Editors' Choice: Gear & GadgetsApril 3, 2018

Best Divot-Repair Tool

It's easy in golf's technology craze to be transfixed at the complex sophistication of space-age, composite-crowned adjustable drivers or multiple-piece, ultra-thin-face irons or even the artificial intelligence and machine learning that inform our in-round statistics, yardage calculations and equipment-fitting sessions. Heck, guys at NASA and Boeing are jealous of golf's launch monitors.

But sometimes the simplest innovations are the most creative—and the most effective. Enter the Pitchfix Fusion 2.5 Pin, a divot tool whose simple utility is darn near an art form.

Pitchfix, a company dedicated to making ball-mark fixing easier, faster and smarter, brings its three-pronged, idiot-proof tool to the same switchblade functionality found in its nifty standard divot tools. You don't know how important that is until you've harpooned your fingers with a traditional divot fixer while rooting around in your pockets for your lucky ball marker. (The Fusion 2.5 Pin solves that scenario with one tool that includes the ballmarker and even a pencil sharpener, all in the same place.) Beyond that ease of operation, the Fusion 2.5 Pin fundamentally changes ball-mark repair. Its pins fix a blemish with a straight up-and-down motion.

Remember, studies show that a ball mark properly repaired minutes after it has been made will leave the green, a day or so later, as if your ball was never there. An unrepaired or improperly repaired mark might take weeks to heal (and make your superintendent sad or cranky). Not something you want to do when the man is setting the pins next Saturday. The Pitchfix Fusion 2.5 Pin makes green repair easier, superintendents happier and might even lead to more accessible hole locations. That's the best kind of technology, plain and simple.

Photo by Victor Prado

Pitchfix Fusion 2.5 Pin, $11


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