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I care most about my driver’s performance on…
My best hits
Higher with more carry
Lower with more roll
I want my drives to be…
I need a driver to counter my slice.
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0811 X Gen2
King Speedzone Xtreme
Launcher HB Turbo
Launcher HB Turbo Draw
SIM Max D
0811 XF Gen2
Mavrik Sub Zero
Higher with more carry
Lower with more roll
There's more mass concentrated to the extreme rear for more stability, along with higher launch. It all includes the aerodynamic crown and skirt shaping with the angled keel in the sole.
This larger footprint model features a center of gravity that's half an inch deeper than the X model for extremely high MOI.
The aerodynamic shape with an angled keel is supported by extra weight for a lower deeper center of gravity. The sliding weight tweaks draw and fade bias.
The nine weight ports in the sole give you options to tweak direction and forgiveness in this compact, low spin model.
The more compact model in the series is built for low spin and features two sliding weight tracks running from front to back.
A 48-gram shaft makes for an overall club weight that's 50 grams lighter than the other two models in the series. It's built with draw bias, too.
The wider body footprint emphasizes forgiveness, but there's new speed from a new beta titanium "super alloy" in the face.
The deep front to back shaping enhanced by a high density tungsten rear weight makes for the more forgiving option with an MOI in the mid 5,000s.
The computer milling makes the face consistently thin and precisely curved for consistently optimized distance and flight correction. Front and back weights let you control spin and trajectory.
That same approach as the main Launcher HB Turbo model with lots of saved weight deep for forgiveness and a slightly closed face angle to fight the slice.
The high skirt and sleek crown shaping add an aerodynamic emphasis to a face custom designed through artificial intelligence for this model and user profile to enhance consistency.
It's not adjustable but the weight savings make it more forgiving, which is what most golfers need most anyway.
The crown slopes down and away in this model for the lowest center of gravity in the family and the least amount of spin. Front and back weights tweak the level of spin.
The large footprint stretches farther front to back than the other Mavrik models for the highest MOI and draw bias. Two weights adjust the center of gravity between increased forgiveness or increased draw bias.
An exclusive super titanium alloy builds flex in the face in this adjustable hosel model designed for a flatter trajectory.
This higher-launching choice in the Srixon lineup also has a slight draw bias and a larger front to back shape than the Z 785.
A large carbon fiber shell wraps around the crown and sole freeing up weight to be stored low, in the perimeter and in three weight ports to tweak direction, launch and spin.
This model is designed for a draw with both heel weighting and a masked face angle that looks more open to encourage golfers to rotate the face square at impact.
The larger shape yields the highest MOI in the Titleist TS lineup for more forgiveness on off-center hits.
Targeted mainly at higher speed players, this is designed as Titleist's lowest spinning driver with the most forward center of gravity in the TS family.
The most adjustable model in the TS lineup, it's designed for lower spin and in addition to a 16-way rotating hosel, there's also sole weight to change draw and fade bias.
Titleist's lightest driver model ever uses sub-40-gram shafts, draw weighting and a total weight that's 45 grams lighter than TS2.
I prefer to use a 3-wood over a driver on some holes.
I would rather hit my fairway wood lower than higher.
I want to be able to adjust my 3-wood.
0341 X Gen2
Exotics EXS 220
King Speedzone Tour
King Speedzone Big Tour
Mavrik Max Sub Zero
The more compact model in the Callaway family launches a little lower and has front and back weights to control trajectory and spin.
The largest Callaway head at 200cc also is offered in the most lofts (up to an 11-wood) and has the highest MOI of any Callaway fairway wood ever.
The standard Callaway model is mid-sized at 175cc and features the company's highest springlike effect ever in a fairway wood.
Forward-weighted and more compact, this model produces a more penetrating flight and lower spin. Loft ranges in the two heads from 12.5-19 degrees.
The stepdown crown helps lower the center of gravity to help shots launch higher.
The weight is concentrated in the rear on this model for higher launch and more forgiveness. Loft ranges in the three heads from 13-24 degrees.
The oversized and largest of the three Cobra heads positions the weight forward to cut spin for this driver alternative. Offered in one head with a loft range of 12-15 degrees.
The lower spinning option features an adjustable hosel that tweaks lie, face angle and loft between 13 and 17 degrees in the one head.
The internal weighting on these non-adjustable heads is farther back and lower than in the TS model for higher launch and more forgiveness.
The carbon composite crown supports the flexing of the face insert and allows internal weighting to keep the spin down.
