Our annual review of the best clubs
thirty-three thousand, give or take a small bucket. That’s how many golf balls our players hit this year at the annual Hot List Summit in Arizona. Giving all the latest golf clubs the once-, twice- and thrice-over is only part of our process, which featured Foresight Sports GC2 launch monitors at every hitting station.The analysis and feedback from our testers provided the basis for our scores in Performance (45 percent of the total score) and Look/Sound/Feel (20 percent). Intense deliberations with our technical panel informed our score in Innovation (30 percent), and our industry review by our panel of golf retailers gave us the information for the Demand score (5 percent). All of these contributions, plus weeks of scrutiny by the judges, form the Golf Digest Hot List, our uncensored guide for all the equipment that can change your game this year and for years to come. Products that earn 93 points or more are awarded gold medals; a score of 88 to 92.99 earns a silver. But don’t be confused by the 105 products that made this year’s Hot List and think that everyone gets a trophy: Nearly 40 percent of the products submitted for Hot List consideration failed to earn a medal. We’ve done our work to get you an informed start on your next equipment purchase, something we believe strongly should involve a club fitting. Chances are you’ll discover exactly what our panellists found this year. As one veteran said after a long day hitting hundreds of balls: “Just incredible. There are so many excellent clubs out there, and a few that are truly exceptional .” Your quest starts here.