11 Coolest Items At The PGA Show


11 Coolest Items At The PGA Show

January 27, 2011

Bushnell HybridWelcome, the first laser rangefinder and GPS in one. This device is perfect for the golfer who can't commit to either the accuracy of laser rangefinders or the versatility of GPS technology. The Hybrid's laser has Bushnell's dependable pinseeker technology, and the device is pre-loaded with more than 16,000 courses in the U.S. and Canada. Oh, and it's perfectly legal in competition. $500, bushnellgolf.com

Puma Club 917Puma's original sneaker inspired this design, so there's no question the golf shoe pushes on-course fashion to the edge. It also features Puma's "Smart Quill" technology, which positions spikes at specific angles to improve traction. It currently comes in three colors, and the fourth (shown) will be released this spring. $100, puma.com

Sun Mountain Superlight 3.5From a company that always introduces simple changes that make big impacts, the 3.5 stand bag has been tweaked to be more cart-friendly. It has a cart strap tunnel designed not only to prevent the bag from bouncing and twisting, but also to make all the pockets accessible at all times. And the improved stand mechanism protrudes less, so it fits better on a cart. The popular Four 5, Zero G, SLX and Swift bags also have this tweaked stand mechanism. $199, sunmountain.com

Travis Matthew Fillmore ShortsThere's just one pair of shorts pictured here. Just one! They're reversible, which means you can either pack less or easily change for the back nine. Travis Matthew apparel is quickly becoming the go-to option among the young golf crowd. And they're eagerly awaiting the July release of these soft, relaxed-fitting shorts. $99, travismathew.com

Trigger PointIt's not feasible to get a deep tissue massage after every round of golf. But this set of massage balls and dumbbell-shaped devices makes it possible to thoroughly rub down even those hard-to-get-to muscles in your shoulders, back, legs and feet. And Trigger Point's foam roller (not pictured) has a grid designed to make you feel as though hands and fingers are giving you a massage. $160, tptherapy.com

Soft Spikes CycloneIt's difficult to introduce a golf spike that generates buzz, but Soft Spikes' Cyclone has people talking. The spike has six prongs that curve, designed to improve traction. And since the three black prongs are longer than the three white ones, less pressure is loaded onto the spike, which helps it last longer. They're featured on FootJoy's new DryJoys Tour shoes, and they'll be available for purchase this spring. $15, softspikes.com

Garmin Approach S1GPS devices have never been simpler. The Approach S1 harbors Garmin's tried-and-true technology within the small confines of a wristwatch. Sure, more golfers take off their watches before plying golf, but this one is worth keeping on. You'll know the yardage to the front, middle and back of every green in less than a second. And since it's preloaded with more than 14,500 golf courses in North America, the Approach S1 is ready to use straight out of the box. $250, buy.garmin.com

True Linkswear TourThey weigh just 13 ounces, and when you wear them, your foot sits just 2.5 millimeters above the ground. Ryan Moore has been sporting these spikeless golf shoes on Tour since May, but they've only recently been available to the rest of us. Five color combinations are currently available, and the leather Stealth (shown in brown), will debut in the spring. Tour, $159; Stealth, $199; truelinkswear.com

Abacus Pitch 59 Rain JacketRainwear companies have mastered the art of waterproofing, so Abacus has taken rainwear to another level by combing waterproofness with maximum breathability. What's the use of blocking water if you're only going to sweat and get wet from the inside? This form-fitting jacket also has four pockets (one placed on the back, and another with an inside pocket that has a towel to dry your golf ball on a rainy day), and the four-way stretch ensures you won't need to take off the jacket when you hit your shot. $300, abacus-outdoor.com

Momentus Speed WooshThe Speed Woosh is one of the most talked-about training aids this year. Jamie Sadlowski, two-time long-drive champion, uses it to help him time his release for maximum power. The audio feedback immediately tells you whether you've cast your swing too early or held on to your wrist angle until impact. When you swing, you should hear the whoosh right after impact zone. (Comes in 48, 45 and 42 inches.) $70; momentusgolf.com

Greg Norman Epic ChinoThese pants might look like classic chinos, but they're also permanently waterproof and windproof. Self-sealing seams prevent water from permeating through to your legs, and the "Epic" fabric is also more breathable than traditional rain paints, no sweat while trying to keep dry. $98, shark.com

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