Chicago Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa was suspended seven games this season for corking his bat. Maybe Slammin' Sammy should consider golf, a game in which hiding stuff inside clubs is increasingly common. The latest examples are the Precept Tour Premium EC603 irons ($536, steel shafts) and Nickent Genex ARC wedge (above; $119).In each, elastomer rubber (blue in photo) replaces steel inside the clubhead. The rubber absorbs impact vibration for softer feel and increases perimeter weighting to keep off-center hits in the ballpark. And these sticks are perfectly legal.
Help is here for frustrated flatstick fighters. The Zen Oracle Tour and Cameron Cube provide instant feedback to help straighten out your putting path. Because it can release the ball from its clutches in either forward or reverse, the Zen ($160; 866-752-9936) gives readings of your backstroke, forward stroke and clubface angle at impact. (It doubles as a USGA-conforming putter.) The Cube training aid ($29; www.scottycameron.com is forward-discharge-only, but it sticks to your own putter and costs a fifth as much as the Zen.
Straight from TaylorMade's fitting carts come slightly used R510, R540 and R580 drivers for $160 to $225 each, depending on condition -- up to two-thirds off the original sticker price. Each features a wide COR zone to boost distance on heel and toe hits. Quantities are limited. To order, click the "GOLF MAGAZINE Best Deal" icon .at www.3balls.com.