2013 Hottest New Stuff
Great Gear For The New Year
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Cleveland Golf's CG Black ($200) features an aerodynamic shape plus teardrop-inspired profile, to reduce airflow drag and increase clubhead speed. Ultralightweight grip and shaft also boost speed. All that, plus a variable-thickness, lightweight clubface add up to loads of distance.
Orlimar's Tri-Metal ZX ($119) offers a fade-fighting design: A draw-oriented tungsten sole weight plus a 2-degree closed-face alignment help square contact, as does an offset hosel. A low CG promotes high trajectory.
Are hybrids falling out of favor, now that fairway woods seem to be making a comeback? Nope. In fact, hybrids seem to be evolving. One form of that evolution is the utility iron that's more ironlike than fairway wood-like, and can easily replace the long irons in a player's bag. Another is the woodlike utility that looks more like a wood but plays like an iron. Either way, expect a slew of alternatives for your long irons this year.
Callaway's X Utility Prototype irons ($229/graphite shafts, $199/steel) have been popular with PGA Tour pros. Offered only in lofts of 18, 21 and 24 degrees, their hollow, forged construction packs a graceful blend of distance, speed, feel and control.
Adams Idea Tech V4 Hybrid ($249) contains a new "Through Slot"—spanning completely through the club—for maximum ball speed and distance. It's covered with a TPU insert. Ball speed approaches that of a driver for more distance.
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