The Best Golf Equipment Of 2022, So Far

Golf Monthly Review/Buying Advice team members break down their picks for 2022’s best golf equipment releases to date

The Best Golf Equipment Of 2022, So Far
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The Best Golf Equipment Of 2022, So Far

It’s hard to believe but we’re fast approaching the midway point of 2022, with golf season now in full swing around the globe. And it's been an exciting start to the year when it comes to golf equipment, as great new products spanning multiple categories have been released over the course of the last few months.

At Golf Monthly, we’ve already released our Editor’s Choice awards for 2022, but we wanted to take an even deeper dive into some of the products that have been standouts in our eyes to date. That being the case, we reached out to members of our Review/Buying Advice team with a handful of questions to gather insight about some of their favorite golf equipment releases so far this year, as well as what they’re looking forward to in the second half of 2022.

If you’re currently in the market for new golf gear, you might glean some ideas from the answers below about good options for your game or possibly discover products you were previously unaware of but might like to find out more about. Enjoy and play well!

The Best Golf Equipment Of 2022, So Far

TaylorMade Stealth Driver

TaylorMade has made a big splash with its Stealth drivers in 2022, both in terms of look and performance.

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1. What driver that has been released in 2022 has been your personal favorite?


DAN PARKER (DP): It has to be the TaylorMade Stealth, right? I mean, what other brand would have the gumption to paint a driver face bright red? While the paint may just be an aesthetic addition, it’s safe to say that the new carbon face has proved popular with golfers across the handicap spectrum in 2022. Taking distance out of the equation (the difference in 2022 driver distances is negligible at best), I’ve been impressed with how forgiving the Stealth is on off-center hits. Toe or heel strikes barely fall behind middled strikes and I think that’s what most club golfers will benefit from most in a new driver, and the Stealth is one of the most forgiving drivers on the market.

Cobra LTDx Driver

The Cobra LTDx gets Neil Tappin's vote as his favorite driver release of 2022 thus far.

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NEIL TAPPIN (NT): Cobra LTDx. I loved the previous generation Radspeed driver from 2021 but the only negative for me was the feel. It had a high-pitched, loud impact sound that felt like it lacked power. Cobra has toned down the sound and, as a result, the LTDx ticks all the key boxes. It is long, forgiving, and it has a premium, modern look that goes beyond its mid-range price tag, all of which make it one of 2022's best drivers.

TaylorMade Stealth Plus Driver

The TaylorMade Stealth Plus driver has been saving Joel Tadman shots on the course this spring.

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JOEL TADMAN (JT): I haven’t tested all the latest releases like Neil but I’ve had the TaylorMade Stealth Plus in my bag since February and I’ve become noticeably more accurate without losing distance. My Arccos data tells me I’m gaining 0.4 strokes on a typical 4-handicapper, which is ridiculous considering driving has always been the part of my game I’ve struggled with. It’s also one of only six clubs in my bag where I’m gaining shots every time I use it, which is a huge confidence booster.

Mizuno ST-Z 220 Driver

The Mizuno ST-Z 220 has impressed Chris Wallace this spring and is a contender to make it into his bag.

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CHRIS WALLACE (CW): I’m going with the Mizuno ST-Z 220, a choice that has even surprised me, as I would have expected Callaway’s Rogue ST Max LS or Triple Diamond to be my pick. But the ST-Z 220 has impressed me. It looks great, it sounds great, it’s incredibly forgiving, and for me it has been plenty long. I’m still searching for the right shaft but it could be the one to finally knock my 2017 Epic Sub Zero out of the bag.

Callaway Rogue ST Max LS Driver

Andrew Wright has seen impressive performance on the course from the Callaway Rogue ST Max LS.

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ANDREW WRIGHT (AW): I haven’t had the privilege of hitting all that 2022 has to offer but my favorite so far is the new Callaway Rogue ST Max LS. It looks incredible from all angles and feels exceptional off the face. Eclipsing all that, however, is the forgiveness on offer. My off-center strikes went longer and straighter than my current Mavrik Sub Zero so a change could be on the cards soon.

Wilson D9 Forged Iron Review

The Wilson D9 forged irons are a great option in the players distance category.

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2. Outside of the driver category, what 2022 golf club release have you been most impressed with?

DP: Wilson D9 Forged Irons. When I was playing off a handicap of about 21, I had a set of Wilson D7 irons. They were fantastic, but the brand then launched the D7 Forged a few months later and I was extremely jealous of my friends who waited and picked up a set. The D9 Forged is a great evolution of a solid players distance iron, and it doesn't get the respect it deserves as one of the best irons in golf. If you’re at that stage in your development where you’re ready to move on from a set of cavity back irons, give the D9 Forged irons serious consideration. They look great behind the ball, still offer plenty of distance and forgiveness, and give you that slightly smaller, more compact head that better ball-strikers want to see.

