Friday, May 2, 2008
2008 Driver Buyer's Guide
The driver is unquestionably the most popular club in the bag.
Taylormade Tour Burner
Key Feature: Dual Crown technology, which features a crown that’s significantly smaller than the sole. The smaller crown is 17-percent lighter than the original Burner.
What We Like: A driver with the lowest CG location of any TaylorMade driver to date, making it extremely forgiving. The fact that it’s also offered in a TP version ($599).
Who It’s For: Players who want a club with a Tour-like appearance and lots of technology.
Clubhead: Titanium • Clubface: Titanium (rolled) • Lofts: 9.5, 10.5, 13 (9.5, 10.5 available LH) • Custom Options: Yes • Shafts: TaylorMade SuperFast 60-gram (X, S, R, A)
taylormadegolf.com | $399
Key Feature: The triangular design boosts its MOI, and the aluminum hosel and beta-ti face really elevate its performance.
What We Like: The CG is deep and low, and the sculpted sides increase the stiffness of the sole for greater energy transfer into the golf ball.
Who It’s For: Players of all skills will notice the effectiveness of the triangular shape, and better players will love the upgradable shaft options.
Clubhead: Titanium (cast) • Clubface: Beta-titanium (forged) • Lofts: 7.5, 8.5, 9.5, 10.5, 11.5 (8.5, 9.5, 10.5 available LH) • Custom Options: Yes • Shafts: Titleist Spec Grid 67 graphite (S, R); Custom shafts available
titleist.com | $500
Tour Edge XLD
Key Feature: Its extremely light clubhead. Tour Edge reduced the XLD’s wall and crown thickness via a new waxing process.
What We Like: To help maximize its MOI, the XLD features a pentagon-shaped crown that moves weight away from the clubface.
Who It’s For: Golfers who like their clubs light and long. The XLD weighs a mere 295 grams and comes with a stock 46-inch shaft, making it a bombing machine.
Clubhead: Titanium • Clubface: Titanium Lofts: 9, 10.5, 12, 15 (10.5 available LH) Custom Options: Yes • Shafts: Graphite Design X-Quad (X, S, R, A, L)
touredge.com | $299
Tour Edge XCG
Key Feature: A lightweight magnesium crown (half that of typical titanium) helps displace weight and ramp up the club’s MOI.
What We Like: Tour Edge’s decision to create a classically shaped high-MOI driver with revolutionary materials. The titanium cupface that made the company’s Exotics 3-wood one of the longest clubs ever is a sweet bonus.
Who It’s For: Pretty much anybody.
Clubhead: Magnesium crown, steel body Clubface: Titanium • Lofts: 9, 10.5, 12.0 Custom Options: Yes • Shafts: Graphite Design X Quad (X, S, R, A, L); Aldila DVS 65 (X, S, R); UST ProForce V2 65 (X, S, R)
touredge.com | $399
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