June 2014

Check out some of the best stuff we've seen this year

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Wait, what? A mini-driver? Okay, we're intrigued. The new SLDR Mini Driver ($279) from TaylorMade is a 2-wood in our opinion—and it's the best 2-wood we've ever seen. Measuring a quaint 260cc with lofts at 12°, 14° or 16°, the SLDR Mini Driver is designed for golfers who like hitting fairway woods off the tee, but who want added distance to go with it. With a 3-wood length shaft, the SLDR Mini Driver has the stuff not only to perform as a strong option off the tee, it's also a viable club from the fairway, as well. Just remember to do as TaylorMade preaches and "Loft Up." Like the driver bearing the same name, this is a low-spin club, so adding loft is what you want to do to maximize performance. Comes in a TP model, too (with a souped-up shaft). Taylormadegolf.com

The new MS-3d ($69) from The Putting Arc can be used either on the heel or the toe of the putter, helping golfers with varying putting styles fine-tune their putting strokes. It also comes with a mirror for shoulder alignment. At 33 inches and less than 3 pounds, it's portable and very easy to use. Theputtingarc.com

When 90% of PGA Tour players (and/or their caddies) use it during practice, it's definitely worth your attention. The new Bushnell Pro X7 Jolt Rangefinder ($499) not only has a super-refined laser for precision yardages and a bright, vivid display, it actually vibrates (jolts!) as soon as the laser locks onto the flagstick. Pretty cool, right? No more guessing whether you're picking up a tree, hillside or bunker lip in front of the pin. The device actually sends a short, quick vibration to the hands to help you dial in the perfect yardage. Other cool features include a 7X magnification, 5-yard to one-mile range, waterproof housing, and best of all, it's legal for tournament play (where applicable). We also like that it comes with a long-lasting, replaceable 3-volt battery. No more fussing with recharging; just replace the battery every few months. Bushnellgolf.com

The new, lightweight Bassara-P graphite shaft ($400) from Mitsubishi Rayon (MRC) uses an elastic, Titanium Nickel wire in the tip section of the shaft for a tighter shot dispersion. Okay, that's over our heads, too, but just know this shaft is designed to perform as all MRC shafts do—to the highest level of precision and performance with added control. That's not to say the Bassara-P isn't a distance shaft—it most certainly is. MRC claims when this shaft with TiNi tech was compared to another shaft of comparable weight (39g-59g), distance increased by 4 to 5 yards when swung at the same speed. Mitsubishirayongolf.com

The latest new bags from the reborn bag company Jones Sports embody what we think golf bags should look and feel like. With old- school models such as the Original Jones Bag ($139), as well as several more options available in a bunch of colors and styles, you'll immediately be able to tell these bags are made to last a long time. Just sling one over your shoulder and you'll see what we mean. We love the styling, too. Classic always looks good. Jonesgolfbags.com


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