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Editors’ Selection Awards 2023 | MyGolfSpy


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That’s our mission, the mantra that fuels our on a regular basis actions.

The aim? To present you, the golfer, the reality in regards to the golf gear you’re spending your cash on and firms you’re giving cash to.

Why? Your recreation is our job. It’s that easy. You need to play higher golf and we would like you do exactly that..

Your recreation is the very first thing we take into consideration after we’re testing a brand new driver. It’s the only real consideration in the case of recommending a brand new pair of golf footwear. It’s the one factor that basically issues to us.

Within the hopes of creating your recreation higher, we’ve created, refined and executed our Most Needed Testing for 15 years. This data-driven methodology of testing is what we do greatest.

That mentioned, information shouldn’t be the one factor you think about earlier than your subsequent buy. Our annual Editor’s Selection Awards permits us to shine a highlight on merchandise, corporations and types which have left an impression on us – even when they didn’t place No. 1.

Listed below are our Editors’ Selection Awards for 2023.

Story of the 12 months: The PGA TOUR-PIF “Merger”

Increase your hand in the event you had this one in your 2023 golf bingo card. No? Didn’t assume so. 

It was a traditional, quiet Tuesday morning when the first experiences of a “merger” between the PGA TOUR and Saudi Arabia’s multi-kajillion greenback Public Funding Fund hit the information wires. It got here from up to now out of left subject that the knee jerk response was “is that this April 1st?” But it surely was no joke.  Cash makes unusual bedfellows and leaders of the PGA TOUR testifying earlier than Congress is fairly freaking unusual. 

There’s a lot about this “merger” that we nonetheless don’t know. What’s going to the PGA TOUR seem like? What occurs to LIV? Does Jay Monahan keep? Does Greg Norman go? 

And, possibly most significantly, is that this actually only a billion-dollar gambit by Yasir Al-Rumayyan to attain himself memberships with the R&A and at Augusta Nationwide? 

The sheer craziness of all of it makes the PGA TOUR-PIF “merger” the hands-down prime golf story of 2023.  And we’ve simply scratched the floor on loopy as a result of what’s formally being referred to as a “merger” seems, smells and tastes just like the Saudis try to purchase males’s skilled golf. 

Know-how of the 12 months: Sportsbox AI

Whereas I suppose AI is the expertise of the 12 months, Sportsbox AI, an AI-powered 3D-motion seize and evaluation device is making waves, albeit considerably quietly.

You will not be acquainted with Sportsbox but. As a swing evaluation device, it’s nonetheless a little bit of a product in quest of an viewers however, past its utility as an tutorial device, it might show to be the subsequent large factor in clubfitting.

As producers and becoming manufacturers search to higher perceive why some golf equipment work higher for golfers than others, AI will completely be part of that. And whereas Sportsbox isn’t a family identify, it has established itself as a pacesetter in AI and appears to be positioned for a breakthrough.

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Golf Firm of the 12 months: Titleist/Acushnet

Relating to selecting a Golf Firm of the 12 months, Titleist/Acushnet checks all of the bins.

Strong to excellent performers in each membership class? Test. Strong to excellent performers within the ball class? Test. Strong to excellent performers in glove, shoe and attire classes? Test once more.

Moreover, Titleist/Acushnet is as sound financially because it will get in golf. Gross sales development is regular. Revenue
development is regular. Even when a enterprise unit underperforms, it responds shortly and … steadily. Even its
acquisitions – the latest being Membership Glove – are regular. This can be a firm that makes cash and
strikes ahead.

All of the manufacturers underneath the Acushnet umbrella – Titleist, FootJoy, Vokey, Scotty, KJUS and the remaining – are at
the highest of their video games. And only for enjoyable, in the event you have been to take Topgolf out of Callaway’s equation, the 2
corporations can be battling neck and neck for the title of golf’s prime canine.

In our ebook, for this 12 months anyway, that top-dog title goes to Titleist.

Driver: COBRA AEROJET LS

Essentially the most hotly contested of our Editor’s Selection awards, after a lot debate, we landed on the COBRA AEROJET LS. It completed second total on this 12 months’s Most Needed check whereas main the pack in distance. We’ll concede the identify is a bit of humorous, however the AEROJET LS delivers collection efficiency, particularly for golfers with the pace to learn from the aerodynamic shaping.

