Equipment Features

  • Waterproof Test 2014

    Thursday, 13 November 2014

    Technology is so advanced these days that the waterproofness of every suit on the market is a given. So how do different suits set themselves apart? There are a host of other qualities that might make one suit preferable over another, from the fit and features to the ease with which you can slip it on quickly. We’ve tested out...

  • Trolley Test 2014

    Wednesday, 5 November 2014

    More than half of golfers now use a trolley. Long gone are the days when they were considered a luxury purchase, or something to assist those on the wrong side of 60. In fact, research has proved that using a trolley can improve your scores. So you know you need one, but which should you go for? That’s where TG...

  • Should I buy a push or electric golf trolley?

    Thursday, 30 October 2014

    If you're planning to buy a golf trolley, should you buy an all-singing, all-dancing electric trolley, or go for simplicity and buy a push trolley? We weigh up the advantages of both types to help you make the right decision.  PowaKaddy says... “Carrying a heavy golf bag can place unnecessary stress on muscles that are needed for optimum performance, making electric golf...

  • Fairway Woods Test 2014

    Monday, 20 October 2014

    Rather than us tell you what to look for in a fairway wood, we’ll let four-time major champion and world No.1 Rory McIlroy take the floor. “They have to be pretty versatile, good off the tee and the deck,” he told TG at the recent opening of the world-first Nike Performance Fitting Centre at Archerfield Links. “They tend to slide through...

  • What to look for in a fairway wood: buying advice

    Monday, 20 October 2014

    The head design of a fairway wood The face’s shape and size affects the playability of a fairway wood. A deeper face tends to be more effective off the tee, while a shallower face helps launch the ball more effectively off the deck. The more rounded the leading edge, the easier it will cut through rough, while flatter bottom edges help...

  • Distance Devices Test 2014

    Wednesday, 10 September 2014

    Long gone are the days of searching for a marker post, pacing out the distance to your ball, and then trying to work out where the flag is on the green. There are many different types of distance device on the market, and it can be hard to decide which GPS you should buy. You might say: “Who needs...

  • How does centre of gravity help my drives?

    Friday, 5 September 2014

    The phrase ‘centre of gravity’ is bandied about all the time in golf, and it has a fundamental effect on the backspin, sidespin, forgiveness and ball speed on your tee shots. So it’s worth knowing a little about centre of gravity location in drivers and how you can fine-tune yours to maximise distance. 2014 is the year of CG in drivers. TaylorMade...

  • Which GPS device should I buy?

    Friday, 5 September 2014

    There has never been a greater choice when it comes to GPSs or laser rangefinders. Want something just to give you basic yardages? You got it. Need more detail, like the distance to hazards? No problem! Want to accurately place the flag for the day’s pin position? Done! But which distance device would suit you best?  Laser rangefinder Tend to suit better...

  • Introduce your kids to golf

    Thursday, 7 August 2014

    In these days of hi-tech toys and video games, which are often solitary and introverted, so many golfing parents are keen to get their children to take up golf. What better way to spend a summer than outdoors, in a beautiful environment that is safe and playing a game that demands good conduct? Some of my happiest memories are the summer...

  • Putters Test 2014

    Wednesday, 6 August 2014

    Putters possess an almost infinite number of qualities that make us choose one over another. This is definitely something we discovered during our latest experiment, testing models with widely varying styles, weights, finishes, and alignment aids. It can be a real minefield.  Whatever you look for in a putter, this guide offers enough to help you choose the best for your...

  • Five key elements of the putting stroke

    Friday, 1 August 2014

    My mentor, the late, great Alex Hay, had two golden rules for putting: Keep the ball low; Don’t take a divot! It is a well-used cliché to describe putting as a “game within a game”, but it’s true. On the course, a weekend golfer might score 95 – 30% of those shots are likely to be putts. You can bet that...

  • How to play a links course

    Thursday, 24 July 2014

    One of the best things about golf is its living connection with history. A keen tennis player at club level might never get a chance to play at Wimbledon; likewise, a local level soccer player might never play at Wembley. Amazingly, amateur and professional golfers have access to historic venues such as Turnberry, Birkdale, Troon and St Andrews. Golfers from around...

  • The science behind your golf gloves

    Tuesday, 22 July 2014

    Your hands are the only part of the body connected with the club when you swing, so it’s vital your hold on it is as secure as possible. A glove enhances your grip as well as your feel but what actually goes into making them? If you speak to FootJoy, the market leader in gloves since 1983, it’s a hell...

  • Balls Test 2014

    Friday, 11 July 2014

    They may all look the same, but underneath that white exterior lies a host of new technology to help you hit it further, straighter and stop it faster on the green. It seems much of the thinking in 2014 is geared towards swing speeds, and tailoring the aerodynamic properties to the speed at which the ball is struck. We all want...

  • Wedges Test 2014

    Thursday, 3 July 2014

    When you find yourself in a tricky spot, your wedges are the clubs that can wipe the egg off your face and get you walking off the green content with a par on the card. They’re also in your bag to make the most of a decent drive on those birdie holes. Spin levels are key, in a predictable...

  • Shoes Test 2014

    Thursday, 3 July 2014

    Welcome to the Today's Golfer Shoes Test 2014. We're forever told how golf clubs are built with the most cutting-edge materials... and golf shoe technology is no different. Whether it’s the spikes, leather, sole design or fastening system, no little R&D has gone into the design to ensure you get the best performance on the course, while looking good in...

  • Inside Odyssey: Part 1

    Wednesday, 28 May 2014

    Putting is golf’s greatest contradiction. Easy to do, impossible to master. Simple, but complex. Satisfying, but maddening. An open book and a complete mystery. It is the same story for the high handicapper and the world-class pro. A maze, a conundrum, a place where a clever man like Austie Rollinson can spend 20 years looking for a definitive answer, know...

  • Inside Odyssey: Part 2

    Wednesday, 28 May 2014

    When an idea is bubbling, what happens is the designer will make 
a three-dimensional CAD (Computer Aided Design) file, which can then be printed out in 3-D and painted. From there a prototype can be made. The idea might immediately reveal itself to be genius or, more often than not, it might show some promise, but also some flaws at...

  • Use golf technology wisely

    Written by Luther Blacklock on Saturday, 10 May 2014

    In the earliest days of ‘talkies’, the great Bobby Jones made a series of instructional clips for cinema audiences. To appeal to the masses, the instruction was in the form of a very brief comic story. Jones made a number of these little films, some using slow motion. He wore black and white sweaters and trousers. The clothes had one...

  • Don’t let one bad shot ruin your round

    Thursday, 8 May 2014

    It only takes a few bad shots or a couple of poor rounds and your confidence can take a real hit – whether it’s a particular type of shot like a chip off a tight lie, or your entire game. You start doubting your ability to successfully hit shots you used to take for granted and it can become a...

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