I have been hearing the song "Sail" by AWOLNATION being used by many I follow on social media, either to be funny or coupled with sports clips. I checked out the full version of the song and was playing it on my commute to work over the weekend. As I arrived at work I realized I had the song on repeat as my mind wandered. I thought about "JaysGolf" and how far it has come and how far it has yet to go. I also thought the same of myself. Of course, without me, there is no "JaysGolf", is there?! As I listened to this song over and over my mind thought back through all the videos I have made and the message I want them, and this site, to convey. That message being motivation, inspiration possibly. I literally thought about creating the following montage video. Not only for your benefit, but for my own as well. I needed a reminder why I need to continue playing JaysGolf!
For some reason I have found it difficult to formulate this write up in a way that pleases me. That may sound like an odd second sentence when writing a golf shoe review, I know it was odd to write it. I mean, it is just a golf shoe after all. Well, I like to try to find some sort of deeper, more personally introspective, twist on anything I write about here on JaysGolf.com. I do this not only for myself, but in hopes that you, my reader, might think about what I am writing about in a new or unique way. If I am able to do that, I find pleasure and satisfaction.
So, back to the shoe from Kikkor. I do not know how introspective the shoe pictured above is, but I can say that I was in such a mind state while wearing them for the first time in the picture posted below...
At the time of this picture I was awaiting the beginning of what was only the third round of 2013 and it was July. One of the reasons I purchased these shoes was in a quest for comfort. This is in no way an excuse, but for the majority of 2013 up to this point my disability, Cerebral Palsy, had been troubling me. The first two rounds I played were in my FootJoy Contour Series shoes, and my feet, especially my "bad foot", was killing me. Again, I was talking to some people on Twitter, and the Kikkor brand was recommended.
Some of the biggest issues I have had with golf shoes is when wearing them off turf, that is, on concrete or indoors. I remember wearing metal spikes (yes, I have been playing that long) and having my balance compromised while on hard surfaces. Not much changed in that respect when soft spiked shoes became the norm. I have been wanting to try the turf, football (soccer), style treaded shoe for some time now but had concerns as to how well they would hold up given the way I walk. I tend to wear down any shoes tread quickly with my gait. I shuffle, or drag my right toe, as opposed to the normal heel-toe motion. Not to mention how well they would wear on turf. Would the grip be comparable, better... Worse?!
I have great news on both fronts. Balance-wise they were great on hard surfaces, even encountered a hard wood floor and did not end up buffing it with my ass! The shoe's tread longevity has yet to be proven, as I have only played six times as of the date I write this review. I suspect if I can stay off cart paths, these shoes ought to last at least two seasons, which is average.
On turf, these shoes preformed well. I even played in the rain twice and the grip was good. Feet were dry as well, so the waterproof claim hold true. It was only when I encountered a tee such as this one where the shoes lost grip...
One concern I did have is how the tread style can mark up a green, as shown...
I did post a picture and pose the question whether this bothered anyone over on HPGolfer.com. The majority were not too bothered by the footprints caused by these style shoes. This made me feel less self conscious. Not to say I should at all given all the ball marks that surround my footprints! But, I digress. Point is, I am more conscious about this than the average person might be, I feel for the greenskeeper.
I found what I sought, comfort. These shoes are comfortable, far more so than any other "name brand" golf shoe I have ever worn. If your feet hurt at all after a round, I definitely recommend trying a pair of Kikkor Golf shoes!
Here is a video from my YouTube Channel where I show off the Kikkor Golf Men's Tour Pro, Black Court Golf Shoe. Enjoy!
That is what they call it, "The Ball"... Just The Ball, you can purchase it at ineedtheball.com. As described on their website;
"The only three piece cast urethane Golf Ball with tungsten core technology on the market. "The Ball" combines the makeup of a high-performance ball with the core of a distance ball."
I urge you to visit their site to learn more as well as read more testimonials in addition to the one I am about to share with you.
As you can see, the ball makes for some unique photographic opportunities, but how does it perform?
I have been playing golf for quite some time, thus, have seen the technology, and claims of golf balls grow exponentially. I have a draft that is nearing two years old now where I attempted to compare four name brand golf balls. It is still a draft because I quickly discovered that what began as a blog post quickly began to have the potential to be a graduate school dissertation! What is more, as with most "technology" and products these days, I realized that the actual balls I intended to compare would be replaced within the fiscal year.
I make exception here because this ball was touted by a couple people I follow and have connected with on Twitter who made me want to give this ball a try. Those gentlemen can be found at thedkfboys.com, I will let you click that link to find out what The DkF Boys are all about (at your own peril). And a fellow lefty, Adam LaCapra, who you can follow on Twitter @AlaCapra3. I feel like I can help spread the word about this new product, and make a more meaningful impact than reviewing name brand golf balls.
First thing's first... The "bounce test", as shown in the following video... The idea is to drop a golf ball from eye level and take notice of how high it bounces, how it sounds on impact with the concrete, etc...
"The Ball" passed that test just fine. Now, on to the course. From the driver to the mid-irons I was very pleased. To catch this ball clean with my driver seemed to yield and additional 5-10 yards carry. To put it another way, I pared a par 5 for the first time with this ball, nearly chipping in for birdie, rolled, and bounced off the pin three inches. 8-Iron through the putter I was not as impressed. I noticed less spin off a solid 9-iron, that is to say, if I were to be aggressive to the pin The Ball would check slightly and release farther than my usual ball, the TaylorMade Penta. Same is true off my putter, the Penta felt far softer than The Ball. Neither of these two experiences should dissuade you from trying The Ball. As they say, "Your results may vary."
Two other critiques I have that are not really related to The Ball's performance are the logo and, well, its name.
While I like the logo, especially the green, I found it off-putting while at address, or at least mildly distracting. We are all used to the name brand script on the ball, which is normally small and non obtrusive. At times I would have a tight fairway lie and look down to see circle created by a snake eating itself with powder blue filler. Different, to be sure.
As for The Ball's name, it can turn into something akin to the "Who's on First?" by Abbott and Costello routine when discussing with fellow golfers. For example, I gave a number of The Balls away in an effort to help spread the word for ineedtheball.com (you may already see where I'm going with this...) I'd ask after a hole or two, "How'd you like the ball?" Their response, "Which ball?" I found myself struggling to find words to use to have discourse about this ball.
To sum up, I feel this ball is most certainly on par with the "big boys" in every category. As with any golf ball, people will have their preferences. I suggest buying a dozen of these while on your quest to find the ball that best fits your game.
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