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Essentials for your next 18

Kit: A Gentleman’s Golf Outing

So you have a “light draw” and you mark a 3 putt each nine. Who doesn’t? Given the onslaught of R&D golf has seen in the last few decades, with the right gear you can still keep your handicap at respectable levels.

Saves Five Strokes, Guaranteed

Sole Provider: 7 Best Golf Shoes

Stability starts from the ground up, taking away slippage in the shoes and keeping your body balanced, from the pinkie toe up. The differences between golfing shoes are plenty, the perks distinct -- so when purchasing your next pair for the Member-Guest, consider your options wisely. These seven shoes are a good start.

Another Way to Get a Bogey

This Is Footgolf

Footgolf rose out of the zeitgeist of man’s two primary proclivities -- to turn everything into a competition and to kick things. With low start-up costs and high revenue yield, the sport may be golf’s golden goal.

Barefoot Except for the Shoe

10 Best Barefoot Running Shoes

The musculoskeletal therapist says it’s all good. The running ancestors give the the nod. And calves like grapefruits can’t be wrong. Embrace footwear devolution with these barefoot running shoes.

Rediscover your sunroof

Tested: Whispbar Rack System

During a month of hauling kayaks atop a Volvo XC90, the Whispbar proved truly innovative and escaped many of the pitfalls found in other carrying racks.

The history and fundamentals of a burgeoning extreme sport

Primer: The Winds and Waves of Kiteboarding

Sailors rely on wind. Surfers need waves. The best kiteboarders require both. We've put together a beginner's guide to the exciting, fast-growing sport.

5-time Kiteboarding World Champ

30 Minutes With: Aaron Hadlow

By the age of 20, professional kiteboarder Aaron Hadlow won the PKRA World Tour 5 times. Nobody was on his level -- but that was in 2008. Now the sport's most decorated athlete has returned. We talked to him about the future of kiteboarding and how he could’ve been balling next to Wayne Rooney.

New Gear and Stories, Fresh from the Farm

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: August 28, 2014

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: Cannondale sponsors Slipstream, Garmin introduces an updated power meter, an app brings pick-up sports to the teammate-less masses and more.

Is High-Tech High Fashion the Future of Wearables?

Fashion Brands Bank on Wearables, Starting at the U.S. Open

Buff male models and scrawny U.S. Open ball boys strolled silently around Ralph Lauren HQ on Monday, standing on platforms and lifting their arms and turning slowly when asked; they were showing off the latest wearable fitness technology, though it was hard to tell. The smart accessories weren't big-screened watches, blocky chest straps or pinned-on step counters: they were their shirts.

Follow Your Fears

“Spending It Well”, with a Dirt Bike and a Parachute

A dirt bike. A parachute. And no fear. That’s what it takes to execute a novel idea in extreme sports. “If everything doesn’t go perfectly to plan then, you know, I’ll move on to the next life”, says Brad O’Neal. The Pro Motox Rider is planning to hit a massive skyward ramp, at 80 mph, without a prayer of landing.

Looking for gold at the Leadville Trail 100 MTB

Racing Across the Sky in Colorado

Leadville, CO, is the highest incorporated city in the United States. GP contributor Peter Koch went there for a 100-mile mountain bike race.

For Better Biking

Kit: Leadville Trail 100 MTB

Take 104 miles of dirt road, pavement and single track; mix in over 12,000 feet of elevation gain; sprinkle in oxygen-deprived mountain air and -- voila! You’ve got the Leadville Trail 100 MTB. This is the kit GP's Peter Koch took with him to best this deceptively brutal course.

Fishing Sea to Shining Sea

The Complete Guide to Fishing Eight American Cities

Fishing is a lot of things to a lot of people, but one thing it's not is easily defined. Excluded from the latest definition, whose authors subscribed a little too obsessively to A River Runs Through It, is "ugly" fishing: the lines dropped from rocky piers, the lures twanged off bridge abutments, picking through the empty parking lot out behind Sears to get to the water. Modernity hasn't left fisherman many beautiful spots, but damn if that's gonna stop us. These eight cities prove that you can get away within the city limits, and that some of the best fishing in the country doesn't depend on a distant locale.

Next stop, Tour de France

Maxed Out: Get More Out of Your Road Bike

Even inexpensive upgrades can make a huge difference when it comes to grinding your way up the local hill or beating out your buddies in a county-line sprint. Now take that baseball card out of your spokes and read on for six other ways to get more out of your road bike.

New Gear and Stories, Fresh from the Farm

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: August 7, 2014

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: two Norwegians win Norseman, Michael Phelps is back from retirement, we're on the ground at Outdoor Retailer and more.

New Gear and Stories, Fresh from the Farm

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: July 31, 2014

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: photos from a bike race in Dubai, a tiny hydration hose, a look inside Alex Honnold's van, the story behind the Tour de France and more.

Ride, or at least look, like a pro

Pro Road Bikes of the Tour de France

The best in bikes trickles down from what professionals use on race day. These are the team bikes being used by pros in this year's Tour de France -- and you can get them right now.

