EQUIP­MENT

New driv­ers for the dis­tance ob­sessed

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Contents 12/ 14 - PHO­TO­GRAPH BY MATT STACEY

Speed is the ticket for more dis­tance.

Driver tech­nol­ogy th­ese days is all about speed. New ad­justable club­heads make it quick and easy to find your ideal launch con­di­tions. They also help off-cen­tre hits fly faster so mis-hits go fur­ther. And some driv­ers are lighter than ever to help you swing the club faster. “We’re talk­ing about im­prov­ing the ki­netic en­ergy of the golf club and trans­lat­ing it to the golf ball,” says Call­away’s Alan Hock­nell. Trans­la­tion: More sci­ence leads to more dis­tance.

1CALLAWAY BIG BERTHA V-SE­RIES

This driver is lighter than typ­i­cal to help you swing the club faster, and Call­away has for­ti­fied the ad­justable head with a light­weight com­pos­ite crown to max­imise sta­bil­ity. R4 999

2TOUR EDGE EX­OTICS E8

Com­pared to past mod­els, the face is faster (the dim­pled chan­nel in the sole is larger) and the head is more ad­justable (8.5 to 12 de­grees and there’s a sole-weight kit). Spe­cial or­der

3WILSON STAFF D200 SU­PERLIGHT

The lighter head and shaft re­duce the club’s over­all weight by 10 per­cent com­pared to many stan­dard driv­ers. The the­ory: Less weight means more speed for the same ef­fort. R3 499

4SRIXON Z545

The face, which wraps around the the crown and sole, is more flex­i­ble on off-cen­tre hits. And if you can’t get di­alled in with its 36 ad­justable set­tings, you need a les­son. R4 999

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