November-December 2010

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

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Want to play the world’s best golf courses but don’t want to pay or travel? Consider Dancin’ Dogg Golf’s OptiShot Infrared Golf Simulator ($399). The plug-and-play in-home game connects with Windows computers. Up to four players per round can compete by hitting real balls, foam balls or no ball at all. What we think you’ll like the most though, is that you can accurately record your clubhead speed, face angle, swing path, distance, tempo, face contact and ballflight, too.

Mizuno’s two new “player’s” irons, the MP-53 and MP-63 irons ($899-$999) both feature Diamond Muscle technology for better feel, workability and control. How do they differ? The MP-53 has a thicker topline and is a bit more forgiving, plus weight is redistributed around the cavity to achieve the largest sweet spot ever in an MP iron. The MP-63 retains the iconic head profile. Both were designed with the assistance of Mizuno’s Modal Analysis and Harmonic Impact Technology, which tunes the sound of impact to deliver the ultimate in feel. ( Want to get fit for your perfect set? Visit

Oban’s new Kiyoshi shaft ($350) is the latest addition to the company’s high-performance line. Utilizing Oban’s Emersion Wrapped Frequency Technology, the Kiyoshi is just the shaft you need to produce high launch/low spin for longer distance and tighter dispersion.

Used by Paula Creamer to win the U.S. Women’s Open, TaylorMade’s new Rossa Daytona Ghost ($129) features the same white color as its mallet predecessor. Looks good and feels soft too as a result of its polymer-filled grooves in the face.

The highly affordable Backdraft GT+ putter ($49) from Tour Edge has a high-contrast white head and jumbo-size grip, two technologies never before combined in putter design. Why white? Its high level of contrast helps you focus on the putter’s leading edge and alignment aids, giving you the best possible visual presentation for accurate aim. Blade and two mallet styles available.

Some Tour pros recently asked for lighter shafts, Miyazaki responded with their new C. Kua series shafts ($129-$249). (Boo Weekley, among others, has put the 39 series in play, making it the lightest shaft ever played on Tour.) They come in three distinct driver and fairway wood flexes and two hybrid families. Look for a premium golf finish on the driver and fairway wood shafts and dark gray hybrids.


The Eazy Bag ($159) eliminates the need to lift your clubs up and over the edge of the bag, greatly reducing the strain on your shoulders and back. The unique Club Lock System keeps your clubs secure, organized and protected. Comes with wheels on its base.

Datrek’s lightweight Sabre ($149) stand bag includes a 10-inch top with eight individual full-length dividers, nine pockets, a scorecard holder sleeve and an easily accessible insulated water-bottle holder and ball pocket. Designed with a rubberized lift assist handle, a stylized hip pad and an ergonomic molded carry handle. Offered in a variety of color combinations.

Bag Boy’s Revolver Plus Cart Bag ($179) features a 360° revolving-top design for easy access to your clubs. Plus the company’s innovative Clip-Lok technology keeps clubs and shafts from banging together. Includes 11 compartments including a large cooler pocket and a fleece-lined valuables pocket. Also from Bag Boy is the affordable T-700 ($79) golf travel cover, which fits up to a 10-inch cart bag. Comes in three color combos.


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