Equipment

Titleist’s Scotty Cameron Select line rightly gets plenty of attention for its classic blade putters, but two new models added to the line stretch the Select’s offerings to include two new mallet offerings. Never fear, though, the attention to classic details remains. The new models, the Fastback 2 and the Squareback 1.5, reflect the author’s
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The new Mizuno ST190 family of drivers and fairways reveal that innovation in metalwoods needs more than some single element improvement. As David Llewellyn, vice president of research and development, terms it, sometimes success is really about the right collection of elements in the right order and the right amount. It’s like if you’re going
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In theory, iron design is pretty simple: To achieve distance, you need a face with a fair amount of spring-like effect that precisely matches the correct center-of-gravity position, all while maintaining the feel of a one-piece club. So says Scott Manwaring, Callaway’s director of iron design. But then Manwaring explains how complicated this actually is—a
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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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