June 2011

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


Fujikura Blur
Fujikura’s new lightweight Blur ($299) shaft comes in three models and was built for golfers who want a light but very durable shaft. fujikuragolf.com

Piretti Golf
The classy-looking, well-balanced Cottonwood II ($265) from Piretti Golf was milled from a solid billet of 11L17 carbon steel. pirettigolf.com

$100-$199


Sonocaddie V300+
If accurately measuring distances is a problem for Dad, consider buying him Sonocaddie’s V300+ GPS unit ($199). It comes preloaded with basic icon-based hole layouts for more than 16,000 U.S. courses and can be used right out of the box with no downloading and no fees. sonocaddie.com

Nike Lunar Control
Tour pro Paul Casey advised Nike on the creation of their new, lightweight Lunar Control shoes ($190), and with professional input, you know they’re built for performance, stability and comfort. They feature a waterproof leather upper, Lunarlon cushioning in the heel and a Nike Power Platform for more flexibility and greater natural motion. Oh, and they look cool, too. nikegolf.com

Adams Idea Tech V3
The newest iteration of Adams’ popular Idea hybrid family, the Idea Tech V3 ($199) is easy to hit, thanks to an ultrathin clubface and tungsten weighting in its stainless-steel heads. A V-shaped, four-way cambered sole and recessed heel and toe areas reduce turf drag for playability and versatility, which reduces turf interference. adamsgolf.com

Mizuno MP T-11
Mizuno’s MP T-11 wedge ($119) is forged from a special grade of mild carbon steel, for soft and consistent shots, and the QUAD-CUT grooves really add some bite. Just the right stick if Dad needs to generate plenty of spin. Perfect for better players who like to shape shots around the green. mizunogolf.com

Grafalloy Booyah
Featuring a low bend point and a high-trajectory design to maximize launch angle, Grafalloy’s BooYah ($100) shaft is for anyone who wants a softer overall shaft flex. grafalloy.com

$0-$99


IZZO Swami
The most affordable stand-alone GPS unit, the Izzo Swami 3000 ($99) measures yardages to the front, middle and back of the green. What’s better is that it’s loaded with every golf course in North America—a major upgrade from the previous model, which held only 10. izzo.com

Titleist Pro V1
The number-one ball in golf has been upgraded for 2011. Titleist’s Pro V1 and Pro V1x ($58/dozen) balls boast different dimple patterns. The Pro V1 delivers increased spin control and a more consistent flight, thanks to a new ZG process core technology, responsive ionomeric casing layer, urethane elastomer cover and dimple design. The V1x provides longer distance and more consistent flight. titleist.com

Nike Method Core
About half the price of last year’s Method putter, the Nike Method Core ($130) has a grooved face and polymer-aluminum insert, which Nike claims grabs the ball and gets it rolling faster. nikegolf.com

Grips
Grips are some of the most affordable and worthwhile gifts you can buy Dad, and with 14 clubs in the bag, we guarantee that something—driver, putter, wedge—needs to be regripped. Consider either buying him an entire new set or individual grips from Black Widow, Golf Pride, Itomic, Lamkin, Pure, Sharpro, SuperStroke, UST Mamiya or Winn.

Grip Solid
If dad struggles to hold the club properly, consider buying him the Grip Solid ($20) a thin, flexible rubber strap that fits over your golf glove. Right hand only. gripsolid.com

Sharpro 3Cat
Sharpro’s new 3CAT grip ($4.99 cord, $3.99 noncord) provides the security of a velvet cord and the soft, tacky feel of a wrap. The addition of anti-torsion bars, made from higher-density rubber, positioned at the top half of the grip to work in conjunction with the soft cord, creates unrivaled control and security for the golfer. sharprogrip.com




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