What We’re Playing: PuttView, BubbaWhips & Southern Tide
With high temps heading up into the 80s next week in the Carolinas and the Bermuda grass awaking from dormancy, the spring golf season is heating up.
Here are a few things we’re using on the golf course, practice range and off the course.
PuttView’s “The Book”
PuttView’s “The Book,” golf’s most detailed yardage and greens map book, has quickly emerged as a must-have resource for high-level amateurs, Division I collegiate teams and professional golfers in the crucible of tournament play.
Working with renowned putting instructor Phil Kenyon, PuttView has taken green maps and yardage book technology to the next level and competitive golfers are flocking to the forward-thinking company’s latest offering.
The Book offers two views of each green, including an easy-to-read thermal image that uses color to allow players to quickly see ridges in greens and possible hole locations.
The detailed view supports green reading with arrows and contours shown at the maximum level allowed within the rules of golf, helping players quickly process vital information.
The yardage information features fairway arrows when slope exceeds four percent, carry and runout distances, elevation change and distance rings, among other valuable information.
Oh, and all books are compliant with the rules of golf and fit perfectly in back pockets.
BubbaWhips Alignment Sticks
There’s a reason you see alignment sticks in the bags of every college golfer and PGA Tour professional. If you’re not practicing online, on-target, you’re not getting honest feedback on your ball-striking.
Who says great things aren’t born of long Minnesota winters? BubbaWhips alignment sticks were hatched in a clubhouse bar by proprietor Erik Heltne and a couple golf buddies in 2017.
Named for his two sons and inspired by his appreciation of golf’s retro movement, the vintage hickory alignment sticks come in wide-variety of hand-painted patterns including homages to Gary Player, Arnold Palmer and Bobby Jones.
BubbaWhips are made in the Gopher State with weather-sealed matte finish and silver nail cap provide a clean look that doesn’t wear over time. Prices range from $69 to $99, and Chipper Whips for junior golfers are $49.
Southern Tide Brrr Shorts
In the formidable shadow cast by giants Peter Millar and Vineyard Vines, Greenville, S.C.-based Southern Tide has quietly gone about its business of creating a niche golf apparel line with a cult-like following in SEC and ACC territory.
The company’s Driver Brrr Striped Performance Polos created quite the buzz among the fashion cognoscenti at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show. And now, the mighty Skipjack is applying this revolutionary cooling technology to its eight-inch Gulf Performance Short.
Available in five spring and summer-friendly colors and priced at $99.50, the Gulf Performance Short’s Brrr triple chill effect technology is equipped with natural cooling minerals, active moisture-wicking and rapid drying that can keep you up to four degrees cooler on the golf course (or off).