June 2008

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

Good Reads
British golf pro Lee Pearce’s Golfer’s Logbook not only helps golfers record their in-round progress, but offers tips as well; former Tour player and CBS commentator Bobby Clampett devotes an entire book to The Impact Zone; past USGA Technical Director Frank Thomas weighs in on equipment, marketing and the state of the game in Just Hit It; long-drive champ Sean “The Beast” Fister delivers his “Ten Commandments of Distance” in The Long Drive Bible; Athletes’ Performance founder Mark Verstegen gets your golf body in shape in Core Performance Golf. All books are available on amazon.com and at major booksellers. www.golftipsmag.com/ezlinks

Mix And Match

Adjustability continues to revolutionize the golf industry; this year it’s interchangeable shafts that are all the rage. Callaway’s three-step I-MIX allows golfers to mix and match shafts on FT-i and FT-5 clubheads (a total of 22 head options and 70 shafts are available). Callaway’s adjustable FT-i head costs $399, and shaft prices range from $149 to $349. The assembled FT-i club is $499. www.golftipsmag.com/ezlinks

Pimp My Putter
We’ve heard of getting hot with the putter, but this takes the cake. The new Hot Rod™www.golftipsmag.com/ezlinks putter has many characteristics found on today’s putters: high MOI, a stainless-steel clubhead and lengths that range from 32 to 36 inches. But look closer and you’ll notice that this high-octane mallet is missing the traditional alignment aid, an omission the Hot Rod people claim “unclutters the mind and [enables] you to make the putt.” Sounds like just the kind of club we want to take for a test drive. Comes in four models, all with the signature “flame” design. $199 to $249.

Red Hot
Golf fans who watched Lorena Ochoa make 23 birdies en route to an 11-shot victory at the HSBC Women’s Champions event in early March may have noticed she was using a new putter. It was the PING Redwood ZB™, one of two models introduced by the Phoenix-based company this March. Along with the new D66™, the ZB is made of 100% precision-milled 303 stainless steel. $280. www.golftipsmag.com/ezlinks

Under Wear

Adidas’ TechFit PowerWeb Shirt features “sport specific ventilation” and strips of TPU power bands that help isolate golf-specific muscles. Available in short and long sleeve, the PowerWeb is worn under your shirt. Lamkin’s Ultra-Lite Insoles keep your feet cool and dry. Plus, their padded arch support adds comfort. The X-Bio sport sock has a slip-resistant design and a remarkably strong antibacterial deodorization. golftipsmag.com/ezlinks




Rethink Your Grip
Does your palm make contact with your grip? According to the people who make the the Oval Hybrid Grip, it should, and finally can, with their oval-shaped grip. When this happens, they claim you can feel the actual weight of the clubhead and “maintain [a] consistent swing trackÂ…distance and desired direction.” They also claim it prevents hooks and slices because the club (and hence clubhead) doesn’t easily twist in your hands. www.golftipsmag.com/ezlinks


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