August-September 2008

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


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Strecth For Success
Four minutes—that’s all GolfStretcher inventor Jack Wilson claims you’ll need to adequately “stretch and strengthen your golf muscles.” The idea for his simple and easy-to-use device (it’s an expandable pole with two rotating handles on either end) came about after Wilson injured his back and couldn’t play golf anymore. Now, he’s “able to play pain free.” The GolfStretcher ($75) comes with an instruction booklet illustrating nine different exercises that can be performed before, after or during play. Also comes with an instructional DVD. Log on to for details.

Double Feature
Nickent’s two new sets of 4DX irons offer something for everyone. The CB irons ($599-$699) feature a thin top line and moderate offset (for players of all abilities), while the chrome-plated Pro version ($799) features less offset, which better players like. Both models have a tungsten-polymer insert positioned in the center of the clubface. The CB model comes either as a hybrid set or a traditional iron set, while the Pro comes as a traditional set. Log on to for more info.

new & notable The Players
Master craftsman and former PGA pro Bruce Sizemore introduces four new stainless-steel putters into his Sizemore Collection. The Players Series features a pair of blades and mallets (SM-1 shown) that were produced with IND-X cross-milling to create a flat and accurate face finish. Each putter also features a 3-D optical design that aids alignment. Prices range from $179 to $219. Visit ezlinks for more info.

new & notable Rain Delay
After making a splash last year with the first waterproof golf bag, Sun Mountain introduces its upgraded version just in time for this year’s rainy season. The new H2NO bag comes in both carry ($239) and cart ($279) versions and boasts expanded pocket space and more color options, including black, navy, dark green, white and yellow (shown). The carry bag features a six-way top with full-length dividers and six storage pockets, while the cart version has a 14-way top and seven pockets. Both feature pockets for clothing, a water bottle and valuables. Like last year’s model, the H2NO is constructed from waterproof materials and features seam-sealed pockets and waterproof YKK zippers. For more info, log on to   

Smash Box
When a company says it has produced a golf club with “maximum smash factor,” it’s safe to say that it was made to nuke balls into the stratosphere. Alpha Golf’s  pear-shaped V5 LX ($378) has “the highest smash factor” the company has ever created, according to founder Dr. Jim Yeh. The club features a dense, but light, Titanium shell and movable weight ports so players can customize its center of gravity to fine-tune their desired trajectory.  We think it’s smashing. Log on to for more information.

Soft Ball
Think all value balls are rock hard? Think again. Bridgestone’s new TreoSoft balls ($22/dozen) feature a soft Surlyn ionomer cover designed to provide great feel and control. The 330-dimple configuration also utilizes Bridgestone’s Seamless Cover Technology that eliminates the usual seam line and helps to add distance and produce a more consistent ballflight. Players with moderate swing speeds will notice a distance gain. Visit for more.

Hot Stuff
PGA Tour stats don’t lie. Just take a look at putting. Players who consistently sink putts shoot the lowest scores (and often win tournaments). That’s great for Tour players, you might say, but how does that help my game? Well, to putt like pros, you need to play with the same equipment they use. Enter Odyssey’s new White Hot Tour putters ($149). They feature four different head shapes, optimized weighting (making them incredibly forgiving) and a new insert that features a highly resistant elastomer core and thin outer striking surface. Visit for more.


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