Equipment Features

  • REVIEWED: Longest 2018 irons

    20 April 2018

    Distance might not be everything, certainly not when it comes to irons. But golfers don’t often complain about having too much of it. And if there are any extra yards going spare, most golfers would snatch your hand off to get them. Today’s latest game improvement irons specifically target distance, which explains why every new 2018 model (aimed at club golfers)...

  • Tested: The best golf balls under £30

    17 April 2018

    We lose loads, we buy loads... it's no wonder this price point is so popular. Find out what we learned and made of 12 different golf balls under £30 Ten years ago, a box of £30 golf balls were perceived to be lacking in performance compared to tour balls. Most were basic two-piece constructions with durable distance covers and zero short...

  • 2018 Irons: Ranked by forgiveness

    16 April 2018

    As part of our biggest test of the year - Top Gear - we've ranked every iron we've reviewed in 2018 and given them a forgiveness rating. With the lines between iron categories rapidly blurring, it struck us that there’s nowhere for golfers to compare irons side by side to see which models offer similar forgiveness. So we came up with...

  • Review: Cobra Connect

    16 March 2018

    Keep stats with Cobra Connect to really improve your game; TG’s Digital Editor has been testing Cobra Connect to find out where she can save shots The modern world is dominated by analytical analysis – and golf is no different. When the PGA Tour started keeping detailed stats for every shot, and the world’s best players started using those stats to...

  • 10 Ways to buy more distance

    15 March 2018

    If you don't have time to get lessons and beat balls, fear not – just get your wallet out... Our latest guide will help you find out 10 ways you can buy more distance, from replacing gear to using longer golf tees.  #1: Get yourself fitted We've said it a million times before, but a decent launch monitor fitting for woods or irons...

  • The Best Drivers of 2018: Tested

    15 March 2018

    Best Drivers 2018: We put the latest 2018 drivers on the market to the test to find out which is longest, straightest and most forgiving.  Have we ever done a more important drivers test? I'm not sure we have... There has already been so much recorded and written about this year's new big sticks – including Callaway's Rogues, TaylorMade's Ms and...

  • TaylorMade ball finder: Pick the right ball for your game

    13 March 2018

    TaylorMade ball finder: Four different balls, at three different price points, for different types of player Picking the right ball is important, says TG Top 50 coach Steve Astle. You won't Get Down In 2 very often without one that suits your game and gives you control.  What the Pro says about picking a new ball: ➤ One hundred per cent of Tour...

  • Does Twist Face actually work?

    09 March 2018

    So does Twist Face actually work? Three testers put the new TaylorMade driver tech through its paces Now that we know what Twist Face is, we decided to see if it actually lives up to its claim. It's the million dollar question, because TaylorMade reckon it can make the fairway up to 11 yards wider, so we set ourselves the goal...

  • Battle of the 2018 driver faces: A manufacturer Q&A

    07 March 2018

    Battle of the 2018 driver faces: We asked leading manufacturers Ping, Cobra, TaylorMade and Callaway all about the faces on their latest drivers.  The Ping G400 Max, Cobra F8, TaylorMade M3/M4 and Callaway Rogue/ Rogue Sub Zero drivers have already made a big stir this year, but what are the main differences between them? We sent each manufacturer similar questions about...

  • How to choose: Your perfect driver, fairways and irons

    27 February 2018

    Advice from our TG Equipment expert: How to choose your perfect driver, fairways and irons. It's important that you have the right clubs in your bag to get the best out of your game, but how do you go about choosing the best driver, fairway woods or irons?  Should you be playing with a draw driver? How important is the shaft? And...

  • 5 clubs that suit slower swing speeds

    19 February 2018

    Five products which are especially good for lower swing-speed golfers Golfers are an ageing breed, and brands are starting to wise up to how lighter head, shaft and grip combinations can help maximise club speed and carry distance. Here's five products which are especially good for lower swing-speed golfers. COBRA F-MAX CLUBS www.cobragolf.co.uk Driver £229; Fairway £169; Hybrid £149; Irons £449-£699 A whole range...

  • Reader Test: Bushnell's Excel GPS Watch

    14 February 2018

    'My old watch has already been binned': Four TG Readers put Bushnell’s new £199 app-enabled Excel GPS watches to the test  There's serious competition in the golf GPS watch category, as free apps have popped up all over the place. But they all need you to have a phone on the golf course. Bushnell say their new Excel GPS watches and app...

  • How to know if your gear is saying you cut across the ball

    09 February 2018

    Does your driver look like the one in our picture? It's telling you that you cut across the ball..  Wooden tee-pegs are of course painted, and impact can see that paint leave a mark on the sole of your club. With narrower- soled irons, that mark can be a useful indicator of toe or heel strikes; but with the wide-soled driver...

  • Drivers Test: TaylorMade M4 vs Callaway Rogue vs Ping G400 Max

    09 February 2018

    Head to head: They are set to be three of the most popular drivers of 2018, but which one should you put in your bag?  TG top 50 coach Kevin Hale puts the new TaylorMade M4, the Callaway Rogue and the Ping G400 driver through their paces to see how they perform against each other.  Watch the video to find out what...

  • GEAR TEST: Ping G700 irons vs Ping G400 Irons

    19 January 2018

    We put the Ping G700 Irons up against the Ping G400 Irons: Which should you choose? Ping launched their G400 irons last year, and they was hugely popular thanks to great performance and excellent numbers produced from the club. But now, Ping have launched their latest G700 iron, which they say is their highest launching, longest iron to date. The...

  • GEAR TEST: Ping G400 vs Ping G400 Max Driver

    19 January 2018

    We put the Ping G400 Driver up against the Ping G400 Max Driver: Which should you choose? Ping launched their G400 Driver last year, and it was hugely popular thanks to great performance and excellent numbers produced from the club. The newest edition to the G400 line-up is the G400 Max, which has a slightly bigger head in order to increase the MOI...

  • Game Improvement irons: Cleveland CBX vs Ping G400

    18 January 2018

    Cleveland CBX vs Ping G400 irons: One can only be bought off the shelf. The other can only be bought fitted. So which one should you buy? Choosing the right game improvement irons for you can be a minefield. There are more golfers in the game improver category than any other, but because those players can be anything from 10 to...

  • REVIEW: Gore-Tex vs Paclite vs Stretch C-Knit

    Written by Simon Daddow on 10 January 2018

    They're all waterproof. They're all breathable. So which Gore-Tex jacket should you buy? Galvin Green are clear market leaders when it comes to waterproofs. They don’t make shoes, or gloves or balls – just clothing that’s been designed to perform on the course. And as clothing is their No.1 priority – and waterproofs in particular – Galvin’s design team spend every...

  • Cobra F8 One Length Hybrid Review

    Written by Simon Daddow on 05 January 2018

    The hybrid that thinks it's a 7-iron. Golf is a breeding ground for eccentric ideas. Remember Callaway’s square driver? Or Cleveland raving about an “anti-shank” hosel-less VAS iron? Cobra unveiled their own novel idea in 2017 – One Length irons – and for 2018 the concept has been rolled into hybrids. The new King F8 One Length, launched alongside a new...

  • Crossover Irons Review

    Written by Simon Daddow on 05 January 2018

    Crossover Irons Review: With models that now blur the lines between better player and game improvers, we thought it was time to see if crossover irons deliver.  What is a Crossover iron? Irons usually fall into one of three neatly pigeon-holed categories – better player, game improvement and super game improvement. But times are changing, and there’s a new “crossover iron"...

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