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Adidas Adicross Shoes and Callaway Warbird stand bag...quick review
Hey Dirters, I'm deviating from my course-management blogs for a minute to say a quick word about a couple things I've come across that I really like. These are unsolicited reviews, I ain't picking up any coin for this!
So just recently I have picked up a pair of Adidas Adicross golf shoes. They are the same in design and function as the Ecco shoes worn by Fred Couples. I'd been curious about shoes of this style for a while, so finally I broke down and bought a pair. I got mine in brown, like in the above picture. They also come in black and white, and some have pretty wacky colored soles. One nice little perk is that they come with two colors of laces (mine are brown and white) so you can change the shoe's look. Another nice little perk is that they are little more than half the price of those Ecco's! You can find these for under $90, while the Eccos are pushing $160.
As you can tell, the styling of the shoe is basically like a walking sneaker. And that's just what it feels like on your foot! They are supremely comfortable to walk in, both on and off the course. It places your foot physically lower to the ground than most golf shoes, so in my experience I felt a better foot-to-ground connection. And those little rubber sole nubs grip a LOT better than I first thought they would! With so many individual contact points, these shoes are very, very stable for all types of shots.
Here's another little advantage: YOU DON'T HAVE TO CLEAN YOUR SPIKES. We all know that soft spikes are a pain in the neck to clean. So hey, how about having a shoe with great traction for golf that doesn't even have spikes! It's also pretty convenient to only have to bring one pair of shoes to the course, since these look like regular sneakers and can be worn anywhere without getting sideways glances.
I can only think of 2 drawbacks to these shoes. The first is that they are not very "dressy" so they may not work with certain golf outfits. Although I'm pretty sure the black color would work with a few more colors of pants, it may look silly with shorts. The second drawback is that if you wore the nubs down, you'd have to get a new pair of shoes. I think, however, by the time the nubs wore down, you'd be needing a new pair of shoes anyway!
Okay, next, the Warbird stand bag. They've been making these for years, and mine is much older, but the important features are the same.
First off, the bag has plenty of pockets for everything you need, including a dedicated drink pocket. So that's all well and good. But the REAL meat of what I want to get into is how the bag functions. It has SEVEN full-length dividers. That's unheard of in stand bags. As a career walking golfer, I can't tell you how much I've been annoyed by the plethora of stand bags that, even if they have 7 "dividers," only have 3 full-length dividers. When 5 other clubs come out of your bag along with the one you actually want to use, it gets a little frustrating!
Next thing is the rubber feet on the legs. See the big triangular feet? That makes a big difference when you bring your clubs inside somewhere, or set them on the concrete outside the golf shop, or anywhere else on a hard surface. The big feet actually stay put on any surface. The little rubber caps on other stand bags work okay on grass, but as soon as you put them on a hard surface they slip and the legs splay out and can even bend or break. And if the caps come off, which they often do, the problem is exacerbated. So the big feet on the Warbird bag really help with this problem.
Finally, check out the base of the bag. Notice the round plastic base it's sitting on? That base is the also the leg actuator. It's bolted to the bag in one location so it can hinge and push the legs out. You set the base of the bag on the ground, lean the bag forward, and the plastic base stays flat on the ground while the legs come out. That means the bag always has a full "footprint" on the ground, so it won't fall over, even in wind! All other stand bags rest on the two legs and the very edge of the bag itself, which is not stable at all when compared to the Warbird.
Callaway seriously thought of everything when they made this bag. I can't think of anything I would add or change. It's far and away the best stand bag in my book, and I've tried them all over the years...Ping, Ogio, Titleist, Sun Mountain, Golden Bear, Zevo.
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