The Tests 2014

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Callaway Apex Pro

    Friday, 25 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS IRON Back to the start >> Irons Test 2014: Callaway Apex Pro - GOLD AWARD Cost: £799 steel Tech: 1020 carbon steel forging gives the Apex Pro the soft, responsive feel that the best players in the world demand. The tungsten inserts in the soles of the long irons make these incredibly easy to hit and deliver...

  • Nike VR Pro Combo Forged

    Friday, 25 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS IRON VIEW NEXT IRON >> Irons Test 2014: Nike VR Pro Combo Forged Cost: £849 steel Tech: A polymer-filled pocket cavity in the 3-6-irons produces a high, strong trajectory, and a split cavity in the 7-PW offers stability and precision with uncompromising feel. What we said... JR: “Mid-size head but with a thin top line. Very nice shape:...

  • Ping i25

    Friday, 25 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS IRON VIEW NEXT IRON >> Irons Test 2014: Ping i25 - BRONZE AWARD Cost: £90 steel £110 graphite, per club Tech: Engineered for a variety of skill levels with technology that provides versatility and forgiveness. The progressive set design generates highly forgiving long irons and controlled short irons, which will bring confidence to your shot-making. What we said... JR: “I...

  • Mizuno MP-54

    Friday, 25 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS IRON VIEW NEXT IRON >> Irons Test 2014: Mizuno MP-54 - SILVER AWARD Cost: £100 steel Tech: he MP-54 is a solid, powerful Grain Flow Forged iron crafted to awaken the shotmaker in players needing just a little forgiveness. A deep milled pocket cavity delivers stability from off-centre hits, while a heavily bevelled sole ensures cleaner turf...

  • TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC

    Friday, 25 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS IRON VIEW NEXT IRON >> Irons Test 2014: TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC Cost: £849 steel Tech: Combines a player’s shape with a shallow “muscle cavity” to boost MOI. The 3-7-irons boast a Speed Pocket to make ball speeds consistent across the entire face. What we said... JR: “Medium head size. The straight leading edge and mid topline makes...

  • Yonex Ezone Forged MB

    Friday, 25 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS IRON VIEW NEXT IRON >> Irons Test 2014: Yonex Ezone Forged MB Cost: £1,295 steel Tech: Hand forged in Japan, these blades are designed for the advanced player looking for consistent spin performance and distance control. What we said... JR: “Slim head, little offset and square leading edge are all great but shape of the toe is odd, particularly...

  • Adams XTD Forged

    Friday, 25 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS IRON VIEW NEXT IRON >> Irons Test 2014: Adams XTD Forged Cost: £699 steel Tech: A multi-piece forging with the category’s first-ever Cut-Thru Slot. A floating face and hollow design adds forgiveness. What we said... JR: “It feels very light, which didn’t help me swing it faster. The heads are compact, especially in the short irons and the long...

  • Wilson FG Tour M3

    Friday, 25 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS IRON VIEW NEXT IRON >> Irons Test 2014: Wilson FG Tour M3 Cost: £599 steel £699 graphite Tech: The M3 iron has the look, feel and workability of a forged players’ iron, while delivering high levels of forgiveness. What we said... JR: “I like the darker finish. Small head but the hitting area is large because the toe and...

  • Orka RS5 S25C Forged

    Friday, 25 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS IRON VIEW NEXT IRON >> Irons Test 2014: Orka RS5 S25C Forged Cost: £120 steel, per club Tech: Forged from the finest Japanese s25c steel the RS5 cavity back provides the ultimate feel, quality and confidence. What we said... JR: “Similar ball speed and spin to other models in the category but lacked distance due to the high loft.

  • John Letters Master Model

    Friday, 25 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS IRON VIEW NEXT IRON >> Irons Test 2014: John Letters Master Model Cost: £599 steel Tech: Available in black or satin finish, these irons are the finest Letters have created; 8620 stainless steel ensures ultimate feel. What we said... JR: “Looks a little too big to be a better-player club; significant offset, clean, slick design on the back. A...

  • Cobra BiO CELL+

    Friday, 25 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS IRON VIEW NEXT IRON >> Irons Test 2014: Cobra BiO CELL+ Cost: £649 steel Tech: The long and mid-irons feature heavy tungsten in the heel and toe for a higher MOI and faster ball speeds. The short irons feature tungsten centred behind the ball to enhance control and feel. What we said... JR: “The head is very long from...

  • Callaway Apex

    Friday, 25 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS IRON VIEW NEXT IRON >> Irons Test 2014: Callaway Apex  - GOLD AWARD Cost: £799 steel £999 graphite Tech: The Apex irons give X2 Hot distance, engineered into a forged clubhead. An ultra-thin face insert set into a forged carbon steel head increases feel and distance, and tungsten sole inserts in the longer irons maximise playability and performance. What...

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