Equipment

Tour Edge’s Exotics EXS line is something different. But given the heritage of the Exotics sub-brand, that’s not a remarkable statement. Initially famous for its unique technologies—like “combo-brazing” lightweight titanium cup faces to steel bodies in its tour-popular fairway woods from nearly a generation ago—the Exotics line always has been about doing something technologically dramatic
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The new Srixon Q-Star Tour ball is not the first to make the case that average swing speed golfers should be playing a different ball than elite players. It’s made the case itself in its initial generation unveiled in 2017. But Srixon says the new version will improve average golfers’ games by going lower, higher
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Back in the late 1990s, TaylorMade reshaped the long game with a new category of hybrid clubs called Rescues. Since then, countless updates have been made to wood-based hybrids, iron-like hybrids and driving irons. Now comes TaylorMade’s GAPR (pronounced gapper), which packages the three aforementioned head styles into one neat product line. “For some players,
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Since debuting in 2016, TaylorMade’s Spider Tour putter has eclipsed expectations both on Tour and at retail. World-class players like Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm have proven that a large mallet can conquer the game’s most treacherous greens as Spider Tour has become the No. 1 putter model on the PGA Tour. The Spider
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Wilson announced the upcoming debut and 14 finalists for the second season of Driver vs. Driver, its reality-show format that features new product ideas submitted from the general public that over the course of seven episodes this fall leads to a winning entry and a brand new product in Wilson’s 2019 driver lineup. Driver vs.
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We all know that sharpening your short game is the smartest way to improve. Heck, you can even practice in your office. But even though the wedge and putter are the easiest clubs to swing, fittings are a rarity. Consider this: “More than 90 percent of golfers don’t have the right wedge lofts,” says Nick
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If you’re like me, using a handheld rangefinder can be a challenge. As is the case with many people, my hands are simply not steady enough to lock in on a target through the viewfinder. But all that just changed, when I used Nikon’s new COOLSHOT PRO STABILIZED laser rangefinder. Every time I aimed it
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Callaway’s XJ and XT junior sets reflect a dual-pronged approach to the market of junior golfers. In simples terms, the XJ sets are to get your youngster started properly, while the XT set is smoothing the transition to standard adult sets. The ultra-lightweight XJ sets features three options designed to fit youngsters starting at about
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As technology improved in drivers, heads got bigger. More volume meant more technology to help you hit it farther and straighter. But with today’s irons, it’s sort of the opposite. The goal is to fit springlike face technology into a smaller, more attractive package. “The smaller you get, the more difficult it is,” says Paul
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18Birdies, the social media savvy mobile GPS range-finding app, is expanding its platform to bring users new options that extend from before you even make a tee time to beyond the 19th hole as you go through each round’s statistics. The 18Birdies app, available on iPhone or Android, engenders almost a community ideal as users
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The Ping Glide Forged wedge is Ping’s first forging in more than five years, and it reflects everything the company has learned in making its cast wedges. The twist is the difference in the construction yields two benefits: a softer feel and an easier opportunity for more personalization. The latter is such a big part
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The new Ping i210 (the compact, cavity back players iron) and i500 (a fast-faced players distance iron) reveal that iron technology for today’s better players adroitly balances two pressing characteristics: precision and power. The good news for these players with new irons like these: the choice isn’t either/or; it’s more like a little bit of
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Known through the years for its player-friendly golf clubs, PING’s advancements in putter forgiveness has been particularly renowned. Company founder Karsten Solheim first invented heel-toe weighting in his original 1-A putter, creating a high “moment of inertia”—resistance to twisting at impact— and he optimized the concept in 1966 with the original Ping Anser design. “We
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From high-tech adjustable drivers to portable shot-tracking software, golf is a game steeped in technology—and in the last decade, the cell phone has become an integral part of most golfers’ gear. Loaded with apps that can help improve your game and speed up pace of play, track your progress and give you exact yardages for
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The nine utility irons shown here should come with a warning, amusement-park style: “You must be this good to play these clubs.” Elite players increasingly are dumping their hybrids in favor of utility irons. The reason is that they can flight shots lower and more accurately, especially in windy conditions, and their faces now flex
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