Fundamentally, ranking golf courses is a subjective exercise. Better players often prefer more challenging layouts. Less skilled golfers might appreciate wider fairways with fewer forced carries.
That said, the validity of any individual review isn’t tied to whether that golfer has a degree in golf course architecture or a preference for certain types of grasses.
If you’re a golfer, your opinion matters.
To build our list of the best golf destinations, we turned to TheGrint and to real golfers just like you.
To generate our rankings, we leveraged data from TheGrint, a golf handicap and stat-tracking service that also allows golfers to rate the courses they play. Think of it as something similar to Yelp for golf courses.
Here are the pertinent details:
Based on reader feedback, we took the data for all courses in the United States and broke it down by region. Over the next several weeks we’ll work our way from the Pacific Coast Highway to the Eastern Seaboard.
We’ve also provided an interactive map that allows you to quickly view course location and ranking.
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Do you struggle to find time to go to the range and practice? What if you could practice in your basement or backyard with the best golf net?
We have tested a lot of golf hitting nets to help you purchase the right one. Some of the best golf nets come with many features such as side nets to catch those hosel rockets, ball return, targets in the net itself and sound damping, just to name a few.
Some of the golf nets we tested can be used inside while others are primarily designed for outdoor use. Both types can have different standards of durability which can affect how long the net lasts.
Whether you’re looking to buy a hitting net today, seeking buying advice or just want a closer look at what’s on the market, this guide will help you find the right gear to fit your needs.
If you want to get to practice quickly, the Spornia SPG-7 is the fastest net to set up. With only a few simple steps, you will be practicing in no time. The SPG-7 has side nets to catch those stray shots. The net is also the quietest in the test so your partner wont be irritated the whole time you’re practicing.
While many assume that it’s the higher speed of the driver that puts the most strain on a hitting net, it’s actually the greater spin produced by higher lofted clubs that will slowly chew through the netting. If you plan to hit a significant number of wedge shots, consider a net that includes a nylon or fabric target to protect the netting. For added insurance, practice with a new scuff-free ball.
If you only have an hour to squeeze in a practice session, you don’t want a net that requires 20 minutes to set up and another 20 to take down. If you’re looking to maximize every moment of practice time, you may want to sacrifice features for efficiency.
Whether indoors or out, size matters. While there is some logic in buying the biggest net possible, if you’re working in a limited space, a 10-foot by 10-foot net may not be practical. If space is an issue, measure first, choose a compact feature-rich net and be sure to allow for a couple of extra feet behind the net.
There are several elements that make a more durable net but everything begins with the supporting structure and net itself. The strongest structures can hold up to the fastest swing speeds and won’t disintegrate if hit by a wayward shot. The frames for most golf hitting nets are made from either aluminum or fiberglass and should resist rust and corrosion. When the net itself is too thin or flimsy, it won’t be long before balls start flying straight through.
Stability is another factor that makes for a quality hitting net. The best golf hitting nets for 2021 not only stay in place shot after shot but they should be able to withstand a reasonable amount of wind. In windy conditions, we found that single-piece nets can produce something of a trampoline effect, causing the ball to spring back at you at greater speed (and distance). That same design can also act as a wall, putting additional strain on the frame. With enough wind, these same designs can become airborne. Traditional net designs with large holes and less fabric allow air to pass through. These designs are more stable in the wind. Many of the models tested can be staked to the ground for greater stability.
If you are a beginning golfer or your hitting space is in close proximity to things that can be easily damaged, we suggest practicing with foam balls to minimize the risk from stray shots. Once your more comfortable in the environment, step up to real golf balls.
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We’re here to help you find the perfect hitting net to fit your needs.
To do that, we employ a thorough and fully independent testing process that leaves no feature unexplored, no detail unchecked, and no stone unturned.
Hitting nets are tested head to head using rigorous protocols.
The metrics we consider when rating hitting nets include durability, ease of use, features, portability. storage and stability.
Depending on what ball return net you choose, along with weather conditions, can determine how fast the ball comes back at you. So don’t swing too close otherwise you might get a ball to the body.
Q: How far should I set up away from the mat?
