Sunice, Zero Restriction, and Tifosi Introduce New Apparel Just In Time For Summer Months

Protect yourself from the harsh summer weather with these new products from Sunice, Zero Restriction, and Tifosi.

Bag DropSummer is in full swing, and this week at Bag Drop, we have a few various items that really fit the season well, whether it’s blazing hot with the sun shining in your eyes, or whether a few storm clouds have rolled in.

It’s just as important (if not more important) to protect your eyes as it is to protect your body from the elements in the extreme conditions the summer heat brings. So with that in mind, this week’s Bag Drop features some new rain gear from Sunice, new polos from Zero Restriction, and new models of sunglasses from Tifosi Optics. Lets get started!

Volume Two Hundred Eighty Three

Rory smashes some records.

Hittin' the LinksHello again cyber golf nuts and welcome to a very special edition of Hittin’ the Links. Happy belated Fathers Day to all the dads out there. Hopefully Sunday allowed for a round with Dad or an opportunity to take the little ones out to the course for a little fun. I know one dad who had a great time on Sunday… Gerry McIlroy. What a Father’s Day present, watching your son destroy the competition at the U.S. Open. Too cool.

In this U.S. Open edition of HtL we begin with a look at Rory McIlroy’s rise to fame, investigate Bubba’s U.S. Open outfits, and see who else is setting fashion trends on the links. Also on tap we take note of who did not fare well at Congressional, check in on the Presidential golf summit, and do a wrap-up of the week’s events. Read on!

2011 U.S. Open Final Round Chat

Join us as we chat about what may very well be the snoozefest of the year: a run-away win in a first major for Rory McIlroy.

Staff Predictions: 2011 U.S. Open

How will this year’s national championship be affected by a lack of Tiger Woods? Just who will hoist the trophy at Congressional?

Thrash TalkRecent history in majors has been all about the meltdowns and it really got its start a year ago this week when Dustin Johnson handed away what seemed like a massive three-shot lead on the first tee that vanished quickly on his way to a brutal 82. It remains to be seen if this year’s U.S. Open venue, Congressional, will offer the risk-reward and downright difficult-yet-memorable holes seen at last year’s Pebble Beach.

Length is the defining characteristic of Congressional, made longer by reportedly soft fairways this week. Will that swing the advantage to the big hitters? Or does it play into the hands of a guy who hits it down the middle? With greens heading beyond 14 on the Stimpmeter (if you choose to believe the USGA), will an all-time great putter emerge?

There’s no Tiger Woods, no dominant number one player in the world, and certainly no clear-cut favorite this year. In fact, Las Vegas oddsmakers have installed “The Field” as an 8-1 “favorite,” with a batch of golfers (Luke Donald, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood) hovering around 12-1.

Our staff offer their predictions:

Volume Two Hundred Eighty Two

Stevie’s on loan?

Hittin' the LinksHello golf fans, welcome again to Hittin’ the Links. Some interesting goings on around the world of golf this week. Some caddy borrowing, some rumors of careers being over, and a long awaited winner to name a few.

In this edition of HtL we begin with a look at Presidential Golf, check out an unlikely U.S. Open qualifier, and find out why Charl Schwartzel is still rather unknown. Also, we investigate who Stevie is caddying for, take a peek at some questions posed to G-Mac, and do a wrap-up of the weeks events. Read on!

TRUE Linkswear Adds Next Generation Stealth to Lineup

Building on the success of their initial golf shoes, TRUE linkswear releases their newest shoe, called Stealth.

Earlier this year, the guys at TRUE linkswear unveiled their latest creation at the PGA Tour Merchandise show back in January, though up until now they haven’t been available for purchase. Last year, TRUE Tours were featured both here at Bag Drop, as well as a full-blown review.

TRUE’s unique approach to footwear follows a barefoot trend in running, in that the shoe should utilize the anatomical qualities of the foot as opposed to arch supports and heavily cushioned heels. This minimalist approach says that the work done by nature is better than anything man can do, and a minimalist shoe combined with an ergonomic traction system allows the body to conform and grip the course naturally.

So what’s new in the stealth? You’ll have to read on to find out.

Volume Two Hundred Eighty One

Hey everybody, Jack could dunk!

Hittin' the LinksHello again golf fans and welcome to everyone’s favorite informative golf column, Hittin’ the Links. It was another great weekend for golf. We had all the major Tours going plus the NCAA Golf Championships. That means we have lots to report so without further ado…

In this edition of HtL we begin with a look at Trump making friends, then turn our attention to a couple hole-in-ones on the European Tour, and investigate Jack Nicklaus’s basketball skills. Also on tap, we take a peek at some political golf, look at a record breaking performance on the Nationwide Tour, and do a wrap-up of the rest of the week’s events. Read on!

Discovering a Shared Passion In Far-Off Land

My pre-disaster visit to Japan found a golf-crazed nation. With recovery well on and Tokyo now safe for visitors, I’m itching for a return trip.

Thrash TalkSeveral months before the catastrophic earthquake and subsequent tsunamis rocked Japan, I had to opportunity to spend a week in the country. On so many levels, I was impressed and really enjoyed experience of a culture so different than what I’m used to in America’s Northeast Corridor.

The island nation struck me as impeccably clean and orderly, especially given the massive population density of Tokyo, where I spent most of the trip. It was noticeably how polite and respectful the Japanese people were to each other and to visitors, making it very easy to explore, even while only knowing a couple phrases of the language.

I’ve held off on writing this column, knowing that sports and leisure have been on the backburner as Japan has recovered from the horrible disaster, but in recent weeks, the U.S. has lifted its travel warnings, and Tokyo is spreading the message that it’s open for business.