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Hot Equipment Trends For 2011

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ONSLAUGHT OF FAIRWAY WOODS. You’re seeing loads of new fairway woods this year—just when you thought they might completely fade away to make way for the hybrids of the past few years. Tour Edge’s Exotics multimetal Trilogy fairway woods are all about distance, stability and improved turf interaction. Titleist’s 910F will wow golfers, as will the special 910Fd version, which is a deep-faced, low-lofted, larger-headed 3-wood that doubles as an easy-to-hit driver (thus the “d” in its name). Cleveland’s and Adams’ latest woods are ultralightweight, which means you can pick up clubhead speed and thus distance on your shots.

WEDGES WITH SOFTER-EDGED GROOVES. 2010 was the last year wedge makers could perfect their products with aggressive grooves that help you get a little extra suck-back spin—thanks to a USGA ruling. But all of the new wedges with soft-edged grooves are not noticeably any more difficult to hit—just ask any PGA Tour pro who was forced to use them the past year. And if the pros couldn’t discern the difference, odds are you won’t either. Mizuno’s new MP T-11, Titleist’s TVD, Cleveland’s CG16 and PING’s Tour S highlight a slew of new soft-edged models from major manufacturers hitting the market.

HYBRIDS REPLACING 5- AND 6-IRONS IN IRONS SETS. Ever since PING invented cavity-back irons, it has been considered a trendsetter. So golf circles recently took notice when seeing that PING’s new K15 Iron/Hybrid set offers stainless-steel hybrids in 3H, 4H, 5H and 6H hybrid clubs. In fact, the K15 irons start at the 5-iron. While there have been several all-hybrid sets out in the past, this blended set may truly raise the bar. Likewise, Cobra’s new S3 Max Iron-Hybrid set also offers hybrids in the 3- through 6-clubs.

PRICEY OUTERWEAR THAT WILL LAST FOREVER. Nike calls its new N-Destrukt product utilitarian. adidas Golf armed Bandon Dunes caddies with a customized model because it’ll conquer any weather condition. However, you can get the consumer version—although they don’t come cheap. Nike’s will run $650, and adidas’ about $500. Both models include jacket and pants.


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