May 2012

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

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We're happy to see Rife back in the market and moving full steam ahead. The new Island Series ($170) offers five different models in two different finishes, including the flashy tropical finish (shown). Welcome back.

If your ball tends to hop or spin off your putter blade, consider P2G2's TopStrike putter ($250-$295). The three models (blade, mid-mallet and mallet) were designed by PGA Teaching Professional, Norm Alberigo, and feature 2.5° of loft, 400 grams of headweight and a high center of gravity so putts roll straight and true. Made in the U.S.A. Thinking of trying a long putter, but don't want to drop a lot of cash to experiment? Consider the ONE PUTT belly putter ($90) from Powerbilt. It measures anywhere between 40 and 43 inches and comes in two models, blade and mallet. It also boasts a 415-gram head made of stainless steel. Five shaft lengths available and a 21-inch compound grip.

Used by Hunter Mahan en route to making 35 birdies and capturing the WGC Match Play Championship in late February, the PING Nome ($270-$320) boasts an aluminum frame and a tungsten weighted sole, which helps raise the MOI for steadier strikes. What we like the most are the three shaft bend options that fit your stroke, no matter how you swing it. Weights range from 355 grams to 405 grams. Comes in six models, including three belly lengths.


Have trouble exhuming dirt and mud from your grooves? Worry no more. RuleFourteen's Invisibrush Golf Towel ($25-$30) is a two-in-one towel constructed to dig dirt out of the most stubborn clubfaces. While its front is a microfiber towel, its underside features a coarse scrubber. And you thought the only hybrids you used on the course were clubs.

Designed by master wedgemaker Roger Cleveland, Callaway's new Forged wedges ($120) lend all the shotmaking playability one could ask for. The C-Grind sole reduces surface contact near the sole, making it a cinch to hit open-faced shots. Comes in six lofts from 52° to 64° in a Copper or Dark Chrome finish with TT Dynamic Gold shafts. It has 21 tightly spaced grooves, too. Love that copper!

Bag Boy introduces the TriSwivel ($270), the only push cart with a front wheel that swivels 360 degrees. Constructed of a lightweight, weather-resistant aluminum frame, the TriSwivel features a handle-mounted parking brake, scorecard holder and umbrella holder. Folds down to 22x14x18 inches. Four colors available. When walking on hills or long distances, the wheel can be locked into place.

After suffering a PR nightmare at the 2010 Ryder Cup, Sun Mountain bounced back admirably last year with new rain gear for The President's Cup. 2012 sees the introduction of their Torrent ($119-$164) collection, which offers guaranteed waterproof protection and a four-way stretch fabric that permits a free-flowing golf swing. Also available in a lighter-weight version. Comes in full-zip jacket and pants for men and women. LT version comes in three men's styles.

After wowing Golf Channel judges on their reality show Fore Inventors Only, the ClubGlider is back with a new version called the Journey ($199-$299). The smaller, lighter version features a more tapered design and was constructed from 1200 denier fabric, making it lighter than the two other ClubGlider versions.


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