30 / Glenmuir Ossian Gilet RRP: £60 Contact: www.glenmuir.com As soon as I feel the first nip of autumn in the air, I dig out my old Berghaus gilet for that oh-so-comforting sleeveless duvet look. Sadly, it’s not very practical for golf, as it’s too thick and bulky. Thankfully, Glenmuir’s Ossian gilet looks a far more sensible bet, featuring Teflon coating for added warmth and waterproofing, while it’s thin enough not to get in the way of your swing, and features stretch panels to further enhance performance. It is available in navy, black and lead for men (S-XXL), and pink/ black, black and satellite/ black for women (S-XL). November 2011 / Issue 205 Kikkor Golf Shoes RRP: £50-£100 Contact: www.kikkor.com Joining the trend for golf shoes that offer style and comfort in addition to all-important performance attributes, Kikkor Golf looks set to enjoy a strong following in Europe when its range of fashionable designs hit the shelves early next year. Already an established brand in North America, where it was launched by Canadian golf professional James Lepp three years ago, Kikkor shoes take their influence from the classic American ‘sneaker’, without ignoring important technical elements such as grip, stability, waterproofing and durability. Lepp believes that Kikkor will appeal to the young at heart, whatever their age. He said: “It doesn’t matter what age you are – 10, 25 or 45 – nobody truly wants to wear the same stuff as their dad. The golf shoe industry consistently designs shoes that are targeted only for the older demographic, leaving younger players with very few options that match their personal style.” The shoes can be purchased online or through selected pro shops from early next year. Archer Golf Protest Irons RRP: From £800 Contact: www.archerproject.com Custom fitting is a massive growth area, but nobody has offered the complete fitting experience for irons, until now. Archer Golf’s groundbreaking Protest irons promise every golfer improvement in their iron-play via a unique custom-grind and fitting service. The clubheads have been designed to perform in relation to varying swing characters by focusing on an area usually overlooked in club fitting: the way the golfer attacks the ball at impact and the way the clubhead subsequently interacts through the turf. When a custom sole grind is matched to an individual’s swing type, it results in better divot patterns, and higher-quality trikes that provide more consistent ball flight, longer distance, and tighter dispersion patterns. Archer irons feature a large clubface area and, combined with the forging process, provide a soft feel with great feedback through impact. The design also incorporates a large weight bar at the base of the back cavity that creates a lower, deeper centre of gravity, making the head more stable through impact. The range comes in three different basic shapes – Round, Square and Neutral – each catering for one of the three most common types of swing. Each shape has a different combination of grinds to the heel, topline, toe, leading edge and sole, to ensure both club and swing are working in harmony. Golfers with larger divot patterns benefit from cleaner contact produced by the Round grind, while the Square grind will help players who tend to catch shots ‘thin’ to pick the ball cleanly from the turf. The Neutral sits in between the two extremes, providing a wellbalanced performance option. Players can modify individual elements of the iron to combine different grinds and shapes to optimise, and personalise, their irons even more, with up to 600 grind options to choose from. It takes 30 days to make the clubs following a fitting session, with entire sets of irons starting from £800, and going up dependent on the shaft option chosen. Nike Method Drone putter RRP: £109-£119 Contact: www.nikegolfeurope.com The latest extension of the Method range is an extreme MOI design, with weights placed in the wing tips and the centre of the putter face to optimise the centre of gravity to prevent twisting and promote a smooth, accurate stroke. The Drone also features Polymetal Groove Technology that generates a faster forward roll at impact and helps eliminate backspin, which is an important ingredient to accuracy and distance control. It is available in standard and belly putter lengths. Titleist Scotty Cameron California Putter RRP: £278 Contact: www.titleist.co.uk Designed to appeal to golfers who prefer a more fluid, rounded look to their putters, the Tour-proven California range has had five new models added to the range. The Del Mar, Fastback, Monterey, Monterey 1.5, and Sonoma are characterised by blade and mid-mallet style heads with five different neck styles. Built on the form-meetsfunction of the original California putters, the new range accentuates the design principles of visual flow, with soft contours and gentle edges being the order of the day. All models feature circular weights in the toe and heel to help square the face up at address, while a high toe set up reduces the tendency to raise the toe and pull putts to the left. Each model can have its lie adjusted by two degrees, and