The year’s best golf equipment has been chosen by our experts and receives one of the coveted Today’s Golfer Editor’s Choice Awards.
When you’re spending hundreds if not thousands of pounds on something new, you need to know you’re making the right decision, whether it’s one best drivers or a swanky trolley. The Editors at TG – a trusted source of golf equipment reviews for more than 30 years – have spent the last four months seeing, hitting and testing the majority of new products in this supplement to come up with our 20233 Editor’s Choice Awards. We’ve covered pretty much everything you might need to improve your golf this year, or enhance your enjoyment of the game.
Some of the 100 or so products featured in this guide were obvious choices, like the new drivers from Callaway and TaylorMade, the latest irons from Ping and Mizuno, putters from Odyssey, balls from Srixon and electric trolleys from PowaKaddy and Motocaddy. Picking the winners from other categories was more challenging,
But the end result is a selection of products that are more than worthy of your attention. If you’re in the market for any new golf gear this year – from a £4 box of bamboo tees to a £1,000 electric trolley – this is a good place to start your search.
Who are the Today’s Golfer Editor’s Choice Awards judges?
Today’s Golfer’s Editor Chris Jones is joined on the panel by Equipment Editor Simon Daddow and Digital Editor Rob Jerram. Between the three of them, they have seen, hit and tested all of the latest products, making them ideal to choose the year’s best equipment.
Today’s Golfer Editor’s Choice Awards: Drivers
TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus driver
It’s no secret the original carbon face Stealth Plus was fast and long, but if there was a criticism, it was how the model wasn’t the most forgiving. With a MOI that’s 10% higher (7,400g cm²) than its predecessor, the new Stealth 2 Plus brilliantly addresses its sibling’s weakness. If it’s ball speed you’re after, you’ll be pleased to hear the Stealth 2 family produced the fastest average ball speeds within our entire test. This model’s a brilliant choice for golfers who don’t spray shots across the driver face and for those who need the 15g sliding sole weight to dial in a specific shot shape. One of the longest drivers of 2023.
Read our full TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus driver review
Ping G430 MAX driver
Ping G drivers have built an enviable reputation for being forgiving since the very first G2 was introduced back in 2004. With an MOI of more than 10K, the new G430 builds on the marque’s legacy by harnessing supreme forgiveness and teaming it with, thanks to a new internal rib structure, a much more pleasing impact sound than the previous G425.
Our test data has the MAX just a single yard back from the very longest. It’s an excellent result (which could be reversed on another day), especially considering that, due to them being so forgiving, Ping drivers are usually a fraction back from the very fastest or longest available.
All in all, the G430 MAX is one of the most forgiving drivers and a great option for a wide audience of golfers. A new, lower-launch Tour 2.0 Black shaft is good for higher-speed players, while a lighter High Launch set-up will optimize ball flight for sub 85mph swing speed players.
Read our full Ping G430 Max driver review
Callaway Paradym X driver
Callaway’s thinking with Paradym brilliantly exploits the trend towards using more carbon fiber in modern-day drivers. Inside, there’s no titanium cage supporting the carbon. Instead, a titanium face and backweight are connected by nothing more than lightweight carbon fiber, which is seriously clever thinking in terms of optimization. The idea means 11% of the head’s mass has been repositioned so, say Callaway, golfers can expect a 30% improvement in dispersion.
The stretched-wide Paradym X (which offers 15 yards of shot shape correction over the standard Paradym) sounds powerful and muted at impact. It also produced our fastest ball speed within the draw category, which should be music to the ears of average-speed players.
Read our full Callaway Paradym X driver review
TaylorMade Stealth 2 HD driver
Many golfers think draw drivers are the most forgiving models in any brand’s line-up. Yet, in reality, moving weight forward and into the heel, to get a draw-enhancing weight bias, often lowers MOI and forgiveness. So we applaud TaylorMade’s Stealth 2 HD, for the first time being both the brand’s most forgiving and most draw-biased set-up.
We also love the attention to detail in upping the lie angle to encourage a right-to-left ball flight (right-handers), and the shortening of the shaft length by a quarter of an inch, which breeds confidence and encourages hitting the center of the face more often. All in all, Stealth 2 HD is hugely impressive. It’s more tailored to slicers and those needing a forgiving driver than ever before.
PXG 0211 driver
Below $200 isn’t a price point for major driver brands anymore. Costs have spiraled so much that prices in 2023 more often nudge $600 rather than $300, so what PXG have done with making the brand’s ‘affordable’ 0211 driver available for £199 is out of this world. The full-body titanium 0211 is neither a low-spin driver nor the brand’s most forgiving model, but sits neatly between the two, which is a really good set-up for a wide audience of club golfers. A hands-down winner of our 2023 Best Value Driver award.
Read our full PXG 0211 driver review
Callaway Paradym driver
By doing away with a titanium cage chassis structure, Callaway’s Paradym driver eliminates a massive 20g of mass from its body. Callaway say that compared to the previous Rogue ST, which by all accounts was a forgiving driver, 11% more weight is freed up to better influence MOI and forgiveness. It’s an idea that gives a 30% tighter dispersion, which is huge for most club golfers.
The Paradym isn’t your usual Callaway driver. With an MOI of 9,000+g-cm², the model is getting mightily close to Ping levels of forgiveness.
Ping G430 LST driver
Historically, Ping drivers favor forgiveness over all-out ball speed and distance, but our data highlights the LST as being a bit of a brute in 2023. The model was within 0.3mph of producing the fastest average ball speed of our entire test and while posting data significantly better than our test averages for protecting ball speed and tightening dispersion, the model was also our longest low-spin driver of 2023, with a carry distance of 282 yards. An impressive step forward from the previous model.
TaylorMade Stealth 2 driver
The TaylorMade Stealth 2 family are the first TaylorMade drivers to be constructed from a higher percentage of carbon fiber than titanium. The company have used the weight-saving advancements to boost forgiveness over claiming more ball speed and distance, which will be music to the ears of golfers who felt the first-generation carbonwood wasn’t quite as forgiving as the competition.
