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Coolest Golf Headcovers in the World

The coolest golf headcovers need to be cool but they also need to be top quality. If there's anything that turns me off, it's a low quality gimmick. But what turns me on, is a high quality 

Ripping the headcover off the big dog has to fill you with desire and pump before the big tee ball. Pulling off some cheap junk that rips or feels like crap is not allowed here.

The best of the best high quality yet coolest golf headcovers detailed below. 

What do you mean high quality?

Through my Youtube channel, I've learned a lot about good and bad quality products. Which is why I designed my own headcovers. The stuff I have been sent by some manufacturers was never good enough to make it onto my channel. 

At the same time, there are some brands I would love to try out myself. I've listed not only my intensely high quality and cool headcovers in the Waddaplaya range, but also some brands I think would legit fit into any true playas bag. including mine.

Coolest Golf Headcovers on the Planet

  1. Waddaplaya Golf Headcovers (best quality cool golf headcover)
  2. Sandy Golf Co (best canvas style vacation vibe headcover)
  3. Daphne's Chicken Headcover  (coolest headcover for cocky golfers)
  4. Majek Retro Headcover (coolest complement to Waddaplaya headcover)
  5. 19th Hole Skull Putter Cover (love the detail)
  6. Majek Retro Vintage Headcover (cool vintage headcover)

So addictive to take on and off, you wanna just hit driver

New designs for the 2021 season in blue, white and black. These have been sourced by only the finest producer in the world.

I stand behind this product 100% and turned a headcover into something that actually adds something to your round. There is simply no better feeling in golf, and I mean this, as taking this supreme quality sensual headcover off your driver or fairway wood.

It's the start of a great shot. It's the first trigger move that gets you in the zone, and with the soft, silky touch of the inner of the headcover, to the solid stitching and delicious colors, it's frankly impossible to hit a shit shot.

These are produced in batches and sell out fast! Be sure to sign up to be notified of when they arrive in stock on waddaplayagolf.com

Pros
  • The best after sales service you'll experience
  • Extremely fast shipping time worldwide 3-7 days 
  • The single best feeling headcover I have ever experienced 
  • Three new designs for 2021 to matcha any golf bag
Cons
  • Nothing - these are the coolest golf headcovers in the world

Great floral and vacation design vibe

I really wanted to do a collaboration with Sandy Golf Co and Mark is a great cheerful chill guy. I love the designs he pumps out. Due to COVID and other unforeseen issues in my own life, I was unable to follow through on the collab but let's hope so in future!

You can contact Mark through Instagram for orders but due to the current situation, production may be slowed or ceased until the crisis lifts.

Pros
  • Flowery, vibey and fits into the theme of the Golf Sidekick
  • High quality American made
Cons
  • At times can be shut down or slowed production

Perfect for the cocky golfer 

The rooster is an animal full of color, full of pride and full of BDE. Using this in conjunction with the Kochenbolz golf polo at Waddaplayagolf will guarantee the cockiest round of golf, but you'll need a stick to defend against all the hens trying to get your attention.


Colorful complement to any Waddaplaya headcover

One of the coolest golf headcovers on the internet. Loads of color, and the color scheme will complement your Waddaplaya golf headcover perfectly.


This was a design I was looking at creating in the Waddaplaya line for putters. I didn't go with it though because this one is just what I like. The detail is perfect and the quality is superb.


Another design idea I thought would be a great addition. I just couldn't get it to work in my favor and found this to be a decent vintage looking driver headcover. 


I like novelty items but I like things I will use for a long time. Waddplaya Golf is the culmination of all my experience with accessories in golf and the solution I created is the best, coolest and highest quality headcovers in the game

best mizuno irons for mid high handicappers

Best Mizuno Irons for Mid to High Handicapper Golfers

Nothing feels like a Mizuno they say. That's somewhat true to this day and it's the reason Mizuno are still some of the most popular irons for mid and high handicap golfers at every golf club in the world.

Mizuno have a wide range of clubs that suit low, mid and high handicappers, but what makes them so good is that no matter which "level" of club you purchase, when you get down to a low handicap, you can still keep playing even their most forgiving clubs without that feeling that you need to upgrade.

It's what makes Mizuno some of the best irons for amateur golfers who want to feel like true playas. Their clubs look stylish and always look like they are for more advanced players than they are.

The Hot Metal range is the forgiving iron, cast and not forged, cavity backs. The elite cavity back and muscle back range is the MP range and they are buttery soft. The in between seems to be the cavity backed JPX range to give you the best of both worlds.

Things to consider with Mizuno irons

I started using Mizuno irons when I replaced my hand-me-down Spalding cavity backs. I got to about a 7 or 8 handicap with those cast metal cavity backs.

I made the switch to my first ever FORGED club, a Mizuno Pro II muscle back blade. I really had no idea what I was buying back then, but they were second hand and cheap, and looked damn good.

I got down to scratch with those irons. But my point is not that you need to wait that long to move to a forged club or a Mizuno club at all. You can go to Mizuno at any time because there is such a wide range of irons now - not just blades or forged clubs.

Mizuno make cavity backs which will be the most forgiving. They also make a muscle back which is a more forgiving "kind-of" blade. Then they make pure blades which are of course, the clubs more advanced players like to use. 

You can even blend sets nowadays to have cavity backs in your long irons and blades or muscle backs in your short irons for precision.

Mizuno Cult

Another thing to consider is how cult like Mizuno is. A lot of people once they go Mizuno, they never play another iron. I've moved onto Srixon myself, but Steve, from my channel has had the same set of Mizunos for 20 years. 

He loves his Mizuno set so much that he has a back-up set in case this one gets lost or breaks. 

Should I play Mizuno?

If you like the look of the heads behind the ball, and you can hit the sweet spot, yes. Nothing gives you a better start on your shot than LOVING the look of the club behind the ball. If you love it, the ball will go where you want it.

Keep in mind that Mizuno are not as big on making their lofts much stronger like a lot of manufacturers. You might think you're losing distance, but you're merely using higher loft for the same number iron as your buddies. 

I found this out when I started playing again with my Mizuno MP33 irons about 3 years ago. Everyone was hitting 8 iron when I was hitting a 6 or 7. I never realized that the lofts had decreased by 4-6 degrees on any given club! 

Best Mizuno Irons for Mid and High Handicappers

  1. Mizuno JPX 921 Hot Metal irons  (best Mizuno iron for mid and high handicappers)
  2. Mizuno MP20 MMC irons  (best for mid handicap hitting the sweet spot often)
  3. Mizuno JPX 850 Forged irons  (best budget Mizuno iron)

Forgiving large heads for easy striking

If your handicap is over 16 and you want to get the dispersion a bit tighter when approaching greens, the Hot Metals are a forgiving and high flying option.

The perimeter weighting hold a toe bias to help increase ball speeds on off center hits, but help to keep the ball online. This is going to be the biggest difference for someone upgrading from an old set of irons to something produced in the last 3-4 years.

Technology in modern irons has optimized lofts and launch angles plus increased ball speeds to assist you in launching the ball higher with less loft, while tightening dispersion of the shots left and right. 

The soles of these irons get progressively thicker as your iron gets longer. That is where the irons fall short but for most high handicappers, I suggest a 5 and 4 hybrid or driving iron instead of the longer irons. 

Thicker soles on the 4 or 5 iron in this set will be GREAT off the tee, but from a tight fairway, I think most high handicappers will struggle to get it airborne. Keep that in mind as you will more than likely be using the long irons mainly on short par 4's or par 3's anyway. You could go for a set of Mizunos from 6 iron to wedge.

Mizuno Hot Metals are not forged clubs so the feeling is not going to be buttery. This is not really an issue if you're not striking the center of the face as much. The cast Hot Metals will give you that softer feeling on those mishits instead as the perimeter weighting forces more speed into the strike across the face. 

Pros
  • Forgiving and big chunky faces for high ball speeds for more distance
  • Easy to hit long irons from a tee
  • Slides easily through the rough instead of digging thanks to chunky soles
  • Strikes low in the face, still provide good results
Cons
  • The brushed finish looks not so impressive after a few dings
  • Long irons will be hard to hit from the fairway, but easy from the tee

Forged and easier to hit than a muscle back for consistent distances

The feel of a forged iron is quite different to a cast iron. Cast, deep cavity backed irons are often incredibly forgiving to the point where you may barely notice you mis-hit an iron.

With forged irons, you'll feel it in your hands more when you hit it poorly. But if you, like I did,  find that you actually hit the sweet spot well enough, these MMC irons will give you that added consistency in distance control.

This is a tough recommendation but I would suggest if you're a mid handicapper more toward the 9-14 range, this is the club for you. You'll need to have a pretty consistent strike and be comfortable with smaller faces on the clubs.

While the cast irons are always going to be marketed as fast and long clubs with hot club faces, the MP20 style of iron is much softer and more consistent with improved feeling off the club face.

Where you'll notice a MASSIVE difference in performance is around the greens. Your chipping with an MP20 short iron, will be far more consistent than the hot faces of the cavity back, cast clubs. There's much less "spring" off the faces of a forged MP20 MMC.

The Mp20 MMC is labeled as an elite cavity back so it's not like this is a blade iron for only advanced players. It's a step up from the cavity backs and one step behind a muscle back. This is really the best of both worlds and the irons will last you well into the low handicap. 

Pros
  • Sleek Mizuno looks, not chunky
  • Soft face with consistent distances
  • Less offset and better feeling and control on chips
  • Will last you for years, well into the low handicap without being replaced
Cons
  • Please do not buy if you don't hit the sweet spot consistently (7/10 times)

Older but recent model - nothing wrong with this!

These JPX 850 Forged irons are a great value buy that will be in your bag for years. The reason i put them on this list is because the improvements on the current models, while evident, are not so extreme as to rule out using a prior model iron.

