The Tests 2014

  • Cobra BiO CELL

    Wednesday, 02 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS HYBRID >> VIEW NEXT HYBRID The Hybrids Test 2014: Cobra BiO CELL Cost: £159 Tech: Weight has been moved from the face and crown low and back, delivering a low CG and high MOI for improved distance. What we said... James Ridyard: “Found the flight to be a bit high and spinny. Having the onset is unusual and the leading edge is...

  • Benross RIP/HOT/MAX SPEED 2

    Wednesday, 02 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS HYBRID >> VIEW NEXT HYBRID The Hybrids Test 2014: Benross RIP/HOT/MAX SPEED 2 Cost: £89.99 Tech: Generates a powerful, controllable ball flight desired by the stronger player. The HOT SPEED 2 is larger, with more loft designed to offer more forgiveness. What we said... James Ridyard: “I like the head shape, similar to the Adams Mini but with more offset. White score...

  • Wilson Staff D-100

    Wednesday, 02 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS HYBRID >> VIEW NEXT HYBRID The Hybrids Test 2014: Wilson Staff D-100 Cost: £119 Tech: Easy-to-swing lightweight design and correct mass properties deliver ideal launch angles and maximum distance. What we said... James Ridyard: “High quality shaft offers a balanced feel. Off-centre hits didn’t travel as far as I like. Came out of the rough well but struggled to keep the flight...

  • Adams New Idea

    Wednesday, 02 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS HYBRID >> VIEW NEXT HYBRID The Hybrids Test 2014: Adams New Idea Cost: £129 Tech: A refined slot design increases ball speeds, creates higher launch and additional distance on off-centre shots. What we said... James Ridyard: “More of a closed face than the Pro. More of a wood design than a hybrid, contrast between top and face works. Felt like a good...

  • Mizuno JPX EZ

    Wednesday, 02 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS HYBRID >> VIEW NEXT HYBRID The Hybrids Test 2014: Mizuno JPX EZ Cost: £129 Tech: A larger, deeper clubhead creates deep weighting for steeper landing angle. Flex Crown maintains high ball speeds from high or low strike points. What we said... James Ridyard: “Rounded head is done well, nicely balanced in look and feel. Leading edge is curved but not overly so, sits...

  • Ping i25

    Wednesday, 02 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS HYBRID >> VIEW NEXT HYBRID The Hybrids Test 2014: Ping i25 Cost: £185 Tech: Designed to look more like an iron with a squarer leading edge on a more compact head. Flatter face reduces bulge and roll. Progressive CG locations. What we said... James Ridyard: “Certainly looks different to the i20, more compact with a deeper face. Aimed at flighting it lower,...

  • Wilson Staff FG Tour M3

    Wednesday, 02 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS HYBRID >> VIEW NEXT HYBRID The Hybrids Test 2014: Wilson Staff FG Tour M3 Cost: £149 Tech: Three loft settings all with 2° upright lie angle options. Also three sole weight options to create ideal trajectory and speed. What we said... James Ridyard: “Even the standard lofts felt upright, causing decent shots to turn over a fraction. The hosel is unusually thick,...

  • Yonex VXF

    Wednesday, 02 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS HYBRID >> VIEW NEXT HYBRID The Hybrids Test 2014: Yonex VXF Cost: £89 Tech: Designed to be hit well from a variety of lies and fit neatly into the VXF iron range to complete the perfect combo-set. What we said... James Ridyard: “I instantly noticed the shorter shaft, one of the shortest on test. The look is very rounded but compact with...

  • Tour Edge Exotics XCG7/Beta

    Wednesday, 02 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS HYBRID >> VIEW NEXT HYBRID The Hybrids Test 2014: Tour Edge Exotics XCG7/Beta Cost: £149/£169 Tech: A variable thickness ‘Power Grid’ positioned behind the sweetspot increases forgiveness. Sole weight pads raise MOI. Also comes in smaller, low-spin Beta version. What we said... James Ridyard: “Shorter length invites you to hit it hard. Seemed to climb but didn’t lose distance. I like the...

  • TaylorMade JetSpeed

    Wednesday, 02 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS HYBRID >> VIEW NEXT HYBRID The Hybrids Test 2014: TaylorMade JetSpeed Cost: £139 Tech: A redesigned, lighter Speed Pocket, filled with a polymer to keep debris out, boosts ball speeds off the clubface. What we said... James Ridyard: “Light, soft feeling stiff shaft. Not as well balanced or stable as SLDR but the shape is similar, just with more offset. I don’t...

