Today's Golfer Awards 2021

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We've hand-picked our favourite golf products of the year across every key category.

After the year we’ve all endured, we know there are thousands of golfers who want to cheer themselves up with some new golf clubs and equipment. And when you’re spending hundreds if not thousands of pounds on something new, you need to know you’re making the right decision.

RELATED: Read our 2021 Equipment Tests

The Editors at TG – a trusted source of golf equipment reviews for more than 30 years – have spent the last four months seeing, hitting and testing the majority of new products in this supplement to come up with our 2021 Editor’s Choice Awards, sponsored by GolfOnline.co.uk. We’ve covered pretty much everything you might need to improve your golf this year, or enhance your enjoyment of the game.

The panel who chose the TG Editor's Choice Awards 2021 winners.

Some of the 90 products featured in this guide were an obvious choice, like the new drivers from Callaway and TaylorMade, the latest irons from Ping and Mizuno, putters from Odyssey, balls from Srixon, and electric trolleys from PowaKaddy and Motocaddy. Picking the winners from other categories was more challenging.

But the end result is a selection of products that are more than worthy of your attention. If you’re in the market for any new golf gear this year, this is a good place to start your search.

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Jump to our winners in each category:

Drivers

Fairway Woods

Hybrids / Rescues

Irons

Wedges

Putters

Balls

– Grips

Bags

Trolleys

GPS/Rangefinders

Shoes

Apparel

– Tees

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Drivers

TaylorMade SIM2 Max driver 

TaylorMade SIM2 Max driver

£399 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

Just like an F1 team reconstruct their car every year to eke out every bit of performance each season, TaylorMade have broken down the SIM2 to optimise driver construction in a new way. SIM2 chases extra forgiveness by combining a brand new aluminium back ring with a carbon-fibre sole and crown, plus a sizeable 24g inertia-increasing back weight. SIM2 Max has a 5% larger face (which inspires confidence and means a bigger area can be at maximum flexibility) and 3% more MOI forgiveness than the previous SIM driver.

Callaway Epic Max LS driver

Callaway Epic Max LS driver

£449 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

Callaway’s new Epic Max LS doesn’t go all-out on low spin, as Callaway believe tour pros are now gravitating away from very low spinning models. The LS targets 2,600-2,700rpm of spin, and with an MOI of 8,400 – higher than any previous Sub Zero driver – Callaway say the LS gives low- to mid-handicappers a lower spin option with improved forgiveness – and our testing backs that up. A 13g back weight gives up to 13 yards of shot shape tuning.

RELATED: Longest Drivers

Honma T//World GS driver

Honma GS driver

£499 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

GS stands for ‘Gain Speed’, which gives away immediately how the Honma GS is aimed at boosting mph. A sole slot and radially-weighted face structure help preserve ball speed for typical low-face and high-toe misses – the common misses for typical club golfers. Nine grams of mass are located on the sole towards the heel to promote additional stability and aid consistency.

RELATED: Best Golf Clubs for Beginners

£450 | ping.com

Ping say the G425 family takes everything that was good in the G410 Plus and makes it great. We’d agree. A new 26g back weight (10g heavier than the previous model) boosts MOI forgiveness by 7%. It also gives up to 20% more draw bias (or 16% more fade bias), so if you’ve used Ping SFT models before, you may now be more suited to the Max. It is also the most forgiving driver we’ve tested in 2021.

Callaway Epic Max driver

Callaway Epic Max driver

£449 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

The Epic Max is the mass-market Epic 21; it’s the most draw capable, the highest launching and the most forgiving Epic available. And, thanks to a 17g backweight, you can dial in up to 20 yards of shot bias. It does a brilliant job of combining speed and distance with an excellent degree of forgiveness.

Ping G425 SFT driver

Ping G425 SFT driver

£450 | ping.com

Over the last two generations, the draw-biased Ping SFT has morphed from a subtle ‘keep a slice in check’ driver into a flat-out slice buster. Ping are happy to turn the SFT into a more extreme draw-biased offering as they know the G425 Max (with the sole weight in the draw position) will suit golfers who want a more subtle draw bias from their driver. As a result, this is probably the most draw-capable driver available in 2021.

RELATED: Most Forgiving Drivers

Mizuno ST-X driver

Mizuno ST-X driver

£349 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

The ST-X is not your traditional draw-biased driver. The head’s a little more compact from face to back, and it’s a little deeper, which has meant big-hitting Mizuno staffer Keith Mitchell now prefers it over the Z. It seriously challenges what golfers traditionally think of as a draw driver and blows the category wide open to more golfers than ever before.

RELATED: Best Ladies' Drivers

PXG 0811 X Proto 

PXG 0811 X driver

£405 | pxg.com

The PXG is a versatile beast, proving to be one of the best low-spin drivers but also one of our best forgiving drivers of 2021. That’s thanks to the four-weight sole set up, meaning it can be set to focus on lowering spin or on a higher launch and greater forgiveness; it was our joint longest low-spin driver and in its more forgiving set up was also just a yard back from our longest forgiving driver, too.

