Golf Tips’ Tech Awards 2010

The Year's Best Golf Equipment
The year 2010 certainly didn't disappoint when it came to great new stuff, as we witnessed a slew of new products and technologies that made a big difference in how the game is played. Among the winners this year are:

Excellence In Adjustability Award: TaylorMade R9 SuperTri TaylorMade continues to lead the charge when it comes to making quick, on-the-fly adjustments to driver properties. The R9 SuperTri was a big hit with us.

Distance Through Geometry Award: Adams Speedline FAST 10 Woods Designed to cut through the air and promote a faster swing speed, these woods are among the slickest-looking (and fastest) drivers we hit in 2010.

Slice Buster Award: Nike SQ MACHSPEED STR8-FIT One of the few square-shaped drivers left in 2010, this driver isn't just straight, but more aerodynamic and faster than previous square drivers.

Breakthrough Of The Year: Srixon Z-STAR Tour Yellow It's not just a urethane yellow golf ball, it's among the best new golf balls we tried all year. Big distance. Big greenside spin. (Big grins on the green, too)

Unique Design Award: TaylorMade Rossa Corza Ghost An all-white putter designed to help aid in alignment. And with Dave Stockton's input, you know it's gonna be good.

Trendsetter Award: PING iN Series Putters PING has long been pushing the envelope as far as new putter designs. The many in the latest iN series are definitely going to set some trends–including more one-putts.

Top Craftsmanship Award: Mizuno MP-58 Irons It's no surprise to see Mizuno taking top honors in this category again. The DNA in the gorgeous MP-58 irons is as slick, smooth and attractive as it gets in an iron.

Most Surprising New Driver Award: PowerBilt Air Force One We think PowerBilt isn't only back, but back in a good way. The new Air Force One driver is no joke–one of the best we hit in all of 2010. Yep. They're back all right. Top Shape Award: Callaway Diablo Edge The unique, asymmetrical shape of the Diablo Edge woods make them not just appealing to the eye, but also aerodynamically engineered for a faster clubhead speed.

Light It Up Award: Cleveland LAUNCHER DST Woods Going lighter is the easiest way to ramp up clubhead speed. Cleveland found a way to make their woods both lighter and stronger at the same time.

Best Brand You've Never Heard Of Award: Fourteen Golf Although only five years old, this company has quietly found its way into a handful of Tour bags out on the professional tours. Their wedges and irons are flat-out awesome.

Best Driver Under $150 Award: Tour Edge Bazooka HT Max It's long, easy to hit and easy on the wallet. Hmm, why can't all drivers be this price? It's as good as any of 'em.

Fairway Power Award: Tour Edge Exotics XCG Fairway Woods Ever since the first Exotics fairway woods, the line has been among the longest fairway woods we've tried. This year? Nothing different. They're extremely long, this time with more forgiveness.

Fairway Control Award: (Tie) Callaway FT-iZ and Cleveland HiBORE XLS Both these fairway woods seem to self-correct, making it easier to hit straighter, more consistent shots from the fairway.

Hybrid Shape Design Award: Bobby Jones H2 The unique design of the H2 hybrid makes them incredibly versatile, and just plain fun to hit.

Rough Cutter Award: TaylorMade Raylor "Rough? What rough?" The Raylor is back and better than ever. Considering this club was made specifically for handling the rough, it's no wonder we picked it as a winner in this category. Outstanding Wedge Design Award: Cleveland CG15 Wedge With Zip Groove technology and a refined shape and finish that can be concocted only by the foremost experts in wedges, the CG15 wedges proved to be the complete package in terms of overall wedge design.

Radical Wedge Design Award: PING Tour-W Typically, wedges aren't the recipients of most of the clubhead technology when it comes to new advances, but not the Tour-W wedges. They're made with all sorts of great stuff, resulting in a fun-to-use wedge.

Top Wedge Craftsmanship Award: Scratch Tour Customs Forged in Japan but ground in the USA, you just can't beat the customization and attention to detail when it comes to wedges.