A new titanium alloy in the face provides extra spring and weight savings that's used in an 80-gram steel sole plate.
The V-shaped sole is designed to improve turf glide regardless of the lie. Lofts extend to a 24-degree model
It's the largest TaylorMade fairway wood at 190cc and there's draw bias through heel-ward internal weighting.
Designed with forgiveness in mind, this loft-adjustable head aims for higher launch across lofts that reach as high as 21-degrees.
The cartridge in the sole allows for left-right shot bias with an emphasize on mid-launch and low spin.
The diamond pattern on the back of the face provides better rebound even on mis-hits in this larger size, forgiveness-focused model.
Designed for more moderate swing speed players, the overall club weight is 20 grams lighter than Cobra's King Speedzone models.
The crown steps down to help lower the center of gravity for better launch.
The compact head uses a high-strength steel face is specially heat treated for extra flex.
The backweighted shaft provides more control over a lighter weight club that's offered in lofts as high as 20 degrees.
I want a hybrid I can adjust.
I tend to hit hybrids with a…
I have a tendency to hit hybrids fat out of the rough.
0317 X Gen2
King Speedzone / One Length
A longer front to back dimension adds forgiveness on off-center hits in this model that comes in five lofts up to 28 degrees.
Slightly offset and lightweight to help slower swingers get the clubface back to square, these heads include a 2H up to a 7H.
The center rail helps this club that attacks the problem of fat shots with three lofts up to 22 degrees.
Designed for easier launch and forgiveness through a weight-saving adjustable hosel, these heads have lofts that run from 17 to 35 degrees.
Internal "jail break" bars optimize the face flexing so there's plenty of pop on this compact, lower spin-producing head.
Designed for those who like to hit hybrids like irons and are seeking low spin, these come in lofts ranging from 18-27 degrees.
The low forward center of gravity helps to reduce spin. Lofts on these adjustable heads range from 15.5 to 29.5 degrees.
King SpeedZone/One Length
The rails in the sole are hollow in the front part for better flexing across four lofts up to 24 degrees.
Mavrik Max Pro
The face is designed through artificial intelligence to produce consistent spin and distance. This models is smaller profile with a fairway-wood like shape and features the flatter lie better players prefer.
The face is designed through artificial intelligence to produce consistent spin and distance. This models is oversized and is easiest to launch.
The face is designed through artificial intelligence to produce consistent spin and distance. This models is mid-sized with a square toe.
Internal weighting positions low a slab of tunsgten that weighs nearly as much as the rest of the head.
The four adjustable heads on this compact design fit lofts from 14 to 27 degrees.
My primary need from my irons is …
I’m looking primarily for:
My iron play produces…
Controlling shot shape
More distance without losing control
More long and mid-iron distance
out of mis-hits
Getting the ball up in the air
Better trajectory control
A high percentage of shots that find the center of the face
A fair number of shots hit on the heel and toe
I prefer …
Launch my short irons higher
Have a flatter trajectory on my short-iron shots
I’m looking to:
Little to no offset
Some offset to help frame the ball at address
Regarding the cost, I am …
seeking a set of irons under $1,500
OK paying more than $1,500 for a set of irons
On a scale of 1 to 10, my confidence level hitting a 5-iron is a 7 or higher.
(90 mph or higher)
A little more leisurely (Under 90 mph)
My swing speed is:
/ per iron
0311 T Gen3
Apex Pro 19
JPX919 Hot Metal Pro
0311 P Gen3
King Forged TEC
Exotics EXS 220H
HL4 Triple Combo
SIM Max OS
0311 XP Gen3
JPX919 Hot Metal
Uses cupface technology, in which the iron’s face plate wraps around the sole and topline (through the 7-iron) to enhance the areas of the face that produce the highest spring-like effect.
Price: $175 / Per Iron
The King Tour irons use a metal injection molding (MIM) process which is more precise, allowing for less hand polishing that can lead to inconsistencies.
Price: $171 / Per Iron
The thinner topline allows extra weight to go towards the toe and the sole, making this iron more forgiving than a typical better players iron.
Price: $150 / Per Iron
These clubs have titanium forged into the back cavity to create more forgiveness in a traditional shape.
A larger, wider port for the elastomer in back yields more perimeter weighting to assist mis-hits while also backing more of the face to improve feel.
Price: $125 / Per Iron
The ultra-thin face provides a powerful strike and stability gets a boost with a tungsten block inserted in the low toe that weighs an average of 23 grams through the set.
