Today’s Golfer Editor’s Choice Awards 2022
The year’s best golf equipment as chosen by the experts at Today’s Golfer.
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When you’re spending hundreds if not thousands of pounds on something new, you need to know you’re making the right decision. 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 2022 Editor’s Choice Awards, presented by American Golf. 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 an obvious choice, 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, and that’s where we asked for help from the team of Category Managers at American Golf, who make sure they have unrivalled knowledge of every product they sell.
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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.
This year’s TG Awards are presented by Europe’s largest golf retailer, American Golf. You can buy the vast majority of products in this guide online at americangolf.co.uk, or at one of 95 stories across the UK and Ireland. There are numerous reasons to shop at American Golf, including…
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. For 2022, they are joined by American Golf’s Category Manager, Roisin Butroyd. Roisin is an experienced senior buyer with excellent knowledge of golf and the retail industry.
TaylorMade Stealth Plus+ driver
RRP £499 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
To put the Stealth’s performance into context, in our 2022 drivers test it produced a ball speed 1.1mph faster than any other low-spin driver we hit. By 12 yards, it was the longest driver within the category (and also our longest overall driver by three yards).
The Plus was also flat-out best at protecting ball speed loss on off-centre hits, and second-best at minimising carry distance drop-offs. In anybody’s book, that’s outstanding across-the-board performance.
That’s why we’re comfortable naming the Stealth Plus our best low-spin driver of 2022, an award we’ve never bestowed upon a single driver (be it low-spin, forgiving or draw biased) before.
Callaway Rogue ST Max driver
RRP £479 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
Based on the Max’s impressive performance, we really shouldn’t give up on titanium faces just yet. Within this category, the ST Max is outstanding.
It was our test pro’s longest forgiving driver by five yards (a significant amount at his swing speed), but it’s not just raw power with no forgiveness; it tied second fastest in terms of ball speed and third best at protecting carry drop-off (nine yards or 3.2%), which is really beneficial when it comes to consistency.
Its wide, stretched body with new matt black crown manages to look really desirable at address. But what’s really clever is Callaway building a touch of draw bias into this model.
Cobra King LTDx driver
RRP £399 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
The LTDx may be built on an improved titanium and carbon-fibre chassis, much like the last two Cobra drivers, but our test pro’s stats reveal it has moved on massively in terms of performance.
It tied second for fastest ball speed, was first and second at protecting ball speed and carry (within this category), and it was also our pro’s second-longest forgiving driver; an impressive performance.
We’re also big fans of the bullet-shaped head, which looks fast and forgiving at address, and how Cobra’s engineers have removed the ridge that ran around the perimeter of the CNC milled face on previous models. It’s a sleek, attractive option – and a chunk cheaper than most of the competition this year.
Wilson Launch Pad driver
RRP £305 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
It may have the appearance of an offset driver from the 1990s, but if the tech works and keeps drives on the mown grass more often, then why not?
That pan-shaped head creates the model’s forgiving traits. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but for those who are willing to put their hands up and say, “Just give me a driver that helps me hit it straight”, the Wilson has a lot to offer.
If you’re after the most draw-biased driver of the year on a budget, this is your model.
Ping G425 Max driver
RRP £450 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
Ping don’t work on a 12-month product cycle for drivers, so the G425 Max is still a current model for 2022.
We tested it last year and while its full titanium head wasn’t quite the very fastest or longest, it was our best driver at protecting carry drop-off (our test pro saw just seven yards between his longest and shortest shots), which makes for consistent performance on the course.
It continues to offer a brilliant blend of speed, distance and forgiveness that lots of club golfers need.
TaylorMade Stealth HD driver
RRP £469 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
Stealth’s carbon face improves energy transfer at higher swing speeds and ups ball speed performance for more moderate speed players.
It was our Equipment Ed’s fastest for ball speed and also his longest carrying driver. Up against his current driver (a Ping G400 SFT), we saw a 1.6mph ball speed gain to be had by switching to Stealth HD. Thanks to the difference in spin, that could add up to a huge, 21-yard carry distance gain.
Ping G425 SFT driver
RRP £450 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
The previous two versions of SFT have seen the model morph from a cracking keep-a-slice-in-check driver into a flat-out slice buster. Ping know there are good levels of draw bias available for less severe slices from the G425 Max (with the sole weight in the draw position).
This is the most draw-capable driver we’ve hit over the last two years. If you want to keep a severe slice in check this year, you simply cannot afford to ignore it.
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Callaway Rogue ST Max fairway
RRP £299 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
Compared to most, the Rogue ST Max is a very low-profile fairway (so the face is not very deep), with a wide but naturally appealing shape.
It builds confidence nicely, while also being super easy to launch from the turf. And that’s really important, as fairway woods can be a real struggle for club golfers as the latest golf balls are much lower spin.
On paper, the Rogue ST LS appeared a more powerful option, but for the majority of club players the ST Max will be better.
TaylorMade Stealth fairway wood
RRP £279 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
Aside from the Stealth sitting beautifully square at address, and us loving its matt black crown, the model was also our pro’s third longest fairway of the year, while giving the smallest amount of carry drop-off and hitting shots into our third smallest dispersion area.
