What the Tech? Five Products Worth Checking Out

There’s no doubt that technology continues to make deeper inroads into golf, and though new products may not lower our scores they do raise the joy we take from the experience. These five items stand out for their innovative approach to meeting our needs for the latest and greatest.

Blunt G2 Umbrella

The Blunt G2 umbrella offers a unique, tight-canopy design that holds the fabric in high tensile tautness, reducing the rippling effect from wind while also being strong enough to repel a Niagara-like drenching. (Secret: The interior ribbing is designed like a cantilever bridge). In short, it can withstand a high plains summer hailstorm. $129. Bluntusa.com

Nike Covert Driver

Adjustable drivers have been on the market for almost three years. But while others offer settings in the hundreds, Covert’s settings, which include a face-angle adjusting face plate, gives golfers the range of a 10.5-degree driver with 1.5-degree open clubface or 8.5 degree driver with a face 1.5 degrees closed. Fewer options mean more accurate fittings. $400. Nikegolf.com

High Definition Golf

It’s possible to “play” Pebble Beach and Bethpage Black within hours of each other without a Gulfstream jet. High Definition Golf simulators offer a variety of great courses but it’s great for swing analysis thanks to high-def swing capture at 120 frames per second for ball speed, launch angle, ball spin and spin axis, clubhead speed, swing path, club contact (heal/toe), club face (open/closed) and efficiency. You can also compare your swing to that of Ernie Els or other pros. Price: Upwards of $50,000. HDgolf.com

Mobile Warming

Those high-elevation rounds early in the season can be chilly. Mobile Warming Gear offers outerwear and raingear with a 7.4-volt rechargeable battery that keeps you warm without the swing-restricting layering. Each garment comes with four settings of heat, and the breathable fabric keeps you dry and comfortable even in the chilliest of rounds. $200. Mobilewarminggear.com

Adams Super S Fairway Wood

The long-time leader in hybrid clubs extends its prowess into fairway woods. The Velocity Shot technology and “Through Slot” sole increases the spring-like effect on the face to be nearly equal to titanium drivers. That means eye-opening distance. Add in the white clubhead crown and black face for easy alignment and the result is a longer, straighter shots. $249. Adamsgolf.com

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