At our 10.5° test loft, the cracking-looking Stealth 2 was our joint-longest forgiving driver of 2023 at 276 yards. Throw in a third-best left-to-right dispersion at 33.8 yards, plus a slightly skewed heel sweetspot, and a clear picture emerges of this being a better-performing driver for club golfers than its predecessor.
Cleveland Launcher XL Lite driver
Cleveland Launcher’s XL family may well be into their second year, but we reckon the model’s bullet-shaped head is every bit as good as it was in 2022. It’s not often we come across a driver that feels so friendly and forgiving that we just want to get out and play with it on the golf course. The XL does that in spades.
It’s really likable and easy to live with, and for many it will mean not needing to focus on data or performance and just allow enjoyment of the game, safe in the knowledge there’s a decent driver in your hands. One of the best drivers for beginners and high-handicappers.
Read our full Cleveland Launcher XL Lite driver review
Today’s Golfer Editor’s Choice Awards: Fairway Woods
Callaway Paradym fairway wood
The Paradym’s new ‘final finish to final finish’ construction (so zero finishing mass is placed inefficiently) creates a seriously good-looking fairway. The head sits beautifully square, the face grooves highlight the center face, and the size is more friendly than frighteningly compact. Thanks to an adjustable hosel, this year’s prices are high.
But if you’re looking for a new fairway wood in 2023, or your game would benefit from the brand’s huge array of higher lofts as an alternative to hybrids, the Paradym was our third-fastest and joint third-longest (252 yards)
of the year, making it one of the best fairway woods.
TaylorMade Stealth 2 fairway wood
Following in the footsteps of last year’s Stealth, our data has this latest model down as one of the very best fairway woods available in 2023. It’s worth remembering the head size is significantly smaller than TaylorMade’s wider body HD, so if you’re not the most confident wood player there are alternatives out there that can help you.
In terms of data, Stealth 2 was T3 longest (252 yards), but distance is just one tiny part of this club’s DNA. The model produced a ball speed 2mph faster than our test average. Couple that with a higher peak height, steeper landing angle and a fraction less spin than most and you’ve got lower spin, higher ball flight and increased stopping power.
Srixon ZX MK II fairway wood
Srixon’s ZX fairways and hybrids have been strong performers in our test sessions over the last few years, and the new MK II version slips perfectly into the shoes of its predecessor. By three yards the ZX was our longest fairway wood of 2023 (257 yards), which is seriously impressive considering the strong opposition.
Backspin and shot height were below average, too, which highlights how this model is a better fit for slightly stronger players. If that’s you, you’ll be delighted to know the ZX hit shots into a 28% smaller dispersion area than our test average. A top performer – in the right hands.
Ping G430 MAX fairway wood
Fairway woods have become harder to hit off the deck. As modern balls spin so little (to max out carry), it makes them harder to launch high off the turf. It’s not too surprising, then, to see Ping up their 3-wood loft to 15° this year. It’s a decent move not just from a performance perspective, but also because 14.5° always felt quite mentally challenging.
At £350 a pop, nobody will invest in a couple of G430 fairway woods lightly, but like lots of Ping equipment, this will perform in anyone’s bag. We can’t say it was our longest (242 yards), but with a carry drop-off of just seven yards it was incredibly forgiving between on and off-center hits, and shots were hit into our smallest dispersion area (158.2yds²). With the right shaft, this model can fit a very wide audience.
Today’s Golfer Editor’s Choice Awards: Hybrids
Eleven Hybrid set
Eleven take the idea of high-handicap irons a step further; this is a set of hybrids, not just hybrid irons. Granted, this is not going to be for everyone. But if your game needs maximum help, and your swing speed is slipping away, our data highlights how they could be a brilliant choice.
Thanks to a hybrid-width body, our #7 Eleven produced masses of spin and height, exactly what slow-speed players need to hit irons effectively. Throw into the mix the model offering up the smallest ball speed difference between on and off-center hits, the smallest carry distance drop off (nine yards), and hitting shots into our smallest dispersion area (184.5yds²), and the idea warrants serious investigation – if it fits your game.
Ping G430 hybrid
Ping are just about the only brand who’ve stuck to their guns and always insisted on putting adjustable hosels in their hybrids, a decision that offers additional flexibility and versatility. They refer to their hybrids as ‘gap fillers’ and their adjustable hosel – with +/- 1.5° of loft flexibility – helps golfers get the exact set-up to cover off good distance gaps in their own game, which isn’t an option with fixed hosel models.
Apart from posting our second-fastest ball speed (145.1mph), the G430 was our fourth-longest hybrid this year, at 226 yards. Apart from the really attractive and friendly mid-width head shape, we also like the six shaft options.
Read our full Ping G430 hybrid review
TaylorMade Stealth 2 hybrid
We’re not entirely sure how TaylorMade do it, but year after year their fairways and hybrids are shoo-ins at the top of our test data charts for carry – and at 232 yards, the Stealth 2 is our longest-carrying hybrid of 2023.
This is a great-looking mid-width hybrid and, thanks to a new carbon crown, you can expect a fraction more forgiveness than previous models. It is a flat-out distance machine for golfers who sweep hybrids off the deck like a fairway wood.
Read our full TaylorMade Stealth 2 hybrid review
Callaway Paradym hybrid
We’re delighted Callaway have reverted to more wood-shaped hybrids for 2023. It’s a really simple switch from the boxy designs of old, but it really does make the new Paradym hybrids much more attractive.
From a slightly weaker 21° loft (our test loft is 20°), it’s unfair to expect the Paradym to keep up with the longest models but, as we’ve said before, hybrids are not all about distance. They should be easier to hit consistently than a long iron, and the Paradym fulfills that brief.
Throw all that in with a wide selection of lofts and we’d be asking ourselves: which is the longest iron we hit with confidence? No matter whether that’s a 6 or 7-iron, there’s a Paradym hybrid waiting to replace everything else.
Read our full Callaway Paradym hybrid review
Cobra Aerojet hybrid
We sat through a two-hour presentation learning about the PWR-Bridge technology in Cobra’s new Aerojet woods and irons at the back end of 2022, and we’re glad we did.