So, it will deliver on both distance and accuracy on the course. If you’re not the most confident fairway wood player, we love the High Launch 16.5° option.
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Cleveland Launcher XL Halo hybrid
RRP £189 | BUY NOW
The original idea of hybrids was to replace difficult-to-hit long irons. But over the last 20 years, most brands have turned them into distance clubs, and somehow we’ve lost sight of how hybrids should be easier and more fun to use than irons. Well, Cleveland’s new Launcher XL redresses that balance.
There isn’t a double-digit handicap club golfer in the land who couldn’t hit the Launcher XL Halo better than their 3, 4 and 5-irons.
Yes, the head’s pretty big, but like the Launcher XL’s matching iron, it’s not cumbersome or awkward and it actually sits really well.
TaylorMade Stealth hybrid
RRP £229 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
Our test pro fits lots of golfers into new clubs and a theme he sees running through fairways and hybrids year after year is consistently fast and powerful numbers from TaylorMade woods.
The Stealth certainly didn’t let its predecessors down; it was our second longest (225 yards carry) of the 22 hybrids tested. It’s very much a flat-out speed and distance hybrid, with a mid-width body – and it’s highly impressive.
Ping G425 hybrid
RRP £249 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
Ping’s G425 family always comes up trumps when talking forgiveness and playability. The G425 might be a year old, but it’s staying around for the whole of 2022 and it remains a really solid choice.
Yes, the turbulators of previous generations have disappeared so that the brand can build in their new Spinsistency faces, which normalise spin for shots hit high and low on the face. But our data has the model hitting shots into our smallest dispersion area (163.8 yds2), while also giving our third smallest carry drop off (nine yards). Combined, it makes the G425 very easy to live with on the course.
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Ping i59 iron
RRP £239 per club | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
When Ping introduced the i59 in 2021, it sparked a whole new era for players’ irons. Replacing the cast iBlade with a forged, hollow body players’ iron sent out a very clear message as to where the market was heading. Having tested the i59, we completely understand why.
Compared to Ping’s most played tour iron (i210), the i59 – from a 1° weaker 7-iron – produced 2mph faster ball speed and two yards extra carry distance.
Even more impressive is how, with that extra speed and distance, it launched and flighted shots higher, so approaches hit the green with a steeper descent angle and stopped quicker, giving additional control.
Ping G425 iron
RRP £129 (s), £139 (g) per iron | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
Ping’s G425 wasn’t our fastest or longest mid-handicap iron. But how could it be? It’s a couple of degrees weaker in loft than much of the competition. Just like last year, though, the G425 overflows with forgiveness.
Our data has it down as the iron that hit shots into the smallest dispersion area (175 yards2), and because it was third best at protecting carry (a drop-off of 10 yards/5.6%), we can confidently say this is a brilliantly forgiving iron to live with on the course.
Honma T//World GS iron
RRP £1,155 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
GS stands for Gain Speed, which spells out loud and clear how this model targets low and moderate swing speed players.
The GS performed brilliantly for us last year and its performance in 2022 has been nothing short of remarkable again. It gave our test pro his smallest carry distance drop-off (10 yards, 5.5%) and hit shots into his smallest dispersion area (153 yds2), which is a serious endorsement of the model’s accuracy capabilities for golfers who don’t quite have the stomach for playing a set of hybrid irons.
Srixon ZX7 iron
RRP £899 (s), £999 (g) or from £149.50 per club | BUY NOW
Distance should never be a consideration for anyone choosing irons at this end of the spectrum; if it is, then you’re probably looking at the wrong category. With that in mind, it should make little difference that the ZX7 was our pro’s second-fastest (122.1mph ball speed) and second-longest players’ iron (172 yards) within the category.
What should catch your eye is the ZX7’s beautiful straight lines and slightly higher-toed Japanese shaping, all features that, along with great feel and sound, convinced Brooks Koepka to sign for Srixon and play this model.
TaylorMade Stealth iron
RRP £849 (s), £949 (g) | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
Over the last couple of years, TaylorMade have talked a lot about the benefits of using Cap Back technology within their irons. In Stealth, it allowed their engineers to create a sleek and desirable head that’s forgiving, too.
And they’ve done such a good job in blending looks with forgiveness that our test pro said he could happily put a set into play himself. This is a very good mid-handicap iron for 2022 and beyond.
TaylorMade P790 iron
RRP £1,149 (s), £1,349 (g) | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
In late 2021, TaylorMade revealed the third-gen P790. It had huge shoes to fill, but it’s every bit as good as its predecessors.
We love the sleek head shaping and how TaylorMade’s engineers have made the model feel more of a part of the brand’s excellent P-Series simply through the back shaping.
Our pro’s data has the P790 as being three yards back on carry distance (which, of course, is nothing) from the very longest, but the metrics that will appeal to above-average golfers are how it launched and flighted shots higher, as well as descending on to the green at a steeper angle than our test average, which obviously helps stop approaches.
