June 2011

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

The Timeless Swing
It’d be hard to find a “seasoned golfer” with more longevity than Tom Watson. Consider his nearly historic victory at the 2009 Open Championship at age 59. Now Watson is parlaying his wisdom into a new book, titled The Timeless Swing ($30). Divided into seven easy-to-read chapters with many full-page color photographs, Watson’s new addition to the golf-book instruction canon may have been written from the perspective of a 61-year-old, but his knowledge is, well, timeless. simonandschuster.com

Trion: Z
As seen on young guns, Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy, Trion: Z bracelets ($20-$23) and necklaces ($30-$37) combine a unique technology of magnets and negative ions to improve performance on the golf course and off. trionz.com

Tifosi Slope
Tifosi’s Slope ($60) fits medium to large faces and is made from Grilamid TR-90, a highly flexible nylon. Comes in 14 different color options. tifosioptics.com

Tour Striker
The highly popular Tour Striker ($100) training aid comes in six models, including a 56-degree wedge, 5-iron and 7-iron. It’s just the thing a beginning golfer needs if he can’t grasp the idea of “hitting down on the ball.” tourstriker.com

Tour Edge Backdraft
The most affordable putter on the market, Tour Edge’s Backdraft ($49) has a high-contrast white head and jumbo-sized grip, two technologies never before combined in putter design. touredge.com

Taylormade Targa Tour
Made from AAA cabretta leather, TaylorMade’s Targa Tour ($15) glove features micro perforations on its palm and back that facilitate airflow to your entire hand. And with more air cooling golfers’ palms, your hands stay cooler, and the glove lasts longer. The Targa’s Performance Lycra across its pinkie and ring fingers make for added flexibility. Wearing this glove made us feel dry, cool and confident. Not to mention pretty sporty too. taylormadegolfgear.com

Bionic Performance
According to the folks at Bionic, traditional gloves reduce hand strength by 20%. This results in additional hand fatigue during a round of golf. But, they say, less than 10% is lost with the Bionic. That’s just one reason why you should consider buying their Performance ($30) glove. It also benefits people who suffer from arthritis or hand pain. Each finger of the Performance has three multilayered terrycloth and leather zones on the palm side that absorb moisture and help conform to one’s natural hand shape for a relaxed grip—thus putting less pressure on your hand. The Lycra in the finger and palm’s flexion zones makes the glove more flexible, cooler and comfortable. And its mid-axis longitudinal seam helps fight hand fatigue. We’ve played with Bionic for years and can attest that their support has been invaluable. bionicgloves.com

Cleveland Tour Action
Made from premium cabretta leather to ensure consistent feel and fit, Cleveland’s Tour Action glove ($19) yields the kind of feel Tour players love. We tested it out and its soft, comfortable feel felt as if we were wearing another layer of skin, not a leather glove. Perhaps that’s because Cleveland used a tanning process that utilizes hybrid resins to maintain the leather’s original softness. It felt as if the glove couldn’t and wouldn’t ever harden. Don’t be fooled by its luxury feel. This glove will stand up to many swings of the club. clevelandgolf.com

Tiger Woods: My Swing
Want to capture your swing on the range and compare it to Tiger’s? Consider his new iPhone and iPod Touch app called Tiger Woods: My Swing ($9.99). It allows golfers to analyze their swings, compare them with Tiger’s and share them with Golfshot’s community. What a great way to analyze your swing and learn from the game’s best golfer. Available in 12 languages, including English, Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Spanish. Proceeds benefit the Tiger Woods Foundation. To download, visit the Apple App Store. shotzoom.com

Cobra S3
Cobra’s new, forgiving S3 fairway woods ($169) and hybrids ($127) were built for golfers who need some extra help launching the ball in the air. The fairway wood features a large, hot face and comes in three lofts with a stock Fujikura Blur shaft, while the hybrid comes in four lofts and can be purchased as part of a larger iron set. Comes in S3 Max version, too. cobragolf.com

Correction: The 2011 Golf Equipment Buyers’ Guide featured the Cobra S3 fairway woods and hybrids with incorrect images. We apologize for the error.


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