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.
When it comes to wedge designs, Titleist’s Bob Vokey and his right-hand man, Aaron Dill, are rarely at a loss for creative thoughts. That’s what happens when you can tap into a great number of the best players in the world for inspiration—”The best R&D team in the world,” as Voke is fond of saying.
Equipment We rated golf balls based on our four criteria (Performance, Innovation, Feel and Demand) and conducted player testing at the Marriott Grande Vista Resort in Orlando. Our process includes full swings and a lot of short-game shots. Yours should, too. We evaluated 65 entries at three prices (Over $35, $26-$35 and $25 and Under).
A three-lined version of the Callaway Chrome Soft X Phil Mickelson used to win at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February this year is now a product you can buy. Callaway has just released a new option of the Chrome Soft X with what it calls “Triple Track Technology,” a series of three alignment
Titleist’s new TS4 driver, an extension of the TS drivers the company introduced last fall and frequently the most played models at PGA Tour events ever since, continues a theme unveiled with the originals. At the time, the TS drivers reflected a technological redirection at Titleist, what director of metalwoods development Stephanie Luttrell called, “taking
A new rule this year allowing golfers to putt with the flagstick in without incurring a penalty is generating serious debate among pros and amateurs. The USGA made the change to help speed up play, but some tour players are leaving the flagstick in because they believe it helps them make more putts. Is this
The Cobra King MIM wedge, due at retail next month, has all the appearances of, well, another wedge. Which is perhaps the most remarkable thing about it because it is decidedly unlike any other wedge, indeed any other golf club, ever manufactured before. And that’s why, despite appearances, the King MIM wedge is making the
TaylorMade created a niche product with a cult following when it introduced its first Mini driver five years ago, and a check of the USGA’s conforming list Monday suggests another version is in the offing. The USGA lists a new TaylorMade Original One Mini Driver, a club that includes some throwback nomenclature and graphics to
Women’s Shoe Guide The range of options for female golfers is as good as its ever been, with styles that look like running shoes to work flats and many options in between. There’s something for the trendiest golfer in your group, and the most traditional. If you’re considering buying a new pair of golf shoes
Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company now adds a line of milled forged putters to its direct-to-consumer business model, and again one of the selling points will be price. The Ben Hogan Precision Milled putter lineup features four classic putter designs, all manufactured with labor-intensive forging and milling techniques and each being sold for what company
Investing in a set of irons takes know-how and legwork. You need to shop around, do comparison testing and get fitted to make sure you’re achieving the best-possible performance from the irons you finally select. One part of the process is easy, though: Choosing TaylorMade. It offers an iron model for every kind of player
For the Tommy Armour brand, its latest lineup of woods and irons continues a clear message of pushing the boundaries of speed and forgiveness. It gets there with high tech materials, highly complex constructions and high-end manufacturing methods. What it doesn’t do, however, is charge a high price. The iconic golf company is in its
The topic of locating the center of gravity in a golf ball is hardly a new idea. Ben Hogan was known to float golf balls in water with Epsom salt (something Bryson DeChambeau grew up doing as well), to see which golf balls were more centered than others. Maxfli, however, has taken the idea and
Shoe Guide These aren’t your grandfather’s golf shoes, but that’s not to say you can’t find a pair that looks like them. How they perform, however, is thoroughly modern. Improvements in technology mean today’s golf shoes offer vast options. Choices used to come with compromises: Comfort meant giving up performance. Less weight meant less stability.
The Miura K-Grind 2.0 wedge, an update of the distinctive original from half a dozen years ago, again illustrates that Miura’s designs aren’t just limited to the traditional expected shapes. That said, the K-Grind 2.0 still incorporates the company’s focus on the feel of a classic forged blade. The K-Grind 2.0 is memorable for its
Kirk Triplett clearly believes in the “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” thing. Having twice before played the 18th hole and failing to find the green with his second shot on the par-5 finisher, Triplett took a swipe with a 3-wood from 252 yards and once again thought he had come up
For Lynx, the Black Cat is a good sign. Lynx, one of the most popular golf brands in the U.S. through the mid-1990s, which included major championships won by Fred Couples and Ernie Els using the classic Lynx Parallax irons, has been rediscovering itself in Europe over the last few years. It’s now making some
As if averaging 314 yards off the tee last year wasn’t enough, Dustin Johnson’s picked up extra punch in 2019 by upgrading to TaylorMade’s new M5 and M6 drivers. After rocketing a 401-yard drive in his first 2019 event with the M5, Johnson captured the Saudi International in Dubai a month later using the M6
The new Volvik Tour S3/S4 golf balls—unlike the company’s proven trend of a rainbow array of color options—will only be offered in one hue other than white. It is a not so subtle indication that this is the company’s most serious technology ball, played and preferred by tour and elite-level players. According to the company,
Golf Pride will expand its line of full-swing and putter grips with offerings and updates that aim to make your hands more easily adopt the proper position and the ideal grip pressure. The two new full-swing options are updates for two of the most popular grips in the game, the Tour Velvet and Z-Grip, while
The new Tour Edge Pure Feel Template Series putters bring some recognizable head shapes with traditional feel, but it’s the other end of these putters that might show you something the game hasn’t seen before. As the name implies, the Pure Feel Template Series shows some of the head styles that mirror shapes that have
Arccos Caddie, the GPS sensor-driven stat tracking app, has continued its push to make golfers smarter about their games through the use of Big Data, high-tech software and artificial intelligence. Now, it’s making getting smarter more convenient, too. Arccos Link is the latest device in the company’s suite of game analysis tools, freeing golfers from
Snell Golf is not your typical value golf-ball brand. That’s because company founder Dean Snell has his name on the patent for the Titleist Pro V1. Combine that with nearly three decades of experience in golf ball design for Titleist and TaylorMade and over 40 patents and Snell brings a certain credibility to golf ball
While Phil Mickelson was touting a resurgence in his clubhead speed as one of his keys to his victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, there may be another less overt element to his newfound fountain of youth. The three lines on his golf ball might be making his eyes work better. It’s the kind
The new Accra TZ5 and TZ6 shafts might be resonating with some tour players, but it’s average players who might be the inspiration and the beneficiary of these new models. That’s a fundamental change with the trend in shafts on tour, particularly when it comes to the responsive-tip TZ6, said Gawain Robertson, co-owner and founder