July 2008

The latest in golf equipment, instruction, training aids, apparel & more

Now Playing: Tour Burner With its sleek black finish and stylized curves, TaylorMade’s new Tour Burner driver ($499) is golf’s next hot rod. Featuring Dual Crown technology, the Tour Burner has a small crown and a large sole that are conjoined by a large groove. The result is a high MOI and very low CG._Ê Read more…

No Train, No Gain

If you think you?re too good for training aids, think again

We editors have spent countless hours on the practice tee at PGA Tour events, and have watched dozens of pros use training aids in their practice routines. (In fact, some Tour players believe in them so much that they either own a part of the company or are more than happy to endorse them.) Golf training aids are the real deal, and the old stigma that they make a complicated game even more difficult is long gone. If you need proof, just check out the following pages. You’ll see several models that the best players in the world use.

Showcase: Ping i-Series

If there’s one person to whom we can attribute the amazing advancements we’ve witnessed in golf equipment over the last 40-plus years, Karsten Solheim is the man. His knack for pioneering new designs inspired an entire golf industry to follow in his footsteps, with various equipment manufacturers constantly trying to outdo one another with technological advancements.

June 2008

The latest in golf equipment, instruction, training aids, apparel & more

Now Playing: HiBORE Hybrid With input from Tour professionals, Cleveland Golf’s new HiBORE XLS features a blunt-shaped toe for a more compact look at address. It also has some added offset that counteracts slices and enables the club to set up more like an iron. Other cool features include an updated crown section and two Read more…

Find Your Sphere

Choosing the right golf ball for your game can make all the difference

Even golf magazine editors sometimes need to see things for ourselves. Throughout the year, we’re inundated with countless “golf ball test results,” indicating the performance benefits of one ball versus another. We admit there are real differences between golf ball categories—we don’t dispute that. But we’re also clever enough to understand that no two golf ball tests are exactly alike. In fact, they’re all done under different conditions, with different clubs, swing speeds, launch conditions, weather types and a bunch of other variables that are hard to quantify.

April 2008

The latest in golf equipment, instruction, training aids, apparel & more

Now Playing: Heavy Putter Goes Deep Like an Oscar-winning movie, Boccieri Golf’s newest line of putters isn’t afraid to call itself heavy and deep. But golfers who use them won’t be sobbing into their playing partners’ shoulders anytime soon. (Although they may get an unexpected workout in the process.) Steve Boccieri first introduced his Heavy Read more…

Find Your Fit

Everybody should get their clubs fitted, right? Two GT editors test that theory out. Read how their experience can help you.

For a while, it seemed as though getting your clubs custom fit was reserved for Tour players and those who take their golf game extra-seriously. But now, custom fitting is made available to everyone, thanks to a new era of golf clubs that feature all kinds of equipment geared for various types of golfers. Also, clubfitting has exploded beyond simple tape measurements and basic shaft flexes.

May 2008

The latest in golf equipment, instruction, training aids, apparel & more

Now Playing: Cleveland VP Milled When it comes to putting, nothing beats solid fundamentals. However, in the past, many putters weren’t designed to help golfers achieve a proper setup. All that changed late last year when Cleveland introduced their VP series. Utilizing something Cleveland calls “Dual Axis Alignment,” the VP helps golfers set up to Read more…

Showcase: Titleist Goes High Tech

If there’s any golf equipment manufacturer that’s normally associated with traditional designs and performance, it’s Titleist. Company engineers continue this trend with an impressive new multiple iron offering, but with a strong touch of technology. Evidence of this can be seen in the player-friendly AP1, which features a multi-material construction including the use of a tungsten nickel section, an elastomer insert and a thin stainless steel face.

February-March 2008

The latest in golf equipment, instruction, training aids, apparel & more

Now Playing: Sight Lines Adaptability is all the rage in golf these days, which is something Bruce Sizemore, Jr., Chief Designer and Cofounder of the Sizemore Collection, understands. His XM putters ($349) feature interchangeable alignment aids (both parallel and perpendicular optical alignments) so golfers can choose an aid that fits their eye. Sizemore’s putters also Read more…