EQUIP­MENT

Reap the spoils with any of th­ese driv­ers and put­ters

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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

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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

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