EQUIP­MENT

Pros are bomb­ing the new driv­ers. You can, too

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Contents 11/18 - BY MIKE STACHURA

Five new driv­ers to help you bomb it.

T- is now com­mon­place in pro­fes­sional golf. What gives? Cer­tainly, the­o­ries abound about equip­ment, tness and course con­di­tions, but let’s stick with the one that’s more re­lat­able than bench presses and golf-ball-lift-and-drag coe cients: The driver con­tin­ues to im­prove. That’s why the pros at ev­ery level from men to women to se­niors will set records in 2018 for av­er­age driv­ing dis­tance. Yes, new driv­ers zip through the air more sleekly. Yes, their lower cen­tres of grav­ity help shots launch more e ciently with height and less spin. But it’s their in­creas­ing sta­bil­ity (mo­ment of in­er­tia) that might be the big­gest rea­son be­hind the dis­tance. With more sta­bil­ity, your mis-hits y fur­ther and straighter. In talk­ing about its new TS2 driver, Stephanie Lut­trell, Titleist’s di­rec­tor of met­al­woods R&D, says, “not only is it long and fast, the head’s in­er­tia min­imises sidespin, so it helps a player have a straighter ball ight.” Here are ve new op­tions to set some records of your own:

1 TITLEIST TS2

The TS2 es­chews the ad­justable weights and sole chan­nel of past mod­els. The weight saved al­lowed Titleist to build an ul­tra-sta­ble head. A newly thinned crown and face with a sleeker pro­file pro­mote faster shots with more for­give­ness. R7 499

2 TOMMY AR­MOUR TA1

The light car­bon-com­pos­ite crown al­lows more weight on the perime­ter for max­i­mum off-cen­tre-hit sta­bil­ity. A ti­ta­nium al­loy pro­vides flex in the face for more dis­tance. SPE­CIAL OR­DER

3 CO­BRA F-MAX

De­signed for golfers with mod­er­ate swing-speeds, the light­weight shaft and lighter swing-weight help play­ers cre­ate more club­head speed. Ex­tra heel weight­ing and an off­set ver­sion of­fer help for your slice. R3 999

4 BRIDGE­STONE TOUR B JGR

With about one-sixth of the head’s to­tal weight con­cen­trated in the heel, this driver works to turn your fade back to­wards the short grass. A ribbed struc­ture sta­bilises the sole for bet­ter re­bound off the face. SPE­CIAL OR­DER

5 SRIXON Z 595

▶ in A the new wrap­around ti­ta­nium al­loy cup­face is the light­est and thinnest in com­pany his­tory. A su­per-light car­bon-com­pos­ite crown al­lows more weight to be po­si­tioned on the perime­ter for for­give­ness and straighter shots. R7 000

Sev­enty play­ers on the PGA Tour are av­er­ag­ing at least 300 yards off the tee.

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