Are you in the market for your next driving iron?
- It is just that time of the season when upgrades are due.
- Your driving irons are no longer delivering the same performance that they used to.
3. You know just how important a good drive is to your overall golfing game. With that in mind, you want to make sure that you have the top of the range driving iron at all times.
It can be any of these three reasons or another reason that we would have even begun to imagine. Whatever the case might be one thing that we can all agree on is that having a good driving iron is key to getting good scores.
This is not to say that a substandard iron paired with some amazing skills will not get you anywhere. Or that by simply having the best possible iron, your under par game will suddenly become world-class.
In A Hurry?
We cannot all be keen readers and researchers of golf content. I can imagine that most readers would rather get a recommendation and get on with it.
Beyond the five that we have selected as our top picks, we also wanted to have one that we could say was our preferred choice. This is an iron that has excelled in comparison to the other ones. Cutting this list from 5 to 1 is usually more difficult than the process of actually coming up with the 5.
At this point, you are pitting your favourite irons against irons that you are also fond of. Any of these 5 is worthy of its place here.
If we had to settle for just one it would be the Callaway Golf 2018 Men's Rogue X Individual Iron.
A full review can be found below.
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Our top 5 Best Driving Irons
What we are saying is that no matter what level you are playing at, if you have a good iron, your game will benefit immensely from this. By the same token, not having a good iron will hold your game back even if you are wildly skilled.
We recognise that it can be very difficult to find an ideal iron even for the most seasoned golfers among us. With this in mind, we spent some time doing our research to come up with what can be considered the best driving irons on the market.
Out of all the ones that we found and tested, we cut our list to just the top five contenders. Our goal was to find driving irons that would give you incredible overall performance on your long and mid-range shots.
They also had to be ones that were not significantly highly-priced. We are thrilled to say that we were able to do just that.
1. Callaway Golf 2018 Men's Rogue X Individual Iron - TOP PICK
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The Rogue X is one of Callaway’s flagship driving irons.
It features a 360 Face Cup and a VFT which are known to generate more ball speed from your shots.
VFT stands for variable face thickness. This is a technology that ensures that the part of the face of the club that will hit the ball will be expanded at the time of impact.
The Face Cups helps this process by ensuring that the rim remains flexible on the perimeter of the face. It is this flexibility that works to enhance the amount of power that you can generate off the tee.
When you do not quite catch the ball with the centre of the head, VFT technology comes to your rescue. It facilitates the face’s flexibility. The weight is shifted to the area of impact.
To get the weighting just right the manufacturers used Tungsten weighting. Tungsten is heavier than the steel that is commonly used for this job. There is more weight in the same area of the clubhead.
It makes for a more precise positioning of the centre of gravity. This results in better flight and control.
The clubface is deliberately made to be thinner. This allows for the generation of faster ball speed on impact. This leads to more vibration that you would get when using clubs with thicker faces.
Some players would rather have it the other way round. To combat this issue Callaway used urethane to reduce the amount of vibration. The aim was to reduce vibration without negatively affecting COR or the speed of the ball.
The overall feel of the club is that it weighs less than its predecessors while maintaining performance and sturdiness. It has wide soles that ensure that the centre of gravity is kept low as well.
The result is that your shots have a higher elevation angle and a longer carry off the tee. If you are looking for more distance, this is a great club to deliver that.
You can get this club in both right and left-handed variations. The shaft can be selected between KBS Max 90 Steel and the Synergy 60G. For flex, you can either go with the regular, stiff or the senior.
The iron configurations range from 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, AW, PW and GW. There is enough flexibility for you to choose an iron that is most suited to what you are looking to get out of it.
An HONEST Review
[Music] this is my review of the new Callaway rogue Xin Callaway claim this is their longest and they've ever made all apologetically the longest I've ever made it sits in the Rogue family you've got the rogue iron and the rogue Pro if you want to see more information about those two clubs check out my channel but this is all about the rogue X I'm going to test them on DC quad with probably ones I've got the seven the four and the picture way to test to see if these are ridiculously long [Music] I'm Rick shields and I'm down here at Qwest Golf Academy if you are new to my channel welcome the hole if you enjoy the video smash that like button and if you are not a subscriber yet hit the subscribe button it keeps you connected to all the videos I post on my youtube channel so you don't miss a single thing I'm gonna give this a hit now this is their longest 7-iron they've ever made and the reason being longest ever and I've ever made is because they have cranked the lofts to a new record low I'm gonna hit well then we're gonna talk about it so this is the 7-iron this is normal length 7-iron now I normally carry my 7-iron my standard 7-iron around 170 to to 175 yards let's see what this does I put a flag there at 200 yards and that carried 197 yards that's not a 7-iron ladies and gentlemen that's a 5-iron and why I say that I carry 196 yards why I say that it's because traditional loft for a 7-iron is 35 degrees that's where I would normally see a 7 I'll offset more modern era lofts have got much closer to 30 degrees for a 7-iron and that's kind of become almost somewhat the industry standard kind of up 31 to 32 TaylorMade went to a new low last year they went sub 30 degree loft they went in at 28 point five degrees for the m2 we have a new leader this rogue X 7-iron is 27 degrees of loft and to put that into some sort of perspective my 5-iron that I use in my set is 27 degrees of loft this is a 5-iron with a 7-iron length shaft effectively they've made a one length kind of 5-iron loft it's monster so it's going along it's going ridiculously long and I mean that is too far to hit 7-iron but they have give Callaway wrong level of credit is there not discouraging that they're saying that this is long and that's where it sits I feel like Joe Miller hitting this server line like this is the longest every night I've probably ever hit let's give it another hit it's not the best looking iron it's quite round it's quite bubbled so it doesn't it doesn't look like a 7-iron I feel like I've even my board position I feel like I've got to go a bit further forward because it feels more like I'm hittin a 5-iron but with a shorter shaft I didn't hit that very well I've actually hit that a little bit from the toe and that's still finished on the grief so you can see there for a strike location very much from the toe these clubs aren't tailored to me they've not bent not in the correct line Lauren the same the right shafts that's why I'm probably going to get a little bit of toe down on the lie angle but just to show you that was from the toe and it still carried 193 yards again it's unbelievable I mean and why I say it's unbelievable it's because it's just the number on the bottom is not the number that it should be is their 5-iron I'm going to show you some numbers looking about that all the big things that I'm concerned about is yes is the number a big deal on the bottom to a degree because is it going to go high enough from what I've seen no is it going to spin enough probably not is it gonna stop quick enough probably not but if you're after pure distance and you don't care about any of that above that I mentioned then this might the way you need to look if you're just looking for distance and you don't care one coyote whether the spin numbers are high or the height is high this is where you need to look let's get one more that's going to step on this one a little bit low on the head and that's still 190 carry distance so my goodness and like I say that is that's 5-iron that's where it is now stay tuned because we've not finished yet because the lofts go crazier the lost go more mental that's a seven I'm going to show you that data in a minute I want to compare it to the rogue of standard as well just to show you the kind of craziness of this law structure let's move on to 4i next so moving into now the for iron and again I would normally traditional lot for a four iron to sit somewhere in the low twenties my forehead is, 20, four degrees of loft modern day for irons are probably getting nearer to, 20, one twenty two but not the rogue axe the rogue X is, 18, point five it's a to high end oh man it's a two