Lady Golfer: Your Gear – October 2013

Golf Equipment

The latest club reviews, new equipment, fashion, style tips and trolleys.

NIKE FI Impact Shoe
Based on the design of Nike’s famous ‘Free’ running shoe, the FI Impact offers maximum freedom of movement with as much ground feel as possible to help users generate more power. The ladies’ version features heavy input from Solheim Cup star Suzann Pettersen. “The FI Impact allows her to get the transfer of energy she demands, proving even a swing as powerful as Pettersen’s can utilise the performance of Integrated Traction,” said Nike’s Lee Walker. The Norwegian added: “After I tried them once, I was dying to get them on my feet in competition. I can really feel the ground and the increase in power through my swing.” Expect to pay £95.

DAILY SPORTS Sleeveless Polo Shirt
Also available with short sleeves, this sleeveless design is very striking with its bold three coloured front and logo design on the back. Made from 95 per cent cotton, 5 per cent spandex, it is both cool and stretchy enough to give complete freedom of movement throughout the swing, and joyfully doesn’t ride up. The arm holes are generously sized, so there is no chance of chafing. SRP: £48

SURPRIZESHOP Golf Bag Wine Bottle Holder
This is such a fun wine bottle holder. It looks great in the centre of the table for an informal dinner with fellow golfers. It is available in black or more striking pink, and the attention to detail is excellent with all the zippers and straps shown. It holds the wine very securely, thanks to the overly large pitching wedge and sand wedge, and won’t mark any table top thanks to the velvety covered base. A definite talking point! SRP: £17.99 www.surprizeshop.co.uk

FOOTJOY New Autumn/Winter Range
Innovation, performance and style are the driving force behind FootJoy’s new-season line. The collection is spearheaded by three new outerwear garments – the fully-waterproof DryJoys Tour XP, HydroLite, which is designed for warmweather rain, and the thermal, water-resistant FJ Softshell. All the new garments combine high-performance fabrics with contemporary colours, ensuring optimum style.

SRP: DryJoys Tour XP (jacket £200, rain shirt £175, trousers £155); HydroLite (jacket £130, 1/2 zip rain
shirt £125, short-sleeve rain shirt £115, trousers £90); Softshell (jacket £100, vest £85)

TITLEIST Players Flex Glove
The best compliment I can give this glove is that I completely forgot I was wearing it! Made from Cabretta
leather, it is beautifully soft and comfortable, and it fits so perfectly, I just loved it.

I haven’t tried it in the rain yet, but it claims to resist rain and perspiration and dry soft again while retaining its gripping properties. It certainly grips well in the dry, and I’ll be wearing it for a long time! SRP: £15

Poodle Launch Autumn Pullover Collection
Technology, style and chic combine perfectly in this new seasonal line

Poodle have launched a new collection of pullovers that are perfect for the course this autumn.  The collection features two lines – the Moondoggie and Mashie rashie collections. Both lines incorporate the latest CapiDry fabric technology – a polyester/elastane stretch knit with fibres contoured to channel moisture to the surface, allowing the material to dry quickly. The fibre structure also facilitates moisture management, meaning that effectiveness is not diminished with laundering. Moondoggies are made from a solid body color and contrast print at the front collar, zippered neck panel and oversized Poodle logo on the back.

The Mashie Rashie takes its name from a combination of the old spade mashie club and the rashguard material which is used to protect surfers from water and sand. The black with tree-of-life magenta ‘Chill’ shirt (pictured) is one of the Mashie Rashies in the collection.
www.poodle.eu

ON TEST
Ping Serene Driver SRP: 239

MADELEINE
Handicap: 4

I have now got used to the purple colouring of the Serene range. The large head sits invitingly behind the ball, but 12° is a little too much loft for low handicappers, although I can see why it would appeal to higher handicappers. It is light, flexible and easy to hit. It feels very forgiving, and yet it gives a solid feel and strike, so it should be a confidence booster driver for those struggling off the tee.

MANDY AMBERT
Handicap: 13

This driver has a very flexible shaft and was very light in weight. Personally, I didn’t feel comfortable with the weight distribution from grip to clubhead and on contact didn’t gain any distance or improved trajectory on my own driver but I’m that’s mainly because I use a men’s Ping G20 driver normally. On examination of the clubface, I rarely hit the sweet spot and so personally found the club unforgiving. Not quite my cup of tea!

BRENDA CHATTERJEE
Handicap: 35

Serene is an aptly named driver! I tried it on a number of occasions and would be very happy indeed if a kindly soul would leave one on the back seat of my car! It was so comfortable to use and I had no problem hitting the ball off each and every tee. I felt that it helped to keep my drive on a straight line. Could just be luck, but it felt most comfortable. A splendid club.

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