What’s in my bag? The best golf equipment 2018

National Club Golfer Equipment Editor James Savage shows his picks for the best golf equipment 2018
The best golf equipment 2018

Because we get sent all the latest golf gear, our equipment editor James Savage gets to put all of the best golf equipment in his bag. Let’s take a look at what he considers to be the best golf equipment 2018.
Ping G400 Max Driver

The best golf equipment 2018: Ping G400 Max driver “We’re on a mission to help golfers play better, and we know that starts with clubs that deliver across-the-board performance gains,” says John K. Solheim, Ping’s president.

“The new G400 Max is engineered with the same technology as the original G400 but we’ve optimized the size to gain even more forgiveness, which leads to tighter dispersion and lower scores.

The best golf equipment 2018: TaylorMade P790 UDI 2-iron

Like with the regular P790 irons this iron has a hollow construction and has been filled with something TaylorMade call ‘speedfoam’.

They say it improves the sound and feel without sacrificing any of the ball speed off the face.

TaylorMade say this iron will suit golfers “seeking the forged look and feel of a players iron with increased distance and accuracy off the tee or fairway”.

TaylorMade P790 UDi 2-iron review

I’m looking for something that flies quite low with maximum run out that’s going to be reasonable forgiving. I don’t think players can expect a 2-iron to be THAT forgiving can they?

TaylorMade say they have been able to add a bit of extra face flex from heel to toe to improve the performance on off-centre strikes.

The best golf equipment 2018: Big Bertha hybrid With four loft and two lie angle options in each club, it is now much easier to get the hybrid dialled in and gapped properly for your bag.

It features a Speed Frame Face which is light and robust offering fast ball speeds right across the face.

The centre of gravity (CG) is low and forgiving, offering the full package of high MOI for maximum forgiveness and ball speed.

Equipment: Callaway Big Bertha OS irons and hybrids

Golfers looking for easier launch and more distance should take note of the new Callaway Big Bertha OS irons and hybrids.

The brand have taken forgiveness to new levels through use of new materials and techniques to re-position weight into the areas where those with higher handicaps looking to improve need it most.

The Callaway Big Bertha OS irons and hybrids follow-on from the XR OS irons and hybrids which were launched last year but claim to offer even easier launch, more distance and more forgiveness.

Ping G400 4-hybrid review
Cobra King Forged irons

The best golf equipment 2018: Cobra King Forged irons

To the untrained eye the tweaks to the club heads compared to F7 may seem subtle but there’s plenty going on.

We’ve got an all-new thinner forged face which should add a bit more ball speed over a wider area.

Cobra F8 irons review

The grooves are different too with reduced spin on the longer irons for more distance and more spin on the shorter irons for stopping power.

A speciality wedge design in the GW, SW and LW sees tighter-spaced wedge grooves to increase spin for more precision.

With the One Length – where all shafts are the length of a 7-iron – there are progressive hosel lengths and wider sole widths in the 4-6 irons to lower the CG.

The CG is raised in the scoring irons and wedges to promote lower, more controlled trajectories.

Cobra King Forged irons review
Titleist Vokey SM7 wedges

Vokey SM7 wedges review

They look clean, they look classic, they look like what you’d expect from a Vokey wedge.

So this is very much a case of refining and tweaking the technology which we’ve seen in previous Vokey wedges.

The CG locations are even more precise to get more consistency.

Vokey SM7 wedges review

There are now six grind options – F, S, M, K, L and the new D.

Titleist Vokey SM7 wedges review
TaylorMade Spider Tour red

The red on this putter has a really nice metallic finish.

It also frames the ball really well – despite having no alignment lines, at Day’s request – and isn’t actually as large as you might think.

There’s discretionary weights behind the heel and toe which make it more stable.

This is a heel-shafted putter which should suit those with an arc or slight arc putting stroke.

It features a Winn Medalist pistol grip as standard which has a lovely tacky feel but we suspect many people, like Sergio, may opt for a thicker grip as an after-market option.

TaylorMade Spider Tour Red Putter review

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Comments

Margad Jambaldorj says:

You didn’t mention the other things in your bag, the accessories are just as important I think…especially golf ball

Joe Dubiel says:

This is funny James. I was wondering whats in your bag for a while now. I been telling you about mine. I like the way you ask questions . Wish I could play some golf with you. Maybe someday. . Spider Dubiel

fishecake1 says:

Hi, here goes

Ping G400 max driver, just love it so confident when on the tee with it
Cobra F7 3 wood, when im hitting it well it goes, but misses can be wild at times
Cobra F7 3 hybrid, just love hitting it from any lie
Mizuno Jpx 900 forged, they are right,nothing feels like a mizuno. Have them from 4 to Wedge
Ceveland rtx3 in a 50,56 and 60, for the money best clubs for me
Scotty select mallet 2, unsure if I putt any better but looks so good and gives me confidence

Ryan Baker says:

What ball do you play? That’s important too

Dolezine says:

here’s what i keep in my bag
https://youtu.be/QetryB39Zu8

Joe Dubiel says:

I am impressed. I like the Spider Tour putter! I have the platinum one. Those Spider Tour Putters are amazing. You and I of course have the same # 4 Ping Hybrid. That thing is deadly. I have the # 6 in that as well and its the same deal. Deadly! We also are using the same driver. It doesn’t get any better than that. NIce bag James. I am teeing off at 7 am tomorrow morning. Cannot wait. Cheers. Spider Dubiel

ilovemybeard says:

Ping G400 SFT Driver, Taylormade M4 3HL wood, G400 4 Hybrid, Ping i200 5-PW, SM6 50, Ping Glide Stealth 54, 58.
I’m really tempted to try the I500 irons though.
Also need to get a 3 hybrid too.

Stiaan Heymans says:

Intresting haveing 2 hybrids

Austin Meehan says:

Interesting no 3-wood. I’ve never had a good relationship with mine so I might drop it.

National Club Golfer says:

Come on then guys, tell us which clubs you are using in 2018 and why…

Bryanna Bryanna says:

What brand of carry bag are you using??

michandcat says:

Kept is waiting far too long for a “what’s in the bag.” What do you use off the deck, 2nd shot long par 5? Seems like you are closing in on single digits. What is your current cap? Thanks. Mich

Mediocre Golfer says:

Unusual to go 2 iron then hybrid.

Johnny Mullins says:

Taylormade M4 Taylormade m2 3wood Adams blue hybrid Titleist 716 5-aw Cleveland cbx wedges 52,56,60 Scotty Cameron 2016 newport2

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