Mizuno Pro 223 iron
RRP £180 per club | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
As much as our test pro loved the size, shape, feel and sound of the 223s, it’s worth pointing out that Mizuno have the model down on their website as best fitting 5-9-handicappers, which is a very narrow window. But if you insist your game is best served by a tour-level forged cavity, the Pro 223 is an absolute beauty.
Our pro commented how it appears to have a slightly flatter lie, so naturally the head has the appearance of not wanting to smother shots left of the target.
PXG 0311 T Gen4 iron
RRP £249 per iron | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
The Gen3 Ts were our longest players’ irons last year; the Gen4 Ts are similarly impressive this year, which goes hand in hand with producing our fastest ball speed of the category, too.
What elevates Gen4 over some very stiff competition is the option to adjust the weight and shaft length to your exact preference, something other brands will struggle to match.
Wilson D9 iron
RRP £499 (s), £599 (g) | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
The D9 was both our fastest and longest iron in testing, which is quite an accolade considering we tested 68 different models this year. But as impressive as its numbers were, you have to remember that our test pro has decent levels of head speed to launch the D9’s strong (27° 7-iron) loft high and long.
If your driver swing speed is below average (93mph) then you may not be quite so successful at powering shots off the turf with this model. The D9 heads are big and the soles are wide, which is where the forgiveness comes from.
Callaway Rogue ST Max iron
RRP £849 (s), £1,049 (g) | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
Golfers talk a lot about looks when it comes to irons, even at this end of the scale where models are pitched at mid-handicap players.
But if you’re the type of player who can see past looks and are happy using equipment that truly benefits your game, the Rogue ST is a bit of a monster.
Yes, the head is pretty chunky, there’s a wider top edge than much of the competition and the face has a natural tendency to want to roll closed at address. But those are the exact traits that boost forgiveness on off-centre hits and help tons of golfers eliminate weak shots that end up short and right of the green.
Cleveland Golf Launcher XL Halo Irons
RRP £499 (s), £599 (g) | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
Every time our pro tests hybrid irons, he ends the sessions with a smile from ear to ear and finds himself questioning why golfers insist on making the game harder by using smaller irons.
At average club golfer speeds, not only is the Halo so easy to launch high to maximise distance, its wide, hybrid-style body is also ultra-forgiving when shots are sprayed across its face.
The Halo was among our highest launching, flying and spinning irons, all traits that are brilliant for keeping shots in the air for longer at moderate speeds. It won’t win any beauty contests, but it will shave strokes from your game.
Wilson D9 Forged iron
RRP £792 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
The D9 is a very attractive package in 2022. Wilson make a big play about how Power Hole technology in the sole boosts ball speeds across the face, and our data supports that claim.
The model was among our fastest irons in the category, as our pro’s 124.2mph ball speed average was only bettered by two other irons. Eleven yards of carry difference covered off all 13 models tested within this category, but the D9 stood out as it was just two yards back from our very longest.
Mizuno Pro 225 iron
RRP £200 per club | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
In the space of two product generations (MP-20 HMB and Pro 225), Mizuno have become major players in the decent players’ hollow-body iron arena. Coupled with our fastest ball speed (125.5mph) in the category, the 225 also hit shots into the smallest dispersion area (89.6 yds2). That’s a seriously impressive performance at both ends of the scale.
Mizuno Pro 221 iron
RRP £165 per club | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
Most club golfers realise they’re not consistent enough to put a set of muscleback blades in play (they’re for golfers who see themselves shaping shots around the golf course). If you are though, let us explain what’s on the line by choosing the beautiful 221.
Our numbers have it very closely matched on ball speed and carry distance to the 223 (even though the 221 is 2° weaker in the 7-iron), but remember the tour cavity back 223 will offer a little more forgiveness on off-centre hits.
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Honma T//World wedge
RRP £149 | BUY NOW
A big part of the story behind the T//World wedge is having the right blade profile for the right shot situation – so the lower lofts have flat blades, the higher lofts have a revered taper design, so more mass is positioned higher to maximise consistency and predictability.
Our test data backs that up: our pro had his smallest amount of backspin drop-off (the difference between highest and lowest spinning shots), while hitting shots into the second smallest area and generating the third best carry distance drop-off, which, of course, all adds consistency and predictability.
Cleveland CBX ZipCore wedge
RRP £139.99 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
What Cleveland have achieved with their cavity back CBX wedges is quite remarkable. We’ve seen enough over the years to say CBX should be the starting point for club golfers looking to buy new wedges; if you use cavity back irons, your short game and bunker play will thank you for it.
Our test data might not instantly highlight the CBX as our test pro’s top performing model, but it’s important to remember the wider sole and slightly higher bounce (which impeded his typical strike, and is exactly why we advise a fitting) are just the attributes that will help club golfers neutralise the effects of off-centre hits and less than perfect strikes. An intelligent wedge choice for lots of club golfers.
Titleist Vokey Design SM9 wedge
RRP £169 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
Bob Vokey’s wedges are the most played on the PGA Tour and that trend looks set to continue in 2022 with the SM9. Titleist say the new model offers the “ultimate in optionality” thanks to its six grinds across 23 different models, ranging from 46º to 62º.
