ClubTest 2007

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To paraphrase Ben
Hogan’s line about
finding the secret to
better golf, the best
way to understand a
club’s DNA is to dig
it out of the dirt. Sure, it’s nice to
know who plays a certain club on
Tour, but the fact is those guys
could play with anything. The size
of a company’s marketing budget
doesn’t make a difference, either.
Or what a brainiac R&D guy says
the club should do. What matters
is how it performs when you are
holding it in your hands.

For ClubTest 2007, we invited 40
readers to poke and prod the
newest clubs for two weeks at
Ginn Reunion Resort in Reunion,
Florida. Your fellow readers (and
ClubTesters) are conscientious
guys who work on and off the
course. They formulate thoughtful,
concise and descriptive responses
for each model. Ask any of the
testers—it’s not as easy as it sounds.

We go to great lengths to ensure
that testers review clubs with
proper specs for them. First, each
player is custom-fit for drivers.
Our research partner, Hot Stix Golf
(hotstixgolf.com), uses a launch
monitor to capture data for testers’
current drivers. (All test drivers
go through a diagnostic evaluation
at Hot Stix headquarters in
Scottsdale, Arizona.) Hot Stix
fitters use the data to recommend
a match between testers and test
clubs (fairway woods, irons, etc).
Hot Stix Golf also gathers objective,
comparative data using a
launch monitor for the drivers,
fairway woods and hybrids in
ClubTest. That’s the beauty of
ClubTest—we provide you with
subjective and objective information
so you can be confident in
your next purchase.

Since we started the ClubTest
program in 1992, we’ve learned
something new every year. One
takeaway from this test is that all
the products listed are quality
sticks (that’s not always the case).
Some clubs, naturally, play better
than others. But each one has
something useful to offer, even if
it isn’t a Testers’ Top Pick. Now it’s
time to bone up on what’s out
there so you can begin to shape
your new set. Enjoy.

To see the results of ClubTest 2007, click on a link in the chart below.

Complete ClubTest Reviews Video: ClubTesters Top Pick …
Drivers Driver
Fairway Woods Fairway Woods
Hybrids Hybrids
Better-Player Irons Better-Player Irons
Game-Improvement Irons Game-Improvement Irons
MAX Game-Improvement Irons MAX Game-Improvement Irons
Wedges Wedges
Putters Inside Look at The Winning Putter

If you are looking for golf equipment that appeared in 2006 ClubTests, click here.

HOW WE DO IT
GOLF Magazine’s editors
review thousands of
applications and
interview candidates we
think would make
exceptional ClubTesters.
We watch video of their
swings and critique their
answers to detailed
questions. After months
of deliberation, we
selected 40 ClubTesters.
Their handicaps range
from 2 to 20—one-third
are single-digit
handicaps, two-thirds
are double-digits. Those
selected fell evenly into
three age groups—20 to
39 years old, 40 to 49
years old and 50 or older.
(Ages range from 25 to
66 years old.)

Individual testers try
all the clubs in a
particular category
(drivers, hybrids, irons,
etc). We use full sets (not
partial), both on the
driving range and on course
in real game
conditions. (For your
benefit, we spell out the
exact lofts and shaft
models tested.) We
make sure not to
overload our panel with
an enormous number of
clubs, because we want
them as sharp on the
final day of testing as
they were on the first.

Lastly, we divide irons
into three distinct
categories—better-player
irons (tested by
panelists with 2 to 10
handicaps only), game-improvement
irons (10 to
20 handicaps only) and
max game-improvement
irons (14 to 20
handicaps) for higher
handicappers.
For a more detailed
description of the
methodology, visit
golf.com/testing