Keeping the ball in play off the tee is important, but it’s easier to make a decision on a new driver when it comes with ball speed as well. The latest edition of GOLF’s 2021 ClubTest spotlight takes a look at 5 drivers that shined in the speed department during the player portion of the testing.
It’s important to remember that every golfer has different strengths (and weaknesses), so make sure you go through a proper fitting session with a certified fitter to determine the best option for your game.
Callaway Epic Speed
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Callaway Epic Speed
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The latest game-changing tech from Callaway is a Jailbreak A.I. Speed frame that consists of a red-hot Flash Face SS21 and new internal structure that not only stiffens the head vertically but also provides horizontal stability. It all adds up to eye-popping ball speed gains. Epic Speed’s aerodynamic construction reduces drag for more speed.
Some drivers offer flashy distance while others provide sturdy stability. Ping’s G425, however, checked both boxes for our testers. In his first time hitting the Turbulator-crowned driver, one GOLF tester called it “wife material” due to its alluring speed and forgiveness.
While the drivers carry on the original SIM (Shape in Motion) name that excelled in 2020, the company has made a few big changes. One initially skeptical GOLF tester took notice of the improvements: “I tried to hit the original SIM last year, but this new one feels a million times more solid.”
We can’t get over how amazing the face on the TSi drivers looks, feels and performs. Said an excited tester: “It’s a bit bubbly looking, but the ball flies hot off the clubface.” Said another: “It’s the number-one driver that I’ve tried.” Those are high praises for Titleist, considering the challenge it faced in creating a driver with a clubface made from an incredibly unique, aerospace-grade titanium.
The engineering in the latest better-player offerings from Tour Edge was derived from insights from the 100-plus PGA Tour Champions pros who have played the company’s clubs in recent years. That feedback resulted in a compact, anti-left clubhead that delivers low spin and a piercing ball flight in a handsome package.
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