GolfBlogger’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide: Clubs
It is a long-standing policy here at GolfBlogger that gift guides only include products I have personally tested and enjoyed. This year, I enjoyed a bumper crop of new clubs from Cleveland, Honma, Wilson and XXIO.
For GolfBlogger’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide for Golfballs, follow the link.
Here are GolfBlogger’s personally tested and approved clubs to consider for gifts for the golfer in your life.
Honma XP-1 Driver
Teachers’ Comments: A lightweight club perfect that rewards a smooth, easy swing.
Honma is a premium golf club brand from Japan that in recent years has been expanding outside of the Asia market. The XP-1 driver is a good choice for players (like myself) who don’t swing as fast as they did twenty years ago. It rewards rhythm and balance over agression.
Honma also has an extensive cub fitting network with its Mobile Experience Vans. My Honma Mobile Experience was terrific, and I walked away with both a perfectly fit club and a few tips that helped my game the rest of the summer.
Read GolfBlogger’s Honma XP-1 Driver Review
Wilson Staff D7 Irons
Teacher’s Comments: Powerful and attractive
The Wilson Staff D7 Irons make a strong case for my favorite golf product of the year. The more I play them, the more I like them.
The D7 is a game improvement iron that packs a tremendous punch. Shots just explode off the face for serious distance. At the same time, the D7 doesn’t really look like a game improvement iron at address.
Read GolfBlogger’s Wilson Staff D7 Irons Review
XXIO X Irons
Teachers’ Comments: Great feel, good distance, nice ball flight.
XXIO is a Japanese club brand that falls under the same corporate umbrella as Srixon and Cleveland. The “X” is designed to be lightweight and easy to swing. It lives up to its press. This is a great forged club for players who are more about rhythm and balance than pure power.
Read GolfBlogger’s XXIO X Irons Review
Cleveland RTX ZipCore Wedge
Teacher’s Comments: A LOT of spin. Consistent.
Cleveland has become pretty much synonymous with wedges and for good reason. Their designs are consistently consistent.
The RTX is the latest in a long line of Cleveland wedges that I have put into play. It is also my favorite. The UltiZIp grooves give it a crazy amount of spin, even for this relatively slow swinger. I have absolute confidence in its ability to get me out of the sand or onto the green when I’m short sided.
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Wilson Launch Pad Irons
Teacher’s Comments: Body and sole design mean you’d have to work really hard to hit a bad shot with these.
I can’t imagine a set of clubs more suited to a beginner or senior that the Wilson Launch Pad Irons. These are essentially a full set of hybrids. The long irons are full blown hybrids, while the shorter ones are closer to a super game improvement iron. All are hollow body designs, though.
The Launch Pad name is not a pretension. Balls hit with these clubs take off like a rocket.
Read GolfBlogger’s Wilson Launch Pad Irons review
XXIO Eleven Irons
Teachers’ Comments: Easy swing produces great distance
XXIO Eleven irons are game improvement clubs aimed at players with slower swing speeds. The heads have a double undercut cavity with slots designed to increase face flexibility. They are only available with graphite shafts.
This is a good set of clubs to consider for average players with slower swing speeds (which is to say, most of us).
Read GolfBlogger’s XXIO Eleven Irons Review
GolfBlogger’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide first appeared in GolfBlogger.Com on December 3, 2020.