Sound and really feel are considerably improved over the earlier mannequin, and we’d word that as mainstream drivers have crept to (after which shortly blown previous the $600 mark), at simply $549, your complete COBRA AEROJET household provides a little bit of worth.

Fairway Wooden: Callaway Paradym

We’re a bit of forward of our Most Needed fairway wooden check however we are able to inform you that Callaway’s Paradym fairway woods – notably the Paradym X – are proving extraordinarily fashionable with our testers.

It goes with out saying that Paradym Fairway Woods are confirmed winners on Tour and never simply with Callaway staffers. Whereas that tells us a lot, the fitters we’ve spoken with inform us that, with three fashions at their disposal, Paradym is the one to beat this season, and it’s profitable a complete lot most of the time.

Hybrid: PING G430 Hybrid

It isn’t typically that we’ve got a dominating efficiency in Most Needed Testing. Nonetheless, the PING G430 hybrid dominates. It’s the greatest hybrid for accuracy. Moreover, it ranks second total for forgiveness and distance. Sure, you learn that appropriately: the G430 Hybrid is correct, forgiving and lengthy. Excelling in all three of our scoring classes makes it an absolute no brainer. Go strive it out.

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Utility/Driving Iron: PING iCrossover

Utility irons, driving irons … whichever time period you need to use, they aren’t for everybody. And but, we’ve got a transparent winner: PING iCrossover. In the event you can’t hit a hybrid and wish to fill a distance hole in your golf bag, take a look at the PING iCrossover. It’s a phenomenal golf membership. The PING iCrossover destroys the sphere by being the very best for distance and accuracy. It narrowly misses out as being the very best for forgiveness as effectively.

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Participant’s Irons: Mizuno JPX 923 Tour Irons

Mizuno at all times impresses in the participant’s iron class. This 12 months, Mizuno JPX 923 Tour irons are the very best participant’s iron. There are two key efficiency traits expert golfers need: accuracy and consistency. Mizuno JPX 923 Tour irons are the very best for accuracy and forgiveness (which is how we measure consistency). In case you are a high-level, aggressive golfer, Mizuno JPX 923 Tour irons have to be in your demoing listing.

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Participant’s Distance Irons: Srixon ZX5 Mk II Irons

One of the best participant’s distance irons for 2023 are Srixon ZX5 Mk II irons. All through Most Needed testing, it was obvious that ZX5 Mk II irons have been contenders. Finally, they’re the very best for accuracy in a aggressive iron class. Moreover, they provide distinctive forgiveness and distance. A mess of golfers can recreation participant’s distance irons. In order for you new irons, you’ll want to demo Srixon ZX5 Mk II irons.

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Recreation-Enchancment Irons: TaylorMade Stealth Irons

TaylorMade Stealth Irons stay as much as excessive expectations. Since their launch, they’ve carried out exceptionally effectively in Most Needed Testing. The TaylorMade Stealth irons are the very best game-improvement irons in back-to-back years: 2022 and 2023. For 2023, the Stealth irons are the very best for forgiveness, scoring 98/100. Not solely are they forgiving however they provide excellent accuracy with a rating of 89.5. The one knock towards Stealth irons is their distance rating relative to the sphere however don’t let that deter you. In case you are a mid to excessive handicap golfer, TaylorMade Stealth irons are a must-try.

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Tremendous Recreation-Enchancment Irons: Mizuno JPX 923 Sizzling Metallic HL Irons

It’s no shock that Mizuno JPX 923 Sizzling Metallic HL irons declare the title of greatest tremendous game-improvement irons 2023. They rank as the very best tremendous game-improvement iron for forgiveness and accuracy. These two efficiency traits are pivotal for tremendous game-improvement irons and Mizuno JPX 923 Sizzling Metallic HL irons obtain this. The Mizuno JPX 923 Sizzling Metallic HL irons can profit a plethora of golfers, particularly those that need to maximize accuracy and forgiveness.

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Wedges: Vokey SM9

Whereas the SM9, like different Vokey wedges, seldom disappoints, what received us over is Vokey’s dedication to constructing a whole wedge ecosystem.

