Equipment ’18

This Golftime Guide Has You Covered Top to Bottom

Ping G400 Driver 

Ping promises its new G400 driver’s new streamlined style makes it the fastest and most forgiving driver yet, and who wouldn’t want that? The driver’s forged face is precision machined to give hotter ball speeds across the entire face, while tungsten sole weights enhance forgiveness. The G400 uses color-shift paint technology so the copper shaft appears black upon address to reduce distractions. ($399)


Ecco S-Drive Shoes

ECCO S-DRIVE golf footwear brings the comfort and performance of running shoes to the golf course. These shoes boast athletic styling matched with an asymmetrical latch to enhance both fit and feel. The asymmetrical closure system assures a close-to-the-foot fit, while the microfiber upper is treated with HYDROMAX to resist both weather and perspiration. Bold colors of the ECCO S-DRIVE ($160) will make you stand out on the course while enjoying maximum comfort and playability.


Arccos 360 Performance Tracker 

Improve your game with technology. The Arccos 360 performance tracking system combines live shot tracking, GPS and a new tour analytics platform to help golfers lower scores and have more fun. Featuring new sensors that are 50 percent smaller and lighter than the first generation, Arccos 360 ($249.99) automatically records every shot a golfer makes without the need for tagging or other actions, then analyzes the data in real time to show strengths and weaknesses to improve on-course decision making. Users with at least five rounds completed can access the new Arccos Caddie, golf’s first artificial intelligence platform, to get suggestions on the optimal strategy on nearly any hole in the world.


Bridgestone TOUR B Golf Balls

Bridgestone’s TOUR B line of golf balls ($45/dozen) was designed using data from more than 300 million ball-fitting sessions. The TOUR B X and XS feature a soft urethane cover for spin and greenside control and are intended for low handicap golfers seeking maximum feel. The RX and RXS are for mid-to-low handicappers and incorporate a new 338 modified Dual Dimple design. The RX was designed to help players hit more fairways while the RXS promises unmatched feel.


Bagboy 2018 Golf Bags

Bagboy’s three new styles of golf bag for 2018 all feature the TOP-LOK cart attachment system designed to secure the bag to a push cart without twisting or turning, thus eliminating the need for cart straps. The Revolver FX ($219.95) has a rotating top to make club selection effortless. The Defender ($199.95) is a full-feature cart bag with two fleece-lined, ABS hard-shell pockets to protect valuables and 10 zippered pockets for storing clothing, gear and accessories. The TL Stand Bag ($149.95) is a lightweight, mid-sized stand bag for carrying, riding or use with a push cart and features seven pockets, including waterproof, fleece-lined pouch for valuables and full-size garment pocket.

Adidas Primaloft Jacket 

Early-morning golf won’t give you the shivers when you arrive at the tee wearing the Climaheat Primaloft jacket or vest by adidas. Designed to capture heat and dry quickly, the jacket features ribbed sleeves and a drawcord at the hem for a custom fit. The synthetic insulation provides a soft, light feel while offering maximum warmth. Jacket ($160) and vest ($140) are available in two colors.


SKIN Sunscreen 

Every golfer is by now aware of the need for skin protection. SKIN Sunscreen, available in lotion, continuous spray bottles or combination packages ($7.99 – $79), was formulated by golfers for golfers, is water resistant, broad spectrum and offers both UVA/UVB protection.


Bloodline Putters

Lots of professional golfers have their caddie stand behind them as they prepare to putt, the better to evaluate the proper aim. Bloodline Putters, available in both mallet and blade designs, eliminate the need for helpful caddies because they are designed to stand up on their own on the green so players can step behind and check their alignment. Check the club, ball, target line and hole head on while the Bloodline Putter ($499) stands patiently on its own.


The Arnold Palmer Collection Headcovers

The King may be gone, but his style lives on. The Arnold Palmer Collection by Stitch Golf, which has a license agreement from Arnold Palmer Enterprises, includes a set of headcovers that will both protect your clubs while serving as tribute to the game’s most beloved figure. The Monte Carlo headcover set features white leather, hand-stitched headcovers with red, green and yellow stripes and Palmer’s signature umbrella logo. The set, $240, includes driver, fairway wood and hybrid covers.


TaylorMade P790 irons 

TaylorMade’s new P790 irons promise a traditional look and soft, forged feel thanks to what might be called a secret ingredient — or at least an invisible one. The ingredient is called SpeedFoam, a vibration-dampening material that is injected into the clubhead through a port on the toe. SpeedFoam expands after injection to fill the otherwise hollow clubhead, which TaylorMade engineers say offers support for the thin clubface and outstanding feel. The irons ($1,300 steel, $1,500 graphite) are aimed at lower handicap players who favor a blade-like look and feel.


Legendary Headbands 

Tired of ending a round of warm-weather golf with a sweat-stained cap as unsightly as the score on your card? Legendary Headwear’s patented CLOUD-FIT sweatband features soft performance fabric-lined memory foam infused with temperature-regulating gel for maximum comfort and performance. The sweatband is available in an array of cap sizes and colors.


Adidas Rangewear Jacket 

The Rangewear Jacket by adidas ($75) will similarly provide women golfers with an extra layer for warmth without impinging on performance. Made of stretchy blended fabric, the full-zip jacket features thumbholes to keep sleeves in place and concealed front-zip pockets for balls and tees.