Golf Digest 2018 Equipment Hot List

Golf Digest 2018 Equipment Hot List 


Golf Digest Stix cover

The “official” Golf Digest 2018 Equipment Hot List has been published!  This signals the beginning of the golf season, in my opinion.  Enjoy perusing the list by clicking on the title links in each category.  I have taken some time to review the list and here are my overall impressions:


Cobra Golf snatched 18 Gold medals, the highest count for them in like forever.  For Cobra, this could be a banner year.

PXG made Gold lists in fairways, hybrids, and irons.  I wasn’t sure if Bob Parson would go mainstream but he did.

Tour Edge notably missing from hybrids…hmmm?

Cleveland Golf irons making it back on the list in a couple of categories.

New entrants from EPON, Honma trying to break into the US Market.


The usual suspects hit the Gold List but I have been impressed with the Cobra drivers

Callaway EPIC, EPIC Sub Zero and EPIC Star

Callaway Rogue and Rogue Sub Zero

Cobra F8 and F8+

Ping G400, SF and LST

TaylorMade M3 and M4

Titleist 917 D2/D3


The focus as usual is on distance and in our testing every one of the Gold list and several Silver list winners make the cut.  Maybe it is time to start thinking of dropping your 3 wood and putting a higher lofted, lower spinning 4 wood in your bag!

Callaway EPIC and Rogue

Cobra F8

Ping G400

PXG 0341X

TaylorMade M3 and M4

Titleist F


More manufacturers are putting higher lofted hybrids in their line.  You will start seeing 6, 7 hybrids and some complete hybrid sets from Callaway and Cleveland.

Callaway EPIC and Rogue

Cobra F8

Ping G400

PXG 0417X

TaylorMade M3 and M4

Titleist F

Irons – Game Improvement:

Again, the usual suspects made Gold, including the Cleveland CBX.  Welcome back Cleveland.

Callaway EPIC

Callaway Rogue and Rogue X

Cleveland Launcher CBX

Cobra F8

Mizuno JPX-900 Hot Metal

Ping G400

PXG 0311XF

TaylorMade M4

Titleist AP1

Irons – Super Game Improvement

Entrants from Honma and XXIO made gold.  Definitely a  great market for beginners and higher handicap players looking for forgiveness and higher launching irons.

Callaway Big Bertha

Cleveland Launcher HB

Cobra FMAX

Honma Beres IS-06

TaylorMade M CGB

Wilson D300

Irons – Players Irons

Impressed that the new Callaway X Forged made Gold.  Mizuno MMC, SC and the PXG 0311T are solid as well as the TaylorMAde P770.

Callaway X-Forged

Mizuno MP-18 MMC

Mizuno MP-18 SC

Ping iBlade

PXG 0311T

TayloMade P770

Titleist AP2

Titleist CB

Irons – Players Distance

A new Hot List category for better players seeking more distance.  My votes go to the TaylorMade P790 and Titleist T-MB for feel AND distance.

Callaway EPIC Pro

Callaway Rogue Pro

Cobra Forged TEC

Ping i200

TaylorMade M3

TaylorMade P790

Titleist AP3

Titleist T-MB


Wow…ten wedges made Gold.  Lot of great choices here so make sure to pick the right loft, bounce and grind for your game.

Callaway Mack Daddy 4

Cleveland RTX-3

Cobra King Black

Mizuno S18 and T7

Ping Glide 2.0 and 2.0 Stealth

TaylorMade Milled Grind

Titleist Vokey SM7

Blade Putters:

Hard to argue with Bettinardi, Scotty Cameron and Ping making Gold.  The Odyssey Toulon was a little bit of a surprise.

Bettinardi BB (2018)

Callaway Odyssey O-Works Red/Black

Callaway Odyssey Toulon Design

Ping Sigma G and Vault 2

TaylorMade TP Collection

Titleist Scotty Cameron Select (2018)

Mallet Putters:

At the PGA Merchandise Show, this was by far the biggest category of putters with a ton of interest.  Of course the TaylorMade Spider was top of the list.

Bettinardi BB

Callaway Odyssey EXO and O-Works Red/Black

Callaway Odyssey Toulon Design

Ping Sigma G and Vault 2.0

TaylorMade Spider and TP Red Collection

Titleist Scotty Cameron Futura 5.5M

Titleist Scotty Cameron Select Fastback (2018)

So there you have it!  121 clubs made the list, which is a little crazy.  Enjoy perusing the list by clicking on the links and then come check them out in our fitting studio!

Dan Sueltz