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ProShop – What’s New?

Looking at getting a new driver?

Finding a driver to work with your swing is more important than ever to get that magic combination of distance and accuracy that we all strive for. Technological advances in the past 5- 10 years have made the driver much more forgiving on mishits, lighter head weights and swing weights to dial in accuracy and carry. The cost of equipment has increased so it is more important than ever to make an informed choice before purchasing a new driver.

What is important when shopping for a new driver

  • Distance, accuracy, carry
  • Forgiveness on mishits
  • Look, feel & sound
  • Your budget

What to do?

  • Research – Check out online reviews (Rick Shiels is a good unbiased reviewer)
  • Ask your local pro for advice
  • Request a demo club to try (Cleveland & Srixon are readily available at HGC)
  • Test them out at Demo days or Fitting Centres
    Consider getting a Driver
  • Lesson to maximise your new purchase (see Stew and Paul)
  • Make use of your prizemoney and use your members 10% off RRP

What not to do?
Buy a discounted driver that does not suit your game. Better to do a bit of homework and pay a bit more than compensate with the wrong club in your bag and wasted rounds of frustration.

What do you need to consider when looking for your next gamer?

  • Shaft Weight and Flex
  • Loft – as a rule Higher Loft shorter hitters – lower lofts stronger hitters
  • Stiffer and Heavier shafts for strong players or fast swings looking for control.
  • Lighter and More Flex for smooth swingers looking for more distance and control.
  • Driver without an adjustable hosel to keep the swing weight down

CLEVELAND LAUNCHER XL(Adjust Hosel) $539 RRP Lofts 9, 10.5, 10.5 D and 12
Shafts from 52 – 56 grams – Mid High Flight and Spin
CLEVELAND XL LITE-WEIGHT (Fixed Hosel – $479 RRP Ladies and Draw Models
Lofts 10.5, and 12 deg – shafts from 48-50 grams – High Launch – High Spin


Target Market – Mid to High Handicap Golfers looking for more distance and forgiveness


With a focus on size, Cleveland’s mission is to make your worst hits go farther and straighter. The club isn’t merely at the volume limit allowed by the rules—almost all drivers can do that. No, this one stretches that volume to occupy the maximum distance from heel to toe and front to back. This mammoth footprint creates a stable head that resists twisting on mis-hits for better energy transfer into the ball. The deeper face is supported by flexible sections surrounded by firmer sections that effectively create a second spring at impact.


This isn’t just a bigger head; it’s smarter, too. Extreme off-centre-hit forgiveness is as real as it is spectacular, but so is the options from lightweight and draw-bias models to a 12-way adjustable head with a hosel that is 50 percent lighter than competitors. Don’t overlook how effective the counterbalanced weight in the grip is, either. That makes the club easier to swing, which is what average golfers and those with a lack of consistency might appreciate most.


LAUNCHER XL: A large face and large frame emphasize forgiveness. The adjustable hosel lets you dial in launch. Each head is adjustable by plus/minus 1.5 degrees, fitting a range from 9 to 12 degrees. The standard shaft length is 45.75 inches, although an “accuracy build” is an option with a one-inch shorter shaft. Compared to the other models, its launch is more mid-high than high for a more piercing flight.
LAUNCHER XL LITE: The overall size stretches the volume limit to occupy the maximum distance from heel to toe and front to back for a stable head that resists twisting on mis-hits. Without the adjustable hosel, it features a lower and deeper center of gravity for higher launch and flight compared to Launcher XL. An ultralight shaft at 46 inches (and 5 grams lighter than the Launcher XL) encourages swing speed gains. Its overall weight is 12 grams lighter than Launcher XL.
LAUNCHER XL LITE DRAW: Its large footprint injects all those mis-hits with forgiveness, while a soled face angle is four degrees more closed than the standard Launcher XL (without changing the top-down view) to attack your slice


Review: Target market – All Levels – Choice of Stock and Customised Shafts


The biggest driver family in Callaway’s history expands the company’s use of artificial intelligence to produce four distinct faces that don’t merely enhance power but control spin. That’s important because large clubheads can boost ball speed but often fight excessive spin. A large central weight cartridge low in the back provides extreme off-center-hit stability. Callaway has also refined its “jailbreak” structure, an internal bracket that joins the crown and sole to stiffen the body and direct energy into the flexing face.


