April 2013

Hot new gear you should have

Labels: Equipment
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What's the hottest new wedge you gotta have? We think it's Cleveland's new RTX wedges. The scoop behind the RTX design is "Rotex Milling," which in layman's terms combines a specially milled pattern that helps generate spin on open-faced shots and laser-milled grooves situated between the already spacious U grooves. The end result is incredible spin and control around the green, and that's just the stuff on the clubface. Other features include Cleveland's popular 588 wedge design, in both forged blade shapes and cast cavity-back designs. Safe to say, there's a model, finish and loft/bounce configuration for all player types. These are our favorite Cleveland wedges ever, and that's saying an awful lot. ($119, clevelandgolf.com )


We tried it. We tinkered with it. We tried it again. We fell in love with it. The newest multi-adjustable R1 driver from TaylorMade has the stuff you'd come to expect from the leading driver company, with adjustable loft, lie and weight options in 168 combinations. Also, we like the new, more colorful crown design that helps you align the driver more easily at address. You're probably wondering, does the adjustability really work? Can you see measurable changes when adjusted? Our answer? Absolutely, you can. Lower-lofted settings fired the ball with piercing trajectories, and closed-face settings combated slices. It really does work, and when you dial in the right combination for your swing (it will take some trial and error), watch out… The driver also comes in TP and Super TP models (same clubhead, different shafts). ($399, taylormadegolf.com)


If they're good enough for 18-time Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps (he's taking golf really seriously, now), then you should take notice. PING's new G25 irons are designed for maximum game improvement. But you wouldn't know it by the iron set's clean look. The stabilizing bars and CTP insert work together to maximize stability, lower the CG and increase the MOI for maximum forgiveness and distance. Yet, the sole is progressively designed and actually narrows with the shorter irons for some added versatility. Put it this way, the G25 is the best-looking set of game-improvement irons we've seen yet from PING—so good, that even better players may take notice and want that incredible forgiveness that comes with the whole set. ($699, ping.com)

Jack Nicklaus is endorsing the Secret Grip, a rubber compound grip that's 40% heavier than a standard grip. There are 17 grams of tungsten in its butt end to backweight any club it's on. The theory is, this 92-gram grip will help slow down your hands through the swing and thus reduce shot dispersion. It changes the club's balance point, too, for more control and strength. It also extends a club's length by one inch. ($17, boccierigolf.com)

The problem with pull carts is trying to fit even just one of them into your car trunk, along with your clubs. They just have a huge footprint, even when collapsed. Enter OGIO's collapsible X4 Synergy Sport Cart, which easily folds up while keeping your clubs mounted on it for a tighter footprint. The 18-pound, four-wheel cart opens and closes in one step. It features a lightweight frame and effortlessly negotiates rough, uneven terrain. ($229, ogio.com)

Golfstr promotes the theory that a straight leading arm during the backswing leads to straight shots with consistent ball contact. It's a clear plastic piece that securely straps over your leading arm's elbow to help keep it extended as you pull the club back. If you feel your bicep or forearm pull away from the plastic, expect a stray shot. The simple muscle memory it creates is a winning concept. At the very least, try playing a full round with it and see how it helps improve your impact. ($30, golfstr.com)

The Green Active Golf CS2 Putting System is a portable putting track that you can set up to be compatible with any putting stroke and putter. Essentially, you arrange a track via the path of your backstroke and forwardstroke, then putt away with your putter within the track. It trains you to be consistent, via muscle memory. ($99, greenactivegolf.com)


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