The curious design of the Cleveland HiBore XL two-wood blends the volume of a driver (400 cc) with the loft of a three-wood (16 degrees). It could be used by players with slower swing speeds as a primary tee club or by faster swingers looking for a control club as part of what would essentially be a two-driver setup—the deep face isn't ideal for shots from off the deck. $300. Call 800-999-6263 or visit clevelandgolf.com.
Golfers who have arthritis will find a performance benefit in the shock-absorbing pebbled leather strategically placed on the palm, fingers and thumb of the Footjoy ShockStopper glove. It's also a good choice for die-hard range rodents, whose hands absorb lots of vibrations over the course of a Vijayesque practice routine. For everyone else, it's just a good solid Footjoy glove with breathable Coolmax knuckles and an angled closure to ensure a comfortable fit across the back of the hand. $25. Call 800-244-8501 or visit footjoy.com.
The bold styling of the upper gives these shoes a distinctive look, but it's actually the section just beneath it that creates the Adidas Powerband's greatest performance benefit. The thermoplastic midsole cradles the foot and limits unwanted movement, promoting improved leverage through the swing. We also liked how the tacky surface of the Gripzone footbed seemed to keep the back heel and toes anchored to the sole of the shoe during the swing's follow-through. Best of all, as with the company's successful Tour 360 line, the Powerband's soft leather is comfy right out of the box—no break-in period necessary. $140. Call 800-448-1796 or visit adidasgolf.com.