2012 Buyer's Guide Drivers

This year's crop of new drivers is longer and lighter then ever

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AMP Driver
Key Feature: There's a lot going on in the AMP Driver, including E9 Face Tech, Adjustable Flight Tech and the new Advanced Material Placement (AMP) Tech that repositions the CG low and away from the face. The result? A hot, colorful driver that's our favorite Cobra driver to date. It's young, fresh and sure to turn heads, not just because it looks good, but because it performs even better.
Who It's For: Golfers who want style and power.
Specs: Comes in four lofts (8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5°) with Aldila RIP graphite shafts. (LH available)
cobragolf.com | $299
Long Tom
Key Feature: Length! This driver is four feet long (48 inches)! The all-black weapon of choice features an ultralight Blackbird shaft and a titanium head replete with tons of technology to help you do one thing: hit longer and straighter bombs down the fairway. It's almost like it swings itself, making it a breeze to hit big tee shots.
Who It's For: Golfers who want the added distance that comes from a longer shaft, not from swinging harder.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (8°, 9°, 10°) with a 48-inch Grafalloy Blackbird shaft. Wow!
cobragolf.com | $349
ZL Encore
Key Feature: The ZL encore employs a mixed-material construction (its crown and sole are composite) as well as a redesigned clubface for even greater distance and forgiveness. Like the previous ZL driver, the Encore also has Adjustable Flight Tech for an even more refined fit. It comes in both white and black with electric green.
Who It's For: Fans of the previous ZL Driver who want a slightly larger design and even more performance.
Specs: Comes in four lofts (8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5°) with Fujikura Motore F1 or F3 graphite shafts. (LH available)
cobragolf.com | $399

DNA Driver
Key Feature: The DnA (Distance and Acoustics) driver has removeable clubfaces to adjust based on the sound and feel that you may prefer. And speaking of, this baby actually sounds and feels like a persimmon wood, only with the power and forgiveness of a titanium head.
Who It's For: Golfers who really pay attention to how a driver feels and sounds, and who want the softer feeling of wood in their modern-day big stick.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (9°, 10.5°, 12°) in a variety of clubface/Fujikura shaft configurations.
dnagolf.com | $395
Fourteen Golf
Key Feature: This new driver oozes beautiful craftsmanship in its unique design that uses four different types of titanium in the face, crown, neck and body. The CG in this driver favors moderate to fast swings, since it's placed more toward the clubface. This means greater workability for the advanced player, but not without forgiveness.
Who It's For: Better players who want a work of art to play with out on the golf course. Err, and big spenders!
Specs: Two lofts (9°, 10.5°) with two graphite shaft options—the standard MD-350gd or the stiffer TS-70d shaft.
fourteengolf.com | $729
Key Feature: The new MP-650 was designed for Tour players who happen to prefer the classic pear shape and clean aesthetics. Also, the neutral bias allows better players to manipulate their shots easily.
Who It's For: Better players who want a driver that responds to their shotmaking commands and doesn't come with any confusion. Just think of a shot, make the right swing and watch your ball soar a mile.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°) with a Fujikura Orochi 65 D graphite shaft.
mizunogolf.com | $399


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