What do all of the new driver models have in common? Technology, clever weighting schemes, multiple materials, and even aerodynamic shaping. But none of that should interest you as much as the bottom line: How they can help you hit longer and straighter tee shots. The drivers you see below are the ones geared for the masses. But many of them also have sibling models that are intended for either higher handicaps or better players. To help you choose your next driver, make sure you get fitted to get the most from your new best friend on the tee box. What’s available?
Callaway’s MAVRIK comes in three models that aim to be forgiving and powerful. All have the brand’s Jailbreak technology that enhances ball speed, as well as artificial intelligence-designed clubfaces. The 460cc standard is for mid-handicappers to Tour pros, and has an adjustable rear weight screw; the 450cc Sub Zero is for better players, generates low spin, has high MOI, a flatter lie and neutral bias, and adjustable front and rear weight screws; and the 460cc MAX has the highest MOI, is easy to launch for higher handicappers, and features two adjustable weight screws to enhance a draw and get the ball airborne.
Cobra’s KING SpeedZone features six “zones” — those for power, strength, light weight, low center of gravity, aerodynamics and stability — that work together to help your tee shots soar. The clubface’s “infinity edge” significantly expands the milled area out to the curved edges around the face — creating a larger trampoline effect area. The strong-and-light T-Bar chassis translates to stability and feel. Weight is positioned low to help drives get up in the air fast.
A carryover from last year, PING’s G410 LST is a high-MOI model that generates low spin with shot-shaping control — that translates to workable tee shots that travel a long way. Movable weights and adjustable loft help golfers dial in their optimal ball flight.
Hitting the market last year, PXG’s 0811 GEN2 has a non-glare, carbon fiber crown designed to resemble the aggressive hood styling of a muscle car while also serving as an alignment aid. A honeycomb thermoplastic sole insert helps dampen impact vibration and thus improve sound. Sole weights are positioned to optimize ball flight for both variations of the model — the distance-minded X and the forgiving XF.
Geared for golfers seeking control, TaylorMade’s SIM is adjustable by +/- 20 yards right-to-left, via a sliding sole weight. The loft, lie angle and face angle can also be tuned. SIM stands for “shape in motion” and refers to advanced shaping: An asymmetric sole design, raised crown/sole, and a heavy steel weight positioned low and back at the rear of the club work in unison to improve forgiveness while also increasing clubhead speed during the last three feet of the downswing. This aerodynamic design also helps optimize launch conditions and increase forgiveness.
Introduced this past fall for golfers who need plenty of help on the tee, Titleist’s TS1 sports a draw-biased clubhead that weighs just 275 grams overall — 45 grams less than its sibling TS2. That helps generate more clubhead speed for swing speeds below 85 mph.
Tour Edge’s Exotics 220 features an elongated body and adjustable nine-gram back weight that yield stability and forgiveness. The clubhead also has a shallow clubface; carbon fiber in the sole, heel and toe; and a deep center of gravity. The hot face — bearing 42 different thick and thin mini-trampolines on its underside — helps generate fast ball speed with reduced spin, especially on mis-hits, maximizing distance regardless of where the ball makes contact on the face. A sound diffusion bar inside the clubhead improves impact acoustics. And through the adjustable hosel, golfers can tune the loft up or down two degrees.
Wilson Staff’s 460cc Launch Pad features a titanium clubhead and is ideal for slower-swinging high-handicaps. It aims to remedy slices through a 13-gram heel weight and the fact that it weighs just 272 grams overall — some 30 grams less than many drivers. Thus, players can swing it faster and create more ball speed. Variable thickness face helps the driver maintain ball velocity on mis-hits.
XXIO’s Eleven has brass and rubber weights in the stock shaft’s butt end to help reduce the effort required to swing. Plus the shaft is lightweight to enhance speed. A proprietary rib structure inside supports a thin sole and helps redistribute weight in a way that improves launch and forgiveness.
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