New Looks

Golf Digest (Malaysia) - - Contents 01/18 - BY MIKE STACHURA

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

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