What's in my bag? The best golf equipment 2018

What's in my bag? The best golf equipment 2018

National Club Golfer Equipment Editor James Savage shows his picks for the best golf equipment 2018
The best golf equipment 2018

Because we get sent all the latest golf gear, our equipment editor James Savage gets to put all of the best golf equipment in his bag. Let’s take a look at what he considers to be the best golf equipment 2018.
Ping G400 Max Driver

The best golf equipment 2018: Ping G400 Max driver “We’re on a mission to help golfers play better, and we know that starts with clubs that deliver across-the-board performance gains,” says John K. Solheim, Ping’s president.

“The new G400 Max is engineered with the same technology as the original G400 but we’ve optimized the size to gain even more forgiveness, which leads to tighter dispersion and lower scores.

The best golf equipment 2018: TaylorMade P790 UDI 2-iron

Like with the regular P790 irons this iron has a hollow construction and has been filled with something TaylorMade call ‘speedfoam’.

They say it improves the sound and feel without sacrificing any of the ball speed off the face.

TaylorMade say this iron will suit golfers “seeking the forged look and feel of a players iron with increased distance and accuracy off the tee or fairway”.

TaylorMade P790 UDi 2-iron review

I’m looking for something that flies quite low with maximum run out that’s going to be reasonable forgiving. I don’t think players can expect a 2-iron to be THAT forgiving can they?

TaylorMade say they have been able to add a bit of extra face flex from heel to toe to improve the performance on off-centre strikes.

The best golf equipment 2018: Big Bertha hybrid With four loft and two lie angle options in each club, it is now much easier to get the hybrid dialled in and gapped properly for your bag.

It features a Speed Frame Face which is light and robust offering fast ball speeds right across the face.

The centre of gravity (CG) is low and forgiving, offering the full package of high MOI for maximum forgiveness and ball speed.

Equipment: Callaway Big Bertha OS irons and hybrids

Golfers looking for easier launch and more distance should take note of the new Callaway Big Bertha OS irons and hybrids.

The brand have taken forgiveness to new levels through use of new materials and techniques to re-position weight into the areas where those with higher handicaps looking to improve need it most.

The Callaway Big Bertha OS irons and hybrids follow-on from the XR OS irons and hybrids which were launched last year but claim to offer even easier launch, more distance and more forgiveness.

Ping G400 4-hybrid review
Cobra King Forged irons

The best golf equipment 2018: Cobra King Forged irons

To the untrained eye the tweaks to the club heads compared to F7 may seem subtle but there’s plenty going on.

We’ve got an all-new thinner forged face which should add a bit more ball speed over a wider area.

Cobra F8 irons review

The grooves are different too with reduced spin on the longer irons for more distance and more spin on the shorter irons for stopping power.

A speciality wedge design in the GW, SW and LW sees tighter-spaced wedge grooves to increase spin for more precision.

With the One Length – where all shafts are the length of a 7-iron – there are progressive hosel lengths and wider sole widths in the 4-6 irons to lower the CG.

The CG is raised in the scoring irons and wedges to promote lower, more controlled trajectories.

Cobra King Forged irons review
Titleist Vokey SM7 wedges

Vokey SM7 wedges review

They look clean, they look classic, they look like what you’d expect from a Vokey wedge.

So this is very much a case of refining and tweaking the technology which we’ve seen in previous Vokey wedges.

The CG locations are even more precise to get more consistency.

Vokey SM7 wedges review

There are now six grind options – F, S, M, K, L and the new D.

Titleist Vokey SM7 wedges review
TaylorMade Spider Tour red

The red on this putter has a really nice metallic finish.

It also frames the ball really well – despite having no alignment lines, at Day’s request – and isn’t actually as large as you might think.

There’s discretionary weights behind the heel and toe which make it more stable.

This is a heel-shafted putter which should suit those with an arc or slight arc putting stroke.

It features a Winn Medalist pistol grip as standard which has a lovely tacky feel but we suspect many people, like Sergio, may opt for a thicker grip as an after-market option.

TaylorMade Spider Tour Red Putter review

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