You can watch a pro golf tournament on television multiple times a day every weekend of the year, but only once a year will you see an hour of network golf coverage devoted to the stuff that really matters to average golfers: the hottest gear in the game. That hour comes this Sunday when Golf Digest and NBC Sports combine for the fifth annual edition of the Golf Digest Equipment Insider, a tour through the game's latest technologies in clubs, balls and fashion.
The show will be hosted by Golf Channel's "Morning Drive" co-stars Holly Sonders and Gary Williams, and will feature insight from Golf Digest Senior Editor for Equipment Mike Stachura; Golf World Senior Editor E. Michael Johnson and Golf Digest Fashion Director Marty "Mr. Style" Hackel.
The Golf Digest Equipment Insider will feature segments on every equipment category in the bag from drivers to putters, as well as a special segment on club-fitting and a closer look at the problem of counterfeit clubs. Throughout the show the leading experts in equipment technology at all of golf's top manufacturers will offer their perspective of how modern innovation is making the possibility for improvement not only commonplace for the top players in the world, but for average golfers, too.
The show will air at 1:00 p.m. ET, prior to Golf Central Pre-Game and the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Here's a sneak peek.
In the 2010 Golf Digest Hot List, just one fairway wood was adjustable. This year there were seven.
In addition to TaylorMade's RocketBallz Stage 2 Tour (profiled in the Jan. 30 issue of Golf Digest STIX), the following adjustable fairway woods can help you take more control of your game.
Adams SUPER LS: Multi-material fairway wood has 16 settings for loft/face angle and length.
Callaway RAZR FIT XTREME: Adjustable from 2 degrees open to 1 degree closed. Open setting also reduces loft by 1 degree; closed setting adds 1degree.
Cobra AMP CELL: The 3-4wood model can be adjusted from 13 to 16 degrees with two draw settings, and the 5-7 wood ranges from 17 to 20 degrees with two draw settings. Available in four head colors.
Nike VR_S Covert Tour: The 3- and 5-wood models can be adjusted to five lofts each.
Ping ANSER: Each loft model can be altered by plus or minus half a degree.
Titleist 913F: Loft and lie angles can be adjusted to one of 16 overall settings.
The 2013 Hot List has been moved from its traditional spot in the February issue and will be in our March issue, on newsstands in early February.
For an exclusive first look at the Hot List, sign up for Golf Digest Stix, our new e-magazine featuring breaking news about equipment and style, delivered to your inbox every Wednesday. The premiere issue, featuring a preview of the 2013 Hot List, will be Jan. 23.
Becoming a Golf Digest Hot List panelist is widely considered the greatest honor any Golf Digest reader can acquire. Our Equipment Editors assemble a panel of 20 amateur players from across the nation to test new clubs at an exhausting (and rewarding) four-day summit at the Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa in Litchfield, Ariz. in October (all travel, room and board is paid by GD). The feedback we receive helps us determine the results of the Hot List, the world's most thorough and comprehensive review of golf equipment, which is published in our March issue.
As for some behind-the-scenes insight, listen to Golf Digest's Senior Equipment Mike Stachura, discuss this year's Hot List, what sets it apart from our equipment ratings, and what he likes and dislikes most about the process of putting the whole thing together.
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