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a stren­u­ous in­spec­tion process to en­sure con­sis­tency that even the finest mass pro­duced ball do not have.

Clear golf balls are not avail­able in stores or green-grass pro shops, but only through the Clear Sports in­vi­ta­tion-only mem­ber­ship pro­gram, so they are ex­clu­sive and mar­keted to play­ers look­ing for the best per­for­mance. The an­nual mem­ber­ship fee is $950 and in­cludes 12 dozen golf balls.

When you look un­der the hood of these balls, you can see and feel that they are spe­cial. They have a great, soft feel around the greens with ex­cel­lent spin off the wedges. The Clear Red is a softer-feel­ing ball while the Clear Black is firmer and de­signed for those who want dis­tance above all else. Both balls de­liver ex­cel­lent dis­tance, but feel around the greens is the key to scor­ing. The com­pany be­lieves in fit­ting the balls to an in­di­vid­ual’s game.

Clear’s pro­pri­etary core is the en­gine of the golf ball, pro­duc­ing the high­est C.O.R. (co­ef­fi­cient of resti­tu­tion) of any per­for­mance golf ball on the mar­ket, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany. The higher C.O.R. trans­lates to greater speed of the ball at im­pact. Greater speed gen­er­ates longer dis­tance. These balls are man­u­fac­tured with a cast ther­moset Urethane process, a su­pe­rior process that is se­lec­tively used by the mar­ket lead­ers in per­for­mance golf balls. Clear‘s pro­pri­etary core tech­nol­ogy com­bined with a premium cast ther­moset Urethane cover pro­vides a win­ning com­bi­na­tion of dis­tance, spin, con­trol and feel.

Clear was founded in 2014 with a mis­sion to cre­ate the world’s best per­form­ing sports equip­ment. The Clear in­spi­ra­tion be­gan with golf and af­ter years of re­search, de­vel­op­ment and test­ing, one of the finest USGA con­form­ing golf balls was cre­ated.

The Clear team car­ried the same prin­ci­ples of peak per­for­mance and com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage for­ward with the de­sign of the Clear 260 and Clear 300 ten­nis rac­quets. Clear rac­quets are de­signed with the most ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy and ma­te­ri­als avail­able to cre­ate frames us­ing a pro­pri­etary Dual Res­o­nance Tech­nol­ogy (DRT) that of­fer more power and pre­ci­sion, with less ef­fort for an ex­cep­tion­ally arm-friendly rac­quet.

Clear golf balls are avail­able through an in­vi­ta­tion-only mem­ber­ship pro­gram de­signed for golfers seek­ing peak per­for­mance and the max­i­mum com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage through the com­pany web­site: www.clear-sports.com

Most golf in­struc­tional books come from so-called ex­perts and in­volve a ball, club and at least a prac­tice fa­cil­ity to ac­tu­ally work on the skills de­tailed on the pages.

But one of the more in­ter­est­ing new books on golf that we have found comes from the United King­dom—this be­ing the Open Cham­pi­onship month—it is a good time to look at this bit of in­struc­tion about parts of the game that rarely get much at­ten­tion and al­ways seemed to be taken for granted by peo­ple who have played for a while.

“How to Play Golf With­out Ac­tu­ally Hit­ting a Ball” is a must-have ad­di­tion to any golf bag or club­house and shares with its read­ers the many un­writ­ten nu­ances of play­ing the sport— not the “here is how you grip the club” kind of ad­vice.

When au­thor Frankie Tute played his first round of golf, he in­stantly knew it was “the” sport for him. There was plenty to learn, but Tute quickly grasped the game’s ap­peal and grew to be­come a suc­cess­ful so­cial player.

But Tute cred­its much of his suc­cess, and the fact that oth­ers en­joyed play­ing with him, to know­ing the non-play­ing rules that gov­ern what is a com­plex and tra­di­tion-rich game. In his unique book, these very rules are laid out to help any golfer dis­cover new ways to both en­joy and im­prove their time on the course.

“A golf course is a golf course no mat­ter where in the world we play it, the same eti­quette and rules ap­ply to us all as does our be­hav­iour on the golf course, which, to me, is so im­por­tant. It is not all about how well you hit your ball but what goes on around you in that sim­ple mat­ter. Deco­rum,” he notes in the book.

“I take the things most golfers have to learn about through trial-and-er­ror, and ex­plain them in a sim­ple fash­ion any­one can un­der­stand,” ex­plains the au­thor in talk­ing about his new book. “From what to do when you first show up at the golf course and how to pre­pare your score­card, all the way to the im­por­tance of not hold­ing up play and how to show courtesy to begin­ners.

“Many peo­ple are com­ment­ing that my book is the only place they’ve found par­tic­u­lar bits of in­for­ma­tion they’ve been won­der­ing about for so long. Be­lieve me, the book has been decades of work in the mak­ing and I’m so proud to be help­ing my fel­low golfers be­come well-rounded play­ers away from their ac­tual hall-hit­ting tech­niques.”

‘How to Play Golf With­out Ac­tu­ally Hit­ting a Ball’ is avail­able now: http://amzn. to/1UPyBfS

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