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SuperStroke Traxion Tour Grip Review | 60S Today

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50 Words or Less

The SuperStroke Traxion Tour club grip has a soft feel and surprisingly good traction. Spyne Technology subtly reminds you to grip the club consistently.

Introduction

The name SuperStroke has become synonymous with large, taper-free putter grips and for good reason. Every week, we see the company’s grips used by the best players in the world.

With their footprint established on the greens, SuperStroke has been making a push into club grips. The Traxion Tour is their latest club grip offering, and I tested it to see if it could unseat my current go to grips.

Looks

The Traxion Tour is instantly recognizable as a SuperStroke product. There are geometric graphics around the entire grip and the recognizable SuperStroke branding near the bottom. On the back of the grip, you’ll see a silver band running from top to bottom – that’s Spyne Technology, which I’ll discuss later.

SuperStroke’s Traxion Tour is available in black (seen here). A red colorway is an option in the standard size.

Feel

The first thing I noticed when I laid my hands on the Traxion Tour is SuperStroke’s Spyne Technology. This is an embossed rib similar to Golf Pride’s Align Technology. The feel of the Spyne is smoother than the rest of the grip, and it’s raised slightly, but the rib is less dramatic than in other grips. If you’re looking to dip your toe into ribbed grips, this is a good one to try.

Just like the look, the feel of the SuperStroke Traxion Tour is familiar. It’s soft, smooth, slightly cushioned, and it has just a touch of tack. A trait that I noticed with the Traxion Tour but have never appreciated with SuperStroke’s putter grips is the shock absorption. Impact felt very gentle with this grip.

Performance

The first club I installed a Traxion Tour on was a driver, and my initial trip to the range had me questioning my decision. The feel of this grip is so far from what I normally play that I started having doubts about whether or not the club would shoot out of my hands mid-swing. After a few aggressive lashes, I concluded that my fears were baseless: the Tour Traxion provides a very stable hold on the club.

My other big question was durability. I last played a polyurethane grip several years ago, and it wasn’t long before I wore holes in them. After about 150 swings, the Tour Traxion looks and feels brand new. Clearly polyurethane grips have come a long way.

The Traxion Tour wouldn’t really be a SuperStroke grip if it had a traditional taper. SuperStroke refers to the shape of this grip as Taper Control Technology, stating that “mimimal taper helps golfers even hand pressure so they can swing faster and square the club face more naturally.” Plenty of Tour pros – and regularly golfers like me – have been building up the lower portion of the grip with extra tape for years. By having this shape built into the grip, the results are much more consistent and installation is easier.

Finally, Spyne Technology is worth mentioning again. Consistent hand placement is an underrated part of consistency, and the rib is a good reminder. This is a subtle rib, which is both a positive and a negative. To the good, it’s not distracting, but it’s also easier to forget or ignore.

SuperStroke’s Traxion Tour is available in four sizes: undersize, standard, midsize, and jumbo. The grip weighs 35, 48, 49, and 50 grams, respectively, slightly less than traditional rubber grips.

Conclusion

Polyurethane grips have typically been aimed at women and seniors, but the SuperStroke Traxion Tour makes a strong case that they can be played by anyone. The traction is surprisingly good as is the durability. If you’d like a grip that’s easier on your hands or if you’d like a gentle reminder about hand position, the Traxion Tour is worth a look.

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TaylorMade SLDR 430 Driver Review | 60S Today

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TaylorMade SLDR 430 Driver (1)

50 Word or Less

Phenomenal looks. Solid feel. Super low spin. #LoftUp is not an ad campaign, it is a necessity with this beast. High handicappers should opt for the SLDR 460.

Introduction

This is the driver that better players have been waiting for TaylorMade to release. At 430ccs, the TaylorMade SLDR 430 driver has the looks that scream “Bag me now!” and the performance that will keep it in your arsenal for a long time…if you’ve got the game.

TaylorMade SLDR 430 Driver (15)

Looks

This is far and away the best looking driver TaylorMade has released in ages. For me, the R7 425 is the epitome of driver aesthetics, and, at a glance, the SLDR 430 could pass as its twin.

The primary difference between the SLDR 430 and the SLDR 460 is the length of the club from face to back: the 430 is much more compact. As a result, the face of the SLDR 430 looks taller and it has a round appearance as opposed to the 460’s oval-y look.

Finally, I really like the return to a black crown (technically a metal flake charcoal grey) and the near-removal of crown graphics. Compared to the graphics on the R1 and the RBZ Stage 2 drivers, the SLDR’s small patch of light grey is barely noticeable.

TaylorMade SLDR 430 Driver (16)

Sound & Feel

I’ve tested many of TaylorMade’s new “Low & Forward Center of Gravity (CG)” clubs (SLDR and JetSpeed), and the common thread among all of them is an exceptionally solid feel.

The sound of the SLDR 430 is fairly bass-y with average volume. It’s a touch louder than the JetSpeed driver, which surprised me, but it’s still quiet enough for those who prefer a “traditional” sound. The main thing that I noticed on mishits was that the sound had a little more high-pitched “crack” as opposed to the solid “thud” of centered hits.

TaylorMade SLDR 430 Driver (22)

Features & Adjustability

There’s a lot to talk about when it comes to the SLDR 430. Let’s start with the namesake feature, the sliding weight. TaylorMade was the first manufacturer to really popularize moveable weight technology (MWT) with their R7 line. The problem with that version of the technology (also seen in the R9, R11, and R1 lines) was that you had all those little weights to deal with. Removable weights are great for the .001% who used it to adjust swing weight, but for most golfers, changing the weights was nothing more than a juggling exercise. With the SLDR, the weight is fixed and simply slides towards the toe to make the ball go right and towards the heel to make it go left. Simple and intuitive. The best part? It works. I’m not a robot and I don’t claim to have a perfectly repeatable swing, but in my launch monitor testing I did see a difference in the shape of my shots when I moved the weight from one side to the other.

Additionally, the SLDR 430 features the ability to add or subtract 1.5° of loft. This will also change the face angle, so consider where you want to end up before you make a purchase. If you prefer an open face at address, you’re going to be subtracting loft, so you may want to buy a more lofted head.

Finally, let’s talk about the SLDR’s “Low & Forward CG.” I think this will work best if you and I do a quick Q&A.

You: Why do I want a low, forward CG?

Me: Less spin. Less spin means more carry and more roll and more distance. Those are good things. The catch is, you’re going to have to #LoftUp

You: Why?

Me: In the past, you’ve bought low lofted drivers to keep your spin down. You don’t need to do that anymore. Now you can buy 10.5°, 12°, or even 14° so that you can get an appropriate launch angle without worrying about too much spin.

You: What launch and spin numbers would be optimal?

Me: TaylorMade is pushing the idea of 17° and 1700 RPMs as being optimal. The problem is that’s not realistic for the majority of golfers. If you can a double-digit launch angle with spin around 2000 RPMs, you’re in pretty great shape. Hug your fitter, buy the club, and go play golf.

SLDR 430 LM

Performance

Overall, I was really impressed with the SLDR 430. TaylorMade’s low spin claims are not an exaggeration: I hit more balls with sub-2000 spin than I ever have before. The SLDR 430 is low launching, however, so you really have to pay attention to your launch angle and get fit before buying. I averaged around 11° of launch angle which is very low for me. If I were to buy a SLDR 430, I would seriously consider the 12° model instead of my normal 10.5°.

As I mentioned earlier, I did find that the SLDR’s moveable weight had an impact on my ball flight. I won’t say that it turns banana slices into 3-yard draws, but it can help if you consistently miss on either the toe or the heel.

