Announced: 2017 Most Wanted Club Testing

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Inside the new MyGolfSpy Test & Research facility we wanted to bring you into the loop of what we'll be working on over the next several months.

The big news is that invitations for 2017 Most Wanted Testing are going out today. The bigger news is that this season we'll be working harder for you; testing everything from the driver to the putter. We're the only golf media outlet that will test the full bag and provide our readers with performance data.

That's the foundation of our #Datacratic testing model.

We're optimistic that, once again, a significant majority of manufacturers will show their support for independent and unbiased testing and the value it provides in helping you, the consumer, make smarter choices about the equipment that goes into your bag.

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Even More Data Points

It remains our goal to empower the consumer. To that end, we're working to refine our end-user driver analytics so that finding the right clubs for your game will be easier than ever before.

To supplement our launch monitor data, we've partnered with leading golf instrument manufacturer, Golf Mechanix, to outfit our test facility with industry-standard tools and gauges which will allow us to provide you with even more information about the products we test.

Driver head weights, loft, lie, and face angle measurements; we're going to arm you with more knowledge than ever before.

Knowledge is power, and we believing in giving #PowerToThePlayer.

Your Predictions

As we prepare to test 2017's crop of golf equipment, we want to hear your predictions.

  • What products do you believe will perform well?
  • What will be the biggest equipment surprise of 2017?

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Unfortunately, some manufacturers habitually withhold equipment from media outlets that refuse to dutifully tow the company line. When this happens, we rely on your support to help us procure those products for testing.

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Michel November 26, 2016 at 12:46 pm

Cobra F7 1-length irons and Sterling 1-length irons.

Would also like to test Cobra King Forged One but they aren’t avalable for left handed :-(

Waiting for so long for this kind of technology.

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Mbwa Kali Sana November 20, 2016 at 2:42 pm

Why don’t you ever test the KRANK stuff FORMULA 6:Driver ,Fairway woods and hybrids ? They give a lot of roll to the ball.
I play this equipment ,and while playing 3 rounds of golf every single week ,150 rounds per year (No winter here on the FRENCH RIVIERA ,no winter greens ) ,I have found these clubs to be superior to all the other better known brands you test ;You shod also havea go at the new HONMA G 1 X driver ,of which there’s quité a buzz !
At age 82 ,I still play to handicap of 7 from the back tees

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MyGolfSpy November 20, 2016 at 2:47 pm

1. We actually did test Krank drivers, I think they finished last if my memory is correct.

2. We have invited them and they have declined since that test.

3. When a company declines we will go out and purchase those clubs at retail if there is enough demand. So far there has not been since the initial test and later decline by Krank.

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Mbwa Kali Sana November 21, 2016 at 2:44 am

Dear Mr Golf Spy X ,You then did your job correctly .Though I follow what yous say and write assiduously ,I missed your review of the KRANK GOLF clubs .I thoroughly respect your choices ,for example I have bought all the putters you have ranked first ,the last one being the EVNROLL “Mid “,which does perform outstandingly .
I’m surprised the KRANK driver performed so badly at your tests ,it’s a first choice for the “Long Drivers ” and I play it very well .Will you test the new HONMA G1 X ? I have an old HONMA BERES which I don’t play any more ,it’s too light and I don’t like it”s sound at impact ,it’s too “clanky”

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dcorun November 19, 2016 at 12:56 pm

Talked to a person who worked in the golf department at Dick’s yesterday. He said the current Callaway Fusion driver was put out to get Holiday money. That a new and better version will be coming out in 2017. Don’t know if it’s true but, just thought I’d let everyone know.

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Mike K November 18, 2016 at 8:39 pm

I bought a Yonex Ezone XP 3 wood last year and love it. I would like to see how the driver and irons are against the more available brands.

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McaseyM November 18, 2016 at 10:05 am

I’m loving all of the interest in the single length irons! I still am befuddled as why people think it’s a bad/stupid concept, when it seems that it would make ball striking more consistent. Some people to seem to think that you’d have to have a single plane swing, but that’s not the issue at all, just 1 swing however you do it. I’m betting if Titleist would have done it first, people would have been all over it.
Anywho, thanks for all of your hard work MGS. I’d like to see Ricky Johnson and Tyson Lamb and Stokes Gained Customs putters in the mix, as well as some of them more unique designs like Kayson Golf Bladelet, Directed Force and the putter with the varying lofted face ( sorry, can’t remember the name)

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ole gray November 17, 2016 at 8:21 pm

Drivers with shorter length shafts would be very interesting imo. When you cut them down yourself, the swing weight etc. is affected so you either add lead tape, hot melt, or whatever. I’d love to have the option of having a 44.5 degree driver and have it ready to go out of the box.