The 850 came before the 900's, the 919's and the 921's. The Forged nature of the clubs mean they are able to be bent to your specs easily. It's the traditional Mizuno shape and feel in a very budget friendly package.

I'm a big fan of purchasing clubs that are 3-4 models old. That's easy to do with Mizuno because you'll squeeze out great performance from any of their iron models going back 30 years. 

If you're looking for long, accurate forged irons, these will do well for you.

Pros
  • Sole and heel grind to improve turf interaction
  • Smaller compact, forged heads for clean, slim look
  • Excellent from hard lies and deep rough alike
Cons
  • Older model
  • Can be difficult to hit coming from a cavity back

Hybrids or long irons?

Look for blended sets where they combine the more advanced irons in the short irons with the easier to hit higher handicap clubs in the long irons.

But if the thought of hitting a long irons sends shivers up your spine, feel free to look into hybrids from 5 iron up and start your set at 6 iron down to pitching wedge. Mizuno also offer the Fli Hi long irons which are supremely easy to hit especially of a tee.

Conclusion

Mizuno is a tough one, but their latest models always come in different skill level irons. 

You'll find the Hot Metal range in your category if you're a high handicapper and the MMC ranges in the mid handicap range. You'll find a good balance between the two in the JPX range. 

Whatever you choose, with the correct shaft, you'll probably be a fanboy in no time.

Best Putters for High Handicappers

A lot of guides lump high handicappers and beginners into the same group for putting but I know there's a big difference.

As a high handicapper, you've played more golf than new players and have significantly more experience on the greens. I trust that you know a bit more about your preferences so I made this guide especially for you.

I know in my heart of hearts that with the right putter that gets you aligned easily, has the right balance and gives great feedback to your hands, you will make more putts and be more confident on the greens.

You'll drop that old junky putter you've got like first period math. Your handicap will plummet as well, let's not forget that.

The rattle of a putt dropping, how sweet a sound!

The quickest way to slash strokes off your handicap

You know, people have always told me a new club won't make miracles. But what I've personally found, and you might be the same, is once I lose confidence with a club, I just can't play with it anymore. And it can happen poof just like that. One bad round after using a club for two years and it's like my putter and I are divorced. Sometimes the driver too!

And you know what? I replace those clubs immediately and boom, I can play again (for another year or two). Perhaps I'm strange but I'm sure you, as a sportsman, at some point have experienced something similar. 

So to help you have more fun and get confident on the greens, I've found you some putters and combining them with a bit of practice on the greens, you can easily shave off 3 or 4 shots a round by avoiding the three-putt but also by making more short putts! 

Also check out my guide on step by step putting to jam more putts in the back of the jar.

What putter design is best for high handicappers?

Truth be told, whichever you prefer! This is a KEY CONCEPT: You must LOVE looking down at all your clubs, especially the putter. That is 80% of the battle won. Tiger Woods works on looks alone, and then only tests the clubs he likes the look of first. 

There is no right or wrong answer here. The best putters for high handicappers and any golfer are whatever you want them to be. Once you get a feeling and positive vibe about a putter, you will generally play nicely with it. I like smaller rounded mallet putters and I love classic blade putters with very little offset.

Go with your gut.

I've included multiple shapes in the products below. I genuinely believe they are the most beneficial to a high handicap golfer I play golf with multiple high handicappers and all these putters are ones that my friends game.

How to be a better putter

Are you spending the majority of your time on the range? Are you reading all the golf magazine instruction sections looking for that thing to take you closer to mid handicap heaven? I know I did, but nothing got me quick wins like learning to putt.

While I believe
a great driver you can hit straight and consistently is the biggest asset you can havethe quickest win after that will be from being able to two-putt every single green.

Think about it. Let's say you hit the driver well and get around or on the green in 2 or 3 shots on most holes. Three putting can happen up to 5 or 6 times a round and when it does it destroys your score. Imagine if you could just two putt every green you hit and make all those 5 foot putts you leave yourself after chipping!

Two hours per week is all it takes

Step 1

Take your putter and 5 - 10 balls. Putt from one hole on the green to another hole on the green 20 to 30 feet away. Putt them until every single one is within 3 feet of the hole every time. When they are, move onto step 2...

Step 2

Take the 5 to 10 balls and scatter them in a 3 foot circle around a hole. Putt from 3 feet until you can hole all of the balls. Then do it again at another hole until you can make all the 3 footers. Once you can do that, go home. Do not leave until you sink every ball without missing. 

Next time, move the circle to 4 feet and 5 feet eventually. You'll become a machine! Scroll to the bottom of this page for the best putting tutorial ever made. Yes, I made it and it shows you how to teach yourself how to putt.

Best Putters for High Handicappers

  1. Odyssey  2-Ball Triple Track Putter (easiest putter to align)
  2. Cleveland Huntington Beach Putters (best steel faced putter)
  3. Wilson Infinite West Loop  (best sleeper pick you never thought about)
  4. Odyssey White Hot Pro 2.0 Rossie (best value for money putter)
  5. Taylormade Spider Putter  (best blade putter for perfect alignment)
  6. Ping Sigma 2 Fetch Platinum (easiest to start on line)

Best Putters for High Handicappers 


The two-ball putter has been around for 20 years. Nothing has changed with the design of the alignment and that's because it works. They tried the three-ball but that was overkill. 

Odyssey are always making more durable, more responsive inserts into the face of the putter. The insert produces less bouncing and skipping after the contact on the greens. It lasts an eternity whereas their previous inserts used to wear out after a lot of use.

The contrast between the black and white two balls is what makes this putter so easy to align. Pick your line, aline the putter to it and go. But they went one step further and have now printed red and blue tracks to make it even easier. This is not just a gimmick. People have been drawing these lines on themselves. BIG MISTAKE! 

Taking into account the angle of the back of the putter, and the center line on the back vs the front, everyone screws it up when they draw it themselves. Callaway and Odyssey did it for us now, so you can trust that it's actually straight.

My brother in law is a 22 handicapper and after i gave him one of the older models of this putter, he instantly threw his old blade away. He loved that blade by the way. But this one is just so easy to align and get a decent roll, especially on slower greens. 

I find the rear of the putter doesn't feel like it sits flat on the ground which is what has stopped me buying one of these putters. It's purely a feel thing, but remember, go with what YOUR eye likes. 

Pros
  • Solid contact with plenty of weight behind the ball
  • One of the easiest putters in the world to align
  • Excellent insert for soft, consistent feel to aid in finesse of putting
  • Excellent for slow or fast greens
  • No need to draw alignment lines on the putter and screw it up anymore
Cons
  • Will not work miracles, - you'll need to practice aligning those eyes, face and mind for it to help
  • At address, it can feel like the back alignment aid is way above the ground

Cleveland Huntington Beach Range

Top quality putters at budget friendly prices

This is Cleveland's best range of putters so far. I personally own THREE, yes 3 putters from this range. They are all unique yet have common features. They're all very high quality, well weighted and have milled steel faces. 

Milled steel faces mean the ball comes off steel of the Cleveland with a totally different feel to an insert putter. Inserts make for a very soft feel as if you're hitting something with a marshmallow or pool noodle. Okay it's not that extreme but it gets the point across, because when you hit it with a steel putter, you notice a much firmer 'hit'. This is all about your preference in terms of "feel".

This is preference you should work out for yourself by hitting a few with inserts and a few with steel or metal faces from your friends' bags or in the shop. I prefer the milled face on the Clevelands because it feels like I have more consistent roll on the ball. The insert can sometimes disguise poor strikes. 

The Huntington putters come in a wide range of head shapes. You get mallets, fang-style, blade and there are also center shafted models. My top tip for picking a putter is to go with what you like the look of. That's 80% of the battle won and it's very easy to find one model in the Huntington Beach range to suit your eye,  I am sure. 

Pros
  • Consistent roll with milled steel face
  • Excellent standard fit grip quality
  • Wide range of styles to suit your eye
  • Crisp sound at contact
  • Heavy mallet and larger head styles for slower greens
Cons
  • The traditional style (blade putters) can be a bit light with not enough OOMPH from the sweet spot

Wilson Infinite West Loop

Budget manufacturer produces a beast

Point and shoot stress free putting

The gooseneck shaft on this putter and long extended back and square shape makes it a close contender against the Odyssey Stroke Lab putters, looks-wise. But it also performs well with a solid weight and face that allow for pure strikes and even rolls of the ball.

In fact, it was in my top 3 putters when purchasing a new one recently. I went with a Cleveland myself, but Wilson was a close runner-up. I was as surprised as you may be. 

For this price, there is not much wrong with this putter. The alignment aids on the back contrast white against black. This contrast is what makes alignment easier in any golf club. The look and feel of this putter is not budget at all.

The black finish is very high end and the steel milled face performs as well as many mid-range putters out there for $200 more expensive. You can be sure with this putter, you will not be disappointed. 

Pros
  • Very good for players who hit it toward the toe
  • The ball goes straight and in some cases reduce shot shapes to baby fades and draws
  • High-launching and glides through the turf
  • Crisp sound at contact
  • Lofts of the clubs printed on the bottom so you can buy the right wedges and hybrids!
Cons
  • None at this price point

My best golfing buddy, Didi uses this putter and I've seen countless  high handicappers dropping their scores into the mid handicap range using the White Hot Pro 2.0 Rossie.

It's a mallet but it's very compact with alignment aids on the back - three lines on the top line and 2 lines on the back, giving two different alignmnt aids for added accuracy. 

But the most attractive part of this putter is the insert. They make newer ones which don't wear out as much but these older ones are the ones the professionals go to the Tour van for. They actually take their modern putter from Odyssey and tell them to replace the new insert with these old white inserts. 

