Category: All Golf Driver Reviews

Callaway UDesign Review

Callaway has pioneered the next generation in golf driver customization: the UDesign Razr Fit Xtreme. This driver has been hugely popular this year (might be driver of the year), and the new UDesign feature will allow golfers to purchase a one-of-a-kind Razr Fit.

callaway udesign razr fit xtreme golf driver

Among the options for customization are two different color choices, one for the sole and one for the crown. Consumers can also choose from a variety of different grips and shafts, as well as custom engraving on the sole. The UDesign user interface is incredibly intuitive and easy to use. Check it out by clicking here.

Essentially, there are over 70,000 different combinations to choose from, so odds are good that you will have a very unique golf driver. The Callaway UDesign RAZR Fit Xtreme starts at $450.00, but may cost extra if you get an upgraded shaft. From other review sites we’ve looked at, the Fit Xtreme is by far one of the best new drivers to come out in 2013. Callaway really did their homework on this one. We expect other golf driver companies to follow suit and release their own online customization interfaces.

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Reader Reviews

“I already had a Razr Fit Xtreme, but when I heard about the UDesign I just had to have one. Purple and orange for my Phoenix Suns!”

-Paul in Mesa, AZ

“This is a genius idea. Now you can have a driver that looks different from the other golfers on the course. Props to Callaway on this one.”

-Rick in San Bernardino, CA

Callaway has released its newest driver and fairway woods series, the X-Hot. The driver has been receiving great reviews so far from sites like GolfDigest.com. Callaway boasts an additional 13 yards on the X Hot compared to previous RAZR Fit models, and the expert golf reviewers have confirmed this.

 

Callaway X Hot Golf Driver Review

 

Two models have been produced so far, the X Hot and X Hot Tour. The regular version is a full 460cc, which is 20cc larger than the Tour version. The Tour X-Hot is also 14 grams heavier, as it was created for players with greater swing speeds.

According to Callaway’s research department, most golfers who require a higher loft also require a draw bias. This is why both regular versions and Tour editions will shift the center of gravity towards the heel when the loft is increased. This helps golfers “square” their shots more, resulting in more on-center sweet spot drives.

The Callaway X-Hot golf driver is available in lofts of 9.5, 10.5, 11.5, and 13, while the Tour version comes in 9, 10.5, and 12. They both feature an adjustable hosel design, much like other drivers in the last several years. The standard shaft on the regular edition is a True Temper Project X Velocity, and the Pro comes with a Real Deal Project X Velocity.

 

 

Reader Reviews:

“You can really feel the face flex when you hit the sweet spot on the X Hot. Even on mis-hits, you still get a good deal of distance and forgiveness.”

-Rance in San Antonio, TX

“Thank you Callaway! I thought the RAZR Fit was great, but this driver is a step above in my opinion.”

-Laura in San Diego, CA

Nike VRS Covert Golf Driver Review

Nike has released it’s latest golf driver line-up, the VRS Covert and Covert Tour. In addition to a striking paint job (which we expect from Nike), the new VRS series features the large cavity near the back of the driver head. The regular version with the 460cc head retails for $299 and comes stock with a 50g Mitsubishi Kuro Kage shaft. The VRS Covert Tour, which costs $399, features a smaller 430cc head and a heavier 60g Kuro Kage shaft.

 

nike vrs covert golf driver review

 

Why the unusual cavity in the back of the driver? According to Nike’s research, the VRS Covert design greatly reduces ball spin while maintaining a high level of forgiveness. Early reports from major golf driver review websites have also indicated that the Covert has a much better sound than that of previous models.

Nike is keeping up with other driver manufacturers in the area of adjustability. The adjustable hosel design on the Covert VRS allows golfers to adjust the face angle 1.5 degrees in either direction starting at neutral. Loft can be tuned up or down in 1 degree increments throughout the 5 degree loft range (dubbed Flex Loft by Nike).

For years Nike has been considered a lower-end golf driver company. Serious golfers have only used Nike drivers if they were sponsored to do so. With the VRS Covert, though, Nike is finally getting some respect. Field testing has confirmed that the technology behind the large cavity in the back of the head is real- not just a gimmick. Hats off to Nike for an amazing driver that has been receiving very favorable reviews among reputable golf sites. Check out the review below from GolfWRX.com

 

Reader Reviews:

“It’s about time Nike came out with a driver we could take seriously. Just because they have a lot of money and can hype their products with major celebrity endorsements does not necessarily mean anything. The VRS Covert finally shows that Nike can be a serious contender in the golf arena.”

-Jonathan R. in Sun City, AZ

“I’ve tried other Nike drivers in the past, and was not that impressed. I decided to give the Covert driver a try, and wow. Its a weird design, but it works! Very forgiving but almost no ball spin.”

-Ronnie from South Florida.

 

 

 

Many of our readers have asked us about having their golf driver shaved. Golf driver shaving is a fairly new process invented by a company called World’s Hottest Drivers. We wanted to give an overview of how it works and why it has become so popular.

 

golf driver shaving

 

As many golfers know, the USGA has placed sanctions on golf drivers restricting how “hot” the face can be. The current standard is .830 COR (Coefficient of Restitution). In layman’s terms, the COR measures the trampoline effect when the face strikes the ball. The more flexible the face is, the higher velocity it will produce.