Finally, I put the SLDR 430 up against the SLDR 460 to see how different the two heads are. Aesthetically, there is a significant difference. The SLDR 460 isn’t a bad looking club, but it’s definitely bigger from front to back than the SLDR 430. In terms of performance, the SLDR 460 launches a bit higher (1.5°), spins a little more (100 RPMs), and is a bit more forgiving in terms of both ball speed and direction. I don’t think the SLDR 430 is an unforgiving head, but I would suggest that higher handicap players favor the 460.

TaylorMade SLDR 430 Driver (23)

Conclusion

With the SLDR 430, TaylorMade is letting the golf industry know that the talk of its demise may be just a little premature. This is a driver that every good player is going to want to try this demo season, and a lot of them are going to have it in the bag. The SLDR 430 has the looks of the classic R7’s, solid feel, and a brand of low-spin performance that is going to give some players more distance than they ever thought possible.

Price and Specs

The TaylorMade SLDR 430 retails for $399.

It is available in lofts of 9°, 10.5°, and 12°. Left handed players do not have the 9° option.

The stock shaft is the Fujikura Speeder 65.

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Staff Picks: 500 Series Modules | 60S Today

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Outside of shop hours, the KMR team are often burning the midnight oil in their own studios. We ask the guys to tell us about their favourite 500 Series processors and why you might want to check them out yourself…

1. API | 512c

API were the originators of the 500 Series format so it’s probably only fair to include them here! The 512c was developed from the original 312 preamp and first appeared in early 1970’s consoles designed by founder Saul Walker. The 512c uses API’s unique transformer and 2520 op-amp design and has the same characteristic bite found in all their variants.

The 512c is a fast preamp and, when pushed, has a huge amount of character with bags of detail and presence – particularly effective on drum and electric guitar recordings. Tracking my Fender P-Bass through the 512c DI allows me to easily capture the energy and musicality I’m after.

If you want a clear, crisp punchy recording then look no further. API are sometimes referred to as the “American Neve” but sonically it’s a very different thing, which is why you’ll find both in any big studio. It’s an established classic and one of the most popular preamps of all time with good reason – one of those things you’ll never regret buying and a useful colour in any 500 rack. More info <HERE>

2. Rupert Neve Designs | 551

This really is one of my favourite 500 Series EQ’s. With the Rupert Neve heritage you’re always going to get something musical, but I feel the 551 really is a vintage style EQ with modern sonics. RND say themselves that this is not a clone of a previous equaliser, but the distinctive sound and character does comes from the fact that it’s an inductor-based EQ which featured in Rupert Neve’s much earlier designs.

Inductors bring out lovely harmonics when they saturate and the RND 551 is definitely a sweet sounding EQ. I wouldn’t use it to notch or fix tracks in the way you’d use an SSL style, or any “in the box” plug-in – but I’d use the 551 afterwards to add some musical ‘mojo’. Much in the same way the Pultec, another great inductor EQ, works.

Whether used on the mix bus or individual channels it’s easy for the RND 551 to push some musical punch in the mid band, warmth in the low end and air with presence – even with only the two high frequencies options of 8 or 16 kHz.

The RND 551 features the same Class A discrete electronics as the larger Shelford Series 5051 and Shelford Series 5052 channels, but designed for the 500 format, and for me, never sounds bad on whatever you throw at it. No matter what plug-ins you may have, this will effortlessly add some magic to your mix bus or channels, and with Rupert Neve on the front panel, a clone it is not. More info <HERE>

3. Standard Audio | STRETCH

If there is one 500-series unit I keep recommending to people who “only have one slot left in their lunchbox”, it’s the Standard Audio Stretch. This thing is just amazing! It’s inspired by the old Dolby A trick used in the 1960s and 1970s, and there is nothing else like it to add air to vocals without harshness. But it does way more with 7 different modes that can be used on virtually any source to add bite, presence and depth. A must have! More info <HERE>

4. Crane Song | SYREN

I am a massive fan of valve preamps. I feel they are a great way of softening the transients and add significant vibe to any source. In the world of 500 Series, the Crane Song Syren stands out. This 500 Series tube pre-amp is exceptionally versatile, capable of giving clean tones with a hint of musicality or a coloured sound without overdoing it. I love recording vocals through it and often find that switching between the Open or Color modes give me just what I need to have the vocals sit where they should. More info <HERE>

5. Acme Audio | OPTICOM XLA-500

When I’m creating, I want things to sound good quickly. The Acme Audio Opticom XLA 500 does exactly that. Two knobs and one switch is all I really need to be honest. Whether I’m taming a vocal, or giving a kick drum extra punch, I never need longer than 20 seconds to get it set up right where I want it to sit and then let it do its thing.

The sound of the Opticom XLA can be described as warm, thick and musical. I work mostly in the box, so running my tracks through this compressor instantly gives me a very nice analogue sound, especially when you drive the tube a little more than you should! It’s extremely good at what it does, and is also affordable… everybody should have at least two! 😉 More info <HERE>

6. Buzz Audio | ELIXIR

The Elixir microphone preamp/DI has been around for over 10 years and (IMHO) is a strong contender for “if you only had one preamp..?”. The comprehensive feature set offers everything I could want in a preamp… 70dB gain (on a detented pot), super-low noise floor, 20dB pad, phase reverse, mute switch (yes!), meter and a couple of impedance settings which adds extra tonal options when using dynamic and ribbon mics.

So far, so normal – so what does it sound like? The fundamental tone is clean and open with a very fast transient response (the mic input is transformer-less), but it’s the inclusion of a Lundahl LL1517 output transformer that is at the heart of the Elixir’s mojo – adding a gorgeous sweet richness without overly colouring the audio.

I regularly use the Elixir on acoustic sources – it particularly shines on acoustic guitar and voice – resulting in detailed natural-sounding recordings with a welcome splash of musical “glow” that responds really well to EQ. If you’re familiar with Rupert Neve’s later designs, this is in a similar sonic ballpark, but the Elixir has a lovely weight in the low end that I really enjoy (again, probably down to the Lundahl transformer). And the DI is just amazing on bass.

I’ve never really understood why Buzz Audio aren’t more popular in the UK. Designer Tim Farrant (a lovely guy BTW!) offers properly useful kit that combines comprehensive thought-through features, excellent build quality and (most importantly) great sonics. Strongly recommended! More info <HERE>

7. Radial Engineering | EXTC-500

Radial’s EXTC simply converts a balanced line level signal to instrument level and back again. Not much to get excited about I hear you mutter, but this unit is all about what it allows you to do, rather than the unit itself. In short, the EXTC makes it possible to interface guitar pedals into your line-level signal chain opening up a whole world of, well… FUN (yee-har)! If you’re a guitarist you’ve very probably got a collection of old pedals gathering dust on a shelf and this is a great way of breathing new life into neglected kit. Sticking a Tubescreamer over a snare track or a Small Stone phaser over vocals is guaranteed to put a smile on your face – and if you have an old bucket brigade analogue delay pedal lying around – crank up the Intensity knob into feedback and it’s like you’re Lee Scratch Perry on the controls. It encourages experimentation and a creative spontaneity that is a lot more enjoyable than twiddling with plugin parameters on a screen, that’s for sure! More info <HERE>

8. Shadow Hills | MONO GAMA

If you were stranded on a desert island, which 500 series preamp would you bring with you? Of course, this hypothetical presumes that technology on the island has progressed to the point of warranting a decent recording chain, not to mention the development of a 500 series chassis, but not so far as to supply the preamp itself. Stretched analogies aside, it would be hard to argue against the Shadow Hills Mono GAMA (Golden Age Mic Amp) as the very first mic preamp you should reach for when you embark into the format. Spectacular sounding and spectacularly versatile.

