These drivers help you home in on your precise optimal launch angle to make your drives pierce through the sky.

The Right Stuff

These just-released, result-focused golf clubs just might be the fix you've been looking for to enhance your game.

BY SCOTT KRAMER

DESIRED RESULT: TACK ON EXTRA CARRY DISTANCE TO YOUR TEE SHOTS
Adjustable and cleverly constructed, these drivers help you home in on your precise optimal launch angle and ball flight to make your drives pierce through the sky.

Cobra King F6
Position its 10-gram sole weight near the clubface and you'll get a penetrating ball flight, more roll, and distance. Flip it to the rear to achieve a higher ball flight with more carry and forgiveness. $350

Mizuno JPX-EZ
This adjustable-loft power tool aims for high launch with low spin. Depending on where you insert the included 10-gram weight (there are three sole ports), your ball will draw, fade, or travel straight. $400

TaylorMade M1 460
The titanium/carbon composite clubhead lowers the center of gravity (CG) and sets you up for high shots with impressive hang time. Personalize ball flight by sliding two sole weights that tune draw, fade, and launch angle. $500

Wilson Staff FG Tour F5
Use its six loft and three sole weight configurations to help you achieve the towering tee shot carry you've dreamed about. Its clubface thickness varies across it to help accelerate ball speed from any impact point. $380

XXIO 9
With less mass in the shaft and grip, it helps those with slow and moderate swing speeds to generate more energy into the ball at impact. The wing-shaped clubface yields more flexibility toward the heel and toe to help you catapult the ball. $650


DESIRED RESULT: SHAVE STROKES ON THE GREEN
These putters are designed using creative weighting, sizes, shapes, and alignment lines to help you roll in more putts by getting the ball on track right from impact.

Bettinardi Inovai 3.0
Stainless-steel weighting is bolted to the aluminum body, which in turn distributes weight and maximizes stability and feel. A black anodized finish subtly reduces sun glare while you stand over the ball. $300

Miura KM-008
Made of forged milled steel, this diminutive blade - just 3.44 inches from heel to toe - feels soft at impact. You can't really miss its sweet spot, because its size makes the whole face a hot zone. $450

Odyssey Works Tank Cruiser #1
Thanks to its adjustable head and grip weighting, you can tinker around to get the utopian feel for your unique stroke. Black and silver bands on the putterhead ease the burden of lining up putts. $250

Scotty Cameron Futura X7M
A bar across the rear of this mallet helps position weight deep behind the face, increasing stability through your stroke. Long and raised alignment lines make aiming putts a cinch. $410


DESIRED RESULT: SCRAMBLE WELL WITH YOUR SHORT GAME

The face grooves on this year's wedges are exceptionally intricate with respect to edge shapes and sharpness, and their soles are shaped to interact more smoothly than ever with turf and sand so you can confidently attack the pin from within 100 yards.

Cleveland Golf Custom Edition
Its standard bounce angle embraces any challenge most grass or bunkers present - especially if you're taking a neutral attack-angled downswing. The rough-surfaced face generates spin control: Grooves are sharp and complemented by a micro-milled face pattern. $140

Cobra King
Wide, shallow grooves in the higher lofts generate more spin on full swings. Variable-depth roughness milled into the face helps short pitches stick and stop quickly. Three sole configurations collectively accommodate any turf or sand condition. $120

Mizuno S5
The blue finish looks gorgeous, but this club's performance is what's really attractive. The forged carbon-steel head yields soft-feeling shots, while the beveled sole gives you optimal turf interaction through impact. $130

Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled 6
Zero in on distance control with ease. The sole grind shape increases shot versatility, while the face features aggressive grooves and face texture that impart plenty of backspin. $170


DESIRED RESULT: CREATE BIRDIE OPPORTUNITIES
The latest irons are so forgiving that even better players should consider an upgrade, assuring more accurate distances into tight targets.

