April 2012

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

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BUSHNELL
Clarity, precision and speed. Bushnell promises to deliver all three in their new Tour Z6 ($399) rangefinder. It's the company's smallest and most techni-cally advanced rangefinder to date. Vertically configured, it boasts an improved contrast and a brighter digital readout, plus its E.S.P. (Extreme Speed Precision) provides yardage quickly and accurately. bushnellgolf.com

GARMIN
The latest GPS unit from Garmin is the Approach G6 ($300), a light, slim unit that can fit inside your shirt pocket. What's best however is that it comes preloaded with 25,000 worldwide golf courses and has no hidden fees or subscriptions. Keep track of all kinds of stats and adjust for that day's pin placement. It's a caddie in your pocket. And you don't have to tip it. garmin.com

GOLF LOGIX
GolfLogix has unveiled a few new features for its popular Smartphone App (free), including a club-tracking function, which accurately captures shot distances and locations (and produces a round log for every shot). Other new features include an aerial flyover of every hole with high-end imagery from tee to green, precise distances to the pin and a digital yardage book that allows users to create notes on top of course imagery. golflogix.com

SKYCADDIE
Ever wonder why some golf courses' yardage is incorrect on your GPS? Well, SkyCaddie says it's because the preloaded information is often out of date. To avoid any yardage hiccups, the company has unveiled its newest offering, the SGXw ($400), a Wi-Fi-enabled device that allows you to access updated course info wherever Wi-Fi is available. skycaddie.com

APPAREL

OTTER
As the makers of the Otter Rain Sweater ($179) put it, this sophisticated, soft garment is "perfect for doubtful weather." What makes it stand up to the elements? Its construction. 30% of it is made from Merino wool that's treated with a durable water-repellent finish. It's lined with a 100% polyester liner, and 70% of its outside (a caped back and shoulders) is a waterproof acrylic shell. It's the perfect outerwear for days when the weather just can't make up its mind. theottercompany.com

BIONIC
If you suffer from arthritis and find playing golf to be, well, a pain, consider trying Bionic's new ReliefGrip glove ($30). Formerly known as the Silver Series, it has been revamped and updated for even more comfort and grip strength. (It used to be sold as a pair, but now is sold as a single.) How does it help your arthritic hands? With an additional row of finger pads and form-fitting LightPrene material that adds wrist support. bionicgloves.com

ABACUS
One of the challenges with rain gear is ensuring that it provides freedom of movement, while keeping you dry. Abacus has achieved just that with their Pitch 59 rain jacket ($325-$365). It's made from a four-way stretch OPT 15,000 fabric and has sealed seams, so no water gets in and you can make an uninhibited swing. Don't take our word for it, though, take the pros'. Abacus is the official apparel provider for the European Solheim Cup team. abacussportswear.com


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