Versatility is often conflated with blandness or a lack or conviction. This just isn’t the case with the Mono GAMA. It’s three very different, very usable preamps – each one with an abundance of character and potential applications. Not to mention that trademark theatrical appeal that comes with all Shadow Hills gear. Borrowing its Nickel and Steel output transformers from the full-sized GAMA preamp and leaving the third selection as Shadow Hills’ proprietary discrete op amp, there’s enough gain behind it to push pretty much anything. The addition of a front DI along with Phantom, Polarity and Pad switches make it rather sensible and practical too. More info <HERE>

9. Maag | EQ2

The EQ2 is often overlooked in the Maag product range. The EQ4 is only marginally more expensive, so why wouldn’t you pick that? And the EQ4M is only a small step up from a stereo pair of EQ4s – so why wouldn’t you just buy that?

Simple reason, in its own right, the EQ2 is a properly handy and competent little EQ. It has the Air Band, which is what we’re all here for, and has the malleable yet musical nature we’ve come to expect from all Maag gear. However, it’s secret is that, with two fewer bands than the EQ4, it actually has more headroom. And therefore allows for more mindless (read: “creative”) boosting without having to think about where all that gain is going. Just a handy pocket of the best bits of Maag. The EQ distilled in to its essence. Plus if you wanted to go more surgical than its bands will allow, you should really be thinking about the EQ4M anyway. Everyone should have a Maag – even on a desert island! More info <HERE>

For more information on our range of 500 Series products, please <<CLICK HERE>>

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Srixon Z 745 Driver | 60S Today

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Five stars erratum

hugosagns 25/04/2017

j’ai écris un peu vite, golbidder m’a envoyé la clé avec une notice et même une serviette pour s’excuser de l’oubli !!! là, je dis respect ^^ la maison est toujours aussi sérieuse !

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Best High-Top Golf Shoes

Although intended to aid performance, golf shoes have become as much a fashion statement as anything else nowadays, especially among recreational golfers. But even in the professional game, we see a fairly wide variety of styles gracing our TV screens.

And as golf becomes more modern and laid back, one such style of shoe that has broken through is the high top.

More commonly known as a type of sneaker, some brands have released a golf shoe version of this popular street-style footwear.

There are some who won’t favour this look and prefer something more traditional like what’s contained in our guide to the best spiked golf shoes, but for those out there with a penchant for something a little more flamboyant, read on.

Incidentally, we also have guides to the most comfortable golf shoes and the best golf shoes that might be of interest.

Best High-Top Golf Shoes

Puma Golf Ignite PWR Adapt Hi-Top Golf Shoes

+ Very lightweight + Seven cleats offer good grip – Not waterproof

Sizes: 7-12 Colours: Three (Black; Quiet Shade H&L; Grey Violet)

Puma is a brand that has demonstrated plenty of willingness to go where many wouldn’t dare, whether that be in footwear or apparel. Its hi-top iteration of the popular PWR Adapt golf shoe is the latest example.

Built with a reinforced performance mesh upper and Evoknit collar, this shoe offers great support in a lightweight package. Additionally, there is plenty of comfort delivered across the whole foot thanks to the PWRADAPT technology that adapts to the way you move.

And in terms of grip, that is provided for in spades by seven Tornado cleats that feature on the outsole. The only downside is that it isn’t waterproof, but we would highly recommend it as a summer shoe.

Adidas Codechaos Primeknit BOA Golf Shoes

+ One of the most comfortable shoes we’ve tested + Lightweight and grippy – Some of the colour options are a little garish at first

Adidas Codechaos Primeknit BOA Golf Shoes

Sizes: 6.5-12 Colours: Three (Core Black; Signal Green; Cloud White)

To go with the highly popular Codechaos golf shoe, adidas released a high-top BOA version that’s sure to split opinion. It features a fully waterproof Primeknit upper to shield golfers from the elements and locks the foot in place thanks to the Insite sockliner that also cushions the ankle and adds to the general comfort of the shoe.

Underfoot, the brand’s Boost foam technology delivers an excellent blend of cushioning and responsiveness that returns energy when swinging and makes it an extremely comfortable shoe to wear from start to finish.

We also found there to be plenty of grip from the rubber outsole that has a load of multi-directional traction nubs to minimise twisting and slippage.

From testing, we can’t fault the performance of the shoe. Where it’s less clear-cut is the styling. There is no doubt it won’t be to everyone’s taste but what we will say is that it certainly grows on you.

Under Armour Spieth 2 Mid Golf Shoes

+ Feels very well made + Offers tremendous performance – Not as stylish as other models

Sizes: 6-15 Colours: Black only

There is no doubt that Under Armour is a brand that produces some of the most performance-laden golf shoes and this offering is no exception. Made from Clarino microfibre leather, the lightweight Smartweave upper provides support and durability in abundance, while the lacing system means golfers will feel secure in their footwear.

In addition, the fabric that extends over the ankle is comfortable and adds another layer of support to the foot. The shoe is also waterproof and therefore suitable for use all-year round if you’re the type who likes to get their golfing fix no matter the conditions.

Importantly, thanks to the EVA footbed and Rotational Resistance Spikes, this shoe is very comfortable and delivers outstanding traction – an area Under Armour always excels in. Despite the performance on offer, we weren’t blown away by the style of the shoe, which could be something that puts people off.

FootJoy Winter Boot BOA Shoes

+ Waterproof and keeps feet warm + Six spikes provide plenty of grip – Simple design

FootJoy Winter Boot Boa Shoes

Sizes: 6-14 Colours: Black only

As always with FootJoy, you can expect quality. Not one of its more traditional looking shoes, this winter boot is made from soft leather to provide the same luxurious feel as has become a staple of its products.

It might not look it, but we really liked how lightweight this shoe was, while inside there is plenty of comfort on offer thanks to a responsive midsole. As it is designed for winter, it also kept our feet nice and warm, which makes it a great option for those who experience the four seasons.

The BOA fit system means this shoe is suitable for a wide variety of foot shapes and delivers plenty of stability, while it is also waterproof and comes with a one-year warranty. It’s certainly not the flashiest of models, but in terms of performance, this is not to be overlooked.

Adidas Climaproof Traxion Mid Shoes

+ Very stable + Provides excellent ankle support – Quite a basic-looking shoe

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Sizes: 6.5-13 Colours: Black only

Another from the brand that pushes the boat out more than most. The clue is in the name with this one as the climaproof is built to perform in any and all types of weather. And although it looks quite bulky, it’s actually a pretty lightweight shoe.

It’s also very stable thanks to the Powercage saddle that is connected to the BOA fit system for a locked-in feel and excellent stability. This is further enhanced by six spikes on the outsole that have been specifically placed to provide efficient grip from any lie.

We also found it to be really comfortable underfoot and around the ankle, which is mightily important given the demands that are placed on it during the swing.

Duca Del Cosma Stanford Black Golf Shoes

+ One of the most breathable shoes on the list + Memory foam insole provides an excellent feeling underfoot – Spikeless outsole not as grippy as others

Duca Del Cosma Stanford Black Golf Shoes

Sizes: 7-11 Colours: Black only

This shoe is a little more understated than what we’re used to from Duca del Cosma but we still really like it. One thing that hasn’t changed is that it has been made using premium materials.

