2010 Buyer's Guide Drivers

This year's drivers are like the classics, but with modern engines

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2010 is a great year to buy a new driver. Manufacturers have (with a few exceptions) returned to more traditionally shaped clubs, stock driver shafts are better than ever (though certainly not as high performing as a premium fitted one), and prices haven’t budged.

Another reason to buy is that some drivers are now longer and more forgiving than ever. And, of course, the longer the club, the farther it goes. The really good news is that those long sticks are, thanks to quality clubhead engineering, more accurate than ever, making it easier to hit it big and end up in the short stuff.

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Our picks for new technologies, hot trends and equipment standouts.
But don’t take our word about all the new offerings out there. As with any golf purchase, head to a range, pro shop or green-grass store and demo a wide variety of clubs before you buy. Let your experience dictate your choices. You’ll be glad you did.

Acer XDS Insider
Key Feature: Its clubhead’s profile and contour were designed to help create a mental picture of an inside-out swing.
What We Like: The top of the clubhead definitely screams “hit a draw!” Also, the price is nice.
Who It’s For: Slicers. And the last we checked, there are a few of them on the course. Even us.
Specs: The 460cc clubhead comes in two lofts: 10.5° and 12°, and is 1.5° closed, almost guaranteeing you’ll never hit another slice. Both the body and clubface are titanium.
hirekogolf.com | $99
Adams Speedline Fast 10
Key Feature: An aerodynamic sole that permits air to flow around it more easily. All told, there’s 10 percent less drag, and that translates to longer drives.
What We Like: Traditional shape at address, but lots of technology “under the hood.”
Who It’s For: Golfers of all abilities, but the weekend warriors will gravitate to it the most.
Specs: Available in four lofts, 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5° and 12.5°. Comes in two stock shaft options: Aldila Wasabi or Matrix HD (both 60g).
adamsgolf.com | $299
Adams Speedline 9032LS
Key Feature: Heel/toe scoops that help decrease drag and increase clubhead speed by an impressive 3-4 mph. With a 460cc clubhead that equals an increase in distance and forgiveness.
What We Like: A face area that’s 17.3 percent larger than the original Speedline. That equates to more forgiveness on off-center strikes.
Who It’s For: Golfers who dig larger clubheads and need more speed.
Specs: Available in three lofts, 8.5°, 9.5° and 10.5°. Comes with a stock, 60-gram Aldila VooDoo NV6 shaft.
adamsgolf.com | $369

Bridgestone J38 460
Key Feature: A more rigid sole that helps to reduce spin rates and promote a higher launch.
What We Like: We’re suckers for traditional-looking shapes, and J38 460 delivers this at address. With a 460cc clubhead, we felt like we couldn’t miss.
Who It’s For: Built for the better player and mid- handicappers who like traditional shapes as much as they do varying shot shapes.
Specs: Comes in three lofts, 8.5°, 9.5° and 10.5°, and is fitted with a Fujikura Motore F1 65 shaft (R, S, X flexes).
bridgestonegolf.com | $399
Callaway Diablo Edge
Key Feature: A four-piece modular design that produces the most weight-efficient titanium driver Callaway’s ever created.
What We Like: Every part of the club is precision formed and accurately fused together, so weight can be positioned for high-MOI and penetrating ballflights.
Who It’s For: Golfers looking to gain some serious downswing speed for more distance off the tee.
Specs: Comes in four different lofts (9°, 10°, 11° and 13°) and an Aldila Habanero shaft (3 flexes). Tour version available, too.
callawaygolf.com | $299
Callaway FT-iZ
Key Feature: A triangular head shape that helps to create unprecedented speed, stability and shot consistency.
What We Like: The Callaway team used polar weighting, which positions weight at the front and rear of the driver, raising MOI. That makes the FT-iZ more stable, even on off-center hits.
Who It’s For: Golfers who like to use nontraditional shapes.
Specs: Comes with a stock Aldila VooDoo shaft (L, R, S flexes) and is available in four lofts: 9°, 10°, 11° and 13°. Custom shafts available.
callawaygolf.com | $399


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