£399 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

Aluminium is a material that hasn’t been mentioned in driver design for decades, but incorporating it and a new carbon-fibre sole to nudge up forgiveness by 5% is serious dedication to the cause of improving forgiveness. The SIM2 is not just a great looking driver; it’s arguably the most alluring driver story of the year. By doing away with a weight track, not a single gram is wasted, so performance is utterly tailored to the target golfer. One of the best drivers of 2021, no doubt.

RELATED: Best Drivers (with launch monitor data)

Fairway Woods

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£279 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

One thing our test data highlighted this year, from drivers and fairway woods to hybrids and irons, is that Honma know a thing or two about getting lightweight, draw-enhancing clubs to perform. In all categories, the Honma T//World GS (Gain Speed) range has been outstanding. It was among our two longest fairways of the year, while also placing top for protecting carry distance on mishits.

TaylorMade SIM2 Max fairway wood

TaylorMade SIM2 Max fairway wood

£249 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

If, like most club golfers, you want to hit your fairway woods as far as possible, because extra distance means shorter approaches into par 5s, or reaching a long par 4 in two, you absolutely cannot ignore the TaylorMade SIM2 Max. We were completely blown away by its performance. It isn’t just powerful; it’s forgiving, too.

RELATED: How to choose the right fairway wood

Ping G425 Max fairway wood 

Ping G425 Max fairway woods

£299 | ping.com

Ping are renowned for making very forgiving clubs and the Ping G425 Max is no exception. We spent a lot of time trawling through our data to see if their new fairway and hybrid ‘spinsistency’ face story really stacks up. Answer? It does. The carry distance drop-off of some of this year’s fairways was double that of the G425 Max. In our book, you really can’t go wrong with one.

Callaway Epic Max fairway wood

Callaway Epic Max fairway wood

£249 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

Just like the Callaway Epic drivers this year, we reckon nine out of 10 golfers will prefer the head shape of the lower MOI Epic Speed fairway over the Epic Max. But, with our test data showing almost twice as much carry distance drop off (25 yards to 13 yards) on off-centre hits with the Epic Speed, the Epic Max is the model most Callaway fans should be playing.

RELATED: Best Fairway Woods

Hybrids / Rescues

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£199 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

The SIM2 Max has massive shoes to fill as both Rory and DJ unexpectedly were huge fans of its predecessor, the SIM Max Rescue. TaylorMade Rescues have mopped up top spot for distance in our hybrid tests for a few years now, so it’s no surprise to see this new model bubbling away at the top of our charts again. It looks superb, too.

RELATED: Why Rory McIlroy uses a SIM Max Rescue

PXG 0211 hybrid

PXG 0211 hybrid

£250 | pxg.com

PXG’s new lower-priced 0211 family has caught golfers – and the industry – off-guard. It’s an unexpected move that now repositions PXG products right among market-leading models. You should never buy hybrids based on distance alone, as they need to fill yardage gaps in your game, but by a single yard the PXG 0211 was our test pro’s longest hybrid of the year.

Srixon ZX hybrid

Srixon ZX hybrid

£219 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

We’re suckers for cute little hybrids, and so often they’re the models that go on to be long-term favourites and stay in the bag for years. The ZX is one of those clubs; it’s just cracking. The tiny head won’t be the best fit for golfers who spray shots all over the face, there’s bigger models to help with that. But for reasonably consistent ball strikers, the ZX is a beauty.

RELATED: Best Hybrid Golf Clubs

Iron

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£1,015 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

We’ve tested the JPX921 Forged before and they’re a brilliant blend of narrow top edges that lots of reasonable players like, along with a forgiving, undercut cavity back. Mizuno reckon they suit 10–14 handicappers brilliantly. Taking chromoly steel, which is well known for being springy and lively, and stamping it into a top- performing mass-market Mizuno forged iron was a challenge Mizuno were happy to accept. And, boy, have they made it work.

RELATED: Which Mizuno iron is best for me?

TaylorMade P7MC irons

TaylorMade P7MC irons

£994 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

Judging by the level of interest on our social media and YouTube channels, the launch of TaylorMade’s new muscle cavity P7MC iron was a highlight of last year. As far as head shapes go, they just don’t come any better; the P7MC is an absolute cracker, with just the sort of simple styling that never looks old.

RELATED: Which TaylorMade iron is best for me?

Ping G710 irons 

Ping G710 irons

£169 (steel) £179 (graphite) per iron | ping.com

High-handicap irons never used to look this good, and the Ping G710s are testament to how far the category has come. We love the hollow body and fast face construction, a design method that isn’t widely available within this category. It’s not too surprising it was the second-best iron for protecting carry distance drop-off in our 2021 testing.

RELATED: Which Ping iron is best for me?

£1,050 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

The ZX7, with its very Japanese high-toe shape, is a simple but classy beauty. And that’s usually what ‘players’ ask for. There’s nothing to not like about this sleek but powerful model. Our pro really liked the feel and feedback from the ZX7 and the data it produced against its peers is really impressive.

RELATED: Which Srixon iron is best for me?

