Virginia Golfer Sep / Oct 2017 - Page 40

Equipment Be Prepared Gear up to take down any and all situations on the course this season by SCOTT KRAMER ARE YOUR TEE SHOTS SUDDENLY STRAYING? Has your short game cost you some friendly bets? Are your bag zippers falling apart? Fortunately, some new gear can help save you in any of these instances. ODYSSEY O-Works Red putter PING G400 driver At the U.S. Open, 13 PGA Tour pros began using PING’s new G400— billed as the brand’s fastest and most forgiving driver ever. Now, 70 tour pros around the globe already have it in their bag. It’s slightly smaller than most on the market—just 445cc compared to the popular 460cc size of most competitor models—which PING officials claim improves aerodynamics for faster clubhead speeds while raising the Moment of Inertia. Three clubhead options are offered: A standard version for most golfers; SFT to correct fades has heel-side tungsten weighting and a lighter swing weight to help square the face; and LST that positions tungsten closer to the face, for a stronger ball flight. $435. 38 V I R G I N I A G O L F E R | S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 17 Maybe it’s redheads that have more fun. Several TaylorMade staffers—most notably Jason Day—have been seeing red on the greens this year. Literally. Their putter heads are red in color, and have also given them plenty of success in competition. Now Odyssey has joined in on the trend, with its new O-Works Red putters. Available in three head styles—2-Ball, #7 and #7S (a short-slant neck version of the #7 with more toe hang)— they each feature a clean and simple look at address. The proprietary stainless steel Microhinge face insert is co-molded into a thermoplastic elastomer layer, which in turn enhances feel and gets the ball into a quick topspin for a better roll at impact. $219/ larger Superstroke grip, $199/ standard-sized Winn grip.