“It’s like being a kid in a candy store, only you’re not actually allowed to eat the candy. You can lick it but then you have to put it back.”
Being a Golf Digest Hot List tester is every diehard golfer’s dream assignment. At the 2023 Hot List summit in Maricopa, Ariz., our documentary cameras followed Hollywood actor Michael Peña (4 hcp) and retired NFL running back Danny Woodhead (+3 hcp) through their journeys as new members of the Hot List player panel. In a week full of camaraderie, laughs, bandaged hands and launch-monitor readings, our two protagonists learned that testing clubs is hard work, and that there is more great new equipment in the world than they could ever have imagined.
Award-winning actor Michael Peña and Super Bowl alumnus Danny Woodhead are famous for very different things—and neither has to do with golf. Yet golf is their main passion, and their love for equipment has deep-seeded roots that come in handy in their new roles as Hot List testers.