April 2011

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

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ACCESSORIES


Bag Boy
Bag Boy's lightweight aluminum Quad ($199) is the company's first four-wheel model. It features oversized wheels, a handle-mounted parking brake, zippered storage bag, beverage holder and more. Nice to see a four-wheeled pushcart. Comes in six colors, including yellow, red and matte black. bagboycompany.com

Club Glove
Club Glove's lightweight Sunday Bag ($99) comes in eight colors including silver (shown). Features a water bottle pocket, full-length divider, rain hood, umbrella holder and a 7-inch opening with two dividers. Custom embroidery available. clubglove.com

Champ
CHAMP's new Zarma Fly Tee ($5.99/40) features a wide, shallow cup that's easy to place your ball on. Plus its side impact ribs create less friction, and that, as CHAMP claims, equals longer drives. Comes in 2¾- and 3¼-inch varieties. Biodegradable too. champspikes.com

Aldila
Last year, Aldila introduced its RIP shaft (which stands for Reverse Interlaminar Placement) that has lower torque, increased tip stability and better tip-stiffness control. For 2011, they've re-leased two new versions of the RIP, the Beta and Gamma ($299) that retain characteristics of the original RIP Alpha but with slightly different features. The Beta's softer tip flex produces a midlaunch ballflight, while the Gamma retains the same launch characteristics as the Alpha but with a higher balance point for use with heavier clubheads to achieve a conventional swing weight. It's smart of the company to improve on what has been a well-received shaft. aldila.com

Boccieri Golf
Pop quiz: What's the lightest club in your bag? Answer: the driver. So why would Steve Boccieri of Heavy Putter fame want to make something called the Heavy Driver ($399)? Well, according to Boccieri Golf, it makes it easier to set your hands on plane, eliminate casting and other inconsistencies. The club received a lot of buzz at the PGA Merchandise Show this year for being the heaviest driver on the market, while sporting the lightest swing weight. (A 208-gram head is counterbalanced by a 50-gram weight in the butt end of the grip.) Look for his new heavy irons too. boccierigolf.com

Infiniti Golf
Infiniti's new 452 Players driver ($379) was built for better players who want to shape their drives. The engineers wisely designed a traditional-looking head that better "sticks" like to see at address, and kept the clubhead volume lower at 440cc. Features a square-to-open face at address. infinitigolf.com




MEASUREMENT DEVICES


Want pinpoint accuracy to the flag with a device that measures distances to the front, middle and back of green (not to mention creeks and bunkers) and that measures your drives? Consider Bushnell's new Hybrid Laser GPS ($499). It's, as the company says, "distance made simple." We liked how easy it was to use (we used the GPS portion more than the laser because its side display is very accessible).
Features PinSeeker Technology that hones in on the flag to the exclusion of trees, homes and other background distractions, like hackers on the next tee. Comes with 16,000 courses pre-downloaded and a rechargeable battery. bushnellgolf.com

Want to know how far away you are from the front, middle and back of the green, but don't want to carry a GPS unit? It's Garmin to the rescue. The company's new waterproof Approach S1 GPS watch
($249) provides you with those yardages, plus it measures your shot's distance and has a built-in odometer so you can measure how far you've walked. Comes with more than 15,000 U.S. and Canadian golf courses preloaded onto it. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery lasts eight hours in GPS mode and three weeks in regular watch mode. The next time you play, the watch stays on! garmin.com

Callaway's sleek uPro mx ($199) is a handheld, touch-screen GPS unit that comes preloaded with 25,000 courses and a 2.2-inch full-color LCD screen. Two thumbs up for borrowing the cool touch-screen "swipe" function found on iPhones and the vertical/horizontal viewing option. Another bonus: aerial flyovers. Perfect for doglegs, blind shots and holes where you stand on the tee and go, "What in the world was this architect thinking?" callawaygolf.com



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