The photo below is of 65 staff bags, totaling 2,235 lbs, packed with samples of all the
clubs that are going to be on the market next season. Yep, you guessed it: These clubs are going to be shipped to the site of this year's Golf Digest Hot List Summit, where they will be evaluated thoroughly as candidates for the 2015 Hot List. Many are called, but not all are chosen.
I feel strongly enough about this photo to share it because I'm the Hot List coordinator, which means packing all those boxes has been my singular focus for the past month -- my life's work. (Hi, Mom! Hi, Dad! Aren't you proud?)
This moment is also significant because:
1. Those recurring nightmares of missing the shipping date should stop. And
2. We're one big step closer to determining the 2015 Hot List. But there are many more to go. (Like going through all the dozens of other boxes of clubs shipped directly by manufacturers to the Hot List Summit site. Yes, I have my own personal box cutter.)
The clubs are heading out to our testing site, soon to be joined by myself and other Golf Digest editors, Hot List panelists (made up of guys and girls like you), a few swing teachers, scientists, and retailers. We're going to figure out which clubs are the ones you should be placing high on your wish list, so sit tight, stay tuned, and get ready to want to start next season with some new sticks.