2018

  • 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...

  • REVIEW: Callaway XR Speed vs TaylorMade M4 driver

    Written by Simon Daddow on 15 May 2018

    If you’re in the market for a brand new driver, but don’t want to spend more than £350, there are some great options – and the latest is Callaway’s Speed XR. Callaway’s “jailbreak” technology (two titanium rods attaching the sole to the crown) features in their Rogue and Epic drivers, but the tech is costly to produce, which means those two...

  • 4 Things your gear is telling you

    02 May 2018

    What is your gear telling you? In our latest series, find out what the scuffs and marks on your gear is telling you, and how to fix your game accordingly.  Have you ever wondered what causes a single part of your grip to wear a lot faster than the rest, or looked down at the painted tee marks which are left...

  • Where is the best place to miss-hit your driver?

    23 April 2018

    The best place to miss-hit your driver on the face? We decided to find out...  Most club golfers don’t give a second thought to where they impact shots on a driver face. Well, that was until TaylorMade announced the new M3 and M4 drivers came with something called TwistFace. At TaylorMade’s launch of the new 2018 drivers world No.1 Dustin Johnson...

  • 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...

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