iron in a foreign for iron length let's give it a hit what's surprising with this club and I took some close-ups before I really apologize by the way the close-ups look a bit scrappy on this this is a club that Callaway have sent me that has already been pre hit I don't know who the hell pre hits it but they are pretty battered and the wedge is really battered the 7-iron was brand-new and the four iron it doesn't actually look as strong as, 18, point five whether that's because it's got a little bit more club head behind and whether the offset makes it look like it's got more loft it doesn't look as stupidly strong now I put a flag out there at 250 now that's just that's that's Dustin Johnson style ask for Ireland let's see what happens with the four I love this I mean just outrageous it's nearly on the front edge from the four iron I mean downwind downhill yes I might get 4i in there at 250 but never in a million years am I getting there with four iron traditionally but flight wise I'm looking at that coming out like it's not a four iron if you gave me this club and said hit that I would go that feels like a short length a shorter length to iron three I maybe a push button to iron the 2i and I carry in my bag is 18 degrees that's to put that into some perspective these are these are two clubs stronger than standard sets now they sound pretty epic I mean I shouldn't use the word epic that flushes they sound pretty solid they've seemed pretty powerful they sound like rockets coming off the head now there is some structure behind the head urethane microspheres behind the head which is helping with different sound on contact I'm still not maybe seeing that the hearing or feeling that they're still sound pretty clicky and allowed to me and pay me not the softest feel that was a bad hit but it still managed to get there they're just silly they're just silly long let's give one more a hit try to go out that a bit more for some golfers it will build a level of confidence up it will it's got to do the fact that you know they'll hit 6-iron longer than than the Powell's they'll hear the 7-iron is longer than the plane partners have played with for years and years I just think practicality of it it's not is it gonna make you any better at golf possibly not but the people buy equipment just to make them better at golf sounds like a daft question up I don't always think that's the case I think people buy equipment to either a bragging rights across friends or just enjoy the game more it's an interesting idea let's move to the pitching wedge next which is at 41 degree of loft so moving into the pitching wedge this is 41 degrees of loft to put Anton's perspective normal wedge lofts pitching wedge is around 46 to 48 degrees of loft so this is really is a strong 9-iron so eight and a half iron so put the flag there at 150 now for me this is the one oddly that looks the most different lofted for me visually this does not look like a pitching wedge whatsoever I've not been the biggest fan of the rogue wedge shaping this year they look very round and spoon like not particularly the best looking wedge but that just looks like a 9-iron with a wedge shaft in it really let's give it a hit at 150 yards away don't know it's quite gonna reach out that's a bit of a pushy one no take it back it did reach how be honest that didn't actually hit that like well and it still got there height-wise it's nowhere not even close to how I visually see a pitching wedge it that just came out I like a 9-iron it just came out flight it came out forward it didn't seem to have a lot of of heights I'm gonna compare these numbers to the rogue in a minute and the road pro just not the loft of a wedge it's the speed of a pitching wedge but I'm not getting the lost and maybe not so much to spin that stopped pretty quickly in fairness to it let's give it one more with the rogue X and then we'll dive into some of the numbers and then give you a conclusion of the rogue X ions as higher if I got to force that higher still though or slightly favoring the right there in fairness to more stock pretty quickly but not bad for a 9-iron I mean pitch wedge right let's not look at some numbers and I'll give a conclusion of the rogue X Isles okay so dive back into my little red book of testing from when I tested the rogue and the rogue pro I want to compare the numbers that I've just received from rogue X and compare it to these the rogue X numbers we see average carry distance from the shots that hit 193 yards carry distance that's bonkers 128 ball speed which is very fast for a 7-iron and I will you know review it as a 7-iron 4600 rpm spin which is on the very very low side and I was getting peak high in this you know it's interest I'm gonna come back just a minute peak height at 31 yards in the air and descent angle at 43 degrees which actually isn't that bad for a 7-iron of this caliber for iron I was carrying the ball 220 yards on average with the 18 point five degree floor i'm I was getting 140 ball speed which was is hot I must admit under 4000 speed only three and a half thousand and really again 235 told distance peak height was coming out 25 yards up in the air and 35.9 was its descent angle which again compared to the road which I showed him in it isn't far off pitching wedge carrying it one four six which is like well Norma see my 9-iron and spin rate at 7600 which is mega low for a pitching wedge 108 mass primer ball speed peak height was coming in at 35 yards up in the air and descent angle was 50 so really for me just the numbers are a club sometimes two clubs away from where I believe they should be but if I was testing it just solely against rogue standard I see a difference in 7-iron different distance and I think it's about three I think there's three degrees of difference between the two clubs have rogue standard and rogue X I'm seeing an extra on this 15 yards extra carry distance which is definitely on the high side and a much lower spin rate but when you compare the peak high and the descent angle it matches it brilliantly so I got the same peak height and I got almost the same descent angle at around 34 33 2/3 sorry 43 to 44 degrees so even though the spins low I'm somewhat confident to a degree that ball's gonna stop a bit but that's me hitting him at 92 miles per hour combat speed if you're hitting them slower are you gonna get the high I gonna get the descent angle that's something you're gonna have to test as each individual watching for iron on my rogue standard I was 207 carry now to 20 13 yards difference again but that's the extra strength in lofts they are two degrees stronger lofts but again peak height disentangled matched up exactly the same and in the pitch you much finally I was carrying the pitching wedge only four yards longer with rogue X but peak high and again descent angle was actually really really good so there's a chance of this ball stop it on the green if you hit them hard enough the way to the center gravity has been lowered on the head there they have some pretend that ball might just stop I'm not going to compare these two rogue Pro cuz they're a different kettle of fish and I thought there's no real point in doing that if you're looking at either rogue X or rogue pro you're probably the two contrasting two different to each other interesting points a couple of couple I want to make first off we look at the price and these are you're not gonna get a lot change from a full set out of a thousand dollars or a thousand pounds so that they match up the same price of the rogue standard and the rogue Pro couple of things who are these gonna be aimed at well for me they're aimed at completely and utterly the guy who just wants to hit the golf ball further that is simply it by any means possible he doesn't care he she doesn't care how they hit the ball further they just want more distance they don't care they're cheating the system might change it all off all they know is they turn up on a Saturday and play against Bill and not try think of a guy's name he would use these Tim wants to beat Bill and Tim wants to an iron that is stronger and Tim wants an iron that hits the ball further than bill and that is the end of story until Tim might just fork out a thousand pounds dollars to do such thing will it make him a better golfer probably not probably not will it make him feel slightly better probably yes another side note the stronger loft you go for there's more chance potentially of hitting that golf ball more offline as you've got a flatter in the face the the ball hasn't the club has more dominance of the balls starting location often sometimes curvature the golf ball as you go flatter lofted and that's also a consideration if you just have the distance only and would jeopardize Direction great these might be a nice fit for you but you've got to be honest the bill is going to know that Tim is playing with a stronger lofted Club and that's kind of where it's gonna be up guys that was my full review of the rogue X iron I don't not going to see these out on the golf course I just don't mass as I see the point for me test amount the golf course I might try and do with someone else down the line potentially if you liked the video hit that like 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2. TaylorMade M4 Driver
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The M4 Driving Iron is one of TaylorMade’s latest golfing innovations.
