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10 March 2013 - 08:34 PMZensah Compression Socks
An Official MyGolfSpy Review
We all get older. We’re not proud about it, but it happens. As we get older, body parts start to hurt. Activities become harder, and that includes the things you love. If you are reading this review, chances are that the “things you love” probably includes golf. As we age, golf starts to give us aches and pains, and we reach the point where even the walk of golf kills our legs, especially if you are not on the course every week. Zensah, a leader in compression technology sportswear, can provide relief from that. Their products are used in running, tennis, biking, and other sports on a professional level, and now, they are cracking into the golf market.
Like I said, Zensah’s socks, and all of their other products, are used on a professional level. Obviously if they are used at such a level, they work. These socks are designed to do four things.
• Decreased Leg Fatigue
• Increase Circulation
• Help Legs Feel Energized
• Keep Your Legs Fresh for 18 Holes
How does a sock do this? Zensah incorporates graduated compression into their socks, provide arch support to the foot, and input padding for the heel and toes. Combine that with moisture wicking fabric to keep the socks dry and silver ions for thermal regulation and you have one technologically advanced pair of socks. The combination of their design and technology allows them to achieve those goals.
To reach the golf market, they have introduced a new argyle collection that would look good when you are fully in golf attire. Combine that with the normal colors and you have over 14 options to choose from.
Do They Work?
I will admit, I was skeptical going into this review. I had no clue whether a pair of socks would actually be able to work like Zensah said they would. Unfortunately, I have not been able to play golf due to the massive amounts of snow that I keep getting hit with. So, I put these socks through two different tests. First, I walked, and I walked for a long time. I did this for a couple of days with the socks, and then I put them through a tougher test: two basketball tournaments. I put them and on and played three full length basketball games throughout day one, and two full length games throughout day two. Now, I do not have tools at my disposal that will read the fatigue in my legs and tell me the difference, BUT, what I do have is knowledge of my body. I know how my legs have felt in the past and I compared that to what I would feel after activities with the socks on. Boy, did they work. In complete honesty, I did not even have that much trouble getting out of bed the next day after playing three full length basketball games. Did I mention that they look good too? I was unfortunately not sent any argyle ones, but the black and pink ones looked great, and they looked exactly like they were pictured on the website. Judging from that, the argyle socks that would be perfect for golf would also look perfect with your golf attire.
This is where things get a little bit trickier with the socks. Yes, they work, but they also have a $49.99 price tag on them. This is when, as a reviewer, I have trouble giving advice to the readers. Don’t get me wrong, they are the best pair of socks you will have, but there also other things that you can buy for fifty dollars to improve your golf game. So, here is the advice I am going to give. If you constantly deal with aches and pains in your legs and you have the money, then go ahead and buy them. They will help and you will not be disappointed. It is also worth the $49.99 if you play more than golf. If you are going to use them for golf, running, basketball, bike riding, then go ahead and buy a pair. Just be prepared to wash them often because you will not want to use any other sock to exercise with after wearing them.
The Zensah Compression Socks are definitely well made. They will help relieve the stress that golf and any other sport has on your legs. Although a little bit pricey for a single pair of socks, if you meet the criteria I mentioned above, then it is definitely worth the fifty dollars. You definitely get what you pay for, and that is one hell of a pair of socks. I know that I love my pairs, and I will continue to use them for all of my activities. I am even bringing them to start my golf season in Myrtle Beach this week!
07 March 2013 - 11:05 PMHey all,
This just came in from Altadis. It is the H. Upmann Legacy. I'm listing the specs and some pictures underneadth. Review coming soon!
Country of Manufacture: Honduras
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican
Strength: Medium to fuller bodied
Corona-44 x 5 1/2: $5.85
Robusto-54 x 5: $6.50
Toro-52 x 6: $6.85
Better pictures come with the review
18 February 2013 - 11:13 PMXikar HC Series Habano Squared Robusto
An Official MyGolfSpy Cigar Review
Size: 5 x 50
Strength: Medium to Full Bodied
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano 2000
Filler: Sumatran, Nicaraguan, Honduran
Binder: Sumatran, Nicaraguan, Honduran
This article is intended for an audience over the age of 18. I, nor MyGolfSpy, promote the smoking of tobacco by minors in any way, shape, or form.
