November-December 2010

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

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PING’s new K15 driver ($299) has a 460cc clubhead and a clubface that’s longer from heel to toe. The company’s Straight Flight Technology weighting moves 10% of head mass toward the heel, a move that helps square the clubface for consistently straight tee shots. Comes in three lofts, 9.5°, 10.5°, 12.0°.

Titleist’s new, adjustable 910 drivers feature a dual-angle hosel that enables golfers to set 16 different loft and lie combinations to better optimize their ballflight. Also new for 2011 is a fast face design with a larger maximum ball speed area and improved launch and spin face map gradient. Comes in one of three stock shafts (Diamana, Aldila and Project X) and an additional 83 custom shaft offerings. D2 and D3 (shown) models available. Look for 910 fairway metals and hybrids early next February.

The detachable face Alpha 610 ($395) from DnA Golf features an elastomeric face insert that allows golfers to tune their driver for optimal distance and desired acoustic levels. Each DnA driver also includes a custom logo of your choice integrated into the club’s crown.

Cleveland’s new Launcher Ultralite series ($299) features three different models in three different weights. The Tour Trajectory “TL 310,” the lighter, faster “SL 290” and the lightest, fastest model, the “XL 270”, which may be the lightest driver ever. Each comes in three loft options and fitted with a Miyazaki C. Kua Series shaft. The XL 270 comes in a draw model also. Available in RH and LH.

The fourth generation in Adams Speedline series, the 9064LS ($379), is an aerodynamically shaped driver that cuts through the air and generates a faster swing speed. That equals bigger drives (Adams claims 15 yards more). That’s why so many guys on the Long Drive circuit swing it. Features a massive face for big-time forgiveness. Available in 8.5°, 9.5° and 10.5° models.





The premium Dixon Fire golf ball ($75/dozen) boasts a recyclable cast urethane cover and, what the company calls an “energy-intensifying mantle” and a “high-intensity green core with ignite technology.” What’s that mean? Well, when we tested them, it meant long, incredibly soft golf balls that perform exactly how you expect them to.

TaylorMade’s Burner 2.0 irons ($699-899) feature a glare-resistant “Burner Black” PVD finish, and have been enhanced from last year’s models to boost distance, uniform distance gaps and yield a more satisfying feel and sound. They feature varying weight distribution, different face thicknesses and toplines that get progressively thinner as the clubs shorten. What’s really nice is that they’re still as long and forgiving as last year’s model.


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