It delivers two new technologies and a favourite piece from the M2 Driving Iron to create the ultimate golfing experience.
TaylorMade’s latest innovation comes with new face curvature: The corrective face angle on off-centre hits helps to reduce side spin and deliver that perfect streamlined shot.
Twist Face Technology (TFT) works by introducing a new curvature that reduces side spin, it does so by altering the loft: more loft in the high toe and less loft in the low heel for a more consistent spin.
The M4 Driving Iron introduces yet another new piece of innovative design in the form of the Hammerhead Slot. This reinforced outer portion of the slot provides a lighter and more flexible space, resulting in a larger sweet spot for the user.
Its redesign makes it TaylorMade’s most adjustable driver yet and the centre portion of the slow increases ball speed low on the face, dropping that unwanted spin for more distance.
This club is perfect for golfers looking to achieve a more consistent performance off the tee, with a blend of distance, forgiveness, and accuracy.
Its geoacoustic technology creates a sole shape for a solid, explosive sound and reduces the volume to 460CC to create a larger, more forgiving face.
The shaft is made from graphite. It is woven from carbon fibre which makes it lighter in weight than steel shafts. This does not happen at the compromise of power or durability.
It is available for purchase in Right or Left-hand orientation, and at a loft of 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 or 12 degrees. The flex of the driver ranges from Ladies/Regular/Senior/Stiff/Extra Stiff.
Be sure to check out our list of the Best Irons For 10 Handicap for more great items like this.
AN HONEST REVIEW
so this is my full in-depth review of the new tailor-made m4 driver ever this driver in my bag for the last two weeks I've been out on the Gulf Coast with this driver I have tested this driver on multiple different days usually we see quad and probably wanted to give you the most in-depth review of this product I'm going to answer your questions in this video and I'm also going to give the m4 driver my final conclusion so tell me claim they're still packing as much technology into this driver as possible but it does come at a cheaper price point this driver roughly around 100 pounds cheaper / $80 cheaper it features twist face still as the m3 does so a way of helping find more fairways on off since it hits hammerhead technology to keep the ball speed hot or low hits but instead of the weight track along the back the white rack this technology which is a debatable word to hours if trooper told is gee acoustic and this is a way of designing they had differently for it to sound more explosive there is a weight port here at the back it does the adjustable sleeve its loft like the m3 house and it still looks pretty awesome let's show the data and give you some ideas of what I found when I hit this driver on GC quad and out on the golf course too [Music] so m4 testing I tested this on three different occasions in DC quad here at the golf academy and to check out the golf course and played with it a couple of times first I'm gonna talk a little bit about my findings about the tech and certainly the twist space I found it to be a little bit different to the m3 twist face I'll explain why I think that's the case let's dive through the actual numbers first of the testing process these are three different days ten shots plus on each of the days so we got we've got my optimum performance day to rope on screen these are all the performance data from last 12 months of testing drivers so we now bring in the m4 numbers into this chart and we see a couple of surprising factors but the big numbers are actually bang on target so we look at the carry distance that is in that optimum performance range that I like to see with the driver just under two hundred and, 70, nine yards and for a total distance of two nine eight I would see and I saw this throughout the full testing with the m4 the ball speed was a fraction lower than I was getting with m3 spin rate was a touch high it wasn't it wasn't about 2,600 but I managed to drop it down to 2,300 by actually lowering the loft I actually cranked a loft down by 0.66 of a degree to bring this 9.5 degree head into a eight point nine degree head and I brought those spin figures down a little bit the m4 like the m2 and the m1 in the past the m4 has always been a slightly higher spin model I've used the same shaft this is the ten size shaft 70 gram X blanks so for me the numbers on board a two was solid nothing outstanding but nothing that was too disappointing these are all my club data so we see here club head speed smash factor I was slightly hitting more on the way up more than I ever adduct testing so that might have been why I was just presenting a little bit more loft and maybe just hitting it a touch higher than what I normally see but it wouldn't I did crank the loft even lower but actually then didn't like the ball flight I found it come out too flat I didn't like that ball flight so I kept it at that kind of eight point nine degrees so all the product testing actually in Academy it hit the criterion no problem at all it did get an approve in that category but again nothing outstanding but let's talk about the main features twist face now this drive of the m4 because they've shaved more or the back of the driver out it's actually a little bit of a deeper face and because of that as I said the club behind the ball I would say the twist face on the m4 just ever so slightly more noticeable I seem to see a little bit more of the toe flaring outwards a little bit more loft a little bit more outwards that I was recognizing in the m3 the other big thing are definitely noted without question was the loudness of this driver the G acoustic desired across the back the way they've shaped differently definitely makes this driver sound much louder I actually want to get to a point where come measure driver sound and actually measure the volume that the frequency it's coming off at if you have any suggestions of how I can do that I'd love to hear your thoughts below but really just straight away it was an ear piercing ly loud sound someone liked it some will hate it I was in the camper hating it I actually preferred the m3 sound so then we get back to this twist face and did it see any difference of performance out on the golf course this is my little red book a testing made a loads of notes when I tested it and these are my findings on some of the shots that hit off-center so as a generalization over the twists face I found this particular driver for the way I hit the ball a little bit high toe and a little bit open I found with the m4 that the results seemed to favor more of a shot that would go to the right I found shops with the m4 to leak a little bit more to the right and it gave me no alteration spell to crank any weights or anything to put it into a setting that's different and the only way I can put that down to potentially with it being a slightly deeper head and that toe flare beam seems just a little bit more pronounced well I caught that height oh I did see shots that leaked off to the right I'm really on paper that's what Taylor made a claim in there doing more of if you hit toe they've seen in results that the ball will go further left and miss target left well certainly I didn't find shots from hitting off the toe that I went any further left in fact I was struggling to hit it left off those toe shots so in one degree of that's of bonus for players who hit the toe and go left but for someone like me who hits the toe and particularly draws it I was struggling to get that shape that I require an ad desire from normal bulge and roll and some of the shots I saw here this was actually day one of testing and this was shot number three and I absolutely nailed this there was no question about the performance on a good here is exceptional when I got him right and it was just awesome nailed the third shot but then we saw shots where and I hit the toe on shot five and it kind of found the fairway no I wasn't massively impressed but it got back to fairway so shot number eight day one this was one that really kind of shocked me and really started to make me question about twists face on this particular shot I swung through the golf ball unbelievably straight my path to my face was super straight and I've hit location that's height oh this ball finished for me twenty eight point seven yards to the right and that seems like a long way considering everything was square with normal baldon role I would typically see a shot that might draw back toward middle if not go further left but when I presented everything square and hit the toe it went to the right for me and that was a shock