Sumi-G has officially arrived! The company, which launched at this year’s PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando has a new twist on some things that needed some updating. They offer three different collections that span the test of what each player will encounter during a day of golf. The Tee Collection of head covers, belts, hats, bag towels, and brushes are classic tools for the round ahead. The Green Collection of divot tools, money clips, and scorecard wallets ends the hole with style. The Trunk Collection of holdall, shoe, and shag bags makes it fashionable to be organized and ready for a round at any time. The brand streamlines how golf is played, eliminating steps that break concentration, and become part of the player’s process. Sumi-G makes the golf experience more enjoyable, reflecting the essence of the game: feel, simplicity, process, and presence.
For the purpose of this review we will be focusing on the Tee Collection and most notably their headcover line and their belt line.
From the Company about their headcovers:
The Sumi-G head covers are the company’s flagship products. In development for more than five years, they are patent pending and unlike anything else on the market. They embody the Sumi-G process and design ideal by offering easy, one-handed operation, even on the big 460cc drivers. Thought was also put into making the covers easy to pick up from the ground using the club. No need to bend down. Those ideals of feel, simplicity, process, and presence also carry through into the clean, simple design aesthetics of these stunning head covers.
When the package arrived we eagerly ripped it open to find out what all the buzz was about Sumi-G. What we found was something I can only describe as “Elegant Simplicity”. Simple, strong lines, with thought going into every piece. As mentioned for this review we will be covering their headcovers and their belt line. The headcover line is like nothing I had seen before and my immediate reaction was the thought of Hardcase Samsonite Luggage. Why? Because I am odd that is why. I really have no idea where the comparisons were coming from other than I really liked the look of them and even more, I really liked the durability factor. The belts that arrived were what I expected. Good quality straps with a great buckle and look to it.
When it comes to “reviewing” belts and buckles, few things matter more than style. However, The Hackers Paradise has come to expect certain things from high end golf belts so we like to cover a few more things other than how it looks. First off the straps are as good as any we have come across to date. Soft and pliable and colored very well. No chipping or scratching in our initial testing. The inside of the straps are lined with red suede for an added touch of comfort and class. The stitching holding the buckle in place is also done in red which works extremely well with the logo on the buckle. It adds a great touch, however as most know, we prefer the straps that buckle into place so that we can interchange the buckles. The buckles themselves are done in shiny chome and the look is gorgeous. Innovation meets style as once again we see a company offering something that we simply love. The logo on the buckle is held in place magnetically and comes off to be used as a ball marker. We saw this done previously in our Nike belt review, but I must say, that this one works much better. The marker is almost seamless with the rest of the buckle and if you do not take it off, you would never know it was detachable.
Their are two styles in their belt line. The Dormy and the Stymie. Both are priced at $85 and fit in line with what THP considers a great quality high on style belt. You can read more about the belt line by checking out that part of their website at Sumi-G Tee Collection.
People do not put a whole lot of thought into their headcovers these days. It seems that there are two schools of thinking when it comes to protecting your clubs.
1. Stock headcovers to show off the gear you have so people know what you are playing.
2. Great animal headcovers from places like Daphne’s (who we love) that show off your personality.
However it seems very few actually put the thought into actually protecting their clubs with them or the ease of use. We recently applauded a few companies for making a cover that was easy to get on and off, and now Sumi-G has taken it a step further. Rather than explain it in words, we have a few pictures that show exactly what we are talking about.
Empty Headcover on ground. You can see the inside has a nice snug sleeve for the club and that sleeve rotates.
Using just the club and inserting the driver head into the head cover.
All the way in and ready to be latched on.
All three sizes fastened in on the shaft.
Hard case construction and a long neck will protect part of the shaft as well as the head. We found these incredibly easy to use, and simply beautiful looking. I had more people ask me about the headcovers I was trying out than about what other clubs we had with us that week for testing. Sumi-G puts out three sizes, Driver, Fairway Wood, and Hybrid. They fit just about everything we threw at it in the hybrid category and they all worked like described. The Fairway Wood and Driver models worked great with traditional shaped drivers. Square constructed drivers did not fit at all for us. We also struggled with some of the triangular shaped drivers. Such as the Taylormade R9. While it fit, it did not really want to snap into place that well. However once on it looked normal.
The price range on the headcovers is $28-$38 and while it may seem a little high, if they fit your driver they will protect your investment much more than anything else we have seen. While at the same time add the convenience of easy pickup and style that is top notch. You can read more about them at Sumi-G Headcovers.
Overall, we like the Sumi-G line quite a bit. The elegant simplicity of the aesthetics brings to life objects that many usually pay little mind to. Their entire line screams high quality and style and for this writer at THP, few things matter more in accessories. The Hackers Paradise hopes to bring you reviews of The Green Collection and The Trunk Collection soon as well. We urge all of our readers to check out their website at www.sumi-g.com.
Till next Time