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The article below was written by George Cooper of National Club Golfer.

What’s the hardest golf major to win? When we refer to field strength in golf, we refer to the probability a player has to win the tournament. The stronger the field, the harder it is to win. The weaker the field, the easier it is for a player to win.

Calculating the strength of a field ultimately comes down to two core factors. These are field size – which is the number of players competing in the tournament – and field average – the quality of the average player in the field based on world rankings.

Taking each of these factors into consideration, we’ve ranked the four men’s majors in order of field strength, uncovering which of golf’s most prestigious prizes is the hardest to win. The results might come as a surprise to some…


Which major has the hardest field?

The PGA Championship has the strongest field of any of the four men’s majors. The tournament is run by Professional Golfers’ Association of America so, unlike the other three majors, no amateurs are in the field.

The top 100 in the world rankings at the cut-off point automatically qualify, and the 2021 tournament yielded a 156-player field that featured 99 of the top 100. The rest of the field comprised of former PGA Championship winners, recent PGA Tour winners, players who competed at the most recent Ryder Cup, and any player who finished in the top-15 of the previous year’s event.

The field is then made up by 20 PGA club professionals who make it into the field via qualifiers.

Coming in second is the US Open, which falls behind the PGA Championship in field strength due to its number of regional qualifiers.

While the tournament also boasts a 156-player field, a large proportion of that number consists of qualifiers, open to any professional or amateur with a handicap lower than 1.4.

At the 2021 US Open, 88 players were given automatic exemption based on the USGA’s qualification criteria. This includes former winners, the top-10 players from the previous year’s event, any major winner from the previous five years, all players who qualified for the Tour Championship, and any recent winner of the Players Championship.

Within this exemption criteria, several amateurs were also given automatic entry into the US Open. This consisted of the US Amateur winner and runner-up as well as the British Amateur winner.

The remaining spaces then remained open for qualifiers. US Open qualifying takes place in two stages, local and final, with some players exempted through to final qualifying based on their world ranking.

Of course, all of these players are still top-quality golfers. But having so many qualifiers ultimately reduces the number of players who might actually compete for the trophy compared to the PGA Championship.

As its name suggests, The Open remains golf’s most accessible major for which to qualify. The qualifying structure offers more than 2,500 entrants the chance to compete for a place in the tournament, eventually producing a field of 156.

Roughly 65 per cent of the field is exempt from qualifying. This means many of the world’s best players may still miss out on the chance to compete for the coveted Claret Jug.

Those exempt include previous Open Championship winners aged 60 and under and winners of selected big tournaments. Also in are players who finished in the top 10 of last year’s event, and any golfer ranked inside the world’s top 50.

A minimum of 46 places are then up for grabs through the Open Qualifying Series, which takes place around the world at a series of international sanctioned tournaments and local qualifying events in the UK.

The Open typically has the most amateurs compared to the other majors. In 2021, the 149th Open at Royal St George’s saw eight amateurs competing for the Silver Medal. This included automatic entry for the winners of the British Amateur, the US Amateur, the European Amateur, the Asia-Pacific Amateur and the Mark H McCormack Medal.

You may argue that it’s the most prestigious of the four majors, but, statistics-wise, at least, the Masters is the easiest to win.

While this might come as a surprise, the lack of field strength at the Masters Tournament in comparison to its counterparts falls solely on the number of players. The Masters has a significantly smaller field, with Augusta National generally inviting between 90 and 100 players each year.

Keen to promote founder Bobby Jones’ legacy, a number of these are amateurs.

Former champions are also given a lifetime exemption to play at Augusta, meaning many senior players in possession of a Green Jacket continue to come back late into their careers and claim a place in the field.

It all adds up to the pool of players who can realistically triumph around America’s most hallowed turf being surprisingly small. (Just don’t tell Rory McIlroy.)

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With golf being considered a traditional game, the idea of a single seater golf buggy on the course isn’t something that first springs to mind—however, their popularity within the game is increasing.

Following COVID 19 distancing rules, sharing a golf buggy became pretty tricky. The thought of ditching a buggy altogether wasn’t an option for everyone—as we know, golfing is not only mentally but physically taxing. The need for a single rider on a buggy only increased during this period.

