Today, we award the title of “Golf’s Most Wanted!” to the blade that was more accurate than its peers. Many of our putters share the classic heel-toe-weighted design, while others push the blade envelope. We have plumbers necks, double-bend necks, and flow necks. We have contestants finished in silver, copper, black, and even one in green.
All of our contestants are on equal footing. All contestants get the same shot at the title. The Most Wanted Title must be earned though. It doesn’t matter if we love a company, or are hearing about them for the first time. Once the putter is in the hands of the tester, it’s all about the data. It’s only about the data. [READ MORE]
Today we take a look at the 31 competitors who will battle it out for the coveted title of “Golf’s Most Wanted!” – Blade Putter for 2014.
We have thirty-one putters from from twenty-one putter makers going head to head, battling to see who is the most accurate.
Remember, that’s what the “Golf’s Most Wanted!” Putter competitions are all about: accuracy
You’ll get no points for aesthetics here. No points for the size of the company, or the number of pros on contract either. It’s performance, not pedigree that determines “Golf’s Most Wanted!”. [READ MORE]
Gloves were all reviewed based on Fit, Comfort, Feel, and Grip. Testers with glove sizes ranging from M to XL rated for each category. Additionally each tester chose his 5 favorites. Results were averaged and placed into a sliding scale for visual representation, and a final letter grade for overall score was assigned for each glove. Price and durability were not factored in the rankings.
What we discovered during our testing is that fit is the #1 factor in determining individual preference. It has a domino effect on comfort, feel and even perceived breathability. We challenge you to compare – look higher up the list than your current gamer. Try a couple on. Pick the one you think best fits your hand and game it for a round (or 4) and tell us what you think. [READ MORE]
Ladies and Gentlemen, We Have a Winner!
While we believe our Most Wanted 3-Wood of 2014 is the standout performer in this group, there’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t consider some of the clubs further down the list. Many golfers struggle the with the 3-wood off the deck, and what we learned during the course of our testing is that most golfers would be wise to trade a few yards or more to find a club that they can hit consistently well.
For most of our testers, Our Most Wanted 3-Wood offers exactly that, and does so while offering distance gains for most. Maybe you don’t have to sacrifice yards afterall. [READ MORE]
We know there are plenty of you who basically ignored yesterday’s Most Wanted 3 Wood for Distance and are now laser focused on today’s Accuracy results. I call you the smart ones.
Full disclosure, I’m not actually one of you. I want to be, but I’m still more distance obsessed than any rational man should be. I’m learning, and as we’ll discuss a bit later (not today), the 3 wood can be an exceedingly difficult club to hit. It’s an absolute nightmare for some people, and so while I can understand the desire to hit it long, our advice is to find one you can consistently hit straight, and stick with it.
For those of you who just want to know which 3 Woods are the most accurate…[READ MORE]
If there’s one thing I know for certain it’s that some of you guys are chomping at the bit to buy a new 3 Wood. I don’t blame you. I had all but given up on them until this test, now not only do I have a fairway wood in my bag, I’m thinking it might be time to go back to a 5 wood too.
To help you make the smart play (so you can play smart) we put 22 different fairway woods to the test (and that’s if you don’t count Pro/Tour models separately) to find out which were long, which were straight, and which were probably best avoided.
Some offer more distance while others offer more playability. Unfortunately some don’t offer anything better than what was out there 2+ years ago. Which is which? We’ll get to that, but first… [READ MORE]
When we set out to put together the New Shoe Buyer’s Guide, it became obvious that the shoe market has grown considerably. Even after restricting the field for the New Shoe Buyer’s Guide by limiting the contenders to only new shoe models or significant model modifications, there are still quite a few options competing for your dollars.
We reviewed shoes that span the spectrum from budget to luxury and posted scores spanning the spectrum of letter grades from A to F. During the testing, there were certainly plenty of surprises and a handful of shoes scored higher and some scored lower than you would probably expect. While prices are typically good indicators at the extremes, the mid-priced models scored all over the map. [READ MORE]
Choosing a watch-based, or simple small voice GPS can be a daunting task? Do you need 25,000 Pre-loaded courses or should you go for a unit that offers 30,000? Are you willing to pay a bit more to get distances to hazards or are you content to know yardages to the front, back, and middle of the green? Do you want to use your GPS to keep score?
For such a small device, there sure is a lot to consider. [READ MORE]
Today, we are going to break down the data a bit more to see if we can’t identify some of the factors that played a role in this year’s testing. Naturally, we will be looking into the massive dominance of the Ketsch, but we will also take some time to explore the other contestants, hopefully shedding some light on the underlying factors that affected their performances relative to the others in the field.
We have a bunch of numbers to look at, and a bunch of conclusions to discuss, but first let’s reset the testing conditions. [READ MORE]
To assess accuracy, we had each tester take five putts at distances of 5, 10, and 20 feet, recording the distance that each putt ended up from the edge of the cup. That means measurements were taken for 15 putts per putter with each tester, totaling 150 putts per putter!
Once the distances from the edge of the cup were adjusted for the five and ten foot putts, the scores from all of the testers were combined to generate a total accuracy score for each putter. Accuracy was assessed for the group of testers, not the individual testers.
“Golf’s Most Wanted!” Mallet Putter, should be the most accurate, regardless of the person swinging the stick. [READ MORE]
Welcome to the 2014 Most Wanted Mallet Putter Testing! Today you will see the twenty-four contenders who will compete for the prestigious title of Most Wanted Mallet.
The mallet putter is one of the most diverse categories of golf equipment. This year’s batch of contestants reflects this diversity. There are multiple alignment schemes. Inserts of various compositions and morphologies. The finishes vary. The materials vary. The grips vary. Head geometries range from a simplistic half-mallet to one with a center shaft and aggressive perimeter wings.
The mallets are very different, but they all have a shot to be the Most Wanted Mallet. [SEE THE MALLETS]
As you know, we collect mountains of data during each and every one of our club tests. When it comes to winners, and I suppose losers too, that data is the judge, jury, and on occasion, executioner. Data is what drives our process. Data is the thing that separates us. Data is part of what makes us who we are.
We are datacratic. [READ MORE]
As you probably know by now, we rely on data and nothing but to determine our Most Wanted Drivers each season. Data is cool…it provides a really solid indicator of how a driver can be expected to perform for a range of, or even a specific type of golfer(s).
Of course, sometimes it’s interesting to go beyond the data. Does adjustability really matter? Did any drivers suffer because of their looks? What performance issues were actually fitting issues?
Today is for talking about some of the things we encountered during our test for which the numbers don’t necessarily tell the whole story.
It was mentioned several times in the comments/questions, and we actually got the same question from a couple of golf companies too:
What were your tester’s favorite clubs?
Certainly we hear things during the testing process (both good and bad), but given the interest in the subject, I thought it was worth asking our testers which 5 drivers they liked best. As you might expect, there is some correlation between what they hit the best, and what they liked best, but some of the guys certainly had an affinity for something that might not have been near the top of their own list. [READ MORE]
It’s time to really think about your next cart bag. Do you simply want the most pockets available? That would be the Nike Performance Cart II? But do the numbers really tell the whole story?
Are you a sucker for “full length dividers”? Careful what you wish for. When a company states “full length dividers”, does it mean two, three? It could mean almost anything, but most likely, it DOES NOT mean 14.
Are you a brand loyalist, or do you simply want the best bag out there? For some of you, those two wonderful ideas may overlap.
This year’s Cart Bag Buyer’s Guide will arm you will the info you need to make an intelligent decision about your next cart bag. [READ MORE]