Vokey’s years of research and experience helped him determine that the optimum wedge strike position is between grooves two and five, which produces a lower, more consistent flight with higher spin. Shots struck above that launch higher and fly shorter with less spin. The SM9 improves upon the groundbreaking Progressive Centre of Gravity (CG) design concept originally introduced with the SM8 in 2020.
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Bettinardi Queen B #11 putter
RRP £355 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
For year-round putting in the UK, we love how the Queen Bs have slightly heavier heads and a firmer feel than the rest of Bettinardi’s range. The #11 is the perfect compact, moderate toe hang mallet, and we love the crisp, sharp appearance which you only get from CNC milling every edge and surface.
Bettinardi BB-8W putter
RRP £389 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
The milled BB-8W’s head is out-of-this-world good. The milling pattern on the face is aggressive and prominent, the detailing with subtle logos and nothing to distract the eye is just the sort of look decent players buy into, and we love how the sightline is a fraction off-white, so it doesn’t scream out from this sleek and beautiful model.
Cobra King 3D Printed Supernova
RRP £269 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
Supernova’s oversized fang and wing-shaped body has a lightweight 3D- printed nylon core, which frees up weight from the putter’s heart and means MOI forgiveness can be nudged up; an advantage lots of the competition will struggle to match. There’s three different 3D-printed head shapes, but our money goes on the Supernova as the fanged shaping gives a really good indication of the path and the head isn’t nearly as busy as the slightly more boxy Agera.
SIK ProC-Series Armlock putter
RRP £475 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
If you’ve seen Bryson DeChambeau putt and thought his technique looks awkward, you’ll understand why this putter (his model) sets up how it does. But once we’d adjusted our set-up and allowed the 41in shaft (standard putters are usually 34-35in) to rest securely against our forearm, stroking putts by simply rocking the shoulders seemed like the most natural thing in the world. Of course, £475 is a huge amount for a new putter, but if you like the idea, SIK give one of the best fits in the business.
Odyssey Eleven putter
RRP £329 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
We’re big fans of straighter-line putter shapes, so naturally the Eleven helped us hole a lot of putts. We love the feel of the White Hot insert and the idea of having the Triple Track alignment set-up sat behind a Triple Track Callaway ball.
The only thing we’d change if we were buying an Eleven for ourselves is the grip. The stock model doesn’t have much in the way of flat or sharp edges, which we like for promoting a positive, confident stroke.
Odyssey White Hot OG #5 putter
RRP £199 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
If, like us, you were a fan of the original Rossie, Odyssey’s first Major-winning putter (Nick Faldo won the Masters with one in 1996), we reckon you’ll have an appreciation of the new OG #5.
It has a lovely mallet shape and, thanks to some surface milling (the whole head is not CNC milled), you get really clear and defined edges at address.
Team that with the firm-to-touch but soft-under-impact characteristics of the White Hot insert, plus a new candy apple red Stroke Lab shaft, and you’ve got your hands on a top-performing putter.
Ping 2021 Fetch putter
RRP £250 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
The Fetch has been a very good putter for a few years now. The 2021 remake has a new sightline running all the way to the ball, as well as a ball-width alignment aid.
The model could easily fall into our MOI category, but because the head is so compact, we reckon it’s a better fit among smaller body mallets. The ball-sized hole in the sole is the best ball scoop on the market, too!
Evnroll ER11v Midlock putter
RRP £399 | BUY NOW
Before 2021, we’d never recommended an armlock putter, primarily because every model we’d tested always felt unnatural to use. But Evnroll’s ER11v, with its 40in shaft and Midlock grip, challenged our thinking as it felt so locked-in and stable while hitting putts.
By resting the arched grip against the forearm and holding the putter in our usual way, it was possible to focus on rocking the shoulders and stroking the ball at the hole, with zero destructive wrist breakdown.
Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K Triple Wide putter
RRP £379 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
‘Forgiving’ and ‘blade’ are two words rarely uttered in the same sentence when talking putters, but Odyssey’s new Tri-Hot 5K family changes everything. By specifically setting out with the goal of only creating a family of very stable blade models,
Odyssey haven’t got caught up with the mixed messages of incorporating their tech into bigger mallet and MOI-style putters. If you love blade putters but wish they could be a bit more forgiving, Tri-Hot 5K will be right up your street.
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Callaway ERC Soft golf ball
RRP £36.99 per dozen | BUY NOW
The original ERC Soft was a game-changer for Callaway – and for us. It was the first to feature Triple Track alignment lines, now on the Chrome Soft, and we rated it the best ball for amateurs in our 2019 robot balls test. For 2022, the ERC keeps those brilliant lines, along with a soft feel, but a new High Energy Core is designed to increase ball speed from tee to green. There’s also a new cover which promotes high launch and low spin (the recipe for distance), along with great feel.
Srixon Q-Star Tour Divide golf ball
RRP £34.99 per dozen | BUY NOW
The Q-Star Tour is a great ball, but this version offers feedback for your chipping and putting stroke. Its two-tone, half-and-half cover makes spin and speed visible and putting alignment so easy. Its cover is cast from soft urethane for tour-level spin and stopping power.