As well as a physical need, single seater golf buggies come in a vast range of styles, making them more appealing to the younger generation—who we’ve seen start to take up the sport.

Aside from looks, the single rider models also allow for:

  • faster play due to their ability to easily navigate tricky paths and hills
  • a little bit more fun on the course, riding side by side with your friends
  • lighter weight vehicles crossing the course, which means there’s less maintenance and better preservation of the greens

With the benefits outlined, let’s look at the best single seater golf buggies on the market in 2022.


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Finn Cycle

Retail price: $3,499

The Finn Cycle is described as ‘fast, fun and safe’ and literally is everything you could want in a single seater golf buggy.

Created by Rick Reimers, chief executive of Sun Mountain Sports, the aim of the Finn Cycle is to be more efficient—particularly when it comes to speediness around the course.

Rick claims that you can complete 18-hole rounds in two hours on the Finn Cycle, rather than the usual four hours!

Though the two-wheeled electric bike looks more like a moped, it’s built specifically for golfing, allowing you to strap your club bag to the crossbar, which you then straddle while scooting along to your next hole.

The Finn Cycle has been designed to be lightweight and have a low centre of gravity to ensure you have a well-balanced and controlled ride—and makes it user friendly for many age groups.

There are also custom Finn Cycle accessories you can buy for your buggy, making it truly yours and helping you show off your individual style on the course—they sell everything from fender sets to cool bags, so the possibilities are endless.

Related: 5 Ways To Improve Your Short Game


G3 Rider Single Seat Golf Buggy

Retail price: £2,310.00

The G3 Rider single seat golf buggy is probably at the more affordable end of the market, particularly as it was made for consumers, specifically for the UK golf scene.

A great all-rounder, the G3 Rider is a favourite of Ryder Cup winner 1987, Eamonn Darcy. Made for comfort, it has robust adjustable suspension, ultra-wide 13″ tires and responsive steering—meaning you can take on any course or terrain with ease.

The electric rechargeable battery is said to last through 36 holes on a single charge, so you won’t have to worry about powering down halfway through your round and getting left behind!

Unlike many of our options on this list, the G3 Rider is foldable, making it easy to transport and store when you’re not playing.

If you want a dynamic and sporty model but also functional and practical, the G3 Rider does it all.


Koppla Swift Motorcycle Golf Cart

Retail price: $3,399.00

Looking to be a trailblazer on the course and turn heads? The Koppla Swift Motorcycle golf cart (yes, motorcycle) will get you noticed.

Though this golf cart may look like a beast of a motorcycle, don’t expect to ‘rev’ it up on the golf course—it is, in fact, very quiet to run and produces zero emissions, making it great for the environment.

With a 25Ah Li-Battery, the Koppla golf cart will give you up to 40 Miles Range, meaning you have plenty of power to get you around even the most challenging of courses. It also includes a ‘plug-and-play’ battery so that you can change it on the go for a fully charged spare one.

The Koppla is a true investment as you can also use it for hunting, fishing and many other outdoor pastimes. Its off-road tyres mean the versatility is endless—although we wouldn’t suggest riding it out on the road like a real motorcycle.

Though they are mainly found in the US, these models can be shipped to the UK from their European warehouse.

Related: Our Top Tips For Avoiding Slow Play


GolfBoard V1.3 with High-Capacity Battery Pack

Retail price: $6,795.00

If you love watching the latest Youtube golfing trends and are about looking cool on the course, the GolfBoard V1.3 oozes youth and trendiness.

Though you wouldn’t necessarily think of the GolfBoard as a single seater golf buggy, it’s more likened to riding a skateboard or surfing. With their tagline ‘surf the earth,’ this board literally allows you to glide across the course with ease.

There isn’t a seat on the GolfBoard model, as it’s all about speed and ease of getting on and off your golf buggy quickly around the course.

The GolfBoard V1.3 is their all-new model featuring a high capacity battery pack, including LG lithium-ion cells that gives you 48.8% more power than their original model. GolfBoard even promises that the V1.3 will be able to be used over 27 holes on one charge!

Made to be durable and last, these boards have a powder-coated steel stability bar and external circuit breakers so they can be easily serviced and stored in the offseason.

