2015 Buyer’s Guide: Balls & Shoes

Callaway | Chrome Soft

[+] Super soft but high tech
[+] High launch gives slow swingers more yards
[–] Fast swing speeds will lose distance
Price: $38

Wilson Staff | Duo

[+] Another supersoft ball with bang
[+] Low spin off driver, high off wedge
[–] Again, 100+ swingspeeds lose distance
Price: $27

Bridgestone | E6

[+] Improved cover design
[+] Longer+straighter+multi-layered cover=high value
[–] 10-15 handicappers might look down
Price: $22

Snell | My Tour Ball

[+] ProV1 specs for a lot less mone y
[+] Former TaylorMade R&D head’s new company
[+] Said to ship to stores in April.
Price: $32

TaylorMade | Noodle

[+] The ball for slow swingers
[+] It hasn’t changed much, but doesn’t have to
[+] $10 a dozen is hard to argue
Price: $10

MG Golf | C4

[+] Three-layer urethane ball
[+] Another challenge to Titleist at half price
[–] You have to order online
Price: $20

Ecco | BIOM Hybrid 2

[+] 800 contact points = great grip
[+] The original non-golf golf shoe now has better sole, grip
[–] Still wonder in rain, but oh so comfy
Price: $195

True Linkswear | Scottsdale

[+] Ultra comfort women's shoe
[+] Full rubber outsole, casual but comfort look for on and off course
[–] Might want more on-course grip
Price: $70

Skechers | Matt Kuchar Pro

[+] Resalyte midsole for comfort
[+] Skateboard tech gets into golf; waterproof full grain leather uppers
[+] Indeed, this is Matt Kuchar's shoe
Price: $140

Justin Cowboy

[+] Ultimate boot with spikes
[+] Caiman leather for ultimate C&W profile with soft spikes
[+] From pasture to the course & back
Price: $850

Aerogreen Italy

[+] High fashion women's shoe
[+] More than eye-catching, a high mark for women on-course wear
[–] Does your game match your style?
Price: $220


2015 Buyer’s Guide: Drivers

2015 Buyer’s Guide: Hybrids and Fairway Metals

2015 Buyer’s Guide: Irons

2015 Buyer’s Guide: Wedges

2015 Buyer’s Guide: Putters

2015 Buyer’s Guide: Golf Accessories

California-based CAG Contributor Ted Johnson writes our annual Buyer’s Guide. For the latest on golf equipment, subscribe to our free weekly newsletter at www.coloradoavidgolfer.com.