That’s right ladies and gents, this is a cigar review. Cigars and golf go well together, and most of you know that. After looking at some excitement on the forum involving cigars, and then looking at the passion I have for cigars, I decided to give this a shot on the website. I contacted many different companies and Xikar, the famous cigar accessory producer, decided to give MyGolfSpy a shot with their new cigar. Their cutters and lighters are used by most cigar lovers across the globe. If you happen to be smoking on the course, and you ask your buddy for a cutter or a lighter, chances are it is a Xikar. Seriously, take a look next time. If he knows anything about cigars, I can almost guarantee it. Between the high quality and amazing warranty, there is no reason to go to anyone else. Yet, many people fail to realize that they have had a lot of success with their cigars recently, and that is where MyGolfSpy comes in. Back when they released the HC Series, their Colorado Belicoso earned a 92 rating in Cigar Aficionado and was considered one of the Top 25 Cigars of the year. For all of you who are new to cigars or just read the label of the cigar when someone gives it to you and nod your head as if you are impressed when you have no idea what it is (you know who you are), I am here to tell you that a 92 rating and Top 25 Cigar honor by Cigar Aficionado is a HUGE deal. Xikar is devoting a lot more resources to cigars, and they definitely should be doing that. From my experiences, I can tell you that the success that they have had in the recent past with their cigars is continued with their HC Series Habano Squared. This box-pressed cigar (meaning it is pressed into the box, giving it a square shape) is definitely well made and easy to smoke, providing you with different types of flavors, from nutty and woody flavors to hints of spices. It is truly an enjoyable smoke, and it is definitely one of those cigars that has the powers to relax you after you have s***ked a couple of shots in a row, hit a fat chip shot, and then three-putt. Yeah, it’s that good.
Alright, now it is time to get serious. Since this is the first official MyGolfSpy cigar review, I am going over the review process. I was kindly sent two cigars by Xikar. When I received these cigars, I immediately stored them into my humidor which consistently has an average humidity of 67.5%. I smoked the first one in normal outdoor conditions after letting it mature for around two weeks. Then, I let the other mature for around a month and a half and I smoked that indoors (while watching the BCS Championship game), where temperature and wind could not be a factor. I graded the cigar on appearance, draw/smoke, flavor, and value to determine a number out of 100. I made sure the numbers were consistent and then wrote the review.
I just want to say that I am very excited about this new part of the website. It is something that I am very passionate about, and I know that many readers are too. I just hope that you, the readers, enjoy these reviews as much as I have enjoyed creating this whole process.
This is one beautiful looking cigar. No, I do not mean the same beautiful as the cart girl on a nice weekend afternoon. Beautiful as in these cigars are handmade. It is very smooth, with some being as close to vein-less as you can get. It is just an example of great craftsmanship. The wrapper is a nice brown color that makes it very appealing to the eye.
The draw is perfect on this cigar. It is truly effortless, but you are still able to feel the smoke coming in. That is one problem that I have come across in the past with cigars that have not been made well, and you all might have come across this at one point. Don’t you hate it when you take a draw on a cigar, and it is easy, but you don’t feel like there is any smoke coming into your mouth? It’s sort of like sucking into a straw, and you end up with a terrible taste in your mouth. THAT DOES NOT HAPPEN WITH THIS CIGAR. It is perfect. The amount of smoke you get in your mouth is impressive too. Easy Draw=More Smoke=More Flavor=Perfect Score.
As with most cigars, the flavors in the Habano Squared are complex, which is why I am going to split the flavor into each third of the cigar.
Before I lit up my Habano Squared, I took a cold draw. It was very spicy, with a woody flavor to it. Immediately I thought I was going to be smoking a spice-filled cigar. Me, being the impatient guy that I am (and I am really impatient. Even with my golf game. Ask the other spies, it hurts my score, and caused me to almost kill a Callaway rep. Well, two Callaway reps. On the same shot.), I take one cold draw and immediately have to light the cigar. The first third of the cigar is surprisingly very smooth. I guess from the draw I was not expecting that, but I was happy I was wrong. It was woody and nutty, with spice in the background. Personally, I loved the woodiness. Combining that with the slight spice and nuttiness, which was almost like an almond, was great. I’m not saying it was like chewing on an Almond Joy, but it was a great flavor for a cigar. It was definitely not full bodied, leaving it mellow and easy on the palate.
The second third of the cigar brought more of the same. While not increasing in spices, I felt like I tasted more of a fruity flavor in combination with that woodiness, which was interesting. That fruitiness came across my palate once or twice during that first third, but I really started to taste it now. It substituted that nutty flavor in the beginning.
The final third was smooth. It was more of that woody flavor combined with an earthiness that made it very easy to smoke. I actually smoked it until I burned my finger. That probably was not the smartest thing in the world to do, but it was worth it. I did not want that cigar to end. Combine that with the fact that Notre Dame was losing in the National Championship game and I was a very happy person (sorry, Fighting Irish fans).
