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Can You Dig It?
If you’re looking for a training device that will help you hit the ball before the ground, the Impact Whiz ($95) is the one. Designed as a 7-iron with a “Scoop Guard” that protrudes out from behind the heel of the club, the Impact Whiz makes it impossible to scoop and hit the ball with an upward blow. Fat shots are out of the question, since the Scoop Guard will catch the turf and provide instant feedback. In addition to curing fat shots, the Impact Whiz claims to help golfers improve their followthrough and clubhead rotation, both to hit the ball farther and with less slice spin. For the whole scoop, log on to www.impactwhiz.com.
No matter how advanced golf equipment gets, nothing is better than having a stronger, more technically sound golf swing. The new PowerSwing Trainer from GOLFGYM ($69) is a tool used for developing key areas of the body to help improve strength and muscle memory. Starting with a form-fit grip handle, interchangeable PowerCords and a manual with easy-to-learn exercises, the PowerSwing Trainer is a fun and simple way to get you and your golf game back in shape. As a bonus, the kit also contains an interview and golf tips from one of GT’s contributing instructors, Dr. David Wright. For more information, visit www.golfgym.com.
Zen And Now
Dubbed the first putter to double as a training aid, the Zen Oracle is back in the shape of the new RDE Mallet ($325). The RDE Mallet features the same training aperture as its predecessors, but also includes the new RDE (Reduced Dimple Error) face technology, which uses micro ridges that are milled onto the face to improve impact dispersion by as much as 50 percent. Translation? The RDE Mallet provides more surface area upon impact, helping to keep the ball on the right line without the dimples affecting direction. Milled from stainless steel and composite materials, the RDE Mallet is also available in custom-fit options. www.zenoracle.com
Bigger Is Better
Yup, this is the grip K.J. Choi used to win Tiger’s tourney at Congressional. Seems the oversized grip isn’t just for late-night infomercial watchers, as many of the world’s best players have begun experimenting with this technology, many of whom have used it in professional play. The SuperStroke ($39) is an oversized grip that reduces grip tension to help prevent the yips and also assists in keeping the putterhead square at impact. Perhaps the most ingenious feature is the easy, screw-on installation that requires no glue or tape. Simply tighten the screws, and you’re good to go. www.superstrokegrip.com