Definitely a great market for beginners and higher handicap players looking for forgiveness and higher launching irons. 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. Our New Category Explained It's something we've asked ourselves for a few years: Would it help our readers to differentiate between the traditional players iron—which emphasizes feel and control—with a more modern version of the players iron that features distance technology? A study by Golf Datatech indicates golfers buy new wedges every four years. Cleveland Golf ironsmaking it back on the list in a couple of categories. Your results might vary, which is why you should always take your old driver with you when you're trying something new. Then came Jason Day's rise to No. I have taken some time to review the list and here are my overall impressions: Cobra Golfsnatched 18 Gold medals, the highest count for them in like forever.
In our tests against four-year-old drivers—on off-center and on-center hits—the new drivers won 78 percent of the time. 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. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Condé Nast. In 2004, back when—believe it or not—drivers with adjustable hosels weren't even legal, Golf Digest's decision to rate equipment for the first time in its 54-year history wasn't entered into lightly. As the name would suggest, many blade putters still hold the same general profile of an Anser-esque club.
Sometimes, though, the memories with your old putter make you hold it tight. On an 18-yard shot from fairway, the improvement was 26. I pick one up and hate the look. Golf Digest may earn a portion of sales from products that are purchased through our site as part of our Affiliate Partnerships with retailers. 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. The putter can be both the easiest and the hardest club in the bag to part with.
By May of 2017, mallets were in the hands of nine of the top 10 players in the world. The biggest gains were on toe and low impacts, which saw an average of nine- and 11-yard gains, respectively. In this year's Hot List, we give you an answer. 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. Just what you would want a better iron to do. Of course the TaylorMade Spider was top of the list.
Better Players Going Bigger Traditionally, blade putters were thought to be the domain of good golfers with smooth strokes, and only chops used mallets. With each club, the editor conducted a brief interview for further details. Enjoy perusing the list by clicking on the title links in each category. You will start seeing 6, 7 hybrids and some complete hybrid sets from Callaway and Cleveland. 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.
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. Although the methods vary, the technological goal of all utility irons is essentially the same: ample mass combined with lower and deeper centers of gravity to help get the ball airborne, fast-flexing faces, and the versatility of irons. You might not hit a shot like Spieth, but your palms are likely to sweat less over a long-iron shot—and that's a start. It has been quite a journey since 2004, but the destination remains the same: better-informed, better-equipped and better-playing golfers. 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. Other companies have followed with similar iron-replacement versions.
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. Lot of great choices here so make sure to pick the right loft, bounce and grind for your game. 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. 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. The award-winning collection includes the , , , , and the newly launched putters. If you think the difference is just driven by stronger lofts that fly lower and won't hold greens, guess again. With extensive and precise milling and heel-toe weight, there is a higher stability on off-center contact than most other putters.
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. Their task was simple: Be open and be honest. The face technology is sophisticated enough to make sure that doesn't happen. The customization options among the models featured are vast, from head shape, to color, to grip size, to shaft length, to counter balancing. The Odyssey Toulon was a little bit of a surprise. Our goal with their input was simple: Find the clubs that most panelists wanted to play right now.
Does that mean blades are on their way out? Simple to align, the weight feels right, and it looks regal. It also happens to be the way most golfers tend to putt. 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. 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. Examples include a face design that wraps around the sole, topline or both; the use of a hollow construction; multiple materials; a special steel or heat treatment for the face; or an internal structure that promotes a flexible face.
The spin gain on a 40-yard shot from light rough was an impressive 64 percent. Maybe it is time to start thinking of dropping your 3 wood and putting a higher lofted, lower spinning 4 wood in your bag! The less the putter torques, the more likely the clubface is coming into the ball square—and we all know what that means: more putts rolling dead-straight at the hole. We believe the Hot List continues to be the most valuable source amid all the confusion. The Scientists advise us on Innovation. The new 7-irons showed consistent improvements, and some of them were considerably longer on mis-hits than their previous generations. We bring that guidance to you by being diligent and broad in our methodology—unbiased, uncensored and, well, honest. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Condé Nast.