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Gear Up Your Golf Equipment Before Hitting the Links

Some of us are fortunate enough to live where we can golf year-round. Others of us enjoy winter vacations to locales, either in the U. or abroad, that boast the sunny, dry weather that makes an afternoon on the links one of life's greatest pleasures. As for the rest of us, well, we longingly await the coming of spring and our next round of golf. Whether we're just learning the game or are avid players, this is the perfect time of year to haul out our equipment and make sure we're prepared for the coming season.

Here are some things to consider when gearing up: Golf Clubs: Look at your golf clubs and think about your game. Do your clubs show your ability to its best advantage, or are they relics whose time has long passed? If you're ready for a new set (or even a new driver or putter), you can't go wrong with TaylorMade, Callaway, or any other premium brand. If you can't afford the best, Callaway pre-owned golf clubs are certified and will help you get the most from your game. This is particularly true for women, who benefit from Callaway's commitment to incorporating the technology of men's clubs into lighter, shorter clubs with smaller grips. Golf Shoes: You can't develop a great swing unless you have good golf shoes that give you the kind of grip you need on sloped fairways or in the wet rough.

Plus, you need a well-fitting pair of shoes that will ensure your comfort as you walk the course. There are many excellent brands of shoes available, some with soft spikes and others that are spikeless. The style, materials (leather vs. manmade), and extra features (like gels that are responsive to your foot's temperature) are a matter of personal taste, but comfort and functionality are key. Golf Apparel: With an unprecedented number of styles and fabrications, there's no reason you can't both look and feel great on the course. For men, there are a wide variety of long- and short-sleeved shirts, sweaters, and slacks. Women can definitely make a fashion statement on the links with solids and prints in stylish color palettes. Whether your prefer skirts, skorts, or shorts, and whether you favor tanks over short-sleeved tops, you can easily find golf apparel that makes you feel terrific during the game and in the clubhouse. Golf Accessories: As you're looking over your equipment, don't forget to check on your glove. You want to ensure that you have a great grip, so be sure to find one that has a great fit and that feels great.

While you're at it, make sure that you have a hat, moisture-wicking socks, and other golf accessories that will enable you to keep your mind on your game. Golf Balls: Every golfer has his or her favorite golf balls, but if you haven't tried out some of the new offerings, it's always fun to experiment. Nike, Callaway, TaylorMade, and Bridgestone all have many different styles from which to choose. Once you have your equipment in order, all that's left is to patiently wait for the weather to clear and then hit the links.


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