Equipment Features

  • TaylorMade Reader Test: Making the 5switch

    07 July 2017

    Heard a lot of good things about the TaylorMade TP5/TP5x? With three of the World's top four using TaylorMade's latest golf ball, it should come as little surprise that there's been a big buzz about the TP5.  We wanted to put it to the test, so we invited eight readers along to The Shire, London, to get fitted for either 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...

  • 2017 Golf Balls Test: Whole new ball game

    Written by Simon Daddow on 19 May 2017

    There's been a raft of new premium golf balls this year - but which one should you be putting into play? Unlike drivers and irons, golf balls aren’t usually reinvented every year - but 2017 has been special. It’s the first year we can remember every where major tour balls had been superseded by a newer, better model before the season...

  • Reader Test: Cobra One Length irons

    Written by Equipment Editor on 19 May 2017

    What four golfers made of Cobra’s latest irons, including One Length options  Bryson DeChambeau caused a massive stir in the equipment world last year when he burst onto the scene with a set of same-length irons. Cobra quickly signed him up to a major endorsement deal, promising to make their 2017 irons available as both standard and one-length options. Cobra reckons a set of One...

  • Best Wedges 2017

    11 May 2017

    Best Wedges 2017: We bring you our top 10 wedges of 2017 - tried and tested as part of our biggest ever golf club equipment guide, Top Gear. From the Callaway MD3 Wedge to the Mizuno T7 and TaylorMade Milled Grind, the latest generation of wedges showcase the great advances in golf club face technology in recent years, yet the basic...

  • 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...

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