Play Smart, Not Hard

The TravisMathew brand (no relation to your reporter) owned by Callaway Golf (NYSE: ELY), is branching out into performance footwear and gloves with a catchy campaign label of, “Play Smart, Not Hard.”
Here is a brief rundown of the six shoe models and one glove style that premier this week.
The Ringer is a waterproof spiked shoe with a fully gusseted upper and a performance foam midsole combined with a molded sock liner giving lots of cushioned support. Breathability is provided with a space mesh liner in the upper. At retail for $199.95 per pair
The MoneyMaker ($159.95) shoe is waterproof with a lightweight midsole and TPU spikeless bottom. Comfort is provided with a molded dual density sock liner and an engineered knit in the upper gives lots of ventilation.
The Legend Tour Golf Shoe ($249.99) has Cuater’s Sweet Spot Technology foam midsole making it very comfortable. Waterproof, molded sock liner and full grain leather.
The Wildcard is lightweight and spikeless plus features a comfort midsole it is water resistant at a golfer-friendly $129.99
The Daily comes in two version and both are casual go-with-everything shoes. The Daily Knit is made with a lightweight knit upper and the Daily Wool has a wool upper that is moisture wicking. Either version is $119.99.
The Phenom ($149.99) features an engineered knit upper with leather accents making it a great all-occasion shoe.
Cuater Golf Gloves are made of cabretta leather with finger perforation for breathability and offer the choice of seven prints, patterns and colors with pricing between $29.99 and $39.99.

Claw Golf Glove

To make it clear right from the beginning I have never been a fan of golf gloves made of synthetic fabric. Call me old fashioned or tell me it’s all in my head but cabretta leather is the only material for gloves.

It was with this prejudice in mind when CaddyDaddy asked if they could send me samples of the Claw Glove, I said fine. Frankly most of the reason I agreed was their Ranger Sunday bag I have been using for a quick nine after work or a fun round with my grandson. The bag is well thought out and well made so I figured a trial of the new glove would, if nothing else, prove to be interesting. Continue reading