Solus Golf Series 7.1 The company’s 4.1 series from 2004 had a cult following, and the new 7.1 wedges are a major upgrade aesthetically. What hasn’t changed is the versatile crescent-cut sole, which, along with its lowered leading edge, allows you to open the clubface as much as desired without skulling shots or catching the heel on the turf. Essentially, you use the club’s bounce only when it’s needed. The 7.1 series is available in three lofts. $130. Call 866-467-6587 or visit solusgolf.com.
Hot Stix Stats: Solus Golf Series 7.1
Fairway: Spin Rate 4,751 rpm and Launch Angle degrees 40.18
Rough: Spin Rate 4,009 rpm and Launch Angle degrees 31.96
Sun mountain H2o Tech Brave souls who enjoy taking their chances on the winter weather at Bandon Dunes would do well to consider Sun Mountain’s waterproof H2O Tech, which features zippers with taped seams (see inset) and water-repellent neoprene on the underside of the shoulder straps. $230. Call 800-227-9224 or visit sunmountain.com.
Adams BUL 5000 Driver Adams Golf’s latest should appeal to players who are interested in the forgiveness of a high-MOI driver but find square heads off-putting. (The BUL 5000 is more, well, bulbous.) And unlike the flat sound produced by square drivers, this one rings a bit truer. But sound aside, its titanium cup-face construction delivers plenty of pop. $299. Call 800-709-6142 or visit adamsgolf.com.
Titleist NXT tour and NXT Extreme Titleist finally resorted to "extreme" measures to dispel any confusion regarding the difference between the old NXT and NXT Tour. The Extreme, which replaces the NXT, is a two-piece, Surlyn-covered distance ball; the Tour is a three-piece with a softer Fusablend cover. $34/Extreme; $40/Tour. Call 800-225-8500 or visit titleist.com.