Back in March I wrote a very popular post on my other golf site called “10 Club Companies That Fly Under The Radar“. The response from our readers was great, and we got many other suggestions. It just goes to show how big the golf industry really is. Taking some of the suggestions we got on Facebook, Twitter and email, here are five more companies to watch in 2012:
1. Radius Putters - Designed in the United Kingdom, Radius has two lines of putters. The Classic line features 12 models in all the most popular designs, with precision milling and a gorgeous black finish. The Tour Concept line features three unique models designed to work with different arc stroke shapes depending on the player. This design is unique and innovative, which is hard to do these days. Think about it – When was the last time you saw a putter design that was truly unique?
2. Loudmouth Golf - The boys that make the crazy pants have been around for a while now, and I’ve seen this company that started making fun golf pants grow to offer shirts, belts, hats, sport coats, ski pants, boardshorts, boxers and more. The company has some great new patterns called Foxtrot, Nantucket, Palm Beach, Sock it to Me and more. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, these guys know how to have fun. I’ve played with Loudmouth CEO Larry Jackson and several staffers, and the brand has evolved into more than just a clothing line. It’s a lifestyle. I’ve never met anyone wearing this gear that wasn’t a pleasure to be around and having a blast. To me that says it all. Oh, and guys – The chicks dig ‘em!
3. Kikkor Shoes - Kikkor offers youthful, skate/surf inspired golf shoes that look and perform great on or off the golf course. Last year was huge for Kikkor and founder James Lepp, a Canadian Tour Professional. This year Kikkor is going strong again with 10 models for men and three for women. New models for 2012 include the Tour Athlete, Tour Class, Slyder and New Heights. If you are looking for something different in a golf shoe, something to make you stand out from the crowd, these are the shoes for you. They are comfy, stable and stylish. Most models are spikeless but offer ample traction for all conditions. Our readers get a discount too! Give them a look today at www.kikkor.com
4. Innovex Golf – A little while ago I took a first look at the new Innovex V-Motion golf ball, and it is the real deal. This ball, simply put, is a ProV1 killer. Aimed right at Titleist’s market leading ProV1 and ProV1x, the V-Motion is soft, spins well and flys low and straight. Not only does it perform on par with every other tour-caliber ball I’ve tested to date, but it is significantly cheaper than most. Priced in the $30-$35 range, it is much cheaper than the $45 Titleist ProV1, Callaway Hex Black Tour, Bridgestone B330 and Srixon Z-Star. If you want a tour performance ball at a cheaper price, give these a try.
5. Infiniti Golf - This high-end component club company has been making top notch clubs for years even though most people have never heard of them. The new 452 (440 cc) driver is a beast. The all black TiCn finish looks awesome and the club hits low spinning bombs. When mated with Infiniti’s new Speedflex Japan Issue shaft that was engineered by UST Mamiya, I would put this driver up against any model from the big boys, and I bet it would beat most of them. The new TS 12 iron will also turn heads and knock down flags. Talk to your club maker for more details and give Infiniti a chance. I just put the 452 driver in the bag and I love it.