Hot Sticks ’09

The hottest new golf gear for 2009

Pro Irons Designed to provide a combination of ultra-high performance with traditional looks and feel, the Tour Preferred irons from TaylorMade are a great choice for the demanding player. Features include a Tour-configured sole, a shallow, undercut cavity, vibration -management sound badge and TM's Inverted Cone Technology for enhanced distance and forgiveness.

Tour Edge Bazooka GeoMax2 The face of the new Bazooka GeoMax2 from Tour Edge is 20-percent larger than before, and the crown slopes steeper toward the back, meaning the club has a lower and deeper CG and higher MOI. Great for getting the ball airborne with plenty of height.

De la Cruz putters The new De La Cruz Golf Designs putters (B-2 model shown) feature an innovative "sweet slot" behind the putterface that not only enhances feel, but also provides auditory feedback. Milled from stainless steel with micro-groove faces, DGD putters are available in blade or cavity-back models with black or satin finishes.

Shaft Science Built with Mitsubishi Rayon's new Modulus Differential Technology (MDT), the Fubuki is designed to provide the ultimate in consistency when it comes to launch and spin. UST's new Proforce AXIVCore Series features AXIV Technology, which utilizes a unique carbon-fiber weave that's aimed at creating superior stability, accuracy and a consistent feel.

Par-5 Killer If you're still holding on to your long irons, it's probably time to make a change. PING's new Rapture V2 hybrids are a great option, as they feature a sloped crown design and dense tungsten soleplate (for a deep and low CG)—these babies are easy to hit from just about any lie. As with all PING clubs, full custom options are available.

V for Victory The Victory Red irons from Nike come in three distinct designs, allowing a wide variety of players to find one that's right for their swing. A full cavity for enhanced game-improvement qualities, a split cavity design for a mixture of shotshaping ability and forgiveness, and a traditional blade should be enough to satisfy the needs of just about any player.

Get Synergized FootJoy, the most storied name in golf shoes, has a new model that's focused on providing a new level of stability. It's called SYNR_â"G and it utilizes a G-Force outsole and Tri-lateral Stability Frame, as well as a number of other technologies to secure the entire foot inside the shoe. Expect better balance and power as a result.

The new "X" Like all Callaway irons, the new X-22 is packed with game-improvement features that help to maximize your game. First and foremost is a precision notch weighting design that provides greater forgiveness and stability. A new Tru-Bore design, 360-degree undercut channel and VFT Technology also are featured. Winn PCi TL grips Winn always has designed and produced innovative golf grips that provide a unique feel and advanced performance, and the company's newest model, the PCi TL, is no exception. It was designed specifically with Tour players in mind, and while the PCi TL can be enjoyed by players of all skill levels, it provides a relatively firm feel that better players. Featuring Winn's Triple Line embossing pattern, the PCi TL is available in standard, midsize and oversize models.

Foot Frenzy Seemingly every piece of golf equipment has gone high-tech in recent years, and the golf shoe is no exception. The new Adidas Tour360 3.0 (top) is a great example of this trend, featuring THiNTech low-profile technology to bring your feet closer to the ground, as well as 360WRAP technology, a Powerband Chassis and 3D FitFOAM, all of which enhance both comfort and performance. Hi-Tec's CDT Super Power Tour shoe also is packed with technology, including an H2OUT waterproof membrane and CDT Super Power TPU outsole with traction bars.

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