November-December 2011

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Most golfers don't set up square to the hole from 12 feet away. With the introduction of their new Ghost Spider ($180) putter, TaylorMade hopes to change that. The Ghost retains the same shape and attributes of its Spider predecessor (Movable Weight Technology, easy to align top lines) but with a white finish that TM claims is easier to align. And they hit a home run. This steady and square flatstick may be one of the easiest putters to align and stay square through the entire stroke. With its soft PURE ROLL face insert, TM has made the most idiotproof putter to date.

The handsome new ProFIT putters ($200) from STX have been updated with new design elements and a nonglare black finish. Like other STX offerings, the new ProFIT line features three different insert choices of varying firmness, but what we love are the variety, slick finish and two neck options: plumber's neck (ProFIT 4) and flare neck (ProFIT 5). Comes in RH and LH models.

The 343 limited edition ($350) from Flanigan Bilt Putters comes in three different head designs and has a strategically placed CG for truer rolls. But what really caught our eye was designer Ken Flanigan's mission. The former firefighter built his line to commemorate the fallen firemen of 9/11. Each flatstick comes with a commemorative headcover and Flanigan donates $100 of each sale to the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation. Great cause.

Get your ball airborne on putts? Don't get it rolling soon enough? The angled face of Medicus' OverSpin putter ($160) might be the answer to all your putting woes. Its design helps you strike the ball above its center, which helps eliminate skidding and hopping. Another advantage we liked was its CT grooves which are designed to help you play chip shots. Chip shots? Yup. And if you can play them with your putter and control your shots better, why not?

PING continues to find fresh new ways of updating their classic Anser ($299) line. Earlier this year, they introduced Milled versions in seven different models, each with its own unique hosel design that determines the putter's balance. As a result, the putters were designed with golfers' stroke paths in mind: Four were engineered for strokes that slightly arc, two for strong arcs, and one for straight-back and straight-through swingers. But it's PING's elegant satin finish and the milled process that makes these a handsome new addition to the Anser lineup.


Adidas' new TOUR360 ATV shoes ($190) aren't off-road vehicles but they were conceived to handle the most challenging of terrains. Now in its fifth version, this TOUR360 features a dual-density outsole, 10 spikes, strengthened TPU midfoot for support and aggressive TRAXION secondary lugs in the forefoot for better grip. And somehow they managed to
knock two ounces off it from the previous TOUR360. Available in six color combos.

Offered in two styles, Etonic's athletic-inspired Difference golf shoe ($145) is lined with Outlast, a NASA-engineered material that reduces heat and moisture inside the shoe by more than 40%. The sturdy, light shoes also have a MicroTech upper with microfiber linings that promote lightness and durability. The four components of its PowerUp Outsole work with the foot's natural anatomy to maximize traction, flexibility and stability and improve balance.
New for 2012, Callaway introduces its most technologically advanced shoe ever. The RAZR ($185) has an Outlast temperature-management system that absorbs body heat on hot days and releases heat back into the shoe on cold days. Plus it features a soft, full-grain waterproof leather upper for superior comfort. For us, it's about comfort, breathability and support, and RAZR hits a home run on all three.


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