The GolfBoard’s four wheels ensure it has a great climbing ability and can cross different terrains that you may face on the course, such as steep hills or slippery terrain.

Related: The 9 Best Golf YouTube Channels In 2021


I-m4 Single Seat Electric Golf Buggy

Retail price: £3,460.00 (Pre-owned)

The I-m4 Single Seat Electric Golf Buggy looks more like your traditional golf buggy—however, it’s anything but.

One of the trickiest things about a traditional four-seater buggy is balancing the weight of everyone’s equipment as well as all the players themselves—not to mention it allows three ‘non-drivers’ to pay little attention to what’s going on around them.

The I-m4 has all the comfort of a four-seater buggy but gives one individual the power to be in control.

This model has been purposely built to allow riders to speed along at a walking pace and maintain eye-level and eye contact in a conversation with their fellow golfers—rather than being lower down in a conventional scooter.

Though it’s aimed at more of the senior market, the I-m4 still remains stylish and functional. Available in various colours and with an ergonomic shape, this single seater golf buggy can also be easily folded to fit into a car.

The I-m4 is all about comfort, ensuring that the seat is independently sprung so you can ride the bumps along the course instead of feeling every stone or divert. Most conventional models have their seats directly attached to the chassis, making the ride a lot less smooth and more uncomfortable.

In terms of battery power, the I-m4 holds its own among our other models listed, with an optional 45Ah, 48Ah or 75Ah interchangeable lead sealed acid battery.


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The first Major of the 2022 golfing calendar has been and gone, and what a ride it was, golf fans.

Scottie Scheffler is the newly-crowned Masters champion, Tiger Woods is back, and Rory McIlroy must settle for second place.


Masters 2022: Final top 5 standings

1. Scottie Scheffler (USA)
2. Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland)
T3. Shane Lowry (Ireland)
T3. Cameron Smith (Australia)
5. Collin Morikawa (USA)

We sat down with eight-times Ryder Cup player, three-times Ryder Cup captain, and Golf Care ambassador Bernard Gallacher again to discuss the main talking points from the Masters 2022.

Here’s what he had to say…


Masters 2022: Pre-tournament chit-chat

Understandably, much of the talk pre-tournament was about Tiger Woods and whether he would or wouldn’t play.

Of course, much to the delight of the golfing world, he played, and it was great to see him back.

To put things into perspective, even making the cut and walking the hilly Augusta course over the five days was a major achievement for Woods, given his last few years. Fans worldwide can now look ahead to July, where he’ll be a serious contender to clinch victory on ‘his favourite course’ at the 150th Open at St Andrews.


Scottie Scheffler

World number one Scottie Scheffler is the 2022 Masters champion, winning the biggest prize in the tournament’s history ($2.7 m) and, of course, the prestigious Green Jacket.

The result probably came as no surprise to many, thanks to his superb form of late, having already won the Phoenix Open, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and more recently, the WGC Match Play this year.

Scheffler started the final round at Augusta with only a two-stroke lead over his playing partner and The Players Champion, Cameron Smith. However, the match quickly turned on the third and fourth holes, where Scheffler extended his lead to four strokes and never looked back.

Standing on the final tee with an unassailable five-stroke lead, the only time he seemed to lose his composure somewhat was when he four-putted on the 18th green.

Was he overwhelmed by the occasion? Perhaps. Nevertheless, he still managed to win by three.


Masters 2022: Bernard’s special mentions

Of course, there can only be one outright Masters winner, but that’s not to say others didn’t impress at Augusta this year.

Special mentions must go to…


Cameron Smith

Smith did well to keep within touching distance of Scheffler until the short 12th at Amen Corner, where he, like many others in years gone by, dumped his tee shot into the water. From there, his chances of winning quickly evaporated, and a triple-bogey 6 meant he had to settle for a tied third-place finish alongside Shane Lowry.


Shane Lowry

Lowry recorded an impressive finish, especially when you consider he also took a triple-bogey 6 at the short fourth hole after an errant tee shot. However, as you’d expect from the former Open Champion, the Irishman quickly recomposed himself, finishing with a very commendable 69 and share of third place with Cameron Smith.


