EQUIP­MENT

Is high-end equip­ment worth the in­vest­ment?

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Contents -

Bob Par­sons, founder of Par­sons Xtreme Golf, has com­pared his clubs to a Fer­rari, and he prices them ac­cord­ingly. The idea of golf clubs as lux­ury goods isn’t new, but it’s trend­ing up:Av­er­age sell­ing prices have risen sharply as sales have stayed flat.This re­flects a search for new ma­te­ri­als, pro­cesses and ideas to stretch what’s pos­si­ble. But given that golf’s gov­ern­ing bod­ies want to en­sure that skill, not tech­nol­ogy, de­ter­mines per­for­mance, are th­ese clubs worth your in­vest­ment? It might de­pend on whether you would rather drive a Fer­rari than a Ford to your high school re­union. If so, here are five new high-oc­tane en­tries for you to aspire to.

pxg 0811x/0811lx ▶

The stan­dard X and lighter LX are low-spin up­grades. The sole has the same damp­ing ma­te­rial found in the PXG irons. R12 000

xxio prime ▶

The ti­ta­nium face max­imises dis­tance, a tung­sten-weighted body sup­plies plenty of for­give­ness, and the ul­tra­light shaft helps you swing the club faster. R28 000 (eight irons)

honma t117 lim­ited ▶

Made to com­mem­o­rate the gold Beres S-05 model given by the Ja­panese prime min­is­ter to Pres­i­dent Trump, this driver is one of only 10 avail­able in the United States. R70 000

miura pp-9005 ge­n­e­sis ▶

Th­ese mid­size irons have a forged, car­bon-steel body and a flex­i­ble, high­strength steel-face in­sert for max­i­mum dis­tance. R28 000 (six irons)

vega al­cor ▶

The milling pat­tern on the face of this wedge pro­vides ex­tra fric­tion, and chan­nels cut in the back raise the cen­tre of grav­ity for a pen­e­trat­ing launch. R3 600 (per wedge)

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