Spring has (finally) sprung. Time to stir up an Arnold Palmer and start chipping around the backyard in anticipation of your first round of golf and, of course, The Masters, which should be better than ever thanks to the return of Tiger Woods and all the prodigious young talent out there.
This gathering of greats should have you pumped to get back to your game, and when you do, you’ll want to be at your best.
So hook yourself up with this season’s top new golf gear; it’s sure to bring your game—and your looks—up to par.
Olukai Makia Ulana ($130): Let’s face it, golf clothes have a certain look, and oftentimes it can be tough to find the right pair of shoes to match when heading to and from the links. Enter the Makia Ulanas. They’ll fit right in with your course style, and they’re lightweight and breathable to mimic the characteristics of a normal golf shoe, minus the treads.
Lululemon Commission Pant Slim ($128): Looking for pants that perform without looking too… golfy? Here ya go. The Commission’s technical features offer comfort and a full range of motion while the tapered fit leaves them sitting perfectly above your golf shoes. Pair them with the Lululemon Evolution Polo and for one sharp-looking combo.
Taylormade M3 Driver ($500): Taylormade’s latest driver is intended for more experienced golfers but many components work great for all. The cutting-edge clubface features twist face technology that offers plenty of forgiveness on heel and toe hits. The real key, though, is the new Y-track. This moveable weight system allows golfers to really dial in the club to their specific swing for optimal performance.
Cobra King F8 Irons ($799): In a world driven by data, Cobra Golf is once again at the forefront, now offering its Cobra Connect technology in the new F8 Irons set. Arccos-powered sensors embedded into the grips combine with a smartphone app to provide real-time data and help you make crucial adjustments on the fly. Factor in Cobra’s multiple head construction, which gives each club a specific feel based on loft, and you’ve got one deadly set of irons.
Puma Ignite Pwradapt Golf Shoes ($150): These kicks are comfortable from the second you pull them out of the box and slip them on. Combine the comfort with stylish good looks and terrific traction and you have yourself an excellent golf shoe. Grab a pair with either BOA technology or regular laces, you just can’t go wrong.
Galvin Green Lance Interface-1 Jacket ($365): Galvin Green sets the standard in golf jackets and the Lance more than lives up to it. Its newest interface-1 technology makes for a lightweight garment that is breathable, windproof and repels water like no other. The super stretchy material is also quite comfortable, so you can play like someone who happens to own another type of green jacket.
Ecco Biom Hybrid 3 GTX ($200): The Ecco Biom continues to lead the pack in the spikeless golf shoe field. No spikes, no problem. The Biom offers a surprising amount of stability throughout your swing. They are also waterproof and breathable—and the inclusion of Ecco’s Natural Motion technology gives the Biom unrivaled comfort.
Bridgestone TOUR B XS Tiger Woods Golf Balls ($50/dozen): Tiger Tiger Woods Y’all. These newly released balls are just like the standard Tour B XS model the four-time Masters champ currently plays. They also feature a custom logo that matches how Tiger marks his ball in competition, and a portion of the proceeds go to the TGR Foundation.
Bushnell Phantom ($100): You’re looking at arguably the most user-friendly rangefinder on the market. Clip it to your belt or bag or mount it to your golf cart thanks to its magnetic backing. Then pull up 36,000 courses worldwide and, using the accompanying app, track distances to hazards and the greens on each hole.
Oakley Target Line with Prizm Dark Golf lenses ($153): Oakley continues to redefine performance eyewear with these new shades. The addition of the dark golf lenses makes them ideal for identifying changes in elevation, grass length and the green on bright days. Bonus: The lifestyle look fits perfectly under your hat and looks good on and off the course.
Stance Jack Nicklaus Masters ($18): Commemorate Masters week with these new socks bearing the iconic image of the Golden Bear celebrating en route to winning the 1986 Masters at the age of 46. These socks are no novelty though. They are among the most comfortable and highest-performing golf socks on the market, thanks to their technical design and fabrics. A portion of the proceeds go to the Nicklaus Children’s Healthcare Foundation, a cause near and dear to Nicklaus himself.
Swannies Pocket Polo ($54): Swannies is bringing a laid-back lifestyle vibe to the scene that appeals to the casual golfer. This approach is evident in the look of the Pocket Polo that is as comfortable on the course as it is stylish off it. In other words, you’ll look good rocking it in Swannies Party Scrambles and beyond.