TaylorMade Stealth Iron Review

Golf Monthly staffers have been impressed with just how forgiving the TaylorMade Stealth irons are.

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NT: TaylorMade Stealth irons. I like how there is a trend in the golf market towards forgiving irons being more appealing to look at, especially at address. For a club that promises plenty of forgiveness and distance, the TaylorMade Stealth has outstanding shelf appeal. This is an example of a truly aspirational-looking set of clubs that is aimed at mid- and higher-handicap players.

Mizuno Pro 225 Iron testing

Joel Tadman was blown away by the performance and power that the Mizuno Pro 225 irons offered during testing.

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JT: The Mizuno Pro iron range has really impressed me, specifically the 225 model. It’s compact behind the ball but has so much power behind it. I also think Odyssey’s putter range is as good as it has ever been when you factor in the Eleven, Tri-Hot 5k, and the Toulon options, and I was really taken aback by how much I liked the Vokey SM9 wedges. But I’m really excited to test the new Cobra King Forged Tec irons. The old model was an absolute rocket launcher and with the new X model claiming to be even faster, it’s an exciting time to be a mid-handicapper!

Callaway Apex UW

Callaway's Apex UW utility woods are long, forgiving, and easy to launch.

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CW: The Callaway Apex UW is my pick here. Wow! These clubs are unbelievably impressive. Part fairway wood, part hybrid, they’re easy to hit, look great at address, and offer explosive distance. Phil Mickelson played a key role in the development of these innovative utility woods, dare I his best contribution to the game thus far in 2022, and they belong on any list of the best hybrids in the game. At least one UW will be going in my bag as soon as I figure out which loft option gaps best with the rest of my set.

Titleist Vokey SM9 wedges

Several members of the Golf Monthly review team have been impressed with the new Titleist Vokey SM9 wedges.

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AW: This is an easy one. The Titleist Vokey SM9 wedges have somewhat transformed my short game and approach play from 130 yards and in. Optimized by my first wedge fitting, the gapping at the lower end of my bag now gives me so much more versatility on full shots, while the bounce options mean I can tailor my shot choice around the greens based on the situation I’m faced with. The looks remain unrivaled and I opted for the black finish for the first time, which I absolutely love! These are definitely among the best wedges on the market. 

PowaKaddy CT8 GPS Electric Trolley

Dan Parker had high expectations for the PowaKaddy CT8 GPS electric trolley and it lived up to the hype.

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3. What's one product you have tested so far in 2022 that you had high expectations for that fully lived up to those expectations?

DP: The new PowaKaddy CT8 GPS. I knew this was going to be a one of the best electric golf trolleys and PowaKaddy has not disappointed. Having the embedded GPS on such a compact trolley chassis was even more convenient than I could’ve expected, and I also think it really looks the part in the all-black colorway.

callaway chrome soft x golf ball

The 2022 Callaway Chrome Soft X delivers impressive all-around performance, including plenty of distance and spin.

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NT: Callaway Chrome Soft X golf ball. I was really impressed by the all-around performance on offer from the Callaway Chrome Soft X. This was very fast and long off the tee but the spin control into and around the greens was outstanding. A premium product that really lived up to its price tag and one of the best golf balls in the game.

Blue Tees Series 3 Max Laser Rangefinder

The Blue Tees Series 3 Max rangefinder offers performance that belies its price tag.

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JT: Probably the Blue Tees Series 3 Max laser rangefinder. For $259 you’re getting so much value. It looks cool but performs too -- the accuracy and clarity through the display is on par with the best Bushnell rangefinders and the speed at which the correct distance is displayed means your pre-shot routine isn’t at all disjointed and you can just focus on the shot at hand. 

Sun Mountain C-130 cart bag

The 2022 version of the Sun Mountain C-130 cart bag has continued a storied legacy for the popular franchise.

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CW: As easy choice here as the Sun Mountain C-130 cart bag gets the nod. The C-130 has been a staple in Sun Mountain’s bag lineup for nearly two decades now. Golfers love it and I fully expected it to be outstanding, which it was. It's stable and quiet on a cart, and the storage it offers is impressive. The C-130 also looks sharp and there are excellent color options to choose from. Certainly there are a lot of great options out there in the cart bag category, but in my opinion the C-130 remains the gold standard. If you ride when you play, this bag has to be one to consider.

Ping Glide 4.0 Wedge

Ping's new Glide 4.0 wedges excel when it comes to spin and offer a number of impressive sole grind options.

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AW: The Ping Glide 4.0 wedges. It was many moons ago that I last used Ping wedges, having switched and stuck with Titleist Vokeys since. I was excited to see how things have progressed, especially given the claims that the hosel transition and high-toe design of the Eye2 sole profile made it ‘the ultimate bunker club.’ While impossible to definitively say one way or the other, I can tell you it didn’t disappoint, nor did the more traditional grinds. One of my biggest testing takeaways was the spin on offer - truly incredible!