Ping G425 irons

Ping G425 irons

£129 (steel) £139 (graphite) per iron | ping.com

The Ping G425 wasn’t our longest or fastest mid-handicap iron, which shouldn’t really be too surprising as the 7-iron loft is a couple of degrees weaker than the competition, but it is among the best mid-handicap golf irons for 2021. Why? Because it’s absolutely brilliant at protecting carry distance when shots don’t hit the centre of the face.

TaylorMade P790 irons

TaylorMade P790 irons

£973 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

The original P790 (launched in 2017) transformed TaylorMade’s iron business. It was the brand’s biggest selling forged iron ever thanks to its mix of good looks, distance and forgiveness. The latest model retains that trend in a slightly sleeker package. It was our test pro’s longest players iron of the year, and the second most forgiving model – that’s a potent mix for lots of reasonably consistent club golfers.

RELATED: Which TaylorMade iron is best for me?

Wilson Staff Model CB irons

Wilson Staff CB irons

£799 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

Wilson have a long history when it comes to forged irons, and the brand has had a real resurgence among ‘players’ over the last few years. If you are a consistent ball striker who doesn’t need to keep an eye on distance, Wilson should be factored into your buying decision in 2021. Compared to the competition, the CB was great at protecting ball speed and carry.

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Mizuno MP-20 MMC irons

Mizuno MP20 MMC irons

£1,149 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

The MP-20 MMC is the ‘players’ iron for golfers who think with their head rather than their heart. Its top line thickness is just 1mm wider than the MP-20 MB, which means you give up very little in terms of looks yet get extra help with forgiveness thanks to the MMC’s multi-material construction. In terms of data, the MP-20 MMC flat-out performs.

RELATED: Which Mizuno iron is best for me?

Callaway Apex 21 Pro irons 

Callaway Apex Pro irons

£999 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

Hollow-body irons haven’t really been Callaway’s bag before, but in 2021 the new Apex 21 Pro is an absolute delight to look at and use. The muscleback appearance gives the impression of being a blade, while inside there’s up to 90g of low and deep tungsten weighting to maximise forgiveness from what is very much a ‘players’ iron head shape and size.

RELATED: Which Callaway iron is best for me?

Honma T//World GS irons

Honma GS irons

£1,155 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

The Honma GS family has come up trumps across the board in our Best Golf Clubs testing sessions, and the iron is no exception. Our data has the Honma down as our test pro’s second longest high-handicap iron, just two yards (193 yards) behind TaylorMade’s SIM2 Max OS (which has a 7-iron 2.5° stronger in loft), and it was among our top five for protecting carry distance on off-centre hits, too.

RELATED: Which Honma iron is best for me?

Callaway Apex DCB irons

Callaway Apex DCB irons

£999 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

We had a real headache choosing between the Callaway Apex 21 and Apex 21 DCB within this category as both are very worthy winners. But the DCB (Deep Cavity Back) just gets our nod because we love the way they open up forged irons to mid/higher handicaps and, thanks to a lighter 85g True Temper Elevate shaft, to more average speed players, too.

RELATED: Which Callaway iron is best for me?

Wilson Staff D9 irons

Wilson D9 irons

£549 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

The D9’s predecessors (D7) were a huge hit for Wilson. They combined strong lofts with oversized heads, plenty of hosel offset and lightweight, higher-launching shafts. The combination worked really well in the hands of ordinary club golfers as they delivered strong, powerful ball flights, but they were also very playable. And, from what we can see, the D9 iron has inherited all those superb traits.

RELATED: Best Mid-Handicap Golf Irons

Srixon ZX5 irons

Srixon ZX5 irons

£1,050 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

We’ve known for years that Srixon make really good forged irons, and the ZX5 irons are absolute beauties. They have a really simple, clean, unfussy and powerful appearance. The forged springy face and 1° less loft than the ZX7 gave our test pro 4mph more ball speed and 10 yards extra 7-iron carry distance, showcasing brilliantly how much fast face players irons bring to the party.

RELATED: Why Brooks Koepka uses Srixon irons

PXG 0311 XP Gen 3 irons

PXG 0311 XP Gen 3 irons

£275 per iron | pxg.com

In our 2021 iron tests the PXG was the longest mid-handicap iron (by three yards), but amazingly it also produced our smallest carry distance drop off (eight yards or 4.3%) of the whole category. That means great consistency on the course, which is exactly what most club golfers need.

RELATED: Which PXG iron is best for me?

Honma T//World TR20 P irons

Honma TR20 P irons

£1,199 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

The Honma T//World TR20 P irons are the latest in a long line of lovely forged models from the brand. And if you’re the sort who swears blind that fast face irons are inconsistent, then these will blow that sort of thinking out of the water. If you find yourself dilly-dallying between the Honma TR20 P and the weaker-lofted (with no fast face tech) TR20 V, our pro carried the P seven yards further.

RELATED: Which Honma iron is best for me?

Mizuno JPX921 Hot Metal Pro irons

Mizuno JPX921 Hot Metal Pro irons

£895 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

The JPX921 Hot Metal Pro iron is a really good option for golfers who struggle to live with big offset hosels within the mid-handicap iron category. It could easily pass for a more ‘players’ style iron, due to the lack of offset, but unlike Mizuno’s player models, the heads are cast not forged.

RELATED: Which Mizuno iron is best for me?

