2019

  • Inside the gym of the stars with Joey D

    Written by Michael Catling on Friday, 9 August 2019

    Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson work with fitness guru Joey D at his state-of-the-art Palm Beach gym. We paid him a visit… If there’s one thing that Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson have in common – besides the money and Majors – it’s Joey Diovisalvi. Joey D, as he’s affectionately known, is a biomechanics expert who has revolutionised their training, earning them...

  • Precision Golf: Inside Britain’s £1m Golf Lab

    Thursday, 8 August 2019

    Golfers who want the ultimate club, swing and body makeover should head to Precision Golf’s incredible set-up Custom fitting has to be the most abused term in golf. It describes everything from retailers who watch golfers smash a few shots into a net and sell “off-the-rack” equipment, to the game’s biggest brands who have experts fitting equipment to their global tour superstars.

  • PXG’s half-price 0211 irons v the main competitors

    Wednesday, 7 August 2019

    PXG’s 0211 Irons: How do these niche irons stack up against mass-market alternatives? From day one PXG have been all about making the best golf clubs possible, regardless of the price. Only after achieving their goal do PXG’s engineers and money men sit down with founder Bob Parsons to tot up how much it all costs. The brand has grown a loyal...

  • Reader Test: Callaway’s ERC Soft golf ball

    Wednesday, 7 August 2019

    Four average golfers test Callaway’s new ERC Soft ball and its innovative alignment aid Callaway is well known for inventing the low compression Chrome Soft ball. It was tagged as “the ball that changed the ball” when it was launched in 2015. But in January, the company introduced its new ERC Soft, a ball that could well go down as “the ball...

  • Do I need a low spin driver?

    Sunday, 14 July 2019

    Back in January Ping pulled the covers off the new G410 family, and it was well documented at the time how there was no low-spin (LST) driver, like previous line-ups. The reason was simple – when Ping engineers started testing the intended new model, they realised it didn’t offer a big enough improvement over the existing G400 LST. So they went...

  • Reader Test: BioFlow’s Sports Flex wristband

    Friday, 5 July 2019

    Bioflow’s new Sports Flex wristband brings magnetic therapy to the course in a fully adjustable design – so we had three TG readers put it to the test What you need to know Bioflow’s new Sport Flex wristband is an updated version of their original Sport Wristband and is not only fully adjustable but durable thanks to its waterproof silicone design.  Each...

  • Ben Hogan Club Range: What you need to know

    Friday, 5 July 2019

    What you need to know about Ben Hogan’s range Get a closer look at the wedges, putters, irons and fairway woods in the newest range from Ben Hogan Ben Hogan Equalizer Wedge During his playing career, Ben Hogan’s competitors called his Pitching Wedge his “Equalizer” because he used it so effectively. While he was never the longest or even most accurate player on...

  • Should you buy second hand golf gear? The pros and cons

    Written by Rob Jerram on Thursday, 20 June 2019

    Should you buy second hand golf clubs? The pros and cons of used equipment Just like buying a used car, second hand golf gear needs a bit of thought and research if you’re to come away with clubs capable of helping your game. Here’s seven things to help you make the right decision. Related: Best Used Golf Clubs 2020 Go and see Golfbidder It’s not...

  • Reader Test: SkyCaddie SX500 GPS

    Friday, 14 June 2019

    SkyCaddie’s new SX500 GPS has become the first of its kind to replace yardage books and laser rangefinder in Tour pros bags (on the Staysure Tour). The switch is primarily down to the extra detail it offers over lasers and traditional GPS systems. To find out if the time is right for you to ditch your laser, we asked four TG...

  • TESTED: Mini Driver vs Normal Driver

    Friday, 14 June 2019

    TaylorMade celebrate their 40th anniversary in 2019, and to mark the occasion they’ve unveiled a new mini driver. The original Pittsburgh Persimmon metalwood launched by the company in 1979 changed the game, convincing many golfers to switch from old-fashioned wooden drivers to metal. So the new Original One (Pittsburgh Persimmon) has been created to showcase both the brand’s heritage, but...

