Reap the spoils with any of these drivers and putters
Drivers for show, putters for dough
Nothing in golf is more important than starting the hole properly. Except, perhaps, finishing it. That’s why drivers and putters can be the most trusted yet volatile clubs in a player’s bag. A hot driver sparks enthusiasm on every first tee, and a putter you can trust makes up for mistakes. The search for your special driver or putter is increasingly made easier with launch monitors, motion-capture analysis and camera systems. Face it: Golfers might like their 7-iron the way they do their handy man or cleaning lady. The driver and the putter? That’s a passion reserved for love songs and sunsets. Here’s a look at some new favourite beginnings and endings.
1 TITLEIST 915 D2 The flexing channel on the sole helps you in two ways: It provides more consistent ball speed across the face and it helps shots launch with less spin. Funny, those are just the things you need for more distance. The 16way adjustable head also comes in a more compact D3 version. R5 699 2 CALLAWAY BIG BERTHA ALPHA 815 Callaway redesigned the face of the 815 to save four grams. That saved weight is then placed around the perimeter to lower the centre of gravity and improve stability on mishits. The centre of gravity is also independently adjustable – vertically and horizontally. R5 999
MIZUNO JPX-850 A team of engineers might be able to build the perfect driver just for you, but the collection of weights on the JPX-850 lets you build it yourself. There are 10 possible weight configurations for each of its eight loft settings, changing the centre of gravity left to right and front to back. R3 599 4 CLEVELAND CG BLACK Bells and whistles are nice, but if you’ve lost clubhead speed, an adjustable wrench isn’t going to help. We think you need something lighter. This non-adjustable model weighs 15 percent less than the driver in your bag. That way your old swing might be able to find some new speed. R4 399