all come with a new Pistolero grip for enhanced feel. November 2011 / Issue 205 / 31 Yonex EZONE SD Hybrid Bushnell Hybrid Rangefinder RRP: £435 Contact: www.bushnellgolf.com RRP: £129 Contact: www.yonex.co.uk The new EZONE SD hybrid features a stainless steel sole and face, with a lightweight carbon graphite crown. The lightweight crown allows discretionary mass to be re-positioned low and deep in the head to improve the centre of gravity positioning, delivering consistently higher, longer shots, whatever the lie. A new sole design reduces the clubhead’s contact with the ground by 30%, reducing drag and maintaining head speed, while a new Nanospeed 200 shaft, incorporating Elastic Ti at the kick-point, provides faster head speeds and reduces shaft deformation, for power and control through the strike. It is available in 19°, 22°, 25° and 28° lofts. Cobra Golf Long Tom Driver Combining all that’s best about GPS technology, with the advantages of laser distance measuring devices, Bushnell’s new Hybrid Rangefinder is the ultimate tool for those who like to get their yardages spot on. The laser rangefinding element provides distances within one yard to virtually any point on any course in the world, while the GPS function offers 20,000+ preloaded courses, making it ready to use right out of the box, without ever having to pay annual membership fees. The GPS provides distances to the front, centre and back of the green, as well as four custom points on a hole that can be useful references point on blind tee shots and approaches, while the laser can hone in on the flag to provide added confidence from close range. The shot distance mode also allows users to track how far they’ve hit a particular shot. Rating: RRP: £289 Contact: www.cobragolf.com Under Armour Stability Baselayer RRP: £55 Contact: www.underarmour.co.uk Compression shirts are not just for barrel-chested rugby players, they benefit all kinds of sportsmen and women, especially golfers, who exert huge strains on their lower backs and shoulders during the course of a round. While all makes of baselayers provide warmth without adding weight, Under Armour’s groundbreaking stability top was designed specifically for golfers, with panels built into the material in strategic places to provide added support, boost core strength, and enhance the natural movement of the swing. The structure of the shirt also helps wearers to maintain good posture and feel more connected with their body’s movements, while keeping the muscles warm and improving stamina. The baselayer, which is available in short and long sleeve designs, also features mesh ventilation zones that regulate body temperature on hot or cold days, making it wearable in all weather conditions. Featuring the longest shaft currently available in a mass-produced driver, Cobra’s new Long Tom driver is designed with the aim of delivering out-and-out distance. The 48-inch ultra-light Grafalloy Blackbird shaft, combined with a lightweight titanium face, produces high ball speeds for extreme distance. Named after a high projectile gun used during World War II, the Long Tom boasts an all-black head that features many of Cobra’s tried and tested technologies, including E9 face technology, advance weight placement, and elliptical bulge and roll. The Grafalloy Blackbird shaft combines with a short Winn Lite grip, which not only makes the club long, but also very light indeed, at only 269 grams. It is this lightness combined with the slightly smaller 445cc head that makes this club appear shorter than it actually is. With other longer-thanstandard drivers you feel like you are swinging a fishing rod, but somehow with this even longer one I did not feel that. True, you do have to slow you tempo down a little, but the results are great and the Cobra Long Tom gave long straight drives without the wider dispersion you would expect from a long shafted driver. The Blackbird shaft with its matt finish felt very stable, despite its length, and the feel and sound from the titanium head was excellent too. A shorter-than-standard Winn grip encourages golfers to use the full length of the shaft, rather than choking down. It goes on sale this month, and is available in lofts of 8°, 9° and 10° in RH and 9° in LH. Cobra Trusty Rusty wedge RRP: £99 Contact: www.cobragolf.com Cobra is bringing back the Phil Rogersdesigned Trusty Rusty wedge. The head features a non-plated finish that is 7% softer than chrome and will rust more over time, promoting maximum allowable spin and enhanced feel. It also has a tri-bounce sole, with higher bounce in the centre, while relief in the heel and toe optimises performance for long, medium and short shots. Available in RH, in 51°, 55° and 59° lofts and custom order lofts of 49°, 53° and 57°. The wedges, which go on sale in early December, come with a black True Temper Dynamic Gold S200 shaft as standard. There is also an oversized version, the Big Trusty Rusty, which will appeal to players who like to look down on a slightly larger clubface at address. It is available in black, rusty and chrome finishes.
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