A: A good rule of thumb is that the larger the net, the farther back you can hit from. For a smaller net, your hitting area will need to be closer. The net itself is also a consideration. The tighter the net, the faster the ball will come back at you. The ideal amount of rebound will return the ball to your feet at a safe speed.
Q: Should I get a net with sides attached?
A: All golfers hit bad shots so consider add-on options to contain those wayward shots. We strongly recommend choosing a net that offers side nets that extend closer to the hitting area. They can reduce damage and danger should the dreaded “S” word makes an appearance.
Q: Can I use my golf net for other sports??
A: Some of the best golf nets for 2021 can be used for baseball, football and many other sports. We advise referring to the manufacturer to determine if your net is suitable for other sports.
If this past weekend’s sneak peeks at the new Mizuno ST-G 220 driver and T22 wedges are any indication, Mizuno appears to be adopting a stealth launch strategy.
Stealth as in if you blinked, you missed it.
You want a deep dive into face technology, shaft options and pricing? We ain’t got it. You want bounce details, grind options and available lofts? We ain’t got that, either.
What we do have are some PR pictures and a couple of YouTube videos from Mizuno’s European Tour Workshop.
We’ll cull what we can for you. But what follows, dear reader, is pretty much all we can tell you.
Mizuno released its ST-X and ST-Z drivers last February. The ST-X is a somewhat forgiving, draw-biased driver, while the ST-Z is a lower spinning, higher MOI driver. Ever since Mizuno launched the ST series, the G has been the low spinning/moveable weight option. This new version appears to be just that, and then some.
The ST200G came out in 2020 and featured dual sliding weights on the toe and heel. The weights did what you’d expect. Slide them both forward for low spin/low launch. Put in both in the back and you get not quite as low spin, slightly higher launch and, in theory, more forgiveness.
The new ST-G 220 still has dual sliding weights, but the channels appear to be shorted up substantially. However, there’s a new third channel at the very back end. It’s not a big slot, but you can take both weights out of the heel and toe channels and place them in the very back. Again, in theory, that should maximize MOI. At the very least it gives Mizuno fitters more options.
Mizuno has been on a one-year product cycle with its drivers ever since 2019 and the ST series introduction. The ST-G 220, however, is an outlier. Mizuno says we won’t see it at retail until October, some 20 months after the release of the ST200G. There could be some high-level strategic thinking behind it, or it could be there was still plenty of ST200G stock left in the pipeline. And in today’s climate, it’s just as likely the late launch is COVID-related.
I’m sure many of you want to know what the Mizuno ST-G 220 looks like at address. At best, we can show you some of the imagery Mizuno has shared with us. It’s not perfect, but it might give you some idea.
Obviously, the big story is what’s on the sole. But since the Mizuno ST-G 220 is part of the same family of drivers, it’s somewhat safe to assume it shares much of the same technology. We can see Mizuno’s WAVE Technology on the sole, and we can only presume the ST-G 220 also utilizes Mizuno’s CORTECH SAT 2041 Beta Titanium face, internal CT rib structures and a carbon fiber crown.
It’s been all quiet on the wedge front for Mizuno since last August when it introduced the unique ES21. For a more traditional wedge release, you’ll have to go back to September of 2019 and the release of the T20 wedges. The T22 is, obviously, an update to the three-year-old T20.
The list of things we don’t know about the Mizuno T22 wedges is endless. Lofts? Grinds? Fuggedaboudit. What we do know is there appears to be three finish options. There’s the compulsory Satin Chrome and the now mandatory Raw. And from what we can glean from pictures and video, there’s also a new grainy-ish Copper option. Both the Raw and Copper finishes should evolve into varying degrees of badassery looks over time.
We can also expect all three wedges to feature Mizuno’s signature Hydroflow Micro Grooves. Mizuno introduced the Hydroflow Micro Grooves in the T20 as an aggressive face milling pattern to help shed as much moisture as possible. The T20 was a top performer in our 2019 Most Wanted Wedge shootout, largely due to spin retention in wet testing.
If you have something the works, stick with it.
