10 must-have items for your new golf season

By T.J. Auclair
PGA.com
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Published: Friday, April 01, 2016 | 12:25 p.m.

April is here, which for many of us means just one amazing thing: It's golf season!

Hopefully the white stuff is gone, or at least close to gone, depending on where you're reading this. 

Before you get settled into your favorite chair for the start of Masters week (we can't wait either), here's a look at 10 items you might want to consider getting yourself for your new golf season. 

10. Walter Hagen Perfect 11 Golf Shorts

Thin, light and exceptionally comfortable, these Walter Hagen Perfect 11 shorts feature double-lined pockets to protect against sharp tees and divot repair tools. Also waterproof, these shorts have a four-way stretch fabric with HydroDri technology that pulls moisture away and allows for great mobility. A stretch waistband has an inner grip gel technology to keep your shirt tucked in throughout the round.

These are the kind of shorts you want if you're going for that "dressier" look on the course as opposed to just casual. That said, you're not sacrificing that "casual comfort."

Price: $60. For more information, visit www.golfgalaxy.com.

9. Swingjuice T-shirts

Made from 50% Polyester, 25% Combed and Ringspun Cotton and 25% Rayon, it's safe to say that Swingjuice T-shirts are the most comfortable I've ever worn. These shirts are perfect for the person who loves the golf lifestyle and wants to take it away from the golf course without the collared polo.

Swingjuice's golf novelty t-shirts include an awesome "Augusta Collection" -- perfect for this time of year. If you're hoping for a "Whoa! Where did you get that?" reaction from your golf buddies, a Swingjuice T won't let you down.

Price: $25.

For more information, visit www.swingjuice.com.

8. The adidas Ultimate Short

Looking for the perfect golf short? Here it is. The adidas Ultimate Short features micro-mesh pocket bags for secure storage and airflow, a silicone adidas gripper tape around the waist to keep shirts tucked in, moisture-wicking, water resistant stretch for mobility and comfort and the durability is impressive since these shorts are feather-light and less than paper thin.

Price: $65-$75.

Visit www.adidasgolf.com for more information.

7. Nike Flyknit Chukka

If you need further proof that golf has gone mainstream and is cooler than ever before, look no further than these beauties.

From Nike: "The Nike Golf Spring/Summer 16 line disrupts the status quo with bold new polo designs, advanced legwear and radical footwear that takes tailored performance to a new place, for the modern golf athlete."

Radical footwear indeed.

Price: $190.

Learn more at www.nike.com.

6. Under Armour Golf Shoes

Do you love Jordan Spieth's golf shoes? You couldn't buy them... until now. For 2016, Under Armour has introduced three models of golf shoes for the public: The Tempo Tour ($219.99); the Drive One ($199.99); and the more casual Tempo Hybrid ($159.99).

All three models provide style, comfort and might just be the most in-demand golf shoe this season, thanks to Spieth.

For more information, visit www.underarmour.com.

5. TaylorMade M1 Driver

TaylorMade touts the M1 as its longest driver yet.

As for the particulars, the M1 is a multi-material construction, featuring an ultra-thin, ultra-light and high-strength carbon composite crown made to "unlock breakthroughs in distance, playability, and feel for all golfers."

I attended TaylorMade's launch of the M1 at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in the Fall and was able to spend some time with that bad boy on the range at Lake of Isles.

Hooked up to a launch monitor, it was eye-opening to see just how far mishits traveled, as well as how difficult it was to hit the ball out of play -- both great things.

As is usually the case, I was excited to see how it performed on an actual course with narrow fairways. It didn't disappoint.

The $499 price tag might be a turn off to some. But with the abundance of adjustability options offered on the M1 (which comes with a 460cc or 430cc head), you can truly tweak your ball flight to fit whatever the course you're playing is asking of you.

To learn more, visit www.taylormadegolf.com.

4. Mizuno MP-25 Irons

A prettier looking set of irons than Mizuno's MP-25s won't be easy to find.

