Tuesday, February 28, 2012
2012 Buyer's Guide Drivers
This year's crop of new drivers is longer and lighter then ever
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Boccieri GolfKey Feature: The dimple face (on the inside, folks) and the precisely weighted 50g backweighting system combine to produce a driver that feels lighter than it really is. The heavier weight lends better tempo, rhythm and extension of the arms. Swing smooooooth.
Who It's For: Golfers who want more control and a smoother swing. Don't be fooled, the counterweighting system in this driver can produce long tee shots, as well.
Specs: Comes in two lofts (9°, 10°) with Aldila NVS graph-ite shafts.
boccierigolf.com | $399
BridgestoneKey Feature: The J40 comes in two sizes: 430cc and 445cc, both of which are designed to produce penetrating, nonballooning ballflights. The 445cc head is a tad more forgiving than the workable 430cc, but both produce that coveted, low-spin, midlaunch flight.
Who It's For: Golfers who want to hit boring tee shots. Really, we mean that in a good way.
Specs:430cc and 445cc, all-titanium heads, in a variety of lofts. No LH. Comes with Project X graphite shaft.
bridgestonegolf.com | $399
CallawayKey Feature: An adjustable hosel and removable weights combine to offer custom shot trajectories. Add a Forged Composite Crown and a newly designed SpeedFrame clubface and you have a driver that's easily our favorite big dog ever from Callaway. Trust us, it's that good.
Who It's For: Golfers who want an easy-to-use adjustable hosel and removable weight system. It may have a composite body, but it sure doesn't feel like it.
Specs: Comes in a plethora of lofts with a new, 45.5-inch Aldila RIP'd graphite shaft. (LH available)
callawaygolf.com | $399
CallawayKey Feature: This new driver has a unique black finish that partially hides a Forged Composite Crown, which effectively lowers the CG and places it away from the new SpeedFrame clubface. Okay, so what's that mean? It means this driver is exceptionally easy to hit, flies long and maybe, best of all, leaves some extra green in your wallet.
RAZR X Black
Who It's For: Golfers who want a sleek, long, aerody-namic driver that's also one of the best values in golf.
Specs: Comes in a variety of lofts with a Fujikura Motore F8 graphite shaft. (LH available)
callawaygolf.com | $249
ClevelandKey Feature: The sleek, ultralight CG Black driver has the makings of a top-secret weapon. Best used by swings of less than 95 mph (most of us), the all-black CG Black driver is made to increase one's swing speed for added distance. Heck, it only weighs 265 grams, so no wonder it's so fast! We love those Miyazaki shafts, as well.
Who It's For: Golfers who want more swing speed in an instant, and who aren't afraid of bombing their tee shots.
Specs: Comes in 3-PW with aforementioned graphite; also in steel shafts. (LH available)
clevelandgolf.com | $399
ClevelandKey Feature: Wait a second...could it be true? We've been waiting for a driver that had the good looks of yesteryear combined with the new technology of today's metalwoods. And alas, it's here! The new Classic is our favorite in terms of looks and feel, and dare we say, it performs even better than it looks? It does. It's mega long!
Who It's For: Golfers who want a club that looks and feels like a vintage sports car, but yields modern-day horsepower.
Specs: Comes in three models (270g, 290g or 310g) in a variety of lofts, with a Miyazaki graphite shaft. (LH avail.)
clevelandgolf.com | $299
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