June 2013

20 Great items under $100

You don't need to spend a lot of money on golf gear. True, premium equipment tends to be on the expensive side–because it's worth it. But there are still deals to be had on top-of-the-line equipment. Check out these 20 products, each priced under $100.

BRIDGESTONE Bridgestone's new-for-2013 e6 ball ($27/ dozen) has a soft core that reduces sidespin and backspin to help your shots fly straighter. Its aerodynamic cover has large dimples that reduce air drag and boost lift so you get more carry distance. (bridgestonegolf.com)

CALLAWAY Callaway's HEX Chrome+ ball ($36/dozen) sports a fast core for long tee-shot distance, dual mantles that collectively produce more ball speed and less spin, and a soft cover for short-shot control. It optimizes ball speed for any swing type. (callawaygolf.com)

NIKE The latest version of Nike Golf's soft-feeling 20XI X ball ($58/dozen) for 2013 features the company's proprietary RZN material in its core and mantle. That helps boost your distance. (nikegolf.com)

TITLEIST This year's Titleist 2013 Pro V1 ball ($62/dozen) features "ZG process" core technology that yields a relatively soft compression. The ball travels long and then lands with a shallower angle of descent for more roll. The new Urethane Elastomer cover boosts durability. (titleist.com)

WILSON A stay-over from last year, Wilson Staff's Duo ball ($20/dozen) flies long off the tee while providing softness around the green. It's a low-compression ball with a high C.O.R. (wilsonstaff.com)

PUMA PUMA Golf's breathable Faas Lite Mesh shoe ($90) may be the lightest men's golf shoe ever at 6.5 ounces. Its cleatless sole has zero heel-to-toe drop. The shoe itself is incredibly flexible, which helps increase ground contact throughout your swing for better traction and stability. (puma.com)

TRUE LINKSWEAR TRUE linkswear's sensei shoe ($99) is mind-blowingly lightweight and comfortable. Its mesh upper keeps your feet cool, while the cleatless rubber outsole maximizes your foot traction on all surfaces. (truelinkswear.com)

TOUREDGE The head on Tour Edge's BackDraft GT+ driver ($99) is made of a titanium-scandium alloy with a high strength-to-weight ratio, but generates the sound and feel of titanium. It's forgiving on misses, and its low-deep CG helps get the ball airborne. (touredge.com)

PING PING's Moonlite bag ($99) weighs a tad over two pounds, and is ergonomically designed to pack your entire set, while still remaining comfortable over your shoulder. It features three pockets, plus an adjustable standing strap, that makes the bag easy to lift without bending down. (ping.com)

CLUBGLOVE ClubGlove's six-pocket Sunday bag ($99) weighs just 2.5 pounds, and it has an outer shell made of UV-protected, water-resistant nylon that's far stronger and more durable than standard polyester. Its shoulder strap converts from dual to single quickly. (clubglove.com)

FOOTJOY FootJoy's breathable SciFlex glove ($19) offers nice gripping power in all climate conditions. Its palm and fingers feature advanced leather that actually gets tackier as the rain picks up. (footjoy.com)

CONSISTENT-TEE The beveled Consistent-Tee ($6.99/pack of 10) soundly demonstrates that when the ball's equator is lined up with the top of the clubhead at address, it's the optimum tee height for maximizing distance and trajectory. The biodegradable product was reformulated this year for improved durability. (consistenttee.com)

TIFOSI Tifosi's frameless Podium S sunglasses ($80 with FotoTec transition-style lenses, $70 without) come with three interchangeable lenses that each snap into place. Weighing just 29 grams, it has adjustable temples and a rubber nosepiece. (tifosioptics.com)

TAYLORMADE TaylorMade's RocketBladez wedge ($89) sports an "All Terrain Versatility" sole: No matter how you open the clubface, its bounce angle is optimized. Its cavity promotes soft feel and sound, while a heavier steel shaft enhances swing rhythm, crisp contact and control. (taylormadegolf.com)

ORLIMAR Orlimar's TourGroove wedge ($100) features a 1025 soft carbon forged clubhead that feels really soft around the greens. Its USGA-conforming grooves enhance shot control. (orlimar.com) KBS

The KBS constant-taper C-Taper Lite shaft ($35) for irons is a mid-launch model that yields plenty of spin control and smooth feel. It has an all-around playability factor and weighs 105g to 115g, fitting a wide range of golfers. (kbsgolfshafts.com) NIPPON

Nippon's PRO MODUS3 Tour 130 shaft ($37) has already scored one PGA Tour victory this year. Low tip stiffness means higher trajectory, high midsection rigidity helps distance control by smoothly transferring the shaft load through impact, and a stiff butt end translates to directional control while softening feel. (modus3.us) NVENTIX

nVentix Golf's NUNCHUK xi shaft ($75) for irons gives you the soft feel of graphite, with plenty of consistency and accuracy. Three segments are each designed to control twist, flex and droop. (nventix.com)

LAMKIN Lamkin's Crossline ACE 3GEN grip ($5.99-$6.49, depending on size) blends a soft, tacky material and a high-traction surface pattern for a secure and comfortable grip. It's offered in standard, midsized and oversized. (lamkingrips.com)

PURE PURE's comfortable DTX dual contrast/texture grip ($8.99) provides a rough cord feel and a tacky finish. Neither moisture nor sweat will erode it–just wipe it clean to restore to original condition. (puregrips.com)

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