Again, to say information on the new Mizuno offerings is scant would be disrespectful to the whole notion of scant. Club tease might be a better term. We won’t see either the Mizuno ST-G 220 driver or T22 wedge at retail until October, but we are hoping we’ll be able to bring you more details in the coming months.
Until then, all you can do is look at the pictures.
The Rapsodo MLM personal launch monitor is quickly becoming the personal launch monitor by which all others are measured.
Rapsodo claims that it’s 98% as accurate as the enterprise Foresight GC Quad, which can set you back upwards of $20,000. Our testing indicates this isn’t a hyperbolic claim. And at $500, it’s financially more viable for the majority of golfers.
Rapsodo continues to expand the capabilities of MLM which now includes an instructional ecosystem called “Coach Connect.”
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At MyGolfSpy, our job is to provide independent, unbiased and objective testing so you can make more confident purchasing decisions. Our 2021 Most Wanted Super Game Improvement Iron Test is an indispensable guide for the off-the-rack buyer or for anyone looking for insight before their next fitting.
Higher handicappers, pay attention!
The best super game improvement irons won’t blow you away with distance. Instead, they focus on consistency.
Let’s take a closer look.
Arguably, one of the best and most consistent irons to date. In 2021, the best super game improvement iron is the COBRA FMAX Airspeed.
Here are its rankings in our key metrics:
Yes, the COBRA FMAX Airspeed is the shortest iron of the bunch but it dominated the Strokes Gained department. It separates itself from the competition by nearly 0.20 in Strokes Gained. That’s a considerable difference between first and second place. If you’re looking for consistency, this may be your golden ticket.
Below is 2021 Most Wanted Super Game Improvement Irons Test broken down by performance grades for each iron length. The percentages displayed for each iron represent the frequency at which each was among the best-performing irons for each tester across the test pool.
Performance should be your primary concern when buying new irons but there are additional things you may want to think about before you make your decision.
Much like previous iron installments, it is critical to pay attention to your set make-up. In this year’s test, we see potential gapping issues with certain clubs. Loft can affect the performance from one club to the next throughout the set. Golfers who struggle to launch long irons high should consider replacing them with easy-to-launch hybrids.
The number of shaft options for irons is growing. It can be challenging to navigate the different models, weights and flexes to find the right shaft for you. The answer to the best-performing shaft question stretches well beyond graphite versus steel.
Stock shafts in the game improvement category are typically lighter (often significantly so) than the other categories we test. That can be extremely helpful for creating higher launch (and higher spin). That’s helpful for many who fall within the game-improvement demographic, however, the lighter shafts can create control problems for higher swing speed players looking to maximize forgiveness.
Higher handicappers often struggle with distance and consistency. The super game improvement iron category offers golf clubs that can potentially assist with either component. Obviously, distance is marketable. Titleist T400, Honma Beres 2 Star and Srixon ZX4 rule the distance conversation, whereas COBRA FMAX Airspeed and Inesis 500 offer greater consistency. For a solid blend of distance and consistency, look at Honma Beres 2 Star or Callaway Big Bertha B21.
When it comes to cost, the super game-improvement category offers an array of options. Pricing will always play a factor in purchasing decisions. At $220 to $350 per club, Titleist T400, XXIO Prime and Honma Beres 2 Star are in the upper echelon of price point. On the flip side, Inesis 500 is $499 for a six-piece set. There is plenty of value to be found but there is obvious craftsmanship in the best irons for higher handicappers.
During each test, we look for trends that provide insight into where the market as a whole is moving as well as what noteworthy changes manufacturers have made to improve year-to-year performance. Additionally, we solicit feedback from our testers. We want to understand what they liked, what they didn’t like and why. Although we obtain their feedback, their subjective opinions do not influence, dictate or determine our testing rankings.
The following section details subjective feedback from our pool of 20 testers. Gathering feedback is an important aspect of any test. We use their feedback as a representation of what golfers like and dislike about the product we test. That being said, the feedback is strictly subjective. It does not play a factor in the rankings.
To filter and compare by club, use the drop-down list and checkboxes to select the irons you wish to compare.
