New gear fore keeps

It's tee time at the East Course of The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The action started July 4 with practice rounds for the 2011 U.S. Women's Open. At 7,074 yards (par 71), this will play as the longest course in Women's Open history, but compensating for that is the higher-than-average altitude. Because the course sits 6,000 feet above sea level, players may get as much as 15 percent more distance. A good advantage, but these golfers will also need the right clubs, shoes, balls, and bags, not to mention total concentration. We scouted for some great golf gear that is sure to keep you on par with the pros.

Callaway's HX Diablo Tour golf balls ($25.99 per dozen)

Sure, your clubs are key, but don't underestimate the impact of that 1.6-ounce ball. This Diablo's "Power Reaction Core" is softer on the inside and firmer on the perimeter for less spin off your driver. On the greens, however, the thin cover increases spin, so you hole those aggressive shots. And there are no worries about weather with the ball's HEX Aerodynamics dimples. These are designed to reduce drag for better ball flight in any conditions.

Nike SQ Machspeed Black Driver $359.99

Michelle Wie started using this club a few weeks ago, and word on links is that she is loving it. The SQ Machspeed Black comes in two versions -- round and square-shaped. As the name says, it's housed in a sleek black profile, to ensure that air movies quickly and cleanly over the club head with each swing. In geek-speak, 360-degree airflow generates faster club head speed by reducing drag. If what you're after is a longer drive, this club produces lower ball flight and lower spin rate to help you achieve that. Go for the square version if you're looking for stability, or the round one for workability and shot shaping.

Taylor Made Ghost Spider putter, $179

The Ghost Spider is as deadly as its name sounds, giving you the confidence to sink even the most insane putts. The intimidating design and uniquely constructed club is inspired by two previous versions. In 2008, the Monza Spider made its debut, grabbing global attention for its radical shape. The next-generation Corza Ghost, the first in a series, was launched last year. Its white-colored head does two cool things: makes it easier to aim the face accurately, and eliminates distracting glare or "hot spots" from the sunlight shining on the crown. Now comes the Ghost Spider which combines the head construction, size, and MOI (Moment of Inertia) of the Monza with the white alignment benefits of the Ghost.

Burton Siena ladies golf cart bag, $279.95

Whether you haul your own clubs or play with a caddy, a quality bag that keeps your clubs properly organized will make you look and feel like a pro. We like this 7.5-pound bag, because it not only looks pretty damn sweet, but also because it has room for everything we need over the course of 18 holes. It's got a six-way, fully-padded Nubuck top with full-length dividers, and eight functional pockets for all of your goodies -- including a luxury valuables pocket to secure your watch or rings. Among our favorite features: a jumbo-size ball pocket, so you're never left scrambling to find one as you approach the tee. Available in six color combos, it includes four matching headcovers, a matching rain hood, and can even be custom-embroidered.

Equipt for Play golf shoes, $195

It started with a bunion and a dream. When founder Annie Jaroszewicz took up golf seven years ago, she went through 13 pairs of shoes before she found one she could tolerate for 18 holes of golf. That was all it took for her to launch Equipt for Play. With 31 prototypes and input from LPGA tour player Cristie Kerr, the shoe line is hard-wearing, waterproof, comfortable -- and colorful. Sick of white, white, white, Jaroszewicz offers fun colors like pink, green, coral, and blue in the three collections. Shoes come with a pair of detachable, coordinating kilties (you know, that long fold-over tongue) so you can go classic and wear them, or leave them off for a minimalist look.

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