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But even the infantile mature eventually, and that's what happened. I don't get excited when I make a birdie anymore (I know a double-bogey is just around the corner), and I don't haul around a bag that makes Craig Stadler look slim.
I am my own Sherpa and I'm no Schwarzenegger, so I've switched to a practical
The story of Sun Mountain Sports starts in the early 1970s with Rick Reimers, an inventive golf pro in San Jose, Calif. This was the era of back-breaking golf bag, equipment as cavernous (and cumbersome) as a coffin and so hefty you'd swear you'd stuffed a corpse inside. Surveying his surroundings, Reimers noticed that far too many golfers sloped around the course like Atlas: slump-shouldered and freighted with the weight of the world. Surely, there had to be a better way. Drawing inspiration from backpacking equipment, Reimers designed a new breed of golf bag, swapping out the usual materials (cotton and vinyl) for sturdy, lightweight nylon. His first carry bag, the Back 9, didn't make much green but it probably helped golfers land more shots there. At less than half the weight of a traditional bag, it freed you up to focus on your swing. The Back 9 begat the Front 9 (similar idea but with a molded top and bottom), which sired the
To the TestA few months ago, in a rare instance of sharp decision-making, I traded in my old, bulky golf bag and went with the Superlight 3.5 instead. HUG technology refers to a padded C-shaped "arm" that attaches to the straps then wraps around your waist. It's designed to transfer the bag's weight from your shoulders to your waist and, along the way, reduce fatigue. The padded arm works, but wearing it can feel a bit awkward, like strapping on your grandma's girdle. I removed it, but the Superlight still felt, well, super light. Like a lot of golfers, I've got enough burdens when I'm on the course. The Super Light relieves one. It also provides ample storage space in the form of zip-up pockets so I can easily haul all my other junk around (gloves, extra balls, eraser for my scorecard, handkerchief for my tears). For some golfers, of course, any weight is too much to carry. From them, there's
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