For those who see the athletic breathable design as “just a sneaker” the Ignite PWRSPORT also features a very strong lightweight TPU saddle and a thinner TPU material in high-stress areas for Tour-like performance in all types of turf conditions.
However it’s also fair to say that the company’s handsome big sticks were somewhat known for being a bit shorter than those of some competitors due to slightly higher spin rates and a design aimed at more control.
The new Titleist TS2 and TS3 drivers and fairway woods are the result of a concerted effort by the company to improve distance results in its long clubs. Titleist engineers have been designing top-notch drivers for some time as witnessed by major wins by players like Jordan Spieth Jimmy Walker and others.
Other features of the new Hot Metal include the aforementioned “stability frame” design for higher MOI and improved launch as well as Mizuno’s new Pearl Brush non-glare finish.
The Mini Driver which TaylorMade offered in SLDR and AeroBurner models was a very cool product. It nicely bridged the gap between a driver and fairway wood. For a lot of players that was a perfect fit as the added loft and shorter shaft of the Mini gave them exactly what they needed.
Like the Tour the Forged also features a “stability frame” design with a stronger toe area and topline for increased stability on off-center hits and a new more durable Pearl Brush finish.
This improvement saves weight and lowers and deepens the CG for improved launch and carry distance. As a result of the weight savings in the crown and variable thickness clubface the TS2 actually features the lowest CG of any Titleist driver to date increasing MOI over the previous 917 D2 by as much as 12%.
Optics are critical to putting success — if a putter doesn’t allow you to stand comfortably at address with your eyes in a position to consistently see the target line clearly it’s not for you. Look for a model than sets your eyes either over the ball or slightly inside of it so you can see where you want it to go.
Also new in the Z woods family are the Z 585 driver a non-adjustable model with the same distance-inducing technologies as the Z 785 as well as Z F85 fairways and Z H85 hybrids.
This extra degree of strength allows for a thinner more flexible clubface and enhanced ball speed at impact. The thinner clubface along with a new hidden micro-slot in the sole not only increases COR but also expands the effective hitting area across a larger area. The micro-slot also allows for more weight to be redistributed for a lower and deeper CG location yielding improved launch on mid and long iron shots.
Among those I’d start by looking at models from Bettinardi Evnroll SeeMore Happy and Bloodline. Each of these companies make high-quality products at varying price points. Furthermore they can perform exceptionally well provided you find one that fits your stroke eye and feel preference.
Players of a certain generation speak fondly of the days when metal spikes kilties and wing-tip designs dominated the shoe market. How quickly these golfers have forgotten the heaviness and off-grass instability of old-school footwear.