moment I must admit and but then again it back to a couple shots later where shot him at an absolutely screamed Oh nailed it so that was kind of interesting to me I felt like it had a more of a right biased while I didn't hit it well and the whole idea of twists face is to stop the ball curving left too far and I'll tell you what I would say that I didn't see the ball curving left too far after toe hits in fact I almost saw a little bit too much of the opposite effect so now I'm on the golf course and played golf with the m4 played twice on the golf course a couple of testing courses and the 10th hole West blanks I tried to mulch the drill I've hit it from the toe and it's missed a fairway a long way to the right and this one I want to remember with this twist face to play will still override everything that happens and believe me when I say I can still hit this driver and you will be able to still hit this driver our bounds it's not a miracle cure it's not gonna make everybody hit the ball straight I think it's gonna help some golfers but not particularly everybody but then the the very next shot I'm absolutely crunched out the middle again and it gone like a rocket ship it is flown I think we measured it 350 plus yards but then every time I tried to draw it 13 told tried to draw it couldn't 15 cold tries to fade it hit the toe and it over fade faded and I thought when I looked up at the flight on 15 I thought that I was gonna go too far to the left but it stayed relatively straight and if anything slightly over faded so really twist face for me wasn't doing a great deal and don't forget these are all shops that I've not purposely eight from the time I heal these are just organic shots that took place then I took it around for me ladies golf course and one of the tightest golf courses that I could ever use a driver from but I give it a go second hole I hit towed it went left just to clarify that twist face isn't in the savior world the player is still going to override it fourth hole try to evade hit the toe and it fade it too far but on the eighth hole absolutely annihilated it again there's dead straight down the fairway so it feels like it's got a mixed personality and I know I don't hit shot straight all the time but I felt like some shots that I hit in certain locations on this face I was expecting to look them and see one ball flight and then I saw a completely different ball flight and that was that was somewhat of a concern for me and a couple of the shots that I'm noticed on decent quad was day two shot turner hit it absolutely out the screws when I got it right it was a flying machine but when I didn't quite get it right and I didn't match up to what TaylorMade was saying this drivers gonna fix I found not great results bad results in my opinion for this way I hit the girl shot and in the final day of testing hit one shot high toe when try again open-faced but I hit another one which was a toe here and it went left with a closed face so just found I found mixed results very mixed results and for me somewhat unexpected results and this is where I found that the m4 was way more of a fade type Golf Club because of the way that that flair opens to the right but if I found it fade another golfer that hits a different part of the face might find it a completely different ball entirely and this is where I see completely with the m3 m4 range that you've got to test it as a golfer because everybody is individual and I mean that everybody is individual and to put a ball I can keep cover on the fact that a guy who hits toh hai toh is going to be close face that's not always the case and the guy who hits a girl lady hits low heel and they're always going to be open no that's not the case now what I did see good signs off was hammer head again was doing a good job when I hit low hits I didn't see a huge drop-off in ball speed but with hammer head we've seen that work in drivers before saw it work in the original m2 with the speeds pocket they've just added some ribs and I think I said it's a bit of a competitor for epic but for me I didn't see any drop-off in ball speed nothing noticeable off those low hits right let's get some of your questions we've got some great ones coming along some general topics to talk about and then we get my final conclusion of the tale made m4 driver [Music] it's such a different noise om3 still and right questions that have come in from you guys the first thing and this was quite a hot topic actually and I thought I must admit more people might know about this between M 1 and M 2 is why is them for cheaper and does it drop off in performance well the big thing for me really the only thing that makes it cheaper is that you don't have as much adjustable weights there's no adjustable track at the back this is really the only thing you can adjust is the loft sleeve and that is pretty much it regards to performance actually performance on paper I didn't really see any massive differences apart from the fact that the weight is a little bit further back therefore you're gonna see a little bit of a higher spin as a as a generalization that's not again always gonna be the case so really it's cheaper just because you can't adjust it as much as M 3 so another really common question was is it any better than last year's M 2 so again just on generalization of testing I don't see that much of a difference in performance looks wise I think it looks a lot better than last year's M 2 the way that it's way more symmetrical at the bottom I'm a big fan of the silver top I know many people aren't a big fan of they actually prefer the white but I really loved that bottom way more symmetrical and silver top so personally I think it looks better than last year's M 2 but still in my opinion it doesn't look as good as the first ever generation M - I still her it's one of the best looking drivers ever made and this doesn't quite stack up to it from my opinion I think if you've got Russia's m1 or m2 or the year before I'm one of them - are you gonna see much of a difference in performance probably not but if you do fit in tell them its category in the fact of being a closed face high toe or open facial and Anna Healey sharp you might benefit from very small amount so that's the only way you can work out as if you're actually tested but for me on paper performance is not going to be that much difference between this and so big kind of question would would this club go in my bag and the answer is no not unless something dramatically changes again for me there was a couple of reasons why it wouldn't go in the bag as much as I love the look of this driver and as soon as I ripped the head cover off and I saw it I was like oh yeah so much better look I like the feel I'm not the biggest fan of the sound it's a little bit on the high side all outside and then the technology with the twist face I just didn't feel like for the way I hit the golf ball it suits my game but that doesn't mean that's a blanket for everybody I just think that I may be in a slightly different alternative where I use the gearing effect to my advantage I use bulton relative to my gains a lot of other golfers will not they won't know that particularly to the case I'm a little bit more fine-tuned to the levels of strike where I'm hitting the face and I see and expect different ball fights from those locations I would have loved to have seen this year and I'd love to have seen this but they would have been slated for doing it is if they would have brought out a conventional m3 and m4 and then brought out or at the same time a twist face version but wow that the backlash would have been tremendous and so for me it wouldn't go in the bag I think for the price point it's a if you can you don't need to be adjusted then great you might want to slip into m4 rather than m3 but I cannot stress this enough for these two brands for these two golf clubs for these m3 and m4 you have to test these before you even attempt to think about buying them because there are gonna be golf as it suits but there are gonna be golfers it does not suit thanks for watching guys hopefully enjoyed the video if you did hit that like button let me know in the comments below do you think of the new review style I'd love to hear your thoughts I feel like I've give this a real test find out as much information as I can to share you guys thanks for watching stay tuned lots more to come we'll see you next time that the tale made em for driver review and we'll see you next time thank you all back
3. TaylorMade Men's RBZ Black Driver
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The ‘RocketBallz’ RBZ range by TaylorMade is one of their most popular collections of golf clubs, and the Men’s RBZ Black Driver boasts the most powerful performance with a whole range of features.
