Better Players Going Bigger Traditionally, blade putters were thought to be the domain of good golfers with smooth strokes, and only chops used mallets. It has been quite a journey since 2004, but the destination remains the same: better-informed, better-equipped and better-playing golfers. Simple to align, the weight feels right, and it looks regal. That feel is designed to work better when the clubface rotates open and then closes during the stroke. It's not merely that today's designs are better than yesterday's. It also happens to be the way most golfers tend to putt.
In some isolated cases, we saw 20-yard improvements in carry distance for off-center strikes. This signals the beginning of the golf season, in my opinion. The face technology is sophisticated enough to make sure that doesn't happen. The award-winning collection includes the , , , , and the newly launched putters. We ran the tests, and you can read the results below It's that so many of the new clubs are better in ways that hadn't been contemplated in 2004. Other companies have followed with similar iron-replacement versions. The new 7-irons showed consistent improvements, and some of them were considerably longer on mis-hits than their previous generations.
Just what you would want a better iron to do. From shapes, to colors, to lines, there are many different tools in place to help you line it up. Each tandem of two players was paired with a single editor as they made their way through each club category. For Cobra, this could be a banner year. The customization options among the models featured are vast, from head shape, to color, to grip size, to shaft length, to counter balancing.
You will start seeing 6, 7 hybrids and some complete hybrid sets from Callaway and Cleveland. The biggest gains were on toe and low impacts, which saw an average of nine- and 11-yard gains, respectively. The Odyssey Toulon was a little bit of a surprise. The Scientists advise us on Innovation. In our tests against four-year-old drivers—on off-center and on-center hits—the new drivers won 78 percent of the time. In short, they represented you.
We believe the Hot List continues to be the most valuable source amid all the confusion. The Verdict: This year's line of five blades uses extensive milling and heel-toe weighting to achieve higher stability on off-center hits than most traditional blades. Dan Sueltz This entry was posted in. The beauty of some of these new mallets is that you get all the benefits of aim, alignment and off-center-hit forgiveness found in a traditional stable-mallet design, with the same feeling of swinging the club you got from a typical blade. The larger surface area on the top of the heads has been utilized to make improved alignment aids on many of the models on our list. Golf Digest may earn a portion of sales from products that are purchased through our site as part of our Affiliate Partnerships with retailers. The shot displayed the desirable characteristics of such a club and why it's a suitable substitute for conventional middle or long irons that produce a lower ball flight.
Maybe it is time to start thinking of dropping your 3 wood and putting a higher lofted, lower spinning 4 wood in your bag! With each club, the editor conducted a brief interview for further details. We sifted through 113,900 words of comments to find this selection of quips about clubs that produced some snarky remarks during three days at Pinehurst. We're talking about razor-thin metalwood construction, a new category of irons and grooves so sharp you'll forget there ever was a groove rule. We've learned that the most significant clubs aren't just those that intrigue industry experts and a roomful of Ph. The are a record number, a reflection not on the difficulty of being unique in an industry awash in sameness and parity, but instead a celebration that clubs from all kinds of manufacturers large and small are finding ways to help golfers improve. For golfers who might have lost a few yards over time playing traditional blades, these irons will get you that half club back—maybe more—all without making you recoil when you put them down at address.
Enjoy perusing the list by clicking on the title links in each category. A study by Golf Datatech indicates golfers buy new wedges every four years. With extensive and precise milling and heel-toe weight, there is a higher stability on off-center contact than most other putters. An iron in this category must satisfy a pair of simple, but strict criteria: It must be a players iron in shape and possess some distance-producing element. Of course the TaylorMade Spider was top of the list. That fitting location served as the workplace where our team of editors, expert contributors and golfers set about determining the products that matter in 2018. However, for the most part, the gains were more measured: about three yards for an on-center hit on average, and high, low and heel hits improved by as much as five yards each.
Sometimes, though, the memories with your old putter make you hold it tight. I pick one up and hate the look. . Within this classic shape, however, is a whole lot of technology. Rolls true with good feedback on long putts. Then came Jason Day's rise to No. As the latter gained momentum—it now represents 15 percent of the iron market, according to industry tracking firm Golf Datatech, thanks in part to the success of the Callaway Apex, one of the best early examples of such an iron—we decided it deserved its own category, one we call Players Distance irons.
How much better are the new drivers? The spin gain on a 40-yard shot from light rough was an impressive 64 percent. Our editors compiled each player's individual ratings and a top-five list for each category. With fewer retail stores and more dollars being spent online, getting smart advice about what to buy has gotten harder for average golfers, who are desperate for trusted information. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Condé Nast. Now that the Hot List is in its 15th year, and the idea of a driver without adjustability is considered almost radical, our sense of responsibility burns deeper. The Golf Digest Hot List is the most credible and comprehensive list of golf equipment available on the market and is compiled each year to provide players with the best equipment to improve their game.
Even with stronger lofts, shots flew an average of two yards higher with about a degree steeper landing angle meaning they would roll less after landing. We bring that guidance to you by being diligent and broad in our methodology—unbiased, uncensored and, well, honest. The putter can be both the easiest and the hardest club in the bag to part with. Anecdotally, the new wedge showed noticeably more grab, too. You still have to like what you're looking at, and for some, that's a battle mallets will never win.