I love headcovers and putter covers. And I love the companies that are making them.
In many ways, the recent upstarts on the edges of the golf industry making these aftermarket accessories exemplify everything that is right about this industry. While the heavyweights are focusing on doing everything possible to get you to replace your perfectly fine clubs, the companies specializing in headcovers are focusing on craft and building products that look great and last.
Rose & Fire is a new company in the relatively small world of aftermarket headcovers and the company has already shown that it can bring excellent design skills and materials to the golfers that care about something more than the latest distance claims.
While the large manufacturers are mostly stuck in a world that seems to focus on making the flashiest and mostly functionally inept covers possible, Rose & Fire has introduced a strong initial line of covers that show a true and deep emphasis on excellent design. Not only are the covers well-designed, but they are also created with excellent materials that could likely be handed down through generations.
The first time I noticed these covers was before Rose & Fire existed. When I was first checking out the Kronos putters at the PGA Show a few years ago, I noticed a box full of putter covers that immediately drew my attention. It was clear when I saw these covers that they were made by someone with some serious design skills. Although these designs were originally done to accompany the Kronos putters, they’re now available to the world through Rose & Fire.
I tried out two of the initial offerings and materials that caught my interest. Both covers were from the Explorer Series. The driver cover was the all black ballistic nylon and the putter cover was the pixel camouflage. Both of these covers are made in the US with materials that were inspired from military-class fabrics known for their durability.
The headcover has a great fit and feel. I’ve always loved ballistic nylon and have been using the fabric for years for all of my travel luggage. This is one tough headcover, I’d expect that Rose & Fire will never have a complaint about the durability of this piece. The cover also has a great tee-pocket on the cover (brilliant) and a nice red contrast color inside of the pocket that shows the attention to detail that you’ll find throughout all of their products. The cover also has a functional loop cover on the toe of the cover that makes the cover easy to remove. The inner of the cover is a soft lining that will leave your clubs feeling loved.
The putter cover is similar in durability to the head cover. The putter cover will easily fit both blade and mid-mallet putters and I tested it for multiple rounds with each. The velcro closure is oversized and will keep the cover on regardless of the back-and forth common for the dedicated walking golfer. I also appreciated the sturdiness of the padding in the cover – in addition to offering plenty of protection, it’s also easy to attach the cover by simply scooping the opening at the top of the cover while walking off the green. The putter cover also comes with a small storage pocket that’s great for ball markers and other small incidentals. The camo also includes a thick leather Rose & Fire patch that wears well and takes on a nice patina after prolonged usage.
In the month or so of using these covers, Rose & Fire has expanded their line of covers to include many new materials, designs, and styles. If the first few months of this company are indication, Rose & Fire will certainly join the ranks of the handful of other golf companies out there that will continue to bring us well-crafted and timeless designs that are a pleasure to use.
Do you have a preference for the R&F putter cover or Seamus’ Sherpa?
Both are excellent – but different. Both will easily fit a mallet while the R&F cover will fit a larger variety of the wider mallet variations.
Currently – I’m still using the R&F because it fits the Low Tide Whale Tail (that I currently have in the bag).
If I was forced to pick and only have one, I’d likely choose the R&F.