MacGregor Eye-O-Matic 60 driver
The next driver from the leading woods manufacturer is a few months away, but we got a sneak peek. A stylish, two-piece insert black fiber made of compressed paper and a circular "firing pin" makes lining up the Eye-O-Matic automatic. Made of water-resistant aluminum, the pin moves the center of gravity up and forward to produce the penetrating ball flight better players prefer.
Ping 1-A putter
Newcomer Ping's innovative and pricey 1-A is creating a stir on the West Coast. The face attaches to the rest of the manganese-bronze head only at the heel and toe: This design causes a springing effect that propels off-center hits almost as far as center strikes. Expect plenty of stares the face vibration produces a loud, high-pitched ping. If the 1-A succeeds, its designer, Karsten Solheim, just might quit his job as a GE engineer to focus on golf.
Wilson Dyna-Powered irons
By moving weight from the hosel to the back of the blade, Wilson created a rock-solid forging that produces more head speed, power and accuracy. These come with three calfskin-wrapped grips: the Bell (round), the Reminder (flattened on one side to promote proper left-hand position) and the Turner (flattened on two sides to promote proper left- and right-hand position). Expect Wilson staff pros Julius Boros, Billy Casper, Arnold Palmer, Gene Sarazen and Sam Snead to put this set in play soon.
Jeff Ellis is a golf club historian, GOLF MAGAZINE Contributing Writer and author of The Clubmaker's Art: Antique Golf Clubs and Their History.