Hot Stuff

Feb. 09, 1998
Feb. 09, 1998

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Feb. 9, 1998

Nagano '98

Hot Stuff

The PGA merchandise show is golf's biggest, best bazaar. Each
January everybody who's anybody in the biz heads for Orlando's
1.1-million-square-foot Orange County Convention Center to show
off the latest gear or to place bets--uh, orders--for the
upcoming season. With nearly 1,500 exhibitors and 50,000
potential customers on hand to haggle over everything from
pencils and divot-fixers to Godzilla-sized drivers and
Rolls-Royce look-alike carts, the show is a golfer's best sequel
to Christmas. Here's what rang our bells this year.

This is an article from the Feb. 9, 1998 issue Original Layout

Determined to stay ahead of the curve? Check out the new
Liquidmetal irons ($2,700), made from an alloy so strong and
dense that paint won't stick to it--the company has to
laser-etch its name on the clubs. The relative energy transfer
efficiency of the irons is about double that of titanium sticks.

TourPure woods by McHenry Metals ($566) may be sleeping giants.
They're the brainchild of Gary Adams, who started Taylor Made
and Founder's Club. With a forged, milled face and a titanium
shell, the TourPure claims to give a low, boring trajectory.

The Heavy Hitter (Heavy Hitter Golf, $89) is a weighted warmup
club you can hit full shots with. The weight of the club forces
you to swing with your arms, not your hands, and develops tempo
and maybe even a few muscles.

The AllTrek carry bag (Top-Flite, $225) has double straps filled
with a gellike material, making the bag soft on the shoulders.
Also, the flip-up legs stay out of your way when you walk.

Alternative spikes are taking over, but they wear out quickly
and are difficult to change. To the rescue: the Champ Q-LOK
System. Just insert the spike, give it a one-quarter turn, and
it locks into place. Etonic and Nike are using the system on all
'98 models.

FOUR COLOR PHOTOS [Liquidmetal and TourPure golf clubs; Heavy Hitter golf club; AllTrek carry bag; shoe with Champ Q-LOK System alternative spikes]