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March 16 drivers

2016 Equipment Issue: Drivers

Appeared in 2016 March HOTLINKS

Ping G
Inspired by the structure of dragonfly wings, weight was moved from the crown to the sole for a very low center of gravity, plus more forgiveness and distance. 9 and 10.5 degrees, with adjustable hosel. $435

Srixon Z355
“Action Mass” technology combines a heavy head with an ultra-high balance-point shaft. Besides increasing ball speed, the pairing helps golfers make a stable and consistent swing. 9.5, 10.5, and 12 degrees. $350

TaylorMade M2
Utilizing multi-material design, this new driver boasts a very low center of gravity, a huge sweetspot, and a “speed slot” in the sole to produce distance along with forgiveness. 9, 10.5, and 12 degrees, adjustable hosel. $399

TourEdge Exotics EX9
Crown and sole are shaped for weight distribution and aerodynamics. Loft, lie angle, sole weight are adjustable. 10 and 12 degrees; also smaller, deep-face Tour model. $300; $400 (Tour)

Wilson FG Tour F5
To minimize mishits, an interchangeable weight in the sole manages spin and launch angle while variable-thickness face controls ball speed. Easily adjustable hosel has six settings. 9 and 10.5 degrees. $380

XXIO 9
Company’s “Dual Speed Technology”—a lighter shaft married to a heavier clubhead—helps golfers maintain wrist cock longer for longer drives without having to adjust their swings. Four lofts, 8.5–11.5 degrees. $650

Bridgestone JGR
Now in Brandt Snedeker’s bag, the company’s fastest, most forgiving driver has a crown that thins in front for speed and higher launch, plus a milled face for efficient spin. 9.5, 10.5, and 12 degrees. $299

Callaway XR16
Boeing engineers helped aerodynamically shape this head to produce extra-fast ball speed and more forgiveness. Slightly smaller Pro version creates lower spin. Three loft options. $350; $400 (Pro)

Cobra King F6
This company’s most forgiving adjustable driver has center of gravity settings on the front and back of the sole to control distance through spin and ball flight. Eight loft options, 9–12 degrees. $349

Knuth Golf High Heat
A deep, low center of gravity produces distance, high launch, and forgiveness, and this driver has the deepest and lowest CG. The polished face shows exact point of contact. 9.5, 10.5, and 12 degrees.  $399

Mizuno JPX-EZ
Moving a 10-gram weight to either side or to the back of the sole allows control of launch trajectory and shot shape. The adjustable hosel has eight settings, creating lofts from 8.5–12.5 degrees. $400

Nike Vapor Flex 440
With the head mostly carbon-reinforced RZN—a proprietary material also used in Nike balls—the weight is moved forward and down for adjustability, forgiveness, and higher launch angle. Five lofts, 8.5–12.5 degrees. $499

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