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Put a sock on it – my 2nd golf review

After my original review going somewhat viral, I’ve decided to write a 2nd review.  This one is much like my first is not your average golf review.  I’ll be honest I’m not talented enough to tell the difference between two different golf clubs, balls, or really even push carts.  (though, I may review electronic caddies later on)

So what am I going to talk about? … SOCKS!

Why?  Well, we all wear them, my dogs eat them, and frankly after underwear, they are the 2nd most important piece of golf equipment I can think of.

So here are the contenders this time:

Techsoft

Techsoft

Kent Wool

Kent Wool

WINNER

WINNER

 

 

 

 

 

I picked these three socks because I wanted to review three quality socks, that you would be able to find in most of your local golf shops.

The criteria for this review are the same as my last one:

Fit, comfort, and, ease of use. I will also review the claim to fame of each sock.  Why?  Because, believe it or not, each sock has one.  Crazy eh?

Here goes:

Contender #1 Footjoy Tech Soft – $11.95/pair – footjoy.ca

Claims to fame – fit to each foot
Anatomically, shaped foot beds that provide enhanced cushioning in important areas of high stress and impact.  They also are designed to fit both your right and left foot specifically for added support and comfort.

Fit – 9/10
Well, the first day I put these on I wasn’t paying attention and I put them on the wrong foot. Believe it or not I could actually notice a difference.  After switching them I walked around my house for a little bit and took my dogs for a quick walk (it’s not quite golf season here yet so I can’t play in them). They fit to your foot very well, as long as you put them on the right one!

Comfort – 7/10
I’m not used to wearing high end socks so these were a little different for me.  They were comfy but not as comfy as I would like.  The top is much thinner than the bottom and I really don’t like the way that feels against the tongue of the shoe, that is why I didn’t give them a better rating.

Easy of use – 6/10
Why did these socks only get a 6/10?  Because there is one sock for your right foot and one sock for your left.  What happens when you loose on of them?  Then you’re in trouble I’d say.

Overall – 22/30
These are great socks… don’t get me wrong.  But any time I have to make sure I put the right sock on the right foot (get it?) then it’s not for me.  Sorry Footjoy, love your shoes, but these socks are just not for me.

Contender #2 – Kent Wool Socks – Low Cut – $18.95/pair – kentwool.com

Claim to fame – Magical Wool
They are made out of special wool, that is breathable, comfortable, and worn by multiple PGA Tour Players including now 2 time Masters Champion, Bubba Watson.  (See everything does come back to the number 2!)

Fit – 8/10
When I took these socks out of the package right away I could see they were defiantly low cut.  They are a much lower cut that I am used to.  But I put them on anyways.  They fit true to size, maybe a little bit on the bigger side but nothing astronomical.  Defiantly a sock that would be good to golf in.

Comfort – 9/10
These socks are like walking on pillows!  To put it simply these are the most comfortable socks I have ever worn in my entire life.  Why did they not get a perfect score then?  They are actually just too low.  I found that the back of my heel was rubbing on my shoe while walking my dogs (They loved me while doing these tests, snacks and walks!).  Which for me is a big issue.  I don’t like the feeling of my heel against the top of the shoe.

Easy of use – 8/10
They aren’t foot specific, so that makes them easy for me to understand which ones go where.  The only issue I have with these is the fact that they are $20 a pair (after tax).  That means they are easy to use but not so much to buy.

Overall – 25/30
Great sock, super comfy … but pricey!

Contender #3 – Footjoy ProDry – $14.95/2 pack – footjoy.ca 

Claim to Fame – 2 for the price of 1
The ProDry has been a staple in many Golf Shops for years.  They are designed to give you a comfy fit, keep you cool and, of course, keep you dry.

Fit – 8/10
Right out of the package these socks fit great, I’m a size 11W shoe and they fit me just fine. They also sell a XL size, which can be hard to find; size13-15 for the big fellas.  The low cut option is low but not too low.  I didn’t have any issues with them falling down or being too short like I have had happen in the past.

Comfort – 9/10
Much like the Kent Wool these socks are like pillows on your feet.  They are not designed for one foot or the other, they are just designed to be comfy and wearable all day long. My only complaint is that the low cut is a touch too low and sometimes my heel catches my shoe ever so slightly but not very much.

Easy of use – 10/10
They don’t have feet specific socks, and they come in a 2 pack for $14.95!  I keep the 2nd pair in my car in case I get wet feet and I need to change.

Overall – 27/30
Price is right, and the fit is good.  Plus you get a second pair in case you loose the first.

Overall Winner:

Footjoy ProDry

WINNER

WINNER

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re like me, then you want a pair of socks you can wear day in day out, that are comfy, and that won’t break the bank.  These do all of that!! Plus, you can buy them in different lengths, and in cool colours! (single packs only for the multi-colours)

Conclusion:
Socks have come a long way over the years.  I remember when I was a kid I used to buy 12 pairs of socks for like $10, in fact, I think my better half still does.  I don’t want you to think I’m a sock snob, but I can’t imagine doing that any more.  Better quality socks are just straight-up better.  All of these choices are a great option for anyone.  I suggest you visit your local golf shop and try them all for yourself.

Thank you very much for reading!

Bradley
The Squared Pro

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I read a lot of different golf blogs 90% of them do a reviews on golf equipment, clubs, balls, clothes, shoes etc.  I’ve decided I’m going to do a different kind of review, I am doing the ultimate head to head battle of the stuff that holds your equipment!

