October 6, 2014
A point of my discussion with Kevin Haime on his show on TSN1200 yesterday was that golf course manufacturers are getting down to very small advancements they can make it golf equipment. Much of this has to do with limits enforced by governing bodies and just plain physics of design.
We know that fitting (and I mean a real fitting, not a glance and suggest fitting), where golfers are matched to the best clubs to suit their swing and needs, is one of the single biggest factors in how a golf club performs... this element is not usually part of tests like those down by various atonal magazines (Golf, Golf Digest) where a group of people subjectively decide what they like..and create the ratings that YOU are supposed respect.
Among top manufacturers there is rarely any construction quality issues (this may be an issue in non-premium products) so how much faith do you put in "tests" of golf equipment that place a rating (gold, silver, etc.) on golf equipment for performance, looks, etc?
Is it fair to golf manufacturers or misleading to consumers? Do you like it or does makes you look at some clubs differently?
(Disclosure: while we at Flagstick test equipment and choose Hot Picks each year we emphasize that we are highlighting clubs that MAY be of interest to you for a variety of reasons - we place no rating on them. I can explain my thoughts on this later but more importantly, want to hear your opinions)
Golf Geek, Golf Industry Lifer (30 seasons and counting), PGA of Canada Candidate For Membership, Titleist Certified Fitting Professional
December 12, 2014
In general I really enjoy reading reviews and ranking just for fun (like I enjoy reading mock drafts in football/hockey). What I take from them is just things to keep in mind when choosing a next club or ball. I like to try everything though, so would never cause me to buy something on it' sown. Or, if not buying anything that year, just to see trends in the market. I'm also highly cynical; for example I don't trust Golf Digest at all. I consider a gold medal by them meaningless unless it's for a small company. On the flip side, I'd consider a silver for a major OEM a big slap in the face for that club or ball.
I don't think it's unfair either by the companies. If people are low information consumers that's their problem. Though the constant yardage claims by certain companies should be illegal unless they are independently confirmed.
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