If it is true, as the golfing adage contends, that you “drive for show” (and “putt for dough”), then each of the clubs pictured here presents the ideal combination off the tee, promising to add not only yards to your game, but cachet to your bag. The Honma Beres MG712 4-Star driver ($1,700, www.honmagolf.com) features a titanium-crowned head that conforms to USGA standards yet, according to its Japanese manufacturer, propels the ball farther than most nonconforming clubs do. The driver’s performance owes more to its titanium and carbon-fiber construction than to the 24-karat-gold embellishments on the head and shaft…. Also from Japan—and also accented with gold—is the Maruman Majesty Prestigio ($2,500, www.maruman.co.jp/english). Made with titanium that is only a few grades below diamond strength, the club’s ultrathin face keeps head weight to a minimum without sacrificing distance…. Porsche may be associated more with speed than with distance, but the new Porsche Design Reax 55 ($1,250, www.porsche-design.com) provides ample length off the tee. Styled by Porsche and built by TaylorMade, the club features movable weight technology that can be adjusted to your swing.
Fit to a Tee
In addition to gold-laced drivers, our top picks from the pro shop range from a slope-seeking range finder to a sweater suitable for a Shark. (Click image to enlarge)
While perhaps not as prestigious as the TaylorMade-built Porsche driver, the Burner is every bit the performer, with a bullet-shaped head that helps increase launch height and distance. ($360) www.taylormadegolf.com.
Louis Vuitton Golf Glove
This perforated lambskin glove includes a stretch-textile insert and a cowhide Louis Vuitton patch. ($300) www.louisvuitton.com.
Bushnell PinSeeker 1500 Slope +/- Edition
Popular among tour pros, this range finder incorporates slope technology to provide compensated distance based on the degree of incline or decline. ($450) www.bushnellgolf.com.
Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Golf Bag
Made to the same standards as Louis Vuitton handbags, this canvas carrier provides an ideal showcase for your clubs. ($8,250) www.louisvuitton.com.
Yamaha “The Drive” Golf Car
The Drive is available in seven different colors, with a gas or electric engine, and with more than a dozen other options, including chrome wheel covers and tinted windshields. (starting at $5,140) www.discoverthedrive.com.
Otabo Two Tone Embellished Cap Toe Golf Shoe
This Cognac-colored ostrich and navy leather shoe is one of six styles—each with more than 50 options for outer material and lining—available from the Florida-based company. ($790) www.otabo.com.
Fairway & Greene Tropical Wool
Trousers Made from Super 120 wool, these pants are light enough to be worn on the course year-round. ($140) www.fairwayandgreene.com.
Girard-Perregaux Richeville Chronograph
This limited-edition timepiece features an unobtrusive stainless steel case that will not interfere with your swing. ($8,750) www.girard-perregaux.com.
Ultimate Greg Norman Wool Argyle
Sweater Part of Greg Norman’s Signature Series, this argyle sweater is machine washable and antibacterial. ($120) www.shopatshark.com.
Fairway & Greene Nevis Stripe Self Collar Lisle Shirt
This shirt owes its sheen to Fairway & Greene’s lisle fabric, which the company produces from pima cotton. ($82) www.fairwayandgreene.com.
Mizuno/Bettinardi Blade, C-Series
Designed by putter manufacturer Bettinardi Golf, this blade-head model is milled from a solid block of soft carbon steel. ($250) www.bettinardi.com.