Gearing Up for the Game

Ten hot new have-to-have-’em gadgets and accessories, plus eight great golf shops

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The 10 Hottest New Gotta Get ’Ems


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Odyssey Marxman

X-Act Putting Wedge

Retail price:  $119

Available online, pro shops,

golf stores

Designed to function like an approach putter, this is an easy-to-hit option between a putter and a wedge for those tricky shots around the greens. It has a groove-less polymer insert that helps shots roll like a putt when the ball lands, and the hybrid-like sole design moves through the turf smoothly.





Bobby Jones – Pelz Wedge Collection by Jesse Ortiz

Retail price:  $150 each

Available online, pro shops, golf stores

These four wedges, from 52 to 64 degrees of loft, combine Jesse Ortiz’s legendary design prowess with Dave Pelz’s mastery of short-game strategy. “These enduring wedges will help golfers hit better scoring game shots, control their wedge distances to tighter tolerances, and consistently shoot lower scores,” says Pelz. Each wedge features a revolutionary “facing-material” design and ability to retain spin texture properties for years, rather than months.




TaylorMade Men’s r7® CGB MAX Limited Driver

Retail price: $999

Available for men only online, pro shops, golf stores; women’s can be custom-ordered.

This flawlessly engineered club promises more control over the shape and trajectory of shots.  Three quickly interchangeable shafts, each with distinctly different launch characteristics, combined with the choice of nine weights in three ports result in over a thousand distinct combinations of launch conditions. 





Top-Flite Gamer Golf Ball

Retail Price:  $19.99 per dozen

Available online, pro shops, golf stores

Here’s your new secret weapon: a three-piece performance golf ball comprising a highly resilient rubber core, a firm boundary layer, and a soft, thin ionomer cover. And this beauty offers the lift benefits of Top-Flite’s DimpleTM Aerodynamics. Sweet.



Adams Golf Men’s Idea a3 BoxerTM Hybrid

Retail Price:  $149.99 each

Available online, pro shops, golf stores

These new hybrids are quite forgiving and versatile, promising a straighter and longer ball thanks to a very low center of gravity and cambered sole. Available in sets and individually from 16 to 29 degrees for men, women, and seniors.





SkyCaddie SG5

Retail price: $429.95 plus yearly membership

Available online, pro shops, golf stores

SkyCaddie combines advanced GPS technology and the largest collection of golf course maps in the world—all in the palm of your hand. Its patented IntelliGreen® technology enables golfers to measure the full depth and shape of the green from any angle of approach and shows distances for all targets and hazards on 90 percent of all U.S. courses. (The SG5 model shown offers advanced features, a large color display, and a long-lasting rechargeable battery.)




Bionic Women’s Golf Glove – Classic Series

Retail price: $24.95

Available online, pro shops, golf stores

Made of soft cabretta leather, this glove is designed to benefit any golfer, even one suffering from arthritic hands.  “The benefits come from the patented anatomical design of the gloves, including pre-rotated fingers, motion zones, and anatomical relief pads,” says designer Dr. James Kleinert, a leading orthopedic hand surgeon and head of Bionic’s R & D. “The pads are a key feature because they fill in the valleys of the fingers to give the golfer better contact with the club grip.”




adidas Men’s Golf Shoes – TOUR360 LTD

Retail price:  $250

Available online, pro shops, golf stores (men’s only)

What separates this full-grain leather shoe from whatever’s in your locker now is THIN-tech, a revolutionary new low-profile shoe construction that brings the golfer a noticeable 2.5 mm closer to the turf for improved feedback, feel, and stability. With tour-inspired mono-tongue construction for upper stability and fit and with a 10-cleat configuration on the outsole for greater turf grip, the only way to improve on these babies is to screw some cleats onto the bottom of your feet.



Visiball V700 Golf Ball Finding Glasses

Retail price: $59.95

Available online and at Sharper Image

This revolutionary new eyewear system features four pairs of different colored lenses that are easily mounted on a frame using an ingenious quick-change mechanism. Three pairs are designed to improve a golfer’s vision under varying light and contrast conditions. The fourth features the patented blue lenses to help golfers spot lost balls.




ProQuip Women’s Ultralite Rain Jacket & Pants

Retail price: Jacket: $160;

Pants: $110

Available online and in pro

shops only

Attractively designed to offer greater freedom of movement during the swing, this waterproof, breathable golf outerwear is ultra-lightweight (keep it in your bag for surprise showers), remarkably quiet, and oh-so-soft. Fabricated with the latest laminated technology, it offers such features as chest, waist, and cuff adjustability, interior venting, a shaped back, concealed pockets, and back card pocket.


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