Tour Edge Exotics XCG
The cavities in the XCG feature vibration-dampening inserts in two densities: firm in the long irons to improve distance, softer in the short irons to enhance feel. To differentiate between them, Tour Edge colored the former an appealing black and the latter a vulnerable white. The white insert got dirty after just a few swings on soggy grass, but that’s a small price to pay for shots that easily take on a high, aggressive trajectory. Given its thin topline and minimal offset, the XCG is best for lower handicaps, and it’s a solid alternative to often pricey player’s models. $599. Call 800-515-3343 or visit exoticsgolf.com.
Steve Haber, the founder of Bolle, is the driving force behind this new company specializing in polarized sunglasses. The Velocity is one of HaberVision’s most versatile models. The frames are suitable for a range of activities, from skiing to cycling to golf, with a quick and easy lens change lending the glasses their sport-specific performance. The Haber Rose lens (pictured) is for golf: Its color density and mirror coating help filter out undesirable elements of the color spectrum and reflect unnecessary light away from the eyes, increasing the player’s perception of subtle undulations on the green. $155. Call 800-621-4381 or visit habervision.com.
Bridging the gap between premium Tour balls and the Noodles of the world, the B330-RX is a urethane three-piece designed to enable golfers with moderate swing speeds (85 to 105 mph) to compress the core and maximize distance while avoiding the ballooning they often experience with low-compression balls. Best of all, there’s no sacrificing greenside control or feel off the putter, making the RX well worth a whack. $56/dozen. Call 800-358-6319 or visit bridgestonegolf.com.
Good players sometimes talk about how the game is played from insole to insole—another way of stressing the importance of maintaining balance throughout the swing. Etonic has built on that concept by adding the wedge-shaped PowerPod under the arch to enhance traction from the drive phase of the downswing all the way through impact and follow-through. The Stabilizer also features a TPU outsole that flexes naturally in response to the foot’s medial and lateral motions. This high-tech undercarriage is paired with a traditional waterproof leather upper, creating an attractive overall package. $165. Call 866-838-6642 or visit etonic.com.
SuperStroke Putter Grip
This jumbo grip may look comical, but in the hands of the right golfer (like K. J. Choi, who’s used it to win on Tour) the SuperStroke can produce serious results. The grip, which is softer and tackier than the original version, fights hand tension and wrist breakdown, promoting a putting stroke guided by a gentle rocking of the shoulders. Using an Allen wrench and small screws to affix the grip to the putter shaft, you can experiment with different alignments of the flat side before gluing it in place. Perhaps the best thing about the SuperStroke is that unlike other oversize models this one isn’t tapered, which frees you to grip it any way you choose. $55. Call 888-338-1304 or visit superstrokegrip.com.