Of course, the pro's practice all day so the insert wears out in the sweet spot for them. They have to replace them alot. But that tells you about the quality of the insert and for such a low price, this is top bang for buck. There are a few head shapes in this model and is a great introduction to high-end manufacturer putters.

Pros
  • Old school Odyssey insert the pro's still love
  • Fraction of the price of newer models but works the same
  • High quality grip that will last ages
  • Putting from off the green and longer putts are easy with soft feel
Cons
  • Old model
  • Didi's has a lot of paint missing!

The Spider has become one of the most successful putters on tour and most popular at the local club too. It's easy to align, very stable on the stroke and helps get the ball started with a gentle stroke instead of a slap like with a blade style putter.

If you tend to push the ball to the right, this is a great putter. This putter also has an insert with some lines recessed into it for a more even roll that is consistent and stops the ball back spinning and skidding. It's an incredibly stale putter and will produce the same roll time and time again if your stroke complies with you.

You can always go for the latest update to this model with the mini, but if you're looking for a great, classic, guaranteed to function putter, this is a no brainer instead of dishing out double the dosh for similar results. 

Pros
  • One of the most winningest putters on Tour in recent years
  • Easy to align with the extended back
  • Insert prevents skipping and skimming action on the ball
  • Balance of the putter is excellent 
Cons
  • Paint will start scratching off
  • Can be a bit heavy for some if you've never tried a mallet style putter
  • If you have an arched stroke, it can be prone to pulls

I first encountered this putter playing with a high handicapper subscriber from my Youtube channel. I gave him some short game assistance after the round, and got to try his Ping 2 Sigma Platinum Fetch. I know PING make amazing putters, but this one was far and away the best one I have tried in recent years.

It does have a face insert that has a texture on the surface similar to a milled steel putter. The feel off this insert is less marshmallow, more soft steel feel.

The head does not feel as heavy as most of the mallet putters out there and the big hole in the middle acts as an alignment aid. But what sets it apart from other putters with round/ball shaped alignment aids, is that the other models all have steel where the round alignment aid is.

Because the PING has just a hole, it allows the weight to be distributed elsewhere and it makes for a freer, easier swing of the putter, with less of a "Thor's Hammer" blow on the ball. A lot of weighty mallet putters can be hard to control for distance on faster greens but the PING Fetch acts with the feel of a blade.

The sound is far softer and the feel is much improved over other mallet models in this category. Bonus feature: The hole in the middle is perfect for placing over the ball and picking up like a boss.

Pros
  • Adjustable length
  • Softer feel and sound to most mallets on the market
  • Easy alignment with the circle in the middle contrasting with the clubface
  • Consistent roll of the ball thanks to state of the art insert
  • Pick the ball up in style with the hole in the putter
Cons
  • VERY large head

My one hour putting tutorial with 300k views

This video was as comprehensive as I could get to show everyone how to TEACH THEMSELVES to putt better. There is no magic formula, but there are some things you can experiment with yourself to get the feeling of what a good putt feels like. 

You can use the drills in the video to learn feel, roll and holding the ball on a line. I promise, it's worth your time.

Conclusion

Odyssey continues to dominate in the putter realm and without any hesitation, you can't go wrong with the Rossie 2.0 if you're on a budget and if you want to splurge, there are tons of brands out there like Odyssey, Scotty Cameron and EVNROLL. 

The abovementioned putters are the ones that got me excited because they present top quality putting without destroying your bank account. You will find you can use these putters for a very very long time, but if you want to, you can upgrade into the future.  

best budget golf driver

Best Budget Golf Driver – Affordable Distance

There is a budget category for golf clubs that include the best budget golf driver, but I have a better idea for you.

My idea is that you take a look at the cheaper end, yes. But also the higher end, perhaps a second hand model of a driver that is 4-5 years old. The drivers made in the last 4 or 5 years have no changed much and you can pick up a steal on either a new or used one.

Of course, if you want to spend as little as possible, I have a couple of options in this guide, but if I can give you one piece of advice it's to spend as much as you can afford on your equipment. It does make a massive difference to play premium materials instead of the composites that the budget manufacturers make. 

How do I know that? I grew up with not much money to spend on golf clubs and so I always played equipment that was WAY inferior to everyone else. My driver was for the longest time some kind of titanium alloy, Taylormade Burner knockoff. It did not perform as well as stuff made just 3 or 4 years prior.

Best Budget Golf Drivers

  1. Cleveland Launcher HB Driver (most forgiving driver for slow swings)
  2. Macgregor Mac Tec Driver  (best budget golf driver new)
  3. Srixon Z 585 Driver (Best of the last 5 years)
  4. Callaway Epic Flash Driver (best driver from Callaway from 2019)
  5. Taylormade M2 Driver (one of the best by Taylormade)

Forgiving and easy to hit for slower swings

The Cleveland HB Launcher has a very tall dominating face and setting up to the ball, it looks like a traditional Cleveland. Classic shape and tall face with a massive sweet spot, especially forgiving on toe hits. Used or new, it's a bargain and one of unsung heroes of amateur golf when ti comes to accessibility to good equipment at decent prices. 

The club is light and by light, I mean REALLY light. That might not appeal to everyone but it can definitely help pick up an extra couple mph in your swing. If you're hovering around 85 mph, this little beauty can bring you up to 90 mph and give you a few yards more off the tee.

On the crown, the detailing is similar to PING with cool shapes that make the driver look streamlined and powerful over the ball. 

Pros
  • Forgiving all over the face
  • Lightweight to help increase speed for slower swingers
  • Tall face with large sweet spot
  • Excellent sound
Cons
  • Loft settings are not adjustable

Adjustable at a budget

Budget beater brand new

The 460CC head can be adjusted to lofts of 9, 10.5 and 12 degrees. Whether you swing it fast, slow or medium, you can adjust it to create more height and carry.

MacGregors MACTEC driver has an ultra-thin face to generate much faster ball speeds for which in turn produces longer carries for more distance.  They've expanded the sweet-spot for greater forgiveness but don't think that just because it's a budget golf driver, that it's no good.

MacGregor have been around for years, only being overtaken in the modern era similar to Nokia being overtaken by Apple and Samsung. They still make great phones, but people just focused their attention onto the shinier objects. Macgregor is what Jack Nicklaus used to play!

Pros
  • Adjustable at a budget price
  • Looks much more high end
  • Lightweight, thin face driver for more distance
  • Very low price
Cons
  • Name brand recognition is very low for the ego golfer

One of the best drivers of the last 5 years

The best part of these drivers is how SIMPLE they look at address. There is almost nothing on the crown except a little mark to show the center of the face.

The stock shaft is a Project X HZRDS which is a high quality shaft indeed. The shaft really is the powerhouse of the club and these come fit with a very strong engine.

What I've noticed the most about this club is how on toe hits, the ball actually goes AS FAR AS solid strikes which is perfect for someone like me who hits it toward the toe more often. 

The face has no fancy graphics on it. The crown is super simple and the sweet spot sends feedback up your arms, knowing you've hit it in the pantie.

Simple looking simple shooting

Looking down at this club is not distracting at all and the top of the crown makes it easy to line the ball up to the sweet spot and with minimal decal and lines on the face, it looks classic and not full of gimmicks. A real simple point and shoot. 

Pros
  • The beauty is in the simplicity of design and superb performance
  • Extremely large sweet spot where toe hits go almost as far as middle hits
  • Z785 has some adjustability for loft while the Z585 is super simple no adjusting
  • The crown has very little detail on it, it is very classic looking
Cons
  • Z585 model has no adjustability at all

Couple years old means you get great value on the best

The Epic Flash driver is one of the best Callaway have produced. The Jail Break technology in the crown and head makes it difficult to beat in terms of distance and sweet spot extension.

Callaway put a technology called Flash Face into the driver to help you get more ball speed off the face to gain more distance. In other words, they made a bigger sweet spot on the driver and in the center of the sweet spot, it's even bouncier.

The computers Callaway used cycled through different 15,000 face iterations, learning from each iteration to finally settle on the best option being the technology they call Flash Face.

Jailbreak bars inside the head near the face stiffen and stabilize the crown plus the sole, so when you hit the ball it places the impact load in the right places for more consistent and long ball flight.

Pros
  • Three shaft options HZRDUS, Tensei, Evenflow
  • Ball feels like it explodes off the face at impact 
  • Low spin rates and high ball speeds off the face for maximum distance
  • Jail break technology at budget price
  • Moveable weight and adjustable loft sleeve
Cons
  • Graphics are a turn off on the face
  • Sound is the same over good and bad strikes

Pros
  • White top line on the crown for easy alignment
  • Long Taylormade face for more forgiveness on mis hits
  • Penetrating ball flight
  • There is hardly any difference in distance between this and newer models
Cons
  • White top line on the crown may turn you off
  • Sound is very dense instead of ping-y
  • Not adjustable

Why I don't suggest super budget driver

I do not recommend really cheap drivers because they stunt your enjoyment of the game whether you're a new player or been playing a while. If you're not playing something in the last 4,5 or 6 years, you're missing out on a lot of fun and a lot of enjoyment of the game.

How I know this, is that my sister took up golf only after she realized that she could finally afford decent equipment. When she was young, she couldn't have nice clubs and so she never got into golf because it was so difficult to play the cheaper, less effective clubs we could afford.

It changes your whole outlook on the game when you have a decent driver not just a junky one that is cheap. 

Conclusion

You can go for the ultra budget stuff, or you can settle for a new or even USED item from recent years. I would suggest a second hand driver to extract max value on the best budget golf drivers out there.

Best Low Spin Golf Balls 2021

Low spinning golf balls are touted to go further because every ball spins backward, regardless of what people say. To become airborne, the ball NEEDS to have backspin. 

