STX ENVISION TR
From STX, the company that revolutionized lacrosse, comes the Envision TR ($199) putter. Designed by Bob Engman (a sculptor whose work is in MOMA's permanent collection) the Envision TR features square angles and alignment lines to ensure golfers address the ball properly. Also, the square-shaped head distributes weight toward the heel and toe for a higher MOI. Comes in three insert options, Black (softest), Red (medium resiliency) and Green (firm).
Crowned the most innovative club at the 2009 PGA Show by Sports Illustrated, the Axis 1 Eagle ($299) putter is the brainchild of Luis Pedraza, an engineer who designed the 3-D computer mouse that controlled the Mars Rover. Pedraza found that when he relaxed his grip on standard putters, their face would open up. So he placed weight in the heel of the Axis 1 that counteracts the weight in the toe. The result? The center of gravity is now at the sweet spot. Pedraza claims his putter is the first to put the CG directly on the center of the clubface and in line with the shaft's axis.
With eight new models to choose from, it should not be hard to find one of Tiger Shark's new GreenSpeed putters to put in your bag. Each model comes with a five-gram weight installed at the factory and an additional 10- and 15-gram weight, along with a wrench so you can customize its feel. All models are face-balanced and come in a matte finish for reduced glare. Comes with either a Tiger Shark Jumbo grip or the oversized SuperStroke grip.
Featuring an integrated alignment aid to assist golfers while addressing the ball, the Spot On Putter ($129) allows the user to see his or her hands when they move out of position, or when his or her eyes aren't positioned properly over the ball. The face-balanced mallets are CNC-milled out of military-specified stainless steel and are hand-finished. Standard length is 35 inches; custom length no additional charge. Shaft is double-bend offset.
Designed for the elite player, Bionic's Pro Golf Glove ($39) offers an enhanced grip without sacrificing the feel required for precise shotmaking. Like other Bionic offerings, the Pro was designed by an orthopedic hand surgeon and features ultrathin construction and a prerotated finger design. Conforms to USGA rules; cadet sizes available.
Originally designed for water sports, but making a splash on the golf course, the Trion:Z Active bracelet ($22) combines the negative-ion and magnet technology that has made Trion:Z products popular among pro athletes seeking mental clarity. Features twin 1000-gauss magnets that provide increased magnetic field flow. Its silicone band makes it very comfortable.
Golf is a game of opposites. To hit the ball right, you swing left; to hit the ball far, you hold the club lightly; to get the ball airborne, you hit down. It's this last paradox that stymies 99% of all golfers, at least according to PGA teaching professional, Martin Chuck. So Chuck decided to do something about it. He invented the Tour Striker ($99), a training club designed to help golfers make Tour-like contact. Featuring an elevated leading edge (essentially a rounded face), the Tour Striker forces its users to lean the shaft angle toward the target and compress the ball at impact. Built as an 8-iron, you can use it to chip or pitch, too. Comes with an instructional video.
Why's funnyman Will Ferrell nearly naked on a bottle of sunscreen? To support Cancer for College. Ferrell's college friend, Craig Pollard, a two-time cancer survivor, founded the charity organization in 1993 with the goal of providing scholarships to current and former cancer patients. One hundred percent of all proceeds from Will Ferrell's Sunscreen ($12) benefit Cancer for College.