We understand, and now have the data to show, the benefits front weighting (PWR-Bridge) brings to the party. It has a really attractive head shape that can be rifled through rough and hit from a tee or fairway.
But the icing on the cake is the KBS PGI (Players’ Graphite Iron) shaft that comes as standard.
Mizuno JPX Fli-Hi hybrid
Whether you use hybrids to replace a 3-iron or 7-iron, we reckon the Fli-Hi’s wide, friendly, confidence-inspiring heads are likely to become a firm favorite in your bag. It wasn’t our fastest or longest – data was spot-on our test averages for launch, spin, shot height and descent angle.
But where the Mizuno really excelled was in areas where ordinary club golfers need help – accuracy and dispersion – which meant our test pro didn’t miss our target green set 240 yards away. Extremely impressive, considering its very competitive £150 price tag, and one of the best hybrids.
Cleveland Launcher XL Halo hybrid
The Launcher was a TG Award winner last year, as it was a really friendly hybrid for average club golfers. Our thinking hasn’t changed in 2023. We like the lightweight and lively feel of the Cypher shaft, the railed sole will help cut through gnarly lies, and the oversized head is really comforting behind the ball at address.
Read our full Cleveland Launcher XL Halo hybrid review
Today’s Golfer Editor’s Choice Awards: Irons
Callaway Paradym irons
Thanks to their Apex iron line (launched in 2014), Callaway can legitimately claim to have invented this massively popular iron category. Our data has the Paradym down as our second-longest players’ distance iron of 2023, just a yard behind Mizuno’s JPX923 Hot Metal Pro.
The Paradym produced the third-fastest ball speed while dropping just six yards between on and off-center hits. It was also the third best for protecting carry distance. With such impressive numbers, it’s great the head shape, size and feel don’t let the side down, and we love how Callaway have chosen the lighter, higher launch and higher spin True Temper Elevate shaft for this model.
Read our full Callaway Paradym irons review
Cobra King Tour irons
It’s been a long time since Cobra irons bagged top honors in a TG players’ irons test, but the simple and elegant new King Tour are well worthy of such lofty acclaim. The King Tour helped nurse Rickie Fowler’s game back into shape and it’s a model the brand haven’t really offered for a few years.
Like any good players’ iron, the head shape is really attractive and there are no awkward areas that unduly draw the eye. This is an understated model for decent players who are happy to let their golf do the talking.
Read our full Cobra King Tour iron review
Mizuno JPX923 Hot Metal HL irons
Until now, moderate-speed irons have always had wide, chunky bodies. But Mizuno’s JPX923 Hot Metal HL has changed everything. It opens a whole new option towards higher lofts and more attractive designs for those swinging a 7-iron at less than 75mph, and we applaud them for it.
Of course, this model was never designed for our test pro, but our data highlights what higher lofts bring to the party. Compared to Titleist’s ‘most forgiving’ iron, the T400, Mizuno’s model launched 2.4° higher, span over 1,000rpm more, flew four yards higher and hit the green at a 3.6° steeper angle – all traits that will maximize carry and stopping power at average speeds. If ever there was a year for buying moderate-speed/high-handicap irons, 2023 is it.
Read our full Mizuno JPX923 Hot Metal HL irons review
Ping G430 irons
The G430, like their predecessors, are a force to be reckoned with. The G family has evolved into an attractive and desirable model (especially in the shorter irons and wedges), yet they remain ultra-forgiving.
Ping say they’ve switched to two-year product cycles, so you can buy the G430 safe in the knowledge it won’t be old hat next year. And even though they weren’t quite the very fastest or longest irons in the category, these are brilliant mid-handicap irons.
Read our full Ping G430 iron review
Ping i230 irons
It took Ping four years to improve on their most-played tour iron, the i210 and, based on our test pro’s reaction and test results, we can see the new i230 being equally hard to improve upon. He loved the feel and feedback and is happily playing a set in his own bag.
Our test data has the model sat bang in and around our test averages on every metric barring shot area, where the i230 registered a dispersion area 33.6% tighter than our test average. The i230 is a great-looking iron and, thanks to having elastomer supporting the whole back of the face, you can expect a forged-like feel and impact sound.
Read our full Ping i230 iron review
PXG 0211 XCOR2 irons
The XCOR2 isn’t forged and doesn’t have PXG’s famous weight technology (so MOI is typically 10% lower than the premium irons). But in a year when money for many is tight, you could get your hands on a set of 0211s for £594
(6-GW) – outstanding value in anyone’s book.
PXG have always made great-looking irons – we’re yet to meet anyone who doesn’t like their shape – and we reckon many club golfers would struggle to feel a difference between this and the premium forged and fully adjustable models.
All in all, this is a fantastic mid-handicapper choice in 2023, and if your club speed is anywhere close to average make sure you explore the lighter, higher launching shaft options.
Read our full PXG 0211 XCOR 2 irons review
PXG 0317 ST irons
PXG know a thing or two about making great irons. As is their calling card, the 317s have a delicious straight-line head shape throughout the set. Our pro loved the feel and feedback and it’s no exaggeration when we say he hit them incredibly accurately.
The real deal maker for us, though, is PXG’s clever weighting system; golfers can go lighter or heavier and longer or shorter, without moving the center of gravity location and thus altering feel. It’s genius, and if you buy five or more the price drops to £169 per club, which is decent value.
Srixon ZX4 MKII irons
Srixon have made great irons for some time, but 2023 is the year when everything has come together as a convincing and cohesive story. We love the head’s elegant straight lines, which are similar to the brilliant ZX5/ZX7. While they’re a little bigger and longer, there’s a super attractive look at address, as they’re not overly offset.
Srixon say the topline thickness across the family is closely linked, which actively encourages golfers to create their own personal combo set of two or more models.
You can also throw in that the ZX4 were our joint-longest mid-handicap irons of the year while producing the fastest ball speed and delivering a top-three performance for protecting both ball speed and carry distance.
Read our full Srixon ZX4 MkII irons review
Srixon ZX5 MKII irons
We rate Srixon’s three new ZX MKII irons very highly indeed. Like its siblings, the ZX5 is a beauty, oozing classic, understated Japanese gorgeousness. We love the combination of forged head with a thin, fast, springy face for excellent speed and distance, a great marriage for what is a pretty weak (31° 7-iron) loft in this category.
