CrocBox Back-Yard Hitting Net Review

The CrocBox is an easily foldable multi-sport hitting net that enables nearly instant practice sessions in your back yard. If it works… what could be better?

CrocBoxWhen we ask golfers why they aren’t better than they are, we’re told a few things. Number one on the list of common responses with a bullet and a healthy margin is “I just don’t have the time.”

I live about two miles from a practice range at a great course, I work at Golf Evolution, an indoor, year-round practice facility that’s about seven miles (by car, not as the crow flies) from my house, and even I find that a small desire to practice is often tempered by the time it will take to get my clubs in the car, load up my camera or tripod (or both), head out to the course or our facility, get balls, and film. The travel alone may take anywhere from 10-25 minutes, and in that time I could have completed a pretty good practice session if I just had a net in my backyard.

Backyard nets are nothing new. We have many, many topics on them on the forum. There are several solutions out there, too… from the homebrew models put together with PVC pipe and some netting to actual practice nets produced by some known companies, ranging in price from $80 to $1,000 and up. While the convenience of a backyard hitting net is unmatched, mowing around the net can be a pain, and they’re a bit of an eyesore.

I’ve recently been getting a lot more practice in lately – in bursts as short as five or ten minutes – because of the CrocBox. The CrocBox is a collapsing net system that folds into a weather-proof box that installs at ground level. CrocBox promises the convenience of a backyard hitting net without the negatives: mowing around it, having to stare at a net in your back yard, or traveling to a golf course or facility to get in a little practice.

Let’s take a deeper look at the CrocBox.

Sun Mountain Speed Cart GT Review

Reviewing the newest push cart offering from Sun Mountain.

Speed Cart GT HeroWhen I got the notification about a Sun Mountain push cart available for review, I jumped at it. The brake on my old Bag Boy cart was permanently stuck, and I had a long summer of men’s league matches ahead of me. I knew I’d want the extra convenience and energy that comes with not having to lug my stand bag around.

The Speed Cart GT is firmly at the top of Sun Mountain’s push cart line. It’s light, it folds up small, and it’s full of space to put your stuff. It also costs an enticing $210.

Is it worth it?

Let’s find out.

Custom Headcovers and Accessories by DelilaH Club Covers

If you’re in the market for custom designed hand-crafted headcovers, valuables pouches, or alignment stick covers, Delilah Club Covers has you “covered.”

Delilah LogoDon’t let the domain name throw you off… Delila Harvey conducts her business online at girlygolfer.com, but the products she makes are great for man, woman, boy, and girl!

I recently had the pleasure of working with Delila on some headcovers, a valuables pouch, and some alignment stick covers, and though this is filed under “Review” I’m going to do something a bit unusual and share my opinion or review right up front, then talk about the process whereby these items came to be.

If you’re in the market for anything custom-made – putter, driver, or fairway/hybrid headcovers, valuables pouches (she calls them “caddy bags”), alignment stick covers, or other leather golf accessories, you won’t go wrong availing yourself of Delila’s services. In about two months, you’ll have a product that pleases you in every way, with finely crafted materials and attention to detail in craftsmanship and design.

MedZone Activity Pak Review

Are aches and pains interfering with your enjoyment of the game? Medzone wants to help you swing pain free.

MedZone logoGolf is not the most strenuous of activities, but it nonetheless can generate a wide range of injuries. MedZone has over 15 years of experience in treating athletes in a variety of more intense sports, and is now promoting its products to the golf market.

I did spent a couple months using MedZone’s PainZone, BlisterZone, BurnZone, and ChafeZone products as needed to treat and prevent minor aches and pains. MedZone has packaged them nicely in a compact, easy-to-fit in the bag, Activity Pak, which makes it easy to take with you to the course.

Big Max Autofold FF Review

Just how quickly can you get your cart out of the car, unfolded and your bag loaded? The Big Max Autofold FF might be the cart to help you shave a few seconds off your best time.