TaylorMade SIM2 Max OS irons

TaylorMade SIM2 Max OS irons

£770 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

The game’s biggest brands understand how the majority of golfers who get fitted on launch monitors find it almost impossible to turn down extra carry distance. Well, if you’re looking for the longest iron in 2021, the TaylorMade SIM2 Max OS is as good as it gets. The new Cap Back design means the extra loft is still very playable.

RELATED: Which TaylorMade iron is best for me?

Wedges

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£129 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

When Cleveland revealed the RTX ZipCore last year, they shouted loud and clear about how a new lightweight aluminium pad in the heel (which meant there could be extra toe weighting) had led to a 10% increase in vertical MOI stability. The idea is to improve spin consistency between shots hit high and low on the face, which increases predictability on the course – and it really works.

RELATED: Cleveland RTX Zipcore vs Titleist Vokey Design SM8

Ben Hogan Equalizer wedge 

Ben Hogan Equalizer wedge

£125 | benhogangolf.eu

We’ve seen before how the Equalizer’s milled face and clever leading edge relief have given our test pro some seriously consistent numbers. This year, with just 6% drop off in spin on mishits, the Equalizer was tied first as his best performing wedge for consistency and predictability. Ben Hogan only deal direct with consumers through www.benhogangolf.eu, which means they can bring it in for just £100.

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Cleveland CBX2 wedge 

Cleveland CBX2 wedges

£109 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

We’ve seen enough performance data since the launch of the original Cleveland CBX wedges (in 2017) to state that the majority of club golfers should now be opting for cavity backs when choosing new wedges. If you can get over the snobbish idea that wedges should have a blade-like design, you’ll realise that cavity back wedges have the capability to shave a couple of shots a round from a golfer’s game, with absolutely zero trade-off in looks behind the ball, feel or performance.

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Putters

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EvnRoll ER11 Midlock

Evnroll ER11 Midlock putter

£399 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

We’ve never recommended an armlock putter before, primarily because every model we’ve ever tested has always felt really unnatural to use. And before you think we’ve gone a bit lockdown loopy, we honestly haven’t. Yes, the Evnroll is an armlock putter and it’s seriously good. And by seriously good we mean switching back to a regular length putter felt a bit unstable and awkward. And that’s something we’ve never experienced before.

Ping Heppler Tomcat putter

Ping Heppler Tomcat putter

£275 | ping.com

Ping’s Heppler family showcases brilliantly how far thinking has come around improving weight distribution for forgiveness. The Tomcat is half steel, half aluminium and Ping have done a brilliant job of teaming the two to create a really attractive and forgiving putter. The 14 white dot alignment aid is simple, unfussy and encourages the eye to see the putter’s path – inspired by airport runway lights. Arguably the best MOI- style putter Ping have created in years, the ability to adjust shaft length from 32-36in (as 80% of us use the wrong length putter) might just secure the deal for golfers wavering between brands.

RELATED: Ping 2021 putters reviewed 

Odyssey 2-Ball Ten Tour Lined putter 

Odyssey 2-ball Ten Tour putter

£249 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

Odyssey say this is the most forgiving 2-Ball of all time... a big claim that we can’t argue with. It comes in three versions (2-Ball, 2-Ball Triple Track and 2-Ball Tour Lined), but we really like the simplicity of the Tour Lined model – a single black line runs across the two golf ball-sized discs, just like lots of tour players request. It sets up really nicely behind a single alignment stripe on a ball.

RELATED: Which Lamkin putter grip best fits your stroke?

TaylorMade Spider EX putter 

TaylorMade Spider EX putter

£269 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

The Spider EX is a cracking, compact, high-MOI model, just like the previous Spider X. The head is 3.5mm longer from toe to heel and 2.7mm wider from face to back than the Spider X, and thanks to a lightweight aluminium body, enough weight is freed up to allow 56g of steel to be split between two discrete back wings and a further 20-30g of tungsten (depending on shaft length) to be positioned in the extremities of the toe and heel behind the face. That extra weight on the outer edges provides a huge amount of stability.

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Golf Balls

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£41.95 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

We’ve known for a few years that the five-layer TP5 is a great ball. It won our massive robot balls test in 2019 and is trusted by many of the world’s best players now, including Tommy Fleetwood. But for 2021, there’s a revolutionary dimple design that cuts drag and promotes more distance. Just ask Rory, Tommy, Charley, Collin or DJ, all of whom have made the switch.

Srixon Q-Star Tour golf ball

Srixon Q Star golf balls

£29.95 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

Lots of club golfers loved Srixon’s AD333 Tour ball, and this is its replacement. The Q-Star Tour has a 72 compression and exactly the same ‘Spin Skin’ tech (a flexible coating that expands into grooves to maximise spin) as Srixon’s Z-Star tour balls, and it combines great driver and iron distance with good wedge spin and, crucially, a very sensible price tag.

RELATED: Which Srixon ball is right for me?