In particular, the insole is memory foam covered with cow leather so, as you can imagine, it’s extremely comfortable. And unlike some other models on this list, this is a shoe that delivers good ventilation, making it versatile enough to be worn year-round.

Elsewhere, it is also waterproof and light, while we liked the subtle styling of the laces, which add a little something extra to the overall look. So, if you’re in the market for a high-top golf shoe, the Stanford Black ticks all the boxes.

Inesis Winter Grip Golf Shoes

+ Durable shoe that will last many years + Super comfy around the ankle – Not really suited to summer wear

Sizes: 6.5-13.5 Colours: Two (Coconut Brown; Black)

As the name suggests, this is a shoe designed for winter wear but can be worn all-year round should you wish. With excellent grip from several focused traction nubs and a waterproof upper, you’ll be well protected in all conditions and secure on any terrain.

Additionally, it features a zip that enhances the secureness of the shoe around the top of the foot and also makes it easier to take off and put on.

The combination of the EVA sole and synthetic fur ensures the foot is well cushioned, which is a vital attribute when walking multiple miles at a time. This is further enhanced by the rubber outsole that allows the shoe to flex with your foot’s natural movement.

Overall, it’s a good shoe that comes in at decent value for money with the performance on offer.

Skechers Go Golf Torque Brogan Golf Shoe

+ Extremely comfortable + Durable and suitable for any conditions and terrain – Looks more like a walking boot than a golf shoe

Skechers Go Golf Torque Brogan, Best High-Top Golf Shoes

Sizes: 6.5-12 Colours: Black only

Skechers doesn’t make uncomfortable shoes. Out-the-box comfort is its M.O. and in the Go Golf Brogan shoe, it’s delivered by an ultra-lightweight and responsive Resamax insole as well as the Ultra Flight cushioning. Being a high-top or boot-like design, there is also a padded collar and tongue to provide 360-degree ankle support.

As you can tell just by looking at it, the upper is mostly made from leather, with some mesh panels aiding ventilation, and comes with a two-year waterproof warranty. The lace system ensures your feet feel secure and this is further enhanced by a hook-and-loop strap at the entry to the shoe.

In terms of grip and stability, there is plenty of it thanks to the replaceable softspikes that minimise any slippage. The only drawback is the basic styling of this shoe as well as the limited colour options.

Stuburt Evolve Sport II Waterproof Spiked Golf Boot

+ Well made and ideal for winter conditions + Provides all-round comfort – Feet can get a little sweaty in warm weather

Stuburt Evolve Sport II Waterproof Spiked Golf Boot

Sizes: 6-13 Colours: Black only

Another we would class in the category of winter shoes, this is a quality product that comes in at a very affordable price. As can be seen, it is well suited for when conditions get tough and the ground underfoot is less than optimal.

We really enjoyed how much grip and traction we had in this shoe thanks to the combination of a snug fit and seven spikes on the outsole.

And as well as being waterproof, this is an extremely comfortable product with cushioning provided all over the foot. The only thing we’d say is that it can feel a little stuffy in warm weather and the no-nonsense style may not be to everyone’s liking.

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Drivers Nike Vapor 2015 : Attention les yeux !! | 60S Today

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Nike Vapor Flex Driver 2

Quand le porte-drapeau de la marque se nomme Rory McIlroy (et Romain Wattel), mieux vaut avoir du matériel au top. Nike l’a bien compris et lance une gamme 2015 digne du n°1 mondial…mais pas que. Décryptage.

Pour ce qui est des drivers la cuvée 2015, la marque à la virgule nous gratifie de trois déclinaisons : Le Nike Vapor Pro (utilisé par Rory), le Nike Vapor Flex et le Nike Vapor Speed (celui de Tiger Woods).

Pour ce qui est de la cosmétique, fini la couleur rouge du Covert. Place aux couleurs noires et jaune extra-fluo, la fameuse couleur Volt idéale pour illuminer les regards les plus embrumés.

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Avant de s’intéresser à leurs différences, parlons tout d’abord de leurs similitudes.

Tout d’abord, chaque modèle est ajustable via le hosel : 8.5° à 12,5° puis angle de la face orientée à gauche, à droite ou de manière neutre. A noter que la bague est plus légère de 30% (5g) que les précédentes bagues d’ajustements Nike…et elles sont interchangeables avec vos anciens shafts.

Nike Flex Loft Vapor Drivers

Côté technologie, la cavité arrière est toujours présente. Même si elle est semblable à celle du précédent modèle (le Covert), elle a été retravaillé 37 fois en interne par les ingénieurs de Nike.

Alors oui la marque à la virgule peut nous faire avaler n’importe quoi me direz-vous…Oui mais voilà une chose qui ne trompe pas, c’est le son restitué au moment de la frappe, chose qui était reprochée par beaucoup sur les Covert et son bruit un peu « sourd ». Ici, que ce soit pour le Flex, le Speed et le Pro, le bruit est beaucoup plus solide.

Covert Cavity Vapor Drivers

Les lignes noires ne sont pas là pour remplir le vide visuel. Ce « couloir » permet de répartir le poids en périphérie de la tête de club. En opérant ainsi, Nike permet d’augmenter l’inertie du driver et le rendre plus tolérant.

Attention, le modèle Flex reprend la même architecture. Visuellement l’impression n’est pas la même car une autre technologie y a été ajoutée comme nous le verrons un peu plus bas.

Autre point commun, le « Compression Channel » , cette petite rigole présente sur les trois modèles augmente l’effet trampoline de la face, d’où une meilleure restitution de la vitesse que vous y mettrez. Une technologie que Nike a ressorti de ses modèles VR lancés en 2010.

Enfin dernier point commun, les trois têtes présentées ont une taille de 460cc même si la forme diffère selon le modèle.

Le Vapor Speed (Tiger Woods utilise une déclinaison de ce modèle)

Nike Vapor Speed

Reconnaissable à sa face argenté, le Speed s’adresse aux joueurs ayant une vitesse de swing modeste. Ici la cavité plus importante permet d’envoyer la balle plus haut plus facilement. Pour rester cohérent avec cet objectif, Nike commercialise avec ce modèle un shaft plus léger (50g) le MRC Fubuki Z 50 Graphite.

A l’adresse la tête est plus arrondie que sur la version Pro. Là encore cette architecture permet aux joueurs dits « moyens » de faire partir la balle plus haut et plus droit.

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En concertation avec les joueurs, Nike a opté pour une tête en forme de poire pour le Vapor Pro. La position à l’adresse est plus neutre que sur la version Speed qui est plus fermée avec une face plus arrondie. Pour la version Speed, l’objectif est de permettre aux vitesses de swing plus modestes de faire décoller la balle haut et droit.

Commercialisé autour de 300€, ce modèle est de nature à satisfaire le plus grand nombre.

Le Vapor Pro

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Attention là ça devient plus sérieux. C’est pour cela que lors du test, j’ai fait place nette aux des pros de l’équipe MonsieurGolf (avec une vitesse de swing qui avoisinent les 180 km/h voire plus).

La couleur argentée de la face et de la semelle a laissé place à un noir mât du plus bel effet. La position à l’adresse est neutre, alors que sur les deux autres modèles elle est plus fermée. Seul petit bémol, l’absence d’aide à l’alignement, Rory McIlroy n’en a peut-être pas besoin mais pour les golfeurs amateurs cette aide est toujours la bienvenue.

