GOLF TIPS' TECH AWARDS 2009
This year featured several new innovations, advancements and just plain cool stuff. So instead of describing them all here, we shifted the bulk of the write-ups over to our website at golftipsmag.com. But in case you were curious to see what we thought was top-shelf in 2009, here’s our list of worthy GT Tech Award recipients.
Excellence in Adjustability Award:
TaylorMade R9 Driver
Hitting any type of drive has never been easier (especially straighter ones)
Distance Through Geometry Award:
Cleveland HiBORE Monster XLS
Taking a risk with an inventive shape and refining it to perform even better is the stuff we like to see.
Slice Buster Award:
Callaway FT-iQ Driver
Exquisite design to solve an unattractive ballfight.
Breakthrough of the Year:
TaylorMade Burner Irons
Straighter, higher, farther—what more could you want from an iron?
Best Overall Driver Series:
Titleist 909D Series
Three models that cater to all types of players from a company not known to make clubs for all types of players.
Best Reason to Walk Again:
Easy to use, easy to store, easy to kiss the golf cart goodbye.
Most Impressive New Ball:
Tour-caliber performance for everyone. We mean it—everyone will love this ball.
The Coming of Age Award:
GolfLogix iPhone software
If you have a smartphone and you play golf, you need to have this.
Best On-Course Nourishment Award:
The pros use this stuff all the time. Just look for the logoed towels.
Best-Performing Yet Unique-Looking Award:
Beauty is in the eye of the ball-holder. It’s not how; it’s how many.
Top Shaft Material Innovation:
UST Mamiya AXIVCore Shafts
A four-axis material that produces incredible stability. We also love its counterbalanced feel.
Devil in the Details Award:
Callaway Diablo Series
You won’t see a lot of Diablos played on Tour, but you’ll see them in a lot of golf bags at your club. Mostly from the guys who beat you.
Might as Well Be a Driver Award:
Exotics XCG-V Fairway Woods
The only difference is you’ll have a lot more fun hitting these from the fairway than you would hitting a driver. They’re powerful, to say the least.
Outstanding New Shaft Series:
Even if you don’t swing like a Tour player, you still can have a ballflight that emulates one.
Up the Ante Award:
The best ball you have yet to try. It’s that good.
Must Have New Shaft Award:
Aldila VooDoo, Mitsubishi Fubuki, GD Aura
All 3 can help you hit it farther and straighter.
Welcome Back Award:
Golf Pride Tour Velvet BCT
The best-feeling corded grip we’ve ever wrapped our hands around.
The Megan Fox Award:
Cleveland CG7/CG7 Tour
Fantastic aesthetics and excellent versatility make these irons a must-have set
Outstanding Value Company Award:
Great values can be found on this company’s website, especially when it comes to drivers.
Best New Putter Tech Award:
PING’s iWi Series
New advancements from the company that started it all.
Radical Putter Design:
Odyssey White Hot Series
Odyssey’s willingness to explore new shapes is to be commended.
Great Looks, Great Feel Award:
Adams Speedline Driver
A blue driver? We love it.
Top Craftsmenship Award:
Mizuno MP-52 irons
Mizuno’s Grain Flow Forging produces some of the best-looking and -feeling irons in the world.