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Finish Your Season Strong With Some of the Year’s Best Gear

Here’s the latest golf gear, clothing and accessories that caught our eye recently:

Sound the Scary Theme Song

The horror movie that changed viewers’ love for the water forever has an entirely different meaning when it comes to golf. The Callaway line of Jaws Raw wedges (pictured above) combine some of the most aggressive grooves in golf with a raw face to achieve maximum spin. Callaway designers use tungsten technology to produce a weighted club for both feel and control. And with craftsmanship grown from Roger Cleveland’s 40 years of designing wedges, you’ll approach those sand shots with equal parts pride and confidence. $179.99.

Put a Wingman in Your Bag
There’s nothing wrong with your game, or your psyche, that a new putter can’t fix. Tour Edge has launched a new line of Exotic Wingman 700 series putters that come with three modern mini-mallet faces and six hosel options. Cascading “moment of inertia” properties match the size of the Wingman putter head to provide maximum stability and roll, while optimized alignment options take the guesswork out of lining up putts. Interchangeable sole weights on the heel and toe are offered in every model. The Wingman 700 Series became available in August and carry a retail price of $199.

Adapt, and Just Play
The recent inaugural U.S. Adaptive Open at Pinehurst proved (as if it needed to be shown again) that golf can be a game for everybody. The tournament features 96 golfers, all with some form of disability. Now comes a new line of golf clothing by MagnaReady, specifically designed to simplify the dressing process by eliminating buttons and button holes in favor of a patented magnetic closing system. Simply overlap the two sides of a shirt front and the magnetic closure will send you securely to the first tee. Available in shirts, jackets and other items, MagnaReady’s offerings are for anyone with arthritis, an artificial limit or any other condition that limits mobility while still offering comfort and performance.

Wrap It, Don’t Sweat It
Remember that horror shot of a mountain of golf bags piled up at the airport after the Scottish Open, or the sad story of professional Troy Mullinax, whose clubs arrived at St Andrews for the Open Championship bent and battered? Protect your clubs with Bag Boy’s latest golf bag cover, the T-10 bag cover with crust-resistant ABS top for maximum club protection. A specially designed internal foam padding offers extra protection for your clubs while traveling.

It also comes with a lockable, full wrap-around zipper for easy access and packing, anti-burst strap, two external oversize pockets and two internal mesh pockets along with a durable, skid-resistant base. Available in three colors, $219.95.

Feeling ChipR
Not sure whether to chip or putt those shots around the greens? With PING’s new ChipR, part wedge and part putter, you can do whatever feels right at the time. The new stainless steel do-it-all club was inspired by PING’s original CHIPPO, introduced in the 1970s by PING founder and innovator Karsten Solheim for golfers who lacked confidence with a traditional wedge and struggled around the green. With a length of a putter and loft approaching that of a nine iron, the ChipR is designed for those shots of 40 yards or less around the green using a putting stroke to create bump-and-run shots that will lead to more short putts. The ChipR retails for $195 with stock steel shaft, $210 with graphite.

Cutting-Edge for Everybody
PXG made a big splash in the golf world a few years ago by aiming its high-tech equipment at the world’s best players, a strategy that has won the company’s representatives lots of cash and hardware. Now, PXG is offering its newest line of PXG 2011 XCOR2 irons that are aimed at helping everyday players as well. Even better, the new line comes with a more affordable price tag, allowing those who haven’t won huge purses to at least win a few bucks off of their friends. With a broad range of golfers in mind, engineers have used performance data from PXG fitting specialists to feature varied blade lengths, offset and bounce for great forgiveness and maximum control in shorter irons. Available in chrome or the new Xtreme Dark finish.

Finding the Perfect Number
One of the biggest names in dependable distance devices has a new addition to its line of wearable range finders, the LX2 GPS Smart Watch, described as a simple but powerful way to hone in your shots. Pre-loaded with more than 35,000 of SkyGolf’s ground-verified maps, the LX2 quickly provides distances to the front, center and back of greens along with fairway and layup targets. Stylish enough to wear on or off the course, the LX2 offers a full line of technological advancements, including a full-color screen that’s easy to read in even the sunniest conditions and other features previously found in the company’s higher-end range finders. The LX2, which weighs just two ounces, retails for $199 with no annual fees required.

TAG Heuer E4
Opulence meets excellence. Form matched with function. Packed with all the cutting- edge shot tracking and smartwatch technology you can ask for, and wrapped in all the luxurious design you expect from TAG Heuer, the E4 is the creme de la creme of golf watches. It’s the perfect way to make all your golf friends jealous, even if your swing won’t. $2,650.


Garmin Approach S62
Garmin has long cornered the market on the best GPS-enabled smartwatches, and practically pioneered the golf GPS watch. Their latest offering, the Approach S62, only builds on that long tradition, packing seamless shotmaking and onboard-AI Virtual Caddy into this stellar smartwatch. And the additional club tracking sensors can help you analyze every facet of your swing to make the absolute most of your data — and your round.
$499 and up.

Looking for something more luxurious? Garmin’s Marq Golfer offers all the great features of the Approach series, in a fashionable frame as fit for the course as the boardroom. $1,850.