New golf clubs for 2009

From the Callaway Diablo driver to Wilson’s Di9 irons, we pick out seven of the best new equipment launches for 2009...

Vokey Spin Milled wedges

From the Callaway Diablo driver to Wilson’s Di9 irons, there’s plenty of new kit breaking onto the shelves, all competing for your attention in 2009. Here, we cast our eye over seven of the most exciting new releases.

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1. New Callaway Diablo driver The major talking point here is about the shape of the Callaway Diablo woods. Designed to help players square the face especially when they swing the club quickly, the draw bias version has more mass situated towards heel. An interesting idea that makes for an unusual look, we reckon it’s well worth a try if you suffer with a left-to-right shape.

2. New Titleist Vokey wedges £93 A huge number of bounce and loft options mean that every player should be able to find a wedge line-up to cope with all conditions. These classic looking wedges come in three different finishes Chrome, Oil Can, and Black Nickel. 3. Wilson Di9 irons £379 In their Di9 model Wilson has produced an iron that golfers of differing abilities will enjoy. They are extremely forgiving without looking too chunky and the sweetspot here has been moved slightly nearer the toe to match the strike pattern of the majority of golfers.

4. Nike VR Forged split cavity irons £720 Nike has launched a whole new range of irons and drivers but for us, the pick of the bunch is the new shallow cavity forged irons. From address they look classic and the performance offers many of the benefits of a bladed iron. However, there is a generous cavity in the back to help you enjoy more consistent ball striking.

5. New Cleveland Launcher driver £219 Cleveland has got the feel off the face and impact noise spot-on here. The Launcher head is powerful and forgiving. It’s a must-try for anyone thinking of picking up a new driver.

Equipment video review: Cleveland Launcher driver

6. Odyssey Teron putter For 2009, Odyssey are boldly delivering new shapes that will undoubtedly grab your attention. The Teron model is certainly one of these and with a great feel off the face and stability through impact, the technological benefits are hard to ignore.

7. Mizuno MP-52 irons £85 per iron Like Nike’s VR irons, Mizuno has delivered on feel and forgiveness here. Their classic look has been injected with enough margin for error to attract a broad spectrum of playing abilities.

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Neil Tappin
Digital Editor

In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."

Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his time at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points. 

Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSi2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X