Rory McIlroy

The former world number one produced one of Augusta’s best-ever final rounds with a stunning 64. Although too far back to win and complete his Grand Slam, nevertheless, the rate he was birdieing and eagling his way around Augusta must have given Scheffler some concern, who quite noticeably didn’t relax until after he’d hit his final tee shot. 

McIlroy was in total attack mode from the opening tee shot and capitalised on his superb driving with stunning iron shots and terrific holing out. In fact, it’s difficult to find enough superlatives for his outstanding ball striking. Holing his bunker shot at the last was pure theatre, much to the enjoyment of everybody.


Masters 2022: Disappointments

The unseasonably cold weather and strong winds at Augusta over the first two rounds, in particular, exposed the frailties in the game of some of the world’s best golfers–several of whom missed the cut.

Previous Masters winner Jordan Speith, four-time major champion Brooks Koepka, Olympic gold medallist Xander SchauffeleJustin Rose, former Open Champion Francesco Molinari, and the current US Open Champion Bryson De Chambeau will all be disappointed.

Nevertheless, the next major tournament gets underway in just five weeks’ time (at the time of writing), so there’s no time to dwell. All will be disappointed with their performance at Augusta but will be keen to put things right at the US PGA Championship in May.

Many thanks to Bernard for giving us his Masters 2022 round-up!

Who impressed you at Augusta? Get in touch and let us know.


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Selecting the right set of golf clubs for your game can be a tricky task, especially if you don’t take much notice of everything that’s going on in the equipment world, where new releases come thick and fast. It can be especially difficult for mid handicappers or intermediate players because golfers of this standard—say those in the 8-18 handicap range—can potentially use every model in a manufacturer’s line-up with some degree of success.

Generally speaking, a set that offers good ball speed, a solid feel, and plenty of forgiveness will suit the intermediate player, as well as a profile that’s not too busy or clunky—so as to be aspirational for the user to improve. To help you narrow down your search for the perfect set of irons—and we always recommend going the custom fit route—here are seven models you might want to try.


Wilson D9 Forged Irons, RRP £816.00

The D9 Forged irons have been engineered for speed and distance, and they’ll appeal to a wide range of players—certainly the intermediate player. They offer the player a compact, classic shaping and soft, forged feel, together with ball speed and forgiveness. Power holes are positioned along the sole of the club of the long and mid irons, which helps them flex more at impact. There’s more to like than just speed, though, and users should find that the 8620 carbon steel used to forge the face provides a wonderful feel at impact. 


Ping i525 Irons, RRP £999.00

The Ping i525 irons will certainly win a lot of golfers over with their stunning looks. This player’s distance iron, which replaced the i500 model, is engineered with a forged, maraging-steel face which significantly increases speed and distance while providing a pleasing feel and sound. Meanwhile, the players-style blade length and offset with a modest topline create a clean, compact profile.


TaylorMade Stealth Irons, RRP £849.00

Whilst more of a game improvement iron, this model, which replaced the SIM2 Max, boasts an aspirational look that should make it appealing for those in the mid handicap range. In fact, TaylorMade engineers have done such a good job blending elegant looks with forgiveness, even those players a touch lower might lean towards giving them a try. The advanced design of the clubhead shifts mass from the extreme high toe of the head and repositions it in the sole to create a lower CG. As a result, users should find them long, forgiving, and easy to launch. That’s quite an appealing package.


Callaway Rogue ST Pro Irons, RRP £949.00

Designed for low to mid-single-digit handicap golfers, the Rogue ST Pro is a beautiful hollow body iron with slightly more traditional lofts than the other Rogue ST models in a compact, player shape. It’s engineered for speed, but the elegant shape will appeal to those intermediate players on the up. One of the key pieces of technology is Callaway’s new A.I. Face Optimization, unique for each club in the set to create spin rate consistency across the face. It also features urethane microspheres, enhancing sound and delivering a pure feel while maintaining fast ball speeds.


Titleist T300 Irons, RRP £749.99

Billed as the ultimate game improvement iron, the T300 irons offer a strong combination of forgiveness, distance and feel. The power source lies behind the head—Titleist’s improved Max Impact technology, which now includes an enhanced polymer core that improves both the feel and mass efficiency of the club at impact. The gentle offset means this model will appeal to a wide range of players seeking forgiveness and distance.


