Winner: Driver Tour
TaylorMade Burner TP
$399, graphite; taylormadegolf.com
The clubhead is stable through the shot, even when you miss the dead-center sweetspot. Its lighter weight lets you swing harder, and possibly increase clubhead speed, without losing your balance. Inverted cone technology behind the clubface contributes to longer off-center hits. Feel free to turn this either direction on doglegs. Lastly, it has a great sound, much better than the loud crash of many drivers.
"Balls jump off the face high and hard for maximum distance." Lee Neisler (3)
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Cleveland CG14 Black Pearl
$ 109, steel; clevelandgolf.com
Fans praise its exceptional performance from the bunker and rough. The viscoelastic material contributes to the club's soft yet responsive feel. The 'zip grooves' move stuff out of the way so your ball can make solid contact with the face, providing more than ample spin. Testers also applaud the balanced club feel during the swing and stable, controlled feel through impact. Any variety of shot shapes is available.
"It virtually runs on autopilot from the sand, just swing and watch it work." Mike Nastasi (handicap 9)
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Winner: Irons Max Game-Improvement
$ 699, steel $ 799, graphite; cobragolf.com
These handsome, high-tech dudes won't let poor swings kill you. There's a good deal of forgiveness here. The three-piece polymer topline saves 14-grams, to beef up the heel and toe areas of the sole for added perimeter weighting. Testers find the sole weighting helps you stay with the shot on downhill lies. Its overall feel also contributes to successful chipping. The long irons are so easy to smack off a tee, comparable to a hybrid.
"I even feel in control when hitting shots out of rough." Peter Kraus (20)
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Winner: Irons Game-Improvement
$ 499, steel; $ 599, graphite; wilsongolf.com
Plain and simple, these clubs have your back. Redistributing head weight, through the use of an undercut cavity, builds in stability. Our average Joes revel in the soft, sweet instant feedback, the above-average carry distance and sporty amount of helpfulness. Testers are also pleasantly surprised by their ability to hit longer irons. At the same time, these are precision tools that would allow better players to attack tough pins.
"Very good distance on misses plus clean escapes from rough make these a pleasure to play." Dave Daumit (15)
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Winner: Irons Better Player
Cobra Pro CB
$ 849, steel; cobragolf.com
The cavity-back design has plenty of weight behind the hitting area, for sweet feel and precise maneuverability. If you fit the player profile, these are fantastic, memorable sticks. They're a real treat to swing. In fact, several panelists say they feel like marksmen. Good news, too, that off-center hits won't bruise the hands or the ego. Like any tour-caliber iron, the Pro CB has a compact, pleasing shape for all to behold.
"I hit lasers from good lies, making tight pin positions accessible." Joe Nagel (4)
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$199, graphite; callawaygolf.com
Testers praise its do-everything mentality and predictable efficiency. Its responsiveness lets you feel the accomplishment of a good shot or your mistake. Shots fly high, go 'longer than a stretch limo' and land softly. Dial in your preferred ball flight by choosing the 'Draw' or 'Neutral' version. Our better players say the 'Neutral' head just begs you to carve shots on bending fairways.
"FT gives 9-iron consistency with the distance of a fairway wood." Don Ytterberg (11)
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Winner: Fairway Wood
Tour Edge Exotics XCG
$349, graphite; touredgegolf.com
This is a real treat to hit longer and more consistent than the others tested. A lightweight titanium 'cup face' brazed to the heavy steel body leads to built-in forgiveness and superior distance. The XCG has a weighty feel to it during the swing, nice stability and explosive power at impact. For those willing (and able), it's easy to draw or fade on command, to put the ball where you want.
"These bring me up to my full fairway wood potential." Rich Bernstein (12)
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Winner: Driver Max Game-Improvement
$ 399, graphite; cobragolf.com
You can step up and swing away with total confidence. Its large, forgiving face is there for you and the powerful impact feel lets you know good things are set to happen. The high ball flight is a pleasure to behold, particularly since shots don't tail off or rob distance. Lightweight composite along the sole and a tungsten back weight contribute to its high MOI.
"Count on this club being long and straight." Jim Esther (handicap 20)
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Winner: Driver Game-Improvement
$299, graphite; pinggolf.com
A new crown pattern creates discretionary weight, which is repositioned inside the head to optimize CG location for higher launch and lower spin. Adoring fans find this to be a dynamo for players of all skill level. You can expect to get consistent trajectory, serious distance (longest in our test) and tight dispersion traits that make it a winner. It's a bona fide fairway splitter that elicits that 'crushed it' feel.
"Impressive forgiveness when I don't catch it just right." Mark Barrette (15)
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Winner: Midsize Mallet Putters
Titleist Scotty Cameron Red X3
$299, steel; titleist.com
The head is in tune with the shaft and the stroke flows like water. You can tell when you hit it off-center, but not in a harsh way. It puts a pure roll on it; putts stay on their intended line, they don't hop or skip. Its precision-milled, stainless steel body features a new, glare-resistant finish. Better players, in particular, will appreciate its tight handling, like a European sports car.
"The excellent pendulum feel makes a good stroke easy to repeat." Jeff Bones (9)
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