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they feature a modernistic Gliderail technology on the sole that aids lift and speed at impact and better move- ment through any lie.
• Of the 14 clubs in a bag, golfers most often have the greatest attach- ment to their putter. Putters are also the one club most often swapped out, but once a trusty blade — or belly — is found, it’s usually a relationship that lasts for years.
Feel is often the main attraction to a new putter. That certainly was the case with STX Golf’s X-Form Series putters, especially the putters with the stainless steel face insert and a diamond-mill pattern. While the ball sounds like it is coming off traditional stainless steel, the ball responds better off the face.
• Grips are not the sexiest equip- ment, and often are not given much thought until they are worn and slick. On the next trip to the golf shop, though, spend a few minutes check- ing out what is available.
In particular, check out Lamkin’s Performance Plus 3GEN Wedge Grip.
“We know that in chipping and sand play, wrist and hand stability are critical in allowing the forearms to control the motion,” said Bob Lamkin, company CEO. “We’ve lengthened the grip by an inch-and-a-half to promote choking down and kept our reduced taper to take the hands out of play as much as possible. By making sure the hands work as a unit, rather than independently, we take the wrist floppiness out of the swing and bring more shot control to the player’s short game.”
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Serving as reminders for a proper hand placement are two circles locat- ed 1.5 inches apart.
Maybe instead of investing in new wedges, a cheaper alternative – $9.99 – might be in order.
• On the topic of wedges, niche club manufacturer SCOR Golf is worth seeking out. The SCOR4161 line of scoring clubs is as diverse as any on the market — 21 loft/bounce
options from 41 to 61 degrees. Just imagine a 41-degree wedge. The most notable features are a higher CG than most wedges, which creates a more penetrating ball flight, and its sole design. The leading edge features a higher bounce angle, while there is less throughout the rest of the sole.
Hitting demo shots off a driving range mat is not the ideal place to test drive wedges, but there is certainly a unique feel to these wedges.
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months ago, a golfing buddy could not understand why his
giving him inaccurate yardages on various holes throughout a round. Afterward, he found out that the course had just completed a reno- vation and he had not updated his rangefinder.
His fault, yes, but his story is not uncommon.
That is why SkyGolf’s new Wi-Fi- enabled SkyCaddie SGXw helps eliminate that problem. The SGXw connects wirelessly to the company’s library of courses for easy downloads and updates.
Though a bit cumbersome, should a golfer encounter a Wi-Fi-less area, the SGXw can utilize most smart- phones to gain Internet access to cre- ate a personal hotspot.
Other than being Wi-Fi-enabled, one of the neat features is RangeVue, which displays dynamic yardage arcs over landing areas and greens. The feature not only helps with quicker club selection, but with visualization of the shot.
• Zero Friction, maker of the multi-pronged tee, did not come out with new innovation in that area as much as it did rebranding. The original 3-prong tee is now named ZFTour; the 4-prong is ZFXtreme and the 5-prong is ZFVictory. For those who have not tried the prong tee, the design is such that it lifts the ball from the traditional tee and that creates less friction – and hope- fully more distance – upon impact.
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