Adams Idea Tech OS The first company to integrate hybrids into an iron set has unveiled its highest-quality, most technologically innovative line ever. Each club in the Idea Tech OS set (which includes two hybrid iWoods, two transitional hybrids and four irons) was designed for slower swingers—on average, women swing a driver about 55 mph—with a high moment of inertia (MOI) for forgiveness on shots off the heel or toe. The hybrids feature a low center of gravity (CG) to get the ball airborne and a head shape that adds backspin to maximize carry. The flow of the set is intuitive: The five-hybrid replaces your five-iron, for example, and the seven-hybrid replaces your seven. The only difference?You won't believe you're the player hitting these shots. $999. Call 800-622-0609 or visit adamsgolf.com.
Nike CCi Designed for strong players, the sleek CCi cast irons (CCi stands for composite cavity insert) feature a polymer insert for feel and tungsten weighting for forgiveness. The feel off the face is pure, and they are easy to work in both directions. You'll lose about a half-club's distance if switching from a standard cavity back, but the extra control is worth it. Grace Park recently put them in play on Tour—they're ideal for women with higher swing speeds who play (or have played) men's irons. Nevertheless, we suggest opting for an A-flex versus the regular, which seems a bit stiffer than usual. $899/graphite, $799/steel. Call 888-799-6453 or visit nikegolf.com.
Callaway Fusion Wide Sole Fusion technology has been available for almost three years, but now Callaway has enhanced this game-improvement offering by widening the sole. Some women will benefit greatly from how this feature works alongside the Fusion's perimeter-weighting system. The clubhead on the Wide Sole is 25 percent bigger than the original Fusion, giving it a larger sweet spot. The offset is greater in order to promote a right-to-left ball flight, and the sole itself minimizes the effects of hitting it fat. I found that shots traveled a club and a half longer than they do with my current set. $225/club (graphite), $180/club (steel). Call 800-228-2767 or visit callawaygolf.com.
Tour Edge Bazooka GeoMax If you've been putting off buying a 460 cc driver because of the cost, the GeoMax was made for you. Instead of using a jarring square shape to create forgiveness on off-center hits, this high-tech, low-cost driver was designed to maximize the breadth ratio, which is a fancy term for the relationship between the length of the clubface and the depth of the club. The higher the ratio, the higher the MOI. For you, that means longer, straighter drives. A tungsten weight lowers the CG to help get the ball in the air. Those who have trouble with forced carries off the tee will love the 16-degree option. $199. Call 800-515-3343 or visit touredge.com.
Ping G5L Ping's clubs are always among the most aesthetically pleasing, and this driver is no exception. The true beauty of this 14-degree offering—which was created specifically for women—is that it's measured at the USGA's 460 cc limit but manages to avoid the melon-on-a-stick look that has become so popular over the past few years. A lightweight shaft makes the clubhead feel more manageable at the top of the swing compared with other drivers on the market. And for those of us out there who don't care for pink, the subtle blue and green accents are a welcome change. $350. Call 800-474-6434 or visit pinggolf.com.
TaylorMade Burner For many women, hitting a three-wood from the fairway can be a tall order. We tend to swing too long, get the club stuck behind us and ground out before impact. We either come up with a club full of turf or hit low, weak shots to the right. The Burner fairway wood combats this tendency. Its lightweight body, generous steel sweet spot and high MOI make it among the most forgiving and easiest to hit fairway woods on the market. $235. Call 800-888-2582 or visit taylormadegolf.com.
Cobra Baffler DWS The second-generation Baffler incorporates a dual-weighting system (DWS) that . . . wait for it . . . lowers the CG and increases MOI. It feels pure from the fairway, and the redesigned sole also makes it easier to hit from tight lies, fairway bunkers and the rough. If you tend to hit low fizzlers with long irons, consider replacing them with these 26- and 29-degree hybrids for shots that land so gently on the green you'll be repairing pitch marks all day. $175. Call 800-917-3300 or visit cobragolf.com.