Le design de la tête permet d’abaisser les rotations de la balle et donc d’augmenter la distance. A vitesse de swing égale (merci Trackman), la version Pro retire de 400 à 500 rotations par minute comparé au modèle Speed. L’angle de décollage est d’environ 1,5° plus bas à conditions constantes.

Symbole de cette puissance, c’est un shaft plus lourd qui accompagnera ce Vapor Pro : Le MRC Diamana S+ Blue Board 60 Graphite

Vapor Pro Shaft Diamana 60

Même si la combinaison tête de club/shaft reste très personnelle, le mariage suggéré par Nike s’adapte parfaitement aux swings rapides.

Cela vaut-il le coup de dépenser entre 350 et 400€ ? A vous de voir.

Il est à noter que Rory McIlroy avait pris le risque de le mettre dans son sac lors de la dernière Ryder Cup alors qu’il était encore en phase de test. Un tel risque avait coûté cher à Phil Mickelson qui s’était hasardé à passer de Titleist à Callaway juste avant la Ryder Cup 2004.

Les innovations technologiques avaient apparemment suffit à convaincre le n°1 mondial. Cela a également été le cas pour nos pros MonsieurGolf qui l’ont aussitôt adopté (pour ceux qui sont chez Nike). De l’avis de tous, c’est tout simplement le meilleur driver produit par Nike pour les joueurs de très bon niveau.

Le Vapor Flex, technologiquement le plus abouti du marché

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Si votre jeu est en constante évolution, le Nike Vapor Flex est fait pour vous.

Sur ce bijou de technologie, la firme de l’Oregon propose de jouer sur le vol de votre balle via un petit cylindre de 9,5g (9g côté fluo comme sur la photo et 0,5g côté noir). Vous l’aurez compris, vous pourrez via ce FlightPod influer sur le vol de votre balle en déplaçant le centre de gravité en arrière ou plus en avant sur la face.

Pour une vitesse de tête de club de 180 km/h, comptez entre 300 et 400 RPM en moins en position vol « bas ». En position vol de balle moyen, nos pros ont été bluffé par la portée de balle offerte par le Flex.flexflightpod

D’un coup de clé ultra-rapide, passer d’un vol de balle « bas » à un vol de balle « moyen » en positionnant la partie lourde du cylindre plus en arrière sur la semelle.

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A l’adresse, la tête du Flex est davantage arrondie et donne l’impression d’être plus compacte que le Vapor Pro.

Egalement commercialisé avec un shaft Diamana Blue Board 60, ce club s’adresse sans conteste aux bons joueurs en progression à la recherche d’ajustabilité. Certains de nos pros se sont même interrogés sur leurs choix : Pro ou Flex, Flex ou Pro ?

Après une matinée passée à s’extasier devant les données du Trackman, les pros MonsieurGolf ont livré leur verdict. Les joueurs à un chiffre ont davantage intérêt à rester sur le Vapor Pro. Certains d’entre eux trouvent en effet que le cylindre annule un peu la belle inertie que procure la cavité arrière.

A l’instar des deux autres modèles, le son produit par le Flex à l’impact n’a rien à voir avec les précédents Covert, « c’est beaucoup plus solide ».

Le prix de ce dernier modèle est lui aussi plus solide, technologie oblige. Le Flex affiche un prix de 449€.

Voir la gamme Driver Nike VAPOR sur 60stoday.com

(Credits Photos : Nike)

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Best Golf Gloves For Winter

Golfing in winter weather is challenging as trying to hold on to the club in the cold, wind and rain becomes more difficult. But the right equipment can take some of the strain.

The best golf gloves designed specifically for this job can help keep your hands warm and dry, enabling you to stay in control of the club and your game.

These high-performance accessories have been designed to make playing in colder conditions a little less daunting. Many have thermal properties to keep your hands warm, others help to deliver good grip in wetter weather. For more on rain gloves, see our guide on the best wet weather golf gloves too.

Winter golf gloves could be a game changer if you haven’t tried them before. They can definitely make a difference to your performance on course during the colder months.

What then are the best golf gloves for winter available right now? We’ve reviewed and tested them and have selected our favourites below to help you decide which will suit you as the temperature drops.

Also take a look at our guides on the best kids golf gloves and best golf gloves for women too.

Best Golf Gloves For Winter

FootJoy WinterSof Golf Glove

Best All-Round Model

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+ Good grip in wet conditions + Thermal properties – Available in black only

If you’re looking at the best golf gloves for winter, you have to consider this option from FootJoy. Always at the forefront of golf glove innovation, FootJoy’s WinterSof gloves deliver on a number of levels.

Firstly, they feature the autosuede knit palm that appears on their RainGrip rain glove – it offers exceptional levels of grip in wetter conditions and will actually become more grippy the wetter it gets.

Then, with a waterproof structured nylon construction and weather shield foam fleece on the back of the glove, they will help keep your hands warm and dry in poor weather.

Further warmth and comfort are delivered by the extended knit cuff which really helps keep out the wind and cold.

In addition, these gloves are functional off the course as well as on. Given the grip and thermal qualities, and high-visibility piping on the back of the glove, they could be worn for running, cycling or other outdoor winter activities.

To see the comprehensive range of FootJoy designs available right now, have a read of our best FootJoy golf gloves guide as well.

MacWet Winter Climatec Golf Glove

Best Wet Weather Protection

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+ Superb grip in wet conditions + Windproof – No ball marker attachment

MacWet’s Aquatec material is one of the very best out there for delivering exceptional grip in wet conditions, which is why Aaron Rai wore them to win the 2020 Scottish Open.

These gloves, designed to be worn as a pair, can definitely help you hold on to the club when the rain starts to come down.

In addition, the gloves are water resistant and wind proof and fleece lined on the back to help keep your hands warm in colder weather.

One of the great qualities of the MacWet gloves is their durability. They’ll easily last a full winter season and beyond. They’re comfortable to wear, quick drying and they look sleek and stylish to boot.

Another bonus is that these gloves can be used for other outdoor activities that require grip in wet conditions – fishing, horse riding or cycling for instance.

Mizuno Thermagrip Golf Gloves

Highly Comfortable

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+ Impressive thermo technology + Good grip – Only in black

When the temperature drops, the Mizuno Thermagrip gloves could greatly enhance your playing experience.

Featuring Mizuno’s renowned Breath Thermo technology, trace moisture on the skin in converted into new heat.

It sounds like jargon, but it really does work and, these gloves definitely help keep the feeling in your fingers as the mercury drops.

Made of synthetic leather, they feature a fleece-lined cuff for extra protection.

The brushed palm delivers excellent grip and surprisingly good feel for a winter glove.

The closure tab is effective and allows for a more precise fit.

Sold in pairs, the Thermagrip is available in sizes from S to XL.

Cobra StormGrip Winter Glove

Touch Screen Compatible

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+ Excellent grip in wet weather + Index finger is touch screen compatible – No ball marker attachment

These gloves work well as a pair and the fit is excellent. They’re sleek, comfortable, and feel on the grip is not compromised.

The grip provided by the StormGrip suede fabric is outstanding and we found performance improved when they got wetter.

A tailored, elasticated cuff helps keep out a cool breeze and they’re water resistant to keep your hands dry.

A nice touch is that the index finger is touch screen compatible so you can operate an electric trolley, GPS device or your phone without having to take them off.

Overall the Cobra StormGrip ticks a lot of boxes if you’re in the market for a solid winter golf glove – durable, comfortable, good fit, good grip, good looks – An excellent product.

