Equipment Features

  • TaylorMade M2 v M2 Tour fairway

    Written by Simon Daddow on 12 September 2017

    TaylorMade’s M2 Tour fairway wood has found its way into the bags of Rory, Tiger and Justin Rose this year. They’re all top players, but what makes a pro choose the Tour M2 over a standard model? To the untrained eye the heads look pretty similar, but how different is their set-up, and what performance difference can you expect from both?...

  • How to choose hybrids: Wide body vs Narrow body vs Utility irons

    Written by Simon Daddow on 12 September 2017

    What type of hybrid should you choose: Wide body, narrow body or utility iron? Read this and find out! We’ve all boomed a Sunday best drive down the middle on a tough par 4, only to stroll to our ball and realise there’s more than 200 yards left to the flag. A few years ago you’d have been full of dread...

  • Forged with forgiveness: TaylorMade P790 vs Mizuno MP18-MMC

    Written by Simon Daddow on 05 September 2017

    Can the latest ‘better player’ irons also work for the rest of us? Prepare to be surprised Forged irons are the hallmark of decent players, like the rubber stamp most golfers want to attain for being a decent ball striker or single figure handicapper. Soft steel forgings feel and sound better, but for many golfers it’s the subtle shaping of a...

  • The Fastest Clubs of 2017

    04 September 2017

    If you're looking for more speed, here's 45 new clubs that deliver it Jailbreak bars, speed slots, cup faces, inverted cones, turbulators... Today's new clubs are rammed to the rafters with tech to help you hit it further. The examples above are just ve of the innovations currently featuring in drivers, woods and irons on sale now; there are many more. But...

  • Slice busting 'draw' Drivers: The Test

    Written by Simon Daddow on 04 September 2017

    Can the latest models help you hit more fairways? We found out... Research suggests some 80% of golfers slice the ball – yet very few of those players own exactly the kind of driver designed to help them. Why? Well, anti-slice drivers of old often looked odd, with massively closed faces or tons of offset. How things have changed... Today’s “draw” drivers look...

  • The science of the smash factor

    23 August 2017

    Smash Factor is one of golf's buzz-phrases. So what is it, and how do you up yours? Is there a better feeling in golf that ripping a drive right down the middle? When everything comes together – aim, swing plane, impact zone,  finish – it yields long, soaring shots that we admire as they fly. And one number in particular is...

  • Top 10 Blade Putters 2017

    Written by Simon Daddow on 22 August 2017

    With so many different models and options to consider, picking a new putter can be a daunting task. From counter-balancing to grooved inserts, alignment aids and oversized grips, we've tested everything before coming up with our Top 10 Blade putters for 2017. Bettinardi BB1F Bettinardi BB1F £249 Headweight: 350g Grip: BB Series standard Toe hang: Strong www.bettinardi.com Our verdict: With a decent price...

  • Callaway Epic v Apex irons test

    Written by Simon Daddow on 16 August 2017

    Callaway’s new Epic irons are among the most expensive currently on sale. So what does £1,700 a set actually buy? Creating golf clubs without worrying about how much they cost is every designer’s idea of heaven. It’s ultimate freedom, and means you’re not constrained with hitting price points, or accounting for every component. Callaway boss Chip Brewer challenged his head of...

  • Tested: Wilson Staff Triton driver

    Written by Simon Daddow on 15 August 2017

    Amateurs don’t often get the chance to design their own driver. But Wilson Staff’s president Tim Clarke thought it would be interesting to see what normal golfers might come up with – so he teamed up with the Golf Channel to make it happen. Wilson put up a $500,000 prize and created a reality TV style show called Driver v Driver.

  • Top 10 MOI Putters 2017

    Written by Simon Daddow on 15 August 2017

    With so many different models and options to consider, picking a new putter can be a daunting task. From counter-balancing to grooved inserts, alignment aids and oversized grips, we've tested everything before coming up with our Top 10 MOI styled putters for 2017.  TaylorMade Spider Tour Red £269 Headweight: 355g Grip: Winn Medallist or AVS Mid-Size Toe hang: Moderate www.taylormadegolf.com Our verdict: A high-quality MOI...

