The Price Is Right

Every club in your bag doesn't have to cost as much as a Club Med vacation. Granted, big-ticket items pack in the latest high-tech advances. But if it's value you're after--due to tuition, a mortgage, car payments or an ex-wife--concede a little whiz-bang for your buck and try out the selection below.

La Jolla - Knife Hybrid Irons

This hybrid iron set has three rails along the sole--in graphite-shafted hybrid clubs (3 and 4) and steel irons (5-PW)--to aid workability. Hollow irons have a vibration absorption ring, plus tungsten weight in the rear to help you to hit it higher and straighter. $399; 800-468-7700 ljcgolf.com


Nike - NDS Driver

No, this isn't the thunderous Ignite. But the 400cc titanium face for extra zip and comes standard with a proprietary Fujikura soft tip shaft higher ball flight--in 9.5º, 10.5º and Lucky 13º (clever huh?) lofts. $239 (graphite); 800-922-6453 or nikegolf.com


Tour Edge - Bazooka JMAX Tour Hybrid

A heavy sole--nearly 50 percent of the club's weight is there--should help to produce high-arcing shots. Minimal offset and a neutral weight bias give you the freedom to maneuver shots any which way. Choose from 16º , 19º, 22º or 24.5º lofts. $89 (steel), $119 (graphite); 800-515-3343 or touredge.com


Dunlop - LoCo Wedge

There's nothing crazy about this scoring club. This muscleback design, made of soft stainless steel, should appeal to the traditionalist in all of us. Its milled in three lofts--52º, 56º and 60º--with Harrison graphite shafts and Winn grips. $49 (graphite); 800-235-5516 or dunlopgolf.com


Hippo - ITX2 Irons

A stainless steel body wraps around a stainless steel face insert and graphite core. The graphite dampens shock at impact while also displacing weight to the club's perimeter. ITX2 has a broad sole to aid liftoff and forgive slight mis-hits. $299 (steel), $349 (graphite); 800-204-2807 or hippo-golf.com

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