MacGregor is making a big splash in the iron market with its new VIP series clubs. The sleek, cavity back meets blade irons are being lauded for their craftsmanship, and mid and low handicappers say the sticks compare favorably to similar offerings from Nike, Titleist and Mizuno. MacGregor is looking to one-up its competitors by being the only company to offer custom grind options to the golfing public.
A number of big name manufacturers offer this service to the pros, but MacGregor has extended this game improvement benefit for golfers of all skill levels. For example, a 20-handicap could opt to have the toe squared, the heel softened, the bounce minimized and the leading edge rounded on his or her set of VIPs. MacGregor can also reposition the mass on each club behind the ball according to individual swings to optimize ball flight. If you are still slicing the ball after all this tender loving care, you might want to consider lawn darts. For more information, visit www.macgregorgolf.com. (Doug/Sid, link to VIP review at http://www.travelgolf.com/departments/productreviews/macgregor-vip.htm)
If you like to take your golf standing up walking the course that is then Sun Mountain is probably a familiar name in golf bags. The Montana-based company is one of the few companies outside of Ping that truly caters to the hoofing duffer, and has been doing so for close to 20 years. Sun Mountains Superlite, Glacier, Avalanche and Peak stand bags were all the rage at the 2002 PGA Merchandise Expo in Orlando, Fla., and the 2003 encore is the much-anticipated Cirque bag.
Cirque has 11 smartly conceived pockets, including a Dry Pocket with waterproof zipper offering a great place to stash some good cigars or an expensive wireless device you shouldnt be using on the golf course anyway. Additional pockets include new and used ball pockets, a velour lined valuables pocket, full-length clothing pocket and a see-through mesh pocket.
After a brief scare from Delta airlines, the softsided travel bag industry returns to business as usual. The airline announced a policy earlier this summer that would have required passengers carrying softsided bags to pay $10 per one-way trip for a hardsided carrying case supplied by (you guessed it) Delta. Delta claimed the measure was necessary to recover costs from damaged clubs, but the company backed off the policy when the softsided travel bag industry mounted organized opposition, citing the airlines policy as discriminatory and premature.
This news could not have been better for Porterline, an up-and-coming name in the travel golf bag industry based in San Diego.
Poterlines popular Sky Porter bag was in line for a Delta ruling on its softsided-ness, but company president Chris Korn says the bag meets the airlines existing requirements and is not subject to a surcharge for the hardsided container. Porterline recently released a new and improved Sky Porter bag that includes a detachable top, sharper color schemes and improved materials. The bag is one of the lightest (7.2 pounds), durable, and affordable products in its class. For more information, visit www.porterline.com.
Also sizzling hot Titleists new 975JVS and 975LFE drivers, suggested retail in the neighborhood of $500 and designed for players with high swing speeds Nike Precision Double C Tour and Double C Distance balls are further proof that the 800 pound gorilla is taking its ball making quite seriously. The Double C series pellets are intended for use by low to mid handicappers, and retail for $35 a dozen.
TravelGolf.com Contributing Writer Shane Sharp covers equipment for WorldGolf.com. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org