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Ralph Dunning, the founder of a Toronto-based apparel company, is a former Ironman triathlete who applied his expertise with endurance-sport technical fabrics to golf. Offering excellent breathability, UV protection and moisture management, his Dunning Golf Interface FX Polos ($80–$90) have made quick inroads on Tour, with Zach Johnson and Craig Barlow among those joining the ranks of the cool. Call 800-955-6528 or visit dunninggolf.com.

Both TaylorMade TP Red and TP Black Balls ($55/dozen) are premium three-piece designs, but they offer subtly different playing qualities. The Red, with its slightly larger core, has a softer feel and creates a more boring trajectory; the Black spins less off the driver and launches higher. Call 800-258-2582 or visit taylormadegolf.com.

The Sonartec t35 wedge ($129) is the first-ever wedge from the company long known for its excellent fairway woods and hybrids. Two notable features: The back flange is designed to get more mass behind the ball, creating a more consistent trajectory, while the wedge's milled "yo-yo" grooves produce maximum friction for impressive spin control. In lofts of fifty-two, fifty-six and sixty degrees. Call 760-930-2454 or visit sonartec.com.

The subtitle of Dave Pelz's Damage Control ($30) says it all: "How to Avoid Disaster Scores." Pelz's latest extends the short-game guru's wisdom far beyond the green, into the woods (and other awful spots) where errant balls come to rest. He explains how to think about recovery shots and provides drills for practicing abnormal shots in your yard. Call 800-833-7370 or visit pelzgolf.com.

*all prices are msrp. street prices may be significantly lower.

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