Into white is the mode on the fairways and greens this year, with the TaylorMade R11 Driver hitting the PGA Tour like a blizzard, pros like Martin Kaymer wielding it to climb to his No. 1 in the world ranking. There are 48 possible combinations to the R11’s moveable parts, but the first adjustment to make is to the all-white head. ($400; taylormade.com)
After the last, seemingly endless winter, a putter from the Odyssey White Ice Series may give a player pause, until this new D.A.R.T. wand (for Direction And Realignment Technology), has you firing bull’s-eyes at the hole. ($179; odysseygolf.com)
To reduce all the reflective white glare, the Jet-A Composite Hybrids from Scheyden Precision Eyewear have a full-coverage wrap design with a custom-fit, and non-polarized, high contrast bronze lens to help read green contours. ($259-309; scheyden.com)
If True Links isn’t already on the coffee table back home, it should be, though this is hardly a lazy read: veteran golf writers George Peper and Malcolm Campbell come not only to praise links golf, but to define it–and they’re a little demanding. ($40; workman.com)
This piece originally appeared in the Summer, 2011 issue of American Airlines’ Celebrated Living magazine, in somewhat different form.