Before the ump yells "Play Ball," every major league baseball has to be de-slicked with Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud ($20). This famous New Jersey mud has been used by pro teams for nearly three quarters of a century, breaking in balls and dulling their shine like no on-field muck could. [Thanks, Chris]
Want the ability to really shape your shots out on the course? Try the new Taylor Made r7 Limited Driver ($500; September 2008). This successor to the immensely popular r7 SuperQuad offers 35 yards of side-to-side trajectory change, using movable weights of 16 grams, 1 gram, and 1 gram. A longer head give the r7 Limited a deeper center of gravity, making launch easier, and is paired with a new high-performance graphite shaft to reduce twisting.
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If you spend more time on the slopes than off, maybe you should consider ditching your current cell for the Swany G.Cell Glove ($500). These first-of-their-kind gloves house a Bluetooth-capable cell phone with controls built into the back of the hand, a speaker and microphone built into the palm and thumb, and a vibrating wrist for incoming call notification. Just don't be surprised if you get some odd looks as you talk into your hand. [via]
You don't become the winningest Olympian ever without a little help. During his gold collecting in Beijing, Michael Phelps is wearing a stars and stripes version of the Speedo LZR Racer ($550). Designed with the help of NASA, the "world's fastest swimsuit" is the product of extensive development, and is made up of several high-tech materials and technologies. The LZR is constructed with the world's lightest woven swim fabric, has full-length bonded seams ultrasonically welded together, something called Hydro Form Compression, and is cut from a three piece 3D pattern to fit a body more closely. If you're looking for something a little more skimpy, checkout Speedo's Team USA Collection.