Tuesday, February 5, 2013
2013 Buyer's Guide Drivers
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Bobby JonesKey Feature: A Japanese-style, Beta-Ti cupface (which is a face that isn't an insert, but actually one piece that "cups" around the entire clubface and part of the body).
Who It's For: If you're a fan of innovative club design, then the latest from Jesse Ortiz will have you very pleased. The club's face angle can be adjusted from square, to closed or extra closed.
Wow Factor: The aerodynamic crown slope looks awesome.
Specs: Comes in 9°, 10.5° or 12.75° lofts with a Graphite Design G-Series or G-Series Superlite graphite shaft.
bobbyjones.com | $349
CallawayKey Feature: The "Speed Frame" clubface has a huge sweet spot that generates a higher ball speed across more surface area. The adjustable hosel allows you to tune shot shape and trajectory. Oh, yeah, it has a Forged Composite crown for a ridiculously low center of gravity.
RAZR Fit Xtreme
Who It's For: Everybody who wants a forgiving/long driver.
Wow Factor: Callaway has a new focus, new energy and more momentum than in previous years. This driver proves it.
Specs: Comes in a huge variety of shafts and five different lofts (8.5, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5°, 13.5°). Custom paint also available.
callawaygolf.com | $399-$499
CallawayKey Feature: The X HOT also has a "Speed Frame" clubface with a huge sweet spot for added forgiveness and distance. Speaking of, this club was built for distance, with its all-titanium design and Ultra Thin Wall Casting. Oh, yeah, it has OptiFit hosel for face and loft tweaking.
RAZR X HOT
Who It's For: Golfers who want a powerful, hard-hitting, maxed-out distance driver. Also available in a neutral Pro model.
Wow Factor: The longest driver from Callaway. Ever. Whoa!
Specs: Comes in a huge variety of shafts and four different lofts (9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5°, 13.5°).
callawaygolf.com | $299
CallawayKey Feature: With a new partnership between Callaway and the Long Drivers of America, one would expect a driver to follow suit. The X HOT LD Pro has the same performance benefits of the original X HOT, but in lower lofts. Also comes with a COG sleeve to adjust face and loft.
RAZR X Hot LD Pro
Who It's For: Bombers who want a crack at becoming the next World Long Drive Champion.
Wow Factor: We always get excited about long drive competitions. Having Callaway in the mix just upped the ante.
Specs: Comes in 5° and 7°, clubhead only. (LH in 7° clubhead)
callawaygolf.com | $279
ClevelandKey Feature: The new Classic XL Custom has up to 12 different clubface angle settings, as well as a weight port for even more fine-tuning. That aside, we love the sleek black paint job (even though we miss last year's retro looks) and the deep face clubhead design.
Classic XL Custom
Who It's For: It's for any type of golfer looking for the optimal blend of power, forgiveness and adjustability.
Wow Factor: Top-notch aesthetics, feel and performance.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (7.5°, 9°, 10.5°) in a variety of Miyazaki shafts. Nonadjustable version also available.
clevelandgolf.com | $330
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 swingspeed 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.
Wow Factor: Lightweight never looked and felt so good.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (9°, 10.5°, 12°) with a Miyazaki C. Kua 39 graphite shaft. (LH available)
clevelandgolf.com | $299
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