The face, already thin at 1.5 millimeters, boasts a channel around the internal perimeter that is just 1.2 millimeters in that area, bringing even more rebound.
Price: $425 / Per Iron
The 3-iron through 7-iron are a hollow, multiple-piece design while the short irons are single-piece forgings made of 1025 carbon steel that maintain the compact shape better players prefer.
The hollow-construction irons use generous amounts of tungsten to improve stability on off-center hits and lower the center of gravity for higher launch.
Price: $500 / Per Iron
A new shape that includes reduced offset and a thinner topline. True Temper’s AMT White is the stock shaft.
A one-piece forged body with a cavity-back design, the blade length is slightly shorter than the TR-20P model.
The company’s legendary forged workmanship remains, but in a more forgiving, higher-launching package with marginally stronger lofts.
Price: $280 / Per Iron
Price: $143 / Per Iron
A refined sole design helps get the club through the turf more efficiently through a pre-worn leading edge.
The body is forged from 1025 carbon steel and includes expanding the 17-4 stainless-steel cupface—where the face wraps around the top and bottom of the club to create more flex—up to the 8-iron.
Tungsten encased in urethane with microspheres assists rebound while aiding sound and feel.
Price: $128 / Per Iron
A metal-injected tungsten toe weight is positioned to allow the center of gravity to be in line more with the center of the face.
Price: $157 / Per Iron
A cut-through slot in the sole (covered by a welded strip of steel) creates more flex over a larger area of the face.
Price: $163 / Per Iron
The MP-20 HMB mixes two kinds of iron designs within the same set, featuring hollow, two-piece clubs in the long and middle irons (through the 8-iron).
A hollow body and high-strength, maraging steel face allows for five times the face flex at impact compared to a standard cast iron.
PXG used a new polymer formulation that is firmer on the outside to maintain structural integrity, but softer on the inside, thus increasing face flex at impact.
A forged steel L-shaped face insert gets as thin as 1.6 millimeters to allow for more face deflection.
Tungsten—an average of 90 grams—is placed in the heel and toe areas of the 4- through 7-irons to create a higher moment of inertia to help mitigate the effect of mis-hits in a compact shape.
The long and middle irons are hollow with a high-strength, maraging steel alloy face insert while the short irons are a solid construction of co-forged 1025 carbon steel with titanium cores of various sizes.
Price: $110 / Per Iron
The pocket cavity with tungsten creates a lower center of gravity, making it easier to launch the ball in the air.
A high-strength steel alloy creates a thin, fast-flexing face for the kind of distance normally only found in irons with a cupface or sole slot.
A high-strength steel face insert provides plenty of zip at impact, aided by an interior channel that acts as a slot around the entire face.
Significant amounts of high-density tungsten—up to 50 percent of the club’s overall weight in the long irons—are placed in the heel and toe of each iron to improve forgiveness and stability on off-center hits.
A hefty 40 grams of tungsten is placed in the toe area to boost MOI and aid off-center strikes while a uniform face thickness helps alleviate “hot spots” on the face.
To improve feel, the cavity portion of these irons are filled with air-infused microspheres that not only help the face flex but control unwanted vibration.
This iron uses the “flash face” cupface idea from the company’s drivers and employs them in a set of irons. That led to unique face designs for each iron that produce flex in just the right spot.
Price: $115 / Per Iron
Cleveland’s solution to better shots for the less skilled is a full hybrid-like set designed for high launch and forgiveness.
The F-Max irons use a lighter overall club weight (including a lighter midsize grip) that’s designed to make shots fly faster, farther and higher.
Price: $100 / Per Iron
The face includes thin pockets from heel to toe designed to enhance ball speed over a large portion of the face. The Baffler rails on the sole of the clubs helps the irons plow through the turf.
This iron uses a sole slot to boost ball speed on shots hit low on the face, while the “Speed Bridge” supporting the topline of the iron provides needed stability for the fast-flexing face.
The set starts with the 4- and 5-iron slots filled with matching HL4 hybrids, the 6- and 7-iron are HL4 iron-woods and the 8-iron through pitching wedge are cavity-back HL4 irons.
Price: $85 / Per Iron
A wide-sole that is utilized to make turf interaction feel like hitting off a mat, thus reducing the number of chunked shots. The soles are widest on the long irons and get progressively thinner.
XXIO engineers were able to reduce the weight of the shaft by 4 grams and relocate it to the butt end. Doing so raises the balance point of the shaft, bringing it closer to the hands, thus promoting an more efficient swing.