Overall, it was a very good smoke. The flavors worked very well, and although it did not get a perfect score, it came close to it. Anytime you can smoke a cigar until the nub means there is something special about it, and that is what I saw here.
To me, value is a very important characteristic of cigars. Trust me, I know what expensive cigars taste like, and there are aspects of them that put them above the rest. A couple of my buddies gave me Davidoffs for my birthday, and there is a difference between them and a $7.00 cigar. Although I have experienced the different flavors of expensive cigars, I want cigars in my humidor that offer me a great value, and trust me; there are a lot out there. Just because my humidor is not filled with Alec Bradley Prensados, which was the Top Cigar in 2011, does not mean that all of my cigars are bad. I know what I like and have found cigars from the best names in the business that give amazing flavors at a good price. That being said, the $6.75 Habano Squared is one of those cigars. It offers great flavors for under $7.00 a stick. With that, you are also getting more than an hour of smoking. I smoked this for a whole half of a football game because of the slow burn. With that, it gets a very good score.
The Xikar HC Series Habano Squared is an excellent cigar and a great value for everyone. It was a great start to the cigar section of the website, and I hope that products like this keep rolling in. To learn more about what Xikar has to offer, make sure you visit their website at http://www.xikar.com.
12 February 2013 - 07:52 PMSunfish Headcovers
An Official MyGolfSpy Review
Don't you like the classic looks of things? So do I. If things worked in the past, and they have a classic look to them, chances are that it's going to come back. That seems to be a big thing with men and women in my generation (20s). Just look at shaving. The safety blade has successfully made a comeback. Why? Because it works and it looks pretty damn cool. I'll admit it, I shave with a safety blade now. So, why do I bring this up? Because these new headcovers by Sunfish are great. They have a classic look to them that make your clubs look amazing while they are sitting in your bag.
I can proudly say that I love these headcovers. They, as well as the rest of Sunfish's products, are high-quality, 100% hand made, and are 100% New Zealand wool products. I remember when I bought my first Bobby Jones hybrid and received their classic headcovers. I fell in love them. These are even better. You can have them customized to you with one of their twenty color schemes. Whether it be a professional sports team or the school you went to, I'm sure that their is a color scheme that matches you. You can find the color schemes Here. Not only do they look great, but they really are high-quality. These will definitely last you. You can see that once you have them in your hands.
They come in several sizes:
- Driver (fits up to and including 460 cc drivers)
- Fairway Wood
- They are in the middle of prototyping one to fit an Anser style putter (look for that in the future!)
The driver headcover goes for $29.99 individually, and the set goes for $79.99. These are great prices seeing that most high-quality headcover sets like these have been retailing in the $100-$150 range.
This is a new path that Sunfish has taken. They make other products with the same high-quality, hand-made wool. Whether it be hats, scarves, beer holders (pictured above), animal hats, animal sweaters, or mittens, they are all great, reasonably priced, and ridiculously warm. I had family members wear some of the products after Nemo hit, and they said it kept them very warm throughout the whole shoveling process.
These headcovers are going to stay in my bag. What is even better is that when my new bag comes, the headcovers are going to match them perfectly. I love classic looking items, and adding something like this to my golf bag just makes me that much happier on the first tee. I hope you guys enjoy them if you purchase. Make sure you check out the website at SunfishSales to see what else they have to offer!
09 January 2013 - 01:57 AMTin Cup Havana
"Make Your Mark!"
Almost every person reading this has their own way of marking their ball. Whether it be a single dot, or a design, each golfer has a way to make their golf ball unique from any other person they play with. For those of you who have been around the website for a long time, you would have been introduced to Tin Cup when it cracked the Top 48 Products in the PGA Show back in 2010. They even sent some customized ones to MyGolfSpy to give away to you guys back then (Here's the link). With the creation of the Cigar section of the website, they asked me to show you guys there new design, Havana. Cigar lovers enjoy!
The Tin Cup Havana comes with a bag, marker, and the Tin Cup. Just place the ball inside the Tin Cup and fill in the design with the marker. It is very simple and looks great.
The Tin Cup Havana goes for $19.95. The Leather Pouch shown here is an extra $8.00 and you can even get the Tin Cup engraved for another $15.00. This could be a great, personalized gift for any cigar lover you know or it could allow for you to personalize all of your golf balls with a design that describes you. I know this design fits me perfectly, and I have already marked three dozen golf balls with this design. I love it, and I know all of you cigar guys and girls will love it too.
To look at this design and all of the others, make sure you visit http://www.tin-cup.com/
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