Srixon Z-Star / XV / Diamond golf balls
RRP £40 per dozen | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
Working with their tour stars, including Brooks Koepka, Hideki Matsuyama and Shane Lowry, Srixon have expanded their superb Z-Star golf ball family to three models with the introduction of the new Diamond. Designed to blend greenside control and long-game distance, the new ball also delivers increased spin on long and mid-iron shots.
Wilson Triad golf ball
RRP £37.99 per dozen | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
Wilson have set a bold goal for their new Triad ball – to become the go-to model for club golfers who are striving to break 80. It has been designed to achieve the three key goals required in a round to break that magic number – hitting three more fairways, finding five more greens and holing three more putts.
Titleist Pro V11 / Pro V1x golf balls
RRP £50 per dozen | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
The Pro V1s underwent big changes for 2021 as Titleist carried out core-to-cover processes to increase performance through every single layer. The result is a great combination of speed, spin and feel.
TaylorMade Tour Response golf ball
RRP £39.99 per dozen | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
Don’t think the Tour Response is just a cheaper alternative to TaylorMade’s tour level TP5. It comes with the same Tour Flight dimple pattern, same cast urethane cover and same mantle material (HFM) as the TP5. It just doesn’t have the five-layer construction to dial in the specific spin characteristics that some higher speed players need.
This really is a tour-quality ball for normal players, and now comes with an optional alignment aid.
TaylorMade TP5 / TP5x golf balls
RRP £49.99 per dozen | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
The latest TP5 and TP5x offer complete tee-to-green performance thanks to TaylorMade’s five-layer construction. Both models deliver world-class distance off the tee, with the TP5 having a softer feel and more spin around the greens, while achieving fast ball speeds with a new reactive core that is larger than the prior generation.
TP5x is the fastest and longest ball in the current TaylorMade line-up, with a firmer feel and higher launch on iron shots.
Callaway Chrome Soft / X / X LS golf balls
RRP £50 per dozen | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
With a record year under their belts, Callaway haven’t sat back and taken their foot off the gas, with three new Chrome Softs for 2022 (regular, X, X LS). Each has a new SoftFast core which, thanks to being stronger, means the core can be softer. Yet because it reacts to stress and strains differently, it offers more ball speed from the tee with softer feel at slower speeds with an iron and wedge. A new aero package also optimises drag and lift.
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Duca del Cosma Churchill golf shoe
RRP £199.95 | BUY NOW
Duca del Cosma’s new Churchill is the perfect shoe for the serious golfer. It incorporates an Airplay XI outsole with sturdy 5mm square-shaped nubs to deliver progressive stability and grip during the swing. Offering a combination of function and fit, plus sophisticated looks, the recyclable heel and toe cap deliver incredible comfort and prevent fatigue during a round.
Skechers Go Golf Elite 5 Legend golf shoes
RRP £110 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
Skechers’ revolutionary spikeless Gripflex system boasts a combination of multi-directional cleats and lugs to provide all the traction and stability you need in a turf-friendly design. An Arch Fit insole provides the comfort, and there’s a waterproof membrane with 12-month warranty.
Skechers Go Golf Pro 5 Hyper golf shoe
RRP £140 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
Skechers’ new spiked shoe features a removable Arch Fit comfort insole with high-performance cushioning, an ultra-lightweight cushioned midsole, a dynamic diamond traction plate with replaceable Softspikes for maximum grip, and a waterproof synthetic upper with a 12-month waterproof warranty. They’re available in black/grey, grey/red and white/blue.
adidas Tour 360 22 golf shoe
RRP £160 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
Tour 360s have been hugely popular ever since adidas launched the franchise almost 20 years ago. The new 2022 model has a fresh new look, and they’re constructed from 50% recycled materials. We love the energy-returning Boost midsoles, which give your feet a light and lively feel, even after 18 arduous holes.
Stromberg Tour Classic golf shoe
RRP £89.99 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
We could talk about the waterproof protection of the Strombergs. Or the high-performance microfibre leather upper that is super soft and easy to maintain between rounds. Perhaps even the shock-absorbing midsole and footbed that will help to reduce the stress on your joints. Or, we could just focus on the incredible price. Either way, this is a lot of golf shoe for your money.
Ecco Biom C4 golf shoe
RRP £210 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
The styling of Ecco Biom shoes has come on leaps and bounds over the last few years. Anybody in the know will appreciate Bioms have always been comfy shoes to wear, but the new C4s make them much more desirable too. The whole foot is wrapped in breathable Gore-Tex membrane, so moisture (which leads to blistering and discomfort) escapes through the sole as well as out through the upper. It’s a brilliant technology that keeps your feet drier and more comfortable.
FootJoy Fuel golf shoe
RRP £134.99 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
Golf has seen an influx of new and returning players in the past two years and, with more and more youngsters taking up the game, FJ have decided to target that new, modern market with this bold model. It stands out from the rest of FootJoy’s range with its dynamic design and streamlined styling.
