When a Club­maker De­clines to Par­tic­i­pate

A new pro­to­col for 2018

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Hot List -

Given the amount of pub­lic­ity gen­er­ated by PXG in 2016, it’s log­i­cal that at­ten­tive readers would ask why its clubs aren’t to be found on this year’s Hot List. Cer­tainly, we were as in­ter­ested as any­one to put them through our test­ing process and find out how the clubs stack up against irons from other com­pa­nies. Un­for­tu­nately, af­ter nu­mer­ous re­quests to sub­mit clubs and rel­e­vant tech­ni­cal data for re­view by our aca­demic panel, PXG de­clined to par­tic­i­pate.With the ex­cep­tion of a few niche com­pa­nies (Miura, XXIO, Krank), we haven’t faced this sit­u­a­tion be­fore, but it was clear to us that, in fair­ness, we could not in­clude PXG this year.

How­ever, the sit­u­a­tion did prod us to de­velop a pro­to­col go­ing for­ward. Start­ing with the 2018 Hot List, ev­ery ef­fort will be made by Golf Di­gest to ob­tain and fit clubs to our testers’ specs of any prod­uct deemed by the judges to be rel­e­vant in the mar­ket, re­gard­less of whether the com­pany sub­mits them for test­ing. Be­cause our process is con­sid­er­ably more com­pre­hen­sive than just hit­ting clubs, we will ob­tain as much sup­port­ing tech­ni­cal doc­u­men­ta­tion about these prod­ucts as pos­si­ble to share with our aca­demic panel.This will be done to al­low us to con­tinue pro­vid­ing readers with the most com­pre­hen­sive rank­ing of golf equip­ment in the in­dus­try. – EMJ

(l) low-hand­i­cap | (m) mid­dle-hand­i­cap | (h) high-hand­i­cap

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