The Tour Edge Hot Launch 4 metalwoods, specifically the new driver, pursue a technological stretch few companies are willing to make. It’s not an extremely high moment of inertia for stability and better ball speed on off-center hits. But yes, it does that. It’s not a unique weight-saving shape and extended cup face. But yes,
The Srixon Q-Star’s two-piece construction isn’t what you would think of for a tour-level ball, but a deeper look into the design reveals some of the same guiding technologies found in the company’s tour-played Z-Star and Z-Star XV balls. While the ionomer-covered Q-Star won’t ever be a choice of elite players who prefer the versatility
The Epon AF-305 irons find that difficult place in the current landscape of iron design: pushing a players irons shape toward a more forgiving design without pushing too far. The only way to get there was to maximize the company’s long-standing expertise in forged iron technology to a new cavity shape. Epon is the subsidiary
Last year we brought you our 13 Dumbest Things in Golf—a collection of egregious traditions, decisions and products that cause golfers to raise their collective eyebrows, snicker or in some cases, get fired up about. Of course, golf being what it is, there’s no way that our original 13 things covered the entire landscape of
When the first U.S. Open was played in 1895 at Rhode Island’s Newport Country Club, some spectators and competitors, perhaps even winner Horace Rawlins, had at one time likely worn clothes made of hemp fibers. In the 1800s, hemp — made from stalks of the Cannabis plant — was commonly used to make a variety
Tipping points can have the most unlikely origins. Back in 2008, TaylorMade debuted a supersized putter, coined Spider, on the PGA Tour. The fifth week it was out, a player who’d been struggling on the greens tried Spider at the FBR Open in Phoenix and went on to win the event. “From that moment, Spider’s
Callaway Golf’s Truvis ball has become something of a cult favorite among golfers, and, to use a poker term, the company has been “all in” on the line for some time now, including a number of limited-edition models. Its recent offering joins that group with the Chrome Soft Truvis Suits model. As its name suggests,
When Wilson Golf first introduced its C300 Forged irons, Jon Pergande, the company’s manager of golf club innovation, said, “We wanted a decent ,good clean look. We’re starting with a look and adding distance technology to it. Now Wilson is adding even further to that look with the introduction of a limited-edition C300 Forged with
The Honma T//World TW-X irons got their start as a long-iron replacement club preferred by tour players as a driving iron. Now, the company is ready for the new T//World-X to serve as a replacement for all the irons you carry. The new T//World-X set, which features a forged hollow body construction and a high-strength
Titleist Vokey wedges have been on the radar of golfers ever since 1997 when master craftsman Bob Vokey started designing wedges for the company. During those two-plus decades, Voke has created a number of models and grinds, including his latest D grind, which offers high measured bounce along with the crescent shape of the M
The Titleist TS1, the new addition to the TS family of drivers introduced last year, is something completely different for the brand and yet reflects precisely what the design mission of the line was from the beginning: a total emphasis on speed. The TS1 emphasizes speed unlike the rest of the TS family by reducing
Harold Varner III might have shot 81 while playing in the final group of the recent PGA Championship, but today he has an endorsement contract with Callaway Golf to play the company’s woods, an Odyssey putter and use a Callaway-branded staff bag. The signing does not signal any significant shift in his equipment as Varner
L.A.B. Golf’s new Blad.1 putter continues the same unique approach to putter design that it debuted with the Directed Force oversized mallet introduced in early 2016, but it’s added one crucial element: A shape that’s as simple as the Directed Force is complex. But that doesn’t mean the Blad.1, which is kind of a modern
The Ping G410 LST expands the company’s G410 driver lineup by offering a low-spin option, but it does not move away from the company’s focus on stability on off-center hits, or what’s known as high moment of inertia (MOI). The two ideas—a driver with low-spin and high MOI—sometimes work at cross purposes because to get
The new Miura Milled Tour HB wedge—the HB stands for “high bounce”—extends the company’s lineup of forged wedges to respond to the requests of customers—and at least one golfer specifically. The Milled Tour HB wedge, like the recently released K-Grind 2.0 Wedge it’s forged by the company at its headquarters and forging house in Himeji,