Its larger 460cc Titanium head with adjustable hosel for loft adjustments allows for optimised launch and trajectory and the Ultralite titanium core strategically positions weight to the perimeter of the clubhead, allowing more forgiveness, higher launch and greater control.
Its satin black finish gives the driver a sleek and professional look, and its elegant detailing on the crown improves alignment.
The RBZ Black Driver also features TaylorMade’s ingenious Speed Pocket technology; a groove cut along the base of the clubhead behind the face, increasing the spring-like effect on balls hit low on the face: providing less spin and increased distance.
The shaft is made from a Premium Matrix 55 Flex White Tie for maximum distance, smooth feel and minimal spin. If you’re looking for a driver that provides power, accuracy, control and a smooth finish then the RBZ Black Driver can deliver.
The club can be purchased in both left and right-hand orientations, at a configuration of either 9.5, 10.5, or 12 degrees and at either a regular, stiff, or senior flex.
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AN HONEST REVIEW
[Music] right good afternoon we're here at American golf Telford and we're here today to try the exclusive range of tailor-made RBZ fairways and drivers that are exclusive to us at American golf so we've got a beautiful 460cc head very nice looking behind the ball frames the ball well and fantastically fitted with a Nozik white tie this one's a stiff flex so it's a ten and a half degree I've got four degrees of adjustability on this head so I can go to up or to down so I can take this head from ten and a half up to 12 and a half and also down to eight and a half great great value good price point so let's see how this bad boy goes so here we are on our normal driving range so I'm gonna hit my stop shop down the right side bar draw and let's see what type of numbers we can get out of it a little bit okay I'll miss the fairway one more good feel off the head strong come on dick put a good swing on so I mean for for a club golfer for a club golf that doesn't want to spend four hundred, 30, pan this is good value 272 not bad for a for an old one referring to me not the club tell me I got all of that that's a good to 80 a pretty impressive for the price point believe these a two to nine on the Carlton they are indeed a fantastic value good club get yourself down to American golf get custom fit see you next week yes but
4. Cleveland Golf Men's Launcher HB Driver
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The Launcher HB Driver is a lightweight driver offering a cheaper alternative for those just getting into golf.
HB stands for HiBore Crown, which relates to the club’s ability to boast a larger sweet spot and helps in achieving a lower central gravity position.
One of the most interesting technological features of this driver is the Flex-Fin design. This technology allows the clubface to flex more upon impact, thus increasing the speed and launch of the ball.
The face of the driver uses a cup design, this feature means that even if you’re slightly off on your swing, the cup will catch the impact and enhance the speed from all locations on the face.
The shaft is made from Miyazaki C Kua 50 graphite, weighing just 50 grams it is lightweight but powerful and high-launching. It’s lightweight shaft, HB crown and flex-fin design make this driver popular among beginners who want to test the waters with a powerful but accurate driver.
These features also make it popular among seniors, or those that have retired from golf and occasionally play because of its forgiving nature
This product is available for purchase at a right or left-hand orientation, and at a loft of 9, 10.5 to 15 degrees. The flex of the shaft is available as either regular, senior or stiff.
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aN HONEST REVIEW
hi guys it's Rick shields down here at Qwest golf got a minute here at Prairie Sports Village I'm gonna be testing and reviewing the new Cleveland driver yes you heard me correctly Cleveland I brought our driver a fairway wood I'm two sets of ions now I remember a couple of years back Cleveland we're really just saying no you know what we make wedges and we're gonna stick to making wedges it seems like they've changed the idea and they're bringing out a set of golf clubs that is designed to give maximum help that's why they kind of going with this now if you're not fully aware Cleveland is the the twin companies owned by the same companies trixin and I think what they're doing here is making the lesser budget shrieks and set slightly more appealing my stake in the Cleveland Brown Don it'd be interesting to see if that's actually the case so this is the launcher HB HB being high bore and if you remember if you are if you're an avid Cleveland fan it was all about the high bore with Cleveland many years ago they actually made some great drivers in the past some of my favorite drivers actually and the launcher was the name that used to always get popped back in there this is like the high ball launcher super high flighted driver there's no adjustability on it they claiming that the more adjustability on a product you start to lose performance which is very interesting they say that so I'm not sure if there's loads of backup of that but they must be confident and saying that so what they've done is stripped loads of the weight from the neck and the hosel shoved it in the bottom of the golf golf club as far back and as low as possible to give her height flight distance should give it a hair I just got this in 9 degrees there's no adjustability I can't change I can't put it in any bias at all you actually sent him in a stiff shaft but it fine then my my izaki shaft ms/ms iake shaft this blue and white one I like a look at it behind the ball it's very very confident building a huge head there's a centerline in the middle that's got this this kind of grade area it's a dark gray almost like a tie at least gray on top but then the light silver strip that just puts in that actually says a ball crown technology I think it's to help with airflow across the face it's not off-putting because it actually helps frame the face and makes it look really fast actually let's give this a hit so loud that was a real crack of a head so nice they actually I think I okay I'll scared I was gonna turn it a bit left for the shaft that's okay and so I got there claiming height the claiming distance clearly forgiveness what I would typically read that as being is I'm gonna see a high spin and possibly not the longest numbers I would expect you sell a day to they're a good strike location swing speed was fast 114 ball speed was healthy at 162 I'll get some spin numbers up at the end let's hit a few more it's a hell of a sound so however high get I almost feel like I'm hearing like a 12 degree driver there the height that I've going to but it does say 9 on the head to 90 carry good healthy hair again for 311 total distance that's longer than I expected this driver to go I've spent rate of 2000 but it was averaging it to 6 2600 swing speed seems fast again that seems really fast for a 460cc head I'm normally with a 460cc around kind of a 111 112 mark once we get 114 or something just feeling strong today that's pretty fast noise oh my goodness I'm not sure if I'm comfortable with the noise I'm not sure if it's a noise that I would feel super proud of out in the