Four new drivers.
The rules limit how much driver faces can flex. But they aren’t preventing them from flexing more effectively. On the PGA Tour, the average ball speed (how fast the ball comes off the clubface) and smash factor (the ratio between ball speed and swing speed) have increased in the past five years. That means the average of all hits with the latest drivers—including mishits—are likely flying farther than they did the last time you went driver shopping. New structures and materials, stronger titanium alloys and thinner faces lead to new distance potential for all players. Here are four new ways to get faster now.
Photograph by Jeffrey Westbrook