Mizuno JPX921 Forged Irons, RRP £859.00

Mizuno is renowned for its expert craftsmanship, and the Japanese manufacturer is responsible for producing some of the finest looking iron sets on the market. It has every level of golfer well covered, with this compact model more geared towards the mid handicap player. Grain Flow Forged HD in Mizuno’s facility in Hiroshima, Japan, the JPX921 Forged irons offer an identifiable and classic Mizuno feel. At the same time, additional perimeter weighting with toe bias creates a Stability Frame to maximise results from off-centre strikes.


Srixon ZX4 Irons, RRP £999.00

Srixon, in the past, has tended to focus its efforts on the more accomplished ball striker. This model is aimed at the higher handicap player, although there’s plenty of appeal here for more intermediate golfers. It’s designed to produce long carries and offer more forgiveness on off-centre hits, and it manages to achieve this in a classic shape. Despite featuring the widest sole and most offset in the ZX family—which slicers will appreciate—it still offers a clean view at address and frames the ball nicely.


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Many of us are happy to hand our clubs over to a trusty PGA professional when they need a regrip; others enjoy the satisfaction of a bit of DIY, which also saves a few quid.

It’s a simple enough procedure to do at home, but there are a few important dos and don’ts. So, here’s our guide on how to regrip your golf clubs in five steps.


What you need

  • White spirit (or similar mineral spirit)
  • Small knife, such as a Stanley
  • Double-sided tape
  • Towel
  • Vice



Step 1: Remove the old grip

First comes the removal of the worn grips. Ideally, you need a vice, as this will help keep the club steady and prevent injury. Make an incision at the narrower end with your knife. This should enable you to pull the old grip off without too much difficulty, although you may need to repeat this process a few times if it proves a little stubborn. It’s important that you cut away from your body. The last thing you want to do is rule yourself out of the weekend medal.


Step 2: Remove the old tape

how to regrip your golf clubs

Now remove the old tape underneath. If you leave it on and put the new tape over it, you’re going to end up with a bigger grip. You can use the Stanley to scrape the old tape off as though you’re peeling an apple. When it’s all removed, dab an old towel or cloth in white spirit and give the shaft a good rub, removing any debris and grime.


Step 3: Install the new tape

Now to install the new double-sided tape. First, lock the shaft into the vice. At this stage, it’s a good idea to use a shaft protector to avoid causing any damage as you tighten it in the vice. It’s crucial that you line up the clubface square. It’s also a good idea to measure the tape to the correct length – so do that by lining up a grip next to the tape.

Be sure to leave a slight bit of overhang (approximately half an inch); this will make it easier to slip the new grip on. Finish this step off by smoothing out the tape, making sure there are no wrinkles or bubbles. Pinch together the overhanging bit of tape and poke it into the end of the shaft.


Step 4: Coat in white spirit

Next, apply the white spirit to the tape. Then, take your new grip, cover the little hole at the end, and pour some in. Be generous, as you can’t use too much. Use your fingers to cover both ends of the grip and swill the liquid around to coat the whole of the inside.


Step 5: Put on the new grip

Now to slide the new grip on. You need to put it on quickly. Make sure it’s seated firmly at the end of the grip – the end cap should not be moving around. The alignment guides, logo, and texture should all be perpendicular to the clubface. You have a limited time here to make any minor adjustments before it sets firmly. Finish off by tapping down the end of the grip on the ground to make sure that the cap is seated correctly.

One down, 13 to go.


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Staying hydrated is crucial during a round of golf. Poorly struck shots aren’t always down to your skill level; sometimes it might be because you’ve not drunk enough water—yes, really.

With that in mind, you should always buy a bottle of water before you tee off, right? That’s good, but it would be even better if you owned your own reusable bottle. Not only will you be doing your bit for the environment by avoiding the use of plastic, filling up your own bottle will encourage you to get into the habit of taking on fluids as you play.

There are plenty of ‘smart’ bottles on the market. These are insulated models that’ll keep your water ice cool or your cup of tea/coffee nice and hot. Not many golf brands offer their own water bottle, but there are certainly no shortage of sports water bottles out there that are perfectly suitable to take golfing.

After the initial outlay, which is hardly considerable, reusable bottles will start saving you money in no time at all. Just think of how much money you’d potentially spend over the course of just one year on bottles of water alone.

