Looks what's in store for golfers this season

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:54 PM ET

Is three the charm in golf?

With their famed two-ball putter's impact on the golf world, the folks at Odyssey have taken their technology one step further.

This season, they've unveiled the Tri-Ball putter to help golfers of all abilities shave strokes off their scorecard.

Dax Brewster, general manager of Nevada Bob's, is mightily impressed having tried the new putter.

"It's a very stable golf club and easy to line up," Brewster said. "It always seems to keep the face square."

Sure, putting may be the single most important part of golf but you can't put the ball in the hole if you can't get it down the fairway.

And there are a couple of new drivers on the market to help you get from tee to green a lot easier.

One of the hottest items this year is Nike's new SasQuatch driver. The 460 cc head has a centre of gravity further back to help increase the inertia.

The latest technology is movable weights and TaylorMade continues to shine with its latest line of drivers, the R7.

Now, golfers can customize their driver -- on both the 425cc and 460cc models -- to alter ball flight, a great idea when the wind blows, as it has been known to do in these parts.

"Weighted technology is the big rage," Brewster said. "The TaylorMade clubs also have a big sweet spot and that gives the average player a bigger area to hit on the golf club."

Not all of us can launch a ball like Bubba Watson or John Daly. Some of us can't approach a par-5 with an 8-iron.

Which means some of us actually have to attempt hitting those difficult 3-irons instead.

The other option is to try out a hybrid, a cross between an iron and a wood.

Out for a few years now, hybrids have taken a stronghold on the market, replacing long irons by being easier to manage.

Ping has released a new generation of their hybrid clubs, spinning off the success of their G5 woods.

"They have a sloped crown design promoting more lift from a lower centre of gravity," Brewster explained.

Of course, looking good and feeling good are also key in golf.

Walking around in a pool of sweat during those hot, sunny days (trust us, they will come eventually) takes away the joy of the game.

Among the great new shirts comes one from Adidas.

The Clima Cool line helps reduce skin temperature, improves airflow and even provides UV protection.

Dunning Golf has unveiled shirts with Field Sensor fabric, which not only wicks away moisture but is also anti-microbial to help reduce body odour.

Although most of us don't play with a caddy, or local knowledge, it doesn't mean you can't have a little help.

To make club selection easier, you can try using something like Bushnell's Pinseeker 1500SC.

Not only does it help read yardage, it also takes into account elevation changes between yourself and the target, which can make a difference when a 150-yard shot is playing more like 125 yards.


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