golf course it is it is they're pacing ly loud it's a obnoxiously loud up so that's probably a nicer word appoint a nice way upon it good numbers again tell you what if you want to be paid attention this is a driver that that's going to help me do that let's go a couple more flights so far so good happy with the numbers happy with the flights it's kind of doing everything that it promised it would do wasn't good here I see what that does that was a Healey strike see there was a little bit more cut on it I'll tell you what I'll tell you what I will tip my hat to that shot every day because I didn't think it would get to that number at all that was a Healey weak strike and it's managed to carry 276 for just under 300 yards total distance one six one ball speed still he it wasn't as Healy on the on the quad day today actually seemed quite middle but it certainly felt Healy to me and he got one more than we're gonna dive into some of the numbers the one I can have always slightly feared through the whole of this review just with the shaft being a stiff and not an X I kind of thought what might go left we've got a good a good amount of data there anyway to have a look at I feel like it's just more ill-fitted than anything that last shot I mean not that I can't hit one right and left anyway but let's have a look so if you look at some of the day trip on screen there we've got the fire shots that just hit barring the last one being a bit of a bad one bit of a bad golf shot I'm actually pretty impressed with the numbers we've got an average carry distance of 277 the longest out there have been 290 which was our second shot the rest of them all sitting in that 270 mark which is lovely you know I'm pleased with that kind of toll distance there at 2 9 7 on average and numbers that I expected to see was this column the backspin column we see average of 2 7 8 3 spin the highest there being at 3,100 the third shot and the lowest weirdly all the second shot again the second shot being 2100 and that's where I've gained actually kind of 10 15 yards on top of the rest of the data just got spin numbers a little bit lower ball speed I'm pleased with it 160 launch angle 11.5 which again is comfortable launch angle that I get from a 9 degree driver if someone has said to me what loft is this driver without without looking at number and just hitting the fly in my head up vision it being a higher lofted driver I envisioned it being more like an 11 or 12 degree driver I'm getting peak height there at 35 yards up in the air the highest one again being that second one I just got the right mix of high launch and low spin for that second one that made it go out the park but 37 35 yards up in the air is healthy height for a driver for me actually I don't like a lot of the components like a lot of the actions it's tremendously loud as I mentioned obnoxious ly loud which I think it's gonna put some players off because they don't want it to be super loud but that's completely different from you know golfer to golfer for me drivers that do have no adjustability is uncomplicated and there is definitely a market for that I think to say that the technology to move weights etc compromising performance that's what Cleveland said so in one of the little quotas that they did a video on I don't believe that I'm not sure if I'm tremendously behind the idea bought there is this market of keeping it simple for me this is looking at it from the outside you've got to think Cleveland the tricks under the same company tricks and in Cleveland the same company and Cleveland swore down that they were just going to make wedges and they made great wedges the r-tx 3.0 just awesome wedges trixin make fantastic ions premium ions like really premium ions I've not a chance to test them yet what a one day one day so the budget set of striction never did very well so I think this is just a clever spin on naming and marketing I think they've gone well hold on if the budget tricks and stuff doesn't do very well and Cleveland is very well known and very well respected let's make a budget set but call it Cleveland that's that's my spin on it I would be surprised if we see a budget lower pricepoint set from trixin this year that's my prediction I've now got the irons to test this two sets of high ions is like the seat the high launch the HP which is a big forgiving one buddy got six iron in that so I might wait to test that I've got the CB x which is the cavity back irons which Cleveland the claim they're doing a lot more stuff that they do in wedges into a set of iron so I'd be interesting to test Cleveland launched eh be the numbers spoke for itself my ears will still be bleeding for a few more months yet I think the technology and the shots I can't question that at all guys thanks watching hopefully you enjoyed the video if you did hit that thumbs up bonne comment below what do you think of shrieks and bringing out drivers I'd love to hear your thoughts down below do you know tricks and when they did bring out golf clubs and were your furnace tricks and golf clubs when they came out I was a huge fan I honestly was but this time it feels like it's a different Cleveland we're seeing I'd love to you thoughts do subscribe to the channel if you're brand new appreciate it hit the red barn keeps you connected to all my content and we'll see you next time testing the CB X ions coming your way next thanks for watching and we'll see you soon
5. Cobra 2018 Golf Men's King F8 Driver
Our Honest Star Rating
Cobra’s 2018 Golf Men’s King F8 Driver is one of the more elite driving clubs in the current market.
It boasts a multitude of features, customisable shafts and technological innovations.
Utilising technological advancements, Cobra has produced a CNC Milled golf club that is polished and finished on the face. As opposed to hand-polishing, a machine finished clubface is smoother, more precise, and in the case of the King F8 Driver it is their thinnest, hottest finish yet that increases ball speed and therefore distance.
The aerodynamic performance and play have been vastly improved with this club. By adding a Polymer Aero trip to the perimeter of the clubhead, and adding an ultralight Carbon Fiber Crown, cobra have increased the maximum clubhead speed and produced higher trajectories and increased forgiveness.
The 360 Polymer Aero technology works by placing trips 360 degrees around the clubhead, thus improving drag reduction face-on through the downswing, and generating maximum clubhead speed therefore increasing driving distance.
The Ultralight Carbon Fiber Crown is a lighter five-ply crown in comparison to other drivers, and by saving on discretionary weight it moves the central gravity lower and deeper; producing higher trajectories and increasing forgiveness on the swing.
The Cobra F8 also allows the user to adjust the central gravity of the club by adjusting the weight on the heel or back accordingly using a 12g weight, this allows for two different flight patterns of the ball.
With all the technology that the Cobra F8 Driver offers, this is the club for someone keen to perfect their driving range skills, or try something different with the new weight distribution feature.
The club is available in either right or left-hand orientation, and you can choose from the following shaft materials:
- Aldila NV 2KXV Blue 60
- MRC Tensei Blue 50
- Aldila NV 2KXV Green 65
The Flex of the driver is available in either Regular, Stiff, or Lite.