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Galvin Green Armstrong jacket
RRP £299 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
Made from the lightweight GORE-TEX Paclite fabric first introduced for serious golfers in 2003, the Armstrong full-zip jacket is 100% waterproof and windproof, while offering unbeatable comfort and breathability. Designed with front pockets, it also features shaped sleeves and elasticated cuffs to ensure a streamlined fit that avoids impeding your swing.
OceanTee Reef Polo
RRP £84.99 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
Made in the only production plant in Europe that currently adheres to Greenpeace’s production standards, as well as being good for the planet, Oceantee’s clothing is also good for players, providing premium comfort and temperature regulation, as well as being quick-drying and anti-odour. Size-wise the polos are a tailored/slim fit, so if you’re looking for a classic fit then we’d recommend going with a size up.
Zerofit HeatRub Ultimate Base Layer
RRP £60 | BUY NOW
The Heatrub uses friction with the skin to create warmth, a really clever development. The way the layer interacts with your skin takes a little getting used to, so it may be worth wearing it before your first round, but from our experience, the Heatrub is the warmest base layer we’ve ever worn.
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PowaKaddy DLX-Lite FF trolley
RRP £209.99 | BUY NOW
The all-new DLX-Lite FF has been cleverly designed with optimum storage in mind. The simple folding and unfolding system allows it to be folded down flat to give slimline storage.
Made from a lightweight aluminium frame and designed to glide over any terrain thanks to the large sports wheels, the handle adjusts to suit your height and the PowaKaddy key lock system stops your bag twisting on the move.
PowaKaddy CT8 GPS trolley
RRP From £999.99 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
PowaKaddy’s brand-new CT8 GPS is the smallest and most intelligent ultra-compact GPS golf trolley in the world.
It boasts a fully-integrated GPS, accessible via an entirely new 3.5-inch full-colour touch screen display, and comes pre-loaded with more than 40,000 worldwide golf courses, with no annual fees or subscriptions.
PowaKaddy’s simple 2-Fold system means the CT8 folds 20% smaller than the previous C2i model, and 35% smaller than its closest competitor, while the 30v 230w motor is powerful and impressively quiet.
Big Max Blade IP trolley
RRP £299.99 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
This is a seriously impressive bit of kit that folds itself down into a very slimline package. Thanks to some clever German engineering, the Blade folds flat so it can slide into a car boot with a bag full of golf clubs on top, making it the ultimate solution if storage is tight.
Its genius one-fold mechanism means it takes seconds to put down or pop up, too.
Motocaddy M3 GPS trolley
RRP From £779.99 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
The latest M3 GPS does it all. It incorporates Motocaddy’s fully integrated, high-performance GPS system offering front, middle and back distances, plus key hazard information on over 40,000 pre-loaded courses through its high resolution 2.8ins LCD smart touchscreen display.
Along with the ground-breaking GPS ‘smart’ technology, allowing the trolley to connect to the Motocaddy GPS app through Bluetooth for smartphone alerts and course updates, the M3 GPS is powered by a super-light M-Series lithium battery that can be charged on board.
Its compact SlimFold design lets the wheels invert, so it easily fits into the smallest car boots.
ClicGear 4.0 trolley
RRP £249 | BUY NOW
ClicGear have been at the forefront of trolley design ever since the rise in popularity of push trolleys, and the 4.0 has seen tweaks to everything.
The storage net is 80% larger, a new 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. It’s a lot of trolley for the money.
PowaKaddy FX3 trolley
RRP From £599.99 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
The FX3 is PowaKaddy’s entry-level model, following on from its predecessor, the FW3, which is the brand’s biggest seller. The FX3 is an excellent option, delivering an ideal blend of size, price and features.
The chassis is the same one-click folding model you’ll find on the rest of the FX family, but it’s now 20% smaller. And, for the first time, there’s no central beam connecting the front wheel to the bag stay.
Stewart Golf Q Follow trolley
RRP £1,599 | BUY NOW
Stewart Golf’s electric trolleys are very much like Bentleys – they’re made in Britain with high-quality materials, you don’t see them at every turn and new models only come to market after years of hard work and innovation. And that’s exactly the case with the Q Follow.
Years of R&D have created the world’s most compact ‘follow’ trolley, coming in at just 545mm high, 600mm wide and 318mm deep when folded. It is made from a super-strong yet ultra-light new honeycomb composite material, its production process ensuring the finish of every Q Follow is unique.
Motocaddy S1 trolley
RRP From £549 | BUY NOW
Motocaddy’s S1 has been given a sleek update for 2022, including rapid one-step folding, widescreen LCD, cable-free battery and a reduced size.
It has been the most popular electric trolley globally in recent years, and Motocaddy spent more than two years revamping their entry-level model and introducing a second model featuring Downhill Control (DHC), a clever technology that Motocaddy use to ensure your trolley keeps an even pace when going down hills.
Motocaddy Cube trolley
RRP £189 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
The popular Cube is 40% smaller than Motocaddy’s entry-level Z1 push trolley. Simple to use thanks to its two-step folding system, this is the king of compacts and is a great idea if car boot space is at a premium or garage storage space is tight. Quick release wheels free up even more space.
