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Equipment Report

November 26 2013

12:23 PM

Holiday gift guide

By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider

Here are 10 great deals for the golfer on your list.
Garmin Approach S4 GPS Watch
Golfers usually head to the course to escape the office grind. However, if you're in the market for a GPS watch that allows you to keep tabs on the office, and get the correct yardage to the back pin, you may want to take a look at the Garmin Approach S4. Pre-loaded with 30,000 courses and weighing in 2.06 ounces, the watch not only gives yardages to front, back and middle of greens — as well as layup and dogleg distances — it also connects wirelessly to your smartphone, allowing you to receive emails, texts and alerts on the watch. (Price: $349.99)
Ashworth Cardiff ADC Golf Shoes
Worn by 2013 U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, the Cardiff ADC is the latest version in Ashworth's spikeless shoe line. Designed to be worn on and off the course, the shoe features a new Comfort Last and spikeless outsole that delivers more traction, comfort and flexibility. It also comes with a 2-year waterproof warranty. (Price: $119.99)
Under Armour Long Sleeve ColdGear Infrared Quarter Zip Jacket
Under Armour doesn't mess around when it comes to its ColdGear line. Worn by PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year Jordan Spieth, the ColdGear Infared jacked uses a soft thermo-conductive inner coating to retain your own body heat — which could come in handy on cold days. The 4-way stretch fabrication allows you to swing freely and take a rip at the ball. (Price: $84.99)
Bushnell Tour V3 Rangefinder
One of the most recognizable names in the rangefinder market, Bushnell's Tour V3 comes with PinSeeker technology that makes it accurate to within one yard; it also boasts 5-1,000 yards ranging performance, including 300-plus yards to the flag. To further reinforce the rangefinder's PinSeeker technology, Bushnell added JOLT technology that provides short vibrating bursts when it locks onto the flag. (Price: $299.99)
Titleist Pro V1 Golf Balls
Titleist's Pro V1 enjoyed another memorable year on the PGA TOUR, as Adam Scott and Jason Dufner used the ball to win the Masters and PGA Championship. Even if you don't have a major championship resume, the Pro V1 offers more than enough performance benefits for a wide range of playing abilities. The latest version has a softer compression ZG process core technology, and an improved high-performance Urethane Elastomer cover system. (Price: $41.99)
TaylorMade JetSpeed Driver
Introduced in mid-November, TaylorMade's JetSpeed driver is the first to feature the company's Speed Pocket technology in the sole of a metal wood that boosts ball speeds across the face. The shallower head and low, forward CG -- similar to the CG characteristics of SLDR -- gives JetSpeed a sweet spot that's 25 percent larger and extends lower on the face than RBZ Stage 2. (Price: $299.99)
PING S55 Irons
PING is incredibly particular and precise when it comes to its irons. Case in point: S55, which debuted earlier this year at The Barclays. After the company released S56 in 2010, engineers spent the next three years working on the current design. The new iron has a number similar traits to S56, including a 17-4 stainless steel body and a tungsten toe weight increases the club's MOI for greater forgiveness and an improved CG. New additions include a larger Custom Tuning Port and stabilizing bar that helps with improved feel at impact and distance control. (Price: $874.99)
Odyssey Versa Putter
Odyssey's Versa line was one the biggest equipment stories on the PGA TOUR in 2013 — and it was all thanks to a black and white contrast design on the putter head that accentuated the face angle at impact for proper alignment. Everyone from Phil Mickelson — he used a Versa #9 to win the British Open — to Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson used a Versa putter at some point last season. If it's good enough for some of the best players in the world, it's probably good enough for your game. (Price: $169.99)
Izzo Alignment Stix
There's nothing worse than putting a good swing on the ball with your feet pointed in the wrong direction. To help improve your alignment, grab a set of Izzo alignment sticks and head for the practice range. After spending time with these sticks in front of your feet, you'll feel more confident with your alignment, which should translate to lower scores on the course. (Price: $9.99)
PING L8 Stand Bag
PING's original carry bag is getting a makeover. Released in 1988, the L8 bag, made from durable 600 denier polyester, weighs 4 pounds and features three pockets (apparel, balls, water bottle) and two full-length dividers. PING's proprietary Enhanced Ergonomics offers a wider 24-inch leg span for added stability, dual shoulder straps and a reinforced bracket with leg stop. (Price: $139.99)