The Tests 2015

  • Trolley Test 2015

    Tuesday, 8 December 2015

    It wasn’t long ago that electric trolleys were considered a purchase for the over 60s or those who needed extra help completing a full 18 holes. Today that’s all changed.  Over half of UK golfers use one to take the strain out of carrying a heavy bag, and help them stay fresh and competitive over the latter holes of a round.

  • Distance Devices Test 2015

    Friday, 2 October 2015

    It’s not long since yardage books and marker posts were the only help golfers got plotting their way around a course.  Things have changed massively over the last five years and now distance measuring devices feature in most golfers’ bags. But with the increasing choice, how do you decide which best suits you and your game? Handheld GPS, laser rangefinder or...

  • Putters Test 2015

    Monday, 17 August 2015

    For anyone who thinks golf is a science, consider the moment we pick up a new putter in a pro shop. The experience turns us into mystics and fortune-tellers. “Phew, I’d hole some putts with this” is the response you’re looking for – though it could just as easily be “Oh God no,” with the putter hastily re-racked before its venomous...

  • Balls Test 2015

    Monday, 20 July 2015

    Walk up to the counter of every golf shop in the land and you’ll be greeted by a wall of golf balls. They are all 1.68 inches across, they are all white – apart from the ones that are yellow – and they are all covered in dimples. Read the packaging and they all promise you the long game of...

  • Hybrids Test 2015

    Tuesday, 9 June 2015

    This year’s crop are the most versatile ever, blending escapology with tee-box power and towering fairway flight. But which does them all that little bit better? Rooted in its ability to trounce irons from cuppy lies, the hybrid has evolved to become a lot more than an escape artist. When clubmakers reached the driver’s legal limits, their focus shifted to fairway...

  • Wedges Test 2015

    Friday, 15 May 2015

    The technology and design of 14 of the latest models put through their paces on the course and a launch monitor. So which models will come out on top? A good wedge is a blend of technology and the touchy-feely stuff; it has to inspire confidence through its design and feel, and it has to perform with consistency in crucial parameters...

  • Game Improvement Irons Test 2015

    Wednesday, 8 April 2015

    Game improvement irons, it must be said, are tragically underused by the nation’s golfers. They tend to go further, offer more forgiveness and have a wider sole to help reduce the effect of heavy strikes. For the 2016 game improvment irons test click here Yet pride forces many of us to opt for a set of “better player” irons because they’re what...

  • Drivers Test 2015

    Wednesday, 11 March 2015

    We kick off our exhaustive 2015 testing programme with the club we all love most – the driver. This year has seen a raft of new launches, all claiming to help you hit the ball longer and straighter. But with so many decent options out there, how do you decide which one to buy? This test has been done by...