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The Golf Digest 2011 Hot List

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Golf Digest has released its 2011 Hot List, the most comprehensive ranking of the hottest equipment in the game as reviewed by scientists, retailers, teachers, amateur players and Golf Digest’s team of equipment editors.

Clubs: Ninety-four of the more than 300 clubs that were evaluated this year appear on the 2011 Hot List, and 19 brands are represented. Ping has the most clubs on the Hot List out of any brand with a total of 15: eight gold medals and seven silver medals. Callaway received 11 gold medals, the most of any brand on the list.

Balls: Golf Digest started with 55 models and reviewed robot- and player-testing data, technical information from golf-ball manufacturers and opinions from our Golf Digest Hot List Technical Panel.

The 2011 Hot List showcases the most diverse collection of new technology the editors have seen in eight years of compiling this annual ranking. Manufacturers are completely focused on catering to the players’ needs and the message to consumers is clear: the right clubs and balls are out there.

The Categories

Our four judges evaluated candidates for the Hot List in four weighted criteria.

  1. PERFORMANCE (45%)
  2. INNOVATION (30%)
  3. LOOK/SOUND/FEEL (20%)
  4. DEMAND (5%)

The Awards

Awards

GOLD products earned a score of 93 to 100 on our weighted scale.

SILVER products earned a score of 88 to 92.99. For example, a product scoring 96 in Performance, 85 in Innovation, 96 in Look/Sound/Feel and 85 in Demand would earn a weighted score of 92.15, or Silver status. There is no minimum number of stars required to earn Gold or Silver status.

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The Ratings

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The star ratings are meant to reflect the various levels of judges' scoring from Poor to Outstanding. Each star represents a scoring range, with a ½star generally equal to the upper end of a particular range. For example, scores in the 93 to 96 range are represented by a star rating of ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

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Looking for the 2010 results? View the 2010 Hot List page.