Weight Watch­ers

How new driv­ers are get­ting lighter in all the right places

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Play Your Best -

It’s not that to­day’s driv­ers are get­ting lighter. It’s just that de­sign­ers have got smarter about how they dis­trib­ute weight. Yes, they’re mak­ing use of lighter ti­ta­nium al­loys and car­bon-com­pos­ite ma­te­ri­als, but it’s how they’re us­ing them that’s mak­ing driv­ers more ef­fec­tive than ever.The great­est in­no­va­tion in driv­ers to­day is the abil­ity to save weight in one area and use it strate­gi­cally else­where. Redis­tribut­ing

weight can take many dif­fer­ent forms: It can free up space so that the driver can fea­ture more ad­justa­bil­ity. It can make the heav­i­est part of any driver (the face) lighter so the driver can be larger and more flex­i­ble. Or it might make it pos­si­ble for driv­ers to come equipped with the kind of on-board di­ag­nos­tics that would make even a For­mula One team boss jeal­ous. Here are eight new mod­els that throw their weight around so you can, too.

wil­son tri­ton ▶ The club made fa­mous by the “Driver vs. Driver” TV show has two ad­justable sole plates that al­low you to con­trol the club’s weight, launch and spin. Mov­able weights in the heel and toe let you tweak di­rec­tion, too. price R6 999 ▶ A new, light­weight ti­ta­nium al­loy al­lows for a larger face so toe and heel hits lose less dis­tance. It also makes room for a hefty weight deep in the sole for ex­tra sta­bil­ity on off-cen­tre hits. call­away gbb epic ▶ Two ti­ta­nium posts in­side the head and just be­hind the face run from the crown to the sole. They stiffen the body, al­low­ing the face to be thin­ner and more flex­i­ble. price R8 499 tour edge ex-10 SPE­CIAL OR­DER xxio prime ▶ The Prime is de­signed for av­er­age swings in need of speed. The club is 20-per­cent lighter than most driv­ers on the mar­ket and has a shaft that weighs 30 grams. SPE­CIAL OR­DER

bridge­stone tour b xd ▶ Sole weights can be ad­justed to tweak spin, and each head pro­duces a dif­fer­ent ball flight: higher and favour­ing a draw on the XD-5; lower with a fade bias on the XD-7; and neu­tral on the XD-3. price R8 999 honma tw737 ▶ The four driv­ers in this line aren’t ad­justable, but they come in four sizes to match four player types: the 445 (low spin), the 450 (deep face), the 455 (for­give­ness) and the 460 (ex­tra carry). SPE­CIAL OR­DER cobra price king f7 R6 999 tay­lor­made m1 (2017) ▶ This up­date of golf’s most ad­justable driver adds a lighter ti­ta­nium al­loy and a car­bon­com­pos­ite panel in the sole to lower spin and boost for­give­ness. price R7 999 ▶ The car­bon-com­pos­ite crown saves weight to al­low for three weight ports in the sole. But the cool bonus is the sen­sor in the grip that tracks your driv­ing stats via a smart­phone app.

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