May 2011

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

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The 3-in-1 AG1 ($220) from Expresso functions as a golf GPS, portable media player (you can watch movies, view pictures and listen to music) and automotive GPS. Built to fit in a golf cart’s cup holder, the touch-screen AG1 measures distances to any point on the hole, measures shots, and keeps scores and statistics. Comes preloaded with all North American courses (USA & Canada). Also comes with a one-year warranty, built-in golf-cart mount and a car charger.

Affordable and loaded with every golf course in North America. What could be better? Try no subscriptions or annual fees. Just charge Izzo’s Swami 3000 ($99) and you’re ready to play. While still Spartan (it only gives yardages to the front, middle and back of green), the 3000 is a major upgrade from the current Swami 1500 model, which held only 10 courses. That model now discounts for $69.


Miura’s K Grind ($250) wedge is ground by hand to exact specifications, and its unique “knuckle-like” sole design makes it easier to cut through the rough and wet sand. (That said, it performs exceptionally well from the short stuff, too.) We dug its unique but still classy looks, which we’ve come to expect from every Miura club. Available in 56° and a variety of shaft options.

Improved for 2011, Adams’ new Tom Watson ($69) wedge boasts generous sole widths with a performance grind that prevents digging into the turf. These are a great choice for steep swingers, and the price is hard to beat. We love the black nickel finish and how much spin they produced. Available in lofts of 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60° and 64°, with various bounces.

“Made in the U.S.A.” These days it’s virtually impossible to find something with that stamp on it. Fortunately not at Scratch Golf. Every component of its 8620-USA wedge ($99) is made in the States. Finished with a darker satin plating and a milled face, it looks like a Tour wedge but at a fraction of the cost. Comes in six lofts with three grind options each.


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