2018

  • Titleist Pro V1 vs Mail order golf balls

    Written by Simon Daddow on 13 August 2018

    Pro V1 performance... at half the price? Can the new mail order balls really compete with a Titleist? We found out. Mail order golf balls weren’t even a thing five years ago. Back then your choice of premium tour-level balls boiled down to the traditional major brands – Titleist, TaylorMade, Callaway and Srixon. All brands who’d like you to believe tour-level...

  • TWIN TEST: TaylorMade Spider Mini vs Odyssey Exo Seven putter

    Written by Simon Daddow on 13 August 2018

    Moment of inertia is a buzz phrase in golf that’s normally associated with drivers. But recently, as more Tour pros – including Tiger Woods – have switched to big, MOI-style putters, the phrase has been associated with flatsticks. At one point in 2017, nine of the top 10 players in the world used mallet and MOI putters (yet club golfers reckon...

  • TESTED: Old vs New drivers

    Written by Simon Daddow on 23 July 2018

    Adam Scott rocked up to the recent Players Championship in Florida with an eight-year-old driver. That’s right, a 13-time PGA Tour winner – with over $47 million in the bank – thought his best driver option was a Titleist 910 D3, which launched in 2010. You could pick one up today on Golfbidder for £61. Scott hit eight of 14 fairways in...

  • READER TEST: Galvin Green Interface-1 Lance Jacket

    Written by Simon Daddow on 13 July 2018

    Could you ever really wear a jacket for the 95% of rounds you play? That's the claim Galvin Green make with their new Interface-1 range. Galvin have cornered the market when it comes to premium performance waterproofs over the last 15 years. Now their focus has turned to changing how golfers think about sweaters and wind jackets thanks to a brand-new...

  • Swing Commanders: Why the Red Arrows love golf

    Written by Chris Jones, Editor on 27 June 2018

    The Red Arrows are perfectionists. You need to be when you’re hurtling towards each other at more than 300mph, before breaking off at the last second in a cloud of red, white and blue smoke. With their trademark Diamond Nine shape and combinations of close-formation, precision flying, the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team has been wowing crowds since 1965. In this,...

  • READER TEST: Bagboy Compact 3 Push Trolley with Top-Lok

    Written by Simon Daddow on 22 June 2018

    Bag Boy have made trolleys and bags for over 70 years. Their latest bright idea is Top-Lok. It means golfers can attach a cart bag to the trolley without the need for any straps. The bag can’t spin or rotate solving an annoying issue which has plagued golfers for years. We asked four TG readers to put the idea through its...

  • Which putter has the most wins on Tour in 2018?

    21 June 2018

    We're half way through major season. So it only seems fair to see which putter models have been winning and pocketing the most cash on the PGA Tour so far in 2018. There are only two styles of putter that have been used more than once in 2018 to win tournaments on the PGA Tour tournaments; the TaylorMade Spider Tour and a...

  • Which irons have the most wins on tour in 2018?

    21 June 2018

    We're more than half way through major season. So it only seems fair to see which iron models have been winning the most trophies and pocketing the cash on the PGA Tour so far in 2018. With both Dustin Johnson and Jason Day winning multiple times this season already, it's no surprise that TaylorMade has come out on top - with both...

  • Which driver has the most wins on Tour in 2018?

    21 June 2018

    We're three quarters of the way through major season. So it only seems fair to see which driver model has been winning the most trophies and pocketing the cash on the PGA Tour so far in 2018. There have been three multiple winners on Tour in 2018 so far, so it's no surprise that TaylorMade have come out on top given...

  • TESTED: TaylorMade's M4 vs RBZ Black

    Written by Simon Daddow on 20 June 2018

    One is a 2018 Tour winner, the other is a retail special... So how do they compare? TaylorMade’s current M3 and M4 drivers are played by many of the game’s biggest names including Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Jason Day and Tiger Woods. But for all the hype these two clubs have generated in 2018, they aren’t TaylorMade’s only...

  • The anatomy of the perfect putt

    Written by Simon Daddow on 15 June 2018

    There isn't one perfect way to hit a putt – just like drivers or irons, every golfer has their own unique way of presenting a putter to the ball and launching shots across a green. Everyone’s numbers are different – the real skill comes down to a fitter’s ability to find a way to compliment your natural stroke, with a putter...

  • TESTED: Do putter face grooves actually make a difference?

    Written by Simon Daddow on 15 June 2018

    Every new major putter launch promises to roll putts better nowadays, but do the face grooves actually make a difference?  Where some putter designers reckon face grooves grab and grip the ball at impact, creating more topspin and reducing skid, others insist hinges on the face lift putts into a better roll. Some even say you don’t need face tech at...

  • REVIEW: Shaft weight

    Written by Simon Daddow on 14 June 2018

    Shaft weight has become more important than flex in the modern game... and this is why. Shafts aren’t the first thing most club golfers think of when trotting off to buy a new driver or set of irons. But in 2018, brands now offer a wider selection of shaft weights (stock models) than ever before. It doesn’t matter whether you’re buying...

  • REVIEW: Do you need a shot tracker?

    Written by Simon Daddow on 31 May 2018

    Tracking golf shots wasn’t even a thing a few years ago, but with some big brands now in the market and millions of rounds being played on their platforms, it’s safe to say this tech is here to stay. Modern GPS technology has made shot tracking both easier and more useful. Some systems are now so sophisticated they offer an electronic...

  • Is it time to drop your 5-iron?

    22 May 2018

    If the 5-iron is the least-used club in your bag, there are plenty of easier-to-hit, more versatile replacements available. Iron lofts are getting stronger, the modern golf ball spins less and the average age of golfers is on the increase, so it’s easy to see why many club golfers struggle to launch a 5-iron from the turf nowadays. As if to...

  • READER TEST: Callaway Chrome Soft golf ball

    Written by Simon Daddow on 17 May 2018

    Four regular golfers put Callaway’s all-new graphene-infused Chrome Soft balls to the test... and love them. Callaway promised the original lower compression Chrome Soft was “the ball to change the ball”, and a couple of years on, softer balls have never been so popular. For 2018 there’s a new Chrome Soft model hitting the shops that’s infused with “graphene”, a phenomenally light...

  • Under Armour Spieth 2 golf shoe test: Can golf shoes really add distance?

    17 May 2018

    Can your shoes REALLY add distance? Under Armour says the new Spieth 2 shoes can... so four TG readers put the claim to the test. How often have you watched the world's best players on TV and thought: "How do they hit it so far with seemingly so little effort?" There are many differences between a tour player's swing and a club...

  • TESTED: Range ball vs Premium ball

    Written by Simon Daddow on 15 May 2018

    How many times have you hit balls at the range and thought I’m sure I hit my 8-iron further than 120 yards? Most golfers assume that range balls, often two-piece balls bought in bulk, don’t perform like premium tour balls. But how do we know for sure? With many golfers basing theiron-course yardages on how far they hit shots on the range,...

  • PXG Irons: Can a set of irons ever really be worth £2400?

    Written by Simon Daddow on 15 May 2018

    PXG have launched four new iron sets, coming in at £400 a club. We got fitted to see what all the fuss was about... PXG have come a long way, quickly. News first broke in 2015 that billionaire Bob Parsons, who made his fortune setting up web giant GoDaddy.com, was building a golf club business, and many brushed off the idea...

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