June 2012

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

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SKLZ
SKLZ has introduced two new self-guided training aids designed specifically for golf. The TRAINERmat ($30) includes 24 essential exercises printed on the mat for building your core stability and torque, while the TRAINERball ($30) features 16 exercises printed on the stability ball designed to optimize a golfer's core strength and flexibility. Sounds like SKLZ is going to pump you up! sklz.com

SWINGSMART
our mobile-device universe, it's easier than ever to capture and analyze your swing. And The SwingSmart ($299) just made it easier...in 3D. The 19-gram sensor attaches to your club's shaft and sends data to your iPad or iPhone via a Bluetooth connection so you'll immediately know your speed, tempo, face angle and angle of attack. You'll also be able to look at your swing from 360°! theswingsmart.com

BOLLE
Elevation changes, hazards and blind shots can all wreak havoc with our vision. Eyewear maker Bolle addresses those issues with their new Photo V3 golf lenses ($100-$150). Made with a lightweight impact-resistant material called Trivex, the company's BClear lenses deliver complete UV protection and optical clarity. If you play in warm, humid conditions, these might be your next shades as an exterior hydrophobic coating and interior anti-fog treatment keep the lenses clear. bolle-serengetipr.com

ENERGY ATHLETIC
Can a golf shirt really help your game? According to a double-blind study conducted at the Sport Technology Lab at Loughborough University in England, it just might. Scientists there concluded that athletes wearing the Energy Athletic shirt ($70-$80) with IonX fabric had a 2.7% increase in power output. "Wearing Energy Athletic Golf allows the athlete to sustain a workout for a greater period of time, and then have a much more rapid recovery time," said Dr. Al Ouimet, Energy Athletic Golf's chief scientist. Comes in long- and short-sleeved shirts. wearenergy.com

FOOTJOY
Developed using fine merino yarns, the new Merino Tour socks ($15-$20) by FootJoy aren't just comfortable, they regulate your temperature and keep your feet dry and breathable. Available in both crew and sport versions, the Merino Tour feature breathable mesh inserts in key stress areas to boost ventilation. They also boast anatomically shaped left and right foot-beds that provide enhanced cushioning in high-impact areas. footjoy.com

TRION:Z
Endorsed by three of the game's hottest young players (Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Ryo Ishikawa), Trion:Z recently introduced their Maginsole MINI ($25) insoles, each of which is embedded with four tiny magnets. Do they make you calmer, as Trion:Z claims? Hard to say, but sticking them on our insoles sure made walking around this year's PGA Merchandise show a lot more comfortable. trionz.com


PUMA
You've seen them on Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan and Charley Hoffman, but are you young and X Games enough to wear one on the course? Of course we're talking about those flat-brimmed baseball caps. We don't quite get the appeal, but then again, we grew up playing persimmon woods and wearing visors. In fact, we're wearing knickers right now. Try one to prove us wrong. Puma Monoline 210 Fitted Hat ($30) shown. shop.puma.com

BRUSH ON BLOCK
Applying suntan lotion can seriously slicken your hands and make gripping the club that much more difficult. The makers of Brush on Block ($25) understand this. It goes on dry with a brush application and protects your skin with a SPF30 coverage. For women only. brushonblock.com



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