2009 Drivers Buyer’s Guide

Today’s drivers are so fine-tuned and well-made that it’s a cinch to find the right model for your game._Ê If your old model_Ê doesn’t have you hitting it long and straight, one of this year’s new drivers definitely will. Remember when hitting 300-yard drives was something you only dreamed about? Well those days are over now that drivers are more powerful, more forgiving and more fun to hit than ever before.

8-Second Countdown

How to make the most of those crucial moments before you putt.

Standing over a putt for too long (and freezing up) can seriously impact the fluidity of your putting stroke. To make sure you don’t get this overanalysis paralysis, I suggest you don’t wait too long in between your last practice stroke and your actual putt. In fact, it should take you a maximum of eight seconds! Anything longer than that, and it’s hard to retain the desired feel for the putt at hand.

Power Driving

Hitting bigger, more powerful drives is just a few tips away.

As an instructor, it can be a challenge to get students to work on chipping and putting–however, they would drop anything to be able to spend time at the range working on their tee shots! Driving the ball longer and straighter is the ultimate goal for most, and there’s no club they wouldn’t buy if they thought it would help them drive the ball like Tiger Woods!

PROspectives: Eric Axley

How to chip like a pro.

On the PGA Tour, the ability to get up and down consistently from around the green is critical, and being a good pitcher of the ball makes saving pars a lot easier. The three basic shots you need to know are high, medium and low pitches. Master these three, and you’ll be able to handle just about any situation.

Focus On: Pinehurst, Southern Pines & Aberdeen

In these challenging economic times, quality counts more than ever, and when it comes to playing golf it’s hard to beat the quality (and quantity) of the Pinehurst-Southern Pines-Aberdeen golf courses.

Hot Sticks ’09

The hottest new golf gear for 2009

Designed to provide a combination of ultra-high performance with traditional looks and feel, the Tour Preferred irons from TaylorMade are a great choice for the demanding player. Features include a Tour-configured sole, a shallow, undercut cavity, vibration-management sound badge and TM’s Inverted Cone Technology for enhanced distance and forgiveness.

March-April 2009

The latest in golf equipment, instruction, training aids, apparel & more

Now Playing: Cleveland Niblick Who said you can’t have it all? The new Niblick ($110) from Cleveland Golf combines the playability of a wedge, putter, iron and hybrid—all in one. Dubbed “the original short-iron hybrid,” the Niblick is a useful tool for executing tough shots from around the green, including the rough, hardpan or sand. Read more…

Pro Vs. Joe

How to take your swing from average Joe to touring pro in no time.

When you compare an average golfer (in this case, we’ll called him JOE) to a Tour player (let’s call him PRO), you notice big differences in each golf swing. For example, the PRO can achieve certain swing positions because he’s more flexible and has stronger golf muscles than JOE. In fact, physical limitations often prevent JOE from reaching the same positions as the PRO, making it critical for him to make certain adjustments to his technique in order to still strike the ball solidly without hurting himself.

Showcase: Big Guns

A close look at for exciting new drivers

As 2009 has already arrived, it’s time to think about adding some new artillery to your golf bag. If you’re like most players, the driver is the one club you really get excited about, and fortunately, there are a number of innovative and exciting designs available in the new year. If you’re a fan of unique geometric shapes, you’ll want to check out Callaway’s new FTiQ driver, as well as Cleveland’s latest rendition of the HiBORE, the Monster XLS.