Srixon Z-Star golf ball 

Srixon Z Star golf balls

£34.95 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

Srixon’s two new Z-STAR balls have new cores, new covers and new dimple patterns, all to enhance feel, spin and distance. The Z-STAR produces the most greenside spin of any ball in Srixon’s line-up, thanks to its super-soft urethane cover. The Z-STAR XV has a new inner core for more ball speed without sacrificing control. Both have a fourth-generation SpinSkin cover, which improves control.

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Wilson Duo Soft+ golf ball

Wilson Duo Soft golf balls

£17.95 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

Wilson have added what they call ‘Velociticor’ technology to the new Wilson Staff DUO Soft+ golf ball that replaces the original DX2 Soft – claiming it’s now the world’s softest and longest, 35 compression two-piece golf ball on sale. What we know for certain is that this is a cracking ball for club golfers at a price that won’t make you wince when you fat one in the water...

RELATED: Best Ladies' Golf Balls

TaylorMade Tour Response golf ball 

TaylorMade Tour Response golf balls

£34.95 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

After surveying thousands of average golfers, TaylorMade came up with the three-piece urethane-covered Tour Response. They were targeting amateurs who were playing balls that weren’t suited to them, hoping to provide a product that not only performed better, but at a cheaper price point too. And after our extensive tests, we can say they’ve done exactly that.

RELATED: TaylorMade Tour Response vs Titleist Pro V1

Callaway Chrome Soft X LS golf ball

Callaway Chrome Soft golf balls

£34.95 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

Callaway now have a Chrome Soft for everyone, because golf manufacturers have become increasingly aware that one size does not fit all. The standard Chrome Soft and the slightly firmer Chrome Soft X are now joined by the Chrome Soft X LS, a low-spinning model aimed at golfers with fast swings and low handicaps.

RELATED: Callaway Chrome Soft vs Titleist Pro V1

Titleist Pro V1 / Pro V1x golf balls

Titleist Pro V1 golf balls

£44.95 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

With rivals including TaylorMade, Callaway and Srixon all upping their ball game, Titleist’s Pro V1 has never had to compete harder for your money. But Titleist won’t take any threat to their ball lying down, so they’ve come up with an all-new version which promises more distance and more spin than ever before.

RELATED: Robot tested – Which golf ball suits you?

Callaway ERC Soft golf ball

Callaway ERC Soft golf ball

£34.95 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

The original ERC Soft was a game-changer for Callaway – and for us. It was the first to feature Triple Track alignment lines, now on the Chrome Soft, and we rated it as the best ball for amateurs in our 2019 robot balls test. For 2021, the ERC keeps those brilliant lines, along with a soft feel, but a new ‘High Energy Core’ is designed to increase ball speed from tee to green. There’s also a new cover which promotes high launch and low spin (the recipe for distance), along with great feel.

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Golf Grips

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Golf Pride ZGrip Patriot

Golf Pride ZGrip Patriot.

£13.99 | golfpride.co.uk

Combining two layers of texturing for feedback and control, the ZGRIP features a deep ‘Z’-shaped texture pattern that winds vertically around the grip for greater control, while a heavy cord texture throughout provides moisture management. The standard grip on TaylorMade’s P-Series and Callaway’s Apex irons, and it feels fantastic; it’s almost like the new Tour Velvet. The version that’s available to buy is called ‘Patriot’.

 

Golf Pride New Decade MCC Teams grip

Golf Pride New Decade MCC Teams grips.

£14 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

The world’s No.1 golf grip brand have expanded their multiple-Major-winning MCC family of hybrid golf grips with the new MCC Teams collection. Featuring 15 unique colour combinations, it means every football fan should be able to find the right one for their team.

Golf Pride Pro Only Cord grip

£22.95 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

Golf Pride Pro Only Cord putter grip.

 

The new Pro Only Cord series features brushed cotton cord to create Golf Pride’s firmest, most responsive putter grips ever. Three modern shapes are designed for hand comfort and positioning; 72cc-78.5g, 81cc-88g and 88cc-90g.

Lamkin Sink Fit Skinny + Sink Fit Straight Rubber grips

The Lamkin Sink Skinny and Sink Fit Straight Rubber grips.

 

 

£29.99 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

Bob Lamkin once said: “The putter is used more than any club in the bag and finding the right grip is a critical element to building confidence and sinking more putts.” That’s why Lamkin now make so many putter grip options. These two models stood out for us because they are at opposite ends of the thick/thin spectrum, yet both feel fantastic.

SuperStroke Traxion Flatso 1.0 

£29.99 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

SuperStroke Traxion Flatso 1.0 golf putter grip.

SuperStroke say the Traxion grips have X-Shaped tread in high sensory areas to enhance feel and comfort. Eight different shapes in a variety of sizes mean there’s a solution for everyone. We love the Flatso’s pentagonal shape, while an embossed ridge down the back increases your chances of gripping the club consistently in the same position.

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Golf Bags

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Sun Mountain Eco-Lite golf cart bag

Sun Mountain Eco Lite golf bag

£199.95 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

Golf is trying to clean up its act when it comes to the environment, and Sun Mountain are doing it right with the Eco-Lite. The fabric is made from recycled plastic bottles, with about 30 600ml bottles in each bag. Green credentials aside, it’s packed with features too; 14-way top, integrated putter well, plus eight pockets including a valuables section, full-length clothing pocket and a cooler pocket.

