July-August 2011

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

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PUTTERS

NEVER COMPROMISE
Remember the sweet Gambler series that Never Compromise introduced earlier this year? Well, they're back with another flashy, high-end offering called "Dinero" ($299+). While the Gambler series featured Vegas-inspired artwork on the sole and hosel, the 303 stainless-steel Dinero boasts global currency symbols like the $, £, ¥ and €. What do we think of them? They're money baby, money. Custom options available include grips, paint fill, length and lie. nevercompromise.com

PIRETTI
The Texas-based Piretti Golf has released two new putters. The 365-gram Matera ($285) is designed for players who like a wider profile, but don't like to look at the lines of a deep pocket in the flange of the putterhead. Comes in a PVD black finish and a single or triple sight line or a sight dot. Like the Matera, the blade-style Potenza ($285) is milled from a solid billet of 11L17 carbon steel. The Potenza has a flow neck with half shaft of offset preferred with this style head. We're big fans of this young boutique company, and it's great to see more new models after last year's sweet debut lineup. piretti.com

TAYLORMADE
This Est 79 series ($100), a handsome new value line of putters from TaylorMade boasts four blades and two mallets and are made from 303 stainless steel. Weighing a healthy 345 grams, they come in three lengths (33", 34" and 35") and feature a Surlyn PURE ROLL insert for a soft feel and true roll. Quality-looking stuff at a discount price. Nice! taylormadegolf.com

YES! GOLF
When Yes! Golf filed for bankruptcy last December, fans of their C-Groove putter line worried that they'd never be able to pick up one of the company's flatsticks again. Fortunately Adams Golf purchased the company in an auction a month later. So if you're in the market for one of their eight putter models (three new putters are debuting, including the Christina, shown), rest assured. They're available for immediate shipment anywhere in the U.S. yesgolf.com

PUTTER TRAINING AIDS

The game's best putters often stick a tee in the green and putt to it. This helps narrow their focus to a small point and makes the hole look that much bigger when they play. But the creators of Dead Center Putting ($10) say that doesn't help ingrain good speed control. So they've developed a new training aid that does. Simply place the DCP's insert ring in a golf hole and add either the beginner disk or the advanced disk to change the width of the opening. You can change the shape of the disk to alter which angle your putt approaches it from, so you can then lag putts at the proper speed. deadcenterputting.com

While video swing analysis has become de rigueur among instructors, putting analysis has mostly been relegated to high-end fitting studios. The folks at PuttingShark ($379) hope to change that. Their new portable putting analyzer and simulator records and measures one's putting stroke—clubface angle, swing path, angle of attack, club speed and sweet spot deviation—so you know exactly what kind of contact you're making. Simply connect it to your computer and start draining putts from everywhere. puttingshark.com



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