Too much back spin and the ball goes less distance so inversely, reducing that backspin makes it go further. This is helpful on the drive or the tee shot on par 4 and par 5 holes to get longer off the tee.

On approach shots as well as chip and pitch shots, you'll need to weigh up the pros and cons of lower spinning golf balls for YOUR game. If you're comfortable with longer rollout on the greens and more of a chip-and-run style of chipping, you'll enjoy the best low spin golf balls. 

If you hit a low ball, you'll get extra run out as well and the ball will run a lot more on the greens. If you hit a high ball, the angle of descent alone will allow the low spinning ball to stop.

Think carefully about the decision to play low spin golf balls, and consider the game beyond just the tee shot. 

Who should play the low spin golf balls?

Surlyn: If you need more distance off the tee and shape the ball a big way left or right, the low spin golf balls may be for you. If you prefer a chip and run style of chipping instead of floating high shots, you'll like a low spinning ball. Perhaps you can roll the ball up to the greens and in that case, your approach game will like less spin - these will be the surlyn covered golf balls.

Urethane: But if you prefer to have some spin around the greens, you'll want a ball that spins more on the wedges and chip shots. These will generally be 3-5 layer golf balls with a urethane cover. The manufacturers have engineered them to the point that they have similar low spin on drivers but significantly more spin on wedges and chip shots. 

Didi, on my channel, plays to an 8.6 handicap and plays low spinning 2 piece, surlyn golf balls. That's correct, at an 8.6 handicap, he isn't playing a premium urethane high spinning ball.

His game has developed in a way that he wants more distance off the tee as he hits a fade and prefers the lower spin for more rollout and carry. On his approaches, he is often hitting 7 iron and longer into the greens so he play for the extra rollout. 

Around the greens, he plays the chip and run exclusively and that means he never needs a high spin golf ball to rip back because at his swing speed, and ball flight, he can hardly take advantage of the extra spin.

Personally, I can play 2 piece golf balls no problem tee to green. With the spin I can generate with the swing speed, the balls stick where they land. The place where I see a clear difference between the urethane multilayer balls and the 2-piece surlyns, is inside 80 yards on partial shots and around the greens, especially bunker shots and floating chips. The low spin balls don't sit as quickly. So I prefer a low-spin ball with a urethane cover off the tee, but by default, the ball will spin more on irons and wedges because of the urethane cover.

Urethane vs Surlyn covers

I will show you five surlyn covered golf balls and three urethane covered golf balls that fit into the low spin golf ball concept. 

They offer similar performance, but the urethane will be less durable. The covers scratch easily as they are softer than the surlyn. Surlyn balls can last 4 or 5 rounds while a urethane cover can be wrecked after 18 holes.

Surlyn golf balls are made of a one or two piece core covered in a layer of surlyn which is the cover. Urethane balls are made of 2-4 layers on the inside, with a urethane cover to produce some of the highest spinning golf balls. 

Best Low Spin Golf Ball 2021

                Surlyn covered

  1. Vice Drive (best for moderate to slow swings)
  2. Srixon Soft Feel (best for every mid to high handicapper)
  3. Mizuno RB566V (Microdimples for increased hang time)
  4.  Bridgestone e12 Soft (best 3-piece surlyn covered golf ball)
  5.  Wilson Duo Spin Soft (best for recreational golfer who loses balls)

    Urethane covered
  6. Srixon Q Star Tour (One of my favorite golf balls)
  7.  Bridgestone Tour B RX (Best for swings under 105 mph)
  8. Taylormade Tour Response (Best value urethane ball) 

Best low spin golf ball for slower swings

The Vice Drive ball is specifically targeted at low to mid swing speed golfers, with the soft Energy Speed core. It's a great option for these swing speeds which means a lot fo senior golfers can also benefit from this golf ball in the same category as the all-time favorite Srixon Soft Feel.

The cut-resistant Surlyn cover boosts durability, while wedge spin rates are higher in the latest Drive model for improved control from closer range.

Pros
  • Budget-friendly 
  • Cut resistant surlyn for multiple round durability
  • Excellent from tight lies, bare lies and even soggy lies
  • Strikes low in the face, still provide good results
Cons
  • Firm feel around the greens 

My go-to low spin golf ball for everyone

Srixon Soft Feel has been on the market for so many years, it's one of the stalwarts of mid handicap golf. This ball is featured in a lot of places on my website and there is a reason for that. I played this ball all the way down to a single figure handicap and I recommend it to anyone who wants a cheap, good golf ball and is always the first ball I suggest when a mid handicapper wants to break into buying new golf balls.

Tons of colors available and will always be the go-to ball I suggest to most golfers. I would rate this and the Inesis Soft 500 on equal playing field.

Pros
  • Mid range mid priced golf ball for everyone
  • Excellent runout on drives
  • Very durable golf ball 
Cons
  • Can feel a bit firm on the putter

3-piece surlyn ball with micro dimples for hang time

The Mizuno RB 566V is a 3 piece golf ball, wrapped in ionomer. A unique 566 dimple pattern which has micro-dimples means there is less drag on the ball for the correct level of spin for your needs. 

With the dimple pattern and micro-dimples, the balls launch and descend at a higher angle and makes them more stoppable on the greens. Around the greens, the balls perform well without feeling like they're made of marshmallow or soap. They have a firmer feel but work surprisingly well on the greens with very predictable results which is what you need. 

Pros
  • Long hang time
  • Ideal for mid to low swing speeds in warm conditions
  • Extremely durable cover
  • Extra crust layer improves ball speed over normal 2 piece balls
Cons
  • The cover feels very hard to the touch

Value for money golf ball for straight shots

Bridgestone make another 3-piece surlyn golf ball to feature on this list. The e12 Soft is said to reduce sidespin properties which means less dispersion left and right. In the 3 piece surlyn balls, the softer core is not making contact with the cover and in between the core and the cover is now a mantle which is a firmer layer to produce better energy transfer instead of letting the impact all be absorbed by the soft core. This is a recipe for slow golf balls. Not with the e12 soft.

Bridgestone use an Active Acceleration Mantle as an important part of the 3-piece construction. This mantle is made up of a composite material that transfers the power of the shot into the ball and creates a higher initial speed at impact.

Because Bridgestone doesn't rely on the core for the speed, they were able to soften the core to allow for softer response around the greens than most distance golf balls. Remember to separate the spin performance of urethane balls and surlyn balls. This Bridgestone e12 Soft may be a soft and long golf ball with a nice touch, it won't spin as much as a urethane ball.

This ball is for the player who understands their swing and game is not suited to a urethane golf ball.

Pros
  • Soft and springy cover and initial feel
  • Multiple layers with firm mantle to allow for soft core
  • Low spin rates and high ball speeds off the face for maximum distance

Ultra low compression of 40 great budget ball

Wilson DUO ranges of golf balls are extremely popular and before JMac on my channel was a single figure handicap, he only played Wilson DUO's. He's now onto TP5 and Inesis Tour 900 but these Wilsons were his starting point of new golf balls. And the loved them.

The DUO Soft Spin is a low compression ball that spins nicely on approaches and has a nice soapy soft feel on the wedges and putter. It feels like a Tour ball off the face but of course, the spin is much less than that. For the price, there is not much better out there. 

A weird sensation is the matte colored golf balls. They are the same as the normal balls but for some reason - maybe placebo - they FEEL like they spin more on chips and approaches, as if the cover grips onto the clubface more. 

Pros
  • Cheap and easy - no crying if you lose them
  • Soft feeling on the club face and putter
  • Matte colors and normal colors - matte color feels like it grips on the grooves
Cons
  • Covers can scratch easily

Urethane goodness at a surlyn price

This is one of my favorite balls despite being much maligned lately by My Golf Spy for the issues with the core. In any one of my videos, I may be playing this ball as it's always in my bag. 

A soft inner core slowly gets firmer as we move toward the outer edge. The new urethane covering is called Spin Skin and is supposed to grab onto the grooves of your club like velcro and I agree, i get great spin with this ball. Even at a 4 handicap, I can't tell the difference between these and more expensive premium balls.

The new side stamp is excellent with a solid black line with white font inside so you can align your golf ball to your putting line much easier. The ball has a medium 72 compression.

Pros
  • Distance off the tee as long as any other
  • Stops very quickly with the grippy urethane cover
  • Softer center, firmer outer layer
  • Superbly priced for the quality of golf ball
Cons
  • My Golf Spy report the core is not evenly produced 

Top value quality urethane ball 

While faster soft balls are very popular now, In some cases, the lower spin properties of soft balls can compensate for the loss of speed. The flip side is, the lower spin balls do supply much lower spin, which is what we want to often avoid with the iron game.

High speed, high spin players won't worry about lower spinning soft balls because the increase in distance will offset the reduction in spin because they already hit it high and full of spin. 

The urethane covered Tour Response also has the firmer mantle like the surlyn balls above. The low compression core covered in a much firmer mantle, means the soft, slow ball, turns into a quick, long ball that sits down thanks to the cover.  

That's basically how the Taylormade Tour Response works. On a budget too.

Conclusion

Pick carefully.

Hit it high, full of spin but want longer tee shots and confident your ball will sit down regardless of the ball? Use the surlyn.

Hit it low, slow speed on the irons? Think about the urethane covered low spin golf balls.

Your chips not stopping? Your pitches rolling through the green? Urethane can help.

Low ball hitter with lots of spin? Ball not rolling out on tee shots? Prefer to hit bump and run shots? Surlyn low spin golf balls are fine for you!

Garmin S40 vs S60 Approach GPS Golf Watch

The Garmin S40 vs S60 debate is a common one when looking for a golf GPS watch. We want accurate info and we don't need extra features that we won't use. 