Powakaddy Dri Tech golf cart bag

Powakaddy Dri Tech golf bag

£219.95 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

Most of us won’t realise we need a waterproof bag until it’s too late. The all-new Dri Tech is PowaKaddy’s top bag model, and the clever Key-Lock anti-twist system makes a great addition to a PowaKaddy trolley. It is 100% waterproof and PowaKaddy say it delivers four times the performance of most waterproof bags on the market.

Mizuno K1-LO golf bag

Mizuno K1-Lo golf bag

£189.95 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

Not all golfers want a waterproof bag; for those who prefer a small but perfectly formed ultra-light stand bag, the K1-LO has all the answers. Carbon-fibre means it weighs half that of most other standbags; perfect if there’s a trolley ban.

Sun Mountain Eco-Lite golf stand bag

Sun Mountain Eco Lite carry bag 

£169.95 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

Sun Mountain make a fantastic range of award-winning waterproof bags (like the H2NO), but we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t highlight how every new Eco-Lite repurposes and upcycles 20-30 plastic bottles. It’s also water resistant.

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Motocaddy Hydro Flex golf bag

Motocaddy Hydro Flex golf bag

£199.95 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

Motocaddy’s new HydroFLEX is a versatile, waterproof, super-light (2.4kg) carry bag. What really caught our eye, though, is a unique integrated stand system that fits perfectly on to any Motocaddy trolley. Other standout features include a quick-release strap and adjustable rear stand lock, full-length dividers and five spacious pockets.

Motocaddy Dry Series golf cart bag

Motocaddy Dry Series golf bag

£219.95 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

The best-selling bag in the Motocaddy range, and it’s easy to see why. The lightweight (2.4kg) 100% waterproof Dry-Series features seven spacious pockets, durable Ripstop fabric, heat-welded seams and thermo-sealed zips, 14 full-length dividers, Japanese YKK zips for smooth one-handed opening and an anti-twist base, available in four trim options.

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Golf Trolleys

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£749.95 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

We’re big fans of Motocaddy, and their electric models just seem to step it up every year. The new M5 GPS has so many features we can’t list them all here, but the big upgrade is cellular connectivity – so new and existing owners can access more advanced course mapping, real-time updates and performance tracking without the need for WiFi.

PowaKaddy CT6 GPS electric golf trolley

Powakaddy CT6 GPS electric golf trolley

£599 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

We could go on and on about how compact the CT6 is, how light it is, how little room it takes up in the boot and how easy it is to put up and take down. This one is even smaller (20%) and lighter (5%) than the old CT6. But what really impresses us is the amount of tech PowaKaddy cram into such a small package, and this year that includes an all-new 2.8in touch screen.

It lets you navigate around more than 40,000 golf courses worldwide, with fast and accurate distances to the front, middle and back of greens via a sharper display.

Clicgear 4.0 golf push trolley

Clic Gear 4.0 trolley

£239 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

ClicGear have been at the forefront of trolley design ever since the rise in popularity of push trolleys, and the 4.0 has seen tweaks to everything. The storage net is 80% larger, a new ‘Easy-Clip’ bag strap makes it easier to fit any golf bag on the trolley, and the brake system has been redesigned to eliminate cable wear. It’s a lot of trolley for the money.

Motocaddy Cube golf push trolley

Motocaddy Cube golf trolley

£169.95 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

The popular Cube had a makeover last year and is now 40% smaller than Motocaddy’s entry-level Z1 push trolley. Simple to use thanks to its two-step folding system, this is the king of compacts and is a great idea if car boot space is at a premium or garage storage space is tight. Quick release wheels free up even more space.

PowaKaddy FX 3 electric golf trolley

Powakaddy FX3 trolley

£499 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

We know lots of golfers (especially the legions of new ones) want a simple, reliable way to carry their clubs around a course. They’re not worried about GPS or WiFi... and that’s where PowaKaddy’s FX3 comes in. It has exactly the same quality finish and build as its siblings, but without the bells and whistles. It does have a 2.3in full-colour widescreen display, as well as an anti- tamper dial control and a height adjustable soft handle, plus a 1-Click folding system that now folds down to be 20% smaller than previous versions. It’s also available with PowaKaddy’s Electronic Braking System.

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Motocaddy M3 GPS

Motocaddy M3 electric golf trolley

£699.95 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

The latest M3 GPS does it all. It incorporates Motocaddy’s fully integrated, high-performance GPS system offering front, middle and back distances, plus key hazard information on over 40,000 pre-loaded courses through its high resolution 2.8” LCD smart touchscreen display. Along with the ground-breaking GPS ‘smart’ technology, allowing the trolley to connect to the Motocaddy GPS app through Bluetooth for smartphone alerts and course updates, the M3 GPS is powered by a super-light M-Series lithium battery that can be charged on board. Its compact ‘SlimFold’ design lets the wheels invert so it easily fits into the smallest car boots.

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Big Max Blade IP 

Big Max Blade golf trolley

£269 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

This is a seriously impressive bit of kit that folds itself down into a very slimline package. Thanks to some clever German engineering, the Blade folds flat so it can slide into a car boot with a bag full of golf clubs on top, making it the ultimate solution if storage is tight. Its genius one-fold mechanism means it takes seconds to put down or pop up, too.

