Pros are bombing the new drivers. You can, too
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.