Everyone wants to know about the new golf drivers for 2013, so we thought we would assemble a list to make it easier.
Callaway has several new drivers on the horizon for 2013, including the RAZR Fit Tour (already released), and the RAZR Fit Xtreme, which is due out in January. The Fit Tour was designed to give advanced players a higher degree of customization. The hosel features 3 sub-positions between the usual Open, Closed, and Neutral settings. The Tour also gives more options by means of smaller moveable weight increments, allowing players to adjust the center of gravity by the slightest amount.
The RAZR Fit Xtreme is Callaway’s answer to complaints about high ball spin on the original RAZR Fit drivers. The Xtreme produces much lower ball spin. So far, testing has shown more distance, speed, and less ball spin compared to the OG Fit.
Cobra released the Amp earlier this year to carry their 2013 line-up. Cobra performed testing and found that the majority of mis-hits occurred in an elliptical pattern around the middle of the face. So, while most drivers have a circular sweet spot, Cobra designed the Amp with this oval-shape in mind. The picture below shows the average range of mis-hits as orange dots, while the white circle represents normal sweet spots.
PING’s new driver for 2013 is the Anser (read why it’s not spelled “Answer”). The Anser features what could be considered the best adjustable hosel design golf has ever seen. Nearly every driver with an adjustable hosel makes it very obvious, because the hosel is big, bulky, and noticeable. It can even distract you while attempting a drive, as well as throw off the weight distribution of the driver. PING fixed this problem by producing a sleek hosel for the Anser, that still features the same adjust-ability. In fact, if you didn’t know it was adjustable, you probably wouldn’t be able to tell at first glance.
The R11 was one of TaylorMade’s best selling drivers of all time, so they improved the design for 2013 with their new driver, the R11S. They increased the size of the head to make it more forgiving on mis-hits, but were somehow able to keep the ball-spin low as well. So far the feedback has been excellent, as many golfers have switched to the S version.
The 910 series from Titleist were a popular driver set, so it’s no surprise the new 2013 drivers have been well-received. The 913 D2 has a larger head, making it more forgiving, while the 913 D3 has the smaller head, giving players more control and precision. Titleist made the middle of the face thicker, and the outside thinner, which they feel helps tremendously with mis-hits.
The XXIO-7 quickly became the best-selling driver in Japan when it was released (despite the $700 price tag). The 7 is lighter by 2 grams, and the shaft is shorter by a half inch. This brings the center of gravity closer to the grip, giving the golfer more control. Srixon also improved the sweet spot by 7% by refining the titanium used on the face.