It's a toss-up between features and price. Are the features worth the extra cash? Is the extra cash such a worry long term? What's the reason i'm buying this thing? Is my wife going to still talk to me when it arrives in the mail?

I know, I had the same thoughts before I settled on the Garmin S40 when comparing the two and below, I'll do a comparison review between the Garmin Approach S40 and S60.

garmin s40 approach golf watch gps review

GARMIN APPROACH S40 FEATURES

The flagship watch for Garmin has been the S40 for a long time.

The Approach S40 has a 1.2” diameter color TOUCHSCREEN display. It's full color and provides distances to the back, middle and front of the greens on the default screen when you're out on the course. 

When you first get the watch, you have to set some basic information about the distances you hit so the watch will know what to suggest when tracking your swings. Yep! The watch tracks when you hit the ball via the feedback of the jarring nature of hitting a ball.

By preprogramming your distances, after your shot, the watch will ask which club you hit, trying to match the closest one to your distance you had to the green. This is amazing tech and it's always within 1 club up or down from what i actually hit. 

In play, so easy to use

When you play, it will automatically select the course you're closest to via the satellite system, with some other courses listed nearby. You select your course and get going.

You get the option of keeping score and this also tracks fairways, which side of the fairway you missed, if you hit the green, number of putts and penalties. 

The watch does not show you the overall layout of the hole, but only the green shape. You can click and drag the pin to wherever it is on the green, using the touch screen on the watch. It provides carry over bunkers, and the distance to the 100, 150, 200 yard layups which is incredibly valuable info.

The watch will last 3 rounds on a full charge as it's never below 75% after one round of use. I have never used it without charging, as I charge it after every round.

The entire watch including the silicone band doesn't weight much and it isn’t very bulky so it won't interfere with your swing. I hate wearing jewellery and it does not bother me one bit while swinging. 

You can look back at your performance and stats after the round via the phone app. The watch automatically records your swings, you input the details on the course, and when keeping score, the phone holds the info until you transfer it to the phone using the VERY easy to use app. 



THE GARMIN APPROACH S60 FEATURES

The Garmin Approach S60 is the same size as the S40. 

But the biggest difference is that the course maps on the S60 Garmin have aerial shots of the holes you're playing. On the S40, you only have a very flat drawing with some arrows to push to get to different readings to those hazards.

The full color aerial view of the holes means you can see the shape of the hole, and you can use the same click and drag with your finger, to move your target point on the map. This allows you to know distances to literally anywhere you want on the given map. You can only do this on the green in the S40 version.

The S60 watch also compensates for slope when considering the distances to your selected areas. There are more features geared toward other sports in the S60 which i didn't really care much about, but maybe you do participate in these and they may be helpful for you.

The reason I did not get the the S60 may help you decide:

I use a rangefinder already. I prefer a rangefinder for truly accurate distances. I wanted a watch that would keep track of my club distances automatically and store my scores and stats. I use the front middle and back of the green distances to know how much green I have to work with on approaches. I don't need aerial views of the holes and even the touch and drag nature of the green view isn't important to me. i play off a low handicap and also do not use fitness watches.

If I did not have a rangefinder, and wanted a truly full-function golf watch, I would buy the S60. I would use the aerial view of the holes, and pinpoint distances to things on the course. I knew I wouldn't need these features and I don't like needing to charge things all the time because I forget. The S60 lasts a lot shorter with the battery life in golf mode and I don't want to feel pressured if I forgot to charge it once. I needed low maintenance vibes. If I were a fitness guru, I would also take the S60.


GARMIN S40 vs S60 REVIEW COMPARISON

FEATURE

GARMIN S40

GARMIN S60

VERDICT

Touchscreen

Same size touchscreen

Green View

Same in both

Hole View

S60 kicks ass with this feature

Drag and Drop: on the green

You can move the pin on the green in both models

Drag and Drop: on the hole

S60 lets you choose any target on the hole by dragging on screen

Battery Life

3 rounds

1.5 rounds

Both last 10 days in smartwatch mode

Auto Detect Shots

Both watches feel when you've hit a shot

'Plays Like' Distance

Both watches feel when you've hit a shot

Stat Tracking in App

Great for keeping track of your stats

Courses

40,000+

40,000+

No subscription fee

Extra Features

Not much

A lot

These don't interest me unfortunately. I use this for golf only.

Who is it for??

Golfer with low maintenance needs and wants to track stats and distances of clubs easily. Probably uses a rangefinder already or is a mid handicapper.

Golfer who plays other sports and is into fitness. Prefers to use a GPS device and doesn't own a rangefinder. Will rely heavily on the watch for distances. Probably mid to low handicapper.

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Buy

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MY RECOMMENDATION DEPENDS

The S40 and the S60 are both fantastic - they're just for different people. It depends on what you want it for.

The Garmin Approach S40 recommended for you if

If you're like me and want to keep track of your club distances, and know a few things like distances to 100, 150 and 200 yard layups but at the same time you use a rangefinder, then the S40 is a way better purchase. You can use the basic front, middle and back of the green measurements to get around, especially if you're a double digit handicapper. 

The S40 is low maintenance because you only have to charge it every 2-3 rounds and it doesn't have all sorts of other fancy fitness and sports features that you'll never use. Bloat. It was not about the money as I could have afforded either. It was about simplifying my life while adding complications.

The Garmin Approach S60 recommended for you if

I'd recommend the Garmin Approach S60 to the player who wants to exclusively use the GPS watch for their distances. I mean, no rangefinder. If you have a rangefinder, the S60 will just be a higher maintenance stats-tracker.

But if you don't use a rangefinder and want quick reference to the front, middle and back of the green, as well as being able to work out exactly how far it is to specific locations on the course, the S60 is perfect for you. Spend the extra cash that you wouldn't spend on the rangefinder if you are looking for a distance finder. You'll have to keep it fully charged after every round.

Also, if you're a fitness nut as well as a golfer, you'll prefer the S60.

Important Questions

Is the S60 worth the 20-25% higher price?
If you want aerial views of the holes and drag and drop targeting on any area of the course, yes. If you want to track fitness markers and are into that, then yes.

But if you want to use it purely for middle, back and front of green measurements, and track your club distances, and scores, then no, the S40 is a lower maintenance, less charging, easier device. If you own a rangefinder already, and use it a lot, the S40 will not add anything to your life except stats tracking.

Is it uncomfortable to wear and swing?
I do not wear jewellery and I have no problem and don't notice it after the first ever hole of wearing it.

How long does the battery last? 
The Garmin S60 will last 30 holes and in smartwatch mode, it will last 10 days. The S40 lasts 54 holes and 10 days in smartwatch mode.

What if you sweat? Won't it destroy the charging port?
That is exactly what I wondered about, and so far after a good 20-30 usages, there is no effect on the charging, despite sweating profusely int eh tropical heat.

How long to charge the battery?
I have never measured, but I just leave it on overnight. Easy life.

Best Golf Travel Bags for Airlines With Wheels 2021 – Hard and Soft Cases

Ever left your clubs at home on a trip and rented a set? It's not the same, is it?

We've all heard the stories of the guys brand new custom-fitted driver shaft snapping on the flight back home. And all the airline offered him was a few measly dollars based on the light weight of the club. 

That's why EVERY golfer who travels needs a proper travel bag. Clubs are expensive, and replacing them is not only an expense, but the club is never the same with a new shaft in it, is it?

Avoid all that nonsense, and get yourself geared up to take your own clubs to wherever you go and have them arrive with you, in one piece.

I've traveled thousands of miles (on full service and budget airlines) with my golf clubs and have never had a single one break. Even with a travel bag, I take extra precautions.

In this guide, I'll not only show you which are the best golf travel bags for airlines, but I'm going to show you how to pack a bag so you never ever have broken clubs. Plus, wheeling your golf back around the airport looks way more swanky than lugging it on a shoulder. Take your clubs everywhere!

best golf travel bags

Key features of a golf travel bag

  1. Weight is important because some airlines restrict the weight of sports equipment. Do you travel low-cost or full-service most of the time? Check airline rules - generally 50 lbs total is about the norm for sports equipment.
  2. Wheels make moving the bag around so much easier than carrying so I've featured only wheeled bags here. I struggled for too long with a carry travel bag.
  3. Side pockets are great for accessories, clothes and golf shoes. 
  4. Hard or soft cover can mean the difference between adding your own padding or not.
  5. Some manufacturers offer very generous warranties that even cover your clubs!
  6. Some bags come with built-in locks while others need padlocks.
  7. TSA will check certain bags and some do come with TSA locks otherwise purchase a TSA-approved lock from Master.
best golf travel bags for airlines

Best Golf Travel Bags for Airlines

  1.  Bag Boy Golf T10 Hard Top Cover (best budget option and my current choice)
  2. SKB Deluxe ATA Hard Cover (best value travel bag, includes superior guarantee/warranty)
  3. Club Glove Last Bag Soft Cover  (most spacious - used by Tour pros)
  4. CaddyDaddy Constrictor 2 Soft Cover (lightweight budget option)
  5. Sun Mountain Club Glider Meridian Soft Cover (easiest for check-in queues)
  6. GTB Caravan 3.0 Soft Cover (best bang for buck option)

*All of these bags are compliant with airline policies. The only thing to remember is the weight restrictions and to double check the airline policies to ensure once the bag is packed, it doesn't exceed maximum weight - usually around 50 lbs.


Bag Boy Golf T-10 Hard Top Travel Cover

A hard-top, budget, reliable travel bag solution

This is such a good option for budget travel. The top of the bag is made of firm plastic which does not bend or break easily. It's flexible enough to not crack and zips shut together with the rest of the fabric bag.

