A Golfer’s Love/Hate relationship with the driver is an addictive and obsessive trait,
yet there is no relief in sight for the foreseeable future.
-Barry Lotz, J.D., Ph.D
These drivers will definitely, maybe positively, get you to the “Magic” driver!
Ping G Series Graphite Driver w/Tour Shaft
Last year PING had the best-selling driver in the G30 model. This year, their
new PING G has attracted a new set of devotees to the PING clan.
What the G driver offers is what every golfer desires - faster club head
and ball speed. Using proprietary Turbulator Technology, VorTec and face/crown
transition to combine for more efficient air flow, there is definitely a
noticeable difference over the G30 version – all good.
The T9S Titanium face is thinner and hotter for maximum distance and deflection.
The club’s adjustability with its 5-lobe hosel sleeve, allows±1 degree
of loft adjustment.
Another improvement is the DragonFly Technology - ultra-thin crown sections
save 8 grams of weight to optimize CG (Center of Gravity) and MOI (Moment
of Inertia) - making the G one of the most forgiving and consistent drivers
on the market currently.
The aesthetics of the club and speed generating aerodynamics that reduce
drag 37% and increase carry distance 3-4 yards are additional attributes,
all of which make this driver one of the most sought after in a crowded field.
Available in 9° and 10.5° lofts with a TOUR 65 shaft, though other shaft options are available.
To fine-tune your launch conditions prior to a round, adjust the loft up
to ±1° using Trajectory Tuning 2.0, which utilizes a lightweight,
aerodynamically efficient and high-strength 7075 aluminum hosel sleeve.
G drivers are available in three models to fit your desired trajectory: G
Standard, G SF Tec (Straight-Flight Technology), and G LS Tec (Low-Spin Technology).
Callaway XR 16 Pro Men's Graphite Driver
Callaway has another big hit on their hands with this driver! It is the bestselling
driver this year so far. It is an absolute dream to hit.
Not only does it perform, but the Boeing involvement has certainly made an
impact both on sales and performance of this club. Callaway worked with the
aerodynamics experts at Boeing to redefine what's possible with ball speed
in a deeper face. To make it faster, Callaway put in the distance technology
from their completely re-engineered face and a lighter Speed Step Crown,
and Boeing helped in creating the most aerodynamic head shape ever produced
Combining lower spin and a more neutral CG bias into a 450cc head, the results were far better than expected.
This is a remarkably fast and forgiving driver for players who already get
a lot of distance off the tee. This thing is fast like you wouldn't believe,
with a high speed head and lower drag in the crown that, as you can guess,
is going to add some serious ball speed. It's forgiving with more MOI, a
Speed Step Crown, and a Center of Gravity that's lower and deeper.
Callaway’s next generation R*MOTO face is also lighter and thinner for more
speed all across the face. And, of course, you can choose from a great selection
of shaft options to fit your swing speed.
I suggest that using Callaway’s new Chrome Soft balls with this driver, especially
for higher handicappers, will bring you a large smile and more distance to
Cobra King F6 Black Men’s Driver
Over the past few years Cobra has made a considerable dent in the driver
category. Not only are their products great performers, but their use by
Ricky Fowler has certainly helped Cobra gain traction.
Their current lineup of drivers is threefold – the KING LTD ($449.99), King
F6 and the KING F6+ ($399.99).All three suit a specific type of golfer.
The focus in this article is the KING F6, specifically. This is Cobra’s most
forgiving adjustable driver with CG tuning. The forged Ti8-1-1 Titanium face,
featuring the dual position 'front-to-back' CG weight system, allows you
to maximize distance through dialing in your ideal launch and spin conditions.
This model allows you to personalize your distance. It would not be outlandish
to say that no other all titanium adjustable CG driver delivers this combination
of distance and forgiveness in every shot, as the KING F6 offers.
It is offered with lofts of: 9.0º, 9.5º,10.5º, 11.5º
and 12° and with draw settings of 9.5°,10.5° and 11.5°.
The Matrix Red Tie 60Q4 graphite shaft is available in Lite, Regular, Stiff and X-Flex.
Bridgestone JGR Men's Driver
Looking for a great driver at an affordable price? Look no further than the new Bridgestone JGR Men's Driver.
This driver is designed to improve launch and ball speed with a crown that
is thinner in the front, which allows the face to slightly flex at impact,
thereby enhancing rebound above the center of the face.
The460cc F.A.S.T. (Flex Action Speed Technology) Crown Design allows for increased ball velocities and higher launch angles.
Bridgestone’s speeDARC Technology provides an incredibly stable base, leading
to the fastest ball speeds and highest launch angles on a driver currently
being sold. It is the ultimate combination of low spin distance and added
forgiveness on off-center hits.
Also noticeable is the milling pattern on the face. Bridgestone designers
wanted to reduce the amount the ball slides up the face, thus reducing spin.
They also used a new vertical milling pattern on the heel and toe areas to
The milling lines are also closer together and rougher at the bottom of the
face to help those shots hit low that tend to produce more spin. An adjustable-weighting
system allows golfers to adjust the driver to hit a draw and launch the ball
lower and higher.
The driver uses the Aldila NV 2KXV Orange driver shaft and is available in 8.5°, 9.5° and 12°.
Bridgestone makes a phenomenal line of golf balls. If you are looking for
a general all around wonderful performing ball, look no further than the
NewTour B330 RXS
model, especially if your swing speed is under 105 miles per hour.
The New Tour B330RXS features a softer AMATOURcore designed to maximize compression
for longer distance. The NEW patented SlipRes cover produces maximum greenside
performance, higher friction for more spin from the rough and less spin off
the driver for increased distance.
With unparalleled distance, the 330 seamless dimple design urethane cover
ensures greenside spin and control that players can count on.
Adjustability is here to stay, shafts and balls are continuously being developed
to increase distance and feel, and new metal for driver heads is constantly
changing. Golfers primarily focus on distance and the manufacturers will
cater to their quest for the longest driver.
Barry Lotz, J.D., Ph.D. is the director of the Professional Golf Teachers
Association of America. He is a member of the Golf Writers Association of
America, the California Golf Writers Association, and serves both as a Consultant
and Mediator to the golf industry. He is also the author of numerous books,
including “333 Best Web Sites for Golfers”, “How to Build Business Relationships
through Golf” which is in the Top Ten Golf Business Book’s bestseller list.
His latest book,” The Right Mind for Golf”, released last year, is now in
its 6th printing.
He can be reached at www.pgtaa.com or firstname.lastname@example.org