Friday, May 2, 2008
2008 Driver Buyer's Guide
The driver is unquestionably the most popular club in the bag.
Key Feature: This holdover from last year is among Callaway’s best ever. The carbon material is paired perfectly with strategic internal weight and a titanium face.
What We Like: The OptiFit System makes finding the right driver easy; I-MIX Technology allows you to change shafts on the spot.
Who It’s For: Three models (neutral, fade and draw) accommodate players across the spectrum. The Tour version is handy for better sticks.
Clubhead: Titanium (cast), carbon • Clubface: Titanium (forged) • Custom Options: Yes Lofts: 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 13 • Shafts: Fujikura E-150 graphite (S, R, A)
callawaygolf.com | $429
Key Feature: The cubic shape positions weight as far back from the clubface and to the sides as possible, resulting in a high MOI.
What We Like: The shape, which is favorable to the eye and really helps with aiming at setup. OptiFit and I-MIX Technologies!
Who It’s For: All players seeking straighter drives will appreciate the forgiveness and distance of the FT-i. Better players: go for the Tour.
Clubhead: Titanium (cast), carbon • Clubface: Titanium (forged) • Custom Options: Yes • Lofts: 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 11, 13HT (9.5, 10, 11 available LH) • Shafts: Fujikura Speeder 586 and 686 (X, S, R, A, L)
callawaygolf.com | $499
Cleveland HiBORE XLS
Key Feature: The inverted crown has been reworked, redesigned and re-engineered, making the HiBORE XLS among the best new drivers in ’08. Plus, the clubface is 17-percent bigger.
What We Like: The two shaft options, the offset version and the open-faced Tour version for better players.
Who It’s For: Players of all skill levels who want to get the ball airborne in a hurry.
Clubhead: Titanium (cast) • Clubface: Titanium (forged) • Custom Options: Yes • Lofts: 9, 10.5, 12.5 • Shafts: Fit-On M Gold graphite (mid/high launch) & Fit-On M Red graphite (low/mid launch) (X, S, R, A). Both by Fujikura.
clevelandgolf.com | $399
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