Top Gear 2019

Now in its fourth 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 you'll find all the latest 2019 drivers, fairways, hybrids, irons, wedges and putters compared against each other, by multiple testers, with published launch monitor data. And it comes at the time when all the new products are available to buy in pro shops, as the season really starts to kick off. There are two reasons why we spend four months arranging and conducting this mammoth test.

The first is the interest in previous Top Gears , both in print and online, which reinforces 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 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 showing you how fairways or drivers compare in July or August when almost all the clubs have been on sale for months. That's why we've put them all into one special issue, right at the start of the season.

If you're in the market for any new club, use our recommendations to narrow your shortlist. Then make sure you get fitted for any new purchase as that really is the only way to optimise a new model for you. 

Why we use a Foresight GC Quad launch monitor

Foresight GC Quad

How we dit it

We asked all the major manufacturers to submit their entire 2019 ranges for testing. We tested both indoors with a premium golf ball (that's how we create our test pro's comparison data) and outside in a range bay using range balls, as that's how the majority of golfers historically get fitted. We collected a ton of data from every shot, using a Foresight Sports GC Quad launch monitor, and then pored over all this info and feedback from three testers to come up with our conclusions.

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 fitting rooms for the majority of the major brands, plus a team of expert club fitters who will help you choose.