Buying advice

  • What Gear Guide 2015

    Monday, 13 April 2015

    Another year has brought about a flurry of new golf equipment in time for the new season. Club and ball manufacturers continue to amaze me, thinking outside the box to get around the rules imposed on them by our game’s governing bodies and enhance performance in exciting, innovative ways. There’s no sign of product launches slowing down. In fact, you...

  • adizero One VS FooyJoy D.N.A

    Thursday, 13 November 2014

    With the latest golf shoes from adidas and FootJoy stealing all the headlines in 2014, choosing between them is tough, so we’ve got all the answers you’ll need to make the right decision. adidas Golf's adizero One Key Questions FootJoy D.N.A Specially engineered from the ground up with an ultralight one-piece fused upper that bonds five layers for a glove-like fit; external TPU layer...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Find the best ball for you

    Tuesday, 8 April 2014

    Golfers may think they have a special affinity with their golf ball. After all, it’s the one piece of equipment they are sure to talk to during a round with impassioned cries of “get up!”, “sit!” or “bite!”. But the majority of us know very little about the ball that we play. A recent survey among regular players discovered that...

  • The science of golf balls

    Tuesday, 8 April 2014

    With some of today’s tour players averaging more than 300 yards off the tee and generating clubhead speeds in excess of 125mph, it’s hard to believe that a ball weighing no more than 1.62 ounces can withstand such violent treatment. The transfer of power and resulting speed of the ball through its long flight trajectory at the hands of a top...

  • Are you using the wrong golf ball?

    Tuesday, 8 April 2014

    With more than 250,000 golfers having taken its Ball Fitting Challenge over the last six years, Bridgestone Golf is the No.1 brand in custom-fitting golf balls. When it comes to ball fitting, well over half of club players have heard about custom-fit sessions, but have yet to try them. Yet these fittings have discovered that the vast majority of golfers are...

  • Get fitted for your ball

    Tuesday, 8 April 2014

    What golf ball do you use? That was probably quite an easy question. You will either have named a particular model from a particular manufacturer, or said “whatever I can lay my hands on”. This question might be a bit trickier: Why do you use that ball? Answers here will range from “it’s what I’ve always used” or “I just like...

  • Get the right loft

    Monday, 3 March 2014

    It wasn’t all that long ago that choosing a new driver was a relatively straight-forward process. But things have come a long way in the last six or seven years. And TaylorMade Brand Director (EMEA and Pacific) Jason Howarth is quick to champion the invaluable role of custom-fitting. “Golfers should be professionally fitted to optimise the most important club in the...

  • How to blend distance and accuracy

    Monday, 3 March 2014

    It’s a common clubhouse debate; what would regular club golfers prefer? Distance off the tee or accuracy. In the past, the wrong combination of loft and shaft might have given you great distance but dubious accuracy, or vice versa. Essentially, you were sacrificing something. But Paul Rymer, Ping Fitting Centre Supervisor – who has over 15 years of fitting experience...