It's basically a golf bag case made of fabric, with a hard shell on top where the clubs are. It stores very easily but folding the fabric into the hard shell and placing the hard-shell sized item in a cupboard or in the corner. 

The strap around the bag helps to prevent it from snapping open from rough handling while traveling and the wheels in the bottom make it easier to wheel around instead of putting it sideways on a baggage trolley. You'll need to pack it quite tight to really take advantage of the wheels, as it sags without enough stuff packed into it.

I've travelled with this type of bag a lot, and it's my favorite for convenience of storage and price. 

Pros
  • Strong where it counts - around the clubs
  • Lots of flexible space to include shoes and clothes
  • Cheaper option than most - good for infrequent travelers
Cons
  • Preferably needs another item - the Bag Boy backbone 
  • If not packed tight enough, can sag when wheeling around

SKB Deluxe ATA Golf Travel Bag

A Sherman tank with a million mile warranty

American-made quality with TSA lock

The American-made SKB Deluxe is made of molded polyethylene which makes it not only dirt and moisture resistant but extremely strong. So strong in fact, that the manufacturer offers $1500 club coverage and a million mile guarantee on the case.

With that sturdiness and strength comes a bit of extra weight though and at 18 lbs, the SKB travel bag isn't light. With your bag loaded inside, you might have enough airline weight allowance for a pair of golf shoes.

You'll be able to put pretty much any bag in here but it works especially well for stand bags and cart bags. It's a tight fit for larger cart bags and staff bags but with a bit of effort, it'll hold it all. The inline skate wheels make wheeling this solid structure around very easy.

There are three locks on the bag and keys are included. A TSA lock is included which is fantastic because this bag is a magnet for TSA and will be checked. It's always best not to put too much loose stuff in the case because the ever reliable TSA will reliably lose it for you.

One of the other areas that could be improved actually, are the locks. They could be made of a material more in-line with the sturdiness of the case but are made of a hard plastic. They do however work very well. 

This is easily the best hard case golf travel bag on the market.

Pros
  • Extremely strong - probably the last travel bag you'll buy
  • Fits even tour staff bags
  • Incredible $1500 club coverage and million mile warranty
  • Comes with TSA approved lock
  • Water and dust resistant
Cons
  • Heavy at 18 lbs
  • TSA magnet - don't put too many loose valuables inside

Club Glove Last Bag

Trusted by Tour pros and comes in 16 colors

Did you know the Club Glove travel bag is the most used travel bag by professionals on Tour?  Neither did I but that's why it 's priced quite a bit higher than others. Or maybe it's the lifetime warranty. Or the executive looks. Or the fact your clubs won't break inside of it?

Club Glove have made this bag of resilient Cordura which is way more durable than nylon and even though this bag is about 10 lbs, it protects the hell out of your clubs. Regardless of the type of bag you use, it can hold even a big Tour bag and two pairs of shoes. There's just so much space and with the light weight, you have 40 lbs to stuff everything you can into your golf bag.

It's made in the USA and includes high quality YKK zippers and ITW Nexus buckles and if you know anything about zippers and clasps, these are the highest quality. Placing your clubs inside the bag is easy and once you zip it closed, you can then connect the buckles for a tight fit without any club rattle. The inline skate wheel system is sturdy and not likely to break off like the Samsonite's do.

There just isn't any soft cover golf travel bag that comes close to this which is why it's the best golf travel bag for airlines because no matter what those handlers do with it, your clubs are well protected. 

If you want to add another level of club safety in a soft cover bag, take a look at the Stiff Arm and for TSA approved locks, you can't go wrong with a cheap Master lock

Pros
  • Very roomy inside 
  • Excellent zipper and clasp system to keep clubs from rattling around
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Extra padding around where the club heads go
  • Only experiences 2 breakages per year OVER ALL PGA and LPGA tours
Cons
  • Very pricey

CaddyDaddy Constrictor 2 

Lightweight budget option for stress-free packing

The CaddyDaddy Constrictor is a good budget option if the previous two models in the guide are a bit steep for your tastes. Hard cover bags are pretty difficult to store because of their bulkiness and the Constrictor 2 just folds in half and takes up about the same space as a carry on bag.

Lightweight and plenty of room

The bag is only about 8.5 lbs which means you have 40 lbs to play with so with your clubs, you can add your golf shoes and all the balls you could possibly lose in 5 rounds. And with the ample space inside the bag, you really can go wild even if you have a Rodney Dangerfield Caddyshack bag. The two extra pockets on the outside give you even more storage space.

Very convenient is the bag stands up straight with a golf bag loaded inside. Now this is a soft cover case and while the protection is quite good around the clubs, I'd recommend reading my packing guide at the bottom of the page to ensure your clubs stay safe. Or you have the option of the North Pole to keep the force away from breaking your driver shaft.

Pros
  • Very well priced
  • Lightweight for more opportunity to smuggle alcohol home
  • Loads of storage space internally and externally
  • Consistent and repeatable performance around the greens
Cons
  • Internal strap not the best for holding clubs in place
  • Reinforcement around your clubs is advised

Sun Mountain Club Glider Meridian

Easiest to wheel through check-in lines

Excellent for travelling families

From the golf bag specialists, Sun Mountain, the Sun Mountain Club Glider gets top marks. There is a second set of wheels besides the standard inline skate wheels which are easily retractable so the bag stays in the wheeling position by itself.

The little wheels on the foremost wheels pivot and take almost 100% of the weight off your hand and arm so you can guide the Club Glider Meridian around with total ease using a single finger.

That's a major advantage when you're also wheeling around a couple kids and your wife's cosmetics case! No need to keep picking it up and moving it while navigating to check-in.

Some things that could be improved are the amount of padding around the clubs, and perhaps the external pockets extending outward and not pushing into the interior of the bag. A minor grip is needing to put the legs back getting on an escalator and pull the out as you approach the top.

Space-wise the Sun Mountain has enough space for your bag, a small carry on and golf shoes. There isn't nearly as much space as the Club Glove and the material isn't as durable as the Cordura used in the Club Glove. There's a one year warranty on the Club Glider Meridian travel bag itself but not on your clubs which the SKB does offer at a lower price point.

Overall, a nice bag that will need a bit more support around the club heads but there is no easier golf travel bag on the market that is this easy to wheel around.

Pros
  • Sole focus here is to wheel your bag around super easily
  • Four wheels turn the bag into a trolley on its own - easy for check in
  • Takes weight off your arm and with carabiners can be used to attach other bags like a train
  • Excellent color options
Cons
  • Main zipper isn't designed for a lock
  • External pockets extend inward not outward
  • Not much padding around clubs
  • Heavy at 15 lbs

Golf Travel Bags Caravan 3.0

Super value for money very under budget

Good option if you travel occasionaly

Excellent external pockets and riveted handles make the Caravan 3.0 extremely high value. There is little difference between this bag and the Constrictor 2. The weight is similar and the setup is almost identical.

There's plenty of space inside to pack everything you could need on your golf trip. The two pockets on the exterior easily fit one pair of golf shoes each. While this bag isn't going to last forever like an SKB or Club Glove, it's a great budget option if you don't travel extensively with your clubs.


Club Glove Stiff Arm

Stick it in the bag to prevent graphite shaft snaps

Tips on packing your golf bag safely

This is by no means pretty, but it is effective. If you don't want to buy a travel bag or you want a soft cover travel bag, you can do this.

  1. Clip on your rain cover and unzip to let it hang loose. It's easier to do the final step if you put the cover on now.
  2. Unscrew the driver head from the shaft and put the shaft into the bag with the clubs. If your driver doesn't unscrew, go to the next step.
  3. Put your woods and hybrids upside down into the bag. Be sure to put some old socks on the heads to prevent scratches.
  4. Bunch the shafts that are sticking out the top together and put your umbrella in the bag to act as a splint for more support.
  5. Turn your irons in so the toes are all facing your woods' shafts and bunch them all together and wrap a towel (or two) around the whole set.
  6. Once the towels are tightly wrapped around the club heads, zip up the club cover.
  7. Put the driver head and wrench into a jacket and place it in a secure pocket.
  8. Use cellophane wrap and masking tape to wrap it all up for a budget version of the airport service

Conclusion

Simply put, the best travel bags are expensive and they're expensive because they last. An SKB hard case will serve any golfer well and for the price, there is little reason to get a soft cover travel bag for airlines. If a hard cover bag is not ideal and storage becomes a pain in the butt, the high-priced Club Glove is virtually indestructible and protects your golf clubs amazingly. For those who don't like lugging a golf travel bag around by a flimsy handle, the Sun Mountain makes travel easy. These three are essentially the best golf travel bags for airlines hands down.

Best Golf Bags for Travel – Cart and Stand Bags (Not Travel Covers)

You want a golf bag to travel with, but every website you find shows you travel bags that go AROUND your golf bag. In THIS article, I'll show you the best golf bags for travel - not the best travel cases for your golf bag.

For travel cases to keep your golf bag safe, you can click here on this guide.

I travel a lot between countries in South East Asia as well as between Asia and South Africa. I've never had a single breakage and 9 out of 10 flights is on a low cost airline. You can use a travel case to put around your clubs, but you can also just use a strong golf bag and learn to pack it effectively for travel.

best golf bags for travel

What makes a golf bag good for travel?

STRONG BASE AND TOP: The best golf bags for traveling with have a strong top and base of the bag. This is essential so the base is not bent or misshapen from the pressure of other bags being placed on top of it.

When heavy objects are placed on a weak base, the golf bag won't stand and will keep falling over once you retrieve it at baggage reclaim. This is the one thing I have experienced while traveling. No club breakages, but the base of the bag can be warped easily. 

