Wednesday, September 3, 2008
GT Tech Awards 2008
Advanced golf technology and equipment design fuel the year's top gear and signal more great things to come
Mizuno MP 600
Here at GT we like to keep things simple, which is why the MP 600 from Mizuno is among our favorite drivers. The foolproof Fast Track weight-management system works like a charm, and the benefits in counteracting a hook or slice have never been more user-friendly. Simply slide the two 8-gram weights to wherever you see fit. Other benefits include a hot, plasma-welded CORTECH clubface and classic driver shape.
The golf shoe with the smallest carbon footprint goes to Hi-Tec’s Enviro, designed with 99% eco-friendly materials such as a rugged outsole made of recycled rubber, organic-leather uppers, a lining made of recycled materials and, get this, shoelaces made of recycled soft-drink bottles. Cool huh? We thought so. And not just that; these shoes also are top performers as far as comfort, performance and durability.
Technology And Tradition Award:
Titleist AP2 Iron
Normally, we’d dub this award “Tradition and Technology,” but this year, the technology takes top billing. Titleist’s AP2 Irons are their most innovative iron to date, thanks to a multi-material construction and a dual-cavity design that helps launch the ball higher, straighter and farther. The AP2 irons are forged and provide a traditional feel, but if you prefer a slightly more forgiving cast model with comparable looks, check out the impressive AP1 model.
Titleist Pro V1
Titleist’s reign of dominance with the Pro V1 and later the Pro V1x changed the way you purchased golf balls forever. For a long time, you had to be a Tour-level player to reap the rewards of high-performance golf balls, but since the introduction of the Pro V1, all that has changed. There’s a premium ball for all skill levels now, each promising to produce Tour-inspired feel and playability. For that, we tip our hats to the ever present Pro V1.
Universal Appeal Award:
Cleveland CG14 Wedge
The first wedge in a long time with universal appeal, Cleveland’s CG14 wedge can be found in the bags of Tour players and weekend warriors alike. Why? They are remarkably versatile and forgiving, thanks to an innovative cavity-back shape and elastomer insert, razor-sharp Zip Grooves and a fitting system that’s simple to understand. Tour pros especially like the CG14 because its slight offset helps better players control trajectory.
Innovative Approach Award:
All of the Odyssey White Hot XG putters are interesting to look at , but it’s the Sabertooth model that’s most striking. Resembling it’s namesake prehistoric cat, the Sabertooth has giant fangs that aid in yielding not only a higher MOI, but also better aiming and alignment. Otherwise, the White Hot XG’s thin, elastomer face insert and its woven texture help produce not only a solid feel, but also a remarkable ability to help golfers reign in their distance control.
Yes! Donna Putter
Say the word “hybrid” and you probably picture a Toyota Prius or, well, a hybrid golf club. But the folks at Yes! Putters are hoping the word will conjure up the name “Donna.” This “dual hybrid” offering features an aluminum face and a 304 stainless-steel body as well as the company’s patented C-Groove design, which features concentric circles angled at a 20-degree angle, to get the ball rolling instead of skidding.
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