Callaway found that adjustable weights aren’t enough to optimize performance, so the company created these four models with distinct attributes for specific types of golfers. Each features different face angles, lie angles, shapes and degrees of draw bias and spin to better match the needs of different golfer types. The line includes a dedicated draw model (Max D), a maximum forgiveness model (Max), a version that mixes equal parts high forgiveness, neutral launch and low spin (Max LS) and a compact, tour-favored option with the lowest spin (◊◊◊LS).

ROGUE ST MAX: Tungsten way in the back helps to make this the most stable driver in the Rogue ST line and a good fit for the majority of golfers.
ROGUE ST MAX D: Extra weight in the heel and a unique face design aids those looking to fight a slice.
ROGUE ST MAX LS: The deep tungsten weighting keys both forgiveness and lower spin.
ROGUE ST ◊◊◊LS: A more compact head generally favours better players. The front weighting balances stability with extremely low spin (the lowest in the line) and a flatter flight.

“For those who aren’t fully up to speed on Callaway’s expertise here, the company has been using artificial intelligence and machine learning platforms to drive innovation in head designs and face designs for the last three primary driver launches, starting with the Epic Flash in 2019. That’s included revisions to specific face thickness patterns for specific heads, as well as updates to the company’s internal “Jailbreak” feature that braces the crown and sole immediately behind the face to direct more flexing into the face and improve overall ball speed across the face. This super-computerized thinking found four distinct heads, faces and, ultimately, ball flights.”

STEALTH PLUS 8, 9, 10.5 /STEALTH/STEALTH HD 9, 10.5, 12 STEALTH WOMEN 10.5 & 12 deg $999 to $1099

Review: Target market – All Levels – Choice of Stock and Customised Shafts


TaylorMade engineers believe carbon composite’s lightweight benefits should not be limited to the body. Why not use the material for the face—the heaviest part of the clubhead? The Stealth’s composite face is 40 percent lighter than a titanium face yet 20 percent larger than TaylorMade driver faces from just two years ago. The saved weight is redistributed in three distinct ways: a heel-weighted draw version; a low-spin model with a sliding weight; and a rear-weighted, high-forgiveness version.


The reason composite-face drivers never caught on is that they performed—and sounded—like the headcover was on. The red-painted cap gets this one noticed, but the underlayers on the 60-ply carbon-composite face are arranged to form a large sweet spot. It’s just like a variable-thickness-face titanium driver, only more consistently precise for higher ball speeds across the face. The face’s lighter weight means more mass in the body, and that relationship can deliver speed into the ball at impact. How much? So much that TaylorMade believes titanium as a face material is a thing of the past.

STEALTH: The weight saved by the 60-layer carbon-composite face is pushed low and deep on this model for higher launch and forgiving mis-hits. Its moment-of-inertia (resistance to twisting on off-center hits) is 15 percent higher than Stealth Plus. The carbon-face construction adds more precision to create more ball speed potential across the face.
STEALTH PLUS: The carbon-composite face weighs 40 percent less than titanium. That saved weight makes room for a low CG, as well as a 10-gram sliding weight in the sole to tweak left or right misses.
STEALTH HD: The carbon-composite face is 40 percent lighter than traditional titanium for better and more consistent ball speed. That saves weight to create a high-stability design with high launch and draw-biased characteristics to fight your slice. Rather than concentrating discretionary mass exclusively in the heel, which would sacrifice the overall off-centre-hit forgiveness, the weight savings of the face design allows the rear weighting in the sole to shift slightly toward the heel to create both anti-slice and high-moment of inertia (stability) attributes. In fact, the HD has the highest MOI in the lineup.

“The stability on off-centre hits for the Stealth drivers has improved dramatically because of the lighter face or that the centre of gravity is lower or farther back. Rather, the lighter construction means a higher speed across a wider area of the face, in part because the face is 20 percent larger compared to the SIM driver of 2020 and the largest on any TaylorMade driver since the Burner Superfast 2.0 from 2011.”

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