  • How to choose new irons: Better player vs Game improvement vs SGI

    Written by Simon Daddow on 11 August 2017

    What type of irons should you choose: Better player, game improvement or super game improvement? Read this and find out! Buying a new set of irons is exciting, but with so many options out there the decision can be bewildering. You need to make the right choice so you get a set that complements your game, reduces the effects of mishits and...

  • 10 Top Spikeless Shoes

    Written by Simon Daddow on 10 August 2017

    There's no denying spikeless shoes can be lighter and more comfortable than spiked models. Their soles grip better and offer greater stability than ever before, and because they can be worn straight from the street to the golf course they're now super versatile as well. These are our favourite 2017 models.        adidas Crossknit Boost adidas Crossknit Boost £124.95 The popularity of...

  • 10 Top Putter grips

    Written by Simon Daddow on 03 August 2017

    A new putter grip often breathes new life into a golfers putting performance, as a change in feel is all many of us need to fall in love with a favourite old flat-stick all over again. But buying a new putter grip can be a mind-boggling experience, as there's so much choice out there. To help narrow your selection we've picked...

  • Which compact trolley test: Motocaddy M1 Pro DHC v PowaKaddy Compact C2

    Written by Simon Daddow on 28 July 2017

    Motocaddy vs PowaKaddy: Looking at buying an electric trolley but keen to keep an eye on saving space? We pitted the two leading compact electric trolleys on the market against each other in a head to head test.   It wasn’t that long ago choosing an electric trolley was a relatively simple task. There were only a few serious options on...

  • TaylorMade Reader Test: Making the 5switch

    07 July 2017

    Heard a lot of good things about the TaylorMade TP5/TP5x and wondering if you should make the switch? With five of the World's top 10 using TaylorMade's latest golf ball, it should come as little surprise that there's been a big buzz about the TP5 and TP5x. Between World No.1 Dustin Johnson, Masters Champion Sergio Garcia and youngster Jon Rahm - the...

  • Buy Better: The best ball inside 125 yards

    Written by Simon Daddow on 26 June 2017

    Want to find out which ball performs best inside 125 yards? We asked three of the world’s top ball experts to explain how you can select one that will help you get up and down more often. Longer, faster, higher launching, more spin, less spin, softer feel, whiter, rounder... we’ve heard all the claims imaginable when it comes to golf balls. But...

  • Which putter rolls the best?

    Written by Simon Daddow on 15 June 2017

    Virtually every new putter launched comes with the promise of better roll. Whether the improvement comes from face grooves, a new insert or milling pattern, the designer’s intention is always to reduce the amount putts skid, impart more top spin and get putts rolling smoother, sooner. If they do that, they’re more likely to hole their line – and go in. TaylorMade’s...

  • The TaylorMade Irons Test: M1 takes on M2

    Written by Simon Daddow on 09 June 2017

    They’re among the most popular irons on sale. But how do TaylorMade’s models compare?  The introduction of the TaylorMade M1 and M2 families has seriously simplified TaylorMade’s 2017 club line-up. While both irons are built for distance, the M1 is all about ultimate adjustability while M2 focuses on forgiveness. It’s a pretty straightforward choice for most club golfers, but what about...

  • Phil Kenyon: Meet the World's hottest putting coach

    Written by Michael Catling on 01 June 2017

    Phil Kenyon counts the likes of McIlroy, Rose, Stenson and Westwood among his growing list of students, and they go to him for one reason – he really knows his stuff. For a man who coaches the cream of the crop on the European and PGA Tours, Kenyon could be forgiven for shouting from the rooftops. Lesser coaches are guilty of such bravado,...

  • Do rusty wedges really give you more spin?

    Written by Simon Daddow on 01 June 2017

    We put Cleveland’s new Tour Raw RTX- 3 up against a normal version to answer the question once and for all: Do rusty wedges really give you more spin?  Rusty wedges appear in many a tour pro's bag. Sometimes, the rust is a result of a hard life spent splashing shots out of bunkers and pounding golf balls from the turf...

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