Price: $200 / Per Iron
This iron is built for max forgiveness with a high moment of inertia and low, deep CG thanks to significant perimeter weighting and to a wide sole that doubles to make turf interaction a breeze.
Price: $130 / Per Iron
The power holes combine with the thinnest face Wilson has ever used on a super game-improvement iron to provide enhanced distance.
A titanium face insert made from the same alloy as the company’s driver faces goes all the way to the lower portion of the face to provide more punch where most iron impacts occur.
A series of supporting ribs within the topline helps reduce unwanted vibration for a pleasing sound and feel without raising the iron’s sweet spot.
The use of tungsten encased in microsphere-filled urethane allows for center of gravity positions that produce the kind of launch one would expect despite strikingly low lofts.
A channel wraps around the internal perimeter of the thin (1.5 millimeters) high-strength maraging-steel face bringing the thickness in that area to a mere 1.2 millimeters, further increasing face flex.
Cobra updated the face by using a forged, 17-4 stainless steel variable-thickness face with a deep undercut channel. That allowed the flange depth to increase by 8 percent to make the face more flexible up front.
For the first time in a Callaway forged iron, the cupface design (where the face wraps around part of the topline and sole for more rebound) extends through the pitching wedge.
Price: $300 / Per Iron
To boost ball speed, the Speed Bridge structure allows for a flexible thru-slot speed pocket while a thinner face than M6 not only increases flex, but saves up to 6 grams of weight.
Price: $113 / Per Iron
Building off its P790, the company went with an all-titanium construction that includes a 9-1-1 titanium alloy body and a machined 6-4 titanium face insert backed by a urethane foam that allows the face to flex while maintaining a pleasing sound.
Price: $350 / Per Iron
The maraging steel face creates metal-wood like face flex while tungsten weight in the toe and shaft boost the moment of inertia to mitigate the loss of speed on mis-hits by more than five percent compared to G700.
A hollow cavity construction is used in the 4- through 7-irons. Those irons also employ a forged cup face with a web-shaped variable thickness design that enhances the sweet spot in every direction from face center.
A larger cavity-back design was used with a silicone polymer core backing the center of the face, producing an effect of stretching the fastest area of the face and returning more energy to the ball on off-center shots.
The face insert wraps around the bottom of the club to assist shots struck low on the face, while steel weighting with tungsten powder is placed low to make it easier to get shots in the air.
Price: $63 / Per Iron
The combination set includes hollow irons in the 4- through 7-irons with tungsten weighting low toward the sole for higher flight. The rest of the set, up to a 48-degree 11-iron, are more traditional cavity-back designs.
The set uses two different constructions, featuring a hollow, utility-iron design in the long irons (4- through 7-iron) and a more traditional cavity back design in the 8-iron through gap wedge.
Having multiple finishes to choose from for my wedges is…
I want my pitching wedge to match the rest of my wedges.
I am willing to pay more than $150 for a wedge.
Not that Important
Vokey Design SMB
Milled Grind 2.0 / Hi-Toe
Tour Wedge / HB / K-Grind 2.0
CBX2 / Full Face
Staff Model / HT
A new groove shape with sidewalls angled away from the base is designed to expose sharper edges.
Price: $160 / Per Iron
A cavity back and wider sole design are designed to better mesh with more average golfers' needs.
Price: $140 / Per Iron
These are the first commercial wedges grown through a metal injection molding process that combines two kinds of stainless steel in the same formula.
Forged from the same carbon steel as its trademark irons, these wedges use tire treads as inspiration for channeling away moisture.
This updated lineup features four sole grinds, including an iconic Eye2-like option.
Milled Grind 2.0/Hi-Toe
A new raw finish is designed to create consistently deeper grooves with sharper edges.
Price: $170 / Per Iron
Vokey Design SM8
The update to the tour's most played wedge moves the center of gravity slightly forward for more solid, stable feel on short shots.
This game-improvement wedge is notable for its versatile sole, which uses its leading edge angle for cleaner contact.
Price: $240 / Per Iron
Tour Wedge/HB/K-Grind 2.0
This forged wedge family includes the K-grind 2.0, which features knuckle-size channels for help with bunker shots
The more compact shape includes a tapered hosel to improve the way the head moves through the rough.
Extra mass in the toe section of this forged wedge helps control trajectory for more penetrating wedge shots.
