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WRX Spotlight: Daiwa GIII Signature Driver

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Product: Daiwa GIII Signature Driver

Pitch: From Daiwa: “Using their own GIII Neo Titanium Face allows GIII Signature Driver to achieve the Highest COR rating in their history. The new face combined with Double Power Trenches (Toe and Heel sides) create a “Double Repulsion Area”, an expanded sweet spot with more powerful spring effect and more forgiveness. DAIWA’s carbon technology fill the new SVF EX III shaft, creating a lightweight, strength, feel and maximum performance.”

Our take on the Daiwa GIII Signature Driver

Admittedly, this is a different kind of feature. We don’t expect many of our readers out there to bag this club, but when you see a beauty like this in the wild, you have to talk about it. This club is for the person that not only has everything but wants everything. This high-COR, Japan-inspired design and some amazing attention to detail that will perhaps get you to ignore the price tag.

Oh, and did we mention it’s made with real gold accents?

There’s an old saying attributed to American Financier J.P. Morgan: “If you have to ask, then you can’t afford it.” Most of us are in that boat. But if you view your driver as not only as an extra-hot performer but a symbol of status, look no further than the Daiwa GIII Signature. Features…

  • Proprietary GIII neo-titanium face
  • Super hot face with a COR of 0.875, which exceeds the USGA limit of 0.830
  • Power Trenches for increased rebound effect
  • Head shape inspired by an intricate, 12-layer kimono
  • Intricate Edo Kuriko (traditional drinking glasses) etching on the sole and face
  • Proprietary GIII shaft
  • Envy of all your playing partners

In person, the face etching looks amazing and really stands out. Gold accents can be considered gaudy to some, so it’s really personal preference. Knowing it’s real gold and not simply colorized definitely helps in our eyes. The club is lighter weight overall and feels solid in your hands. We’d love to one day put its high-COR face through the paces on a FlightScope X3, but that’s for another day.

The Daiwa GIII Signature Driver is perhaps the ultimate form of club excess. Is it worth the $2,400 price tag? As the saying goes, “if you have to ask…”

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  1. Linc

    Mar 30, 2019 at 10:10 am

    They say this is the highest COR they have made while Wishon has got a driver close to 0.89 COR couple years ago. Have seen someone hit the older version G III before on Flightscope, did not really see any gain in ball speed.

  2. JP

    Mar 29, 2019 at 10:46 am

    That would be a nice face milling pattern for a putter. The driver itself, not for me.

  3. Jon

    Mar 28, 2019 at 10:51 am

    Finally a company with the balls to market a high COR driver. Now market one under a different brand name that would retail for under $300 and watch it fly off the shelves.

  4. Ryan Michael

    Mar 28, 2019 at 12:23 am

    Thanos must have a golf scene in the upcoming Avengers Endgame!

  5. Russ Dechambeauner

    Mar 27, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    Stop, I can onry get so erect.

  6. Mower

    Mar 27, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    I’m guessing all those Saudi rich kids are buying these.

    • BB

      Mar 28, 2019 at 10:32 am

      With their best bud Trump

      • doug

        Mar 29, 2019 at 5:38 pm

        Ah yeah..The Donald. The guy who put his own name on the 2018 Club C/ship-even though he didn’t play in the event.

        Believe me, right now the USA has bigger issues that the price of a gold-etched big dog.

  7. Brandon

    Mar 27, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    Lots of these JDM metal woods look like they were designed by the same lady who does the interior design on all the Persian palaces here in the Bay area.

  8. dat

    Mar 27, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    Only $2,400? Pshhhh

  9. Jamie

    Mar 27, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Hollyweird prop for the insecure trust fund baby. No wonder the game is dying.

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Forum Thread of the Day: : “Can a club be a perfect performer but too ugly to play?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Patrik1982 and discusses the question of whether a club can be an excellent performer but too ugly to keep in the bag. Our members share their thoughts on the matter, with the majority siding with performance over aesthetics.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Tim Sherwood: “Taylormade R9 irons. I have bought, sold, regretted selling, bought again, sold and so on 3 times now. I love the cavity badging, feel and performance of those irons, but every time I bring them back, I remember just how comically oversized they are, and I can’t play them. Shame really, they are a great product if they fit your eye.”
  • boggyman: “If it works, who cares what it looks like? My current gamers are from the early ’90s. They’re not new or the latest iron but just flat out work!!”Emerich: “I feel this way about some of those ridiculous new putters – for me, I just don’t want to look down and see that.”
  • BIG STU: “I say it is subjective— And I will be the first to tell you if I do not like the looks at address I more than likely can not and will not hit it. That changed for me about a year or so ago. I had always thought ALL hybrids were ugly. Now I could tolerate the early TM Rescues to some extent, but they were hook machines. I ended up on a bulk trade deal acquiring an older Adams A-12 OS 23* with a Pro Launch Red shaft in it. That thing is fugly, but I figured out with a hosel adjustment and some lead tape in the toe to make it anti hook for me. Like I said that thing is ugly, but I love it, and you would have to pry it from my cold dead fingers. A good friend of mine who is getting up in age but is still an accomplished player and lifetime PGA member told me ” It does not matter what a club looks like if you can hit it and it works for you” I had sorta adopted that line of thought previously being brand agnostic, but after that hybrid experiment I have also adopted his policy too.”
  • slimreaper30: “Tools, man. Tools.”

Entire Thread: “Can a club be a perfect performer but too ugly to play?”

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Cobra Golf 2020 F-Max Airspeed: Less mass = More power

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Cobra Golf has always been about creating innovation for golfers of all skill levels, and with the all-new Cobra F-Max Airspeed for 2020, Cobra is helping golfers go higher and further with weight-saving technology and forgiveness.