LIGHTWEIGHT: We want a bag that will weigh as little as possible, taking into account our other criteria. A set of clubs, I usually calculate at about 10-15 lbs (5-7kg). Depending on your airline, you may need to specially select SPORTING GOODS when purchasing the ticket as part of your luggage allowance. Other airlines include it as part of your overall luggage. So as light as possible is the best bet without sacrificing strength.

FLEXIBLE SIDES: The sides of the bag need to be strong but not brittle. They should be able to adapt in shape and size without setting permanently like that. If a bag is compressed in the middle while traveling, it will create a lopsided bag where the top and bottom of the bag are no longer aligned.

STAND BAG LEGS THAT FASTEN SECURELY WHEN FOLDED IN: Having a stray stand bag leg loose means it will get caught on any number of things as your stuff is thrown around by the beloved baggage handlers. There's nothing quite as fun as arriving at your destination with a stand bag that can't stand anymore because a leg is bent.

I've had these things happen and I've found in my travels, the best golf bags for travel are the cart bags that have twisty, bendy sides, with thick and heavy bases and also, high quality stand bags where the legs fold away easily without poking out.

Are you going to walk or drive a golf cart when you arrive?

If you're a walker, and you carry the bag, I've included some strong stand bags for you as well as some budget options for traveling with only.

If you use a cart when you arrive, and you won't be pushing or carrying your golf bag, I've included some great cart bags that are strong and sturdy that you can use every day and not have to pack anything special for your travels. 

Best Golf Bags for Travel - Push Cart and Carry Golf Bags

  1. Sun Mountain C130 Cart Bag (Best golf buggy golf bag overall)
  2. Datrek Golf Transit Bag (Retractable handle and built in wheels!)
  3. Category Fore Cart Bag (Strong waterproof with loads of storage)
  4. Izzo Ultra Lite Stand Bags (Super lightweight option for limited bag space)
  5. Cobra Ultralight Cart bag (My current golf bag)

Strong handles and base to protect your clubs

The Sun mountain C130 has a perfect top of the bag where you can see the handles cover 75% of the entrance to the bag. This will protect your wedges and putter for the trip by blocking impact from other bags.

On the base, the bag is strong and sturdy. It's divided by a 14 way divider to protect clubs from one another. The bag weighs 6.6 lbs and combined with clubs should come to about 18 lbs. keep in mind you want to throw your golf balls, rangefinder, shoes etc into the golf bag too if you have a decent weight limit for the clubs.

The C130 has tons of pockets and storage space for this purpose and is one of the best golf bags for travel.


A golf bag with wheels in the bottom and a retractable handle

The Datrek Transit Cart Bag is a little heavier at 7.4 lbs but it includes a handle that retracts just like your hand luggage bag. There are two large roller blade wheels in the base for easy wheeling through the airport. 

Traveling with clubs is a pain not because of the fragility, but getting it to and from the car, into the airport and through the scanners, on trolleys that they never fit on. Mission!

Datrek takes care of that mission, making it easy to wheel the bag through the airport, and on the other end, you can wheel it through the clubhouse straight to your cart. Push the handle back in and strap it to the cart - you're ready to go. 

13 pockets and 14 way divider seal the deal on this convenient golf bag for traveling.


Strong, practical, waterproof with a cooler pocket

If you're traveling, you're having a good time where ever you're landing. This bag is not only strong to protect your clubs, but loaded with storage pockets including a cooler pocket to hold a six back of brews.

The Category Fore has a 14 way top with liners all the way to the bottom of the bag. With carbon fiber legs for support, we're not losing this bag to a breakage. They have funky and fun colors and this bag is not just for traveling but can be your every day golf bag for push carts or riding on a buggy.

This bag is waterproof, making it an excellent choice for traveling and when traveling to any climate that may be rainy.


3.2 lbs for those with weight restrictions

The Izzo Ultra Lite Stand bag is only 3.2 lbs and because the top of the bag only has 4 slots to insert clubs, it makes it easier to bunch them together. In the 14 way divider golf bags, it is a lot harder to bunch clubs together because of all the hardware between the clubs.

The legs fold up well in the Izzo Ultra Lite. But take precautions and have your bag wrapped at the airport with some cellophane wrap to guarantee no stray legs are poking out or things in the pockets get stolen.

The lightweight golf bag is ideal for people who have limited luggage available. If your airline includes your sports equipment as part of your overall baggage and you take this bag with you, you're going to be happy to waste only 3lbs on the bag.


My choice for the strong base and flexible body

I currently use this golf bag for my golf and travels between countries. The base is very sturdy and reinforced with a flexible twisty body of the bag which doesn't permanently deform. 

.I've travelled between Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia and Myanmar with this bag and it stands perfectly unassisted despite being based around on budget airlines. There is ample storage for everything including a large cooler pocket.

I jam this bag and have no problem recommending it whole heartedly. It works fantastically on golf carts as well as push carts. of course, with a single strap, this bag is not designed to be carried for very long but will protect your clubs and be a solid performer.


Options to cover your bag for traveling

If I have a short haul flight of 45 minutes or so, I'll take the heads off my fairway and driver woods. I'll turn the shafts upside down and put them butt-end up into the bag.

I'll put the driver and fairway wood head into my carry on and then screw the shaft back into the head when I arrive. 

Back to the bag. Your fairway wood and driver shafts are now sticking out the top of your bag, grip end up. You then take your irons and putter and bunch them together around the grip of the wood shafts. Wrap a few shirts and towels around this collection and tape it up with some box or masking tape. 

Once you pad your clubs enough, just be sure to leave enough space to put the rain hood one. You can put the rain hood on top and before zipping up the whole mess, you can stuff a few shirts or more clothing items to give it a nice, firm padded feel where the clubs won't move around. 

I have had zero breakages remember, and I do this often.

The preferred option

Check out my guide here on the travel cases/travel bags.

But if you are in a rush, here's an option and my current selection. The best part of this solution is that, once you get to the other side, or even when you store it in your house, the bag part folds back into the hard top section. I advice getting a long stick they sell, to keep the top of the bag from being pushed down into your clubs.

Conclusion

Whichever bag you choose, be sure to protect your clubs first and foremost because the airlines don't care. If you don't have your own private insurance on your golf clubs, and any of your stuff breaks, the airline will pay you peanuts.

They'll work out the weight and pay you per weight of the item and your $500 driver will be worth $40 to them. Protect the top of the club the most and combining my method above, with a hard case golf bag travel cover, you're not going to have any breakages!

Electric Golf Push Cart that Follows You – Caddytrek R2 Review

Electric push carts are the best. You're not pushing it up steep hills, but you're still walking the course instead of riding a buggy. It's the best of both worlds.

Even better is the Caddytrek R2 - the electric golf push cart that follows you - which has it all. It's fun, it's hi-tech and it's a head turner. What a conversation piece.

The Caddytrek R2 electric push cart has a couple of amazing features:

Follow Mode - The cart follows you AUTOMATICALLY
Marching Mode - The cart can drive in front of you as you walk, without it getting further from you than you prefer.

Robot Technology allows smooth starts, stops and turning without struggling like the older electric push carts used to. Turning and controlling the older generation electric push carts meant I saw a few people lose their expensive carts into water hazards, along with their clubs!

The Caddytrek has 4 wheels with the front wheels able to swivel. Older models of electric push carts used to have a single front wheel for hilarious results.

Caddytrek R2 Review

You walk hands-free with the CaddyTrek without ever needing to push the bag around. People may think this is for older men, but I have played so much golf with very low handicappers who use this electric push cart to maintain high levels of freshness and less fatigue. These are young guys under 40, playing interclub matchplay competitions.

Using golf buggies removes the option of walking the course and getting some more exercise. With the Caddytrek R2, you can walk, without the burden of carrying or pushing or even pulling the clubs which can be a turn-off, leading people to use golf buggies. 

Combining ultrasound and RF signals, the CaddyTrek calculates by itself, the speed, the distance and even the angle to the player. You simply walk the course and the cart adjusts itself to you. Unreal!

You place the remote on whichever side of your body you would prefer to keep the cart. The CaddyTrek R2 picks up the signal and adapts itself to your location, staying away enough from you while it follows you, without going crazy or going rogue and finishing in a water hazard.

The wheels are very rugged and in wet or muddy conditions, the cart still works like a beast. The cart can fit bags of all sizes due to the adjustable bag straps so whatever you like. I suggest the Sun Mountain C130.

Weight

The Caddytrek R2 is quite heavy as you'd expect weighing in at 39 lbs with the battery in. The battery is 6 lbs, so the cart itself is 33 lbs. 

Size

It folds up pretty small and is easy to carry to the car where it's easily storable. Just remember it's 33 lbs without the battery.

caddytrek r2 folded

Important Questions

Can you travel with the Caddytrek R2?
It's easy to transport in a vehicle and can be checked in on an airplane but the Lithium batteries cannot be checked in on commercial airlines.

How far from me does the Caddytrek R2 stay when following?
Usually around 6 yards and can be controlled with a remote control in case of tricky terrain.

How long does the battery last? 
It can last between 27 and 36 holes but some courses will be flatter or hillier so it's best to charge the cart after every round to ensure it lasts.

What if it rains?
The important parts are all contained within casing but of course, prolonged rain or moisture will eventually damage any electric components. A round in the rain followed by a period to dry will suffice.

Do I need an extra battery?
Like with a camera, you can never have enough battery power and having a spare on hand in case you're out for 36 holes on a hilly course will always do you good. You can purchase the batteries from the CaddyTrek site.

Will the cart dodge obstacles by itself?
You'll have to make sure your cart does not drive into nearby motor vehicles, rocks, trees and water hazards.

How long to charge the battery?
5 hours. And the battery lasts 500 charges.

