Fitness and golf are two of my passions in life. At 31 years of age, I am at the gym 6 times a week and sometimes twice a day. I played competitive golf up till college and currently work at a pro shop / golf course in Southern California. To say I've tried everything out there to gain an edge would be an understatement. One of the great "perks" of being in the golf industry is having friends like the crew at GolfBalled asking for my opinion on new products that are right up my alley. Corey handed me the boxes of SwingOIL and said "You have to try this! It's the first drink supplement of its kind. It's specially formulated by golfers for golfers to promote flexibility and focus. Oh, and Jason Day drinks it!" What could I say except, hand it over and let me get at it!
One of the most gratifying feelings in the many years of being a golf product tester is being able to showcase the startup/lesser known golf companies willing to take the chance on a passionate idea. Not many people know this but that's how I got involved in the industry. Starting with a simple idea, going through the patent process, testing, manufacturing and finally bringing the finished product to market is an exhilarating feeling. Sometimes it catches on and sometimes you need to move on. When I was approached by the crew at Clutch Putters, I saw a product that not only caught my attention but I can tell it was created by people who had the same passion as myself.
I have played with the Srixon Z Star since 2010 and the Srixon XV since the end of 2012/beginning of 2013. This year has been the most noticeable adjustment since they introduced the XV series. First of the newest innovations to the ball is the Energetic Gradient Growth or EGG Core Technology. For the Z star it provides a lower compression, from 90 to 88 compression rate, giving players of a swing speed from 90-104 the feeling of a softer ball without compromising distance.