Under Armour ColdGear Golf Glove

Best Cold Weather Protection

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+ Well insulated for great warmth + Soft leather palm delivers great feel – No extended cuff leaves wrist exposed

With a dual layer fabric on the top of the hand and a brushed interior, plus ColdGear infrared lining, the Under Armour ColdGear golf gloves will keep your hands warm in all but the most brutal conditions. ColdGear technology has been developed to help your body absorb and retain body heat.

Sold in pairs, the gloves’ soft leather palm offers great feel and a sleek finish. It may not provide the best grip in the wettest weather, but it’s generally pretty durable and robust.

This is a great option in colder, dry conditions though – It will keep you warm without compromising touch and feel.

Callaway Thermal Grip Glove

Provides Pleasing Feel

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+ Wind and water repellent + Neat fit – No extra protective cuff

Sold in pairs, the Callaway Thermal Grip gloves deliver a good blend of protection and performance.

They’re fleece lined for warmth but the digitized synthetic leather palm offers a good degree of feel.

These are not cumbersome and awkward gloves, they fit neatly and this is enhanced by the Opti Fit closure system – They are thin, lightweight and comfortable.

The Microfiber outer shell provides good protection against both wind and water whilst also allowing good freedom of movement for the fingers.

Overall, the Callaway Thermal Grip gloves deliver a good halfway house in terms of winter gloves – impressive warmth with a decent level of feel retained.

Inesis Winter Golf Gloves

Best Value Gloves

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+ Great feel thanks to suede palm + Elasticated cuff for neat fit – Warming benefits effected negatively if gloves get wet

There’s nothing worse than losing the feeling in your fingers on a winter’s day on the golf course. These super-soft fleece and suede gloves are great in cold, dry weather and will help you to keep playing when the mercury falls.

The soft fleece back and elasticated cuff deliver good thermal qualities while the suede palm gives maximum grip and feel.

The fit is neat and can be tailored using the robust closure system.

The glove has been designed to be sleek and unfussy and they work well as a pair.

Offering good value for money, these are worth a look when considering the best golf gloves for winter.

Galvin Green Lewis Winter Golf Gloves

Best Premium Model

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+ Soft leather grip + Great thermal properties – Better models out there in the rain

Galvin Green is at the cutting edge of performance equipment and, as you would expect, their winter golf glove offering is packed with technologies to help you get the most from your game during the colder months.

The windproof, softshell fabric back provides great protection against the elements while the cabretta leather palm offers good grip and feel.

This is a stylish looking glove and the fit is excellent – A solid Velcro closure system combines with an extended cuff to make sure your hands are as snug as possible.

These may not be suitable for wet weather golf, but they certainly tick all the boxes for a cold, dry day.

Sleek, stylish, super-warm and lightweight, they offer excellent levels of protection without compromising on feel.

Zoom Weather Glove

Best To Stand Out

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+ Superb, versatile fit + Excellent feel – Not as much in the way of thermal qualities

Developed in conjunction with Austrian Tour pro Marcus Brier, Zoom gloves are one-size fits all and have been engineered to fit like a second skin.

With FLEXX-FIT technology, essentially a Lycra-style section on the back that incorporates a mix of flex zones to fit the contours of a golfer’s hand, it does just that.

The back of the glove is stretch Lycra while the palm is a highly durable all-weather material.

We like the fact that the glove’s structure is such that it doesn’t lose its shape, even when it gets wet. It’s a solid item of equipment.

Rife RX2 All-Weather Winter Glove

Solid Durability

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+ Super thin for an all-weather glove + Durable – Not as much protection from elements as others

This is one for when the winter weather is unpredictable. It offers all-weather capabilities but the feel and performance of a standard glove.

Constructed from a blend of synthetic leather and cabretta leather on the thumb and palm, it offers great touch and feel on the golf club.

The glove fits well thanks to the Velcro closure system and we found it to be a hard-wearing bit of kit that will continue to perform well in all but the harshest of winter conditions.

What to look out for when buying a golf glove for winter

There are a number of factors you should consider when purchasing a golf glove for those testing winter months out on the golf course. Below we have discussed them;

Wet-weather protection – Obviously the most important thing here is protection from wet conditions especially if the winter months in your country see a lot of rain. The last thing you want to be thinking about in those conditions is whether your hands will slip on your golf grips and thankfully there are lots of brands that make models which provide more grip the wetter they get. Quick-drying models are particularly useful too.

Cold weather protection – Additionally the winter months tend to get very cold in the northern hemisphere so a good pair of winter gloves will help with warmth too. This could take the form of a thermal or fleece lining which will definitely help especially if you catch a shot thin!

Durability – Another factor to think about is durability. A good pair will be able to deal with the toughest of conditions and continue to perform over a long period of time.

Color – You may want a black golf glove and this tends to be the most common design for winter golf gloves however some brands make them in the classic white finish, or different color options like the Zoom model above.

Price – Of course there are lots of models at different price points so you need to think about how much you want to spend here.

We hope you enjoyed this guide on the best golf gloves for winter.

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ez go golf cart clutch problems | 60S Today

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Golf cart clutches feature a special technology called CVT or Continuously Variable Transmission.

The CVT consists of two different clutches joined using a belt.

Essentially, there are two components that are part of the clutch system, namely the primary or drive clutch and the secondary or driven clutch.

It is common to face issues regarding both these components and can be diagnosed if the golf cart shows the signs.

Let’s take a look at these issues along with fixes for each one.

How to Diagnose If the Clutch Is Faulty

  • If the cart is being driven on a smooth surface and it seems that the transmission is not smooth, it is evident that the problem lies within the clutch system.
  • If the cart is being driven up or down a hill and faces unusual transmission jerks, the issue also lies within the clutch system.
  • When the golf cart is started and it faces jerky movements while starting, the clutch system can be blamed for it. It may smoothen out afterwards, but because the jerky movements were present at the start, it means that the clutch needs to be looked at and could be faulty.
  • If the golf cart is being driven up a hill and the transmission shift is not smooth or if the acceleration and deceleration is erratic with uneven variations, the fault also lies in the clutch system. The primary and secondary clutch system has to be working in synchronization as a single unit. Furthermore, both these components have to be in a good condition to ensure that any problem does not arise.

Any of the above issues could be attributed to a faulty clutch system, but there are other issues as well that come with the clutch.

Types of Problems Faced with the Clutch

The clutch might not engage, might slip or might be stuck.

There are different ways to deal with these issues.

How to Fix a Clutch That Is Not Engaging

While driving up or down a hill, the clutch will refuse to engage in some cases.

This may not be a problem with the clutch itself but could be related to other parts of the cart.

If the clutch is not engaging, the following steps must be considered to fix it.

  • The battery might be the key reason for the clutch not engaging. If the battery is faulty, the clutch systems will fail to generate enough power and will not function. If this is the case, it is advisable to replace or fix the battery and the issue should be resolved.
  • If the battery has been changed and the issue still persists, you will have to check the throttle. Simply jack up the golf cart from the back and check the throttle cable. Once the golf cart is jacked, pressing the accelerator will create movement in the tires and they will spin. Should they not spin, that means the issue is in the throttle cable and it will have to be replaced.
  • Some clutch systems are old and rusty. Cleaning out the rust and spraying a lubricant on the system may get the clutch back to working condition.
  • It is important to have a physical inspection done on the drive belt. If the drive belt is loose or does not have the correct tension, it can effectively stop the clutch from engaging. This means that the belt must be changed or must be correctly fit using proper tools and must have the correct tension to ensure that the clutch is engaging properly.
  • Even after all this, if the clutch still seems to be not engaging, it is best to take it to a mechanic or an expert to diagnose the problem thoroughly and come up with a solution.

