Tech for the Desperate Duffer
New drivers and balls might do what the local golf pro couldn't.
Three new drivers might do what the local golf pro couldn’t: Turn
your wicked slices into long, straight drives. Nike’s $499 Forged Driver (right) is made from titanium that’s heated and squeezed into shape. The result is a thinner face, for more speed and the elimination of soft spots that create inconsistencies in how the ball comes off the head. The $515 Ping TiSI Tec Driver (left), meanwhile, goes through a chemical milling process that removes the outermost layer of titanium-this weight is then redistributed to the bottom of the face, providing extra stability to reduce spin. Ping says the club adds 10 yards.
Finally, Callaway’s $540 Big Bertha C4 (center) has a carbon composite head that’s lighter than stainless steel or titanium. Inside is a urethane skeleton, which reduces twisting on impact to keep all but the most off-center hits flying straight.
If a fancy new driver doesn’t do the trick, the problem has gotta be your low-tech balls. Here are three new ones designed to trim strokes.
Top-Flite XL3000 Super Straight
These oversize balls have five different sizes of dimples and a Teflon cover. Both features reduce spin for straighter and farther drives. $20 for 15
Designed by a former Boeing engineer, HX balls have hexagonal dimples, eliminating flat spots. The result: improved aerodynamics and longer drives. $58 per dozen
For golfers looking for some extra English-that is, more spin-the A10 has a heavy outer shell. For skilled players, this means better distance and control. $40 per dozen