Adams Idea Pro Gold
Adams is known as a game-improvement company par excellence, but it has now applied to players’ clubs its thoughtful approach to set makeup. The Pro Gold features six forged irons (5–PW) bearing a thin topline and sole, as well as a pair of Pro Gold Boxer hybrids with maraging steel faces. The set features constant offset—a design suggestion from Adams Tour staffers Tom Watson and Bernhard Langer—which gives players more control of the ball. The hybrids can feel a little thin, even when hit on the screws, but the irons produce a hot mid-trajectory flight. They feel almost like game-improvement irons—there’s a bit more offset and heft behind the clubface than on others we tested—and they also seem to have a slightly larger sweet spot. $899/steel, $1,099/graphite. Call 800-709-6142 or visit adamsgolf.com.
FootJoy FJ SuperLites
Every golfer should have a lightweight option on the shoe rack—they’re a must if you’re carrying your own bag at, say, Bethpage Black. The problem in the past was that shoemakers often stripped away valuable technology in an effort to reduce weight. Not so with FootJoy’s new SuperLites line, which features a soft, waterproof leather upper and, in order to improve traction, durable TPU inserts in the areas of the outsole that take the most wear and tear during the swing. Of course, airy comfort is the biggest plus: They weigh a mere twenty-six ounces, by far FootJoy’s lightest model. They’re available in a traditional saddle as well as in more contemporary styles (such as the one pictured).$90. Call 800-225-8500 or visit footjoy.com.
Yes! Golf PATH finder
Designed by Swedish PGA instructor Henri Reis, this simple yet versatile putting aid is a staple on European Tour practice greens. The premise is simple: Use the mirror to get your eyes over the target line, then make a clean stroke without clipping the magnetized pins. These pins can be adjusted to the path of the player’s stroke or to accommodate oversize putter heads. While practicing your stroke, you might not even notice the Path Finder subtly honing your alignment. $99. Call 800-845-4327 or visit yesgolf.com.
Fourteen Golf HI-660
Some better players simply never joined the hybrid revolution, finding the clubs’ bulbous shapes and high, spinning ball flights unappealing. For them, this ironlike hybrid from up-and-coming Japanese manufacturer Fourteen might be an interesting alternative to the old two- or three-iron. Designed with a thin clubface, a deep and low center of gravity and a high moment of inertia, the HI-660 inspires confidence. Yes, it has a thick topline and a beefy cavity, but it sets up cleanly behind the ball, without any visual distraction. Our testing revealed that ball flight is lower than expected for shots struck off the turf, but it is very controllable. The HI-660 is a nice option to use when facing the wind or as a tee club on long par threes or short and narrow par fours. $200/steel, $210/graphite. Call 949-852-8811 or visit fourteengolf.com