Golf footwear has made notable strides over the past decade, and not just when it comes to on-course performance. Some of the best examples can handle the fairways and city streets, turning heads in both locales. True Linkswear is leading the way in this hybrid category, and Geno Bonnalie has taken notice. “I wear them both on and off the course pretty much exclusively,” he says of his FS02s. “I am in love.”
“Walking is the purest form of playing golf,” says David McLay Kidd. We can’t argue, which is why we love Ping’s Hoofer carry bag. It’s lightweight without sacrificing the storage space that golfers need. Plus, the five-way top bag features robust zippers, reliable retracting legs and easily adjustable padded shoulder straps.
Eden Roc Cap Cana is popular with golf travelers thanks to the adjacent Punta Espada and other world-class courses in the vicinity. This year, the luxurious Dominican Republic resort introduced a “golf butler” program, staffed with specialists who can schedule tee times, arrange private lessons with Eden Roc’s resident golf pro and even manage your club transfers to and from the Caribbean. The one thing they can’t do is make that 12-foot birdie putt for you.
Every laser-guided rangefinder manufacturer utilizes its own algorithms for calculating slope-adjusted measurements. Over the years, Bushnell’s have proven to be more precise than the rest; and now, in the Pro X3, the company has introduced an “elements” feature that accounts for temperature and barometric pressure. “Playing as” distances have never been more accurate.
You can make allowances on certain pieces of golf attire, but rain gear isn’t one of them. “Abacus makes the sleekest, high-quality outerwear,” Annika Sorenstam says, adding that it not only looks good but keeps you perfectly dry.
“For decades we’ve been promised straighter tee shots and tighter dispersion for all abilities,” says Larry Olmsted. “Callaway has finally delivered.” Roger Steele concurs: “Driving has always been a conditional asset for me depending on the day, but this season it’s most definitely been a strength of mine. Callaway’s Paradym driver is one of the fastest and most forgiving drivers I’ve gamed.”
“The story behind the formation and rise of this company is a testament to human perseverance, dedication and a willingness to open golf up to a wider demographic. Stylish, cool, urban golf wear. Or, in their terms, one of the ‘dopest’ brands in golf.”
In today’s power- and length-obsessed golfing world, anything that’s not pushing the envelope for carry distances tends to be overlooked. Honma’s TW757 Vx irons fall into this category, yet they have the potential to change your game. Made from soft carbon steel, the forged irons feature lightweight club heads and a sleek top line that instills confidence that you can do anything you want to out on the course.
“When I was building Bandon Dunes in Oregon in the winter of 1998, I struggled to keep my feet warm and dry. Then I took a look at what the locals were wearing: Danner boots. The first pair I bought took me through my next half a dozen projects, from Oregon to Hawaii, Ireland to Africa.”
—David McLay Kidd
When it comes to personal launch monitors, the Foresight GCQuad is “portable, versatile, far more accurate and less expensive than Trackman,” says Jane Broderick, who believes every golf instructor should have one. “It’s by far the best measurement tool in golf.” Starting at $14,500, the GCQuad isn’t a kneejerk purchase for most golfers, but in Alexandra O’Laughlin’s opinion, it’s “a splurge that can significantly enhance your practice.”
Whether it’s a shoe bag, a valuables pouch, or a head cover, the customizable leather accessories crafted by MacKenzie bring a touch of personalized flair to the course. “Premium custom accessories tell people everything they need to know about what you care about,” Roger Steele says. “I have a few custom shoe bags that turn heads everywhere I bring them.”