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The name suggests a one-piece putter, but in fact the shaft and head of the Nike Unitized putters are welded together and then plated in black nickel to look—and, designers hope, perform—as if they were one unit. The feel is excellent, and we like the pared-down look. The styles shown here are classics: the heel-toe weighted Tiempo, the Neo mallet and the blade-like Retro. Rounding out the series is the futuristic-looking Techno. $300. Call 800-922-6453 or visit nikegolf.com.

The FootJoy ReelFit shoes employ the Boa lace system, which has previously been used in hiking and snowboard boots; a dial on the back tightens and releases steel micro-cable laces. Once the laces are locked in, the fit stays consistent throughout the round. The dial seems awkward at first, but it’s quickly forgotten once you start moving around. $225. Call 800-244-8501 or visit footjoy.com.

Nothing beats a solid stand bag, and the Sun Mountain Superlight 3.5 is one of the best. Weighing just three and a half pounds, it’s loaded with useful features, including a top handle (which makes it easier to lower the bag off your shoulder), a pouch for a water bottle, nonslip triangular feet and a six-way top with full-length dividers. The Superlight is one of the rare bags that also comes in a lefty model—a nice touch for southpaws aching under their jerry-rigged shoulder straps. $160. Call 800-227-9224 or visit sunmountain.com.

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