DITCH THE WRENCH

Some driv­ers of­fer fixes with­out the ad­justa­bil­ity

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Play Your Best - –MIKE STACHURA

The ap­peal of ad­justable driv­ers is near an all-time high, ac­cord­ing to in­dus­try re­searcher Golf Datat­ech. Some 85 per­cent of golfers say they are at least in­ter­ested in pur­chas­ing a driver with a ro­tat­ing hosel and/or mov­able weights. But there are man­u­fac­tur­ers bet­ting that at least some golfers need a driver that doesn’t change – one that’s just en­gi­neered to hit it higher and mit­i­gate a slice. To achieve this, man­u­fac­tur­ers have cho­sen to for­feit the fit­ting op­tions and save the costs by mak­ing their clubs non­ad­justable. Do they have a point? Well, Golf Datat­ech’s re­search shows that al­though one in two low-hand­i­caps are in­ter­ested in ad­justable driv­ers, only one in three high-hand­i­caps are. Here are four new non­ad­justable driv­ers to con­sider.

▶ The high-strength ti­ta­nium-al­loy face flexes for max­i­mum ball speed. The sole weight in the heel, which a Miura fit­ter can cus­tomise, helps cor­rect a slice. SPECIAL OR­DER ▶ The thin, slop­ing crown flexes at im­pact to im­prove launch and speed. Saved weight is re­lo­cated low, deep and in the heel for more draw. Launch end Oc­to­ber 2017 ƒ „ ­€ ‚ ▶ This speed-boost­ing driver em­pha­sises a lighter shaft and swing­weight. In­ter­nal weight­ing low and to­wards the heel helps launch the ball higher. R3 999 SPECIAL OR­DER ‡ „ˆ ▶ The 17 score lines run ver­ti­cally across the face, not hor­i­zon­tally. The goal: more ac­cu­racy and bet­ter feel.

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