Our an­nual re­view of the best clubs

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Hot List - by mike stachura

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.

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