2014 Buyer's Guide Drivers

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Bobby Jones
Black Series
Key Features: A new clubface combines with a hot cup face that's welded to the cast titanium body for low spin and high ball velocity. Spin rates are consistently around 2,500 rpm or less. Face angle is adjustable.
Wow Factor: The 460cc pear-shaped clubhead looks sleek—particularly with its glossy black finish—and impact sound was tuned down a notch this year to a really satisfying level.
Specs: Three lofts (9°, 10.5°, 12°), with a Graphite Design G-Series graphite shaft.
bobbyjones.com | $399
Callaway Golf
Big Bertha
Key Features: Adjustable perimeter weighting is achieved via an 8-gram weight that can slide along a 5-inch track on the perimeter of this high-MOI clubhead. That helps drives travel long and straight despite where the ball makes contact with the Hyper Speed clubface. Through the adjustable hosel, you can independently tune loft and lie angle.
Wow Factor: You can bet that anything bearing the flagship Big Bertha name is full of innovation and is destined to be a raging success. This is no exception. We were awed by its power and simple usability.
Specs: Three lofts (9°, 10.5°, 13.5°), with a Fubuki Z graphite shaft.
callawaygolf.com | $399
Cleveland
588 Altitude
Key Features: An ultralight clubhead bearing high-strength, lightweight walls translates to low and deep weighting that promotes high, straight shots with stability through impact—you can swing away and still get accuracy.
Wow Factor: We're very impressed with the feel and impact sound, and even more impressed with the distance. Shots seem to fly effortlessly. It also resembles Cleveland's old Launcher Composite—a great thing! And one more thing: We really appreciate seeing a driver for the masses well below $300 MSRP. That's a win-win.
Specs: Three lofts (9°, 10.5°, 12°), with a Matrix Radix graphite shaft.
clevelandgolf.com | $280
Cobra Golf
BiOCELL
Key Features: Adjust to eight different lofts, and the "SmartPad" provides a square clubface at address regardless of the loft setting. Weight was removed from the clubface and repositioned low and back for more stability. This enlarges the sweet spot, so even mis-hits perform pretty well.
Wow Factor: Not to sound shallow, but you can pick from five clubhead colors, which is kind of a cool option. We also really like the cell honeycomb-style graphics on the crown. Just don't be fooled. These drivers are legit, and the technology behind all that paint is the real deal by folks who know what's up.
Specs: Loft is adjustable from 9° to 12°, with a Project X-PXv graphite shaft.
cobragolf.com | $375
Mizuno
JPX EZ
Key Features: Quickly adjustable to eight settings of loft, lie and face angle. Its crown is designed for ball speed, high launch and low spin. Its face boasts a large COR area for distance. Is this really a Mizuno driver for the masses? Yes, more than ever.
Wow Factor: We're dazzled by how nice and solid it sounds at impact—always a confidence-booster on the tee box.
Specs: Two lofts (9.5°, 10.5°), with a Fujikura Orochi Black Eye graphite shaft.
mizunogolf.com | $300
Nike
VRS Covert 2.0
Key Features: Enhanced High-Speed Cavity Back technology redistributes weight to the heel and toe for more forgiving distance on impact across the clubface. A redesigned cavity yields a stiffer rear, transferring more energy to the clubface at impact for distance. A large, reengineered clubface with varying thickness helps boost ball speed and distance. Trust us, it's really easy to hit.
Wow Factor: We like the cherry red clubhead, as we did last year, associating it with speed, as in a fast Ferrari. In this case, speed translates to even more distance.
Specs: Loft is adjustable from 8.5° to 12.5°, with a Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Black HBP graphite shaft.
nikegolf.com | $299
Tour Edge
Exotics XCG7 Beta
Key Features: This 460cc, 6A4V titanium clubhead incorporates adjustable loft. Four hexahedron weight pads maximize MOI for stability. The weighting positions the CG low and deep, for mid-spin and high launch angles. Weight is removed from the rear-center of the sole and shifted to the rear heel and toe for forgiveness. A variable-thickness "Power Grid" directly behind the hitting area boosts spring effect by flexing at impact.
Wow Factor: The clutter-free clubhead and general shaping soothed us. And, as with most Tour Edge clubs, this is a nice value for the money. Expect a high launch, folks.
Specs: One loft that's adjustable from 8.5° to 12° in half-degree increments, with Fujikura Exotics Fuel and Fuel Tour graphite shafts.
touredge.com | $300



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