2013 Hottest New Stuff

Great Gear For The New Year



This is the time of year when many golfers start getting excited about what equipment's around the corner. You know the voids in your game and are looking for some gear that can take you to the next level. Maybe you've followed Tour pros on TV or the web, seeing which prototype clubs they've been testing. Perhaps you've heard rumors. Or seen teaser ads from your favorite brand. Here's a glimpse of what's really on the way.

DRIVERS

Every trend with drivers has always been about making your tee shots go longer, straighter and higher with the optimal balance of ball spin. So it comes as no surprise that upcoming models will continue to forge ahead. That means more drivers will improve ballflight on mis-hits, as well as the ones you hit on the screws. And of course, you'll see more adjustable drivers in 2013. Sure, TaylorMade, Callaway and Titleist currently have the market cornered, but that's no reason others can't join in on the fun. You'll see new ways to fine-tune your ballflight, because as patents cover each company's approach, newcomers must come up with a new angle and buzz to achieve adjustability.

PING's Anser ($399) is the manufacturer's first-ever adjustable driver. You can fine-tune ballflight via loft adjustment—adding or removing 1⁄2 degree of loft with the turn of a wrench—and choosing one of four standard shafts that vary in weight, stiffness profile and ball trajectory they generate. The low-spin, 460cc clubhead is straight-biased.

Tour Edge's XCG6 driver ($350) sports an adjustable "twist-and-fit" hosel that allows you to set the clubhead to one of four face-angle/loft settings. Four weight pads maximize heel/toe weighting for more stability and distance. And a new clubface design is thicker in spots, to max out the springlike effect from more points on the face for added mis-hit distance.

Cobra's AMP Cell driver ($375) boasts "MyFly" technology, which means each driver gives you six loft settings. You read that correctly. The lofts are 8.5, 9.5, 9.5 with draw, 10.5, 10.5 with draw and 11.5 degrees—each with the face angle automatically placed in square or draw position, as needed.

FAIRWAY WOODS

Many golfers generally find it tough to get the ball airborne using a fairway wood. So when easier-to-hit hbrids became popular over the past decade, golfers flocked to them. In 2012, several manufacturers emerged with easy-to-hit fairway woods that got the ball in the air, but with distance that the hybrids couldn't accomplish. TaylorMade in particular was incredibly successful with its Rocketballz fairway woods that promised—and delivered—significantly extra yards. In fact, the 17 yards gained with the 3-wood gave resurgence to a dying 3-wood niche. And in 2013, you'll see these trends continue, with a particular emphasis on the "easy-to-hit" part. Expect more low-loft choices, perhaps in the form of 2-woods, 4-woods and strong 3-woods. You'll also see additional emphases on more workability, distance and distance guarantees.



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