The Contenders:
Saxx

2 undermy package

That’s right this is a review of underwear.  Why you might ask?  We’ll we why not?  You can usually find one of the three brands at your local Golf Shop.  So let’s give it a shot.  Each company will be judged based on three categories – Fit, Comfort, Easy of Use.  I’ve worn a pair from each company for a minimum 2 days, to get a good sense of how they perform.

Before I start my review, let me explain what I mean by ease of use. I bought a pair of Joe Boxers a couple of years ago and thought they were wonderful!  Until I had to go to the bathroom….  there was no fly!  To me a pair of underwear no matter how comfy they are should have a fly, there is nothing worse then having to well I’ll stop there I think you get my point.

Contender #1 – 2undr – Featuring the Joey Pouch – Retail Price $24.99 – www.2undr.com

Claim to fame – The Joey Pouch
The Joey Pouch™ is a soft and comfortable environment for your most valuable assets. Constructed of premium soft-touch mesh and integrated flat locked seams, the pouch delivers the perfect fit while preventing unwanted skin contact. Side effects include a visually larger profile. Just an FYI.

Fit: Score 9/10
When I first took these out of the package my first thought was, these look short.  After wearing them for a couple of days it turns out first impressions aren’t always right.  They do look short but when you put them on the have quite a bit of stretch to them.  They stretch but not too much, I would go with the same size you normally wear.

Comfort: 9/10
I’m not sure exactly what Modal is but it sure makes for a comfy pair of underwear!  Right out of the box these are as comfortable as a broken in pair of shoes.  The waist band on these are not as firm as some companies which helps make them feel great and while keeping you comfy all day.  The only reason for a less than perfect score is the stitching around the back of the garment feels a little different to me.

Easy of Use: 10/10
They have a fly.  Enough said.

OVERALL 28/30
Very good overall.  The fly is a big plus for these guys, it just makes thing easier.  The fit and feel are great, the lines stitching on the back does take some getting used but overall a very solid pair.


Contender #2 MYPAKAGE – Featuring Key Hole Technology – Retail Price -$24.99 –               www.mypakage.com

Claim to fame – Keyhole Comfort Technology
Our patented KeyHole Comfort Technology™ creates the best and most comfortable underwear experience for men. The 3-dimensional internal pouch provides both unparalleled support and comfort. By cradling the male package, our KeyHole Comfort Technology™ allows absolute freedom and eliminates the need for any shifting and adjusting.

Fit: Score 9/10
Right out of the box the fit was great.  Comfortable, and stretchy enough to handle thanksgiving dinner.  The fit is very similar to the 2under, maybe just a little bit longer.  Much like the 2undr they fit true to size, don’t be afraid by the stretch, they are meant to be comfy not tight!

Comfort: 8/10
Much like the 2under these are made of Modal, I still don’t know what Modal is but it does make for a silky smooth pair of underwear!  One knock on these guys is the waist band is a little thick and stiff.  My only complaint about these would be the label on the back of the garment rubs up against my back and side which can cause some itching.

Easy of Use: 8/10
They are extremely comfy, the key hole does a great job doing what it’s supposed to do.  The only problem is there is no fly.  For that reason they loose a point in my books.

OVERALL 25/30
Price is right.  They are comfortable to wear, if you don’t mind the tag.  The only real knock on these is the lack of a fly.  Some guys might like that but not me.

Contender #3 SAXX – The Original – Retail Price -$29.99 + – www.saxxunderwear.com

Claim to fame – Internal Mesh Panels

The revolutionary innovation of SAXX are the patented mesh panels in every pair. This comfort pouch keeps everything in place, preventing unwanted friction and movement to  reduce chafe and allow contact-free support

Fit: Score 9/10
As expected the fit on these were fantastic.  Much like the other two they fit great out of the box.  These were the most stretchy of all the brands, the only thing I could see being an issue would be for guys with skinny legs, they might be too big.

Comfort: 10/10  Like the other brands, these are made Modal, along with a laundry list of other fabrics.  I honestly thought these were made out of silk when I pulled them out of the package.  They are that soft!  Fit is great, you honestly don’t feel like you are wearing anything!

Easy of Use: 8/10 The reason these didn’t score higher on the ease of use rating is simple.  They do offer a fly, but there are a ton of options to choose from with this brand.  There is 3 categories and 9 options to choose from!  This could make the decision confusing for some, I had to go double check the package just to figure out what model I had.  The price on these is also a little higher than the other two brands.

OVERALL 27/30
These are with out a doubt the most comfortable underwear I have ever worn.  The issue falls with the options and the price, some pairs go as high as $36!

Overall winner: 

2 under 

The price, fit, and the fly are what did it for me.  I have asked anyone who is thinking of buying me a Christmas or Birthday Present (It’s November 5th FYI) to buy me a pair of these!

Conclusion:
Really you can’t go wrong with any one of these products.  They all are top notch, they fit great, feel amazing, and I believe are actually healthier for you.  Next time you are at your local golf shop stop in.  Try and pair, you won’t look back after you do!

Hope you enjoyed my first blog post!  I’m sure I will have many more to come in the future.  I plan to review lots of products you wouldn’t normally think of.

Bradley Lawrence
The Squared Pro