Fastest clubs of 2017

If you’re look­ing for more speed, here’s 45 new clubs that de­liver it

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The 45 clubs that yielded the big­gest ball speeds for our tester.

Jail­break bars, speed slots, cup faces, in­verted cones, tur­bu­la­tors… To­day’s new clubs are rammed to the rafters with tech to help you hit it fur­ther.

The ex­am­ples above are just five of the in­no­va­tions cur­rently fea­tur­ing in driv­ers, woods and irons on sale now; there are many more. But they all have one thing in com­mon – they im­prove ball speed from your sweet­est strikes and they pre­serve ball speed when you don’t hit it out of the mid­dle (ie most of the time!).

Equip­ment edi­tor Si­mon Dad­dow, a for­mer club de­signer, says: “Pre­serv­ing ball speed is the holy grail of club de­sign, which is why so much tech­nol­ogy is now en­gi­neered to do ex­actly that. So whether you hit it to­wards the toe or heel, or high or low on the face, the ball still gets out there and you don’t lose too much dis­tance.

“The num­bers here are the fastest ball speeds gen­er­ated by our test pro Chris Ryan, who has hit every club on sale this year. It’s worth not­ing the fastest ball speeds don’t nec­es­sar­ily equate to the long­est shots; if it’s com­bined with too much or too lit­tle spin, shots don’t launch at the op­ti­mum an­gle or hit the per­fect peak height to max­imise carry dis­tance or runout. So we would not go on a blink­ered search for ex­tra ball speed alone. But what this does give is a great idea of how closely the top clubs are matched, and how fast a ball speed golfers can gen­er­ate with each club cat­e­gory.” l All this data is from our Top Gear test ear­lier this year (so we’ve not in­cluded the lat­est Ping G400 launches or Call­away Epic irons), where we used a con­trolled in­door en­vi­ron­ment along with con­stant golf ball tem­per­a­ture and a dif­fer­ent launch mon­i­tor to other club tests in this issue.

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