March 2011

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Callaway’s new two-piece HX Diablo golf balls ($20-$26/dozen) also come in a three-piece Tour version. What’s the diff? Well, when we tested them, it came down to a difference between distance and feel. We got a few more yards with the Diablo version, and a little more feel from the Diablo Tour. (Although, to be honest, the HX was pretty darn soft for a two-piece.)

Can’t hit the golf ball straight? Always holding up play by looking for your ball in the woods? Consider the Polara Golf Ball ($28-$35/dozen). Originally introduced in 1977, these nonconforming balls are back on the market and feature a special dimple pattern that produces preferred spin, like a gyroscope. Simply point the arrow down the fairway when you tee off, and Polara claims it’ll eliminate your hook and slice by up to 75%! Comes in a two-piece and three-piece model. If it speeds up play, why not?

AB Golf Designs’ Throwback ($24-$28 per cover) head covers look and feel like old-school wool, but are actually made from polyester fibers from recycled plastic bottles. Comes in three-piece and four-piece sets ($75 and $90, respectively), too. Hey, traditional looks and forward-thinking technology? What could be better? Eight traditional pom-pom styles available.

Repackaged, rebuilt, reset. Top-Flite’s newest offerings, the D2 ($16/15 balls) and Gamer V2 ($20/dozen) promise big distance and better feel than what people used to call Rock-Flites. The two-piece D2 comes in four models, but we tested the Feel. While they won’t make their way into a Tour player’s bag, they did feel softer than we expected, and at $16/15 balls, it’s hard—no, it’s impossible—to beat the price. The three-piece Gamer V2 still feels pretty firm, but flew a mile. Maybe that’s because it (and the D2) feature Dimple in Dimple aerodynamics, a patented cover design that reduces drag.

Shano Design’s distinguished line of divot tools includes the Blue Sapphire Celtic Triple Ball Mark and Divot Tool ($110). It’s made from .925 sterling silver and blue sapphires. Its smooth backside makes monogramming a breeze. Classy stuff. For more designs, visit

Tired of inconsistent tee heights at the driving range? Frustrated that rubber tees are too short, too tall or broken? The Groove RT ($6.99) adjustable-range tees screw up or down so you can tee the ball exactly the height you want. Hit off thick mats or use an oversized driver? Use the oversized model. Hit off thin mats or want to tee up some 3-woods? Try the regular size. Great idea! Why hasn’t anybody else ever thought of this?

In our 2011 Golf Power Annual, we wrote that, “Over the years, the only change to grips is in their materials, from leather to rubber.” That’s not true. Winn Grips constructs their grips from polymer. Golf Tips regrets the error.

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