Friday, March 19, 2010
2010 Buyer's Guide Drivers
This year's drivers are like the classics, but with modern engines
Key Feature: Fusion Technology, which allows weight to be positioned in the extreme perimeter via web weighting. This ups the MOI and optimizes the CG.
What We Like: Better sound! That’s reason enough to pick up the best Fusion driver yet. The traditional shape is so refined, we can’t believe it’s actually a composite-body driver.
Who It’s For: Just about anyone.
Specs: Comes in draw, neutral or Tour, with an MR Fubuki shaft. Four lofts: 9°, 10°, 11° and 13HT°.
callawaygolf.com | $399
|Cleveland HiBORE Monster
Key Feature: The face is 16 percent bigger than the previous HiBORE, making it almost too easy to hit it solid. We say this driver is “scary long and straight.”
What We Like: Although bigger, this version looks better than ever. The three options (draw, straight, Tour) are well designed to accommodate any golfer.
Who It’s For: Anyone who wants to hit it better, longer, farther, straighter, etc.
Specs: Three versions (regular, Tour, draw), multiple lofts (8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5°) and two Fujikura Fit-On FLIGHTSPEED shaft options. LH avail.
clevelandgolf.com | $299
|Cleveland Launcher DST
Key Feature: Its weight—what there is of it. The Launcher DST weighs less than 300 grams, some 25 grams less than the typical thunder stick.
What We Like: With weight removed, the Cleveland designers could lengthen the DST to 45.75 inches. That results in a bigger swing arc and more distance.
Who It’s For: Golfers who dig a light, long, traditionally shaped big stick.
Specs: The 460cc driver comes in three lofts (9°, 10.5° and 12°), and its stock shaft is an Ultralite Diamana Red (three flexes). Also comes in a draw model.
clevelandgolf.com | $299
Key Feature: An adjustable hosel that can change the face angle up to 3°.
What We Like: The improved sound over some of the company’s recent high-pitched hollow offerings.
Who It’s For: Players seeking maximum distance and accuracy. And, really, who isn’t looking for that?
Specs: Comes in four lofts, 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5° and 11.5°. The stock Aldila VooDoo shaft was built specifically for Cobra. Measures 46 inches, so be prepared for more distance, but a potentially higher launch for some.
cobragolf.com | $349
Key Feature: An adjustable hosel that changes the face angle from neutral to closed to open.
What We Like: Its 9 Point Face Technology that helps promote ball speed across the entire clubface.
Who It’s For: Mid- to high-handicappers happy to tweak the club so it fits their preferred ballflight.
Specs: Comes in four lofts, 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5° and 11.5°. Stock shaft is Fujikura’s Fit-On Max 65 (L, R, S, X flexes). Measures 46 inches, which will add distance, but could impact accuracy.
cobragolf.com | $299
Key Feature: A higher-back head design that Fourteen claims helps alleviate players dropping their right shoulders at impact.
What We Like: Its four-piece, 460cc titanium head. After striping a few with it, we were convinced that this company is a rising star.
Who It’s For: Golfers looking to tack on some extra yards to their drives and who can handle its length.
Specs: Available in two lofts, 9° and 10.5°. Measures 46.5 inches and comes with a stock MD-370Lt shaft.
fourteengolf.com | $699
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