Monday, January 1, 2007
Accessories Buyer's Guide 2006
Accessories take many forms, but the most important are the bag, performance eyewear and a quality rangefinder
Cargo Golf Pro Series 900 (PU)
The Pro Series 900 is a fully enclosed travel bag and golf bag—at the same time. The wheel-driven, lockable shell provides durable protection for clubs in transit, and by removing the top, the bag doubles as a handy cart/carry bag. An external, removable skin layer with several pockets (including a valuables pouch) fits easily into any suitcase. The Pro Series can accommodate 14 clubs and a driver up to 45 inches in length.
Sun Mountain Lightning S
The popular Lightning series from Sun Mountain has received a makeover but retains its place among bag leaders in convenience, comfort and durability. Its hallmark feature is the Roller Top handle, which makes slipping Dual X-Straps off the shoulders a piece of cake, while the ball-joint-connected, independent legs keep the Lightning S upright on inclines or uneven lies. For an even lighter carry, check out the Lightning bag ($175).
The golf line from Scheyden consists of titanium frames and fixed-lens styles. Made with a unique seven-layer coating, Scheyden lenses do everything from repelling water and perspiration to reducing glare and reflection, in both nonpolarized and polarized options. Another key offering is Scheyden’s flip-up lenses.
Bushnell PinSeeker 1500
The Bushnell PinSeeker 1500 features accurate yardage from five to 1,500 yards, within a one-yard tolerance for error. Also, unlike other rangefinders that only calculate distance, the PinSeeker 1500 is available in a slope-reading model that accounts for increases or decreases in terrain, resulting in an even better approximation of actual distance and slope-factored yardage. To use, simply look through the magnifying scope, push a button and pick up yardage readings.
The top section of the PeakVision lens (UVA/UVA-protected) is a grayish tint, intended to manage the sun and bright sky. The lower region of the lens features a specially tuned amber tint designed to highlight the contours of the putting surface. PeakVision Sports offers a variety of shapes and styles that feature the Dual Zone lens. Style featured: Classic
With sports car-inspired curves, the Atlas bag is designed to fit perfectly on any golf cart or trolley. The top section features OGIO’s popular Woode sectional dividers for better club organization, EVA molded shaft dividers, and a unique, zipperless ball pocket that snugly holds golf balls while allowing easy, fast access. Rugged and strong, the Atlas is one of several bags from one of golf’s hippest companies.
Club Glove Aficionado III
Made of military parachute-grade and ripstop nylon, the Aficionado III is equipped for adventure. Weighing less than six pounds, the Aficionado can be stripped down to less than five pounds for a lightweight summer configuration. Multiple pockets add functionality, and the dual-strap design by Izzo fits the shoulders with a comfortable, customizable fit. Custom embroidery also is available.
Extensive research went into the Tifosi GT (Golf/Tennis) lens. Each lens is designed to enhance object illumination, which refers to the wearer’s ability to better see the ball in the air as well as to contrast against green grass conditions. Other features include an Enhanced Visual System that decenters the lens for distortion-free clarity. Style featured: Stelvio
Club Glove Last Bag
Nearly every touring professional has one, mainly due to its thick nylon construction and burst-proof straps, which accommodate large golf bags with ease. In-line wheels and a padded crown section make club protection and portability easy. We suggest you buy the Stiff Arm ($25), which provides added protection in the clubhead section to prevent against abusive luggage handlers. Multiple color options are available.
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