July 2008

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

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Now Playing: Tour Burner
With its sleek black finish and stylized curves, TaylorMade’s new Tour Burner driver ($499) is golf’s next hot rod. Featuring Dual Crown technology, the Tour Burner has a small crown and a large sole that are conjoined by a large groove. The result is a high MOI and very low CG.  Other features include a SuperFast 60-gram graphite shaft, Inverted Cone clubface technology and Ultra-Thin Wall Casting. The Tour Burner TP (shown) has a slightly higher CG and a square face angle, as well as a trio of shaft options: Mitsubishi White Board, Matrix Ozik Xcon-5 and the Fujikura Rombax Z. taylormadegolf.com

Phat Grips
Although oversized putter grips have been around for a long time, the category has only recently exploded in popularity thanks to Tour players K.J. Choi and Miguel Angel Jimenez, who have put them in play. Bigger grips claim to combat unnecessary wrist and hand movement during the stroke and eliminate the yips. Check out the following five options. Take note that each grip is not only affordable, but also a quick way to make better strokes. Just be sure to notice the diameter;  average grips measure about 3 inches in girth.


Macro Grip
The Macro Grip ($25) is made to fit in a player’s dominant hand to prevent wrist breakdown. Other cool features include the Topnotch alignment on the grip’s butt end, and three different size options. The Macro Grip comes standard on Macro Golf putters or can be sold separately to use on any putter. Diameter (approx.): 4 inches


2 Thumb
The 2 Thumb Light ($15) has the texture of a traditional rubber grip, but is designed with a wide, flat front and back. Its shape eliminates wrist movements from the stroke for better directional control, and the lighter weight feels great. Diameter (approx.): 4.5 inches



The BigLite grip ($25) is both big and lightweight, making it a solid choice for golfers who want a larger grip circumference but not too much extra weight. It also sports a unique dual texture, with a softer weave grip design in front and a firmer texture on the back and sides. Diameter (approx.): 5.5 inches


Tiger Shark
Tiger Shark has been making big grips for years, but the new Jumbo Grip ($15) is better than ever. Why? Because it features Winn Grips’ AVS Technology for exceptional feel and control. For more fatness, the “Fatso” model is 25 percent bigger! Diameter (approx.): 4.5 inches

Super Stroke
The large nontapered SuperStroke ProLine ($55) has a dimpled surface, flat front and a rounded bottom section if you want to try using the “fingertip grip option.” Also, you don’t need glue; instead you screw it on with a wrench. Diameter (approx.): 5 inches



















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