There are more grooves on the face in an effort to have more groove edges contact the ball at impact for better grab.
softer feel at impact
I prefer a putter with a…
My putting stroke is…
No more than $250
More than $250
more than $250
For the right putter, I am willing to pay...
firmer feel at impact
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BLAD.1 / BLAD.1S
Huntington Beach Soft
Scotty Cameron 2020 Special Select
Price: $250 / 300
Stroke Lab Black / Silver
Scotty Cameron Special Select
Scotty Cameron Phantom X
Spider X / Spider S
Price: $200 / 220
Price: $300 / 250
The more forward weighting compared to many mallets is designed to make even off-center hits to start on a better line.
Stroke Lab Black/Silver
Two large-form, forgiveness-focused mallets are added to the line, including the Ten and Bird of Prey with deep perimeter weighting.
Price: $250-300 / Per Iron
These compact mallets also feature diamond-shaped milling marks on the face to improve feel and roll.
Price: $450 / Per Iron
The three lines combine with the two balls to better focus alignment.
Price: $250 / Per Iron
The mix of soft aluminum up front with heavy steel in back is designed to bring you feel and forgiveness.
These shapes use a two-layer face insert to improve roll and a shaft that adjusts from 32 to 36 inches.
Price: $200-220 / Per Iron
Full mallets, including the new DuPage, mix with those featuring cutout shapes, continuous center sightlines or framing lines.
Spider X/Spider S
The new Spider S uses a 55-gram tungsten back bar to increase stability for better off-center strike consistency.
The oversize, multimaterial head uses 6061 aluminum for the face and core of the body and heavy steel on the wings to add stability.
Price: $430 / Per Iron
The aircraft grade aluminum sole plate frees us weight to be redistributed to the perimeter for better off-center hit consistency.
Price: $400 / Per Iron
The steel face provides the familiar feel of Bettinardi's classic putters while the anodized blue back helps frame the ball.
A custom-fitting process with multiple head, hosel and weighting options is this line's hallmark.
Three shaft orientations (straight, double bend and plumber's) all work with the red-dot alignment face alignment system.
This compact winged mallet shape gets extra stability with a wide-beam hosel structure that reinforces the connection between head and shaft.
The super fly mill face pattern on these classic shapes is designed for a muted, crisp response.
The S-shaped groove pattern helps produce similar center-hit energy transfer from heel to toe.
Price: $180 / Per Iron
The Silver is softer and the Black is firmer but each benefit from the graphite tipped shaft, which aims to smooth your stroke.
These milled designs feature a diamond pattern all across the face for feel and roll.
This wider blade makes room for the three lines designed to focus your aim.
A steel back mixes with a soft aluminum front for a mixture of feel and off-center hit stability.
Price: $230 / Per Iron
A dual layer polymer supports the grooved aluminum face for better feel on short putts, better energy on longer strokes.
Mis-hits roll more like center hits thanks to varying, pyramid shapes that increase in size and decrease in density as it moves from the center.
The aluminum insert uses downward angled grooves for better roll and is thicker for softer feel.
The wider hosel structure adds stability to a blade so off-center hits start closer to the target line.
The sleeker design to the head shapes also includes a return to a single-piece carbon steel structure for consistent feel.
A lightweight bullet casing fills a hole on the heel side of the face shifting the center of gravity more in line with the center of the face.
The pattern of grooves are tightly milled in the center of the face and more widely spaced toward the heel and toe for consistent roll throughout.
The toe section of the sole is hollowed out so the head more naturally rotates back to square for more consistency.
Through a combination of shape and varying heel weights, this putter remains more easily square to the shaft axis for better stroke and distance control
These milled carbon steel heads feature traditional shapes with three hosel options. A kit with multiple sole weights is free with purchase.
The trademark alignment system now is available in this milled traditonal blade, with three hosel configrurations.
Stroke Lab Silver
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King SpeedZone / One Length
Designed for those with sweeping swings seeking forgiveness, there are six lofts that can adjust from 16-29 degrees.
The V-shaped sole plate smooths turf interaction while the wider slot in the sole adds speed across five lofts to 31 degrees.
Game Improvement Irons
Super Game Improvement Irons
Players Distance Irons
These two distinctly different drivers share a foundation. It starts with a new face design and a thinner-than-ever titanium crown. Together those features help produce higher ball speeds and lower spin than in past models. (Titleist also ensures quality control by inspecting every head for maximum spring-like effect.) The weight saved from the 20-percent-thinner crown is redistributed low and deep to help increase the off-center-hit stability of the larger-profile TS2. On the more classic-shape TS3, a sole weight can be adjusted for a fade or draw.