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Iron Review 2006

Tiger’s new kicks, the Nike SP-8 TW Tour, were designed with power in mind. A white channel bisecting the sole allows the black push plate on the inside of the shoe to flex independent of the rest of the outsole, creating more power. The gray outside plate, for its part, modulates the weight shift. Its outward-facing nubs dig into the turf and help prevent spinning out during the follow-through ($220). Call 800-799-6453 or visit www.nike.com.

Golfers are getting into technical fabrics with their polo shirts, but as cold and/or inclement weather rolls in, it’s worth taking the technical approach right down to the base layer. Acting as a second skin, the Adidas ClimaLite Compression line of mock turtles and V-necks are designed to wick moisture away and keep the player’s muscles warm and well-supported ($48). Call 800-448-1796 or visit www.adidasgolf.com.

A true all-day pair of shades, the Oakley Half Jacket XLJ Golf Array features three interchangeable lens sets, all with 100 percent UV filtering, to deal with varying light conditions from bright sun to partial cloud cover. Each brings the details of the golf course into sharp relief ($200). Call 800-431-1439 or visit www.oakley.com.

Most oversize mallets work best with a straight-back and straight-through stroke, while those who prefer an arcing path have traditionally chosen blade- or Anser-style putters. The Scotty Cameron Detour, however, is a mallet designed to perform for the latter type of stroke. Resembling an architect’s T-square, the putter’s body, with its long clean sightline, actually arches slightly to promote an inside-square-inside clubhead path. Players who avoided mallets in the past will also find the Detour’s forgiveness a real eye-opener ($300). Call 800-225-8500 or visit www.titleist.com.


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