I’ve been pretty busy this week putting together our 2018 drivers test for both print and online.
It has been a long process from start to finish and it’s great to be able to bring you the results.
To be honest with you, I’m also relieved it is out of the way.
— James Savage (@JamesSavageNCG) March 22, 2018
Hitting drivers on launcher monitors, after a while, is not good for you. It forces you to obsess over lots of data that isn’t really going to help you shoot lower scores.
I’m looking forward to the 2018 season so I can focus on getting my handicap down rather than whether or not I can get a 1.51 smash factor on Trackman.
Rory’s TaylorMade putter
Many people say that if Rory McIlroy putts well, then he wins.
And that was certainly the case at Bay Hill when he romped to victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
His stokes gained for putting was +10 during the tournament. And it was achieved with a brand new TaylorMade TP Collection Black Copper Soto putter which will be available to by next month.
“It was the best putting week of my career,” McIlroy said.
“I changed putter from the Mullen that I had been playing, which was 33 inches to a 34 1/4-inch Soto with a slant neck.
“I just wanted to go with something that I was a little more familiar with, head-shape wise. It has a little more toe-hang to get the toe of the putter releasing a bit more.
“I love the surlyn insert in it—it felt really soft. I holed early on last week, which gave me a lot of confidence, and I just went from there.”
“It’s a very traditional-looking, blade-style putter—something that I’ve used quite a lot in the past, that I’ve been very successful with in the past.
“Obviously, it’s a different neck. It’s not quite the plumber’s neck that I’ve used before, but it’s just something that I went back to and it felt familiar. It felt like reintroducing myself to an old friend.”
Rory’s TaylorMade putter specs:
There are four models in the TP Collection Black Copper range which will be available to buy from April 20 at an SRP 0f £219.
More information can be found on the TaylorMade website.
Poulter summons the sprit of Medinah
Sticking with flat sticks, Ian Poulter went into the WGC Matchplay looking for something extra on the greens.
And there was only one place to look really as he went back to the Odyssey #7 model which he used to ignite Europe’s miracle comeback in the 2012 Ryder Cup.
But we need to talk about that training aid, Ian.
I went to the putter stash in my office and pulled out the @RyderCupEurope #Medinah putter for this weeks @DellMatchPlay in Austin Texas.. if there is a putter that can get the juices flowing it’s this baby… Lets be doing this.. I want to play this years @TheMasters pic.twitter.com/MEzrUuirRA
— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) March 19, 2018
Bushnell introduce new GPS watch with Bluetooth syncing
We were big fans of the Bushnell iON GPS watch when we tested it a couple of years ago.
And now there’s the upgraded iON 2 which has a reversible strap and Bluetooth technology to sync it with the Bushnell Golf mobile app.
More information on the iON 2 which comes in two colours and has an SRP of £149 can be found on the Bushnell website.
Puma Pwradapt Hi Top golf shoes
But if you want to stand out even further then check out the Hi Top version.
Available in grey and black the Pwradapt Hi Tops have an SRP of £170. More information is on the Puma Golf website.
Blacked-out Adidas Boost launched
Adidas have added a special edition colourway to their range of Boost golf shoes.
The Tour 360, Tour 360 Knit (£149.95) and Crossknit 2.0 (£119.95) now all feature black Boost foam cushioning.
Adidas athletes competing at the WGC Matchplay unveiling the new footwear models with an all-black head-to-toe look.
New @adidasGolf shoes look amazing.
Left: Tour 360 Knit
Right: Tour 360 boost
Which pair should I wear for thursdays blackout?? pic.twitter.com/TyO2z92PWB
— Tyrrell Hatton (@TyrrellHatton) March 20, 2018
More information can be found on the Adidas website.