World’s Hottest Drivers uses a CNC milling machine to grind the titanium face down. This allows the driver to flex more upon impact, and can easily add 15-30 yards of distance to your drives. When a customer sends in their golf driver to WHD, they are asked what their swing speed is. Swing speed is used to help determine the COR that the customer’s driver will be shaved to. For example, someone with a 90 mph swing speed would have their driver shaved to a .900 COR, while a golfer with a 105 mph SS would usually settle for a .880 COR shave job.

Why the different COR’s? If a golf driver face is shaved too aggressively for the golfer’s swing speed, it can easily dent/break. We spoke with World’s Hottest Drivers, and they reported that only 2 drivers have broken during the 5 years they’ve been offering golf driver shaving. Furthermore, those incidents were when a high swing speed golfer requested a high COR, knowing full well what might happen.

 

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When a golf driver gets shaved, it loses the groove lines put on by the factory. WHD uses a laser etching machine to re-apply the grooves, although groove lines are purely cosmetic. Even the factory grooves don’t actually affect the trajectory or ball spin- they are purely aesthetic. However, many golfers still opt to have the lines lasered back on, just to fool their golfing buddies when they hit 20 yards past everyone else.

TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2 Golf Driver Review

TaylorMade has released the next installment in the Rocketballz series, the RBZ Stage 2. Although it may share a similar paint job with the new R1 driver, the Stage 2 does not feature the same level of adjustability. Therefore, they are generally sold for less ($50-100 less.)

 

TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2 Golf Driver

 

TaylorMade’s goal was to improve upon the original Rocketballz and RBZ Tour editions from last year. The Stage 2 has a center of gravity that is lower and more “forward”; it is in between the centers of gravity of the original RBZ and Tour. TM also gave it a larger face area, which generally makes a golf driver more forgiving on mis-hits and widens the sweet spot. The 2013 Rocketballz 2 drivers and fairway woods feature the same “speed pocket” introduced with the original editions from last year, as shown in the picture below:

 

taylormade rbz 2 golf driver

 

The Tour version has an even lower center of gravity than the normal version. This is less forgiving, but rewards accurate high-swing-speed golfers with lower trajectory and better ball roll. Although the RBZ 2 is not as adjustable as TM’s new flagship driver, the R1, it still features a hosel design with 1.5 degrees of range in loft.

Rocketballz Stage 2 Fairway Woods Review

According to TaylorMade, the new RBZ 2 Fairway Woods (normal and Tour) hit a full 10 yards longer than the original RBZ woods. Once again this is due to the lower CG (center of gravity), though TM also claims to have used a different metal composition for the face they call “Rocketsteel”. This new material is 38% stronger than the original RBZ/Tour model fairway woods. The stronger alloy allows forĀ  a .25mm thinner face in most areas. Early TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2 Fairway Woods reviews have been very favorable.

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Check out the video review and reader reviews below:

 

 

Reader Reviews:

“Cheaper than the R1 but not as adjustable. If you already know exactly what loft/face angle you like, go with the RBZ 2. If you love experimenting with fine-tuning your trajectory, the R1 is for you.”

-Robert in Scottsdale, AZ

“It truly is amazing what the Stage 2 fairway woods can do. They help me shave 4-5 points off my score every round. My friends aren’t letting me handicap anymore lol.”

-Brent in San Diego

“I generally don’t jump on bandwagons, but TaylorMade is really putting out some quality products these last several years. They always find a way to improve from the previous year’s models as well. Truly incredible golf drivers.”

-Sam via email

One Driver to Rule Them All

When TaylorMade released it’s most recent driver, the R1, it boasted the ability to satisfy both amateurs and Tour Pro’s alike. And, they just may have a good stake to that claim. The 2013 R1 features the most adjustability of any driver to date.

2013 TaylorMade R1 Golf Driver Review

 

According to TaylorMade’s research department, nearly 80% of amateur golfers are using the wrong loft. Even more astonishing is that 35% of them are 2 degrees (or more) away from the loft they should be using. This is why the R1 has a 4 degree range of loft adjustabilty, from 8 to 12 degrees. This essentially erases the potential for using the wrong loft, as golfers can now adjust their driver a full 2 degrees up or down.

From reading many other 2013 TaylorMade R1 reviews, it is clear that the .5 degree loft increments and 12 loft degree possibilities are a huge hit with golfers. Its predecessor, the R11S, was only adjustable between 9, 10.5, and 12, thus allowing only a 1.5 degree increase or decrease. In addition, the R-1 features 7 different face angle options, as opposed to the 5 options available on the R11S. Golfers can now choose from: neutral/square, open, medium-open, maximum open, closed, medium-closed, and maximum closed.

 

taylormade r1 golf driver

 

So, what does all this mean for you? According to TaylorMade, the R1 has a lower, more “forward” center of gravity than most drivers (and thus a lower sweet spot). This means that it will be natural for golfers to underestimate their optimal degree of loft. Also, keep in mind that a 1 degree adjustment in loft will result in a 2 degree change in face angle. And don’t forget the two adjustable “weight ports” that allow you to further customize your swing by interchanging the 10g and 1g weights, giving you either a draw or neutral setting.

 

 

Reader Reviews:

“About time someone made a driver with this kind of adjustability! Even amateurs can find that perfect blend of loft, face angle, and swing weight with the R1. Thanks TaylorMade!”

-Brian S. from Arkansas

“I loved the R11S but this driver takes it a step or two further.”

-Gabriel in South California.

“5 out of 5 stars! TaylorMade is my favorite golf manufacturer, and the R11 driver proves why”

-Anonymous