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AN HONEST REVIEW
hi guys it's Rick shields down here at Qwest golf gotta meet here at Pro Sports village I'm gonna be testing and reviewing the new Cobra f8 driver and not only the driver I've got the f8 plus I've got the hey ions I've got the one length f8 hyeon's the fairway woods and the hybrids all in f8 from Cobra so this is quite a marathon of testing lots of new clubs to come to stay tuned FA drivers remove that massive head cover and underneath we see a very very smart cool design in the f8 driver this is a black and grey finish they called the grey Nardo gray and this without question in my eyes is the best-looking Cobra driver they've ever made it looks so unbelievable and it features loads and new technologies I've not seen before in drivers at all well got quite a lot to cover but we'll go through the most important aspects first for me the face of this driver is probably the most eye-catching feature to this golf club as soon as you pick it up this has a milled face on the driver that has not been done in drivers ever before and certainly I know of you often see milled facing in irons in wedges and certainly in putters but Cobra claiming now with this new milled face technology you're getting the most precise driver face that's ever been made what that gives you as a golfer apparently is more consistency across the face more ball speed more distance we've heard that bit before we'll actually test that on GT quad hitting real pro V ones in this review we then also see a huge improvement of air flow around the heads they've really worked hard on the airflow they call this arrow or 360-degree arrow they've got these kind of new aerodynamic strips on the top even at the bottom as well that's again reducing air flow making this driver as fast as possible we've seen again that before in technology but not in this kind of way where it's more 360 around the face completely and then we see a very different top of this driver for a cold this is a multi-material we've got carbon at the back and then two titanium at the front this is not new we've seen this before I'm sure many people will say that very much looks like a tailor-made em1 and em2 and I can't argue with that at all it looks so much like a tailor-made and one of them too certainly this contrasting look across the top I'm not sure how a lot of people will view that I thought the em1 and em2 were very good looking drivers are people going to accept that in the cobra we'll wait and see in the f8 model we've got a weight in the back and a weight in the heel this FA is the standard model which is more suited to high spin and kind of get in the ball to draw a little bit I will test the FA plus in the next video we've also still got my fly loft where you can move the weight the loft and the lie angle eight different ways to again fine-tuning this driver let's get hitting this so there's still more technology just wait I feel like I need to hit a shot before we continue with more technology so I've got this in nine and a half I've got this in the Isle dealer rogue I've been fitted for this extra stiff shaft the shaft that I typically use and wow that driver from the top right let's concentrate let's hit some shots probably one was GC quad Cobra f8 driver awesome and that's come out like a rocket I'm expecting a little bit of draw bias because the weight is in the heel even though it's only a two gram weight it has got a bit of heel bias to it that's come out really nice to eight-six carry for 308 really good fly spin rate was lower there at 2100 ball speed was high at 163 can see a load of data there up on screen strike location kind of middle on the equator line now typically what I've seen from Cobra drivers in the past and this is always my gripe is off bottom hits I don't seem to get the performance that was close to that borderline where I think if it went a little bit lower in normal code in Cobra drivers in the past I've seen big drop-offs and performance let's see if that's actually the case in the new F it looks awesome that felt them sounded really solid and Obama that's high off the face that is super low spin and that is long that his long that's the one where I catch it slightly higher off the face with the Cobra driver and I've got no complaints with Cobra drivers in the past when they've hit above the equator line it's just the shots below the equator line I've really struggled with that was smash you can see strike location there just above the center of the strike and that's come out so good what I do like about this Mill face is the mid-face almost has like a well it has a circle in the middle of the mill face which really kind of focuses your attention on the strike location and with it being a black face milled face it's actually very clear to see the dimple marks after you've hit a shot you can actually see the dimples quite clearly which I think for a lot of golfers again is a really good tool to be able to identify strike location now the FAA is a 460cc the FA plus is smaller but the FA is the full size full 460cc head and man that looks really mean the difference between the m1 or tailor-made driver compared to this is where the the front border it's almost a bit more of a v-shape so it does slightly focus your mind more to the middle and those fins on top very much remind me of what Callaway have done in the past and even ping with the turbulator z-- I kind of blend in a few different bits of technology there but this mil face is new didn't nobody's done that before so far very good from the first couple of shots I set a few more with this FA oh that's wrong two books that was a bit Toey not horrendous actually a little bit toeing these are big hits they are I'm very very happy with the length of golf shot I'm very happy with the ball flight the spin rate number seemed good was that a little bit low maybe on the spin yeah look touching Lowell at 1600 and this isn't the low spin setting this shouldn't be that low spin but it seems to be working nicely for me there yeah good three good golf shots now another feature in this driving we saw it in the f7 and this was kind of toyed with an a lot of people did like it they seemed to get a lot of data for me is the Cobra Connect which is powered by our car still sits inside the grip and this is a tool that can be linked to an app on your phone and when you hit you driver the phone knows you've hit that Club because it vibrates and it hears the sound and starts recording how far you've hit certain shots and that's a really good tool and that's actually sick this new Cobra Connect is actually sitting in all of the golf clubs in all of the new f8 I'm really a massive fan of this so far let's just have a quick look at those three golf shots cuz I don't think I'm gonna hit three goods goal as good at golf shots as that and I want to test another few to see what happens if that horrible bottom strike does creep in so we look at the data there across the screen and the three videos I've just hit three shots have just hit there I mean numbers you just don't get any better than that for me and my driving to 89 carry for 312 total distance 1800 spin bear in mind this is not the low spin version so like absolutely exactly where I'd want to be with the driver 161 ball speed launch angle 13 degrees it just does not get any better and honestly the field of sound the flight the look a tick in every single box to me I'm gonna get three more just to see what happens if I do get out with nasty little bottom strike I'm not gonna try and get it but it's just white that they're the three amazing golf shots as white those hit three more and just see what happens and I mean white those next two start again so the one issue I've always had slightly with a cobra driver if I do catch it bottom I find that spin rates really shoot up I'm gonna three more drives and see if that shot actually creeps in it might not do but let's see if it does yeah that's not as good a golf shot let's see how that's performs I didn't absolutely get every bit of that it's done okay it's done okay you'll see strike location on screen in a minute but it's kind of my wave just be able to highlight any kind of inconsistencies across the face see 262 at 3000 spins and you'll see in the next clip where the strike location took place much more much slower much more off the bottom I wasn't intentionally trying to do that but cuz I hit up on the ball quite a bit four and a half five degrees sometimes the bottom strike does creep in it's always been my slight concern with the Cobra driver I almost feel like it those sue players that hit down on the ball a little bit more and potentially hit slightly higher on the face that's done okay I'm not too worried about that shot considered when I hit it so badly let's go a couple more that was a nice a hit yeah see the difference okay I mean it's almost carried the distance of the others total golf shot that was more 1,900 spin so just under 2,000 and you'll see up on screen in a second I mean that that shot is carried the total distance of the last shot strike location above that equator line and I must admit I've accessed through the ball they have swung at zero path to zero face but still got four degrees up I sometimes feel like with a cobra driver I've got to hit down on the ball a bit more to get the right flight but I seem to be getting some very very good numbers off different part to the face let's go one more yeah that was an N just maybe ever so slightly off the bottom of the golf club as long as it's getting there in kind of two sixties I can live with that because deep down I know that wasn't a good golf shot so I can kind of go all right that's that's all right I've got I still got it down there still got it in play yeah two five eight carry quite short for my normal hits but where I struck on the fat face you'll see that that's kind of popping up quite clearly in a minute yeah see how it's below the equator line I still think there's a concern there between forgiveness and and spin numbers when that strike happens low on the face but when it's actually catching middle to high on this driver Wow I'm all over it I'm absolutely all over it I think the performance the looks the field of Technology the idea of the mill face there's a lot of talk about whether this milled face is gonna produce more spin well I don't think that's the case if anything I think it's trick to even spit more spin off the advantage of the carbon crowns you can stick more weight in the bottom of the driver that's what they've done I think they've made a bit of a mistake of copying the m1 m2 look on top is a big mistake on their part but in this black and gray this Nardo grey with the Cobra connects I mean it's got a lot of things going for it it really really has and I think this could be a huge hopefully huge turning point with Cobra they've gone from they've now stuck to a product line as well they've got f6 f7 f8 I think it's really important for Cobra to do this year because there's some continuity some consistency you might have seen the five years test a bit recently I wasn't blown away at all I was actually quite disappointed this has taken it up that level again for me which I'm really impressed with and loads of Technology I'm very impressed with what it's doing how it's looking how its feeling the ball flies to performance everything and bearing in mind this is not the driver that should suit me this is more forgiving version I'm gonna test the f8 force next video stay tuned for that and then we're gonna move into that fairway woods the hybrids and the irons loads more videos to come thanks for watching guys stay tuned subscribe to channel fibra knew that was the king of the cobra King f8 driver very very pleasing numbers it's watching comment below what do you think we'll see you soon
Best Driving Iron Buyer’s Guide
Now that we have covered all of the driving irons that we recommend. There are some questions that would undoubtedly have risen from reading this article. Our buyer’s guide is written to tackle these questions. We also wanted to take time to answer some of the bigger questions that we often get asked when it comes to driving iron. The purpose of this section is to inform you to the point where you would feel comfortable in making your decision on which of these driving irons will become a part of your arsenal. If you have no time to go through these, you can take a chance with any of our recommended irons.
