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|Ogio's best-selling Grom stand bag is back for 2010 with even more features. (Courtesy of Ogio)|
For three years running, the Grom Stand Bag by Ogio ($180) has been the company's best-selling bag. The Grom incorporates all of the features that make for a great carry bag: ultra-light weight, generously padded dual shoulder straps, full-length club dividers, numerous pockets.
But the Grom also boasts features that only the product designers of Ogio could come up with.
If there is a company motto at Ogio, I imagine that it would be "A place for everything, and everything in its place."
Importantly, all of these places are within easy reach. The external tee holder, scorecard, pencil and divot tool sleeves, and trademarked Ball Silo and zipper-less ball pocket (ZBP) speed up play and help ease frustration as you're re-teeing after your first ball sails OB. There's also a glove-putter Velcro attachment loop, integrated trunk handles at the bottom and top, and a hip pad with an air-flow system for extra comfort while carrying.
There are many special features that remain unseen, too, or at least not as obvious. The best of these is the ArcLite stand system that is one of the most stable and durable and stable on the market. In several rounds of testing, the Grom's extra-wide stand leg feet and light but strong carbon-fiber legs provided complete snappy extension and complete stability under all conditions.
Also in 2010, Ogio has introduced a new line of colors and patterns on the Grom. The one I tested was the Hoth pattern, which is akin to a desert camouflage. Although a couple of playing partners inexplicably referred to the color as "pastel," I did discover that when walking through a large waste bunker, I became virtually invisible.
For more information, visit www.ogio.com.
June 4, 2010
Kiel Christianson has lived, worked, traveled and golfed extensively on three continents. As senior writer and equipment editor for WorldGolf.com, he has reviewed courses, resorts, and golf academies from California to Ireland, including his home course, Lake of the Woods G.C. in Mahomet, Illinois. Read his golf blog here.
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