Golfers burn twice as many calories when walking as opposed
to riding. To do it comfortably, and more often, you need the
right bag. And there’s none better than the 3.9-pound TaylorMade Micro-Lite Stand Bag. $130.
Clicgear’s Model 3.0 pushcart is lighter and more user-friendly (read: easier to fold and unfold) than any pushcart we
have rolled. But this third generation model got even better
when we saw it folded up and measuring just 24-inches tall
and 13-inches wide. $210.
2 LIGHT A FIRE
When the parent company of cigar labels such as Macanudo,
Hoyo de Monerrey, Cohiba, Punch and Partagas turns 50,
one party could never be enough. So the General decided on
hosting a seven-city tour of celebrations (from Dallas and DC
to LA and Las Vegas) this fall and is giving out gifts—
including samples of La Gloria Cubana’s Artesanos de Tabaqueros,
Upper Cut by Punch and Macanudo 1968 cigars. Let the
GOLF’S NEW BIG BOOK
With courses from every golfing continent around the globe
rated and reviewed, the Rolex World’s Top 1,000 Golf
Courses is the new compendium of the game’s best grounds.
Detailed maps and course descriptions, as well as lodging and
dining recommendations, make it a must-have addition to your
travel bag. $40 (hardcover).
3 WEDGE BUSTER
Now that the USGA has changed the face of wedges in the
world, quite literally, we should all expect to see less spin on
the green, right? Maybe, but not necessarily. If you switch to
the new Callaway Tour i(s), the softest ball Callaway’s ever
made, both spin and control won’t be a problem. $43/dozen.
As Costa del Mar proclaims, they make “polarized sunglasses
for extreme outdoor environments” and, in turn, they’ve earned
a reputation for making many of the best sport fishing shades
available. But, perhaps unintentionally, they also now make
one of golf’s best pairs. Costa’s new Jose frames are light
and exceedingly comfortable, but when paired with the new
580P lenses, which blocks blinding yellow light, the result is
enhanced colors and even better polarization with less weight.
4 LIGHT AND DRY
A good golf shirt doesn’t have to do much. If it keeps us comfortable, we’re happy. And Antigua’s Desert Dry Xtra-Lite
Heathered Win polo does that better than any other new shirt
we’ve found this year. And while its name doesn’t lie—the
fabric is light and dries fast—we’re also thankful that the
12-percent bamboo fabric is not so shear that we’d be uncomfortable in the clubhouse. $65.
FREDDIE’S BIG BAG
Fred Couples and bag-maker Ogio have come together to create
the first real travel bag that matches the Club Glove line in quality and functionality. Plus, the Fred Couples Monster Travel
Bag by Ogio has oversized wheels and a padded ballistic nylon
and tarpaulin exterior for maximum club protection. $340.
5 GO LOW
The feel of grass between the toes may be the reason why in
Hawaii it’s not uncommon for golfers to play barefoot, but the
enhanced stability provided by standing lower to the ground is
just as beneficial to their game. That’s where the Adidas Tour
360 4.0 Sport shoes come in. Thanks to a new Thin Tech cleat
and outsole system, Adidas can get you 32-percent lower than
the spikes you’re wearing now. $120. shop.
The new Range Rover Evoque will make its first public appearance at the Paris Motor Show on September 30th, and Land Rover
is already promising it to be the smallest, lightest and greenest in
the line. The compact, two-door luxury SUV won’t be available in
the U.S. until 2011, but it’s already capturing crossover fans.