In Douglas Adams’ epic book “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, he writes about a towel:
“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has a few things to say on the subject of towels. A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.”
Frankly, you’re not going to find too many other quotes out in the world about towels. They are available, they are then used, they are then washed, and they are then available again. It’s the towel circle of life – we live and we love it.
For the longest time I never used an actual golf towel. I would just use anything available and make the best of it. However, as my interest in golf has grown, so has my interest in finding every small improvement possible in all things having to do with golf such as towels, tees, gloves and every other accompanying piece of golf paraphernalia.
Which leads me to my latest “find.” Frankly this problem had never been an issue before as I was consistently playing with older clubs that I only tended to clean the top layer of dirt off, leaving all the other 30 layers of dirt firmly embedded in the grooves. However, last year I was able to purchase a new set of irons that I actually wanted to treat with the level of respect that they deserved. Therefore, my typical cleaning technique no longer sufficed.
I came across a company called “Mark Your Greens” marketing “The World’s Best Golf Towel.” How could I NOT purchase this towel with a claim like this? I mean, it’s the “World’s Best.” No-brainer. I plunked $18.95 down for this little slice of heaven and it showed up in my mailbox soon thereafter. I’m not going to go into any details on what it’s made of, who made it, or what colors it comes in. You can look into all those details yourself on their website – www.markyourgreens.com.
I took the towel out for an inaugural winter round last week and was excited to see if it would live up to its boisterous claims. Let’s make this review short and skip all the fluff. Did it?
I put the towel back in the bag after one hole and replaced it with my more mainstream Detroit Tigers golf towel. Why not more of an effort? Why not a better test? Reasons listed below.
- This towel has a rather smart idea (in my mind) of a glove with a scrubber attached. I put my hand in the glove portion and the towel fabric inside the glove is so smooth and supple that my hand slipped around like a fish avoiding the frying pan. I found it almost impossible to use the scrubber as it was intended. However I could have STILL liked the towel, except:
- One of the selling points is that the towel does not have the typical clip connection – rather it has a simple cloth strap that you just hang off of your clubs. All well and good until the heat of the moment and you grab that club out of your bag quickly, dropping the towel to the ground. Give me a clip any day of the week, please. However, I can be careful in the future and I could have STILL liked the towel, except:
- It scratched my new 8-iron. Instant disqualification from ever seeing the outside of a golf bag again. To illustrate, I’ve taken an old club shown on the left of the picture below. I then ‘cleaned’ the club with the scrubber on the “World’s Best Golf Towel” and the result is the picture on the right. It’s a subtle scratching on this club that is a little bit tough to see because this club already had a lot of scratches on it. However, you can still see a clear pattern of scratches that the scrubber pad put on the club – and just imagine if this was a brand new club and you had those scratches. Totally unacceptable.
So that’s my verdict. Could this possibly be used differently? I guess so, but a towel should not have to come with directions, and honestly making the claim “The World’s Best Golf Towel” comes with it certain rules and regulations.
Number 1 rule? Don’t scratch my new club.
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