 75,000 children in need.

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Are you planning to attend this year’s Honda Classic Tournament in Palm Beach from February 24th – March 1st? We would love to have you join us at the Lilly Pulitzer Pop-Up tent – a colorful cabana complete with a bar, curated pop-up shop, interactive photo booth and prime viewing opportunities of the 10th green and 9th tee. Let us know if you’re attending the tournament and are interested in stopping by!

 

 

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REVIEW – SUB 70 Golf 699 Pro Irons

SUB 70 Golf, what could I possibly say about their golf equipment? In my previous testing of the 699 irons and their Pro Fairway Wood, I learned a lot (Please see that review here). It’s very high-quality golf equipment, their products perform just as good (if not better) than golf’s “Goliath’s” and it’s equipment that’s very affordable.

I had discussions through various e-mails and a terrific telephone call with the CEO/Founder of SUB 70 Jason Hiland shortly after they announced that a 699 Pro iron was being released. We discussed a testing opportunity and I received the privilege to test a 7-iron of the 699 Pro irons.

 

The Set-Up

The 699 Pro irons are built on the same chassis as the very popular 699 irons. Features include a face which is a “1.7mm wide sliver of 455 Carpenter Steel, allowing for maximum compression”. Also, seeing that the 699 Pro irons are a hollow-bodied design, SUB 70 Golf utilizes TPE (a type of resin) which aids in improving the sound and feel at impact while stabilizing the face. But that’s where the similarities end.

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In developing the 699 Pro irons, SUB 70 Golf learned that while golfers really liked the original 699s, better players wanted to see a couple of things. A thinner topline, a more compact head, and last but not least. Less offset. Ask and you shall receive! You get those characteristics in the 699 Pro irons. A golf manufacturer that listens to feedback from the golf consumer. How novel!!

Another difference in the 699 Pro irons is the finish. “Out” is the brushed satin chrome look and “in” is a stealthy black finish which SUB 70 refers to as its QPQ finish. The Quench Polish Quench finish “is a specialized type of nitrocarburizing case hardening that increases corrosion resistance and wear resistance. The name refers to the three steps involved: nitrocarburizing, polishing, and post-oxidizing. This finishing process provides a surface condition that protects against corrosion and wear, superior than hard chrome or nickel plating”.

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The Transition

First of all, I just wanted to talk about the customer service provided by the team at SUB 70. The customer service at SUB 70 is second to nobody in the golf industry.

Do you need your clubs made to certain specifications? SUB 70 will customize your clubs for loft, length, and lie at no additional charge. In my case, for the purposes of the review, I went with +1/4″ longer than standard, 2* flat with standard lofts. The shaft I opted to go with was the Project X Graphite in 6.0 flex.

I was excited to receive my tester 7-iron and I wasted no time in picking up my club upon receiving notice that it arrived. I opened the box, and there it laid in front of me. Upon unsheathing the 7-iron from its plastic cocoon laid a beautiful, murdered out piece of golf equipment. All-black, and it looked sharp. What really caught my eye however was, the personal touch of the hand-written note from their CEO (Jason Hiland). In my book, little things go a long way. Class.

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So, is there a difference between the 699 vs the 699 Pro? Yes! And you can tell right away. The top-line has been “shaved down” and is noticeably thinner. I loved looking down at the 699 Pro iron and the lesser offset is very eye-pleasing. Overall, SUB 70 got the aesthetics of the 699 Pro irons… Right!

Performance is what you want to know about, right? I made my way to the Paddock Golf Dome in Tonawanda, NY to break it in. After warming up, I made my first swing and that first pass was met with a very sharp “crack”. The feel just resonated right from the head and through my hands. The feel was “hot”. The ball was very responsive as it jumped off of the face. That first swing, a tight draw! Swing after swing that first session yielded more of the same. Flighting the golf ball was a breeze and so was working the golf ball in either direction. I left the facility very impressed after the debut session.

Testing would include some early on-course testing in pretty nasty conditions. Outdoor driving ranges and on-course testing. Full swings in the cold (temperature’s hovering around just above freezing) resulted in carry distances of 160-165 yards. The performance of the 699 Pro irons was consistent and impressive, to say the least. Are they forgiving? Yes, there is a degree of forgiveness to them. Strikes off of the toe are not severely punished. While there is distance loss, strikes stayed on line.

Recently, while I was down in Florida for the PGA Show, I managed to get some post-show golf in. During a round at Southport Springs Golf Club, I used the 7-iron to tee off of the Par 4 1st Hole and it was a shot that put me into perfect position for my approach into the green. The 699 Pro 7-iron was my “go-to” club that round and I used it to rescue myself from under low-hanging trees draped in Spanish Moss. That shot, I left my tee shot right with about 115 yards left to the green. I set the ball back and hit a perfect punch shot with the 99 Pro 7-iron. The ball would settle to 5 feet from the pin setting up a birdie.

I had an issue with the finish wearing off quickly. During a great discussion with Mr. Hiland at the PGA Show, I asked him about the finish wearing fast. I actually asked Jason if it was meant to go “raw”. I was informed that my sample was an early model. The finish of my tester was black PVD and not the QPQ finish.

