Equipment: 2020 Vision
New Products for a New Decade
The new year always arrives with an array of fresh products for golfers to try. Whether it’s drivers with hotter and larger sweet spots, can’t-miss woods, hollow irons, softer premium golf balls or comfy shoes, you’re going to like what’s landing on the fairways ahead.
Callaway Super Hybrid:
($320) puts the power of a fairway wood into a smaller clubhead that’s easy to hit. A high-strength titanium face insert promotes fast ball speed along with optimized spin and flight, a combination that yields long distance. Inside, two vertical bars stiffen the all-titanium body, placing more impact load on the face insert. Expect a consistent, penetrating launch, and even maximum distance on mishits. An adjustable hosel lets you tune in your preferred launch and ball flight.
PING Heppler Tyne 3 putter:
($270) is one of nine high-MOI, aluminum/steel models in this new copper-and-black series. It features a solid face that emits a firm feel and sound, as well as a black chrome, adjustable shaft that you can tune to your exact preferred length.
Cobra KING SpeedZone driver:
($449) features six “zones” that work together to help your tee shots soar. The clubface’s “infinity edge” significantly expands the milled area out to the curved edges around the face, creating a larger trampoline effect area. The strong-and-light “T-bar” chassis translates to stability and feel. Weight is positioned low, to help drives get up fast. There’s also a game-improvement version, the SpeedZone Xtreme, that’s offered in higher lofts and is labeled the brand’s most forgiving driver.
Titleist’ TruFeel ball:
($23/dozen) is officially touted as the company’s softest-feeling model. It’s specifically made to give you consistently longer distance and better control, while the proprietary cover feels ultra-soft and yields greenside shot control. It’s available in white, yellow and the brand-new matte red. As a bonus, its TruFeel sidestamp has an updated fresh alignment aid.
FootJoy FJ FLEX LE1 shoe:
($165) sports a throwback wingtip look. It’s a limited-edition release with contemporary suede upper and rubber traction elements on the outsole. A soft and supportive midsole and lightweight foam cushioning lend comfort. The ultra-cool part of this shoe is that for the course it has pointy, turf-gripping traction strategically located where your foot presses the most against the grass during your swing, and for off the course there are flat, no-slip surfaces.
Wilson Staff Model utility iron:
($230) features a hollow body. There are seven grams of weight low inside the clubhead, which helps with forgiveness while heightening the launch. Offered in lofts of 18, 21 and 24 degrees, it has a strong maraging steel face that builds distance in your long-iron game.