Equipment

Our 2019 list of America’s 100 Best Clubfitters is the result of detailed consultation of industry sources and a survey our nearly 1,500-member, nationwide, America’s 100 Greatest Course-ratings panel on the best places in their respective locations. We also considered nomination submissions, a detailed application form and reader recommendations of more than 800 facilities (shops,
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The new Wilson Duo Professional continues the company’s focus on lower-compression cores in golf balls for softer feel, but its complete redesign also focuses on the outer segments of the ball, including a thinner urethane cover, for increased spin. A full-scale upgrade from the Duo Urethane ball, the Duo Professional will maintain a low-compression core
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The Bettinardi putter lineup for 2019—three new models each in the Studio Stock and Queen B lines—not surprisingly reflects the attitude and contributions of its staff players. That includes the steady precision and improved features of old reliables (Francesco Molinari, Matt Kuchar), combined with the addition of something new (Haotong Li) you might not have
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The Cleveland Huntington Beach SOFT putters might be easily seen as a serviceable putter at an economical price, but technologically, well, limited. But sometimes what you think you’re looking at is only half the story. Sometimes innovation can be as meaningful as it is thrifty. The next generation of the popular affordable Huntington Beach family
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The Cobra King F9 Speedback irons sport a unique look for one simple reason: Average golfers want their irons to do everything. “There’s always a trade off because we know golfers want their irons to have both things—they want long and forgiving,” said Tom Olsavsky, Cobra’s vice president of research and development. It’s the problem
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The Cobra King F9 Speedback drivers, the company’s engineering team will tell you, exhibit specific performance parameters that other companies cannot achieve. Mainly, they’re talking about making a driver aerodynamic and full of superior high-launch/low-spin ball flight characteristics brought about by a low center of gravity. Their contention is that one often is compromised by
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If the number of iron categories on the market has you confused, you’re not alone. We have questions, too. For example: Do oversize super-game-improvement irons (SGI) really hit it higher and farther than compact irons for better players? Does an iron’s benefits change based on what kind of golfer you are? Should high-handicappers play only
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The 300-yard drive, a distance that nearly would have won the first World Long Drive Championship a generation ago, is now commonplace in professional golf. In fact, there are 70 players on the PGA Tour averaging at least 300 yards off the tee this year, five times as many as there were five years ago.
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Tour Edge’s Exotics EXS line is something different. But given the heritage of the Exotics sub-brand, that’s not a remarkable statement. Initially famous for its unique technologies—like “combo-brazing” lightweight titanium cup faces to steel bodies in its tour-popular fairway woods from nearly a generation ago—the Exotics line always has been about doing something technologically dramatic
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The new Srixon Q-Star Tour ball is not the first to make the case that average swing speed golfers should be playing a different ball than elite players. It’s made the case itself in its initial generation unveiled in 2017. But Srixon says the new version will improve average golfers’ games by going lower, higher
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Back in the late 1990s, TaylorMade reshaped the long game with a new category of hybrid clubs called Rescues. Since then, countless updates have been made to wood-based hybrids, iron-like hybrids and driving irons. Now comes TaylorMade’s GAPR (pronounced gapper), which packages the three aforementioned head styles into one neat product line. “For some players,
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Since debuting in 2016, TaylorMade’s Spider Tour putter has eclipsed expectations both on Tour and at retail. World-class players like Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm have proven that a large mallet can conquer the game’s most treacherous greens as Spider Tour has become the No. 1 putter model on the PGA Tour. The Spider
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Wilson announced the upcoming debut and 14 finalists for the second season of Driver vs. Driver, its reality-show format that features new product ideas submitted from the general public that over the course of seven episodes this fall leads to a winning entry and a brand new product in Wilson’s 2019 driver lineup. Driver vs.
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We all know that sharpening your short game is the smartest way to improve. Heck, you can even practice in your office. But even though the wedge and putter are the easiest clubs to swing, fittings are a rarity. Consider this: “More than 90 percent of golfers don’t have the right wedge lofts,” says Nick
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