June 2011

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Best Bets For Father's Day


$300-$499


Superstroke DCF
Think Dad will like a premium flatstick made from soft 303 stainless steel? Look no further than SuperStroke’s DCF putter ($350) designed by master puttermaker Bruce Sizemore. It features a Diamond Cut Face that increases the friction between the insert and the ball. superstrokegrip.com

Callaway Razr Hawk
It’d be hard to find two hobbies that appeal to men more than cars and golf. Callaway combines both in this year’s RAZR Hawk driver ($399). Featuring a forged-composite body from the engineers at Lamborghini, the RAZR Hawk caters to the needs of different types of players. callawaygolf.com

Ping i15
If your father is a “stick,” he’ll appreciate the engineering of PING’s i15 driver ($349). It’s neutrally weighted for better players who don’t need help fighting a slice. With a big, deep face, the ballflight is amazingly consistent. ping.com

F2 golf
If you’re tired of hearing Dad complaining about shanking the ball, consider buying him a set of F2 Golf SE irons ($499/set of steel-shafted). These forgiving, easy-to-hit game-improvement irons feature the company’s famous dogleg hosel that’s curved away from the leading edge of the face and back to the shaft. This provides a larger sweet spot and less drag from the rough or sand, and practically eliminates the possibility of a shank. f2golf.com

Shafts
Dad might have the newest driver, but does he have the right shaft? If he doesn’t, he’s missing out on Tour-like performance. Consider one of these three premium offerings that will complement his latest big stick:

The Tour AD DJ ($420) from Graphite Design has nanomaterial technology in its tip section that helps produce more distance while maintaining optimal launch and spin. UST Mamiya’s Attas-T2 ($399) features reduced ply inserts and maximized full-length layers that create a balance between torque and flex for more efficient shaft loading, while the 47-inch Mitsubishi Rayon’s Bassara Wyvern ($350) helps you increase your driving distance by maximizing clubhead speed. For more information, visit their websites: gdintl.com, ustmamiya.com and mitsubishirayongolf.com.

$200-$299


Cleveland Xl 270
Someone you know looking for an extra few yards off the tee? Who isn’t? Cleveland’s new all-titanium Launcher XL270 driver ($299) was optimized with Right Weight tech, meaning it’s amazingly light and perfectly balanced so it doesn’t feel too light. Weighs an impressively featherweight 270 grams and launches the ball a mile. clevelandgolf.com

Srixon Z-Star
If Dad’s a tinkerer, he’ll love Srixon’s new Z-Star 3-wood ($249). The classic-looking fairway metal comes in two lofts (15° and 18°) and has an adjustable hosel so you can alter its clubface angle and lie configurations for a true, custom fit—on the fly. srixon.com

Aldila Rip
Here’s another shaft offering, but one that’s priced for less than $300. The Aldila RIP’s new Beta ($299) version has a slightly softer tip flex than the original RIP for a slightly higher launch and more spin. aldila.com




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