July 2012

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

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Four new urethane-covered balls have debuted from Maxfli. Called the U/Series ($20-$40), there's a variety of different ball types for players of all skill levels. The four-layer, soft U/4x boosts distance off the tee with a lower trajectory, while the high-launch U/4 increases spin to help you control your short shots. Also look for the three-layer U/3 and two-layer U/2, both of which are high-launch models. Available at Dick's Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy. Follow them on Twitter: @Maxfli_Golf.

"108s" to commemorate the 108th U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. Now, for a limited time, Titleist is offering double-digit numbers on their Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls. There's just one catch. You have to order at least six dozen through your local authorized Titleist golf shop. Could colored balls be in the lineup's future? Perish the thought. titleist.com


Preloaded with 25,000 courses, Bushnell's new neo+ golf GPS watch ($200) is a lightweight alternative to handheld GPS devices. It not only measures your shots, but also gives distances to the front, back and center of the green, and comes loaded with non-golf-related features like an odometer, timer and alarm. And, with a 14-hour battery life, it can last for up to three rounds. Sweet! bushnellgolf.com

All the data you've ever wanted about your golf gameā€¦on your wrist. The new MOTOACTV ($250) from Motorola gives you access to 20,000 global golf courses, measures distances to the front, center and middle of the green and keeps track of scorecards, clubs and other key stats. On a diet? The MOTOACTV even counts steps and calories burned during your round. We like the online clubhouse feature the most, as it's synced to MOTOACTV.com where you can watch a virtual representation of your round. motoactv.com

If you like to walk on the course, but don't want to carry or push your bag (and you have an extra couple grand to spare), you might want to consider Bag Boy's new Navigator Elite electric cart ($2,295). Featuring a gyroscope navigation system that maintains a straight path even on the toughest terrain and an interactive color screen that looks like an automotive dashboard, the Navigator Elite is as modern as the game is old. Available in dark gray only. bagboy.com

After suffering a PR nightmare at the 2010 Ryder Cup, Sun Mountain bounced back admirably last year with new rain gear for The President's Cup. 2012 sees the introduction of their Torrent ($119-$164) collection, which offers guaranteed waterproof protection and a four-way stretch fabric that permits a free-flowing golf swing. Also available in a lighter-weight version. Comes in full-zip jacket and pants for men and women. LT version comes in three men's styles. sunmountain.com

PrideSports Three offerings from this accessory leader

PrideSports' Tour Silk grip is constructed of medium-firm rubber with an interlocking "S" pattern. Tour Silk is preferred by players who want to maximize club control and feel. This versatile grip performs in all weather conditions for all levels of golfers.

The Cyclone is a multimaterial cleat with an advanced rotational design to counteract the forces seen during impact, providing the ultimate in traction.

Available in four lengths, the Professional Tee System (PTS) features low-resistance tips that create less friction between the golf ball and tee.

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