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hers-cream.com 1. Callaway Big Bertha Titanium Driver
Thirteen years ago the original 190cc Big Bertha steel driver launched the huge-head revolution. The latest Big Bertha is titanium and almost twice as big but costs only $40 more. Its 360cc head is shallow-faced by current standards, but long from heel to toe to widen the effective hitting area. Back weighting and a thin, b clubface combine for a high, penetrating trajectory.
2. Titleist Red X Putters
The Red X marks Titleist's first classic mallet intro since 1996. A milled stainless steel face insert enclosed by shock-absorbing elastomer provides a soft, responsive feel; a lightweight aluminum sole allows for more mass high and back for stability and a smooth roll. You'll spot the Red X in the heel-shafted model (left) and the center-shafted Red X2. The latter features a clever alignment aid: Three red dots toward the heel of the topline disappear behind the shaft when the loft and face angle are perfect.
3. MacGregor V-Foil Go Long Driving Irons
MacGregor forged its venerable name with handcrafted, traditional irons. The Go Long, its first hybrid club, may go a long way toward broadening the company's base. Available in 16 and 19 models, the steel-headed Go Long uses the V-Foil technology found in MacGregor irons and woods to concentrate weight low and deep, for soaring shots that hold their line. The Go Long also sports a forged maraging-steel face for extra power.
4. Ping Doc17 Putter
Christmas Eve 2002 looked to be a slow night in the office for John 'Doc' Souza, a jack-of-all-trades at Ping for the past 23 years. He'd just been visited by the scourge of golfers past and present: the yips. And then inspiration struck make a putter so large that it had to stay on-line. Souza sketched the basic shape that night and had Ping machinists cut it from a sheet of aluminum. The guys slapped on a shaft and rolled some putts. That first iteration was stable as a table, we're told, if a wee bit large a foot long from heel to toe.
Eighteen months and 30 prototypes later, Ping introduced Souza's first putter design, the USGA-conforming Doc17. It comes in 2 upright lie to 2 flat, from 30 to 45 inches.
a) The club's milled aluminum face extends just over 6 inches, or about 17 centimeters hence the name Doc17. Ping preferred a still-larger version but the USGA ruled that putters must not be longer than seven inches from heel to toe.
b) A nickel-plated finish diminishes glare. Two exterior bars draw your eyes to the ball, while the center bar aids alignment.
c) Doc17's enormous one-piece head (shown actual size) offers extreme perimeter weighting, but it's just 7 percent heavier than a G2 Anser.

5. Callaway HX Tour ball
Callaway's top-shelf ball is the latest challenge to the Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x for supremacy among better players. Its urethane cover, five-thousandths of an inch thinner than the HX Blue and Red models, allows for a larger, more potent mid-layer. A softened core makes the HX Tour playable for more than just fast swingers. Unchanged are the 320 hexagonal dimples, designed to provide more surface coverage than round dimples, for a more stable flight.
6. Mizuno MX-23 Irons
Mizuno's rep as a maker of forged irons for low handicappers has been a double-edged blade. Many average Joes see the brand's products as beyond their modest talents. The forged yet forgiving MX-23s might erase this idea. Their showpiece is a reconfigured T-Zoid bar in the mid- and long irons that shifts weight (you guessed it) low and deep, making it easier to get shots .airborne and on line.
7. Ben Hogan Edge CFT hybrid
It's hard to picture Ben Hogan at Merion's 18th wielding a 17-degree hybrid instead of a 1-iron, but never mind. The common-sense Hawk would have admired the utility of this best-of-breed concept fairway-wood distance, long-iron control. Edge CFT, Hogan's inaugural hybrid, sports two-piece construction with a lightweight titanium face in a steel body to increase perimeter weighting for added forgiveness.
8. Never Compromise Voodoo putter
Cleveland Golf, the new owner of Never Compromise, hopes to inject some good juju into the brand with the Voodoo, a new entrant in the high moment of inertia (MOI) putter category. The Voodoo is meant to outdo MacGregor's V-Foil as well as the Odyssey 2-Ball, Titleist Futura, Nike Oz and Bettinardi Big Ben. Its face-balanced aluminum head features a heavy steel backweight and tungsten weights in the heel and toe, reducing backspin and skid for a true roll.
9. Nike CPR Mixed Set
Here's a Mixed bag for mid- and high-handicappers. Nike's hybrid CPR Woods (22 and 26 degrees) complement the new oversize, cavity-back CPR irons (5-PW). A simple concept drives the marriage: Help golfers get shots airborne. Each club offers a wide, heavy sole and a soft-tip, lightweight shaft70 grams and graphite in the woods, 110 grams and steel in the irons.
10. Wilson Dyna-Powered irons
By moving weight from the hosel to the back of the blade, Wilson created a rock-solid forging that produces more head speed, power and accuracy. These come with three calfskin-wrapped grips: the Bell (round), the Reminder (flattened on one side to promote proper left-hand position) and the Turner (flattened on two sides to promote proper left- and right-hand position). Expect Wilson staff pros Julius Boros, Billy Casper, Arnold Palmer, Gene Sarazen and Sam Snead to put this set in play soon.

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