2013 Buyer's Guide Drivers

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By Zach Allen, PGA

Vijay Singh does this drill before all of his tee shots, which will help ignite your kinematic chain (sequence of events in the downswing). To maximize your potential for the greatest possible clubhead speed, you must initiate your downswing with your lower body. The sequence of movement in a powerful swing is a lot like shifting gears in a race car from first to second to third, fourth and then fifth. We must do the same in the golf swing—you can't jump gears in an effort to get to fifth gear quicker. The downswing begins with your feet, then knees, hips, shoulders, arms, hands and, finally the clubhead is given speed from the proper kinematic sequence. Most over-the-toppers do it wrong from the beginning of the downswing, initiating with a spinning of the shoulders, forcing them to swing across the ball, with nothing but weak, glancing contact. The "Step Into It" drill helps you get your sequencing correct.

To do it, take a backswing and lift your left leg as you reach the top. Then, as you start the downswing, plant it down and swing through. Do this a few times before the next tee shot that you really want to rip.

WHAT DOES 2013 HAVE IN STORE? If you thought color was just a passing fad, think again. It's back in 2013, in greater varieties than before. Also, a hot feature in many new drivers is an adjustable hosel that accommodates not only a wide variety of face angles, but lofts, as well. It's safe to assume that the chasm between Tour-player equipment and stuff for the rest of us is getting narrower, as these adjustable drivers show it's possible to have one driver that fits all. Check 'em out.

Golf Tips Legend

XS Titanium
Key Feature: The aerodynamic crown and deep face combine to produce some serious forgiveness across more of the clubface. Meaning, mis-hits fly straighter and farther.
Who It's For: Budget-minded golfers who know that you don't have to pay big bucks for an outstanding driver. Really, this a great value for what you get.
Wow Factor: Awesome price point and solid performance.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (9.5°, 10.5°, 12°) with a stock shaft and grip, or more than 75 shafts and 100 grips to choose from.
hirekogolf.com | $109
Speedline SUPER S
Key Feature: An adjustable-loft driver with aerodynamics that prioritize distance. The matte-white crown and contrasting black face is a visual dream at address. The sweet spot? It, too, is enormous. It's already apparent that TaylorMade is influencing its newest brand acquisition.
Who It's For: Distance gluttons, and who want to adjust the trajectory of their tee bombs for any reason they choose.
Wow Factor: Adjustable lofts are an awesome idea. We love...
Specs: One head, three lofts (9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5°) with a Matrix Radix S 50g graphite shaft.
adamsgolf.com | $350
Speedline SUPER S
Key Feature: An adjustable loft, length and lie angle lets you fine-tune your trajectory and spin, instantly. Really folks, what more do you want? Also, the low and deep CG maximized gear effect for a penetrating loft. Stop it, Adams, you're making golf too easy! (We're kidding, of course.)
Who It's For: Tinkerers who are only happy with perfect tee shots that fly exactly how they want.
Wow Factor: Pretty much everything, except the bigger price.
Specs: One head, three lofts (8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°) with an MRC Kuro Kage 60g graphite shaft.
adamsgolf.com | $450

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