The Big Max Autofold FF is fast into and out of the trunk.The Big Max Autofold is billed as fast, compact, and flat. In fact, it’s one of the flattest folding carts on the market.

I drive a hybrid car, and I can tell you that while the mileage is excellent, the trunk space sucks. When heading for the golf course, if it’s more than just me playing, it’s going to be a tough fit. I can get two carry bags in the trunk and possibly wedge in a push cart. If two of us have carts, one bag is going to wind up on the backseat, maybe both.

So when I got the opportunity to try out the Big Max Autofold FF, I jumped at the chance. If any cart could fold as flat as the Autofold promised, it would go a long way toward solving to my trunk dilemma.

Callaway GBB Epic Driver Review

Callaway’s latest driver introduces Jailbreak technology that should add some speed off the face.

CallawayJailbreak technology. Sounds evil. Sounds non-conforming. Well, Callaway has been working on the new technology for some time now and were able to get their newest driver, the Great Big Bertha Epic, on the USGA’s conforming list.

With the promise of extra ball speed off the face of the club, the Epic ma be the most anticipated driver of 2017. It certainly created a lot of buzz in December and early January. Does the Epic deliver on its promise? Just how much does Jailbreak technology boost your distance? Read on to find out.

Bridgestone J15 Hybrid Review

Bridgestone ups the ante in the hybrid game.

Bridgestone J15HY HeroWhen I say “Bridgestone” to you, hybrids probably aren’t what come to mind right away. You’d think of golf balls, tires, Brandt Snedeker, the annual WGC event, and maybe even their forged irons. Hybrids would probably be well down the list.

Bridgestone has spent more than a decade trying to change that, but I’m not sure they’ve actually made much headway. They’re a little like Mizuno: hyper-specialized, but with the ability to occasionally surprise you when you don’t expect it. I played a Mizuno MX-700 hybrid for several years, and never thought twice about how strange that was because that club played go great.

The Bridgestone J15 is a lot like MX-700. No one is going to be beating any doors down to get their hands on a J15 hybrid, but the few who do are going to come away glad they did.

Ping G Fairway Wood Review

Ping makes their case as the industry’s best clubmaker.

PING 2016 G Series HeroAt last year’s TST Newport Cup, the guys and I got to tour PING’s facility in Scottsdale, Arizona. I’d never owned a PING club, but I was excited all the same. PING is known for being an engineering leader among OEMs, and their U.S. base of operations makes them a particularly intriguing company. Though they no longer cast and manufacture many clubs in America, they still have quite the impressive setup.

It wasn’t long before I knew I had to try the next PING product that came our way, if only to reap the benefits in real life of everything we got to see on the shop tour. So when the PING G series woods came up for review, I jumped at it.

Though they don’t have the splashiness of drivers or the utility of hybrids, fairway woods have been hot lately. TaylorMade used them to drive their marketing for several years, and recently PING has picked up the same mantle. The G series, now numberless, may be the most heralded set of fairway woods on the market right now.

Do they live up to the hype? Let’s take a look.

Mizuno JPX-EZ Driver Review

When you name a club “EZ,” certain expectations are set. Can a company known for its forged irons deliver with a game improvement driver?

The Mizuno JPX-EZ promises forgiveness and low spin in a driver.Mizuno has long been known as being among the top, maybe even the, top brand for forged irons. In the last 10-15 years, Mizuno has expanded its iron line to include options for every skill level and playing style. For right or wrong, however, its metal woods options have almost always trailed the industry leaders in terms of public perception for their playability and technology.

Mizuno’s JPX-850 was a very solid driver. But it was distinctly geared to the “better” player, with too little spin to keep the ball in the air at lower swing speeds. The JPZ-EZ is a forgiving “game improvement” driver, but also promises lower spin.

With a name like EZ, you can bet this one is aimed at Joe Everyman Golfer. So, does it deliver on that game improvement promise? Read on to find out.