April 2010

The Latest in golf equipment, instruction, training aid, apparel and more

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Hit it longer than your current driver, or you get your money back? Our ears perked up when we heard this challenge from Tour Edge Golf, makers of the new Exotics XCG-3 driver ($349). So we tested it. Result: It went farther than our current drivers. Why? Tour Edge claims it’s how the tungsten sole weights, titanium face and body and an amorphous carbon crown are put together. These components feature interlocking channels that are chemically brazed and vacuum-heat-cured for permanent bonding without welding. The result, says Tour Edge, is a more “pure energy transfer for longer, more powerful drives.” exoticsgolf.com

Bling ($29) head covers from AB Golf Designs are targeted toward women golfers. Among the numerous offerings is the Swing Bling (shown), which features the embroidered silhouette of a female golfer outlined in crystals. (A portion of the proceeds from the sale of every Swing Bling will be donated to the The Maurer Foundation to assist with its breast health education programs.) Look for Bling head covers in the bags of LPGA players Christina Kim and Yani Tseng. abgolfdesigns.com

The second-generation nitrogen-powered clubs (yes, nitrogen) from PowerBilt have arrived. The drivers, fairway metals and hybrids are called Air Force One Air Foil ($299-349) and include forged head construction, a square face angle and a lower CG than last year’s model. Features the company’s innovative Nitrogen-Charged Technology, wherein the club head is filled with nitrogen gas to provide weightless support of the face. What does that do? It allows the company to build an incredibly thin face without internal bracing, resulting in improved accuracy due to an enlarged sweet spot. Comes in a Tour version, too. powerbilt.com

The latest iteration of Izzo Golf’s affordable (and easy-to-use) SWAMI 1500 Golf GPS ($99 plus a $9.99 membership fee for access to all U.S. and Canadian courses) has arrived. What’s new? A number of firmware updates designed to improve performance and make it easier to use, including an auto shut-off feature to preserve battery life. izzo.com

The Heavy Wedge ($109) may look like a traditionally designed blade, but pick it up, and it feels anything but ordinary. That’s because it incorporates the same counterweight technology that’s found in its Heavy Putter cousin. A significant 65 grams has been added to the butt end of its shaft, raising the club’s balance point and promoting distance control, tighter shot dispersion, acceleration through impact, smoother tempo and incredible feel on both full-swing and greenside shots. Features a satin, nonglare finish and CNC-milled groves for maximum spin. heavyputter.com

Designed to provide more power and stability, Graphite Design’s new Tour AD DI shaft features a nanotechnology material in the shaft’s tip section to help create optimal launch and spin conditions. The Tour AD DI’s midbend profile allows the player to load the shaft properly, yet it maintains a firm- enough tip section through impact, producing optimal spin and launch conditions. Comes in four weight models, each with numerous flexes. gdintl.com


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