Tuesday, February 5, 2013
2013 Buyer's Guide Drivers
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PingKey Feature: PING's first-ever adjustable driver lets you tune one clubhead to three lofts to optimize your launch conditions. You can also choose one of four standard shafts that vary in weight, stiffness profile, and the ball trajectory they generate.
Who It's For: All player types. Literally. Everyone!
Wow Factor: Adjustability and PING's reputation for quality.
Specs: Base lofts (8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 12°), with choice of PING TFC 800D, Aldila RIP Phenom 50, Fujikura Blur Red 005 or MRC Diamana 'ahina 70 shaft.
ping.com | $440
PingKey Feature: A deep and forgiving clubhead that can be adjusted to plus or minus one-half degree from the base loft. The ultrathin crown distributes weight to the perimeter, positions the CG low and deep and increases the MOI.
Who It's For: Bubba Watson and all golfers who want serious distance and forgiveness with added adjustability.
Wow Factor: PING bills it as its largest-profile, most forgiving head design. We're sold. Again. Kudos, PING.
Specs: Comes in four base lofts (8.5°, 9.5°, 10°, 12°) with PING TFC 189 graphite shaft options. (LH available)
ping.com | $385
PingKey Feature: Two strategically placed tungsten sole weights in the 460cc titanium head help position the CG low and deep and ramp up the MOI. It's a forgiving clubface that mid- to low-handicappers can benefit from. Name one good player who doesn't want to hit long, accurate drives? We can't.
Who It's For: Golfers who like to hit long workable drives.
Wow Factor: Not new, but it's so good we had to include it.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (8.5°, 9.5° and 10°) and two stock shaft options. (LH available)
ping.com | $299
PowerbiltKey Feature: The only nitrogen-filled clubhead in golf. What does it do? Eliminates the need for internal bracing. That, plus its extremely thin face (2.8mm), adds up to crazy-long drives. Also features a face that's five millimeters taller than the previous iteration. This increase creates a more square face and reduces ball spin for better drives.
Air Force One
Wow Factor: Nice price and a mid-high launch. We dig it.
Who It's For: Distance seekers who don't want to drop a ton of money on their next big stick.
Specs: Comes with a proprietary Fujikura shaft.
powerbilt.com | $249
Power Golf/AdamsKey Feature: Made by Adams Golf, exclusively for Sellinger's Power Golf, the 9032LD is geared for pure power. The deep face design and low lofts (which can be bent even lower) allow for some astonishingly long tee balls.
Who It's For: Long drivers and would-be long drivers.
Wow Factor: If it's associated with Art Sellinger, you can bet it's a top-notch driver that delivers massive results.
Specs: Comes in white heads in 5.5°-7.5° (custom lofts available), with or without a graphite shaft.
sellingerspowergolf.com | $299
Power PlayKey Feature: The Warp Speed (we love that name) has a CAD-designed, aerodynamic shape for less wind drag and a faster clubhead speed. Although only 440cc, it still packs as much punch as any 460cc driver we've seen.
Warp Speed Driver
Who It's For: Any skill level who wants a driver that's so aggressively priced, you may as well buy two! It holds up in performance, too, in case you were wondering. It's long...
Wow Factor: Talk about bang for the buck! Literally!
Specs: Comes in three lofts (9°, 10.5°, 12°) with a stock graphite shaft or virtually any type of custom option.
hirekogolf.com | $109
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