Kaddey Switch trolley
RRP £275 | BUY NOW
If you started to design the perfect push trolley, what would it have? Of course, it needs to be light but durable. It needs to be easy to assemble, fit in the boot of the car, be stylish, easy to push or pull and, ideally, have handy features like a height-adjustable handle and toolbox to hold tees or balls. It might even have a built-in pencil sharpener… The Kaddey has it all.
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Motocaddy Dry-Series cart bag
RRP £229 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
Motocaddy’s new flagship bag is super lightweight (2.9kg), fully waterproof and features nine spacious pockets, including dry valuables and food and beverage options. Made from durable fabric, with thermo-sealed and heat-welded seams, the Dry-Series adds easy-access carry handles and an integrated quick-access umbrella sleeve to an extensive list of features.
Motocaddy Pro-Series cart bag
RRP £189 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
Made from long-lasting premium fabrics, the latest Pro‑Series is packed with an extensive list of impressive features including 14 full-length dividers; nine spacious pockets, a jumbo putter well to fit oversize grips; an internal umbrella sleeve and scorecard and pen holders. It also boasts an insulated cooler pocket; quick-access beverage pouch; a towel and accessory hook; easy-access carry handles; a waterproof hood and an anti-twist base.
Powakaddy DRI Tech cart bag
RRP £239.99 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
Most of us won’t realise we need a waterproof bag until it’s too late. The Dri Tech is PowaKaddy’s top bag model, and the clever Key-Lock anti-twist system makes a great addition to a PowaKaddy trolley. It is 100% waterproof and PowaKaddy say it delivers four times the performance of most waterproof bags on the market.
Sun Mountain Eco-Lite EWP cart bag
RRP £239 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
Sun Mountain make a fantastic range of award-winning waterproof bags (including the H2NO), but we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t highlight how every Eco-Lite repurposes and upcycles 20-30 plastic bottles. It also features a four-way top cuff and six pocket spaces, with
a hydration sleeve and apparel pocket. EWP brings enhanced waterproof protection to the party.
Motocaddy HydroFlex golf bag
RRP £199 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
The HydroFLEX is a versatile, waterproof, super lightweight (2.4kg) carry bag, offering ultimate flexibility and a stylish look. Featuring a unique integrated stand system to fit perfectly onto any Motocaddy trolley, standout features include a quick-release strap and adjustable rear stand lock, full-length dividers and five spacious pockets.
Ping Hoofer Craz-E Lite stand bag
RRP £169 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
If you prefer to keep your golf bag lightweight and easy to lug around, then the Hoofer is one of the best. It weighs in at just 1.4kg, making it the lightest Hoofer bag Ping have ever made. They’ve managed it thanks to the innovative shoulder strap fabric, which also prevents tension or pain while you walk.
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RANGEFINDERS, GPS AND SHOT-TRACKERS
Shot Scope Pro LX+ rangefinder, GPS and shot tracker
RRP £329.99 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
This is a laser that’s also a GPS and a shot tracker. The three-in-one device comes with more than 36,000 pre-loaded golf courses, and since every shot is tracked by screw-in sensors, you can access more than 100 performance insights, including strokes gained, via the free Shot Scope app.
SkyCaddie SX400 GPS
RRP £299.95 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
We’re big fans of SkyCaddie’s SX500 because of its cracking graphics, iPhone-style functionality and the sheer amount of info it can display. The SX400 does pretty much all that, in a more compact size.
There’s a four-inch HD touchscreen instead of five, and it doesn’t have a camera. But if you can live with that you still get vivid hole graphics, incredibly detailed mapping, pin positions, aerial hole views and the option to move your target.
Motocaddy Pro 5000 rangefinder
RRP £319.99 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
Fast, accurate and simple to use, the new Pro 5000 connects to Motocaddy’s app to display front and back-of-green yardages.
The compact unit also uses PinLock Technology to find your target quickly (and vibrate when it does), it’s rainproof and attaches to a Motocaddy trolley accessory station.
Bushnell Ion Edge GPS watch
RRP £169 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
Lots of golfers don’t want fancy graphics and heart rate monitors on their wrist, just a yardage to a hazard or a green. And that’s what the iON Edge is all about; simplicity.
It features a new design with touchscreen display, comes pre-loaded with 38,000 worldwide courses and the free-to-download Bushnell Golf app for automatic updates. Great value, and so simple to use.
Arccos Caddie Link shot tracker
RRP £119.99 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
Arccos Caddie Link means you can track every shot you hit without a phone in your pocket or a watch on your wrist. It weighs less than 25g, clips on your belt or cap and pairs with the Arccos Caddie app and sensors. The result? Tour-level analytics about your game, which see Arccos users, on average, cut their handicap by 4.2 strokes.
GolfBuddy Laser Lite rangefinder
RRP £129.99 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
Weighing just 155g, this compact rangefinder can read distances from five to 800 yards and is accurate to a single yard. It has a six-times magnification lens to make finding the target easy, and an easy-to-read, wide LCD display.
