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The Top Seven Drivers and balls go further

    Which goes the furthest of them all?
By: Dr. Barry Lotz

The names chosen by some of the lesser known manufacturers sound intimidating and hyped beyond belief, but, as they say, seeing is believing, and feeling is the naked truth. And so it is with the top 7 drivers both on the tours and selling in the stores. Similar claims and names abound regarding balls and their distances.

This is primarily a man’s sport, and therefore ego rules. The driver is the ultimate symbol of that ego. Unless you are playing a par 3 or a topographically difficult hole, 90% of golfers feel the need to use their very expensive, very big driver. And they are always looking for the ball that offers the greatest distance. So a simple “consumer” test was devised with the drivers and balls chosen after random samplings of 30 retail stores across the US and South Africa.

Each “tester” was given 10 balls per driver from 5 different manufacturers  Titleist Tour Prestige, Maxfli Revolution, Precept Distance, Taylormade Inergel Distance and Kasco Rockets. All the balls were marked appropriately to identify each tester and each driver.

All drivers were with standard shafts as found in retail stores. The scratch golfers used “stiff” shafts and flexes while the other 2 groups used “regular” shafts and flexes. Lofts for the scratch golfers were 8.5 and for the 10 and 20 handicappers, 10 or 10.5.

There are a few caveats to consider:

  1. This is not a scientific study as used by all the manufacturers.
  2. The 200 plus variables generally used by different manufacturers are not considered or allowed for in this report.
  3. The conclusions reached can be interpreted by any person or manufacturer to suit their own purposes.
  4. Readers advised to make their own decisions via actual demo testing and professional fitting.
  5. Only right-handed drivers were used.
  6. All the drivers are expensive  in excess of $300.00.
  7. No specifics or features are included herein.
  8. Each group’s tester’s age was between 20 and 27 and 35 to 55 per category.
  9. The results included a dispersion factor.
  10. Ball flight patterns were not considered.

So, without further commercials and the millions invested in R&D by manufacturers, here is what we found using 6 golfers  2 scratch, 2 10 handicappers and 2 20 handicappers in the US (San Diego) and the same parameters used for the South African testers in South Africa (Cape Town ). The fields used were flat and in excess of 500 yards at each location. Both sites are at sea level.

The Drivers: Titlelist 975D  MacHenry MetalsTour Pure – Ping ISI  Kasco VS Tour  Callaway Hawkeye  Adam’s SC Series  Taylormade Fire Sole

The results were based on a vote of the testers, and an equal number voted for the two that tied for first place and the fifth places.

The Number One Driver: A tie between the MacHenry Tour Pure and the Ping ISI

The Number Three Driver: The Kasco VS Tour

The Number Four Driver: The Titleist 975D

The Number Five Driver: A tie between the Adams SC Series and the Callaway Hawkeye

The Number Six Driver: The Taylormade Firesole

There was however, one noteworthy conclusion reached by all 12 golfers  the Kasco Rocket ball was superlative both in feel and distance with every driver used. The general observation regarding the Kasco ball was that “it felt good as my driver made contact with it, and it really took off.”

The Number One Ball: The Kasco Rockets by unanimous vote.

The Number Two Ball: The Precept Distance.

The Number Three Ball: A tie between the Titleist Tour Prestige and Maxfli Revolution

The Number Four Ball: The Taylormade Inergel Distance

Equipment technology is undoubtedly superior compared to yesteryear. Manufacturers spend millions to hype their products as “the best, the longest and easiest to hit”. The bottom line is simply: investigate and find what works for you and take lessons regularly. As pointed out by James Achenbach of Golfweek in a recent March issue “Why is the Kasco Rockets the best ball most Americans may never see?


Barry Lotz, J.D., Ph.D. is the director of the Professional Golf Teachers Association of America. He is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America, the California Golf Writers Association, and serves both as a Consultant and Mediator to the golf industry. He is also the author of numerous books, including “333 Best Web Sites for Golfers” and his current book, “How to Build Business Relationships Through Golf” is in the Top Ten Golf Business Book’s best seller list.

He can be reached at www.pgtaa.com or drlotz@cbsgolf.net

 

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Golf Equipment Reviews Sheets & Eats

PING

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Last year PING had the best-selling driver in the G30 model. This year, their new PING G has attracted a new set of devotees to the PING clan.
What the G driver offers is what every golfer desires – faster club head and ball speed. Using proprietary Turbulator Technology, VorTec and face/crown transition to combine for more efficient air flow, there is definitely a noticeable difference over the G30 version – all good.
The T9S Titanium face is thinner and hotter for maximum distance and deflection. The club’s adjustability with its 5-lobe hosel sleeve, allows ±1 degree of loft adjustment.
Another improvement is the DragonFly Technology –

$429.99 www.pinggolf.com

 

Make Winter time Productive For Your Golf Game

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If you live in an area where winter means cold temperatures, rain, sleet, snow and wind, your golf game may be tucked safely in the back of your mind.

While that’s understandable it is still a time to prepare for when the weather takes a turn for the better.

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If you thought the Orient Express was high class, then you will love Rovos Rail. Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era as you step aboard our reconditioned wood-paneled coaches and enjoy fine cuisine in five-star luxury. Golf safaris are also available

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Professional Golf Teachers Association

PGTAA graduates have access to positions as golf teaching professionals including head professionals at

both private and public country clubs, golf schools, driving ranges, golf learning centers, indoor facilities, high schools and college coaches. Custom club makers have added golf teaching as a new dimension to their businesses. Graduates can also expect to hold positions as managers of both public and private golf facilities within the US and internationally.

A magazine’s review of the PGTAA

 

Instruction Area Gof Tips and Tricks

Having problems with your swing? – Fix your slice! by Johnny Miller

I recently was examining swing sequences of some of the greatest players in history. Knowing that some of these players favored a draw as their standard shot while others preferred a fade, I sought to identify swing features within each group that would explain their respective ball-flight tendencies. Something profound emerged that I think will benefit all golfers, especially those cursed with a wicked slice.

What I found was this: Virtually every accomplished fader of the ball–from Jack Nicklaus to Tiger Woods–displayed a straight left arm at the top of the backswing. Conversely, those who preferred a draw–players like Arnold Palmer and Bobby Jones–maintained a slight bend at the elbow.

This discovery is great news for most slicers, as they tend to do by accident what intentional faders do on purpose. In this article I’ll explain why the dynamic works, and how a simple swing change will make a powerful draw your standard shot.

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