The Hot List Through The Years\nLooking back at 12 years of our definitive equipment guide, and the clubs we hailed\nHybrid\n\nNike CPR\n\nWHAT WE SAID: "Lee Trevino said not even God could hit a 1-iron. The average Joe can't hit the 2-,3- or 4-iron, either. Enter the hybrid, the game's most important new category. . . The fairway wood CPR version has a shorter center of gravity. It works. These clubs (lofts: 18, 22, 26 and 30 degrees) are easy to get airborne."\nDriver\n\nTaylorMade R7 Quad\n\nWHAT WE SAID:\n\n "In sum, this is the driver everyone wants to talk about, and not just because it was used by the winner of a pro event 26 times in 2004. Others have hopped on this weight movement idea, but nothing has captured our attention and satisfaction the way the r7 has."\nPlayer's Irons\n\nCallaway X-Tour\n\nWHAT WE SAID: "Standout performance down the line -- and two majors, too."\nSuper Game-Improvement Irons\n\nCobra S9\n\nWHAT WE SAID: "This one is like a golden retriever: It looks sweet and forgives unconditionally. And just like the loyal canine, you'll want these by your side day after day."\nMallet Putter\n\nOdyssey Black Series i #7\n\nWHAT WE SAID: "Because of its heavy weight and insert feel, this is the ideal putter for traditionalists who want to take baby steps into high-MOI putter performance. The ball-framing fangs are no mere afterthought."\nDriver\n\nNike SQ Dymo\n\nWHAT WE SAID: "It's easily the most interesting, effective and flexible implementation of the USGA's recently relaxed rules on club adjustability. The three weight options of the impressive UST AXIV Core shaft are unique."\nHybrid\n\nPing G15\n\nWHAT WE SAID: "For diggers and high-spin players looking for a penetrating ball flight, this is a good choice. The wide range of lofts is another plus."\nDriver\n\nTaylorMade R11\n\nWHAT WE SAID: "Getting more distance from your driver has less to do with springlike faces and huge clubheads these days. Instead, it's about getting the most from each golfer's swing. The R11's adjustability makes achieving this goal easier than with any other club on the market."\nFairway Wood\n\nTaylorMade RocketBallz\n\nWHAT WE SAID: "It's hard to get springlike effect from the smaller face of a fairway wood. TaylorMade makes a strong case it's done that."\nSuper Game-Improvement Irons\n\nAdams Idea Tech V4\n\nWHAT WE SAID: "The hollow irons place weight where high-handicappers need help, and the wide soles allow these clubs to be played by almost anyone. A nice upgrade from the Idea Tech V3 -- and that club was our innovation leader in 2011."\nwedge\n\nTITLEIST VOKEY DESIGN SM5\n\nWHAT WE SAID: "We're always excited when Vokey offers a full update, and we're never disappointed. Epically complete."\nDriver\n\nPING G30/SF TEC/LS TEC\n\nWHAT WE SAID: "It's easy to get caught up in the buzz over aerodynamics and 'turbulators.' But the G30's strength is a highly stable head with a large face."