Read our full Srixon ZX5 MKII irons review
Srixon ZX7 MK II irons
We never thought we’d say it, but in our mind Srixon’s thoroughly modern ZX MK II irons are now more than capable of giving Mizuno a serious run for their money on looks, feel and desirability.
At a time when muscle cavity irons are trending up on tour, the ZX7 will be very much at home in the hands of 8-handicappers and below. We love their pure and simple straight-line beauty, and the classic non-glare satin finish is just the cherry on top. A gorgeous iron.
Read our full Srixon ZX7 MKII irons review
TaylorMade P790 irons
Now in its third generation, the P790 changed the landscape of TaylorMade’s iron business. The original sold to golfers from +4 to 24 handicaps, and the line is now so widely known it can be dropped into a sentence without needing to mention TaylorMade.
It has performed brilliantly for us before, so it’s absolutely no surprise it did so again. At 188 yards, the P790 was our third-longest (three yards back from the Mizuno JPX923 Hot Metal Pro) and second-fastest players’ distance iron of 2023.
As has been the case since the first P790s in 2017, this is a cracking hollow body, forged face iron. The shaping, profile and attractiveness at address will inspire confidence in reasonable ball strikers, and when sat in the bag they’re just plain gorgeous. One of the best players’ distance irons.
Read our full TaylorMade P790 iron review
TaylorMade Stealth irons
The Stealth is entering the second year of its life cycle but is still a big part of the conversation for golfers buying mid-handicap irons in 2023. Our thinking boils down to the fact it’s adjustable to 2° weaker lofts (they can also go 1° stronger), a setup that brilliantly suits a lot of average-speed club golfers.
Thanks to TaylorMade’s clever new SelectFit hosel system, you can also now try the set-up before buying. All in all, the Stealth is a really attractive-looking and sounding iron option within the mid-handicap category. One of the best TaylorMade irons.
Read our full TaylorMade Stealth iron review
TaylorMade Stealth HD irons
We were as surprised as the next man when TaylorMade unveiled their new Stealth HD, an iron to attract an audience who TaylorMade hadn’t really catered for with weaker lofted irons before. The move adds weight to the current thinking that average swing speed and high-handicap players need more loft, not less, if they’re to flight shots properly and play more consistently.
We love that TaylorMade have kept the Stealth name for the HD model, which is among the most forgiving irons. Yes, the look is much more hybrid iron than, say, Mizuno’s sleek HL, but everything about the Stealth’s head and shaft selection screams easy launch and forgiveness at sub-75mph swing speeds.
From a slightly faster ball speed than most, the HD hovered around our test averages across the board, apart from dispersion, where it hit shots into a 19% tighter area.
Read our full TaylorMade Stealth HD irons review
Today’s Golfer Editor’s Choice Awards: Wedges
Cleveland CBX ZipCore wedge
We’ve been preaching for years that golfers who use cavity back irons should be using cavity back wedges, and our thinking hasn’t changed for 2023.
Cleveland’s CBX is as good as cavity back wedges get, and this year there are two models to consider; this one, and the 13% bigger CBX Full-Face 2, which we’d thoroughly recommend if you can accept the full-face grooves and/or your short game confidence is at an all-time low.
The wider sole and slightly higher bounce are exactly the attributes that will help club golfers neutralize the effects of off-center hits and less-than-perfect strikes. This model hit shots into a 30.6yd² area during testing, 56% smaller than our test average and making it one of the year’s best golf wedges.
Read our full Cleveland CBX ZipCore wedge review
Cleveland RTX 6 ZipCore wedge
We’ll put our cards on the table here and say that you won’t find a better-looking wedge this year. We love the compact size, the straight leading-edge profile and the aggressive CNC milling pattern on the toe, which brings full-face groove levels of stopping power to a traditional groove model.
Our test data has the ZipCore hovering just under average levels of backspin, but with so many factors to consider when buying new wedges, it’s worth remembering you should never just pick the highest spinning wedges. What’s much more important is having a full range of lofts, bounce or sole grind options and the ability to choose a finish that suits your eye. And options are where Cleveland utterly excel.
Read our full Cleveland RTX 6 ZipCore wedge review
TaylorMade MG3 wedge
By offering two cracking wedge families (Hi-Toe 3 and MG3), TaylorMade gave our test team a really tough choice. If you’re the type of golfer who just wants a brilliant, traditionally-shaped wedge with a familiar groove pattern, and you’ll benefit from a ton of loft, sole grind and finish options, the MG3s will be right up your street. At 9,509rpm, this was our second-highest-spinning model this year.
Read our full TaylorMade MG3 wedge review
Titleist Vokey Design SM9 wedge
The SM9s have a lovely shape, they feel great and, as we enter the second year of their product cycle, there are a ton of options to go at. At 9,367rpm, the model produced 319rpm more spin than our test average (eighth highest), but be aware that they also hit shots into a 104yd² area – 50% bigger than our average.
At this price, if you’re buying Vokey wedges in 2023, we’d seriously recommend committing to a full family to cover all your needs in one hit. Just make sure you get a proper fitting, with decent golf balls, when you do.
Read our full Titleist Vokey SM9 wedge review
Today’s Golfer Editor’s Choice Awards: Putters
Bettinardi BB 28 putter
The blade putter market has changed significantly over the last few years, as golfers are realizing the benefits slightly wider blade models bring to the party when it comes to boosting confidence and upping forgiveness. If it’s a narrow blade you’re after, Bettinardi have lots of beautiful models to choose from.
But in the interest of highlighting ones that will help your game, we’ve plumped for the BB 28. It has a modern wide body, which looks incredibly natural sat behind the ball, so there’s no whiff of awkwardness. It’s also face-balanced (less common in the blade category), so the set-up suits straighter strokes really nicely. One of the best blade putters.
