2014 Buyer's Guide Drivers

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GETTING GOLF SHOULDERS


At address, you can see that I have some of my "natural shoulder tilt," as I like to call it. This not only adds width to my swing, but it makes it a lot easier to start the backswing with the club moving inside the targetline.

At impact, notice how my shoulder actually increased even more. This is a good thing, and with practice, you'll see what I mean. The added loft at impact and a wide swing arc will put a high-flying, low-spinning command on the golf ball.

Taylormade
SLDR
Key Features: A 20-gram weight slides along a track located on the sole, just behind the clubface, to shape ballflight. The CG is low and forward, which creates extra distance if you use enough loft. This is an adjustable-lofted club, so "Loft Up!"
Wow Factor: We found distance to be exceptional on center-struck hits—a good 10 yards longer than usual. Feel is rock-solid.
Specs: Five lofts (8°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 12°, 14°), with a Fujikura Speeder 57 graphite shaft and 460cc clubhead, or three lofts (9.5°, 10.5°, 12°), with a Fujikura Speeder 67 graphite shaft and 430cc clubhead.
taylormadegolf.com | $399
Titleist
913 D2
Key Features: 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.
Wow Factor: This is the first driver in a long time from Titleist that we feel is truly designed for all types of players. Really, it's easy to hit long, high bombs with it.
We also like how the adjustability for the finely tuned launch works. And, by the way, its sister model, the pear-shaped D3, isn't forgotten, and is likely a strong choice for players who want good forgiveness and great maneuverability.
Specs: Five lofts (7.5°, 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 12°), with an Aldila RIP graphite shaft.
titleist.com | $399

Tour Edge
Exotics XCG7 Beta
Key Features: An adjustable-lofted 440cc clubhead with a deep, beta-titanium clubface and penetrating trajectory. To minimize spin, weight pads are located high and close to the clubface. A variable-thickness "Power Grid" directly behind the hitting area boosts spring effect by flexing at impact.
Wow Factor: It looks like a powerful club, and we feel it taps your inner King Kong when standing over it on the tee box.
Specs: One loft that's adjustable from 8.5° to 12° in half-degree increments, with Matrix Ozik White, Red and Black Tie graphite shafts.
touredge.com | $350
Wilson Staff
FG Tour M3
Key Features: The brand's first adjustable driver features six separate loft settings and three sole weight options. Variable clubface thickness increases ball speed. The deep face, smaller footprint and Tour-preferred pear shape make the 460cc head appear more compact at address.
Wow Factor: Big, muscular and dark, this driver looks powerful. We also really like the crisp impact sound it makes. Ball go far!
Specs: One loft (9.5°) that's adjustable from 8.5° to 11.5° in half-degree increments, with an Aldila RIP Phenom graphite shaft.
wilsonstaff.com | 350



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