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Golf GPS / Rangefinders / DMDs

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Motocaddy Pro 3000 

Motocaddy Pro 3000 laser

£249 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

Motocaddy are moving from a ‘trolley’ company to a golf tech company, and this is part of that journey. Weighing just 196g, the Pro 3000 is quick and easy to use, and features everything you’d need in a laser – PinLock with vibration and visual confirmation, slope adjustment, accuracy to less than a yard at a range of 1,300 yards, plus a hard carry case that attaches to a Motocaddy trolley.

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Golf Buddy Laser Lite 

Golf Buddy Laser Lite

£129.99 | golfbuddy.co.uk

Weighing just 155g, this compact rangefinder can read distances from five yards to 800 yards and is accurate to a single yard. It has a six-times magnification lens to make finding the target easy, and an easy-to-read, wide LCD display. GolfBuddy have even packed pin finder vibration into this excellent value package, ensuring you know when you’ve locked on the target.

Arccos Caddie Link 

Arccos Caddie Link

£89.99 | arccosgolf.com

Arccos Caddie Link means you can track every shot you hit without a phone in your pocket or a watch on your wrist. It weighs less than 25g, clips on your belt or cap and pairs with the Arccos Caddie app and sensors. The result? Tour-level analytics about your game, which see Arcoss users on average cut their handicap by 4.2 strokes.

SkyCaddie SX400 

SkyCaddie SX400

£249 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

We’re big fans of SkyCaddie’s SX500 because of its cracking graphics, iPhone-style functionality and the sheer amount of info it can display. The SX400 does pretty much all that, in a more compact size. There’s a four-inch HD touchscreen instead of five, and it doesn’t have a camera. But if you can live with that you still get vivid hole graphics, incredibly detailed mapping, pin positions, aerial hole views and the option to move your target.

ShotScope Pro L1 

ShotScope Pro L1 laser

£199.99 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

This is renowned golf GPS and shot- tracking brand Shot Scope’s first laser rangefinder, with the brand calling it “the most advanced product of its kind”. It has all the features you need – Target- Lock Vibration, a Precision Clear Lens, Adaptive Slope Technology – and all for less than £200.

SkyCaddie LX5C

SkyCaddie LX5C GPS golf watch.

£349.95 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

A hard-wearing ceramic bezel ensures your GPS watch holds its colour and retains that ‘new’ look for far longer than a traditional bezel. It has all of the functionality of the brilliant LX5 and we love its large, bright, colour touchscreen. It’s pre-loaded with more than 35,000 course maps and the features are phenomenal – as well as high-def hole maps, you get stats, fitness tracking, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity.

ShotScope G3 

ShotScope G3

£149.95 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

Shot Scope is already a winner in our 2021 Awards for shot tracking, courtesy of their V3 GPS watch. The G3 is pretty much identical – it just doesn’t come with sensors or track shots. It does, however, use dual satellite technology, which makes it super accurate – cutting the competition’s standard accuracy from 3-5m down to just 30cm. It comes with 35,000 courses pre-loaded and shows yardages to the front, middle and back of the green.

Bushnell V5 Slim 

Bushnell V5 laser slim

£299 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

Bushnell dominate the laser market and they constantly evolve their products. The V5 Slim (and the V5 Shift Slim with slope) does everything you’d need from a laser, from a jolt as it locks onto the target to the built-in magnetic mount. But by moving the battery to the back and slimming down the outer casing, it now fits snugly into the palm of your hand, so it’s never been easier to get an accurate reading to within a yard.

Bushnell Phantom 2 

Bushnell Golf Phantom 2 GPS.

£139 | bushnellgolf.com

If all you want from a GPS device is a simple yardage, the Phantom has you covered. This new version also has numerous upgrades from its predecessor, like GreenView movable pin placements, and “Dynamic Green Mapping,” which provides front/ centre/back distance measurements no matter which direction the golfer approaches the green. It has 40% bigger text on a large, easy-to-read screen and is pre-loaded with more than 38,000 courses.

Zoom Focus X 

Zoom Focus X rangefinder

£179.95 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

At this price point, the Zoom Focus X is a very good option for golfers who want all the functionality you could ask for of a rangefinder, without paying more for a recognised brand name or extra features you don’t really need. It has a range of 600m, slope adjusted yardages, target lock vibration and it’s rechargeable.

ShotScope V3 

ShotScope V3

£179.95 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

We are big fans of Shot Scope’s V3 GPS watch, and now it offers more information about your game than ever. This year, Shot Scope started offering users ‘strokes gained’ on their mobile app. The overview gives strokes gained data for tee shots, approaches, short game, putting for individual rounds and filters such as the last five or 10 rounds. More than 100 different analytics can be reviewed via the app or Shot Scope’s online dashboard on different clubs, tee shots, approaches, short game and putting. If you’re serious about improving, you’ve got to be serious about stats.