Top Putter Craftsmanship Award: Edel Putters Exquisite designs, details and customizable options make these top-notch.

Best New Face Technology Award: Nike Method Putters There was buzz about the Method Putters long before they were introduced, mostly due to the face design and material that promotes a swift, end-over-end roll. And yeah, it really works.

Mixed Metal Iron Design Award: Titleist AP2 Irons The AP2 irons combine the best of a forged iron with the benefits of having a heavier, tungsten sole insert. The result is heaven in your hands and a feel that's second to none.

Power Irons Award: TaylorMade Burner Irons Trust us, they really are insanely long and easy to hit. We can't imagine what next year's Burner 2.0 will act like.

Top Forged Irons Award: (Tie) Srixon Z-TX, Mizuno MP-58 and Callaway Diablo Forged All three iron sets exude outstanding design, contouring and playability. Top Progressive Set Award: Adams Idea Tech V3 Irons Each club in this set is easy to hit, not to mention easy on the eyes. We love seeing progressive sets that look like they all match and belong together.

Top Hybrid Iron Set Award: Cleveland HB3 Irons Easy to hit? That's an understatement. The HB3s are a newbie golfer's dream.

Best Classic Design Award: PING G15 And i15 Drivers Both don't have built-in adjustability features, but that's actually what we like most about them. They both perform as well as, if not better than, most drivers out there.

Truest Roll Award: Odyssey Backstryke Designed with _ÂForward Press Stabilization_¨ (a shaft that fits in the back of the clubhead and places the hands ahead of the ball), the Backstryke ensures you'll impart end over end roll on your putts. And that leads to truer rolls.

Best Training Aid Award: Tour Striker You've seen the commercials on Golf Channel and all your friends have one. The Tour Striker has come out of nowhere to become the most popular training aid in golf. Why? Instant feedback that helps golfers make solid impact time after time.

Best Smartphone App Award: Golf Logix GPS Who likes to carry a GPS and a cell phone? Let's be honest, it's much easier to combine the two and the Golf Logix app does it the best. Hey, they've been in the mapping business for years so we feel confident that their yardages are spot on.

Radical Shoe Design Award: TRUE Linkswear For the past few years, shoemakers have been closing the gap between a golfer's feet and the earth, but TRUE Linkswear has taken it, er, one step further. Their TPU sole is just 2.5 mm thick! It's like playing golf in your bare feet. Now that's radical.

Best Ball You've Never Heard Of Award: Dixon Fire At $75/dozen, Dixon is aware that their high-performance Fire balls are exceptionally good. We tested them, and concur. Could be the breakthrough product of 2011 if Tour pros get on board.

Congratulations to all of this year's winners.

3 thoughts on “Golf Tips’ Tech Awards 2010

  1. I am not a big Bobby Jones Hybrid fan because the hybrid looks too much like a fariway wood. I have switched to Adams Golf and their a7Os and a7 irons and I love the way the hybrids play just like I would expect. I find that a7Oses play about a clube length or two mnore than my previous set and now I don’t have any graphite irons beyond the 5 hybrid or beyond the six iron in the a7 series. KUDOS to Adams Golf – the jury is still out for Bobby Jones hybrids in my mind!

  2. My vote for progressive iron set is to both the a7OS and the a7 set. In terms of the hybrid set, the a7Os has my vote over the Tech V3 My tendency is to slice or fade shots so I find that the a7Os straightens out that slice very much thank you! Tech V3 might be a nice set in themselves but I would find them awkward to play because of my slice. I will stick with my a7Oses and my a7’s thank you!

  3. I thought Cleveland Hi Bore were an all hybrid. That means to me that Adams a7Os is the best integrated hybrid iron set around. I would rather play a set of mixed hybrids, hybrid irons, and oversized irons as the a7Os offers over the Hi Bore set any day. I think somehow this selection was not well thought out. If I wanted a full set of hybrid irons I would have bought the a7Os max – certainly not the Hi Bore!

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