Equipment Features

  • Ladies golf clubs: Who should use them?

    Written by Camilla Tait on 08 March 2017

    With a market saturated by countless men's golf club companies, the number of specifically designed women's golf clubs has always been considerably less.  Having said that, all of the female professionals on the LPGA and LET tours use men's clubs and with lighter graphite shafts available, it certainly begs the question of who really needs to use ladies clubs? In...

  • Which Callaway irons are right for you?

    Written by Simon Daddow on 09 January 2017

    Callaway have reworked two of their most successful irons. But how good are they? Callaway has recently reintroduced two of the most famous iron designs they've ever created. The new Steelhead XR was inspired by Callaway's most popular ever iron, the X-14, while the new Big Bertha OS is the latest iron to take on the mantle of their most...

  • Reader Test: Cobra's new CobraCONNECT grip

    Written by Edward Colman on 16 December 2016

    Game-changing equipment doesn't come around very often but Cobra's new CobraCONNECT grip stands out as a potential game-changer. CobraConnect was launched alongside the brand's 2017 product range and while shot tracking's been around for a few years, in the past to access shot data you've had to install expensive tags in the grips of your clubs. Cobra have simplified the shot...

  • Which Mizuno JPX900 irons are right for you?

    Written by Simon Daddow on 29 November 2016

    Mizuno believe they have tailored each of their new JPX900 irons to a specific type of golfer, so which is right for your game? Boron infusing, milled pocket cavities, multi-thickness faces, different head materials and PowerFrame technology. Mizuno's latest iron range, the JPX900 series, features them all, and it's no wonder the company considers the three models in the series their most...

  • When should you replace irons with hybrids?

    Written by Simon Daddow on 17 November 2016

    Modern golfers are increasingly buying sets of irons from 5, 6 or even 7-iron to PW. Whereas just a few years ago a standard set started with a 3 or 4-iron, manufacturers are replacing those with forgiving wide-body hybrids. Ping and TaylorMade make #3, #4 #5 & #6 hybrids, while Callaway makes a #7 too, which means you could just use an...

  • Callaway’s Big Bertha Fusion driver against XR 16 and FT-5

    Written by Edward Colman on 10 November 2016

    When was the last time you heard a new driver launch boast about control and forgiveness over distance and power? How about never? Usually, new driver launches are accompanied by claims of extra aerodynamic performance and double digit gains in carry distance. But Callaway has chosen a different line with the re-launch of the Big Bertha Fusion driver. They say for...

  • Which hybrid test: Wide body v narrow body hybrid

    Written by Simon Daddow on 19 October 2016

    Different hybrid designs suit different golfers – so which is best for you? Most golf brands offer two or more hybrids in their range. TaylorMade for example makes the M1 and M2, Callaway makes an Apex and XR 16 (and two others) while Srixon produce the Z 355 and the Z H65. There is a lot more to these clubs than just...

  • Rangefinder Guide

    19 October 2016

    As good as GPS is, it doesn't give you exact yardages to the pin. So unless you want to faff about positioning a pin manually, having a laser rangefinder can be a god send. Confident players often go for a laser to get those precise distances. If you play lots of different courses, or hit lots of shots when you...

  • GPS Watch Guide

    19 October 2016

    Golf GPS watches are booming. They're quick, easy to use, getting ever-more stylish and sophisticated and relatively cheap, with some now combining fitness info, text and email with the usual yardages. Here's five of the best golf GPS watches. Read next: ▶ Ultimate guide to golf balls ▶ Game improvement irons test ▶ Best drivers for under £150   TomTom Golfer £149.99 ...

  • Soft golf balls are closing the gap on premium balls

    Written by Edward Colman on 10 October 2016

    How soft golf balls are closing the gap on performance, but retaining it on price. Our testing has shown just how closely some premium and softer compression golf balls are matched for performance, which for you the golfer has to be a good thing. Yes it's a tough choice to decide which is best suited to your game, but we reckon there's...

  • Handheld GPS Guide

    01 September 2016

    Which type is best for you? To choose your best distance measuring device, you need to be honest about how and where you play. For example, during testing we played the Castle Course at St Andrews where blind tee shots are a feature. A rangefinder would have made it really difficult to plot our way...

  • Ultimate guide to golf balls

    25 August 2016

    How on earth are you supposed to choose the best golf ball for your game?           We've asked the biggest golf ball brands to explain what each ball in their range is designed to do, and which kind of golfer it would suit best. Their responses help us answer the questions most asked...

  • Game-Improvement Irons test 2016

    Written by Edward Colman on 29 July 2016

    If you want help getting your handicap down this summer, look no further than this great test. PING G £92 (s) £104 (g) Per club Availability: 4–LW (inc UW, SW) Stock shafts: AWT 2.0 (s); CFS (g) 7-iron loft and length: 30.5°/37in Tech: Heat-treated to make the heads 40% stronger than the 17-4 steel Ping traditionally use in their irons. COR-Eye technology behind the face encourages...

  • Best drivers for £150 test 2016

    Written by Simon Daddow on 27 July 2016

    We don't all have £300+ to spend on a new big stick, so is it worth going second-hand? The average price of a driver in our Top Gear mega test was more than £311. For that kind of cash you get the latest technology, performance and the chance to get a proper fitting. Yet that's still out of reach for a lot...

  • Perfect putter test 2016

    Written by Simon Daddow on 27 July 2016

    Toe-hang and face-balanced putters have been on the scene for years but now there's a new putter balancing act on the scene. The new concept is Torque Balanced, which means if you balance the putter shaft on your nger the toe of the putter – not its face – points to the sky. The idea behind the design is that the...

  • Trolley Test 2015

    08 December 2015

    It wasn’t long ago that electric trolleys were considered a purchase for the over 60s or those who needed extra help completing a full 18 holes. Today that’s all changed.  Over half of UK golfers use one to take the strain out of carrying a heavy bag, and help them stay fresh and competitive over the latter holes of a round.

  • Insurance

    15 October 2015

    Get insured with Golf Care The cost of injury, damage and theft are the last things golfers want to worry about when they step onto the course.  The financial implications of a mis-hit have never been greater. The case where both a golfer and the club were found liable for nearly £400,000 following an accident that resulted in a player losing the...

  • Distance Devices Test 2015

    02 October 2015

    It’s not long since yardage books and marker posts were the only help golfers got plotting their way around a course.  Things have changed massively over the last five years and now distance measuring devices feature in most golfers’ bags. But with the increasing choice, how do you decide which best suits you and your game? Handheld GPS, laser rangefinder or...

  • Putters Test 2015

    17 August 2015

    For anyone who thinks golf is a science, consider the moment we pick up a new putter in a pro shop. The experience turns us into mystics and fortune-tellers. "Phew, I'd hole some putts with this" is the response you're looking for – though it could just as easily be "Oh God no," with the putter hastily re-racked before its venomous...

  • Balls Test 2015

    20 July 2015

    Walk up to the counter of every golf shop in the land and you’ll be greeted by a wall of golf balls. They are all 1.68 inches across, they are all white – apart from the ones that are yellow – and they are all covered in dimples. Read the packaging and they all promise you the long game of...

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