2011

  • Cleveland continue on the light path with CG Black driver

    Written by Jonathan Greathead, TG Senior Equipment Editor on Friday, 30 December 2011

    Cleveland impressed us last year with their Ultralite Series of drivers, but now they've gone one (well five) better than before with the launch of their new CG Black driver. At just 265g, the club is the lightest driver ever to be produced and knocks 5g off last year's XL270 ultralite. The head has been resigned to be more aerodynamic and, according...

  • New ECCO shoes set to make waves in Britain

    Written by Jonathan Greathead, TG Senior Equipment Editor on Thursday, 29 December 2011

    Danish shoemakers ECCO have never been afraid to put out cutting edge designs, but their new Biom Hybrid shoe will have even the most forward-thinking golfer impressed by the latest innovation. These new shoes have been designed without traditional cleats or spikes, but instead feature 100 moulded traction bars on the sole which gives golfers the grip they need throughout all...

  • Adams aerodynamics meet adjustability in new Speedline Fast 12 LS driver

    Written by Jonathan Greathead, TG Senior Equipment Editor on Thursday, 29 December 2011

    Adams are well-known for their aerodynamic range of drivers, and now they've engineered one that features all of the benefits of a low-drag head with adjustability. The new Speedline Fast 12 Low Spin driver sits alongside Fast 12 model, but offers extensive adjustability in a discreet hosel design. Golfers can adjust the loft and face angle, as well as the lie and...

  • Second generation Velocity Slot Technology from Adams Golf

    Written by Jonathan Greathead, TG Senior Equipment Editor on Wednesday, 28 December 2011

    Adams have launched their new Speedline Fast 12 fairway woods that utilise an enhanced version of their Velocity Slot Technology. The original VST featured in the company's Fast 11 fairway woods, and the update actually uses a slot within a slot on both the crown and sole of the club for even more ball speed and forgiveness. "By placing a slot within...

  • Adams unveils new Speedline FAST 12 driver

    Written by Jonathan Greathead, TG Senior Equipment Editor on Wednesday, 28 December 2011

    Adams have launched the latest Speedline driver model in the shape of the new Fast 12, which has been designed with enhanced aerodynamics for more distance. By using a new Airfoil Design, Adams engineers have been able to produce a new 460cc club that generates 14% less drag, 3mph more clubhead speed and a 10% increase in the forgiveness stakes. The "trip...

  • Best of 2011: Drivers

    Written by Jonathan Greathead, Senior Equipment Editor on Monday, 26 December 2011

    If we're honest, the driver is the club we all get most excited about. There's nothing better than standing on the tee and bombing one long and high down the middle of the fairway. There's no doubt 2011 has been a vintage year for new drivers with TaylorMade dominating the market with the new white-headed drivers the R11 and Burner Superfast...

  • Best of 2011: Fairway Woods

    Written by Jonathan Greathead, Senior Equipment Editor on Monday, 26 December 2011

    A good fairway wood is a key part of any golf bag. They should be almost as long as a driver off the tee and as easy to hit as a hybrid off the deck. In 2011 we've seen a raft of excellent fairway woods hitting the market including the Ping G20, TaylorMade R11, Callaway Razr Hawk, Cobra S3 and Cleveland...

  • Best of 2011: Hybrids

    Written by Jonathan Greathead, Senior Equipment Editor on Monday, 26 December 2011

    Not so long ago you'd have been met with a puzzled stare if you asked a golfer what a hybrid was but now almost everybody has at least one in their bag. Every club manufacturer has a minimum of one hybrid in their range and a few stand-outs of 2011 include the Nike VR Pro, TaylorMade Rescue 11, Callaway Razr Hawk...

  • Best of 2011: Irons

    Written by Jonathan Greathead, Senior Equipment Editor on Monday, 26 December 2011

    A set of irons can make up more than 50 per cent of your golf bag so choosing the right ones for you is vitally important. Throughout the course of the year TG's gear team Jonathan Greathead and David Connor will test dozens of different sets, particularly during our annual irons test where as many as 60 sets will go head to...

  • Best of 2011: Wedges

    Written by Jonathan Greathead, Senior Equipment Editor on Monday, 26 December 2011

    So often the forgotten portion of the golf bag tagged onto the end of the irons, wedges can be overlooked when it comes to buying new gear. But with iron lofts getting stronger, specialist wedges are now a distinct part of the bag and as important as any other if you are wanting to score well. This year has been a strong...

