Tuesday, February 5, 2013
2013 Buyer's Guide Drivers
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TaylormadeKey Feature: Independently adjustable loft, face angle and weights—there are 168 combinations. Okay, that's just the beginning. Add some killer graphics on the crown for alignment (there's still plenty of white, too).
Who It's For: Trust us. The same driver used by Dustin Johnson can and should be used by a weekend hacker.
Wow Factor: TaylorMade is so creative, they don't even have a box to think outside of. This is their best yet.
Specs: One clubhead with up to 12 loft configurations and an Aldila RIP Phenom graphite shaft.
taylormadegolf.com | $399
TaylormadeKey Feature: Adjustable loft helps dial in the best trajec-tory, while weight up front in the clubhead adds 10 yards to the distance of last year's RBZ driver. No, we're not kidding.
RocketBallz Stage 2
Who It's For: Everyone who likes the power of the RBZ fairway woods will want this driver to match.
Wow Factor: Add 10 yards to last year's driver, folks. Wow!
Specs: One clubhead adjusts to three lofts (9.5°, 10.5°, HL) with a Fujikura Rocket Fuel 50g graphite shaft. There's a Tour version available, too.
taylormadegolf.com | $299-$349
TitleistKey Feature: A high-speed, forged face insert and an optimal CG location, maximizing distance potential, combine for serious stability and forgiveness. The D2 is slightly larger than the D3 and more traditionally shaped, with slight draw bias.
Who It's For: This is the first driver in a long time from Titleist that we feel is truly designed for all types of players.
Wow Factor: We like how the adjustability for a finely tuned launch works. So simple and clean.
Specs: Five lofts (7.5°, 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 12°), choice of assorted Mitsubishi Diamana +Plus graphite shafts or assorted Aldila RIP graphite shafts.
titleist.com | $399
TitleistKey Feature: A high-speed, forged face insert in a traditional pear-shaped clubhead. The CG is closer to the face than the D2, making it more workable. It too has adjustable ballflight capabilities in a simple, no-nonsense hosel.
Who It's For: Moderate to better players.
Wow Factor: It's the best Titleist driver we've tried. Ever.
Specs: Four lofts (7.5°, 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°), choice of Mitsubishi Diamana +Plus White 72 (low launch), Mitsubishi Diamana +Plus Blue 62 (mid-launch), Aldila RIP Phenom 70 (low-mid launch) and Aldila RIP Alpha 60 (lower-mid launch).
titleist.com | $399
Tour EdgeKey Feature: With aerodynamic shaping, this lightweight driver features a sloped crown—collectively speeding up the club through impact for more distance. Its deep face enlarges the sweet spot for more forgiveness.
Bazooka HT Max-D
Who It's For: Golfers with faster swing speeds and who want a lower spin rate and modest trajectory.
Wow Factor: Now that's a price we all can love. Add this driver to the most-bang-for-your-buck list.
Specs: Four lofts (9°, 10.5°, 12°, 15°) with an Aldila NV 50 graphite shaft.
touredge.com | $150
Tour EdgeKey Feature: Made of a titanium-scandium alloy with a high strength-to-weight ratio, but with a similar sound and feel as titanium. It aims to be forgiving on mis-hits, and its low-deep CG helps get the ball airborne.
Who It's For: Budget-minded golfers who want a great driver with money left over to spend on drinks and hot dogs.
Wow Factor: Is this a trick? Can there be yet another super-affordable driver from Tour Edge this year? Wowsers!
Specs: Two lofts (9.5°, 10.5°) with a Tour Edge BackDraft GT+ graphite shafts.
touredge.com | $100
Tour Edge ExoticsKey Feature: Each clubhead adjusts to four face angle/loft settings, while the heel-toe weighting generates plenty of stability for better distance. Variable face thickness translates to more distance, even on off-center hits.
Who It's For: All player types, especially those who want to hit long and straight drives. Er, that's everyone, right?
Wow Factor: The XCG line has been impressing us for a while. But the new XCG6 is even better. Way better, actually.
Specs: Three lofts (9°, 10.5°, 12°), in choice of Matrix Ozik HD 5.1, Matrix Ozik HD 6.1 or Graphite Design Tour AD 40 shaft.
touredge.com | $350
Wilson StaffKey Feature: Lightweight components for a total club weight at just 269 grams translates to plenty of swing speed. Variable thickness in the clubface makes for a large sweet spot, and the deep CG helps get the ball airborne quickly.
Who It's For: Anyone seeking more distance off the tee.
Wow Factor: The "Right Light" technology makes it a cinch to add clubhead speed, without having to change your swing or your physique.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (9°, 10.5°, 12°) with Matrix Ozik shafts. Available in LH.
Zero FrictionKey Feature: Oversized alpha-titanium body combined with a beta-titanium face. This unique ZFAdvantage driver also features a tungsten-copper weight placed at the back of the sole, helping the ball elevate from the face.
Who It's For: Value-minded golfers of all skill levels who are looking for a well-priced driver.
Wow Factor: Great price and underrated performance.
Specs: Comes in either black or white heads with 9.5° and 10.5° lofts with Zero Friction high-modulus low-resin graphite shafts and ZFAdvantage Premium Grips.
zerofriction.com | $199
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