This cavity-back iron model is forged from a Boron-infused 1025 carbon steel that's 30 percent stronger than standard carbon steel. Because of that, ball speed is faster since designers were able to assemble a significantly thinner club face.

Admittedly, the Mizuno MP-25 is meant for a better player. They're irons that provide that unmatched feel of a blade with the much-appreciated forgiveness of a cavity back.

Price: $999. You can learn more at www.mizunousa.com.

3. Bushnell Tour v4 Jolt Rangefinder

Let's put it this way: I don't care what level of ability you are on the golf course -- if you're trying to become a better player and consistently shoot lower scores, you're doing yourself a disservice if you don't carry a rangefinder. It's that simple.

With laser accuracy, the Bushnell Tour v4 Jolt is going to give you the perfect yardage every time. It takes away the guesswork that goes into walking off yardages from sprinkler heads.

Does that mean you're going to hit those yardages with the precision of your favorite PGA Tour player? Of course not. But it does mean your misses are going to be a lot closer to the hole than they would be without a rangefinder.

So what makes the new Tour v4 so special?

Similar to the older Tour v3 model, the new v4 is as compact a rangefinder as you'll find anywhere. This makes it easy to handle with one hand. For those unfamiliar with Jolt technology, once you've zeroed in on your intended target the rangefinder essentially vibrates to confirm that your target is locked in.

The Slope option (which can be disabled for tournament play) calculates and adjusts yardages depending on changes in elevation. To me, this is the biggest selling point. For practice, the Slope option comes in handy -- particularly when playing courses you may not be familiar with. An uphill par-3 that measures 150 yards? Isn't it helpful to know that taking into account the slope it plays closer to 165 yards?

The Tour v4 Slope Edition Jolt will be available in early April with a price of $399.99.

For more information, visit www.bushnellgolf.com.

2. Mati Putters

I am a huge fan of boutique putters. The quality and craftsmanship that goes into creating a boutique putter truly makes it a work of art and far different from anything you can purchase in a box store.

Late last year, I was introduced to a small Italian company called "Mati." Founder Brambilla Seliano handcraft's his 303 stainless steal putters from a shop in the foothills of Milan, Italy. These magnificent hand-milled putters come in three styles, starting at $499: The Mati SB Tour, a blade; the Mati MAMO, a half-blade, half-mallet; and the Mat M, a mallet.

With its clean lines and solid feel, the Mati SB Tour blade is one of the most aesthetically pleasing putters I've ever laid my eyes one. It's just gorgeous.

To learn more, visit www.matiputtersofficial.com.

1. MPD Custom Golf Bags

Just because you're not a PGA Tour player doesn't mean you can't look the part on the golf course. MPD Custom Golf out of Chicago can make your dream golf bag a reality and the center of conversation whenever you hit the links.

When I presented my idea for a bag to MPD Custom Golf Managing Partner Michael Davis -- one featuring Boston's professional sports teams on a Tour Staff bag -- I was absolutely blown away with the outcome... so much so I'll probably also be purchasing a smaller, stand bag with a similar design. Why? The Staff bag is just too pretty. It's now my favorite home office decoration, so I need something for the course.

Ordering a bag is simple. The MPD Custom Golf site provides easy to follow blueprints for each of its bag styles (The Tour Staff, The Cart or The Carry Stand Bags) with red dots on the template indicating where you can have your ideas embroidered. Send in jpegs of your design ideas and MPD quickly turns around a mock-up rendering for edits and or your approval.

Each golf bag is handmade with durable and fashionable PU leather that is both water and stain resistant. As for pricing, it varies depending on the model of bag you select, as well as the level of customization. At the end of the day, your completely customized, one of a kind bag from MPD Custom Golf isn't going to set you back a whole lot more than a regular manufacturer's bag -- and it'll have everything you love all over it. I cannot say enough about what a head-turner this bag is.  

To learn more, visit www.mpdcustomgolfllc.com.
 

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.