February-March 2008

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

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new and notableNow Playing: Sight Lines
Adaptability is all the rage in golf these days, which is something Bruce Sizemore, Jr., Chief Designer and Cofounder of the Sizemore Collection, understands. His XM putters ($349) feature interchangeable alignment aids (both parallel and perpendicular optical alignments) so golfers can choose an aid that fits their eye. Sizemore’s putters also feature an IND-X cross-milled face finish that claims to be the flattest and most accurate on the market. (The cross-milling process results in a pattern that goes in 27 different directions.) The XM-1 is heel-shafted with built-in copper sight lines, while the XM-2 (shown) is center-shafted and triangular-shaped and features copper rail sight lines. Both are mallets. www.sizemoregolf.com

Green Reading
Noted author and sports enthusiast George Plimpton once famously said (in reference to sports writing): “The smaller the ball, the better the prose.” We assume he didn’t mean ping-pong or marbles, but rather that golf had the sports world’s best scribes—not just because we think we deserve Pulitzers (although if you’re a voter, feel free to contact us), but because there’s so much great material to write about. From biographical to anecdotal, pictorial to instructional, the subject matter of golf books is as varied as the sport itself.

Of course, as this is a magazine geared toward the enthusiast, we’re partial to books that help chip away at our handicap or provide some enlightenment that will improve our game.

Check out some of the following offerings new to the bookstore and the Internet. They’re all geared toward people who want to get better every time they tee it up.

Golf: The Ultimate Mind Game by Rick Sessinghaus
new and notable

Frequent Golf Tips contributor Rick Sessinghaus maps out seven key principles of mentally tough golfers. Available at ricksessinghaus.com or amazon.com

Golf By Design by Jeff Ritter
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Created as an e-book, this guide features video instructional clips, as well as weekly instructional “blogs.” Available at golfbydesign.net

The Game Before the Game: The Perfect 30-Minute Practice by Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott
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Two of the game’s most recognized teachers are back with a pre-game instructional book. Available at vision54.com and major booksellers

100 Classic Golf Tips by Christopher Obetz, Anthony Ravielli and Tom Watson
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Those familiar with Ben Hogan’s classic instruction book, Five Fundamentals, will recognize the sketches in this book by master illustrator Anthony Ravielli. Available at major booksellers

I’ve Got 99 Swing Thoughts but “Hit the Ball” Ain’t One: Pick Up the Pace to Pick Up Your Game by Christopher Smith with Steve Eubanks
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Smith, a top-ranked speed golfer, believes the faster you play, the better you’ll score. Available at major booksellers





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