Maxfli ball, Wilson irons, and Titleist drivers

February 19, 2007

Maxfli Noodle Spin ball
SPECS: Two-piece ball with a solid core and soft Surlyn cover; 80 compression
WHO IT'S FOR: Moderate to high swing speeds

Photographer: Bob Grier Bob Grier

WHY BUY: To play an affordable distance ball with better feel and spin than traditional distance balls. (See "Well Equipped.") Compared with the original Noodle, the Spin provides noticeably more bite and softer feel on scoring shots. Of course, you may concede a few yards from tee to green. On the course, the mid-trajectory ball is stable in breezy conditions.
INFO: $25 (dozen); 800-888-CLUB (2582);

Wilson Deep Red II Tour irons
SPECS: Oversize cast heads made from soft 431 stainless steel; Dynamic Gold steel shafts
WHO IT'S FOR: Low handicappers
WHY BUY: The club's design positions mass low and toward the rear, making it easy to shape shots. Skilled players will appreciate the soft feel, a result of the urethane head insert that masks vibrations. They'll also like the compact design, which is reminiscent of old-style blades.
INFO: $849 (set of eight); 800-GO-WILSON (469-4576);

Titleist 983K and 983E drivers
SPECS: Thin beta-titanium face insert; 983K (365cc) in 7.5°, 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5° lofts; 983E (350cc) in 7.5°, 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°
WHO IT'S FOR: 983K: Players who benefit from a moderate-spin driver with playability. 983E: Golfers with a high swing speed who generate a lot of spin
WHY BUY: More efficient than the 975 line; shots come off at higher speeds across a larger area of the face. The 983K offers more forgiveness than the 983E and promotes a higher, flat ball flight. The deep-face 983E produces a lower, flat trajectory.
INFO: $500 each (graphite); 888-324-4766;