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E Q U I P M E N T 38 JAN/FEB 2018 2018 BY ED TRAVIS Callaway Golf Rogue Driver, $500: A whole new Callaway family called Rogue has been announced, and we especially like the Rogue driver, which builds on the success of last year's Epic model. The titanium bars behind the face are hourglass shaped, saving 25% of the weight, and, combined with their new X Face VFT—a variable thickness design— helps to preserve ball speed when impact is not exactly in the center. Rogue comes in three choices: the standard, a draw model and Sub Zero low spin configuration. Cleveland Golf Launcher HB Driver, $300: Cleveland took a long look at the golf equipment market and concluded club prices continued to go up, but club performance wasn't keeping pace. The result was their new Launcher line and the Launcher HB driver is especially worth look- ing at. It doesn't sport an adjustable hosel (so the hosel can be ultra-lightweight) but there is a newly designed crown, a cup face construction, and fins on the sole that flex at impact to help provide added ball speed. Companion Launcher HB fairway woods ($220) and Launcher HB hybrids ($200) are available. Honma Golf Beres IS-06:The wide sole flange of the L-Cup face of the new IS-06 irons from Honma is a new design that increases ball trajectory and has three slots to promote additional flexing of the face at impact. The long irons have similar shapes and head size to hybrids which makes them very easy to hit. The company says each head of the IS-06 family is hand crafted with a premium look not found usually in cavity back irons. See full story at F or golfers, winter can be a "hot-stove league" with talk about all the new club introductions and which ones look like something we want to check out. Here at California Golf+Travel, we're golf enthusiasts who, just like our readers, are discussing the same topics and asking the same questions. So here are several of the latest clubs we like and think are worth investigating further: 1 1 3 2 3 2 UPDATE YOUR GEAR AND GAME FOR

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