Bettinardi Queen B 11 putter
We’re struggling to get Bettinardi’s Queen B 11 putter out of our system. The model’s updated every couple of years, but ever since Top Gear testing started in 2015, the 11 has strutted its stuff proudly among our top-performing mallets. This year it’s had a makeover, and while it may not be massively different, it’s still utterly gorgeous.
We love the slightly more muted copper-colored finish, the honeycomb milled face which is cut down onto the face rather than sweeping across it and, of course, the magical Lamkin SinkFit Deep Etched grip. In our eyes, nobody is making better milled putters than Bettinardi right now. One of the year’s best putters.
Cleveland Frontline Elite Cero putter
Our ears are always open to new thinking around better-performing golf products, and the story behind Cleveland’s Frontline Elite family is one of the most interesting we’ve heard.
By creating a front-weighted model, where the center of gravity is closer to the face rather than the back of the head, when putts are hit off-center the head rotates around a smaller arc than higher MOI models. Consequently, Cleveland say the Frontline Elite is 38% more accurate.
Though it’s difficult to prove conclusively whether it works or not, it’s a cracking idea that challenges the tide of conventional thinking on high-MOI putters.
Odyssey White Hot Versa ThreeT putter
Putting well is all about confidence, and Odyssey’s Versa black/white/black coloring is incredibly efficient at boosting our aim and alignment, which translates to holing out more frequently.
One of the best Odyssey putters, the Three T is a new shape for Odyssey and we’re big fans of its straight back (which we feel aids correct alignment) mid-mallet shape. It’s not too big or cumbersome and it sits behind the ball beautifully. Thanks to the slant neck getting our hands just ahead of the ball, we felt we could stroke putts beautifully across the green’s surface.
Read our full Odyssey White Hot Versa Three T putter review
TaylorMade Spider GT Max putter
If face angle at impact is responsible for 90% of the outcome of every putt, it’s critical to get the putter back square to your target. TaylorMade’s Spider GTX, with its two 40g sliding weights, can help you do exactly that. Depending where you miss putts most often, you can set up the GT Max to help speed up (furthest forward) or slow down (furthest back) face rotation to minimize your mishit tendencies.
It’s a really clever idea and means golfers can dial in a CG depth from 29mm to 41mm, and a toe hang of 17°, 20° or 23°, which means this single model can go from performing like a forward CG Spider GT, to a mid-CG Spider X or a back CG Spider Tour. This level of adjustability always comes at a price, but it could become your ultimate flatstick.
Read our full TaylorMade Spider GTX putter review
Zebra AIT 1 putter
With 20 mallet putters lined up alongside each other for testing, some inevitably stand out more than others. And the black, grey and white Zebra caught the eye more than most.
Despite being one of the best mallet putters, Zebra might be a new name for some, but there are plenty of us of a certain age who will see the reintroduction of this as the rebirth of a classic. Granted, this new model is bigger than the original. But we feel it’s a really good step to boost confidence on much slicker greens than the original ever had to deal with.
If you owned a Zebra back in the day, this nostalgic model should bring back all the cosy, warm feelings you experienced with the original.
Read our full Zebra AIT 1 putter review
Today’s Golfer Editor’s Choice Awards: Golf balls
Callaway Chrome Soft golf balls
Callaway have made massive strides in the ball market in the last few years, in no small part thanks to the Chrome Soft family. A $50 million investment in its US ball manufacturing plant has delivered more consistency and a better ball, and now the three Chrome Soft options – regular, X and X LS – cater for everyone from club golfers to the world’s finest. This is Callaway’s best golf ball and they also come with the brilliant Triple Track alignment stripes.
Read our full Callaway Chrome Soft review
Callaway ERC Soft golf balls
The ERC Soft, Callaway’s longest soft golf ball, is very much a modern hybrid. Its three-piece construction is rare in this category, but by creating a hybrid blend cover, it targets the all-round performance traits of soft feel, great speed and decent levels of spin for reasonable money. Plus, it has the brilliant Triple Track alignment lines, which make lining up putts an absolute doddle.
Read our full Callaway ERC Soft review
Srixon Q-Star Tour golf balls
With a compression of 72, the Q-Star Tour delivers the softer feel that lots of club golfers like (by comparison, Srixon’s legendary AD333 has a compression of 77). It’s 20% softer than the Z-Star and Srixon say it works best for 75mph+ driver swing speeds. Expect higher greenside spin than Srixon’s Soft Feel, and similar levels to the AD333. Also available as a two-tone Divide version, this is one of the best balls for club golfers.
Read our full Srixon Q-Star Tour review
Srixon Z-Star Divide golf balls
Srixon launched the eighth generation of Z-Star earlier this year, featuring a new core, a new Spin Skin cover and this new Divide version, which has the 50/50 alignment design to help you on the green, off the tee, or to reveal the ball’s spin direction in practice around the green. The best Srixon golf ball.
Read our full Srixon Z-Star Divide review
TaylorMade TP5/TP5x golf balls
When TaylorMade launched the TP5 in 2017, they spoke about choosing on the feel you prefer, rather than just looking at the comparison numbers between the two balls – it’s solid advice that’s still relevant today.
The slightly softer TP5 has a little extra wedge and greenside spin (not full wedge shot spin), while
the TP5x flies higher and is slightly longer with the driver and irons.
The TP5x was also a very high-spinning tour ball on full wedge shots when we tested it last year. One of the best premium golf balls.
TaylorMade Tour Response Stripe golf balls
The original Tour Response Stripe was one of our favorite balls for club golfers – combining a three-layer construction and a tour-style urethane cover that was optimized for average swing speeds. And for 2023 it’s even better. It has some tech upgrades – a new Speedmantle and a different dimple pattern to improve aerodynamics.
But the most visible difference on the three-layer urethane ball is a larger ClearPath Alignment stripe, which comes in three new colors; orange, blue and red, as well as the original green.
Read our full Taylormade Tour Response review
Titleist Pro V1/Pro V1x golf balls
Titleist’s design brief for the 2023 Pro V1 was to lower long-game spin while maintaining spin levels around the greens. They say the new model, and the new Pro V1x, are “demonstrably better” than the previous versions thanks to a new high-gradient core design, which is firmer on the outside and progressively softer on the inside, to promote faster ball speeds and low long-game spin. The best Titleist golf ball.
