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Energy grips

As anyone who has ever drilled a five-iron off the toe on a cold day knows, there are some bad vibrations in golf. Energy Grips, a new company that has won some early adopters on the PGA Tour, set out to alleviate this by creating evenly spaced air pockets within the butt of the grip to serve as vibration dampeners. That in turn reduces stress on the hands and arms. Worth considering if your old grips are starting to feel slick. Available in three models; $11–$12 per grip. Call 949-812-5908 or visit energygrip.com.

Sun Mountain ClubGlider

A finalist on the Golf Channel’s recent reality-show competition, Fore Inventors Only, the ClubGlider is the next logical step in travel bags. The addition of two retractable legs with caster wheels (they lock securely during travel) elevates the handle to waist level, eliminating the need to bend over repeatedly to lift the bag while in an airport check-in line. The solid performance of the bag itself, with its heavy-duty nylon and thick foam padding, will be familiar to devotees of Sun Mountain’s previous travel models. $300. Call 800-227-9224 or visit sunmountain.com.

Zero Restriction T400 Ghost Mock

The trend in base layers lately has been toward skintight compression garments. They perform well, but not everyone wants to feel like an NFL safety when getting dressed for golf. Zero Restriction’s mocks offer wind-stopping performance in an easier fit. The impressively soft T400 fabric (a mix of microfiber, CoolMax and Lycra) is equipped with inserts that stretch vertically in the sleeves and horizontally in the torso, allowing excellent freedom of movement. $90. Call 800-367-0669 or visit zerorestriction.com.

SKLZ Gyro Swing Trainer

You can’t hit balls with this whirring wonder, but the Gyro Swing trainer (a Fore Inventors Only semifinalist) can help hone your sense of the swing plane. The goal is to swing the club without resistance—a gyroscope in the head provides an uncanny correction when the club gets out of position. A black-and-yellow shaft provides helpful visual feedback as well: During the swing, only the black portion should be visible. Beginners, especially, seem to love what the Gyro Swing tells them. Includes a DVD of practice drills from top instructor Rick Smith. $220. Call 877-448-2929 or visit sklz.com.


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