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Irons Buyer's Guide 2006

If you've been delaying your purchase of new irons, we have but five words: "What are you waiting for?"

Irons Buyer's Guide 2006We here at Golf Tips like drivers and, of course, spend hours in the office rolling balls down the hall with the industry’s newest putters. But nothing beats the thrill of poring over the latest pool of irons on our annual pilgrimage to the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando. To us, irons are mind-boggling. They’re easily the most sophisticated items in sport (auto racing aside). Just getting our heads around the technology to hopefully explain what they’re meant to do in the pages of this magazine is sometimes a daunting task.
            

Drivers Buyer's Guide 2006

The modern driver can hold the contents of a 16-ounce can of soda and, with its heightened technology, offers much more pop than that. Check out the newest big sticks and find one that fits your game.

Drivers Buyer's Guide 2006

The driver is the only full-swing club in your bag that you use 14 times a round (the ball retriever doesn't count). Thus, your driver sets up your entire round. Drive the ball well and it gives you an emotional boost—your round “feels” better than it is when you drive it great and score poorly. But drive it poorly and you feel like a rat, no matter what the score. So central is it to your game that you can tell when your A game is coming back because you begin to hit your driver solidly again.

Showcase: Square Dancing

Showcase: Square DancingJust when you thought you’d seen everything! Two different golf equipment companies have created two similar, yet different drivers that feature a radical new approach to the most popular golf club in the bag. Of course, it’s not the first time we’ve witnessed a makeover for the big stick. In the last 50 years, we’ve seen the transformation from 180cc to 460cc clubheads, persimmon to steel, steel to titanium and most recently, titanium to mixed-carbon materials.

Sneak Peak 2007

The hottest and most exciting new sticks for the New Year

Sneak Peak 2007

February-March 2007

The latest in golf equipment, instruction, training aids, apparel & more

February-March 2007

Wedge Secrets

Wear Marks Revealed

Wedge SecretsRecently, one of my students came to me with a curious question. “Doc,” he said, “why do I hit it off the toe with my wedges, but not with other clubs?” We were on the practice tee, so I had him take out his wedge (pictured) and show it to me. He was right. He’d been hitting it off the toe so much that the clubface had started to wear down.

Accessories Buyer's Guide 2006

Accessories take many forms, but the most important are the bag, performance eyewear and a quality rangefinder

Accessories Buyer's Guide 2006

Golf accessories run aplenty in the Golf Tips offices, and they’re a big part of the game. But after you sift through the multiple cigar butt/puttershaft holders, groove cleaners, face-mark indicators, ball retrievers, sunblock applicators, iron head covers, ball markers and scorecard holders, you’ll discover that only three items are true must-have golf accessories: bags, golf-specific eyewear and rangefinders.

Shoes Buyer's Guide 2006

Still wondering what piece of new golf equipment you must have to play your best in ?06? Look no further than the bottom of your feet.

Shoes Buyer's Guide 2006

Golf shoes are just as vital as any club in your bag. They stabilize you, help you leverage your body against the turf and, most importantly, provide gripping support and comfort to protect your feet for the duration of the round. Today’s golf footwear features the kind of technology previously reserved for hiking boots, running and walking shoes and even climbing shoes—all wrapped up in one advanced piece of golf equipment.

Grips Buyer's Guide 2006

If you quickly and relatively inexpensively want to improve the way your clubs look, feel and perform, try a new grip

Grips Buyer's Guide 2006As is the case with all categories of golf equipment, new materials and technologies have vastly improved the quality and feel of modern grips, and there now are a number of cord-style grips that feel as soft as velvet models, but with the added tack cord provides. For golfers with sensitive hands, or who simply prefer a soft feel, a buffed, velvet-style grip still is the top choice.

Balls Buyer's Guide 2006

As golf balls become more advanced, the majority have adopted the three-piece design. The question becomes ?What mantle fits your style??

Balls Buyer's Guide 2006Golf ball fact: Most of the multi-layer, urethane-covered, high-performance models won’t provide significant benefits for anyone who swings the driver less than 100 mph. These models are built with cores and mantle materials that require a lot of compression in order to create the desired high velocity.

Fairway Woods Buyer's Guide 2006

Today's fairway woods have tons of technology and an array of features that make them a must from the tee, fairway and rough. Don't miss out.

Fairway Woods Buyer's Guide 2006The driver is the star of the golf club world, and as such, gets seemingly all the attention, all the kudos and all the technological advancements. As a result, for a lot of golfers fairway woods have become nothing more than afterthoughts that are needed simply to fill out their collection of clubs. This approach is a definite mistake, and one that should be immediately exchanged for one that views fairway clubs as critical members of every golfer’s arsenal.

Wedges Buyer's Guide 2006

Wedges Buyer's Guide 2006

If your equipment had superheros, the wedges would be Clark Kent. At first glance, they’re nothing special. But when you’re in trouble, your wedges become Superman, helping you out of tough situations. Today’s models are true life-savers, and they don’t need a telephone booth.

November-December 2006

November-December 2006

GT Tech Awards 2006

GT Tech Awards 2006

August-September 2006

August-September 2006

The Replacements

No longer considered a novelty, the hybrid club has developed a new reputation as the go-to shotmaker from the fairway, the rough and, believe it or not, around the green.

The ReplacementsIf you’re supposed to hit down on the ball with your irons and slightly up on the ball with your woods, what in the world do you do with a hybrid club?

July 2006

July 2006

40 Things You Need To Know About Your Equipment

40 Things You Need To Know About Your Equipment

If your gear has idly been sitting in the closet since the first snowfall, or if you’ve been enjoying year-round golf but failing to pay the attention your golf clubs deserve, then now’s the time to give your set a serious once-over and look for ways to improve its performance.

2011 Buyer's Guide Shoes

2011's new kicks will help you rip it

2011 Buyer's Guide ShoesThis year’s golf shoe offerings are a diverse bunch, to say the least. From street-wear shoes that bring to mind skate culture, to spikeless shoes that piggyback the barefoot-running trend, 2011 may well be remembered as the year that golf shoes really broke the mold.

Shafts/Grips

Check out our top picks this year

Shafts/GripsIf you want to look, feel and perform like a Tour player, this shaft ought to be seriously considered.

July 2014

The latest in golf equipment, instruction, training aids, apparel & more

July 2014

Lightweight Quivers

New, light golf bags for 2011

Lightweight QuiversRemember your first carry bag? Until recently, you pretty much had to choose between a multifunctional bag, with plenty of pockets and storage, or a lightweight bag with virtually no room but to store your clubs and a couple sleeves of golf balls.

We Tried It: Adams Golf Gear

We put Adam's clubs to the test.

We Tried It: Adams Golf GearSpeedline Fast 10: Designed to be aerodynamically superior than a traditional head shape, the Speedline Fast 10 is a power hitter’s dream. Or is it?

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