Forget LeBron's pre-game chalk toss — if you really want to increase your grip on the ball and the floor, you want Mission Power Grip & Court Grip ($10-$15). Power Grip — made for your hands — uses "liquid chalk technology" to provide excellent dry grip that lasts the whole game, while the Dwayne Wade-endorsed Court Grip brings similar stickiness to the bottom of your sneaks.
The weather's starting to cool down across North America, and for some of us, that means a return to the ice. The Easton Stealth RS Hockey Stick ($250) can help you dominate the point lead this season with a compression-molded layer of Kevlar on the outside for protection and enhanced feel, an elliptical profile for less torsional twist — which saps energy from your strikes — and a blade that stays closed through the shot so the puck glides true.
Leave it to a club manufacturer known for its personal customization to figure out how an app can help your putting game. iPing (Free;) is a new app for the iPhone and iPod touch that identifies your stroke type, analyzes your impact angle, and measures your tempo, creating a "Putting Handicap" that gets lower as you become more consistent. Simply pick up a Ping cradle ($30) for your iPhone 4 or iPod touch 4G, snap it onto your putter, and get to work.
Sometimes the best inventions come from unintended discovery — like how a piece of scrap cardboard tossed across a room became the basis for the Hela Disc ($19). Using a new aerodynamic technology called FlexFoil that allows the disc to change shape during flight, the Hela Disc can travel over distances of up to 300 feet depending on the skill of the thrower, can stare down 15mph gusts, and offers micro edge molding on the grippy, weighted ends for added accuracy.
Named after California's famed National Park, these James Perse Yosemite Paddle Boards ($TBA) are perfect for exploring the waters and waves of the Golden State's southern shores. They're hand crafted, measure in a 11 feet three inches, feature simple, timeless designs, and come with a matching handmade wood paddle with a matte finish and carbon fiber-reinforced grip.