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HOT STUFF

Feb. 16, 2004
Feb. 16, 2004

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HOT STUFF

Besides the headline-grabbing clubs offered up by the major
companies at the recent PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, there
was, as always, an eclectic mix of interesting, odd and just
plain ridiculous products. Here are nine worth a second look.

This is an article from the Feb. 16, 2004 issue

1. Sun Mountain Atlas, $210

No, that's not a sponge diver on the luggage rack, it's a travel
cover with a hard-shell top and bottom connected by soft sides,
so when it's not in use the sides collapse and the whole thing
folds up into something resembling a small shop vac or a device
from a Jules Verne novel. www.sunmountain.com

2. Oakley Tuxedo, $400

Sure, the extra-wide outsoles make these perhaps the most stable
shoes you'll ever wear, but they also prove that the Italians
like their golf shoes like their women. Handmade from top-grade
leather in a medieval stable in Borgomanero at a rate of only 300
a month, they're expensive, hard to get and darn fine to look at.
www.oakley.com

3. KZG Gemini, $419

One of the few buzz-inducing innovations of the show, the Gemini
offers a new technological wrinkle: a second face welded inside
the outer face, creating a double-wall effect that's so hot the
USGA initially ruled it nonconforming before later giving it the
O.K. www.kzgolf.com

4. Laser One Golf, $925 (seven irons, three woods)

Seventy-five-year-old retired dairy farmer George Smith doesn't
really play golf, but that didn't stop him from inventing these
oddly bent clubs with inset, offset hosels. Smith may have
reasoned that it takes crooked clubs to straighten out the game.
www.laser1golf.com

5. Ogio Shling, $229 (with Trick SS bag)

The search for the perfect bag strap continues as Ogio attempts
to replace the double strap with this single s-shaped harness
that goes over both shoulders like a yoke. It'll allow you to
haul your sticks with better posture and leverage, but don't
expect the caddie at your club to do anything but toss it like a
boomerang. www.ogio.com

6. Tommy Armour 845 Tri-Measure, $150; Burrows M.A.C. Ion, $169;
Never Compromise Voodoo, $190

The tyranny of the 2-ball continues as more and more putters
modeled after the odd, elephantine, back-weighted beast from
Odyssey flood the market. These latest three all have something
unique to offer, but they are without doubt variations on a
theme. www.tommyarmourgolf.com; www.burrowsgolf.com;
www.nevercompromise.com

7. Lady Classic Solar Nail & Ring Glove, $15

In case you didn't think Martha Burk was having an impact, here's
a glove with slits for long fingernails, another slit that allows
a ring to poke out and a sheer back that lets sunlight through to
prevent tan lines. Women, hear them roar. www.ladyclassic.com

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