With a singular focus on helping golfers gain or regain lost speed, Cobra’s new F-Max Airspeed drivers and fairways for both men and women, offer a new level of lightweight performance for golfers with moderate swing speeds.

The Flagship of the F-Max Airspeed line are the drivers that have been re-engineered by the Cobra design team with new weight-saving technologies from head to grip. Not only that, but Cobra understands golfers in this category want clubs that will make the game more enjoyable and won’t break the bank either—the F-Max line delivers on both!

A carbon fiber crown on the driver replaces titanium from the previous generation to save 10 grams of discretionary weight to be re-distributed low and back in the clubhead to maintain a high MOI all the while still having a clubhead that is two grams lighter without sacrificing any stability. This is pretty cool when you consider that as weight drops so does the potential for higher MOI.

The F-Max Airspeed driver crown has improved in the looks department too thanks to the new PWR Ridge structure to assist golfers with alignment towards the target and improved aerodynamics. Beyond the internal weight pad towards the back and heel of the driver head, the Cobra F-Max Airspeed is made more draw biased thanks to the offset hosel design. For players who prefer a traditional setup at address, the F-Max Airspeed drivers are also available in a non-offset straight hosel model.

On top of the head (or should I say attached), a five-gram lighter Airspeed shaft, and six-gram lighter Lamkin midsize grip creates another 11 grams in weight-savings, bringing the total overall weight to an extremely light 285 grams—13 grams lighter than its predecessor. 13 grams might not seem like much, but when it comes to engineering golf equipment, every single percentage point matters and 13 grams is a 4.3 percent improvement.

“Not a single aspect of club design was overlooked when we were trying to maximize the weight savings in this line,” said Tom Olsavsky, VP of R&D for Cobra Golf.  “We even use an unpainted shaft with clear coat and a decal design to save two extra grams of weight over a typical painted shaft. That is a perfect illustration of the level of detail that went into making these clubs as lightweight as possible.”

The new F-Max Airspeed fairways employ similar weight-saving innovations as the driver, such as a new lightweight carbon crown and a five-gram-lighter Airspeed shaft design. Additionally, a low profile, shallow face design lowers the center of gravity for higher launch while weighting towards the extreme back and heel help create a draw bias trajectory.

Cobra Golf 2020 F-Max Airspeed: Specs and Availability

The men’s F-Max Airspeed driver is available in both right and left-hand versions in stiff, regular, and lite flex, with the choice of offset or straight neck hosel. Available lofts include 9.5, 10.5, and 11.5 degrees in right-hand and 10.5 degrees in left-hand. $329 retail.

Men’s F-MAX Airspeed Fairways are Available in both right and left-hand versions with AIRSPEED shafts (NOTE: 50-gram in stiff, regular and 45-gram in lite flex,).  Available lofts include 16°, 20° and 23° in right and left-hand. MSRP: $219.

Women’s F-MAX Airspeed Driver Available in offset only in both right and left-hand versions with a 40-gram COBRA AIRSPEED shaft in ladies flex. Available lofts are 11.5° (RH only) as well as 15° of loft (LH/RH).

Women’s F-MAX Airspeed Fairways ($219) – Available in both right-hand and left-hand
versions with a 45-gram Airspeed shaft in ladies flex. Comes in a striking black/lilac
colorway and available lofts include 19°, 23° and 27° in right and left-hand.

But Wait, There is MORE!

The new Cobra’s F-Max Airspeed line also includes iron with the additional option of a hybrid combo set for both men and women.

The hybrids offer the same technology as the woods, and the irons are built around offering a lighter-weight, easy-to-hit progressive offset option to players seeking maximum forgiveness in an affordable package.

The men’s irons are 5-GW (seven pieces) in steel for $599, and the combo set with 4-, 5-hybrid, 6-iron to pitching wedge for $699.

The women’s irons come stock 5- and 6-hybrid, 7-iron to sand wedge with 40-gram ladies flex graphite for $699.

If you are looking to go the full set route, the F-Max Airspeed men’s complete set includes the choice of lite flex set, featuring an 11.5-degree driver, or a regular flex set featuring a 10.5-degree driver. The complete set comes with a driver, 3-wood, 5-wood, 4-hybrid, 5-hybrid, 6-iron, pitching, sand wedge, a Cobra blade putter. The set comes with a premium cart bag, featuring a 14-way top, nine zippered compartments, a velour-lined valuables pocket, an insulated beverage cooler, and a shoulder strap featuring COOLFlow EVA foam for maximum comfort. The complete set is available in right hand only for $1,299.

The F-Max Airspeed women’s complete set also comes standard with a premium, full-feature cart bag (same features as the men’s version), 15-degree ladies flex driver, 3-wood, 5-wood, 7-wood, 5-hybrid, 6-iron through pitching wedge, sand wedge, and a Cobra mallet putter.

Available in right-hand only in either a black/lilac or white/copper colorway. NOTE: The white/copper colorway is only available in the complete set and not as separate pieces.

The F-Max Airspeed drivers, fairways, and complete sets are available beginning January 10, 2020.

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Whats in the Bag

Jason Dufner WITB 2019 (Cobra)

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Driver: Cobra King F9 Speedback (10.5 @9.5 degrees)
Shaft: LA Golf Shafts OLYSS RSC 65-TX (tipped 1”, 45.5”)

3-wood: Cobra SpeedZone Proto (15 Degrees)
Shaft: LA Golf Shafts OLYSS RSC 75-TX (tip 1”, 43”)

7-wood: Titleist 915F (21 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Silver 125 MSI 80 TX

4-iron: Cobra King Forged Utility
Shaft: LAGP Proto Rev A

Irons: Cobra King Forged CB (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper AMT Tour White S400

Wedges: Cobra Raw Custom (52, 56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper DG Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Tour Newport Circa 2001

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