Whereas it’s most likely honest to say its wedge-fitting app hasn’t caught fireplace, we applaud the hassle to make wedge becoming obtainable to the plenty. We additionally love that Vokey lastly introduced the T-Grind mainstream whereas persevering with to leverage its WedgeWorks platform as not solely a automobile to launch actually cool stuff but additionally as a way to make area of interest grinds obtainable to the gamers who want (or need) them.

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The Hyperlink.1, L.A.B. Golf’s tackle the long-lasting Anser design made fairly the splash this 12 months. One way or the other, the design wizards at L.A.B. Golf have been in a position to instill their Lie Angle Steadiness and 0 torque expertise right into a very conventional trying blade. Certain, it has some additional weights right here and there and a novel hosel, however it positively retains that basic heel/toe weighted look.

Like different L.A.B. putters, the Hyperlink.1 discovered its manner into Tour baggage this season. Essentially the most notable person was Charles Howell III who rolled his Hyperlink.1 to a LIV Tour victory at Mayakoba in February. He simply couldn’t miss along with his Hyperlink!

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Mallet Putter: Odyssey Jailbird

The 2023 putter story of the 12 months must be the Odyssey Versa Jailbird resurgence. I’m undecided it must be thought-about the putter of the 12 months because it was truly made a few decade in the past. Nonetheless, no different putter gave the yippers hope this 12 months just like the Versa Jailbird.

The story is wild. First, a preferred golfer not on Odyssey’s workers grabs a putter from 2014. Subsequent, the participant modifies it to a counterbalanced design and begins climbing leaderboards for the primary time in years. Subsequent, have that participant’s buddy copy him and use the putter to win the U.S. Open.

Watch golfers go Jailbird loopy. See Jailbird costs rise by 1,000 p.c on eBay. Odyssey releases a contemporary model that sells out instantly. What a narrative!

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Golf Ball: Titleist Professional V1x

Whereas not a groundbreaking 12 months for golf ball expertise, Titleist made its Professional V1x a bit of bit higher (or a minimum of a bit of bit longer) by taking a little bit of spin out of the lengthy recreation with out sacrificing spin across the inexperienced.

Whereas that’s a lot good by itself, what makes the 2023 Titleist Professional V1x notable is that it’s at present the one ball from a significant producer to characteristic a real dual-core design.

With extra eyes centered on the within of the ball than ever, rivals have leaned into the easier-to-make twin mantle. Titleist, nonetheless, stays dedicated to twin core and the improved spin efficiency it provides.

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Golf Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei 1K Professional White

For the higher a part of the final 5 years, the premium shaft class has belonged to at least one identify. To make sure, Fujikura’s Ventus stays a powerhouse however Mitsubishi is making some noise with its Tensei 1K Professional White.

Mitsubishi’s lineup is big and typically excellent merchandise get misplaced within the crowd however the early returns counsel the 1K White is a standout that has momentum with each high-end customized fitters and on Tour.

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Rangefinder: Bushnell

The unquestioned king of rangefinders simply retains getting higher. Bushnell’s 2023 lineup of rangefinders was flat-out superior. Between the award-winning Professional X3 and the V6 Shift collection of rangefinders, Bushnell has cemented itself as the very best of the very best. Their continued dominance within the rangefinder area is not any shock.

Numbers matter and no person does numbers higher than Bushnell. Anybody who’s appeared by way of a Bushnell rangefinder might certainly see the Editors’ Selection Award not too far off within the distance.

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Glove: PXG Gamers

No one makes golf gloves the way in which PXG does. Interval. The PXG Gamers glove has dominated the class for just a few years now. What makes a dominant golf glove? Attempt ultra-soft really feel, nice grip and a one-to-one match. 

Test, test, test. The PXG Gamers glove checks the entire bins that make an awesome golf glove and, in flip, they’ve checked the field for an Editors’ Selection Award. 

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Spikeless Shoe: adidas Ultraboost Golf

It’s not typically {that a} spikeless shoe excites your complete workplace. However after we heard adidas was bringing out the Ultraboost Golf, we knew we needed to give it a strive. This trendy golf shoe could not objectively be a prime performer however the extraordinarily snug BOOST midsole cements the Ultraboost Golf’s spot in our Editors’ Selection Awards.

