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Socks, smocks, we normally don't get all exclamatory (!!) about what's inside our shoes. Outta sight, outta mind, right? Really, regarding socks, the only place where we draw a line in the sand is with cleanliness - and we've been known to tippy-toe over that line on certain road trips.
But, alas, we're sock sinners who have seen the light. We're giving our dogs their due now that we've worn the new Kentwool Men's Tour Profile. Such a sock, so snug and soft and breathable! There's plenty of technology that goes into what Kentwool calls the "air-infused super fine merino wool yarn," and there's extra cushioning at all the right spots on the socks. Of course, wool's moisture-wicking properties are well-known and wonderful.
Did you know there's a legal ball that can be a slicer's best friend? It's the Bridgestone B330-RX. And that ball, which premiered last year, has led to another, the B330-RXS.
Background: Bridgestone Golf finished last year a solid No. 2 in off-course unit share and No. 2 in dollar share, each behind category leader Titleist. A major reason for this success was the B330-RX, which was engineered for players with moderate swing speeds (that is, you and us).
The construction of the B330-RX allows for the ball to at least partially correct itself in flight, meaning it comes off the club face with reduced side spin. This is especially noticeable when hitting your driver; it's an amazing thing to watch as the B330-RX fights a slice as it gets airborne.
Bridgestone is following up that success with the launch of the B330-RXS March 1, at $56 per dozen.
Bridgestone says the new three-piece, urethane B330-RXS fits moderate-swing speed players, those with swing speeds of less than 105 mph and who want a slightly soft feel and improved spin control.
That is, instead of having an adjustable hosel and adjustable clubhead, the S2 has Adjustable Flight Technology" that enables you to quickly and easily optimize the ball flight via one of three face-angle settings. That's the key: quick and easy.
The S2 (SRP $375) is available in lofts of 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 and 11.5 degrees, with the new Fujikura Fit-on Max graphite shaft and Golf Pride grips.
Also, Cobra offers an S2 Offset Driver (SRP $325) for mid- and high-handicap golfers. The offset is subtle and not a distraction to view at address. Cobra Golf is one of the few major equipment companies to still offer offset metal woods.
Cobra Golf will ship the S2 Max Hybrid iron set in March and Baffler F fairway woods in June. The set will be available in steel shafts ($499) that feature two hybrid clubs and in graphite ($599) with three hybrids. The Baffler F fairway woods ($185 each) are built on the same technology as Cobra's popular Baffler clubs.
Golfers are obsessed with the world's great courses. Is there any one of us with a bucket list that doesn't include the Old Course and Augusta National? Yet, in these recessionary times, let's face it, the bucket list is on hold for many.
Well, how about playing a replica course? These layouts offer holes inspired by the greatest courses and the most heralded architects in the game.
Old Course lovers should head to the Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Florida, where the New Course features replicas of St. Andrews' stone bridges and walls, a snaking burn, a starter's hut overlooking the first tee, seven double greens, five-foot flag pins, deep pot bunkers with ladders and simple white fences.
The International World Tour Golf Links, a 27-hole complex, is a must for Augusta National admirers, with holes inspired by Augusta's 11th, 12th, 13th and 16th as well as more than 2,000 azaleas planted around the four holes.
Tired of playing the same old courses round after round? Some pizzazz is in order, something that'll get your golf juices flowing again. Our suggestion: Play a new course this year, like a new Tom Fazio, Pete Dye, Tom Doak or Rees Jones.
Butterfield Trail Golf Club (El Paso, Texas) is a Tom Fazio-designed daily fee course with over 55 feet of elevation changes and wondrous natural sand dunes.
Old Macdonald (Bandon Dunes, Oregon) is the fourth course at the Bandon Dunes Resort and is scheduled to open in June. It's designed by Tom Doak and Jim Urbina and is a tribute to architect Charles Blair Macdonald.
Waldorf Astoria Golf Club (Orlando, Florida) by Rees Jones is adjacent to the first Waldorf Astoria hotel built outside of New York City. It weaves through a large wetland preserve with giant stands of pine and cypress trees.
Callaway Golf Company appears to be reaching into its almost forgotten Ben Hogan bag with the Diablo Edge and Diablo Forged irons.
The Edge product line, if you remember, helped propel the Ben Hogan Co. to major equipment status in the 1990s, and the Diablo Edge bears a resemblance to those popular clubs. Ditto for the Diablo Forged irons, but the Diablo Edge irons could be a big winner for Callaway in 2010. The reason: The clubs are easy to hit for average players, and the suggested retail price is $599. This means the Diablo Edge could be on shelves for as little as $499.
Another selling factor is that the Diablo Edge irons are available in combo sets (see R&D video) that feature six irons and two Diablo Edge Hybrids. The combo set, with two graphite-shafted hybrids and six steel-shafted irons, has an SRP of $699. The combo set, with two graphite-shafted hybrids and six graphite-shafted irons, has an SRP of $799.
The Diablo Forged irons, meanwhile, carry an SRP of $999 for steel-shafted sets and $1199 for graphite-shafted sets.
Video review of Diablo driver, fairway woods, hybrids and irons.