Equipment Features

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

    Written by Simon Daddow on Friday, 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...

  • TESTED: TaylorMade's M4 vs RBZ Black

    Written by Simon Daddow on Wednesday, 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 Friday, 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 Friday, 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 Thursday, 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 Thursday, 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?

    Tuesday, 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 Thursday, 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?

    Thursday, 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 Tuesday, 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 Tuesday, 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 Tuesday, 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

    Wednesday, 2 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?

    Monday, 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

    Friday, 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

    Tuesday, 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

    Monday, 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

    Friday, 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

    Thursday, 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...

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