June 2010

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

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Designed for better players, AdamsIdea Pro Black hybrid ($199) delivers a penetrating ballflight and the ultimate trifecta: big distance, forgiveness and workability. Slightly offset with a thin sole for better digging and 25 grams of low, rear weighting, the Idea Pro Black is compact and workable—just the club you need to escape any lie. Built with a maraging-steel face and 17-4 stainless steel, it comes with a stock Aldila VooDoo or Matrix Ozik shaft. Comes in five lofts: 16°, 18°, 20°, 23° and 26°, and three flexes, X, S and R. adamsgolf.com

Bridgestone’s J38 Black Oxide wedge ($119) features precision shaping that aims to replicate the finer hand-ground Tour-level wedges. Plus the Variable Bounce Technology sole has less bounce on the heel and toe, so you more easily can open and close the face. Available in five lofts (52°-60°) with DG steel shafts. bridgestonegolf.com


Cleveland’s CG7 Black Pearl irons ($799/$999) feature a black pearl finish that’s so sweet, we can barely stand it. All the cool Gelback Tech and heel-toe weighting is still there, only it’s jet black. Plus they’re remarkably forgiving. And with new groove rules, the Laser-Milled grooves seem to really help hold the greens. Comes in a Tour version, too. Available in a variety of steel or graphite shaft options. clevelandgolf.com

The aggressive Mack Daddy Grooves on the Callaway X Series Jaws wedge ($109) produce maximum spin, control and versatility, and the forged 1020 carbon steel makes for Tour-level feel. The C-shaped sole relieves the heel, toe and trailing edge. Comes in lofts of 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60° and 64°, and choice of steel or graphite shaft. callawaygolf.com

From master club maker, Jesse Ortiz, comes the world’s first bendable hybrid. The Workshop Edition ($199) from Bobby Jones Golf are the only hybrids that can be bent (and thus change your lie and launch angles). So, if you consistently slice the ball, now you can close the clubface; if you tend to hook it, all you have to do is open it. It’s the first time the average golfer has what Tour pros have had at their disposal. Comes in four lofts: 16°, 18°, 20° and 22° (and replaces your 1-4 irons). Three flexes: senior, regular and stiff. bobbyjonesgolf.com

Shaft stalwart UST Mamiya has entered the grip market with three new offerings: the Pro DC, a half-cord grip preferred by better players looking for torsional strength in the upper hand and a soft, velvety feel in the mid and lower section of the grip; the Comp SC, which utilizes the latest compression molding technology and finest rubber, and provides low torque as well as the ultimate in traction and feel; and the Tour PC, a proprietary blend of the finest natural and synthetic rubber compounds, which promote a velvet-soft feel and a glint texture for an exceptional torsionally tight, long-lasting grip. ustmamiya.com


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