When you think of Smathers and Branson what comes to mind? Belts? Preppy? East Coast? Well you are not wrong if any of those came to your mind. But how about golf?
Recently our friends over at Smathers and Branson came out with some exclusive golf items. More importantly – head covers. Both Graham and I have been rocking Smathers and Branson belts since we were kids so we had to give them a try.
From the humble beginnings of two buddies in college who had an idea to fill a void has now blossomed into being in around 1,000 Pro Shops and in almost every top 100 club in the United States, these boys have built quite the empire. I think it is safe to say, unless you have lived under a rock for the last 10+ years, you have come across a Smathers and Branson belt. Known across the industry for quality, hand-stitched, fashion forward pieces, I was interested to see how they would transition needle point off the belt onto a head cover.
Like I said, as soon as I saw these head covers down at the PGA Show I was completely blown away by the look. From a first impression, these knocked it out of the park. The attention to detail…the craftsmanship…the unique look. Everything was impressive.
Smathers and Branson sent us two Driver Head Covers and Two Putter Covers to try out.
I fancy myself as a head cover connoisseur, in a way a sommelier of head covers. If you ask my wife…I may have a problem. There is something that is so unique about someones head cover line up. Right away, I judge a golfer off what he or she is rocking as a club cover. I say all of this to set the stage that it takes a lot to impress me in the head cover department.
Well, Smathers and Branson, you have done it. I am throughly impressed. Both the Driver Head Covers and Putter covers combine Italian leather with hand-stitched needle point. Both the Driver and Putter covers are tough. A major complaint I have about head covers is that right out of the box they look crisp and stand straight up on the bag. You know, they stand out. Well after a month on the bag we can confidently say the Smathers and Branson Head Covers do not start to sag. Trust us, moving your bag in and out of the car, in and out of the travel bag, we put them through the ringer. As of today, they are as crisp as they were the day we started using them. Nothing ages better than a fine wine or really good leather.
Furthermore, while I would not suggest leaving it outside in the rain, I was very impressed with the quality even after some rain. I feel like some head covers get wet and heavy with some rain, not these.
Added bonus, and all of you putter collectors out there will appreciate this. The putter covers come with magnetic closures not velcro. Huge bonus to protect against scratches.
Lastly, the unique designs plus attention to detail are what set these apart from the rest. No matter if you are a Dead Head…maybe you want to don your lucky driver with a shamrock or decide to start a political debate among the foursome, there is a head cover for everyone. Smathers and Branson hold a number of licensing agreements, so we are excited to see some Grateful Dead headcovers in the mix and excited to see how they use the rest of the licenses in the golf space.
My only word of caution about the putter covers is make sure you measure your putter. We tried the putter covers on a number of different blades we have in the shop. If your putter is on the longer side, make sure you contact them to ensure it will fit.
Smathers and Branson started their company over 10 years ago to fill the void of a needle point beltless world and quickly starting employing that iconic look on more products. Before I saw their head covers I would have never imagined how you could combine my love for needle point belts with my love for head covers. Well…boy am I glad they did.
Smathers and Branson provided us some the range finders free of charge to try and do an honest review. All of the reviews we share on Golf Starz are our own opinions. Golf Starz has been given the head covers as part of a product review. Although the products were a gift, all opinions in this review remain our own and were in no way influenced by the company