  • Best of 2011: Putters

    Written by Jonathan Greathead, Senior Equipment Editor on Monday, 26 December 2011

    The short stick may be the most important in your bag and it is also likely to be the most personal. It doesn't matter if it costs £3 or £300, if it helps you hole more putts then it's a winner. But the choice out there is vast - from sleek blade putters to large-headed mallets and everything in between. And...

  • Best of 2011: Balls

    Written by Jonathan Greathead, Senior Equipment Editor on Monday, 26 December 2011

    It may be a cliche but that doesn't make it any less true - the ball is the only piece of equipment you use for every single shot during the course of a round. That makes it a vital piece of kit and if you think every ball out there performs the same (well, it's round and has dimples) then you...

  • Win a GoKart with some festive fun

    Written by Harriet Linton, TG Web Producer on Sunday, 25 December 2011

    Golfers keen to avoid the washing up on Christmas Day can find the perfect festive distraction and have the chance to win a state-of-the-art powered trolley with GoKart’s annual Christmas quiz. The yuletide teaser returns for its third outing and this year visitors to www.gokart.co.uk will be able to tackle 18 cryptic clues laid out around Santa’s golf course. It’s not only...

  • PING add exciting new 4 Series bags to range

    Written by Jonathan Greathead, TG Senior Equipment Editor on Friday, 23 December 2011

    PING are well known for their sensational clubs, but their new range of 4 Series carry bags will certainly get the thumbs up too. The four-way top and two full-length dividers help to ensure club shafts don't get too tangled up in the bag, while the six pockets are not only spacious and useful, they are also easy to access. The 4...

  • Starlet Stiggy snapped up by Wilson Staff

    Written by Jonathan Greathead, TG Senior Equipment Editor on Thursday, 22 December 2011

    Wilson Staff have announced the signing of starlet Stiggy Hodgson, as the youngster starts his 2012 campaign on the Challenge Tour. The 21-year-old, who has been using Wilson clubs since he was 10, begins his first year as a professional with the Wilson Staff FG Tour V2 irons in the bag. "Stiggy has been in the public eye since his junior days,...

  • When TaylorMade's Tour pro's first met Rocketballz

    Written by David Connor, TG Equipment Editor on Wednesday, 21 December 2011

    In the Today's Golfer office we can all remember our reaction when TaylorMade first told us about the name of their new Rocketballz wood range. As you might expect, it raised more than a few eyebrows. Now, it's not all that often we get a look behind the scenes at the first time Tour pros get their hands on new clubs...

  • North East golfers set for bargains as Direct Golf empire continues to grow

    Written by Jonathan Greathead, TG Senior Equipment Editor on Wednesday, 21 December 2011

    Golfers in the North East will now be able to get their hands on more great deals from Direct Golf, with the company announcing a new retail outlet at Ingleby Barwick. Direct Golf has enjoyed a record financial year in 2011, and the new store near Stockton-on-Tees joins other new store additions that opened earlier this year in Dundee and Edinburgh. "We are...

  • American Perry makes switch to Adams Golf

    Written by Jonathan Greathead, TG Senior Equipment Editor on Tuesday, 20 December 2011

    Kenny Perry has opted to switch equipment manufacturers and has signed to Adams Golf. After just one test session with Adams Speedline driver, the American found an additional 20 yards of distance and that was seemingly-enough for the 14-time PGA Tour winner to pen a multi-year contract with the company. He will also compete in next year's Champions Tour too. "Adams Golf’s...

  • Ian Poulter in the bag: winning JB Were Masters clubs

    Written by David Connor, TG Equipment Editor on Monday, 19 December 2011

    Ian Poulter bagged his second win of the year to end in style with victory at the JB Were Masters at Victoria GC in Australia. The win propelled Poulter back into the top 20 in the world and seen him add to the Volvo World Matchplay title he won in May. Victory sets him up well for 2012, particularly with the Ryder...

  • Lee Westwood in the bag: Thailand Golf Championship

    Written by David Connor, TG Equipment Editor on Monday, 19 December 2011

    Lee Westwood won for the second time in two weeks with victory at the Thailand Golf Championship and hailed it as probably the best golf he has played in his career. The Englishman jumped back up to No2 in the world rankings with the win, which kicked off with a sensational 12-under-par 60 on the opening day. He followed that up with...

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