July-August 2009

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Want to add a new weapon to your arsenal? Here are some surefire options.

Cleveland Launcher Fairway Woods
What it is: The Mini-Me version of the Launcher Driver. It sports a razor-thin crown, huge clubface (11% larger than any previous Launcher fairway wood) and a horseshoe weight pad in the rear.

How it works: With the horseshoe weight pad, expect a higher trajectory and more spin.

Why you need it: Its MOI measures over 3,000, which makes it extremely stable, so mis-hits stay online longer and go farther. Plus, it’s awesome from the turf. A nifty feature is its three different 3-wood lofts (13°, 15°, 17°). Each produces a different trajectory.

Tech Highlights: Comes in five lofts (13°, 15°, 17°, 19°, 22°) with Fujikura Fit-On shafts (custom options available, too); 15° and 19° available in left-handed models. clevelandgolf.com $179

Mizuno MP-52 Irons
What it is: Dubbed the “most playable MP iron ever,” these sticks have a Dual Muscle back combined with a pocket-cavity design. This means you have the trajectory control of a blade and the forgiveness of a cavity.

How it works: Its unique CNC-milled pocket cavity provides a lower and deeper CG, while maintaining thickness behind the impact area for a solid feel. Its modified U-grooves produce the ideal spin rate for maxi-mum playability no matter what the conditions.

Why you need it: MP purists will breathe a sigh of relief knowing they can own a forged iron with some extra forgiveness.

Tech Highlights: Grain Flow Forged 1025E “Pure Select” mild carbon steel provides the ultimate soft, solid and consistent feel. Lineup: 3-PW in Dynamic Gold or Project X steel shafts.mizunousa.com $900
Bridgestone J36 Hybrid
What it is: Designed for better players, the J36 hybrid has a square face angle and is built to give golfers the ability to hit all kinds of shots.

How it works: Has weight pads in the sole that increase its MOI (so it resists twisting and is more forgiving). A progressively sharper leading edge helps to reduce skipping at impact. C.A.D. radius sole design limits turf interference.

Why you need it: If your skill level falls between professional and mid-handicapper, and you want to hit a variety of shots, these long-iron alternatives are for you.

Tech Highlights: The J36 has a 17-4 stainless-steel head design and comes in four different lofts (16°, 19°, 22°, 25°). Add on the Aldila VS Proto 80 Hybrid shaft, and you have a real scoring club.bridgestonegolf.com $179
PING i-Series 1⁄2 Craz-E B
What it is: PING’s i-Series lineup includes almost every putter style PING has ever offered. But we suggest you pick up the 1⁄2 Craz-E B (as in “Belly”) putter. Why? Angel Cabrera just used it to win the Masters.

How it works: The 1⁄2 Craz-E belly version places the butt end of the grip in your abdomen for extra stability and balance, and makes it easier to make a pendulum stroke.

Why you need it: If you have trouble quieting your smaller wrist muscles during the stroke.

Tech Highlights: A thick urethane insert and black, white and orange alignment aids make the i-Series one of PING’s softest putters. Features a stainless-steel putterhead. Standard weight, 42 inches long. Other i-Series designs include 1⁄2 Craz-E, 1⁄2 Craz-E L, 1⁄2 Moon, Anser, B60, Craz-E, Zing and others.pinggolf.com $160


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