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FootJoy DryJoys

The outsoles of the new DryJoys have seven strategically placed stability "pods" so more of the shoe stays in contact with the ground throughout the swing, and an enhanced OptiFlex zone offers loads of flexibility. Built for comfort, the Pittards leather uppers are first-rate, and the cushioning in the midsole never sets—meaning it will be soft every time you slip your foot in the shoe. $160. Call 800-225-8500 or visit footjoy.com.

Nike Golf Air Tour TW 8.5

Just because these comfortable, low-profile shoes were designed for Tiger Woods doesn't mean they won't also work for you (unlike, say, his custom-made driver). Try on the Air Tour TW 8.5 and you'll quickly understand what the world's best golfer demands from his footwear. The upper is made of soft, premium full-grain leather, and the heel sports a cushioned Air-Sole. The outsole consists of medial and lateral "push plates" separated by a network of channels configured to let the sole flex the way the foot does naturally. This is accomplished so gracefully that you may well forget to take them off after the round. In fact, the TW 8.5 comes with a rare forty-five-day comfort warranty. $230. Call 888-799-6453 or visit nikegolf.com.

Gear Reviews

Odyssey Marxman X-Act Putting Wedge

Todd Hamilton's famous shot notwithstanding, hybrids aren't designed for the chip-and-run. But seventy-five years ago everyone (even the great Bobby Jones) bumped their greenside shots with a club called a jigger: a short-shafted, high-lofted, often putterlike design. With 37 degrees of loft and a 35-inch shaft, the Marxman X-Act is much more versatile than the old, railed Kmart chippers and could be a valuable ally for your next links trip. $150. Call 800-588-9836 or visit odysseygolf.com.

Wilson Staff Spine Driver

There's little doubt that the high-MOI advantage offered by the new crop of geometric drivers is the wave of the future. Wilson Staff's entry, which the company calls the first true perimeter-weighted driver, is defined by its scooped-out crown. Its saved weight is pushed out to the perimeter and pulled back to lower the CG, creating the central spine that supports the clubface at impact. The stock shaft is the popular UST Proforce V2. $399. Call 773-714-6400 or visit wilsonstaff.com.

ProQuip Ultralite and Sunderland WhisperDry Rain Suits

The Scots know bad-weather golf as well as anyone, so why not follow their lead in rain gear?The Sunderland WhisperDry (top; $169 jacket/$139 trousers; 800-999-6599, sunderlandusa.com) offers exceptional breathability and lightweight comfort, and the ProQuip Ultralite suit ($240 jacket/ $190 trousers; 800-322-9939, proquipusa.net) from the North Berwick–based company has been worn by U.S. squads in both the Ryder and the Solheim Cups.

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