May 2010

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

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The new SkyCaddie SGX ($399) from SkyGolf supports SkyCaddie’s database of courses offering Interactive HoleVue, which enables the golfer to know the distance to any point on a hole. Another cool feature (debuting in June) is SkyCaddie’s SGX SmartClub Technology. What’s that? SmartClub Tags located at the butt-end cap of the grip inform golfers if a club is left behind, and track the geo-location and distances of each shot.

Sun Mountain’s new power-assisted Micro E Cart ($799) is the perfect alternative for golfers who like to walk the course, but not push a cart or carry a bag. All you have to do is walk behind it and steer. Features cruise control and dynamic braking that keep the cart rolling at a consistent speed. Folds down easily and fits into a car trunk. Weighs 25 pounds (battery weighs 20 pounds). Available in black or silver.

Cleveland Golf’s new CG1 Tour irons ($799) feature a level of forgiveness never seen in a blade. The split-cavity-back long irons and muscle-back mid/short irons look traditional and provide extra forgiveness and the workability and feel of a blade. Using the precision accuracy of a laser, each face features four perfectly calibrated texture lines milled between each groove.

The Callaway Tour Authentic umbrella ($49) features a 68-inch wide canopy and is made from 100 percent nylon fabric. Features a custom molded handle and can resist winds up to 60 mph. Perfect for those blustery spring days and, apparently, hurricanes.

Tour Edge’s new HT Max fairway wood ($119) features advanced heel-toe weighting that helps deliver longer, more accurate shots from the short grass. Features four internal weight cavities in the heel and toe that lower and deepen the CG for a higher MOI. An added power boost comes from a face that’s 15 percent larger and creates an oversized sweet spot for consistent shots. Comes in four lofts (15°, 17°, 19°, 22°) and with a stock UST Mamiya shaft (L, A. R, S, X).

The Acer Insider ($19.95/clubhead) features an optical alignment system designed to help each club sit squarely behind the ball. It’s easy to align and one of the best values of any club we’ve seen, plus the crown has variable thickness for better energy transfer and a higher MOI. Comes in three lofts (16°, 19°, 22°) with custom shaft options.

Louisville’s new, persimmon NIBLICK Vanguard‘s ($209-$239) boasts that 70 percent of its CG is located below the ball’s equator when it strikes the face, making for a quick, easy launch and a trajectory that lands soft. Incorporates a vertical stripe in the insert, making alignment easier at address. Comes with a V-shaped stainless-steel soleplate and either a steel or graphite shaft (L, A, R, S, X flexes). Right-handed only. Three lofts: 16°, 21° and 24°.

The Black Widow Fusion grip ($3.99 to $9.39) from Softspikes features a dual-compound material that’s firm where you need it and soft where you like it. But what we liked the most is that, like the variety of other new grips from Black Widow, the Fusion has an aggressive pattern that breathes new life into a lesser-exciting product category. Standard weight.

The PTS Evolution golf tee ($8) from PrideSports is an environmentally friendly golf tee engineered with a head design that creates less friction between the golf ball and tee, and delivers enhanced aerodynamics for longer drives. Features the popular Professional Tee System that identifies the golf tee lengths that work best for today’s metal woods. Available in two lengths and made of recycled plastic.


Fatten Up

The 85-gram SuperStroke Lite Fatso ($40) from Tiger Shark features a slip-on design for easier installation and a multicompound material that’s both tacky and durable. But its mammoth size is what makes it perfect for golfers who struggle with the yips.


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