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At THP, we are always looking for new items to review for our readers. I’ve written about everything from clothing to training aids to golf clubs. Still, when I got a pair of headphones from a company called Cord Cruncher in the mail, I was a little confused. A pair of headphones isn’t what I’d typically call a golf related product, so I made sure that I wasn’t actually being given a gift by my fine bosses at THP. Turns out, there are some golfers out there who enjoy listening to music while they swing a golf club, whether it’s on the range or the course, and this product was designed with them (and many other people) in mind.

Description of CordCruncher Head Phones
Basically, what you have with the CordCruncher is a standard set of ear-buds, they appear to be from the brand Skullcandy, and can be scrunched up and packed into a rubber sleeve with a quick tug. This allows the user to control how much of the cord they want swinging around when they’re using the headphones. It also makes storage extremely simple and tangle free. It’s really a great idea, and better yet, it works just as advertised. In the past, I’ve done everything from wrapping my headphones around my mp3 player, carefully balling them up and putting them away, to actually giving them their own carry case. The best out of those three was probably the first one, but none of them were as simple as the Cord Cruncher proved to be. It did take me a few tries to really understand how to use the sleeve correctly, but after I did I was pleased to see how easy it was to collect and contain the wires, then store the headphones away almost anywhere I wanted. At one point I even looped them over a hybrid in my golf bag as I was preparing to leave the range. It’s hard to get much easier than that.

Performance and Sound Quality
Since these are headphones at heart, I figured it was important to talk about the sound quality. I’ll be upfront and say I’m not much a connoisseur when it comes to sound quality in head phones. Prior to this, I was using a very inexpensive pair that seemed fine to me. I did notice some differences in the CordCrunchers compared to my old brand right away. First off, the design of the ear piece sort of created a seal in my ear canal, blocking out background noise. I listened to a wide variety of music and was able to enjoy everything from deep bass tones to the upper ranges. I didn’t notice any distortion at the volumes I’m comfortable listening at. In summary, I thought the sound quality was pretty good. I imagine that there are better options out there for those more discerning ears, but I was happy.

Of course, the question remains – how do these work for golfers? I will say right now that I don’t wear headphones on the course and I didn’t wear them on the course for this review. I personally find that to be bordering on dangerous because I want to hear the word “FORE” if it’s being yelled my way. However, that’s not really a worry on the driving range. I took the CordCrunchers out for a number of range sessions and some trips to the putting green. For the testing, I used my smart phone as an mp3 player and put it in my back pocket. From there, I pulled out enough of the wire and ran the cord crunchers up my back and into my ears. I did this so I could keep them away from all the body parts that are moving. My feelings were really mixed with how these worked for me during these trips to the range. At times it worked quite well, but it seemed that the weight of the rubber sleeve, which hung down near my pocket, tended to put just enough pressure on the headphones that one of the ear pieces would inevitably fall out. At times, it seemed more of a bother than it was really worth, at least for use on the driving range. I’m sure there is a way to make this less of an issue, maybe by placing the mp3 player higher on my body for example, but it never really worked that well for me.

Summary
First off, I think CordCruncher is a great product. I found the head phones to be incredibly convenient for use at home and work, as well as storing and transporting while I was between those two places. When it comes to the value of the CordCruncher for the golf course or driving range, I didn’t find them to be nearly as useful. Regardless of that opinion, this is a product I’d buy happily if given the chance. Not having to worry about a tangled mess of cords in the bottom of my work bag is really nice and the sound quality was an upgrade from what I previously had. Finally there is one thing that the Cord Cruncher has going for it that no other product I’ve reviewed for THP does. I’m using the product while I’m writing this review! For more information, you can head over to www.cordcruncher.com. As always, thanks for reading and best of luck on the course this year.

Ryan H.

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Editor and writer Ryan Hawk lives in northwestern Illinois with his fiance and son. He's been a writer for The Hackers Paradise for two years and has been involved with a number of THP events.

