March 2010

The Latest in golf equipment, instruction, training aid, apparel and more

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The comfortable, lightweight (less than seven ounces per shoe) and affordable Golf Spirit ($50) from Dawgs Golf features nine strategically placed soft spikes and is available in six color combinations. Will Dawgs become a golfer’s best friend? Plenty of folks will have the chance to decide. They’re available in men’s, women’s, boys’ and girls’ versions.

The lightweight, functional Micro-Lite Stand Bag ($129) from TMAX Gear has all the features and benefits of a larger-sized bag but at a fraction of the weight. The 3.9-pound nylon-constructed bag comes with a four-way top, velour-lined valuables pocket with internal key/ring clip and a water-bottle sleeve, among other cool features.

The Pure-Lite Stand Bag from TMAX Gear ($149) features seven pockets, an integrated handle top, insulated water-bottle pocket and comfortable, well-balanced shoulder straps. Also comes with full-length dividers, integrated bottom trunk handle and rain hood. Weighs 4.9 pounds.

From SRI Sports, one of Japan’s premier golf manufacturers, comes the new Miyazaki line of shafts. Introduced on Tour this past spring, Miyazaki’s Kusala series has already posted two wins and has been put into play by Vijay Singh, Jerry Kelly and GT contributor, Kevin Streelman, among others. The Kusala series are currently offered in three weight options and three unique flex profiles (R, S and X).


Did You Know?:

A typical golf course measures about 6,500 yards, which is roughly 3¾ miles. Since nobody ever walks in a straight line on the course, it’s estimated that an average golfer walks between four and five miles per round (that is, if they don’t ride in a cart). Professional golfers (who make the cut) walk four rounds per tournament, and from the back tees. Most usually play a pro-am and practice round, as well. Factoring all that in, we can assume they walk between 25 and 30 miles a week on the course. The idea for soft spikes came about when a group of golfers were prohibited from playing golf on a warm winter day because their spikes would damage the grass roots.


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