Today’s Golfer Editor’s Choice Awards: Golf Trolleys and Carts
Big Max IP golf trolley
The multi-award-winning Blade IP is like nothing else on the market. Folding flat to just 12.5cm deep, this innovative design lies flat in the boot with a bag on top or slides behind the front seat, and can easily be stored in a locker or even hung flat on a wall. One of the best golf push trolleys.
Motocaddy Cube golf cart
If you’re struggling for space in the boot of the car or for storage at home, the Motocaddy Cube could be the golf trolley for you. It folds down into an incredibly small package, more than 40% smaller than the Motocaddy Z1, yet it offers all of the same features as both the Z1 and Motocaddy P1, and the same 24-month warranty.
The Easilock system also means it keeps a Motocaddy cart or stand bag firmly in place. Use our guide to find out if it’s the right Motocaddy trolley model for you.
PowaKaddy DLX-Lite FF golf cart
The all-new DLX-Lite FF has been cleverly designed with storage in mind. The simple folding and unfolding system mean it can be folded down flat to give slimline compact storage in the car or at home. It’s made from a lightweight aluminum frame and designed to glide over any terrain thanks to its large wheels.
The ergonomic handle adjusts to suit your height and the PowaKaddy Key-Lock system stops the brand’s cart bag twisting.
Clicgear 4.0 golf cart
At 8.45kg, the Clicgear might not be the lightest push trolley available, but its aircraft-grade aluminum frame is second to none in terms of build quality. Its tiny storage size is also comparable to some ‘super compacts’ on the market.
The storage net is now larger, an ‘Easy-Clip’ bag strap makes it easier to fit any golf bag on the trolley, and the brake system has been redesigned to eliminate cable wear.
Motocaddy M7 GPS electric golf cart
Motocaddy’s M7 GPS – a remote-control electric trolley with touchscreen GPS – has been a long time coming. But now it’s here, we see it’s been worth the wait. Part of the compact-folding M-Series, it features a fully-integrated, super-fast GPS system with accurate green views, front, middle, and back distances, and hazard information across more than 40,000 courses worldwide.
M7 GPS features lots of the same tech found in the award-winning M7, including a rechargeable handset, removable, anti-tip rear wheel, and the brand’s Downhill Control tech. It offers everything a golfer needs to transport their clubs around the course effortlessly, while providing pinpoint yardages and GPS mapping through its super-responsive touchscreen, along with life-saving defibrillator (AED) locations at the course and crucial CPR instructions. One of the best electric golf trolleys.
Motocaddy S5 GPS electric golf cart
One of eight models across Motocaddy’s S and M-Series categories, all featuring an integrated and super-fast GPS system covering more than 40,000 courses via a responsive 3.5in LCD touchscreen. It offers a Dynamic Green View that matches the hole being played and incorporates the ability to ‘drag & drop’ the pin position, plus accurate yardages to the front, middle and back of the green.
Other highlights include Motocaddy’s fastest ever one-step folding system, click and connect battery and – when connected to the free Motocaddy GPS app – smartphone notifications alerting you to a call, text message, email or range of app alerts. Ingeniously, it also shows the location of the nearest defib and gives life-saving guidance on how to use one.
PowaKaddy FX5 electric golf cart
The 2023 FX range carries over all the best features found in previous versions of the FX range and condenses them into two premium models – the FX3 and the FX5.
The new FX3 gets a new premium gun metal metallic finish and trim. But we’d go for the new FX5, which has received a major upgrade and now includes a new 3.5in full-color widescreen, upgraded carbon trim and easy-grab T-bar bungee handles. One of the best PowaKaddy golf trolleys.
PowaKaddy RX1 GPS electric golf cart
The world’s first touchscreen remote control GPS trolley, the RX1 GPS is PowaKaddy’s biggest technological leap to date, and comes in its 40th anniversary year. A 3.5-inch color screen gives you all the yardage and hazard info you’ll need at more than 40,000 courses. It locates the course you are playing and delivers fast and accurate distances to the front, middle, and back of the green, plus hazards.
Active Green View updates the shape of the green on your screen and you can drag and drop the flag to give you even more accurate yardage data.
Other key features include shot tracking functions, a lightweight plug ’n’ play lithium battery that’s 40% smaller and 20% more powerful than previous models, a swivel front wheel for all-terrain control, and electronic downhill braking.
Stewart Golf VERTX Remote electric golf cart
Developed from the ground up to be the “ultimate remote machine”, Stewart have introduced a host of technologies to enhance the game for golfers using the new VERTX Remote.
It features Active Terrain Control (ATC), a new operating system designed to give the user ultimate control of their trolley on any course, by reacting to its surroundings and redistributing power independently between its twin motors, depending on gradient.
Unlike downhill braking, ATC will automatically keep the VERTX traveling at the desired speed and direction both uphill and downhill, as well as when traversing side slopes. The remote has a 100-yard range and an integrated stabilizer that automatically deploys and retracts when the VERTX is folded or unfolded.
When the VERTX approaches a steeper gradient, it simply tilts back and, using the stabilizer, continues driving up that hill.
Today’s Golfer Editor’s Choice Awards: Bags
Motocaddy HydroFLEX golf bag
A multiple TG Award winner, thanks to its peerless functionality and build quality. The Hydroflex is perfect if you want to carry in summer but use a push cart in winter, thanks to the Easilock base which attaches to any Motocaddy trolley. It’s waterproof, boasts handy quick-release straps for a cart and has five large pockets.
This is a golf bag that feels like it’s been designed by a keen golfer, which is why we love it and rank it among the best golf bags.
Motocaddy Pro-Series golf bag
One of a number of Motocaddy cart bags that have been updated for 2023, the Pro-Series gets our nod as it’s packed with features and boasts nine huge pockets, beverage storage and a jumbo putter well. It’s not too big and heavy to lug in and out of the boot, it features Motocaddy’s brilliant Easilock locking system and is made from durable materials. If you want waterproofing, opt for the Motocaddy Dry-Series or check out our guide to the best waterproof golf bags.