Here’s a selection of our favourite insulated water bottles for golf.


1. Ocean Tee Oceanic Drinks Bottle, RRP £19.99

insulated water bottles for golf

Made from sustainably sourced materials, Ocean Tee’s drinks bottles are lightweight and vacuum insulated, which means they’ll keep your drinks cold for 24 hours or hot for 12. The 500ml bottles, available in black, blue and green, are 100% stainless steel and are made to help reduce the number of single use plastic bottles that make it into the ocean. They look pretty cool, too.


2. TaylorMade Stainless Steel Sports Bottle, RRP £21.99

insulated water bottles for golf

Let’s be honest – this is way better looking than a plastic bottle. This premium bottle holds 20oz (approximately 590ml) of fluid and has a screw top opening and attachment loop, making it easy to secure to your golf bag. The stainless steel construction is highlighted with TaylorMade’s logo for extra appeal.


3. BIG MAX Thermo Vacuum Flask, RRP £26.99

insulated water bottles for golf

BIG MAX may have made its name in golf carts and bags, but the manufacturer also produces one very fine water bottle. The 500ml Thermo Vacuum Flask, in particular, has an 18/8 stainless steel construction with an exclusive powder coating for a grippy feel. Meanwhile, its double-walled vacuum will keep your drink hot or cold for up to 24 hours. It also comes with a choice of two different caps, one standard cap and another with a straw. An opening size of 4.8cm also makes it easy to clean and fill up.


4. Masters Golf Fluid Drinks Bottle Infinity Series, RRP £14.99

insulated water bottles for golf

Using advanced double-wall vacuum technology, the 500ml Fluid bottle can keep your drinks cold or hot no matter what the weather conditions. You have a choice of two colours, both of which look really smart: matte black and matte blue.



5. Kinetica Stainless Steel Chilly Bottle, RRP £21.99

insulated water bottles for golf

Perfect for any climate and suitable for any terrain (including golf courses), the 500ml Chilly bottle from health and fitness brand, Kinetica, is designed to help you reduce your carbon footprint while maintaining optimal hydration levels. It’ll keep your drink cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours.



6. Kambukka Elton Insulated Water Bottle, RRP £30.00

insulated water bottles for golf

Kambukka is a premium Belgian brand that designs trendy drinking solutions for people on the go. The 750ml Elton Insulated features a 3-in-1 lid with ‘push’, ‘always open’ and ‘locked’ positions, which enables a smooth drinking experience in every situation. It’s also dishwasher safe, while Snapclean technology makes it easy to dismantle.



7. Mizu V6 Bottle, RRP £31.95

insulated water bottles for golf

Mizu was founded by Jussi Oksanen, an Olympic athlete and professional snowboarder. He has a passion for adventure and helping to rid the world of single use plastics. The company now produces an extraordinary number of bottles, with the 560ml stainless steel V6 perfect for taking on a commute, to the gym, or out on the golf course. It’s also available in a variety of colours.



8. YETI Rambler 18oz (532ml) Bottle With Chug Cap, RRP £30.00

YETI creates products for outdoor enthusiasts. Its extensive range of gear includes bottles, coolers, mugs, ice buckets, and lots more. They look cool and they’re packed with technology. With a quick twist, the TripleHaul handle comes off, exposing the shatter-resistant, dishwasher safe spout that allows for controlled gulps while you play.



9. Ion8 Leak Proof Slim Water Bottle, RRP £21.99

Although created for general use, this 500ml bottle is perfect for the fairways. As well as keeping your hot drinks hot and cold drinks icy cold – which is par for the course with insulated water bottles, excuse the pun – it offers a smooth flow for spill-free hydration and hygienic flip top cover for one handed use as you play. It’s available in an array of colours and playful designs, too.



10. CamelBak Peak Fitness Chill Insulated Bottle, RRP £16.00

CamelBak produces a wide range of water bottles, which it groups under different activities, including biking, hiking and running. The 500ml Peak Fitness Chill comes into its own in the gym, but with features like high flow, self-sealing cap, and an easy-to-clean drink interface, it’s suitable for pretty much all activities—golf included. With the lock-out mode preventing leaking, you don’t have to worry about it causing a mess in your golf bag either.