  • TWIN TEST: SkyCaddie SX500 vs Garmin Approach G80 GPS handhelds

    Written by Simon Daddow on Friday, 14 June 2019

    Club golfers used to rely on 150 yard markers and yardage books to get distances, but GPS and rangefinders are well on their way to knocking traditional ways of accessing yardages on the head forever. While most lasers haven’t changed much over the years, GPS technology is evolving to create some seriously powerful multi-functional devices. So with SkyCaddie claiming their new SX500...

  • How much spin are you sacrificing with an old wedge?

    Written by Simon Daddow on Wednesday, 22 May 2019

    How much spin does using an old golf wedge cost you? We pitted a fresh Cleveland model against a well-used older club to find out.  We tested a fresh Cleveland RTX 4 wedge against a used five-year-old Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0. Tour players can be really picky when it comes to wedges. Each player wants his own perfect loft, sole grind, head...

  • Best Super Game Improver Iron 2019

    Tuesday, 14 May 2019

    Best Super Game Improver Irons 2019: We bring you the best irons of 2019 – tried and tested as part of our biggest ever golf club equipment guide, Top Gear. In our biggest ever equipment test we reviewed hundreds of golf clubs, and for us there were five stand out Super Game Improver performers,...

  • Best Hollow Body Iron 2019

    Tuesday, 14 May 2019

    Best Hollow Body Irons 2019: We bring you the best irons of 2019 – tried and tested as part of our biggest ever golf club equipment guide, Top Gear. In our biggest ever equipment test we reviewed hundreds of golf clubs, and for us there were five stand out Hollow Body performers, TaylorMade P790, PXG 0311 P...

  • Best Game Improver Irons 2019

    Thursday, 9 May 2019

    Best Game Improver Irons 2019: We bring you the best irons of 2019 – tried and tested as part of our biggest ever golf club equipment guide, Top Gear. In our biggest ever equipment test we reviewed hundreds of golf clubs, and for us there were four stand out performers, Honma T/World 747 P, Ping G410, Callaway Apex 19, and...

  • Best Player Irons 2019

    Thursday, 9 May 2019

    Best Player Irons 2019: We bring you the best irons of 2019 – tried and tested as part of our biggest ever golf club equipment guide, Top Gear. In our biggest ever equipment test we reviewed hundreds of golf clubs, and for us there were five stand out performers, Mizuno MP-18 SC, Srixon Z 785, Callaway Apex Pro 19, Ping i210 and the...

  • Longest iron of 2019

    Thursday, 25 April 2019

    The longest irons of 2019 If it’s distance you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place. Callaway’s Rogue X, Ping’s G700 and Wilson’s D7 came out on top for distance when we tested every 2019 iron (see our verdicts below), with the Rogue X besting second place by an impressive 12 yards.  After the top three, we’ve listed the rest of the...

  • TESTED: Titleist Pro V1 vs TaylorMade TP5 golf balls

    Written by Simon Daddow on Wednesday, 17 April 2019

    Golf Ball Test: Titleist Pro V1 vs TaylorMade TP5  When the pros teed off for the first round of The Masters, the world’s top three players – Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy – all played a TaylorMade TP5 ball. REVIEWED: 2021 Titleist Pro V1 golf ball It’s a position that TaylorMade has never been able to shout about before, as golf...

  • Why we use a Foresight GC Quad launch monitor

    Friday, 12 April 2019

    More than four years ago when we pulled together plans for the original Top Gear, we had a chance meeting with Foresight Sports at their European HQ in Guildford, Surrey. At the time (2015), testing over winter in the UK was at best hit and miss. Tests were likely to be washed out by rain, blown off course by the wind...

  • Which Cobra iron suits me?

    Thursday, 28 March 2019

    Which Cobra irons should I buy? Your guide to each iron in Cobra’s line-up, and who they are aimed at Most major brands have five, six or even seven irons in their 2019 line-ups, which shows the importance of having solutions for all golfers, irrespective of ability or personal preference. Choices range from slimline musclebacks to hollow heads...

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