April 2007

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

Ping RedwoodNow Playing: PING Redwood
PING putters dominated golf for much of the ’70s and ’80s with putter designs like the Anser that set the standard for all heel-toe-weighted models that followed. In recent years, PING’s engineers have continued to develop new concepts and technologies, which have included extreme MOI mallets as well as a variety of different face inserts and materials. The newest line from PING returns to the company’s roots with three basic designs, including the Anser, Zing and Piper S, but with a twist that’s a first for the company: They’re 100 percent precision-milled from 303 stainless steel. That’s right, the company known for revolutionizing the casting process now offers entirely milled putters for the first time ever. Other features of the Redwood putters include black nickel chrome coating, Winn AVS grips and, of course, full customizability. Anser model shown ($250). www.pinggolf.com  

Golf Balls
The story isn’t new. It’s something we’ve heard time and again. Golf balls go too far, the USGA is upset, Augusta National is going to be lengthened to 10,000 yards. (Okay, so maybe that last one was an exaggeration.)

Whether or not there’ll be limits imposed on how far the golf ball can go, the most important issue involving golf balls (as they relate to your game) remains picking the one that fits your specific swing DNA.

“It’s the least expensive experiment we’ve found,” says Dr. Tom Mase, Executive Vice President of Research & Development and Innovation at Hot Stix, a Scottsdale, Ariz., golf lab and fitting center. “People don’t put enough thought into the type of ball they play. It can make a huge difference.” Translation: Choosing the right ball for your game can be more beneficial than dropping five Benjamins on that new driver.

Check out these five new offerings for 2007. There’s something for everyone.  

Nike Juice How it’s made: Two-piece construction, high-velocity core, 312 dimples (Nike’s lowest).
Who it’s for: Golfers who generate low- to mid-
clubhead speed and are looking for an extra boost.   
What you’ll be saying: “I’ve never achieved such
‘Ginormous Hugantic Distance!’”

Srixon Z URC How it’s made: A three-piece urethane-elastomer cover that’s only .02 inches thin.
Who it’s for: Players who crave distance off the tee and touch around the greens. 
What you’ll be saying: “I hit that about 302!”

Bridgestone B330 How it’s made: A multi-layer core and urethane cover that features a 330-dimple pattern.
Who it’s for: For solid feeling and big distance, try the B330; for soft greenside touch, try the B330-S.
What you’ll be saying: “Boom, boom.”
Maxfli Fire How it’s made: Three-piece construction and Maxfli’s “HPG 1000 SpeedMantle.”
Who it’s for: Golfers looking for greenside feel and “blazing” ball speed.
What you’ll be saying: “Grip it and rip it.”

Wilson Staff Fifty How it’s made: Two-piece, ionomer cover that clocks in at a super soft 50-compression.
Who it’s for: Golf warriors searching for a harmonic combination of feel and distance.
What you’ll be saying: “That’s what I call Zen Golf.”


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