PowaKaddy Premium Tech golf bag
With a stylish, modern feel, the Premium Tech has a quick-access, magnetic front pocket that’s perfect for your GPS/range finder, and its anti-flex walls ensure the bag retains its shape.
A new 14 full-length divider system prevents snagging when retrieving or replacing your club, while an external putter pit is joined by 13 spacious pockets conveniently positioned for quick access to all your essentials.
As on all PowaKaddy bags, Key-Lock ensures this one stays firmly on the brand’s electric or push trolleys, and helps secure its spot among the best cart bags.
Sun Mountain Mid-Stripe golf bag
As a bag specialist, Sun Mountain obsess over the details; and that’s clear to see in the Mid-Stripe, which offers a retro look with modern tech. Like the bags of old, it’s made from vinyl, but modern features include full-length dividers, a built-in handle, twin straps, seven pockets and a four-way top.
Wilson Staff Exo Lite golf bag
At just 3.5lb (1.8kg), this is one of the lightest stand bags on sale this year, but that doesn’t mean it skimps on features. There’s plenty of storage, including a magnetic GPS pocket, an Air Flow hip/back pad for comfort as you carry, and a really sturdy stand system. Easily one of the best golf stand bags.
Today’s Golfer Editor’s Choice Awards: Apparel
Abacus Pitch 37.5 jacket
Engineered with the golfer in mind, using fabrics that keep you more comfortable and swinging freely. The jacket’s ‘37.5 Technology’ is designed to improve comfort inside the garment. It allows vapour to be forced through the fabric quicker, keeping your body and the garment dry, even in low temperatures or high humidity.
A climate of 37.5° and a humidity of 40-60% is created. Abacus say that’s the ideal comfort zone – and also your ideal performance zone. One of the best golf jackets.
Galvin Green Alister Gore-Tex C-Knit Waterproof Golf Jacket
If you ever play in less than perfect weather – and by that we mean anything from a gentle summer shower to a Scottish links gale – this is the Gore-Tex C-KNIT jacket you need. If God can throw it at you, the Alister will protect you.
It’s 100% waterproof, totally windproof, extremely breathable, ultra-durable, super quiet, it stretches when you swing and it’s been designed by a brand that have been meticulously creating the ultimate outdoor wear for golfers since 1990.
The icing on the cake is the Bluesign-approved fabric, which means it uses materials that reduce the impact on people and the planet. One of the best waterproof golf jackets.
Zerofit Heatrub Ultimate Baselayer
Playing through the worst of the winter, we wouldn’t be without a Zerofit base layer. The Heatrub Ultimate is five times warmer than a standard baselayer, thanks to ‘heat threads’ inside the garment that are activated through movement, gently brushing against the skin to generate heat.
Unlike every other baselayer, the Ultimate does not work on the basis of ‘compression for heat’ – so not only does it provide greater warmth for wearers, but they also don’t feel restricted by an inability to move freely through a round. One of our best golf base layers.
Today’s Golfer Editor’s Choice Awards: Shoes
Duca del Cosma Positano golf shoes
Duca del Cosma’s pioneering ultra-light D-Eva outsole technology is applied to four styles this year to ensure golfers can enjoy all-day comfort and performance in a lighter shoe without compromising on foot support and stability in the swing. One of those models is the Positano, which features a three-tone color design on the premium Italian Nappa leather outer.
Ecco Biom C4 golf shoes
Ecco’s consistently make some of the best golf shoes and the Biom C4 is a shining example. It offers unrivaled 360° breathability, allowing golfers to stay cool and comfortable throughout their round in all conditions via a combination of cushioning, rebound, waterproofing and air flow.
A Gore-Tex Surround construction keeps your feet dry, while the ‘MTN Grip’ outsole has three different sections for stability and traction, ground penetration and rotational support throughout the swing; in other words, a very solid base. Several members of the TG team wear theirs all the time, they’re that comfortable. See how the C4s compare to the best Ecco golf shoes.
Ecco S-Three golf shoes
The S-Three, one of the year’s best spikeless golf shoes, blends off-course style with on-course performance, offering support in three distinct zones thanks to the introduction of a pioneering midsole technology. The tech, called Zonal Fluidform, creates a molded midsole, with three zones of softness and rigidity to ensure the right balance of cushioning and stability exactly where you need it.
Payntr X 004 RS golf shoes
Payntr’s first tour-level spiked golf shoe is a cracker – and designed to offer more traction and more speed. It’s the first shoe to use the new Softspikes Tour Flex Pro spikes, which anchor you to the ground to provide a combination of traction, performance and comfort.
They’re allied to a three-dimensional molded PMX-Fit heel and a TPU outsole with a FastTwist insertion system, which combine to harness ground forces more effectively throughout the swing. Easily one of the year’s best spiked golf shoes.
Puma Ignite Elevate golf shoes
Built for strength and stability, the Elevate boasts Pwrframe and Pwrcage technology to support you throughout your swing. Responsive comfort comes courtesy of Ignitefoam; durability and waterproofing come from an innovative upper technology that fuses a protective TPU film on top of a lightweight mesh upper. We’re big fans of the brand’s offerings and this is comfortably one of the best Puma golf shoes.
Skechers Go Golf Elite 5 Slip-ins golf shoes
Each pair of Skechers Go Golf Elite 5 ‘Slip-ins’ feature a Twist Fit lock-in system to customize the fit at any time during your game. Other features include spikeless TPU outsole, Ultra Flight cushioning, waterproof protection and Arch Fit insole support. It creates one of the most comfortable shoes we’ve worn and is easily one of the best Skechers golf shoes.
Ecco Biom H4 golf shoes
Redesigned for the 2023 season, the latest H4 features a reworked upper, notably around the toe area, to produce a sleeker, slimmer look, while the tongue has been completely redesigned to produce a more ergonomic shape that fits more comfortably to the foot.
Combined with Natural Motion technology (that lets the foot move more naturally), premium leather uppers and a 100% waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex construction, the H4s are all the shoe you need.