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Rich November 17, 2016 at 2:00 pm

The Wilson Driver vs Driver Winner
The Wilson V6 irons
The Wilson Staff Fg tour ball
Latest Cobra driver 2017 model
Cleveland wedges
Wilson PMP wedges
Kirkland ball

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Ray Farrell November 17, 2016 at 1:56 pm

The Callaway Steelhead XR Pro irons

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Joe thompson November 17, 2016 at 1:44 pm

I would like to test Moira irons and woods. Primarily the new irons that are now available in the US

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Troy Vayanos November 17, 2016 at 1:19 pm

Looking forward to seeing the see Cobra driver, I think it’s going to overtake the other big names and become number one.

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Richard November 17, 2016 at 12:19 pm

Hello:
Here is my dream test: (Eliminate all Player swing variability use a Robot)
Wedge / Ball Test:
Take a series of e.g. gap wedges make them all the same in terms of shaft brand , shaft length, shaft flex , club head weight.
Use clubs in a robot to hit the same brand of ball. (Just Pick one)
Post the Trackman Data.
Repeat the test using the same wedge but different brands of balls.
Post this Trackman Data.
Now we have something that tells us which wedges spin the most, which balls spin the most.
Of course I do NOT expect to see this kind of data in the public domain anytime soon :):)

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mackdaddy November 17, 2016 at 10:02 pm

Robot testing only compares perfect hits. We humans need the data from minor misses. Drivers today are likely maxed out on perfect hits and the forgiveness with distance is likely going to be the number 1 difference maker. I know for me I moved to the M1 Not because of the 3-8 yards of distance gained on the center strikes. I switched because my misses in the toe stopped snap hooking and just hooked gaining me about 20 yards more on my misses.

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Scotty November 22, 2016 at 5:02 am

Valid argument, which is what the most interesting thing with the Cobra One clubs would be the variability..
I agree with what you are saying, especially for hacks like myself, but I would still argue for robotic testers. You really only want one ‘minor miss’ variable for each practice shot, to see how that stuff up would perform. And can be built in. Example for me would be opening the body too early, so I would want to know that precise type of action (I’d be imagining a normal swing machine on a curved track) and its effect on each type of club. Back to the Cobra Ones, instead of a vice gripping the club, have a ballistics insert, simulating it, but keep it at your 160kph swing speed, and test it against your 130kph swing speed, see if it would suit the slower or fast swing speeds more.

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cksurfdude November 17, 2016 at 12:17 pm

• Utility Irons
Would like to see a review that looks at lots of different brands – and different models, if they have them, within a brand – and categorizes them by player type; eg. from easier/most forgiving to pro/most workable. Thx! 👍

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Jerry November 17, 2016 at 12:14 pm

I always read your club reviews and find them informative. I’d love to see MGS include some study of typical golf swings that impact ballflight even more than the clubs we choose. Not to move towards instruction but rather how swing speed variance, AOA, transition to downswing, etc. Your readers are sophisticated and may appreciate a deeper understanding of how their own swing impacts their game. We all fall prey to mfg gimmickry but a majority of MGS readers chime in on claims of this or that every review. Not your fault. The end goal is to help golfers choose clubs that perform for them better. You can’t fix their swings but I do think if the average MGS reader knew their swings better and how a shaft too stiff for a faster swing speed might work for their lower swing speed. Crazy but true.

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David November 17, 2016 at 12:09 pm

I would like to see Edel’s forged irons in the test. I hear a lot about their wedges and putters but their irons are often overlooked.

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Ken Mykietowich November 17, 2016 at 12:05 pm

Can’t wait for ALL the Wilson drivers and iron.
The EvnRoll and Cure putters
The Kirkland golf ball against the rest!
Your guys testing is the best. Can’t wait!!
FORE!!

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Brian Smith November 17, 2016 at 12:04 pm

The trouble with all club assessments and comparisons is relating them to the range of golfers, their physic, age and ability which is why there are so many varied opinions, in other words what suits one may not suit others, for example I am 75 years young, 5’5″ tall, 12 st and I play Forgan woods and hybrids, you never hear about them yet they are one of the oldest club makers in the world. The driver has a stiff shaft but with a 12 degree loft and is1/2″ longer than standard therefore easing the stiffness a fraction but increasing my swing arc so I can still knock this out to 260 yards, about as long as when I was playing to a 4 handicap some 40 years ago. This would probably not suit some 6’5″ 25 year old, you just have to find out the best for you but be open to change when your age and circumstances move on.

