How new drivers are getting lighter in all the right places
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.