The Finish

The 699 Pro irons are winners. They are a golf club that I feel extremely comfortable with and I would have no issue putting them into play when it counts. A golf club that is best described as a “Player’s Distance” golf club. Low and mid-handicap golfers will love the 699 Pro irons. They produce a slightly flatter ballflight than my gamers in head-to-head testing. Wind-cheaters, workable, forgiving, and hot.

Their scheduled release is set for late-February. A set of 699 Pro irons will run $534 for their stock set. Upgraded shafts are available with an upcharge.

Truth be told, if they would have been present at the 2020 PGA Show the 699 Pro irons would have been finalists for a Teezy Award in the “Player’s/Player’s Distance” Category. SUB 70 Golf uses the tagline “Expectations Redefined” and they exemplify this.

 

Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee

 

 

 

 

“First Impressions” Review – XXIO Eleven Irons

One of the biggest reasons why I attend the PGA Show every year is because it gives me a chance to see and swing equipment from brands that I don’t see too often. One of those brands is XXIO. While, I’m sure that they’re around in Canada (bigger cities like Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal come to mind) where I live, I simply don’t see them.

One of the irons that I posted a press release about leading into the show was that of the new XXIO Eleven irons. These are premium irons with technology that you don’t necessarily see. Admittedly, their XXIO Prime range was a guilty pleasure of mine at the 2019 show.

The Set-Up

XXIO has been known for being a producer of premium lightweight equipment. Their tagline for 2020 is “Experience The Difference” and let me tell you in a “sort of spoiler alert” when you swing XXIO you CAN feel a difference. How does XXIO achieve this? Most notably, it’s their “Weight Plus Technology”.

With “Weight Plus Technology”, XXIO places 13g of brass and rubber weights into the butt end of every XXIO shaft. It’s important to note that XXIO produces its own golf shafts for its products (driver, metalwoods, irons, etc). In placing the weight into the end of the shafts, golfers are able to feel the assisting in the takeaway and reducing the effort required to swing each golf club. Think in terms of the weight behind the hands acting as a lever (leverage) or counter-balancing.

The Eleven (11th Generation) irons are the latest generation of XXIO irons. Eleven produced a redesigned cup face structure and used an exceptionally lightweight shaft partnered with “Weight Plus” Technology to produce fast, forgiving, and easy to swing set of golf clubs.

A key feature of the XXIO Eleven irons is their “Dual Undercut Cavity”. “Two slots cut into the iron body just behind the face dramatically increase flexibility for explosive ball speed and distance”.

Who is the target golfer for the XXIO Eleven irons? These irons are geared for “moderate” swing speed players. There are more types of golfers that fit this demographic than you may think.

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The Transition

Testing these irons was very interesting. I ended up at the Cleveland Golf/Srixon/XXIO booth at Demo Day as soon as I arrived. I actually thought that my first appointment of the day was there. Upon checking my calendar, it wasn’t. So I utilized my time wisely and made swings with all of the new products. Conditions were cold, windy and the wind was a “knockdown wind” coming from right to left.

XXIO Eleven would be the first product (irons) that I would swing at Demo Day. Aesthetically speaking, these irons are what you might think they look like knowing the target demographic. A moderately thick topline, a wider sole, and they are offset. They are designed to help moderate swing speed players in every way. Eliminate the slice and to help get the ball airborne. There is a “badge” where the XXIO graphics and tagline “Experience The Difference” is placed. The badge is tastefully done and not gaudy.

Already knowing about the “Weight Plus” Technology, I made a waggle upon picking up a PW from the rack and yes, I noticed the “Weight Plus” right away. The tee deck was quiet, so I picked a spot and proceeded to make swings. I ended up selecting a Stiff flex shaft and make swings. In the hands of some golfer, the XXIO Eleven irons make it feel like you’re cheating. These irons are extremely easy to swing. All sets are graphite (lightweight technology) and in the case of the PW the swingweight is C9. Light!

A very easy set of irons to launch with a predictable ballflight. Straight to a baby draw (my typical pattern). I tried to work the ball left to right and while I was able to do so, it took a little bit of work. The wind coming in from the direction held the flight up in that direction so that didn’t help. These irons want to go long and straight. A good problem to have. By the way, the loft on the PW is 42*. The results were the same in the longer irons as well. The XXIO Eleven sees the 5-iron as the longest iron available.

I absolutely loved the feel of these irons. Yes, the forging is premium as you might expect so the feel is quite “buttery”. But the “Weight Plus” really is the shining star of these irons as far as I’m concerned. I could really feel my hands get through the ball first and then the clubhead last. Strike after strike was pure! Like I said, it’s like I was cheating.

XXIO Product Specialist James Podera talks us through the XXIO product range for 2020. XXIO Eleven irons at 6:00.

The Finish

Why mince words? The XXIO Eleven irons are Teezy Awards finalists in the “Game Improvement” Category. Irons that produce an easy to repeat swing and ballflight swing-in and swing-out. The “Weight Plus Technology” simply works and when it comes to Game-Improvement irons the Eleven irons from XXIO check all of the boxes.

For more information, please check my press release here or visit XXIO.

Until The Next Tee!!

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