TOP GEAR 2018

Now in it's third year, Top Gear is firmly part of the TG calendar. It's the biggest, most comprehensive gear test conducted in the UK, and the ONLY place where you'll find all the latest 2018 drivers, fairways, hybrids, irons, wedges and putters compared against each other, by multiple testers, with published launch monitor data. 

There are two reasons why we spend four months arranging and conducting this mammoth test. The first is the interest in the two previous Top Gears, both in print and online, which reinforced how much golfers want to know about the latest equipment, and how it compares to the gear it’s replacing.

Secondly, the golf equipment market changes every year. Most brands (Ping and Titleist are the notable exceptions) work on annual product cycles, which means a raft of new clubs flood the market at the start of the year. So there’s no point us testing drivers in July or fairway woods in September when almost all those clubs have been on sale for months already. 

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HOW WE DID IT

We asked all the major manufacturers to submit their entire 2018 ranges for testing. Only one, PXG, declined. We tested both indoors with a premium ball and outside in a range bay using range balls, as that's how many golfers will get tted. We collected a ton of data from every shot, using a Foresight Sports GC Quad launch monitor and then pored over all this info to come up with our conclusions.

We picked Foresight Sports' GC Quad, as it's the latest model on the market. Thanks to four high- resolution stereoscopic cameras (which capture 10,000 frames per second) we were able to collect thousands of pieces of data not only from the ball, but also from the clubface

We picked it for several reasons:
We were able to record where every shot impacted the clubface, making it possible to analyse where the fastest shots came from and monitor how much ball speed was lost on o -centre shots
◆ It can be used both indoors and outside. That means we were able to create a controlled environment inside at a comfortable temperature to collect data, while using a premium ball. To ensure data was relevant to you, we also tested outside using range balls
◆ By hooking the Quad up to an iPad, we saw where every shot had gone and recorded how it ew
◆ Its portability let us take it to di erent ranges if we needed to gain more data

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Where We Did It

We've been testing golf gear at the National Fitting Centre at The Belfry since 2005. It's a fabulous facility in the heart of the country, with indoor tting bays for the majority of major brands, plus a team of expert club tters who will help you choose.