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What do people want to see at the PGA Merchandise Show? Golf clubs, of course, drivers in particular. Check out some of the newest on display.
Titleist 910D2: The first adjustable Titleist driver offers independent adjustments for loft and lie with changes to the hosel to fine-tune accuracy and performance. The driver is weighted for stability with a low and deep center of gravity for a medium-high launch with medium-low spin. Titleist also has a 910D3 driver.
Callaway Diablo Octane: This new clubhead contains Forged Composite, a new lightweight carbon fiber material that was developed in concert with Lamborghini. This material is combined with titanium (clubface and part of the body). This weight saved by the Forged Composite allows designers to reposition weight around the clubhead. Callaway also has a new Razr Hawk driver.
Tour Edge Exotics XCG-4: This is one of the lightest drivers on the market, with 276-gram and 310-gram models available. It has carbon-sole inserts that allow 27 grams of weight to be moved to the sole in the form of tungsten weights. The club has a titanium clubface and sole with an amorphous carbon crown.
Nike VR Pro: This driver uses STR8-FIT Tour adjustable technology to help fine-tune performance, with 45 yards of variation available through hosel changes. The variable compression chamber is designed to provide greater speed at impact at more places on the clubface. Nike also has a SQ MachSpeed Black Driver.
Ping K15: Designed to go straight and high, this club has a low and deep center of gravity for maximum forgiveness on off-center hits. This is the most forgiving of the Ping drivers bearing the number 15 in the name, compared to i15 and G15.
TaylorMade R11: Yes, it’s white on top, but it might be the red disc on bottom that has more significance for players. A twist of that button allows the club’s alignment and lie to be adjusted independently of the loft, which can be adjusted at the hosel. The club also has weights that can be adjusted to make it three ways to change the clubhead. TaylorMade also has a new Burner SuperFast 2.0 driver.