The Ben Hogan GS53 driver may be the company’s first new driver in more than a decade, but with its traditional all-titanium design and straightforward construction, company CEO Scott White says he believes consumers have been misled by recent driver technology. “Ben Hogan was famous for his no-nonsense approach to his game and his business,”
The Bridgestone e6 name has resonated with average golfers and their search for the right golf ball since its introduction in 2005. Touted for its straighter flight, three-piece construction and soft compression, the ball often was the company’s top-selling model. So the news that a new Bridgestone e6 is on the way will surely cause
Unlike most golf equipment, no launch monitor or wrist-to-floor measurement will tell you what’s the best golf bag for you. That’s why this year’s golf-bag Hot List—our first since 2014—is a great place to start. Ask yourself how you play most often (walk or ride) and what you like to carry (bare essentials or pack
The Lamkin Sonar grip line adds two new models that expand on the technology that was the company’s hit product for last year. The new versions, Sonar Tour and Sonar Wrap, use distinctive patterns, textures and firmnesses to better match certain player preferences First introduced in 2018, the Lamkin Sonar grip technology is based on
The Ping Sigma 2 Valor 400, a new model in the company’s flagship putter family, is geared very much to some of the company’s original tour principles of stability on off-center hits while at the same time responding to the new interest in the most stable kind of putting stroke in the game. The Sigma
Ping G410 LST, given its name most likely a lower-spinning line extension to the company’s successful G410 family of drivers, was put on on the USGA conforming list of drivers this morning. The move makes this version of the driver available for use in competition this week. The G410 LST, which is on the USGA
Tiger Woods is the Vegas front-runner for the 2019 PGA Championship, owning 8/1 odds for the year’s second major. And thanks to his affinity with the New York crowds, Phil Mickelson will be fan favorite at Bethpage Black. But to those contemplating a new driver purchase, Rory McIlroy just became a popular pick. Dick’s Sporting
From its inception, Parsons Xtreme Golf has essentially lived by a “go big or go home” mindset, producing golf clubs in unique ways and pricing them accordingly. It’s latest Gen2 putter line is no different. The new line boasts eight head types: the Closer, Lucky “D,” Brandon, Mustang, Bat Attack, Mini Gunboat, Gunboat, and Operator.
The Seemore Platinum Series of 100 percent milled putters do more than expand the company’s lineup of mallets and blades. What they really do is honor the company’s legendary start while showing how far it’s come at the same time. Firstly, the Seemore Platinum Series commemorates the 20th anniversary of the distinctive putter’s defining moment:
The Honma Tour World 747 Rose Proto MB irons, the muscleback blade irons built with Justin Rose’s input, are now available at retail. It’s the second set of irons designed exclusively for a top player to be introduced to the public in as many weeks, following TaylorMade’s release last week of the Tiger Woods custom
When you question the standards and practices of PGA Tour players, multiple expert teachers and perhaps even golf’s ruling bodies, you better bring in some heavy thinking. Especially when you say that not only is leaving the flagstick in questionable, it’s no benefit for 99.9 percent of putts. But this conclusion is not made lightly.
The new Fourteen TC-920 irons make a statement that the modern golf swing requires a change in the way modern clubs, particularly modern irons, should be designed. According to Fourteen’s Masashi Kamoda, the dynamics of the swing have changed to better align with how the modern driver has been designed with a lower center of
Numbers don’t lie. Just ask Jon Rahm. It’s late 2018, and the PGA Tour phenom is on the range at a swanky Florida resort. After hitting a few drives with his regular golf ball, he tries for the first time TaylorMade’s new TP5x. His ball speed quickly jumps from 177 miles per hour to 186.
The Ben Hogan PTx Pro irons, the company’s update of its multi-material, dual-construction iron first introduced in 2016, reflect a unique design philosophy that aims to prevent the head’s center of gravity from getting too low. While the pursuit of low-CG has been a calling card for a lot of club design in recent years,
The new Titleist CNCPT irons (CP-01 and CP-02), despite their $4,000 price tag, really offer a simple premise: How much better could an iron be if money were no object? We’ve seen the idea in recent years with the high-end, multi-thousand-dollar iron sets from PXG, pretty much the undisputed leader in price- unconscious golf equipment.