Wednesday, July 18, 2007
The latest in golf equipment, instruction, training aids, apparel & more
When Mark Wilson captured this year’s Honda Classic, a lot of people were just as impressed with what the Chicagoan was wearing as his gutsy play. To clear things up: the 32-year-old journeyman wears Sunice, a Canadian apparel company that makes shirts out of silver. Yes, silver. Sunice’s X-StaticÂ® technology chooses the metal because of its great thermo regulating, anti-odor and anti-static properties. Shown from left to right are the Bremer Classic, Rufus Sport and Austen Urban Smart Layer Polo Shirts. $59-69. www.sunice.com
If distance is important to you, but accuracy is even more critical, the new HiBORE XL 2-Wood ($390) may be right up your alley. Designed with 16 degrees of loft, a smaller clubhead (approx 400cc) and a spiffy 44-inch shaft, this new offering from Cleveland Golf is the ideal choice for accurate tee shots. The added loft helps to generate more backspin for straighter drives and is especially helpful for players who have moderate to slow swing speeds who could use an extra boost of trajectory. Then again, for fast swingers, the HiBORE 2-wood is an effective driver alternative on golf courses that put a premium on driving accuracy. Either way, it’s a blast to hit. For more info, log onto www.hibore.com.
Make Your Mark
While other putter manufacturers are extending their alignment aids behind the ball, the new Tiger Shark Optix putter ($149) is putting its alignment right on top of it. Designed to work best with the Line M Up ball marking tool (a device used for marking golf balls with a straight line), the Optix is precision-milled of aluminum for an even density and balanced feel. Other features include Tiger Shark’s new version of the company’s legendary jumbo-sized grip. Called the UltraTac, this new oversized model was designed in cahoots with Winn Grips. The cool new putter headcover is dual-functional, serving as a protector of the putterhead and also a holder of both the Line M Up tool and a permanent marker. For more information, log on to www.tigersharkgolf.com.
The follow up to the highly popular f2 wedge, the new f2 Plus ($99) is 15-percent larger for even more forgiveness. However, it’s the interesting hosel deign that’s positioned away from the leading edge that makes the f2 Plus a cinch to use in the sand and virtually unshankable from the rough and fairway. As for its looks, well, we agree these wedges take some getting used to. But once you do, the performance is arguably the most forgiving of any wedge we’ve tried here at GT. Also new this year are the f2 Irons that feature the Face Forward hosel design. For more information on f2 Wedges and f2 Irons, visit www.f2golf.com.
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