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Golf Australia Express : February 2013
I N 2004, TaylorMade introduced the concept of an adjustable driver and you’d have to say we were hooked at first sight. Things have come a long way since the r7, and this year Nike, Callaway, Ping and Cobra continue to further TaylorMade’s inspiration with their own adjustable iterations of the Big Dog. Club manufacturers talk up the importance of centre of gravity (CG) position, giving its influence over ball trajectory and accuracy a big rap. This can be manipulated on many drivers through weighting screws, but adjustability has come to mean so much more than weight. This year, most new drivers give you an option to adjust the loft and angle of the driver’s face at address. The benefits of this will be debated, but it is worth taking note of the mechanism involved. As more and more drivers are released with adjustable lofts and face angles, manufacturers will scamper to ensure that their model is the easiest to understand, change and maintain. Time (and popularity) will tell which of this year’s offerings combine the best performance with the greatest level of adaptability. Beyond the many settings available in modern drivers is design, and colour is definitely the new black. Last year’s Cleveland Classic range garnered attention with its bold style and a focus that clearly drew inspiration from a time when drivers were called woods, and Style deserved a capital letter. OTG AS 2013 ROLLS INTO ITS ROUTINE, THE BIG NAMES IN GOLF MANUFACTURING HAVE LINED UP SOME TASTY OFFERINGS, ALL OF WHICH PROMISE TO HELP US HIT THE BALL FURTHER, WITH GREATER ACCURACY AND BETTER FEEL. AND ALL OF THIS IN NEW SEASON COLOURS... GEAR the GEAR the Words by Will Hone COLOUR injection