Adams Tight Lies GT Tom Watson
Tom Watson designed these wedges himself, with a particular emphasis on creating bounce and sole characteristics that minimize turf and sand drag at impact. We liked the solid, heavy feel of the classically shaped head and the way the club seemed to set up ideally no matter how much we opened or closed the face—great for creative play around the green. In common with Adams's other new irons, the shafts have a steel top for consistency with an extra-strong graphite tip that reduces vibration, enhances feel and minimizes torque. Available in three lofts with various bounces, at $149.95 each. Call 800-622-0609 or visit adamsgolf.com.
Cleveland BRZ 900
Cleveland adds the BRZ model ($149) to its popular 900 wedge series. Made from a compound of aluminum and bronze, the BRZ wedges play a bit softer than the beryllium-laced BeCu and BeNi wedges they replace but, due to the high copper content, will tarnish with time in the same lovely way. They also set up and swing the way the old wedges did. Available in three lofts with standard bounces. Call 800-999-6263 or visit clevelandgolf.com.
Mizuno MP and Titleist Vokey 248.06
The Mizuno MP series, valued for its forged craftsmanship, was introduced last year to deliver a continuity of feel with all Mizuno's forged iron lines. This year the company adds three left-hand models to the line, four more right-hand models (including one at fifty degrees and three more-lofted clubs with new bounce combinations) and three right-hand graphite versions ($149 steel, $169 graphite). Call 800-966-1211 or visit mizunousa.com.
The newest addition to the Titleist Vokey 200 series is the line's first pitching wedge ($115, chrome finish only), a forty-eight-degree club with a low six degrees of bounce. A high center of gravity promotes shots on a boring trajectory that hold their line in the wind. Like other Vokey wedges, this club feels solid and beautifully balanced, and the teardrop shape is classic. Call 888-324-4766 or visit titleist.com.
Be Like Freddie
Fred Couples, while not exactly tearing up the Tour recently, helped Maxfli design its latest set of irons for the better player, the A10 Tour Limited ($599), and along with John Huston and Robert Allenby is now playing them on Tour. As with the Tommy Armour V-25, which he formerly played, Couples and the designers put more offset and more perimeter weighting in the long irons, less offset and a shallower cavity back in the midirons, and made the short irons blades with no offset. They are good sticks for consistent ball strikers looking to work the ball, and they offer forgiveness in the harder-to-hit clubs. They aren't the slickest-looking sticks on the market (they are cast and have a rough look in the cavity back), but the top line is thin and very clean at address, which is the most important aesthetic concern. Visit maxfli.com.