The time is up for titanium, if the brain trust at TaylorMade has its way. The renowned clubmaker is anxious to usher in a new era it’s calling the “Carbonwood Age,” thanks to its new Stealth line of woods. Unlike almost every major driver on the market the past 20 years, the Stealth stands apart with a face made of not one, not two, but 60 layers of razor-thin carbon sheets stacked atop each other. The sound and feel is similar to the familiar titanium, but the performance, TaylorMade touts, is simply next-gen in forgiveness and distance. Starting at $579. taylormadegolf.com.
When they came on the market in the mid-’90s, AdamsGolf’s line of Tight Lies game improvement clubs resonated with many frustrated everyday golfers. The company was acquired by TaylorMade-adidas golf a decade ago but now newly redesigned versions of Tight Lies fairway woods and hybrid clubs are available again. They still feature the raised heel and toe designs to help higher handicap players get through the shot but slightly larger face areas and a slotted sole to produce fast ball speeds and better results from off-center shots. Starting at $149. adamsgolf.com.
Odyssey’s line of White Hot putters is hardly cooling off after 20 years on the scene. The recently released White Hot OG #1 model combines the classic look that has long appealed to both Tour players and everyday golfers, but in addition to the traditional two-part urethane insert, the OG also comes with a fine milled finish. Available in classic blade design or mallet versions. $220. odysseygolf.com.
Fred Couples may play golf without a glove, but most golfers want the dependable grip gloves designed for the job can offer. The Claw line of golf gloves offers superior grip while also providing airflow cooling to keep your hands comfortable under any conditions. The leather palm will not crack or harden like other gloves do and last longer than most leather gloves. Styles are available for men and women. $23. clawglove.com.
The arms race in golf starts and ends with the driver, and always has. The aptly named Rogue driver from Callaway has been an outlaw standing apart from the pack in recent years, but has gotten bigger and badder than ever in the latest iteration. Callaway used artificial intelligence-aided design techniques to produce what it calls the fastest, most forgiving driver ever, thanks to its tungsten heel weight and “jailbreak” speed frame. Models include the Max, which promises more forgiveness to everyday players, and the Max LS, which makes the same promise for better players. $549. callawaygolf.com.
Footjoy HydroLite Rain Jacket (pictured above)
Golf isn’t played under a dome, so unless you’re content to be merely a fair-weather player you need clothing that will let you withstand whatever the elements throw down. The FootJoy HydroLite Rain Jacket provides function and versatility that will let you play even when adverse conditions strike. The 2.5-layer construction results in a jacket that is stretchable, waterproof, breathable and can be easily packed in your golf bag. Waterproof cuffs prevent rain from creeping in where it’s not wanted. Colors range from more subdued black and charcoal to a bold red or blue plaid. $195, footjoy.com.
Ping i59 Irons
Creating golf equipment isn’t rocket science, but rocket science can make for better equipment. Exhibit A: The Ping i59 line of irons, which boasts an aerospace-grade aluminum insert joined to the forged carbon steel body. The result are clubs that will produce consistent impact and solid feel and provide golfers of all abilities with a flighted trajectory and extra forgiveness. $1,500/set. ping.com.
Whether you walk the whole course or merely the distance from your cart to the green, your feet want to be comfortable. Skechers has a full line of comfortable golf footwear and some, like the Skechers GO GOLF Skech-Air – Dos, promise air-cushioned comfort. The shoes also offer a water repellent leather upper along with an air-cushioned midsole, memory foam insole and spikeless traction outsole. The relaxed-fit design provides plenty of toe and forefoot room. $95. skechers.com.
Put a caddie in the palm of your hand. The rede- signed SkyCaddie SX550 is a lighter and slimmer version of the popular SX550 model but still boasts a 5.5-inch full-color touch screen, ultra-fast multi- core processor for the fastest response and comes preloaded with more than 35,000 ground-verified, error-corrected course maps. Armed with all the information you will ever need, all that’s left for you to do is make the shot. $400. skygolf.com.
Callaway Jaws Wedges
Callaway calls its Jaws Full Toe wedge an “absolute spin machine” that will give golfers better control on all types of wedge shots. Added to the full-face Jaws grooves is new surface roughness to produce more spin and reduce glare. Try the traditional Jaws Full Toe Chrome model or the handsome Jaws Full Toe Raw Black design. $170. callawaygolf.com.