The unique Ultraboost shoe is amongst our favourite informal footwear. It’s about dang time that adidas turned it right into a golf shoe. The one situation? We’re operating out of trunk area.

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Spiked Footwear: adidas ZG23 

Sensing a theme right here? adidas has had one heck of a 12 months in the case of golf footwear. The Model with Three Stripes continues to innovate and iterate upon its profitable golf shoe lineup and it’s working. Enter the brand-new adidas ZG23. Whether or not you’re lacing up the usual model or choosing the Tony Covey-recommended BOA variant, the ZG23 is an all-around beast. 

And for Dave Wolfe’s chubby-footed mates, you’ll discover nice consolation within the match and width of the adidas ZG23. A golf shoe made for everybody? We name {that a} winner.

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DTC Firm of the 12 months: Takomo Golf 

Within the more and more crowded direct-to-consumer market, Finland’s Takomo Golf established itself as a severe participant seemingly in a single day. Its iron lineup, which incorporates single-piece forgings and extra complicated hollow-body designs, was a surprisingly sturdy performer in our Most Needed testing.

Maybe extra interesting nonetheless, full-set pricing begins at lower than $500. That’s all however remarkable for a totally cast design.

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Comeback Firm of the 12 months: Adams Golf

This was an admittedly straightforward choice given the one-time recognition of the Adams model. Whereas not precisely the identical firm it was at its peak, the revitalized Adams Golf launched with a full membership lineup (extra on the way in which) and an informal, enjoyable vibe that seeks to enchantment to the brand new era of golfers.

It’s too quickly to say if the corporate has any actual endurance however, if nothing else, it proves that an organization could be enjoyable with out compromising efficiency.

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Finest Development: Golf Ball Patterns and Customization

Adorning your balls has by no means been simpler.

Golf ball patterns and golf ball customization is probably the most well liked pattern in golf and it’s straightforward to see why. Between what Callaway is doing with TruVis and TaylorMade’s new customization program, it’s by no means been extra enjoyable to purchase golf balls. Stripes, emojis, animals, you identify it. Ditch the plain white ball and go along with one thing a bit of extra enjoyable … that’s what the sport is about, in any case

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Golf Ball Sample: Callaway Fade

Yeah, this award is a bit of exterior the field however we need to encourage manufacturers which are all-in on the concept that a golf ball could be greater than white (or yellow).

Callaway’s Fade sample possible flew underneath the radar (in an already under-the-radar class). It doesn’t have almost the thrill of Triple Monitor or Truvis however, for our cash, it’s the corporate’s most useful sample to this point.

It seems cool, and in the event you’re scuffling with a putter, the alignment options are pure magic. We’d like to see the sample discover its approach to a premium ball.

Finest Collab: PUMA Golf x PUMA Hoops

There are solely two phrases wanted to explain the PUMA Golf x PUMA Hoops collab: slam dunk. Essentially the most thrilling play in each golf and basketball gives a becoming depiction of simply how cool this collaboration is.

The stylish, trendy attire and accent collaboration made its debut on the Rocket Mortgage Traditional and shortly discovered its manner into our hearts (and closets) right here at MyGolfSpy.

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Coaching Assist: The Stack

It’s turning into a well-known decide however you’d be hard-pressed to discover a coaching help with extra documented success tales than The Stack. I suppose being a product of the digital age helps with that.

The Stack works for sluggish gamers, quick gamers and anybody in-between. It’s additionally enjoyable (and nearly like train).

Over the past 12 months, the Stack has added new pace packages and diversified to incorporate a brand new placing module.

When you think about what golfers are keen to spend on a brand new driver in quest of a extra distance, how will you not be excited a few product that continues to ship simply that?

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Finest Attire (Males’s): Rhoback

It’s secure to say that our workers can’t get sufficient of Rhoback’s golf attire. If there ever was an attire model that makes us swoon like Gollum over the One Ring, it’s Rhoback’s buttery-soft hoodies and quarter zips.

Your complete lineup of Rhoback attire is well-designed, thought-out and performs with the very best of the very best. From the primary put on, it was clear to us that Rhoback deserves an Editors Selection Award.

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