July-August 2011

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

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Featuring a proprietary waterproofing system called ECL (Extreme Comfort Leather), the DryJoys Tour ($170) from FootJoy guarantee that no water will penetrate your shoes for at least two years. But that's not all these ultracomfortable and supportive new kicks feature. Look for full-leather linings, a polyurethane foot bed for super cushioned comfort and Cyclone cleats that grab the ground and won't let go. Comes in eight different color options, including White Smooth/Brown Gator (shown). footjoy.com

Looking for a golf shoe that won't look out of place in the clubhouse? Consider Ashworth's new Cardiff shoe ($120). Its molded rubber (and spikeless) sole combine with tumbled leathers and rich suede accents to take the Cardiff from the course to the clubhouse and beyond. Available in navy, white and black. ashworthgolf.com

As some of you know, Sonartec has been rebranded as Royal Collection USA, and the Japanese company recently released the JP104 series of woods. The driver ($440) features a driving cavity, strong CG and variable-face thickness for a thicker, circular sweet spot; the fairway woods ($250) have a shallow, wide profile for added forgiveness; the stainless-steel JP104 hybrid's ($220) wider sweet spot makes it easy to escape the toughest lies; and JP104FH hybrids ($250) launch the ball like a fairway wood but with the control of a hybrid. We're glad to see these clubs back on the market. They're for better players, and solid ballstrikers will see a big payoff when they make pure contact. royalcollectionusa.com


On the heels of last year's white ZL Driver, Cobra Golf introduces its white S3 Driver ($475). Like its black S3 cousin, the new, limited-edition driver features E9 Face Technology, which increases its sweet spot by 30%. It also affords better players the ability to alter their ballflight and shape via its Adjustable Flight Technology. Comes with an all-white Aldila RIP Beta shaft and white Golf Pride Tour Wrap 2G grip. Available in lofts of 9.5° (S-flex) and 10.5° (S- and R-flexes); 9.5° in left-handed. cobragolf.com

The new Zander ($100) frames from Bolle feature something the company calls "EagleVision." What's that? A technology that optimizes contrast in the green portion of the spectrum and results in an enhanced view of green nuances. Just the thing golfers need to see better on the links. But that's not the only feature the golf-specific Zander boasts. Note the semi-rimless lens. That provides unobstructed views when addressing the ball. Smart. bolle.comSmart. bolle.com


The SkyCaddie SGX ($399) from SkyGolf supports SkyCaddie's database of courses offering Inter-active HoleVue, which enables the golfer to know the distance to any point on a hole. Another cool feature is SkyCaddie's SGX SmartClub Technology. What's that? SmartClub Tags that are located at the butt-end of the grip inform the golfer if a club is left behind, and track the geolocation and distances of each shot, while eliminating the distraction of manual entry. skygolf.com

Two new GPS models manufactured by Celestron, the CoursePro ($99) and CoursePro Elite ($149, shown), have recently hit the market. How do they differ? The CoursePro holds 50 courses; the Pro Elite, 100. The Elite also features scorecard data and analysis, hazard maps and the ability to create a new course. Both models come in two different color combinations and include a mini USB cable, belt clip, carry pouch and AC adapter. celestrongolf.com

Senior GT Instruction Editor Jeff Ritter has released the JRG iPhone application, a free download that provides access to sample HD instructional content, Jeff's top YouTube video lessons, hours of radio interviews and loads of bonus material. Viewers also can purchase up to 50 other high-definition instructional videos from full-swing, chipping, pitching, bunker-play and putting catalogs. To download, visit the iTunes App store and search "Jeff Ritter Golf."

Not sure which of the 84 configurations you should dial in on your Srixon Z-Star driver? The company's new Srixon WeatherFIT app (free) for iPhones and iPads is here to help. It provides you with an accurate four-day weather forecast to help you select the proper face angle and weight settings for varying conditions. It even tells you which ball to play, Tour Yellow or Pure White. Available at the iTunes App Store.


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