I’ve been away in Northern Ireland with the guys from Galvin Green this week, testing out their new Interface-1 hybrid jackets.

And what a treat it has been to spend a few days in a delightful part of the world.

It was fascinating to see the work going on at Royal Portrush ahead of the 2019 Open and a real privilege to play the course – including the brand new closing holes.

It’s a wonderful golf course as it plays today but in 18 months time it will be even more sensational I’m sure.

And the new Galvin Green Lars jacket I wore did an amazing job at protecting me from the elements.

Cobra Forged Tec Black irons

We’ve had a bit of staggered launch of Cobra’s new gear for 2018 with the F8 woods and irons taking centre stage a few months back.

But now seen and learned a bit more about their new King Black Wedges and Forged Tec Black Irons.

The wedges and irons, which are available in variable and One Length, also feature Cobra Connect technology in the grips for tracking scores and stats.

Cobra Forged Tec Black Irons

The King Black Wedges and Forged Tec Black irons feature a Dimonized Black Metal (DBM) finish which results in a premium black satin look that diffuses light and lasts longer than any other black finish.

Cobra Forged Tec Black Irons

The Forged Tec Black irons promise better feel, distance and workability than the previous Forged Tec models.

An all-new Forged 4140 Stainless Steel face is thinner and stronger to increase ball speed right across the face.

Cobra Forged Tec Black Irons

The Technology Enhanced Cavity (TEC) has a carbon fiber medallion which dampens vibrations to provide a softer, yet more solid feel during impact.

There’s also a hollow construction King Utility Black iron which promises faster ball speed and a higher trajectory.

Cobra Forged Tec Black Irons

SRPs: £109/£799/£149 (Wedges/Irons/Utility)

More information can be found on the Cobra website.

Powakaddy and Motocaddy update cart bag range for 2018

The two market leading electric trolley brands have added all-new cart bag options for the coming season.

Powakaddy have gone big on waterproofing with their new Dri-Edition model with fabric that’s waterproof to 10,000mm.

Powakaddy Dri-Editon Cart bag

The super-lightweight bag, weighing just 2kg, uses seam-sealing and special coating to offer, what Powakaddy say, four time the performance of most waterproof bags on the market.

Powakaddy Dri-Edition Cart Bag

The Powakaddy Dri-Edition Cart Bag, which will have an SRP of £229.99, comes in five colours and will be available from March.

Meanwhile, Motocaddy have given their entire range of cart bags a makeover.

The new Dry, Pro, Club and Lite-Series consists of 15 new models with stylish designs and eye-catching colours.

Motocaddy Cart bags

The super-lightweight and waterproof Dri-Series bag – Motocaddy’s best-seller – has been upgraded with a fresh look and features Japanese YKK zippers for smooth and snag-free pocket opening

It comes in five colours and has an SRP £199.99.

The Pro Series (£159) has four new bold colour options and improved features, including a jumbo putter well.

The Club Series continues to offer great value at £119.99 while the lightest and most compact Lite series is available in three colour options at £99.99.

More information can be found on the Motocaddy website.

Ecco add Spydr grip in all-new Cool Pro

Ecco Cool Pro

Maybe you were a fan of the Ecco Cool shoes we reviewed last year but prefer a spikeless model?

Or maybe you were keen on the Ecco Cage Pro but were after the ultimate in waterproof protection?

Well, your answer is the all-new Ecco Cool Pro which has the fantastic waterproofing and breathability from the Cool model with the Spydr grip sole which we saw on the Cage Pro.

Ecco say the Spydr grip is their best-performing spikeless option out on the golf course.

It won’t have quite the same hybrid feel and off-course comfort as the Ecco Biom 3 but you can still wear them while driving and in the clubhouse after you round.

More information on the Cool Pro, which have and SRP of £210, can be found on the Ecco website.