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Fran November 17, 2016 at 12:04 pm

Callaway’s Big Bertha Epic will be #1 driver of the year.
Callaway’s Apex CF Irons #1, runner up- Srixon 545 series.
Hybrids-Ben Hogan
FW-Cobra

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Foz November 17, 2016 at 11:52 am

Here are some of the clubs I look forward to learning more about:

Wilson Staff Driver vs. Driver Winner
Cobra F6 single length irons, Cobra King Oversize irons. F7 driver.
Evnroll putters
Srixon 765/565 Combo set
Bridgestone JGR irons

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Paul Vicary November 17, 2016 at 11:52 am

Titleist driver
TaylorMade irons
Cure Putters

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GilB November 17, 2016 at 11:51 am

Driver- Cobra
Fairway woods- TaylorMade
Irons-Srixon
Wedges-Cleveland
Putter-Ping

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ButchT November 17, 2016 at 11:40 am

– Wishon-Sterling single length irons: Kirkland golf balls: Electric powered (push) carts.

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Chris Morrow November 16, 2016 at 1:02 pm

EVNRoll putters. Snell and Kirkland balls. Another great year for golf.

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Carolina Golfer 2 November 16, 2016 at 8:47 am

I think the Cobra One Length will be a pleasant surprise to a lot of people, and possibly change the mind of those that are skeptical. I haven’t hit them, but I just find the concept to be very appealing to me.

I’m interested to see if the new Callaway driver is all hype or if there is really something so drastically different that we haven’t seen before. I’m more of the I’ll believe it when I see it camp right now.

I think 2017 could be the year of Ball Wars with the headway that the K Signature and Snell have made along with the marketing of the new e6, to see if any of them can really make a dent into the ProV dynasty.

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Sebastian Dykas November 16, 2016 at 6:48 am

1 – Cobra forged single length irons.
2 – New M1 Driver (vs. Old M1 numbers)
3 – Srixon and their Z series clubs.
4 – Callaway Big Bertha Fusion driver.
5 – Ping Vault putters (especially the face tech)
6 – Wilson V6 Irons

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dcorun November 16, 2016 at 12:03 am

Cobra single length irons and the King Oversize irons. Also the F7 driver.
Srixon and their Z series clubs.
Callaway Big Bertha Fusion driver. (The F-3 fusion was one of the longest, most forgiving drivers I’ve ever played.)
Cleveland and their RTX-3 and Smart Sole 2.0 wedges. Sweet!

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James Grant Dow November 16, 2016 at 12:01 am

As an honored club tester (I did kill a brand, Nike) Nike Vapor Flex 440 Driver (it’s in the bag) al I can say is I look forward to your reviews. As a 5 hcp I’m always interested in the “what’s behind the science” of longest, straightest, newest, bestest on the market for this year reviews. With the exception of the Nike driver all my stuff is over five years old. Thanks again.

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Morgo November 15, 2016 at 4:49 pm

Please, Please have a few who swing around the 120mph mark. MGS simply does it better, can not wait.Cheers!

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Mike Barnett November 15, 2016 at 4:33 pm

Single length irons
Drivers with shorter length shafts
Kirkland golf balls

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jandkw November 15, 2016 at 3:09 pm

Cobra F7 1-length irons and/or Sterling 1-length irons which I think can be a gamer changer to some of us who dislike hitting long irons or even hybrids.

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Roseee November 15, 2016 at 3:03 pm

I really like the Cobra one length irons – great idea. Bridgestone balls. The new Srixon forged irons are sweet and the woods and hybrids look great.

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Uhit November 15, 2016 at 12:37 pm

Cobra single length irons
Cure putters
Bridgestone balls

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Uhit November 15, 2016 at 12:31 pm

Cobra single length irons
Cure putter
Bridgestone balls

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Jaacob Bowden November 15, 2016 at 12:30 pm

You guys should include Sterling Irons single length irons!

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Cornj November 16, 2016 at 7:57 pm

Single length cobra vs sterling vs pinhawk (have played pinhawk since last December)
New drivers vs last years winner.
Envnroll putters vs Ketsch
The ability to break down the data versus the swing speed and tempo.
Some YouTube style video footage of testing/testers

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Greg Smith November 15, 2016 at 5:16 pm

Thank you for all or your hard work. I always find your site very informative.

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