May 2009

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

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Want to add a new weapon to your arsenal? Here are some surefire options.

Adidas Powerband We admit, sometimes we lose track of which shoes are the newest from adidas. There are so many models, colors and features to choose from that it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. Nonetheless, the newest version of the Powerband 2.0 golf shoe is our most favorite. Why? Well, the Powerband has an updated sole for even better traction and grip, especially on wet ground. Second, the new Powerband Chassis adds a ton of stability during the golf swing that actually can help increase swingspeed for longer golf shots.

Made of full-grain leather, the new 2.0 also has a cool take on what it means to “stay grounded.” THiNTech low-profile technology keeps the feet closer to the turf, again for improved balance and a more effective weight transfer into the ball. Sounds cool, doesn’t it? $129

Mitsubishi Fubuki
The new Fubuki shaft isn’t the first shaft we’ve seen to have a funny name, but we editors agree it’s our favorite new moniker. Meaning “blizzard” in Japanese, the graphics also are accentuated with ninja stars that somewhat resemble snowflakes. Hmm. Ninja stars, blizzards and golf shafts? We sort of get it.

Name aside, what we do get is the stuff underneath the paint job. With a new technology called Modulus Differential Technology (MDT), the Fubuki has already been recognized as one of the best-performing shafts ever from Mitsubishi Rayon. In simple terms, this shaft replicates itself tremendously with minimal deformation and lag, meaning you can expect the Fubuki to perform as it should with every swing. If you hit a bad golf shot—well, with the Fubuki, it’s the Indian, not the arrow. $300

Nickent 5DX Ironwood
Let’s get one thing straight: Nickent knows hybrids and knows them well. The company’s proficiency shows in the new 5DX, which we think is the best hybrid the company has produced yet.

The lead feature (in our opinion) is the extreme perimeter weights derived from two tungsten-polymer XW inserts, as well as a custom weight plug (aluminum or tungsten) on its sole. From above, the perimeter weighting is offset in color from the rest of the body, so despite the square shape of the weight configuration, the club still looks round to the eye. Other cool features include a razor-thin crown that lends the 5DX a high MOI for improved forgiveness and distance. The custom Level 5 Fujikura shaft complements it perfectly and does its part to increase swingspeed. $199

Sonocaddie V300
There have been significant advances as of late when it comes to GPS technology. Screens have gotten brighter and more colorful, software has become more user-friendly and additional features have been added that are all geared toward encouraging more people to not only walk, but play faster. (Thank you for that, GPS!) One of our must-haves for ’09 is the Sonocaddie V300. The V300 features a color display, digital scorecard, a game tracker for review and personalized course markers that golfers can input themselves.

That said, the coolest feature is the “walking golfer” icon that roams the course and syncs up with the golfer as he or she moves about the course. (It’s a lot like the tech found on GPS golf carts.) The unit holds up to 20 courses at a time, with thousands more available for download. $429


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