Friday, May 2, 2008
2008 Driver Buyer's Guide
The driver is unquestionably the most popular club in the bag.
Adams Insight XTD Key
Feature: The square shape comes in two models, one for golfers who want the utmost in stability and distance (a3), the other for those who want all that but are chronic slicers (a30S). Both models have a deep CG for a high, mid-spin trajectory.
What We Like: The two options are a good call, but what really sets this driver apart is the stock Aldila DVS shaft.
Who It’s For: Mid- to high-handicappers.
Clubhead: Titanium (cast) • Clubface: Same (forged) • Custom Options: Yes • Lofts: 8.5, 9.5, 10.5, 11.5 (a3); 9.5, 10.5, 12.5, HL • Shafts: Aldila DVS graphite (X, S, R, A)
adamsgolf.com | $349
Bridgestone J33R 460
Key Feature: The all-titanium design features a tungsten weight low and deep in the clubhead for a higher MOI and deepened CG. The clubface is also perfectly square.
What We Like: This is an elite 460cc driver that reaps huge rewards for players who tend to fight a ballooning, high ballflight. We also dig its clean, traditional looks.
Who It’s For: Players with moderate to fast swings; players who don’t need a closed clubface to keep the ball in play.
Clubhead: Titanium (cast) • Clubface: Same Custom Options: Yes • Lofts: 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 Shafts: Aldila NV graphite (X, S, R)
bridgestonegolf.com | $399
Callaway Hyper X Key
Feature: The face has a variable thickness, in the shape of an X, resulting in an enhanced sweet spot and greater distance. It has the biggest hitting area of any Callaway driver.
What We Like: By far the best-looking driver at address we’ve seen from Callaway. The hyperbolic face design helps where golfers miss the most: high on the toe and low on the heel.
Who It’s For: All golfers. The Tour version is also available, which features a square face.
Clubhead: Titanium (cast) • Clubface: Same Custom Options: Yes • Lofts: 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 Shafts: Tour Model: Fujikura Fit-On E-360 (S, R); Reg Model: Golf Fit-On X by Fujikura (S, R, A)
callawaygolf.com | $299
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