2014 Buyer's Guide Drivers

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Callaway Golf
Big Bertha Alpha
Key Features: The first-ever driver with adjustable CG height—through a 10.5-gram carbon-fiber tube bearing a heavy tungsten tip at one end. Inserted in the driver's sole, heavy-end down, the CG is low for high clubhead speed; it creates a flat, penetrating trajectory. Inserted the other way, the CG is higher. Loft, lie and CG bias are also independently adjustable.
Wow Factor: We're more excited about this model than any driver on the market. Adjustable CG height could mark a breakthrough for future models. Does it work? Hell, yeah, it does.
Specs: Two lofts (9°, 10.5°), with a Fubuki ZT graphite shaft.
callawaygolf.com | $499
Cleveland Golf
588 Custom
Key Features: No-nonsense, all-around 460cc design that's engineered to hit the ball farther and straighter than your current big stick. The hosel is adjustable up to 12 ways, and a removable weight allows for an optimal swingweight. Arguably the prettiest-looking driver this year.
Wow Factor: The stock Matrix Ozik is a nice touch. That said, listen, folks, Cleveland makes some of the most friendly drivers we get to hit. This one is no exception. It's crazy-forgiving.
Specs: Two adjustable base lofts (9°, 10.5°), with a Matrix Ozik shaft.
clevelandgolf.com | $349
Cobra Golf
Key Features: A lightweight Venollum alloy crown on this 440cc clubhead delivers a higher ballflight with lower back spin—more distance—than many titanium drivers, says the company. You can adjust to eight different loft settings, and the clubface has a large sweet spot.
Wow Factor: We can't get past the $500 price tag. You'll either love or detest the funky white-outlined crown graphics, but once you hit it and see its might, you'll forget all about the aesthetics. This dog has serious bite.
Specs: Loft is adjustable from 8° to 11°, with a Matrix Red-Tie 6Q graphite shaft.
cobragolf.com | $500
Fourteen Golf
GelongD CT-214
Key Features: The titanium clubhead's precise CG depth and distance yield nice feel, a long 47.75-foot shaft boosts clubhead speed and distance, a new shaft flex helps accelerate the clubhead through impact, and a multilayered cup face maximizes spring-like effect. Yes, all that tech doesn't come cheap.
Wow Factor: The company claims golfers will average a four-yard distance gain with this nicely shaped model. While that's probably true of any new model if you haven't upgraded in a while, this comes through on its promise. It has an awesome sound and feel.
Specs: Two lofts (9°, 10.5°), with an MD-350JD carbon shaft.
fourteengolf.com | $600
VRS Covert 2.0 Tour Driver
Key Features: This is similar to the non-Tour version, but the redesigned NexCOR face is larger in this version than on the standard model, incorporating variable-face thickness to be fast and hot, and generate more ball speed.
Wow Factor: The technical story on its stiffer rear cavity back makes a lot of sense, in theory, and seems to translate well to the real world in achieving distance. It's Nike's best driver yet.
Specs: 8.5°-12.5° of loft, with a Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Silver TiNi graphite shaft.
nikegolf.com | $399

Key Features: You can adjust the loft on this driver up or down a half-degree. Racing-style alignment stripes on the crown look sporty, but not gaudy, i.e., they're not distracting and help you better align your drives without thinking about it. Two high-density weights increase MOI and position the CG to reduce spin and promote a flatter ballflight for more roll upon landing. An extreme variable-thickness clubface.
Wow Factor: We're big fans of PING drivers, in general, and it's nice to see the brand emerge with a cool-looking model that we can tune the loft on. We also didn't think they could improve in feel and forgiveness over the i20. Man, we were wrong again. This driver is incredible.
Specs: Three lofts (9°, 10.5°, 11.5°), with a PING PWR graphite shaft.
ping.com | $440


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