GolfBuddy have even packed pin finder vibration into this excellent-value package, ensuring you know when you’ve locked on your target.
SkyCaddie LX5C GPS watch
RRP £359.95| BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
A hard-wearing ceramic bezel ensures the LX5C holds its colour and retains that ‘new’ look for far longer than a traditional bezel.
It has all of the functionality of the brilliant LX5 and we love its large, bright, colour touchscreen. It’s pre-loaded with more than 35,000 course maps and the features are phenomenal – as well as high-def hole maps, you get stats, fitness tracking, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity.
Shot Scope V3 GPS watch
RRP £179.99 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
We are big fans of Shot Scope’s V3 GPS watch, and now it offers more information about your game than ever. This year, Shot Scope started offering users strokes gained on their mobile app.
The overview gives strokes gained data for tee shots, approaches, short game, putting for individual rounds and filters such as the last five or 10 rounds.
More than 100 different analytics can be reviewed via the app or Shot Scope’s online dashboard on different clubs, tee shots, approaches, short game and putting. If you’re serious about improving, you’ve got to be serious about your stats.
GolfBuddy Aim W11 GPS watch
RRP £249.99 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
This is a lot of GPS watch for the money. We particularly like the green contouring feature, especially when you are hitting your approach shots because you get a regular reminder that hitting straight at the pin is not always the best strategy.
The graphics are pretty good; you get a hazards readout and you can manually alter the pin placement when it comes to getting the clubbing right on approaches.
Bushnell Phantom 2 GPS
RRP £139 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
If all you want from a GPS device is a simple yardage, the Phantom has you covered.
This new version also has numerous upgrades from its predecessor, like GreenView movable pin placements, and Dynamic Green Mapping, which provides front/centre/back distance measurements no matter which direction the golfer approaches the green.
It has 40% bigger text on a large, easy-to-read screen and is loaded with more than 38,000 courses.
Bushnell V5 Slim rangefinder
RRP £299 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
Bushnell dominate the laser market and they constantly evolve their products.
The V5 Slim (and the V5 Shift Slim with slope) does everything you’d need from a laser, from a jolt as it locks onto the target to the built-in magnetic mount. But by moving the battery to the back and slimming down the outer casing, it now fits snugly into the palm of your hand, so it’s never been easier to get an accurate reading to within a single yard.
Shot Scope G3 GPS watch
RRP £149.99 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
Shot Scope is now a dominant name in golf tech, offering different devices with different functionality at really attractive prices. The G3 doesn’t come with sensors or track shots like the TG award-winning V3. But it does use dual satellite technology, which makes it super accurate – cutting the competition’s standard accuracy from 3-5m down to just 30cm.
It comes with 36,000 courses pre-loaded and shows yardages to the front, middle and back of the green.
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SuperStroke Traxion Flatso 1.0 golf grip
RRP £29.99 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
SuperStroke say their Traxion grips have X-Shaped tread in high sensory areas of the grip to enhance feel and comfort. Eight different shapes in a variety of sizes mean there’s a solution for everyone.
We love the Flatso’s pentagonal shape, while an embossed ridge down the back increases your chances of gripping the club consistently in the same position.
Lamkin Calibrate golf grip
RRP £15.99 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
A third of tour players don’t use round golf club grips. They prefer a raised section running down the back of the grip. This style of grip is often referred to as ‘ribbed’, and the idea is the raised section ensures you grip the club consistently in the same place, as it’s uncomfortable not to. As the ‘rib’ runs in line with the face, you also get a better sense of clubface control.
Golf Pride New Decade MCC Teams grip
RRP £14.99 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
The world’s No.1 golf grip brand expanded their multiple Major-winning MCC family of hybrid golf grips with the MCC Teams collection. Featuring 15 unique colour combinations, it means every sports fan should be able to find the right one for their team.
Golf Pride Pro Only Cord grip
RRP £22.95 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
The new Pro Only Cord series features brushed cotton cord to create Golf Pride’s firmest, most responsive putter grips ever. Three modern shapes are designed for hand comfort and positioning; 72cc-78.5g, 81cc-88g and 88cc-90g.
Lamkin Sinkfit grip
RRP £34.99 | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
Lamkin can trace their history all the way back to 1925, but thanks almost entirely to the brand’s new Fingerprint surface texture technology and softer Genesis material, Lamkin putter grips have now really come of age. Fingerprint technology was originally developed for full swing grips, and its micro-texture is designed to interact with the skin on your hands. Genesis is all about offering golfers a universally appealing feel while also delivering exceptional tackiness and grip comfort.
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OceanTee bamboo golf tees
RRP £4 per box | BUY NOW AT AMERICAN GOLF
We love these tees, and the story that goes with them. OceanTee source, manufacture and pack their tees in one location, which reduces their ecological footprint.
But why use bamboo? It grows up to 3.5ft per day – 1,000 times faster than oak – and is flexible, tough and less likely to snap than your standard wooden tee or pollute the environment like a plastic tee. Available in short, long and ‘castle’ versions.
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