How to Fix a Clutch That Is Slipping

Sometimes, even though the clutch is engaging and disengaging, it can slip when it shifts from neutral.

One way to diagnose a slipping clutch is by noticing squeaky sounds in the transmission and a lack of smoothness in shifting.

This is a common issue faced by many users, but before actually diagnosing the problem, try minimizing the weight on the golf cart.

Sometimes, the clutch can slip due to the added weight.

If the problem persists with the load of just a single person, here are some solutions you can consider:

  • The belt is either too loose or too tight. In both cases, the belt will make a squeaky sound and will result in the clutch slipping. Replacing or fixing the belt might be a good idea and a quick and easy solution.
  • If the belt is fixed and the issue persists, it is time to open up and dismantle the clutch assembly system and physically check the performance of individual parts to find out which ones are faulty. This requires a lot of time and effort and could possibly mean that a trip to a mechanic or service center is due.
  • The problem could lie in rusty and worn out parts. Worn out parts obviously do not perform at the same level as new parts, and a weakened system could mean that the clutch will slip from time to time. Try replacing the parts with new or used ones or try fixing the current parts to check if the issue can be resolved.
  • More often than not, the dirt built up inside the clutch system over time could hamper the ability of the clutch to function properly. Simply cleaning the clutch thoroughly can help resolve the issue.
  • Apart from just cleaning the clutch, try lubricating the system using a lubricant or WD40. Spray the WD40 onto the parts so that they can easily move, which might help resolve the issue by freeing up the clutch and removing the squeaky sounds.
  • Another issue might be the incorrect placement of weight inside the system. Proper placement and correct positioning of the weights might help solve the issue.

How to Fix a Clutch That Is Stuck

If the clutch system of your golf cart is stuck and not rotating, it effectively stops the clutch from working altogether.

This is a common issue faced by many golf cart users.

In most cases, as the clutch is old and worn out, that becomes the primary source of it being stuck.

It is relatively easy to remove the clutch system all on your own.

All you have to do is take out the oleoresins in the center and the clutch can be easily removed.

However, if it cannot be removed even after the bolts have been removed, there are other ways to fix this issue:

  • Adding PBBlaster to the clutch system thoroughly and letting it rest for a couple of days might ease up the process and can easily allow you to remove the clutch.
  • If that does not work, leveraging the clutch using a crowbar by placing it behind the clutch can also help you remove it. Try not to break the clutch by applying too much pressure. Gently place it behind the clutch and give it a little jerk for the clutch to slide off and come loose.
  • It is always advisable to apply an even pressure on the clutch plate. If the part breaks, there will be no choice but to get a new one, which will end up costing you a lot more.
  • If the aforementioned methods do not work, another way to loosen up the clutch is by using a chisel to cut out the relief. This way, the clutch will loosen up and can be easily removed.
  • Should all these methods feel like a hassle or too much effort, try sending the cart to a nearby service center or mechanic. Service centers and mechanics have special tools which are used to dismantle the clutch.

Types of Golf Carts and How to Troubleshoot Them

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Perhaps the two most common types of golf carts available in the market are the EZGO and Yamaha golf carts.

They are both reliable carts and come in electric and gas variants.

They are the leading golf cart manufacturers in the market and the chances are that many golf carts roaming around golf courses are either of the two brands.

Hence, this article can’t be complete without talking about how to fix clutch issues arising in these specific brands.

You would need to know how to troubleshoot issues related to these two models.

Troubleshooting the EZGO Clutch

The most common issue that an EZGO cart user faces is the clutch plate being stuck.

This will effectively stop the clutch from moving and will have to be resolved as soon as possible.

Here are some steps to help fix this issue:

  • Apply WD40 thoroughly on the clutch and let it stay. If there is any dust or dirt clogging the clutch which is preventing the rotating parts from moving, they will be cleared up and the clutch can be removed easily.
  • Try using a clutch puller, which is a specialized tool, to remove the clutch with ease.
  • If both these techniques fail, you might have to jack the cart and completely remove the clutch. Unscrew the clutch from the bolts and open the top cover to physically check if all the parts and weights are properly aligned.
  • Another common reason for a stuck clutch in an EZGO cart is the springs. The springs can generally wear out over time and become faulty, thereby limiting the functionality of the clutch. They need to be replaced or fixed as per requirement to ensure that the clutch does not get stuck.
  • If the issue is still not resolved, you are left with two options. The first is that the user must completely dismantle the clutch, clean it thoroughly using WD40 and anti-rust agents and let it dry. A thorough cleaning might just be able to remove the rust and allow for smoother movements within the clutch system.
  • Finally, if all of the above techniques fail, you have no choice but to replace the entire clutch system and install a new one. There are multiple EZGO dealerships available which can help you get new or used parts for your cart.

Troubleshooting the Yamaha Clutch

The G29 Yamaha golf cart is another common model used by many people.

The most frequent issue that this model brings is that the clutch comes off the shaft.

This is when the driven clutch, which is the secondary clutch, keeps falling off because it is loose and falls off the shaft.

In order to troubleshoot clutch issues in the Yamaha cart, the following steps can be considered:

  • The bolts which hold the clutch have to be tightened, thereby ensuring the clutch does not fall off the shaft by being too loose.
  • Try using strong and durable adhesives to hold the threads of the clutch in place so that even with movement and vibrations, the clutch is held securely in place.
  • Physically check for issues in the bolts and see whether they are bent, damaged or missing as that could be the source of the issue. Ensuring that no parts are damaged can also help resolve it.
  • The washer is another important component of the clutch system and helps hold the clutch in place. The washer is a delicate part and has been reported to cause the most frequent issues, normally within 3 weeks of usage. This is a major problem in the Yamaha models. Therefore, it is essential to check whether the washer is in place and if it is functioning properly.
  • As is the case with the EZGO, if all these methods fail, it is again advisable to take the cart to a designated service center where experts can inspect the cart and replace or fix parts as necessary.

Conclusion

In order to prevent situations in which the golf cart gets stuck in the middle of the course due to issues with the clutch, it is advisable to always check the cart thoroughly before heading out.

It can either be checked physically by yourself or be sent to a service center to avoid any potential mishaps that may occur.

Like any other machine, a golf cart requires maintenance which has to be done timely and effectively.

The golf cart has small, intricate parts that have to be maintained regularly.

As the cart travels on a combination of muddy and grassy surfaces, the accumulation of rust and dirt is common within the parts, especially along the chassis.

Therefore, thorough cleaning and timely lubrication of the rotating parts can always help increase their lifespan and prevent bigger issues.

Lubrication of the clutch has to be done every 6 months or every 500-750 miles of being driven to get the most out of your golf cart.

Timely greasing of the rotating parts in and around the clutch system is also a great preventive measure to ensure that the parts do not become faulty in a short period of time.

Another important factor to consider when owning a golf cart, especially a Yamaha one, is whether the tires installed in it are the standard size.

Some carts use a high-gear engine and 10-inch rims, which are due to modifications applied to the standard cart.

People with such carts have more frequently experienced issues with the clutch.

Therefore, always check if the cart comes with the official specifications provided by the company to ensure that the parts perform at their best.

In some cases, the warranty also becomes void if there are any modifications made that impact the performance or operation of the cart.

Hence, it is a good idea to avoid modifications if you want to keep the warranty intact.

So, there it is – a round-up of all the possible issues that a golf cart clutch may present, what might cause them, how to diagnose them and the preventive measures and long-term solutions to these problems.

