July-August 2011

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

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If you've ever wanted to play a private course but just couldn't get on, you may have finally found your "in." A new service called Boxgroove affords its members a chance to play on private courses all over America. As of May 2011, 357 private courses in 45 states are participating, including Moon Valley CC (Phoenix), Riverview (Redding, Calif.), The International (Bolton, Mass.) and Red Rock (Las Vegas, shown). Standard and value memberships available. For more information, visit boxgroove.com.

The firmer, tacky Black Widow Tour Silk grip ($3.39/grip) is designed with an aggressive textured velvet pattern and gained its inspiration from Softspikes. We're big fans of the bold look, in either white or black, plus the firmer feel is something better players will appreciate. Comes in a standard size. bwgrips.com
UST Mamiya's new standard-sized Comp DV ($5.99/grip) features dual-compound pattern that not only helps to add traction, but also works to line up your fingers on the grip. There are a lot of textures going on, all carefully designed for different parts of the hands. Plus, it just looks plain cool. ustmamiya.com
Winn Grips' new 5LF-Hero ($8.49/grip) features WinnLite grip technology, which not only makes your club lighter but makes it easier to swing faster, too. What we liked the most, however, was that proceeds from the sales of it go to the Troops First Foundation. All in all, it's a win-win for Winn. winngrips.com
The popular Perma-Wrap Classic ($7.95) from Lamkin is now available in white. Made with the company's 3GEN material, an advanced rubber compound that creates a natural, secure grip, the Perma-Wrap Classic is durable, extremely tacky and helps keep the club in position with very light tension. lamkingrips.com

Golf Pride's new VDR grip ($4.99) has variable-depth pressure for excellent shock absorption and a tacky, weather-resistant feel. We like the pattern that resembles fingers wrapping around the grip, not to mention its velvety feel. golfpride.com

Sharpro's new 3CAT grip ($4.99 cord, $3.99 noncord) provides the security of a velvet cord and the soft, tacky feel of a wrap. The addition of anti-torsion bars, made from higher-density rubber, positioned at the top half of the grip to work in conjunction with the soft cord, creates unrivaled control for golfers. sharprogrip.com


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