Garmin Approach S10 

Garmin Approach S10 golf watch

£99.95 | garmin.com

The S10 may not offer as many features as some of the more expensive golf watches on the market, but for the price it is a fantastic watch. It comes pre-loaded with 41,000 courses, with yardages to the front, middle and back of the green, as well as hazards and dog-legs. It knows when you’ve finished the hole and will automatically display information for the next.

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Golf shoes

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Ecco Biom H4

Ecco Biom H4 spikeless golf shoes.

 

Is the Biom H4 ECCO’s best ever golf shoe? That’s how we billed it on the TG website, and it’s hard not to come to that conclusion.

The Danish brand invented the spikeless golf shoe and have consistently produced some of the highest quality and most durable spikeless shoes on the market. The H4 boasts several new features (including Biom Natural Motion Technology) designed to improve comfort and performance. The leather upper is 100% waterproof, while Gore-Tex ensures breathability.

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 Payntr X 001F

Payntr X 001F golf shoes

£120 | payntr.com

PAYNTR golf is the brainchild of former cricket pro David Paynter and ex-Nike Golf man Mike Forsey, who started from the ground up – literally – to develop the X 001 F.

PAYNTR label it the ‘Performance Multiplied innovation ethos: Force x Velocity = Power’, and we think they’ve succeeded. It’s a lot of shoe for £120 – comfortable, grippy and waterproof.

FootJoy Premiere Series 

FootJoy Premiere Series golf shoes

£154.95 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

The timeless design of FootJoy’s Premiere Series gets your attention. But when you delve into their construction – soft, supple, waterproof Pittards’ leather uppers; new VersaTrax+ tread pattern; OrthoLite EcoPlush FitBed for enhanced stability and comfort – you realise these shoes are about far more than style. There are three versions: the Tarlow (a modern interpretation of the timeless cap toe design); the Packard (lovely detailing and a pebble grain leather); and the Flint (a spikeless option). You have the option to personalise the Tarlow and Packard through FootJoy’s MyJoys, too.

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Duca Del Cosma Eldorado 

Duca Del Cosma Eldorado

£167.25 | ducadelcosma.com

We speak to lots of golfers who like the ideas of spikeless shoes, but aren’t fans of the trainer-style looks. Step forward Duca del Cosma. The waterproof Eldorado looks and feels like a traditional golf shoe; soft leather makes them a joy to wear, while a memory foam leather insole means they quickly mould to your exact foot shape. The traction nubs are some of the most aggressive on any shoe, ensuring a very firm footing.

Skechers Go Golf Elite V4 Victory 

Skechers Go Golf Elite V4 Victory

£94.95 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

Skechers’ Elite series has won many awards, and here’s another. Value is a huge factor in our choice, but so is the comfort and performance. The latest model has Skechers’ GRIPFLEX outsole, which features a new design to offer better traction and stability. And an ULTRA GO midsole offers lightweight, responsive cushioning.

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Adidas ZG21 

adidas ZG21 golf shoes

£139.95 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

Two years in the making, adidas say their new ZG21 shoe is up to 20% lighter than their previous spiked shoes after repeated requests from tour pros and amateurs for a high-performance spiked shoe that’s both lightweight and extremely comfortable. adidas rose to that challenge as the ZG21 is indeed supremely light without compromising performance.

Skechers Go Golf Torque Pro 

Skechers Go Golf Torque Pro golf shoes

£99 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

You just can’t argue with the comfort, performance and value offered from Skechers’ shoes; they’re absolutely superb. The new Torque Pro has a full-grain leather and synthetic upper complete with a waterproof membrane and a diamond traction plate with replaceable SoftSpikes. And as you’d expect from one of the biggest names in sports shoes, they are supremely comfortable.

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Golf Apparel

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£59 | Buy now at golfonline.co.uk

We usually just pick one garment for a TG Apparel Award – but Galvin’s GameDay Collection is so good, we felt the whole thing deserved recognition. It includes 14 Gore-Tex jacket options, five different Gore-Tex waterproof trousers, 28 different Insula sweaters, as well as 38 Ventil8 Plus shirts and a full women’s range. Around 70% of the garments are now produced using environmental Bluesign approved fabric or certified by Oeko-Tex 100 to cover thread and buttons as well as fabric.

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OceanTee Oceanic Polo 

Ocean Tee Oceanic polo shirt

£49.99 | oceanteegolf.com

We’re big fans of the OCEANTEE ethos, which has grown from sustainable bamboo tees to a clothing line with the same benefits. The Oceanic is made from a unique blend of sustainable fibre crafted from wood pulp and repurposed cotton. The lightweight fabric is naturally breathable to keep you cool, dry and odour free, and 25% of the profits are donated to charities dedicated to tackling plastic pollution.

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Golf Tees

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OceanTee Bamboo Tees

OceanTee Bamboo Golf Tees are helping to make golf more sustainable.

£4 | oceanteegolf.com

We love these golf tees, and the story that goes with them. OceanTee source, manufacture and pack their tees in one location, which reduces their ecological footprint. But why use bamboo? It grows up to 3.5ft per day – 1,000 times faster than oak – and is flexible, tough and less likely to snap than your standard wooden tee, or pollute the environment like a plastic tee. Available in short, long and ‘castle’ versions.

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