It is important to note that while comparing the performance averages of 20 golfers with varying swing speeds and characteristics is interesting and sometimes useful, it doesn’t tell the complete performance story. For this reason, we look at performance on a per-golfer basis. The overall rankings (listed near the top of this story) reflected the rate at which a club finished in the Top Performing Group for each tester.
Use the dropdown below to switch between long, mid and short irons. Mobile users can use their finger to scroll through the chart vertically and horizontally.
Heavier steel shafts tend to produce lower launch angles with less spin. Lighter shafts (steel or graphite) tend to produce mid to high launch with more spin. Finding a shaft that matches your swing will help produce the desired launch conditions, and shot shape. Remember to keep an open mind and pay close attention to the shaft’s influence on performance during your next fitting.
Q: How often should I buy new irons?
A: While on rare occasions there are quantifiable year-over-year breakthroughs, typically it takes three to five years for manufacturers to make significant performance gains. With the USGA further tightening restrictions on manufacturers, it’s possible, even likely, that it will take longer still moving forward. Our recommendation is to buy new irons only when they appreciably outperform what is already in your bag. Of course, if you want new irons because you want new irons, that’s fine, too.
Q: How do I determine the right category of irons for me?
A: The four categories of irons we test are player’s (cavity backs), player’s distance, game-improvement and super game-improvement. While there is some overlap between categories, your search should begin with an honest assessment of your skill level (handicap) as well as what you need in your game. While there are always exceptions, if your handicap is above 10 and ball striking is not a legitimate strength, consider game-improvement or super game-improvement. For more skilled players who hit the ball more consistently, a set of player’s or player’s distance irons may benefit your game the most. For those on the bubble, especially for those seeking a few more yards, the player’s distance category could be ideal.
Q: Does the shaft matter?
A: Absolutely. While changes to spin and launch differences are rarely massive, shaft changes frequently lead to improved accuracy, tighter dispersion and greater overall consistency.
Q: What should I look for when testing irons?
A: While golfers have been conditioned to consider distance to the exclusion of nearly everything else, even within the game-improvement category, we recommend looking at the little numbers and looking for small circles. When comparing metrics like distance and ball speed, be sure to look at your standard deviations (the small numbers usually found under the big ones on the launch monitor data screen). Smaller numbers mean better consistency which will usually mean more than an extra yard or two on the golf course. Similarly, look for tighter dispersion ellipses (small circles). We can’t overstate the importance of consistency with irons.
Q: How are the irons in the test fitted to each golfer?
A: We use a fitting process that we call fit from stock. Irons are fitted to each tester using the stock, no up-charge options from each manufacturer. We test one short iron, one mid iron and one long iron from each set. While there are no irons in our testing that feature adjustability, we fit to flex for each tester in the pool. Occasionally, manufacturers will send multiple sets with different stock shafts that we can utilize to improve launch conditions.
Q: How do you determine in which category to test a given set of irons?
A: To ensure we’re testing irons as alike as designers allow for, in addition to the design of the head itself (profile, sole width, etc.), we sort by length and loft. Our goal is to keep differences as minimal as possible within any test cohort. When an iron reasonably fits in more than one category, we defer to the manufacturer’s category choice.
Q: How is the 2021 Most Wanted Super Game-Improvement Iron Determined?
A: To determine our rankings, we collect key performance metrics with Foresight GCQuad Launch Monitors. After eliminating outliers, we use a utilize a proprietary methodology to calculate strokes-gained values for each combination of tester and golf club. The iron that produces the highest strokes-gained values relative to the field average is our Most Wanted.
Q: How is the “longest” iron determined?
A: The process to determine the longest super game-improvement iron is similar to how we arrive at our overall rankings. For distance, our critical metric is Total Yards. We identify the iron that produced the most total yards with the long and middle irons relative to the field average.
Q: How is the “Most Forgiving” iron determined?
A: We’ve taken a practical approach to forgiveness. The club for which strokes-gained values for the best shots are closest to the strokes-gained value for the worst shots (relative to the field average) is the Most Forgiving.
Q: You discuss subjective feedback for things like looks, sound and feel. How much do those ratings factor into your rankings?
A: ZERO. Our rankings are based purely on launch monitor data and quantifiable performance metrics.