A vigorous argument for one of sporting's best events

For Power and Pride: The Soul of the Tour de France

In 21 days, cyclists cover the distance from Manhattan to the Las Vegas strip in the Tour de France, one of the greatest sporting events on Earth. GP contributing editor Matthew Ankeny makes a strong case for the greatness of the Tour -- and explains how the race works in the process.

Storming the East Coast's best surf town

48 Hours of Sun and Swell in Montauk

When we invited Forest Woodward, one of our favorite photographers, to Montauk for the weekend, we had no idea we’d be graced with the best waves we’ve seen in years.

CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race

30 Minutes With: Knut Frostad

How do you popularize an obscure sporting event that runs through the remotest oceans for three quarters of a year? That is Knut Frostad’s task as CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, a round-the-world yachting competition that takes place every two years. We sat down with Frostad in Newport, Rhode Island, which will serve as a stopover in the upcoming race, to discuss its global appeal.

Taking the Long Way 'Round

Photo Essay: Sailing with Team Alvimedica of the Volvo Ocean Race

Unlike the America’s Cup, which is all about speed over a short distance, the Volvo Ocean Race is a challenge of endurance. In this year’s running of the race, starting in October in Alicante, Spain, crews of eight sailors will race around the globe in stages lasting up to four weeks at a time, stopping in various ports such as Capetown, Auckland and Newport along the way. We set sail with Team Alvimedica as they trained out of their home port of Newport, Rhode Island.

From World Cup Ashes

The Rise of the European Soccer Fan in America

The United States Men’s National Soccer Team (#USMNT) was knocked out of the World Cup by Belgium in the Round of 16, but you already know this. You watched it. More people streamed the U.S.'s third World Cup match versus Germany -- which kicked off on a Wednesday afternoon -- than this year's Super Bowl. Their previous game versus Portugal was the most watched U.S. soccer game ever. Basically, if your television wasn't showing footy, you were either kidnapped or not a sports fan. But here’s the deal: the World Cup is an aberration. Soccer fans aren’t privileged to such an event every other month. It’s every fours years. After the final on July 13, players will travel back to their respective clubs (a “club” refers to a team and its organization), but what’ll we -- the masses of newly converted football fans, spoiled by perpetual matches -- do? Do we fall back under the veil of American ignorance, pretending it's a second-tier sport? No. Watch the MLS? Not just yet. Instead, we'll follow the world’s best players back to Europe. Here are the basics, and how to watch.

One Breath, One Dive

Learning to Freedive with One of the World’s Best

Most of the people who come to Bonaire are SCUBA divers, hauling heavy bags of gear -- buoyancy vests and regulators. But on this visit, I decided to try something different: freediving. No tanks, just a breath of air. I wanted to experience the transcendent silence and freedom freedivers talk about. The best man to learn from is in Bonaire, and I was about to get a one-on-one lesson from him.

My Soccer Ball is Smarter Than Your Honor Student

Tested: Adidas miCoach Smart Ball

Kick the Adidas miCoach Smart Ball and your phone will record its speed, spin, point of impact and trajectory. It's amazingly fun, but is it worth $299? We tested it to find out.

Shades of Tennis's Most Unique Tournament

Photo Essay: French Red

The French have two Brits to thank for their beloved red playing surface, which today lives on in small training centers on the outskirts of Paris, tournaments for the rising stars of the sport, and one of professional tennis’s oldest events. We were on hand during the week of the French Open to capture all the nuance of the storied surface.

Bikes versus Bars

Want This, Get This: Cervélo P2 or Redshift Switch Aero System

Most people will attempt their first triathlon on a road bike before investing in a triathlon-specific rig; it's only at full Ironman races that the transition racks are filled with superbikes. But instead of a triathlon bike, riders can get some of the benefits they afford by outfitting their road bikes with clip-on aero bars. In this Want This, Get This, we look at the advantages of going whole hog with entry-level Cervélo triathlon bike versus spending less on the relatively new Switch Aero System by Redshift.

Stop Being an Asshole About Soccer

What To Watch: The 2014 World Cup Primer

The FIFA World Cup begins tomorrow. Before you shrug off soccer as boring and then promptly nap in front of an MLB game, consider this: by FIFA’s own humble estimation, 909.6 million television viewers watched at least part of the 2010 World Cup Final. For perspective, America’s most-watched television event in history was this year’s Super Bowl, with 111.5 million viewers. And you don’t need to follow the MLS or Premier League to get your Cup on -- everything you need to know is in this short primer. If you want to know more, we linked out to further reading at the bottom, including the nitty gritty of political turmoil, a breakdown of every team and the history behind the World Cup trophy. But for now, let’s get basic.

Blue Collar Biking

Map: America’s Best Gravel Races

Not counting inflatable helmets and leather wine carriers, gravel grinders are the coolest new thing in cycling. These are 10 of the best in America.

Rides for the latest off-road discipline

Five Bikes Built for Gravel Racing

In the last few years, bike makers have introduced gravel-specific models that have the toughness of a mountain bike, the geometry of a road bike and the clearance for big tires.