Adams Insight XTD A3OS
This superhard maraging steel model, one of Adams’s many offerings in the hybrid category, is classified by the company as a “hybrid fairway wood.” It’s great for golfers who are leery of giving up their trusty old seven- and nine-woods. The club’s oversize, squarish head boosts MOI by allowing more mass to be spread out to the corners than smaller “traditional” hybrid heads do. Its longer shaft also encourages players to swing the club more like a fairway wood than an iron. Finally, a cambered sole helps the club avoid catching in the grass, making for cleaner contact. $199. Call 800-622-0609 or visit adamsgolf.com.
Cleveland HiBore XLS
Though designed for players of all skill levels, the HiBore XLS is being played on Tour by Boo Weekley and Jerry Kelly—a curious detail because the club has a whisker of slice-preventing offset, something pros generally don’t want. The offset, by positioning the leading edge close to the hosel, frames the ball more like an iron than a wood, and the thick topline inspires golfers to fire away with confidence. The distinctive scooped-out crown is part of the club’s Distance Driven Geometry, which moves weight low and deep in the clubhead, raising the ball’s initial launch angle. $199. Call 800-999-6263 or visit clevelandgolf.com.
True Temper Dynamic Gold High Launch Shafts
Dynamic Gold is probably the most recognizable shaft in golf—it’s the stock offering in many iron sets. The new High Launch version is similar in feel, but it adds an extra 1.8 degrees to the initial launch angle, which translates to six to eight feet more in a shot’s peak trajectory. At 115 grams, the High Launch is also fifteen grams lighter than the standard Dynamic Gold, and that may give a slight boost to swing speed, too. $30/shaft. Call 800-355-8783 or visit truetemper.com.
Adidas Adivista and Adilibria Shield Sunglasses
The new his (Adivista) and hers (Adilibria Shield) shades from Adidas are packed with useful golf-specific technologies. Both feature light-stabilizing lenses designed to provide high-contrast clarity (and 100 percent UV protection) in all conditions, from flat light to full sun. And they offer a comfortable, no-slip fit, thanks to an adjustable double-snap nose bridge. $155–$190/Adivista, $125/Adilibria Shield. Call 800-626-8684 or visit shop.adidasgolf.com.
4 Yards More Tees
Our jury’s still out on whether these tees achieve the distance gains the company claims, but we agree that the shuttlecock-like elastomer crown reduces resistance through impact. The ring in the midsection, which allows the ball to be teed up at a consistent height, was a popular feature, as was the tees’ durability. Available in four models: the 1.75-inch red, 2.75-inch yellow, 3.25-inch blue (best for late-model drivers) and the 4-inch green (not pictured). $6/pack of four tees. Call 800-317-2663 or visit 4yardsmore.com.
Bobby Jones Pelz Wedge Collection
Any wedge designed by short-game master Dave Pelz gets deserved attention. His latest is officially called the Bobby Jones Pelz Wedge Collection by Jesse Ortiz. (Ortiz is the company’s chief designer.) The wedges feature USGA-conforming Groove Draft score lines that guide dew and debris away from the clubface at impact. The body is cast from soft stainless steel, and deep channels behind the wear-resistant clubface insert help remove weight from the body’s core so more heft can reside in the sole, creating a low CG. In testing, the wedges cut through thick sand and closely cropped fairways with equal aplomb, and shots played with an open face were a breeze. Available in four lofts, with various degrees of bounce. $150. Call 800-366-1989 or visit bobbyjonesgolf.com.