When it comes to playing golf, your skills are definitely one of the deciding factors for your scores, but equally important, if not more so, is the equipment you use.
Your golf clubs, balls, and other accessories can turn the tide in your favor – or against you, depending on how well you choose. With golf clubs, they will largely determine your ability to send the ball flying, the distance of its flight, as well as the accuracy of your shots. So in short, a good golf club means everything.
But how do you even go about choosing the best golf clubs? Not all golf clubs work great for everyone. Just because a set of golf clubs is more expensive doesn’t mean that it will help you play well.
A set that’s a perfect choice for beginners probably won’t do the job when you’re going pro and, likewise, you won’t want to start with professional-grade golf clubs if you’re still wet behind the ears. In the end, it’s all about choosing the right golf club for you, rather than one that’s objectively the best.
Nevertheless, chances are you’ll need some help finding the best golf club for you, especially if you’re just starting out on your golfing adventure.
You’re bound to hear a lot of word of mouth on golfing communities, and those will be pretty trustworthy – reviews like ours will definitely help you with that. But then there is the more uncommon route of As-Seen-On-TV products. Fewer and fewer companies utilize this advertising method today, and yet there are still some that do – including golfing companies.
The Gx7 Golf Club is one of those rarities that we’re putting to the test today. Is it as amazing as the TV commercial claim it to be, or is it just another scam? We’re here to tell you exactly that.
Gx7 Golf Club
Gx7 Golf Club – The Claims
The problem with most infomercial products is that they tend to over-promise on their products. Sure, it seems pretty obvious when you see an ad like that, but that only makes determining what exactly the product can offer you that much harder.
The Gx7 is made by the Golf Agency – the same company responsible for many other as-seen-on-tv golf clubs in the past, such as the Alien Wedge, Orlimar, Tight Less, Adams Golf, etc. These products have been hit or miss, so let’s see to what extent the Gx7 follows this trend.
The Gx7 claims to be able to:
- eliminate 3 to 4 bad drives per round,
- hit as long as a driver and as accurate as a 3-wood
- provide an increased smash factor
- spin less than a driver
Additionally, it apparently has a higher smash factor than a driver. All of this for the low, low price of $xx.
The website claims that these clubs are guaranteed to improve your driving distance consistency compared to your current driver, as well as improve your accuracy, ensuring that what would normally end up a miss-hit can turn out to be a decent shot.
Apparently, it’s meant to ensure that you won’t need separate swings and can just hit with it like you would an iron. The ads promise that the club will let you play on par with professional golfers, regardless of your actual experience.
Does it deliver?
The claims being what they are, it’s pretty clear from the start that the GX-7 most likely won’t be able to deliver on all of them, but is it any good at all? Most as-seen-on-tv products have a reputation of being pretty low-quality with ads that are much too generous with their praise. Does the GX-7 make the same mistake?
Let’s start by taking apart all the claims listed above. After a round of testing, we’ve come to the following conclusions:
- While the club promises to eliminate around 4 bad drives per round, there is actually no way a driver can eliminate all bad drives, and the GX-7 doesn’t seem particularly inclined to help with that,
- It doesn’t actually hit as long as a driver. In fact, it looks like the average score we had with this versus a driver differs by ten yards – in the other driver’s favor, so things aren’t looking good for the GX-7,
- The smash factor isn’t really any different from other drivers,
- Though it promises less spinning, it actually comes out with around 300 RPM more than regular drivers,
- The one claim it does deliver on is that it offers the accuracy of a fairway wood, which can actually be a pretty big advantage.
When it comes to living up to the claims, then, the GX-7 doesn’t really deliver. While that alone hardly makes it a bad golf club, the fact remains that it is very much overpraised in its advertisements. While such a practice is to be expected from as-seen-on-tv products, it’s important to remember to set your expectations right.
How it fares as a golf club
But is the GX-7 a total disappointment? The claims made on the ads are one thing, but it seems like a lot of people online are quite happy with this product as it is What exactly does the GX-7 have to offer, irrespective of the ad’s sweeping claims?
The first thing you’ll likely notice once you get ahold of the club is that it doesn’t look very appealing. The finish on the head doesn’t really give off the impression of a premium product – it certainly looks like a cheaper golf club, rather than the professional piece that is advertised.
You’ll also notice that the face is very large at address, so at the very least you can tell it’s a forgiving club from the get-go. The next thing you’ll notice is that it is very loud on impact, which can be pretty bothersome.
The club was also very obviously made for golfers with slower swing speeds and if you swing hard enough enough times, you may hear a rattling inside the head. Though it still holds together, something coming loose inside in so short a time is not very desirable.
With all that said, it should still perform decently. Whether you’re just starting out or just play casually and are looking for something that will do the job, this club will still definitely do the job.
The above suggests the quality of materials isn’t the best, but it’s still at the very least an adequate golf club that’s very light and forgiving, meaning you’ll still land a lot of hits without a problem. The design, reminiscent of a 7-iron, actually gives it a level of stability that few other clubs of the sort do.
Placing any stock in the claims made by the ad are one surefire way to be disappointed, but we’re here to tell you this is not a bad club to play with, just as long as you temper your expectations.
- A low price compared to other brand-named drivers.
- Dedicated to amateurs – you’ll get great accuracy and stability right from the start.
- A very forgiving club allowing you to hit the fairway at a consistent rate.
- Thanks to a 7-iron-esque design, it is very stable.
- The material quality leaves a bit to be desired.
- Won’t fare well at all in a professional setting.
- It’s only a decent club if you can look past the false advertising.