Best Drivers 2013: Editors’ Choice
‘Tis the season for big equipment launches. And in recent months, we have seen the big dogs bark. This year’s crop of drivers seem to have more buzz than we’re used to. Even though golf’s ruling bodies capped the COR (coefficient of restitution) limit on drivers to 0.83 and clubhead size to 460cc more than a decade ago, manufactures have still found new ways to improve on their designs every year. This year is no exception — crazy graphics, cavity back sole designs and small tweaks have made this year’s drivers better than ever before.
GolfWRX’s editorial team recognizes golf equipment of the highest quality, design and performance with our “Editors’ Choice” award, which signifies that a club is one of the best in its category. This year’s “Best of 2013? nominees are the results of those months of observation, discussion and debate, along with countless hours spent reviewing data.
But don’t just take our word for it.
A product that receives an Editors’ Choice award and makes the “Best of” list must pass through multiple stages of review, including feedback from our panel of elite custom fitters located throughout North America.
Their feedback, combined with objective analysis and reviews from our editorial team, allows us to filter through the hype to provide the GolfWRX community with a list of the absolute best golf equipment currently available. Click here to read the specifics on the voting committee and how we pick the editors choice
Note: Because new golf equipment is released year round, the “Best of ” list will grow and change as new clubs and data become available.
Add all this up and one thing becomes clear — we take our Editors’ Choice awards very seriously. You can spend countless hours in the GolfWRX forums reading, writing and asking questions about the latest golf gear. If you’re really hardcore, you might even buy and sell clubs in our BST (Buy/Sell/Trade) forum to find the best match for you. We certainly don’t want to discourage you from doing that — it’s a lot of fun, and our team and up to 1.4 million monthly visitors do it every day. Link to the “Best of 2013″
But we offer our “Best of” list as a much quicker and easier route to equipment nirvana.
The Best Drivers of 2013-
TaylorMade R1 Driver
TaylorMade R1 Driver has crazy paint graphics on the top of the white crown. Engineers improved it over last year’s R11s with less spin thanks to a lower and more forward located center of gravity (COG). Expect to increase loft at least 0.5 degree over the R11s, as the new driver has a lower launch and produces less spin. In GolfWRX early testing, we found 1 mph more ball speed over last years R11s.
Nike Covert Drivers
Nike’s new VR_S Covert Performance Driver comes in two models — a 4600cc head and a Tour model that is 430cc. The eye popping red crown and white Nike Swoosh will be the first thing golfers see, but the cavity on the bottom of the head is even more significant. Like the R1, the Covert only comes in one loft and you adjust the loft and face angle independently.
Callaway Xtreme Driver
Callaway’s 2013 Razr Fit Xtreme takes the key ingredients from Callaway’s most successful drivers models and realigns them with new technology that makes the new driver lower spinning, more forgiving and deliver more ball speed than its predecessor. Callaway also introduces personalization and customization to the masses. Click HERE to see the uDesign review.
Callaway X Hot Drivers
The new Callaway X Hot and X Hot Pro Drivers are getting the early buzz this year. The face is square in the neutral setting, and you can change the face angle and loft of the heads with the company’s Opti-Fit Hosel. The X Hot Pro Driver is 440cc with a deeper face to reduce spin. The X Hot is 460cc and 14 grams lighter than the Pro Version to promote clubhead speed.
TM RBZ Stage 2
Like the R1, TaylorMade’s RocketBallz Stage 2 drivers have bold-looking graphics on their white crowns. In the new Stage 2 drivers, TaylorMade was able to move more weight lower and forward, which the company says promotes faster ball speeds and reduced spin. The RBZ Stage 2 is available in a standard version and a Tour Version, face angle and loft can be adjusted.
PING G25 Driver
Ping’s new G25 Driver incorporates the beautiful matte black crown that debuted on the company’s i20 and Anser drivers. Ping moved the center of gravity (COG) substantially lower and further back from its previous model, the G20, to help golfers lower their spin and launch the ball higher.
Cobra AMP Cell Driver
The AMP Cell (pictured to the right) and AMP Cell Pro Drivers feature Cobra’s new MyFly technology, allowing golfers to select from six different loft/trajectory settings. Cobra is offering the AMP Cell driver in a choice of four different colors — silver, blue, red and orange, and the AMP Cell Pro in a choice of two colors, silver and orange.