Callaway New Apex
This cavity-back generates reliably consistent ball speed - even when you strike your shot askew. Impact feels extremely soft, thanks to the forged mild carbon-steel clubhead. $1,400/graphite-shafted set, $1,200/steel

Ping G
The deep CG in this perimeter-weighted iron launches high shots that hit and hold greens. The thin clubface flexes in at impact before catapulting your ball forward for extra carry. $1,000/graphite-shafted set, $880/steel

Srixon Z 355
This slightly heavy clubhead creates a centrifugal-force effect on your swing, lending tempo consistency and faster speed through impact for distance. The sole's rounded leading edge helps smooth turf interaction. $900/graphite-shafted set, $800/steel

TaylorMade PSi
A cut-through pocket behind the clubface boosts distance on shots struck lower on the clubface. Slots flanking the face's right and left edges help you get more dependable distance even on mis-hits. $1,300/graphite-shafted set, $1,100/steel

Titleist 716 AP2
Tour stud Jordan Spieth plays this forged iron because it's deadly accurate. But it's ideal for amateurs, too. High-density tungsten at the long-iron extremities lends distance, forgiveness, and feel. $1,545/graphite-shafted set, $1,345/steel


DESIRED RESULT: HIT MORE GREENS IN REGULATION
Perfect for long approach shots, these utility clubs are built to hit shots farther, with high ball flight that descends more quietly than their predecessors.

Tour Edge Exotics CB PRO Tungsten
Imagine the clout of a hollow utility iron with a thin clubface. This is an entire set of them. Tungsten soles lower CG to significantly enhance your ability to get trajectory. $900/graphite-shafted set, $800/steel

Ping G Crossover
Each of the three available lofts combines the performance advantages - and looks - of a hybrid and long iron. A flat-and-strong steel face lends workability, while a low-back muscle sends shots high so they'll land softly. $247/club

Titleist 716 T-MB
The placement of mass inside the head makes it a breeze to hit high-launching, far-carrying shots that land softly. Extreme tungsten weighting in the heel and toe adds forgiveness - and complements a thin steel face that trampolines for power. $250/graphite-shafted club, $225/steel

EYES ON THE BALL

Golf balls have evolved to the point that they now feel pleasantly soft on every shot, travel scary long on tee shots, and spin plenty around the green when you need them to stop. Four new notables to tee up:

Bridgestone 2016 TOUR B330-RX
This ball travels far off the tee and gets greenside spin for golfers with swing speeds under 105 miles per hour (that's most of us). A cover coating and souped-up core mute any harsh impact sound, translating to soft feel preferred by the likes of LPGA Tour stars Paula Creamer, Stacy Lewis, and Karrie Webb. $39/dozen

Nike RZN Tour Platinum
This premium four-piecer emits a soft impact feel without compromising ball speed. Its urethane cover contributes to long ball flight, while its core maximizes energy transfer at impact for forgiveness. $48/dozen

Srixon Q-STAR
This durable, third-generation ball is built for any swing speed to get distance on long shots and suck-back action on the green. Its proprietary cover - coined "SpinSkin" - lends feel and control. $25/dozen

TaylorMade Tour Preferred

A new internal mantle layer helps your shots attain a soft feel - as does the urethane cover. Expect long drives, backspin into the greens, and a high launch on iron shots. $48/dozen

 

SOCK IT TO 'EM

The latest golf-specific socks - yes, that's a real thing - not only look great and different, but can actually enhance your on-course performance by keeping your feet comfortable while preventing them from slipping inside your shoes. Try these on for size.

1. Adidas Cool & Dry
Made of nylon and elastane, these feature breathable mesh ventilation and odor resistance. The no-slip heels keep your feet locked in place within your shoes, while the padded heel and toe, plus an arch-compression panel, enhance comfort. $12

2. FootJoy TechSof Tour
Technology inside lures moisture away from your feet. These anatomically shaped left- and right-specific socks feature extra cushioning at high-impact points. There's even built-in arch support. $12/sport length, $14/crew

3. Kentwool Tour Profile
These Merino wool socks wick moisture while also being breathable, odor-resistant, and temperature-regulating. Their ultrafine fibers feel heavenly soft against your skin. Best of all, they promise blister-free performance. $20

4. Stance Feherty Signature
This thin, crew-length performance hosiery sports cushioning, arch band support, and designated left and right socks. The "Quick Wick" fabric and mesh vents keep your feet cool and dry. $16

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