July-August 2011

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

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MIURA
It's not every day that a new set of irons is introduced by Miura. But when they are released, it's cause for industry watchers to perk up. The Japanese manufacturer introduced their forged, game-enhancement Passing Point 9003 ($225/iron) irons on April 1, and they're no joke. The elegantly shaped cavity-back irons feature a wider sole, which will appeal to all players, and a progressive offset. Just the sticks golfers seeking a higher trajectory will love. Comes in 4-iron through GW in right-hand only. miuragolf.com

ADAMS GOLF
Designed for better players who crave a more pene-trating ballflight, Adams Golf's new Idea Pro a12 irons ($899-$1,099) feature low CGs and forged 8620 carbon steel heads with thin top lines. These handsome sticks also have a triple-milled head (face, grooves and cavity) and progressive heel-toe weighting for more forgiveness in the longer irons. Comes with KBS Tour steel shafts. 4-GW. Right-hand only. adamsgolf.com

TITLEIST
Any new offering from Titleist is worth mentioning, especially when it comes from wedge guru Bob Vokey. This spring saw the release of his new 200 Series wedges ($140) in the company's Wedgeworks lineup. The new clubs feature a classic head shape with a high toe peak and a soft trailing edge, something that Vokey says "keeps the club from getting stuck in the turf." With a bright brushed-chrome finish, the wedges come in a variety of loft/lie combos (46°-60°) and feature Spin Milled Condition of Competition grooves that comply with the USGA wedge ruling. vokey.com

WHAT'S IN A BAG

SUN MOUNTAIN
Can't carry your bag for 18 holes without collapsing? Consider Sun Mountain's Swift ZG ($199). The bag, which used to be the Swift X, recently got a new addition—the hip belt from the company's Zero-G bag. The added support closes with a Velcro strap and allows the bag to feel nearly weightless by transferring the majority of weight off one's shoulders. Need more motivation to carry your bag? Research says that you'll burn more than 1,400 calories walking 18 holes! sunmountain.com

BAG BOY
Bag Boy's new XLT-15 Cart Bag ($160) features a Clip-Lok organizer top that's designed to hold clubs in place so they don't clang into one another. The 11-way organizer top features 15 individual Clip-Loks that allow the user to snap the club shaft into place. Also features an external putter well, eight pockets, external tee holders and hidden umbrella sleeve. Great idea! Weighs seven pounds, offered in seven color combos. bagboy.com.

CLEVELAND
The new Hybrid ($170) stand bag from Cleveland features a 14-way top and full-length club dividers, plus 10 strategically placed pockets. But look harder and you'll notice a few nifty features like a Velcro strip for your glove or putter cover, a rangefinder pocket, a trunk handle, tee sleeves and an oversized towel ring. It's the MacGyver of golf bags. Weighs 5.9 pounds and comes in three color combinations. cleveland.com




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