  • Nike VR_S Covert 2.0/Tour

    Wednesday, 02 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS HYBRID >> VIEW NEXT HYBRID The Hybrids Test 2014: Nike VRS Covert 2.0/Tour - BRONZE AWARD Cost: £119.99/£149.99 Tech: Head size decreases as loft increases in the standard model. NexCOR Face boosts ball speeds. FlexLoft allows for independent face angle and loft adjustability in Tour head. What we said... James Ridyard: “Seems to sit a little upright but opening the face counteracted...

  • Titleist 913H/H.d

    Wednesday, 02 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS HYBRID >> VIEW NEXT HYBRID The Hybrids Test 2014: Titleist 913H/H.d - BRONZE AWARD Cost: £197 Tech: Distance and forgiveness is delivered through the range of lofts with outstanding ground contact and ball flight. Independent loft and lie adjustment. What we said... James Ridyard: “Pear-shaped look is quite toe-heavy, I’m not sure if it works in hybrid. I got a strong, penetrating...

  • Adams Pro/Pro Mini

    Wednesday, 02 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS HYBRID >> VIEW NEXT HYBRID The Hybrids Test 2014: Adams Pro/Pro Mini - GOLD AWARD Cost: £170 Tech: Featuring a high MOI upside-down head shape, the Pro Hybrid makes consistent contact easier for golfers of all skill levels. “Velocity Slots” on the crown and “Cut-Thru Slots” on the sole combine with an ultra-thin face to add forgiveness and ball speed. What we...

  • TaylorMade SLDR

    Wednesday, 02 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS HYBRID >> VIEW NEXT HYBRID The Hybrids Test 2014: TaylorMade SLDR - SILVER AWARD Cost: £169 Tech: A low and forward centre of gravity placement is combined with weight re-located to the front of the head to promote faster ball speeds, a higher launch angle and a lower spin-rate. The SLDR rescue also uses a “speed pocket” for high ball speeds...

  • Ping G25

    Wednesday, 02 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS HYBRID >> VIEW NEXT HYBRID The Hybrids Test 2014: Ping G25 - SILVER AWARD Cost: £170 Tech: Progressive centre of gravity locations in each loft optimise launch and spin. The heads are traditionally shaped and feature an external sole weight for higher MOI. What we said... James Ridyard: “It feels a touch short in the shaft compared to others on test and...

  • Callaway X2 Hot/Pro

    Wednesday, 02 April 2014

     << VIEW PREVIOUS HYBRID >> Back to the start The Hybrids Test 2014: Callaway X2 Hot/Pro - GOLD AWARD Cost: £169 Tech: For the first time, Callaway has brought thinner, lighter and more robust faces to its hybrids. The iron- like head shape inspires confidence over the ball and enhances turf interaction for better accuracy from all lies. Also comes in more compact Pro. What...

  • Drivers of the year 2014

    Tuesday, 11 March 2014

    Our annual drivers test is always keenly anticipated – but we can’t remember one quite as exciting as this year’s. Click here to start discovering the winners. Technology has evolved so quickly in the last 12 months that almost every manufacturer has at least one totally new driver in their line-up. If you’ve been following our launch coverage over the past six months,...

  • TaylorMade SLDR

    Friday, 07 March 2014

    << VIEW PREVIOUS DRIVER >> Back to the start The Drivers Test 2014: TaylorMade SLDR - GOLD AWARD Cost: £349.  Tech: The SLDR has the CG positioned extremely low and forward in the head for high launch with low spin and faster ball speeds. A 20g sliding weight on the sole can be fixed in any one of up to 21 positions, changing dispersion by...

  • Callaway Big Bertha

    Friday, 07 March 2014

    << VIEW PREVIOUS DRIVER >> VIEW NEXT DRIVER The Drivers Test 2014: Callaway Big Bertha - GOLD AWARD Cost: £349. Tech: Adjustable Perimeter Weighting (APW), an 8g sliding weight on a five-inch track on the back of the sole to reduce dispersion by up to 15 yards. A Hyper Speed Face has a larger sweetspot than its predecessor while a forged composite crown means weight...

  • Nike VRS Covert 2.0

    Friday, 07 March 2014

    << VIEW PREVIOUS DRIVER >> VIEW NEXT DRIVER The Drivers Test 2014: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 - GOLD AWARD Cost: £249.99.  Tech: Cavity-back design has been redesigned with FlyBrace technology, which reinforces the rearward portion of the head for greater ball speeds and up to six more yards than its predecessor. The Tour version is more pear shaped and has a face 15 per cent...

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