What is considered a driving iron
Driving irons are designed to deliver distance off the tee. These are the ones that have the longest shaft and the lowest loft. What differentiates them from other clubs is that they have a lower launching trajectory. This is to say that when you strike the ball it will not go very high. It will instead make strides are moving as far forward as possible without the elevation, of course. If we were to describe their features and characteristics we could say that they are designed to offer more forgiveness on your shots. That is to say that you do not have to be as accurate as you have otherwise had to be when striking the ball.
The club heads are designed in a well-balanced manner that gives you the distance that you are looking for. They generally have a long shaft, which is one of the key factors that set them apart from the hybrid irons. You will find that the long irons mean that you can generate more force on your swings. As a result of this force, there is hardly any other iron that will give you as much distance as you would get from the driving iron. Perhaps the name will have given this up. It is made to deliver the one thing that every golfer has in mind when they drive a ball. That is hitting it as far as possible.
What number is a driving iron
Golf irons run between numbers 1-12. There has been a number 0 before. This was not an iron that was released to the wider market. It was created specifically for one player. Your regular driving iron is a number 1. It has the lowest loft of the bunch. This is usually between 14 and 16 degrees. As you would expect, it is the iron that would be expected to give you more distance off the tee when compared to the other irons.
When to use driving iron
To figure out when you need to use a driving iron you simply have to go back to what they are designed to do. This is an iron that is designed to give you the distance without much lift. If you are playing in a clear area where there are no visible obstacles that you would need to get the ball over a driving iron would be your go-to. Where there are obstacles in view, you may want to consider an iron that would lift the ball over said obstacles. This is the same thought process that you would want to go through when you are at a point where you are caught up in a place such a sandpit. Where trajectory matters more than distance is where no driving iron should be involved. When distance trumps trajectory, there is the time to bring out that iron.
How to play a driving iron
The lower numbered irons are notoriously difficult to use. This is the reason behind the rising popularity of the hybrid irons. If you don’t use the right technique for striking the ball, the results can be very unflattering. When you do use this driving iron in the way that is was designed to be used, the results will astound you. We are going to look at some small things that you can do to get better results when you strike the ball.
The first thing that you should look at is how you place the ball in front of you as you prepare to execute the shot. It should not be too far back that it starts to line up with your rear foot, or too far forward that it aligns with your forefoot. The ideal position for the ball would be bang in between your legs. That way your arms arm freed to move liberally through your swing and follow-through. Right-handed players want to ensure that the ball is closely aligned to the left armpit when they have taken their stance. Left handed players want to ensure that the ball is closely aligned to the right armpit when they have taken their stance.
The second thing that you can look out for is the actual impact. When using clubs with higher loft our swing can be straight into the ball or in a slightly downward motion. The loft of the club would handle providing the lift that the ball requires. This is not the case when you use a driving iron. It does not have that loft for you to depend on. You will need to slightly fine-tune your technique to ensure that you generate some loft off your strike. If you are unable to do this, you may find the ball remaining grounded when struck. This would rob you of all of the distance that you may have hoped for.
You want to catch the ball as the club had is starting to swing back upwards. This will give you that loft off the ground. As a result, there is more distance to be had. Try to also make sure that there is little to no contact with the ground. Catching the ball cleanly will give you more head speed on impact. Nothing is lost to the ground.
What do the Pros Use?
One way of keeping up with the latest technology is to look at what the professional players are using. Golfers tend to be slightly more difficult to follow. You will find that their sponsors make custom gear for them which would not be available for the rest of us to buy.
What driving iron does Jordan Spieth use
Jordan Spieth uses the Titleist TS3 driver. It has a loft angle of 9.5 degrees.
What driving iron does Dustin Johnson use
Dustin used the TaylorMade M6. He usually uses the M5 from the same brand. This has a loft angle of 9.5 degrees.
What driving iron does Brooks Koepka use
Brooks moved from the TaylorMade M3 to the M5 from the same brand. It has a loft angle of 9.5 degrees.
What driving iron does Rory use
Rory made the same switch that Brooks made. He used the TaylorMade M3 before moving on to the TaylorMade M5 at the start of 2019.
What driving iron does Tiger use
Tiger Woods also ditched the TaylorMade M3 in favour of the M5. This is a change that delivered favourable results for him.
We have looked at some impressive driving irons. Be sure to read through our reviews of each one of them. This will make our thought process clear to you. If you understand why we picked the ones that we picked, you’d also be able to use the same process that we used when accessing other irons of your own.
Our buyer’s guide will have also provided you with more technical detail in regards to this sort of iron. This puts you in a position where you would be able to make a more informed decision on your purchase. We have also taken time to answer some of the most asked questions related to the topic.
We also provided you with some tips on how you can improve your performance when using this iron. There are subtle differences that you will note between using these and using the other irons in your golf back. Using the same technique will not get you the best possible results. It is important to adapt your technique to the gear and conditions that you are facing.
The final thing that we looked at are the drivers that are used by professional golfers. We can safely say that the preferred one among them is the TaylorMade M5. We chose to go with the M4 because of value for money as well as the minimal difference that we noted when testing. Off to the course. Happy Golfing!
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