Big Ben CS3

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Ben Hogan Big Ben C-S3
Golf Monthly Verdict

Beautiful looks, shape and feel off the face. We hit the draw bias model which set up well for us. We felt we could really go after this with little fear of losing it left big-time other than via the most frenetic of ill-timed lunges. Excellent flight height and shape. Long and very good, delivering the consistent, controlled draw we've been after for a while.

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    This driver combines stylish looks with excellent height and shape within the flight of the ball.

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Deep grey 420cc titanium head with choice of three fixed weight cartridge options. Three factory fixed weights allow 23g of discretionary weight to be located optimally for your game and swing. You can buy the C-S3 in three different versions to facilitate draw, neutral or fade biases as required. The hotness of the face is designed to perform right up to the 2008 legal maximum.

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 TSR2 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