Ensuring proper maintenance is key.

At the same time, having substantial information and knowledge on how the golf cart clutch functions is important for every golf cart owner.

Always keep a lookout for designated company service centers.

They are your best bet when it comes to getting your cart repaired as they are professionals and have an inventory of spare parts.

However, in some cases, the job is doable at home as well because a clutch is not super complicated and sometimes just needs proper cleaning to get back in running condition.

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How To Keep Pants From Falling Down. 13 Killer Solutions

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Here’s a fantastic question from a reader looking for a solution to keep pants from falling down!

Tug,

I have the same problem as a lot of middle-age guys:

– Growing Middle

– Shrinking Butt

– Pants keep falling down, don’t fit right, and won’t stay up where I want them to

– Shirt won’t stay tucked in

I’ve been looking at two approaches to these problems:

1) Compression undergarments, to shape the body a little bit and

2) Shirt locks, Strapless Suspenders, Hidden Tailor, etc. to keep the shirt tucked in and pants up.

I haven’t seen anything about these two being used in combination, though.

Any suggestions or recommendations?

Dan

Top Questions I’m Asked

Before we get to answering Dan’s question, here are the top 6 questions I receive about this topic.

How To Easily Keep Pants from Falling Down

Heya Daniel,

Good to hear from you buddy and thanks for your question!

You most certainly can wear a slimming/shapewear undershirt with something that helps keep your pants up.

Assuming you’re wearing a tucked in shirt, whatever product you use to keep your pants up will go on the outside of your shirt, and will not come in contact with your undergarments.

Even if you don’t tuck in your outer shirt, if something like Hidden Tailor came into contact with your compression under-clothing, I can’t see that causing any issue.

Keep in mind that Hidden Tailor is a product that should help keep your shirt tucked.

It’s also worth noting that compression clothing & shirt tucking solutions are really serving two different problems, neither of them are specifically designed to keep your pants up.

To see more about shirt tucking solutions, check out my Best Ways to Keep Your Shirt Tucked article.

How to Prevent Your Pants From Falling Down With or Without a Belt

  • Wear suspenders (more on this below)
  • Try suspender alternatives like PantsProp, Hikers, NoSaggs (more solutions below)
  • Clip the side of your Pants (see BeltBro & SkinnyClip below)
  • Tailor your pants to optimally fit your waist & body
  • Buy pants with side tabs / side adjusters
  • Buy pants with an elastic waistband
  • Make sure you have purchased the right pants waist size

Products That Help Keep Pants Up

It goes without saying, if you’re really having a problem keeping your pants up, traditional suspenders (Amazon) would be something to consider.

But, I suspect you don’t want to wear suspenders, otherwise you probably would have mentioned it.

Still, if your pants keep sliding down, and you’re looking for some suspender alternatives, here are some that I think are worth mentioning.

NoSaggs

NoSaggs is a belt with an integrated ridge in the back, worn on the outside of your tucked shirt or undershirt.

Once the ridge sits right underneath your belt, it will help your pants stay up. The belt will also help keep your shirt tucked.

Where to buy: Amazon

A belt with an integrated ridge in the back, worn on the outside of your tucked shirt or undershirt.

Skinny Clip

Skinny Clip® is a simple device for tightening the waistband of pants or skirts. Simply slide Skinny Clip® onto your waistband, twist and clip.

Works with all fabric, pants, shorts, jeans, slacks and skirts.

Where to buy: Amazon

Skinny Clip
Skinny Clip

PantsUp

PantsUp is a solution that is comprised of silicone-like cubes that attach toward the bottom of your undershirt or shirt, on either side, in proximity to your hipbone. Once attached, it creates a ridge that sits right below your belt line.

Where to buy: Amazon & Etsy

PantsUp: Prevent pants from falling down
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Belt Boss Invisible Belt Suspender/Shirt Stay

Belt Boss is a clip that attaches to your undershirt.

The backside of the clip goes on the inside of your undershirt. The front side of the clip fastens from the outside, with the undershirt in between.

The front of the Belt Boss has U-shaped hooks that are designed to be placed under the front of your belt.

Designed to keep the front of your shirt tucked, assists with keeping the sides of your shirt tucked, and looks like it would also help keep your pants from falling down.

Where to buy: Amazon

Belt Boss Invisible Suspenders
Belt Boss
Belt Boss. Keeps your shirt tucked, and pants up.

Under-Ups Hidden Undergarment Suspenders

Made by the folks at HoldUp Suspender Company, these hidden suspenders are made from a super comfortable material similar to what thick ace bandages are made from.

Since these are worn under your clothing, you aren’t able to wear them if you’re planning to tuck in your shirt.

Available in tan, beige and black. Airport-friendly versions available too.

Where to buy: Amazon

Under-Ups Hidden Suspenders. Keep pants from falling down
Under-Ups hidden suspenders

Super Grip Strapless Suspenders

Invisible suspender that will hold your pants and shirt in place during any normal activity. Also acts as a shirt stay and invisible belt.

Where to buy: Amazon

Freddy’s InvisibleBelt

Adhesive gripping tabs you stick to the inside of your pants waistline.

Helps keep pants up and shirts tucked in by way of friction.

Where to buy: Amazon

Freddy

Magnetuck

Similar to NoSaggs, once you attach Magnetuck to your shirt, it creates a bit of a ridge that your pants can sit on top of.

You can see more information about Magnetuck in my article about how to keep shirts tucked, or jump directly to Amazon to learn even more.

Where to buy: Amazon

Magnetuck creates a ridge for your pants to sit on
Magnetuck

Men’s Padded Underwear

If you’re still wondering on how to keep pants up, and looking for alternative ways, here’s a fun idea. Find some men’s underwear (briefs or boxer briefs) with pads in the backside to make your butt look more pronounced.

Here are some padded underwear options:

  1. RounderBum butt enhancing padded trunk (Amazon)
  2. Leo padded enhancer boxer brief (Amazon)
padded underwear - can keep pants from falling down
Padded underwear

The extra padding in the butt area could also help keep your pants up (:

You may want to keep that idea in mind as an alternative to buying a specific product to keep your pants up, like I mentioned earlier.

Subs: Keep Baggy Oversized Pants Up

This list wouldn’t be complete without a solution to keep your baggy oversized pants up.

Subs waist suspenders

Subs are waist suspenders designed to keep your baggy pants up. The trend is referred to as sagging, and any one donning this urban fashion trend is wearing saggers (or baggy pants).

Attach the Subs belt to your waist, connect the clasps to the top of your saggers, and you’re ready to go.

Andrew Lewis, a Harlem entrepreneur & inventor of Subs, recommends wearing them with a belt, to ensure you maintain your own epic personal style.

Where to buy: 60stoday.com

Bonus Hack: Hidden Stretch Belt

No sewing skills are required for this creative hack to keep your pants up.

Here’s a video that shows step-by-step instructions on how to add a hidden stretch belt to your existing pants!

What About An Undershirt Designed To Keep Pants From Falling Down?

This idea, courtesy of an inventor who conceptualized an undershirt with channel integrated toward the bottom of the undershirt.

Within the channel, a soft “rod” (think styrofoam tube) would be placed, thus creating a perimeter ridge that could sit just below your pants waistline, secured by a belt.

For more details, please visit my Undershirt That Keeps Pants Up article.

Keeping Shirts Tucked

If you’re looking for ways to keep your shirts tucked, I’d recommend reading my Top 12+ Ways to Keep Your Shirt Tucked article.

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