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  1. Freddie kong says:

    Interesting product, I wear headphones at the range to keep out all the social chatter and sometimes the cord gets in the way. I’d say more often then not they work fine. The issue is storage of my current gamers so these might need a look see. Nice write up Hawk

  2. ddxu says:

    I was looking forward to this review when I heard it previewed a few weeks ago. I use my phone & headphones on the range alot, both for music and TourTempo. Fro $20, I’m thinking about ordering a pair. I wish it was just a sleeve that could go over any set of headphones, but beggers cant be choosers. Thanks guys!

  3. Jrod says:

    Interesting concept and it sounds like they work well. I like how you found other uses other than just for the golf course/range, Well done!

  4. Paulo says:

    Nice review Hawk, enjoyed reading that.

    I think this is an interesting product. I’ve used headphones when I’m practising short game, so I’d be interested in something like this. Like you, I’d probably find it much more useful in other areas though – like while working out, on public transport, or while out walking. I do like my good quality headphones, but I’m sure these would be good enough quality for these situations.

  5. DawgDaddy says:

    Nice review Hawk, I will consider picking up one of these for workouts, I am like you in that I don’t wear earphones on the course.

  6. Buckjob says:

    nice review hawk i love listening to music when im at the range. especially when its crowded it can drown out everyone talking and stuff.

  7. GrantD says:

    Nice review Hawk. I love listening to music on the range and putting green. It seems to help with tempo and past the boring putting practice time.

  8. bogey_russ says:

    great review hawk! i need to get a couple of these for my fam bam

  9. McRock says:

    Great review Hawk! First, I love that they are skullcandy. I use skull candy headphones while running. I’m not sure anything short of wireless headphones would ever avoid the ‘tug’ issue that pulls an earphone out, whether while golfing or running. The fix to that is a simple 3 cent plastic clip to attach to your shirt above the ‘cord.’ I’m not sure why more headphone companies don’t add that extremely simple addition.

    But the tangle free storage, that has got to be worth some money.

  10. Nikki Wynn says:

    very cool product! They would be perfect on a hike or biking!

  11. mdbuschsr says:

    Loved the video. I wonder if a little clothes line type clip, would make the product more useful (less heavy feeling). Another great HONEST review from THP.

  12. afwcardinal says:

    I liked the review. I like to wear my headset on the range and putting green to keep out the distractions of others around me. It really lets me concentrate on my one goal of practice, not trying to block out the folks around me chatting. My issue has always been the chord swinging freely and catching on my shoulder. This may be what I need. I have destroyed 3 headsets since the beginning of the year. Thanks for your thoughts. Great write up.

  13. biggsy says:

    I wish I had seen this product before I went to bluetooth headphones. Seems like a good solution for cords that get in the way if you didn’t want to go the bluetooth direction. Good job on the review Hawk.

  14. Hanks says:

    Nice write up Hawk….great little idea that helps out in a big way

  15. Cookie says:

    Good, informative review Hawk! This is something I may try at the range but never on the course. Sounds like they have a quality product that serves its purpose of delivering decent sound in a small package without becoming a tangled mess. Thanks for broadening our minds to some new products!

  16. Bear4ever says:

    Good review! I think I’ll try to find these.

  17. Sharkwrestler says:

    Nice write up Hawk I missed this one earlier. It’s something that I probably would not use playing or practicing but the idea seems cool. Sorry to hear that the cruncher part broke. :(

  18. ses says:

    Don’t buy Cordcrunchers headphones. Mine arrived broken and with the wrong contact info. I cannot get the company to replace the product or even contact me. Steer clear!!!

  19. Rob Thompson says:

    I bought a pair. Fantastic product. Old pair tangled in my golf bag all the time.

  20. Ken says:

    Why didn’t I think of that? I have sets of all colors to coordinate with my Golfing apparel since I want to look good on the golf course to take away from my normally poor scores.

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