Today’s Golfer Editor’s Choice Awards: Tech
Arccos Smart Sensors
We love Arccos and the sheer amount of data it can record for every round. Arccos members love it, too; those who played at least 10 rounds lowered their handicap by an average of 5.71 strokes in their first year of membership.
New for 2023 is a completely new Apple Watch app, which lets Arccos Caddie members view AI Rangefinder distances, receive personalized club recommendations, add penalty strokes, see shot history and scores, and make any necessary edits to their data. One of the best golf shot-tracking devices.
Bushnell ION Elite golf watch
Featuring Bushnell Golf’s patented slope-compensated distances, this stylish watch also features a color touchscreen and is easy to use right out of the box, with access to 38,000+ pre-loaded courses, auto course recognition and Dynamic Green Mapping. It has a sleek and compact design, with BITE magnetic cart mount, and also comes with access to the Bushnell Golf mobile app. One of the best golf watches.
Blue Tees 3 Max laser rangefinder
There are a lot of lasers on sale now, so what makes the 3 Max stand out for us? It offers the functionality you’d expect; it’s accurate, has slope-adjusted yardages, it’s water resistant, has a built-in magnetic strip to clip it to your bag and an Auto-Ambient Display that adjusts the color in different lights.
But what we really like are the little touches, such as the fact you get extra batteries and a two-year warranty, and all for less than £200.
Bushnell Tour V6/V6 Shift laser rangefinder
Thanks to its new and improved electronics, the Tour V6 Shift and Tour V6 are the most accurate, consistent, and longest-ranging Tour Series lasers Bushnell have ever released.
Key features include a Slope-Switch for comps (V6 Shift), PinSeeker to lock on to your target, BITE magnetic mount, a range over 500 yards, and a weather-resistant design. One of the best golf rangefinders on the market.
GolfBuddy Atom laser rangefinder
The Atom is incredibly small – barely the size of a credit card – yet it’s packed with features, including Zero Second Technology (which locks onto your desired target within 0.15 seconds). The tiny size doesn’t detract from the functionality, which includes a slope function, rechargeable battery and water resistance. But we love that it’s so small, you can carry it in a pocket without noticing.
Shot Scope Pro L2 laser rangefinder
Shot Scope really have you covered whatever you need in terms of on-course tech, from in-depth shot analytics to GPS data. The great value PRO L2 is the simplest way to tap into the brand.
The compact laser PRO L2 locks on to your target from long distances and the 700-yard range gives accurate readings to within a yard. Adaptive slope technology correctly adjusts the measurement on uneven terrain.
Read our full Shot Scope Pro L2 review
Shot Scope V3 Performance Tracking Golf GPS watch
Shot Scope have pioneered shot tracking through GPS watches and club tags since 2014, and handicaps typically fall by three shots while using shot-tracking tech.
The V3 gives you access to 100+ tour-level stats, as well as GPS data such as dynamic distances to the front, middle and back of greens, plus front and carry distances for every hazard on 35,000+ courses.
Read our full Shot Scope V3 review
Shot Scope X5 Golf GPS Watch
We’d say Shot Scope’s brand new X5 GPS watch is their best product to date. Designed to be worn both on and off the golf course, it features a bright and clear full-color touchscreen surrounded by a stylish ceramic bezel. But, with the addition of custom faces and a built-in step counter, X5 is more than just a golf watch. Turn up and play at any course in the world with over 36,000 courses pre-loaded on the X5.
It’s super accurate and offers instant front, middle and back distances to all greens, hazards and dog-legs. Green view displays the shape of the green from any location on the course, so you can drag and drop the pin to the correct location for the day. And you can record every shot you hit on the course with the lightweight tracking tags that easily screw into the top of your golf clubs.
The data provides a detailed breakdown of your game and style of play once uploaded to the free mobile apps or online dashboard post-round, giving access to over 100 performance statistics. One of the best shot-tracking devices.
Read our full Shot Scope X5 review
If you’ve not been to a Topgolf range yet, make it a priority this spring. The system redefines the range experience, offering data on shots like a launch monitor, letting you play courses like a simulator, or challenge your friends like in a proper round. Plus, you can have a drink, grab a bite to eat, and introduce the game to people who’d never dream of setting foot on a golf course.
Topgolf say: “We want those people to come and experience the game for the first time. Our hope is that when you do, you’re going to leave with a smile on your face – and that’s a good first step into golf.”
Today’s Golfer Editor’s Choice Awards: Accessories
OceanTee Premium Bamboo Tees
We like the product, we like the former marine biologist owner, we like the packaging… but most importantly, we like the ethos of Oceantee. Sustainably sourced from bamboo growers, these tees are strong, durable and biodegradable, making them an environmentally superior alternative to plastic and wooden tees.
Plus, at least 1% of the company’s annual revenues are donated to environmental causes, so there’s a lot to like. Among our pick of the best golf tees.
About the author
Rob Jerram is the Digital Editor of todays-golfer.com. He specializes in the DP World Tour, PGA Tour, LIV Golf, and the Ryder Cup, spending large chunks of his days reading about, writing about, and watching the tours each month.
He’s passionate about the equipment used by professional golfers and is also a font of knowledge when it comes to golf balls, golf trolleys, and golf bags, testing thousands down the years.
Rob has been a journalist for more than 23 years, starting his career with Johnston Press where he covered local and regional news and sport in a variety of editorial roles across ten years.
He joined Bauer Media in September 2010 and worked as the Senior Production Editor of Today’s Golfer and Golf World magazines for ten years before moving into the Digital Editor’s role in July 2020.
During his time in the golf industry, Rob has interviewed and played golf with some of the biggest names in the game, including Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry, Lee Westwood, Colin Montgomerie, and Rick Shiels. He’s traveled the world attending product launches and golf events and reported at both The Open and Ryder Cup.
Away from golf, Rob enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, watching Peterborough United FC, going for long walks, flying his drone, cooking, and reading.
Rob uses a Callaway Paradym driver, TaylorMade M5 5-wood, TaylorMade P790 driving iron, Callaway Paradym irons (4-AW), TaylorMade MG3 wedges (52º, 58º), Odyssey Tri-Hot 5k Double Wide putter, and Callaway Chrome Soft X golf ball.