Pros
  • Go hands free, stress-free trusting your clubs will be nearby without the recurring cost of buggies or caddies
  • Dual 250 watt motors are surprisingly quiet
  • Control it with a remote or using automatic settings
  • Folds down to a lightweight and small package easily transported
  • Lasts around 27 holes on one charge
  • Good value: equivalent to using a buggie 30-50 times
Cons
  • Lasts only 1 and a half rounds
  • Putting the remote on your back or front is tricky
  • Very steep slopes can be a tough ask for the cart

The Electric Golf Push Cart that follows you - Caddytrek R2 Review

Absolute must-have if you're tired of carrying or pushing your clubs around.

Best Driving Iron for High Handicappers

Driving irons have historically not been easy clubs to hit but manufacturers are discovering ways all the time to increase forgiveness and make the driving iron accessible to everyone.

Before pursuing one of the best driving irons for high handicappers, perhaps take a quick look at the guide for hybrids. They are supposed to be easier to hit, but if, like me, you'd prefer a driving iron, I've listed the best, most forgiving utility irons below.

The case for the driving iron

I don't like hybrids personally, as they like to go left and and lefter. I've tried countless hybrids and just always come back to my Srixon ZU85 2 iron. 

Some people find the extra junk in the trunk distracting plus the increased offset at address makes the club look closed.

I've found a lot of utility (driving) irons are standard fit with steel shafts and that's a big plus so it can match the behavior of your set of irons. Of course, the driving iron can also have a graphite shaft standard fit, but hybrids all come with graphite shafts.

Should I get a driving iron?

Have you ever hit one?

I mean that without malice. I've seen high handicappers like Brian (BDog) on my Youtube channel try a driving iron and all he felt was pain and ringing in his hands. He LOVES a hybrid though. 

Other times I've seen my high handicapper partners hitting driving irons and telling me that feel that they can't get a hybrid in the air and the driving iron gives them way more roll out.

It comes down to swing speed and amount of tension in your body. If you have good swing speed, you can go lower lofted. If your swing speed is not fast enough, the driving iron may hurt you more than a hybrid would. Tension in the arms, shoulders or hands will also kill the speed and relaxation needed to hit a driving iron. If you have these two things sorted, you're going to be okay.

It's all personal choice and if you have the speed; or just prefer the look of an iron behind the ball, you have to go with your gut. The aesthetics are 75% of the battle. If you don't like the LOOK of the club, you're not going to hit it well.

How do I select the correct loft for my driving iron?

Honestly, at high handicap and slower swing speeds, you should be looking at higher lofts - 20 degrees and higher. As your speed increases, you can look below 20 degrees. 

The current driving irons are higher lofted than the ancient ones which could go down to 15 degrees. Modern ones seem to start around 18 degrees and they're tough to get airborne. They're A LOT easier than the antiquities you can find at junk shops, but still, we want to have a club that is not hard to hit. It needs to be a joy-bringer.

Keep in mind also, that a graphite shaft will be lighter than a steel shaft and can assist in increasing some club head speed.

Below are some of the top driving irons to help you with accuracy off the tee and get you in play to start lowering that score to the low 90s, upper 80s. These are the easiest to hit and will provide maximum benefit to high handicappers looking for a reliable tee ball.

Best Driving Irons for High Handicappers

  1. Cobra King Utility Iron  (Forgiveness for high handicappers)
  2. Cleveland Golf Launcher UHX Utility  (Best value for money utility iron)
  3. Taylormade GAPR MID (Best for slower swingers)
  4. TaylorMade SIM Max DHY (Best if you struggle to launch it high)
  5. Callaway Mavrik Single 4 or 5 Iron (Top secret option no one tells you)

Adjustable and forgiving driving iron

The Cobra King Utility comes in either a graphite or steel shaft and with the graphite, you'll be able to get a lighter experience but if you're a fast swinger, the steel can match your irons.

You want to pay more attention to the 19.5 and 22.5 degree lofts. These driving irons are adjustable and can be set to a "draw" setting to promote more of a right to left ball flight. The 22.5 degree club for example can be adjusted to 21 all the way up to 24 degrees for more forgiveness.

The ball speed is very consistent off the club face between thins and mis hits and center strikes. Cobra are becoming well-know for the forgiveness of their irons for the weekend player and the Utility iron is similar in that regard.

From the top, the iron has a thick top line and the overall look is very similar to a normal iron in your set. From a distance the club LOOKS like a blade but it is not. it's a hollow-backed design and that resembles more of a hybrid action without the extra baggage in the back of the club.

Despite being hollow, it sounds crispy and tasty off the club face and when you pure one, everyone in the vicinity knows it. 

Pros
  • Delicious sound on good contact
  • Off center hits still fly reasonable distance but more importantly, less off line
  • Adjustable in a range of 3-4 degrees of loft and has a draw setting
  • Strikes low in the face, still provide good results
Cons
  • Loft settings will be more appropriate in lower lofted models for low handicappers

Best value for money driving iron for high handicapper

The UHX from Cleveland features a hollow-body construction, same as the Cobra above, delivering more distance with additional forgiveness when comparing to normal irons.

Cleveland's Launcher UHX comes with a graphite shaft and with lofts of 20 degrees for the 4 iron and 23 degrees for the 5 iron, the club is going to help you get it airborne and flying long.

The steel face insert in the variable thickness face delivers stronger ball speeds for distance, reducing the impact of mis-hits off the toe and heel.

Interacting with the turf is much smoother with the v-shaped sole. This is a feature on the Srixon irons. Srixon is part of the same company as Cleveland and XXIO. Quality and value for money combined with forgiveness make Cleveland an EASY recommendation for your game.

Pros
  • Hollow back design for more forgiveness throughout the face
  • V shaped sole allows for smooth turf interaction without digging
  • Value for money at this price is top

The most hybrid looking driving iron

They might almost appear to be hybrids, but when you cozy the club to the ball, it looks so different. The Taylormade GAPR MID is a chunky driving iron.

The GAPR MID is more prone to a right to left ball flight. Looks-wise, it looks like an iron on the face and the slight offset helps to stop the left to right movement. The sound of the club lets it down with a heavy, thick sound. It can be quite a common complaint with the foam-filled clubs being produced lately.

The GAPR HI is much more of a hybrid club so was not included in this purely driving iron list. It will be easier to hit but at the same time, regardless of which model, the best lofts for this driving iron are 21 and 24 degrees.

Remember we want to have a club that is easy to launch and forgiving on mis hits. The GAPR is a solid club.

Pros
  • Thick top line covers the ball at address
  • MID and HI models are easier to hit higher and longer
  • Easier to use from the fairway and rough than other brands
Cons
  • HI looks like a hybrid and MID looks like an iron wood

DHY model is best for high handicappers

In the Taylormade SIM Max DHY, you have a very forgiving DHY (Driving HYbrid). The bottom of the club very thick and full of meat which helps with confidence - as opposed to the razor like thinness of a 1 or 2 iron of old.

The trajectory is higher than the other Taylormade offerings in the driving iron category because of the hollow-body construction with a low and deep center of gravity. 

It's important to steer clear of the UDI model as this is for better players with more speed. Everything about the UDI model is thinner, smaller and harder to hit. The DHY SIM MAX model has been designed to be the easiest to hit by putting the weight in the sole, not behind the face.

Because of the thick sole, the DHY can be used from the rough as easily as any hybrid. It's a big plus because driving irons can often be seen as only a tee club. I can see this club being used to punch out down the fairway under trees, but from the fairway, I would be worried about chunking the ball because of the massive sole. Tee and rough is where the DHY will shine.

The DHY features a lot more offset than the UDI model which will promote less slice. Using the higher lofted options of 19, 22 or 25 degrees will ensure more forgiveness too and keep the ball flying less offline.

Pros
  • Very easy to launch high 
  • Very useful replacement if you struggle with woods
  • Big chunky appearance best for the tee ball confidence
  • Glides through longer grass on short punches or escapes
  • High quality shaft included as standard
Cons
  • HUGE head of the club

A forgiving single iron can work just as well

This is not necessarily a driving iron in the true sense of the word but the Callaway Mavriks have very strong lofts. That means that the 4 iron is 18° and the 5 iron is 21° of loft.

The key in this equation is that these irons are extremely forgiving to hit and that 18 degree or 21 degree loft are designed with special technology to help you get the ball in the air. This is a no brainer if you're looking for a single iron to hit off the tee.

You can order the clubs individually by selecting the number iron. I suggest 4 or 5 iron as the 18 degree loft on the 4 iron will be infinitely easier to get airborne than a driving iron with 18 degrees of loft.

The Mavriks are deep cavity backs with perimeter weighting to give you the most forgiveness on off-center hits. A really simple, efficient solution.

Other similar options would be Taylormade M2 single irons or Cobra single irons in the 3, 4 or 5 iron model. This is a little secret no one will tell you. Skip the driving iron utility irons and just get a lower lofted forgiving High handicapper iron!

Pros
  • Easy to hit from all lies
  • Can help eliminate a slice with its draw bias
  • Lower lofts but easier to fly higher due to current technology
  • Very forgiving on off center hits unlike a lot of specialist driving irons
Cons
  • Very few

That's right, sometimes single irons from a set work too!

There are driving irons that can help you but the secret sauce is in the fact you can just buy a single iron from a forgiving set of any Taylormade, Cobra or Callaway set and it will work maybe EVEN BETTER than a utility iron.

It's a cheap, reliable option and the clubs made in the last 3-4 years are so easy to hit in lower lofts from a tee peg. 

Conclusion

Taylormade, Cleveland and Cobra are top of forgiveness game in the utility and driving iron world. Make sure you have enough swing speed to get the lower lofted clubs airborne and then proceed with the higher lofted versions to ensure forgiveness.

There's no rule against having multiple driving irons if you prefer them!

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