Best New Drivers

The latest in driver technology: Golf Digest 's Mike Johnson and Ashley Mayo discuss the new line of drivers on the 2017 Hot List.

Released on 1/30/2017

Transcript

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So Mike, people ask me all the time,
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are new clubs really better than old ones?
00:04
Especially when it comes to drivers.
00:06
Yeah, I mean, I think in the driver category,
00:08
that's one of the big things right?
00:09
I mean, everyone loves the big stick and it's the club
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in their bag that they pay the most attention to.
00:15
There's also been a lot of talk about how they're maxed out
00:18
as far as how far they can go.
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What people don't realize is the manufacturers have made
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great strides in all the other areas of the face.
00:26
You know, you and I, we hit it half an inch off
00:29
to the right, maybe half an inch low.
00:31
[Ashley] Sometimes.
00:32
Sometimes, you less than me.
00:34
But you get a better performance on those hits now.
00:38
So, yes, if you bought a driver last year,
00:41
the difference is incremental.
00:43
Might be a little bit better, maybe you won't notice it,
00:45
maybe you will.
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But if you haven't bought a driver in three years,
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you're really cheatin' yourself.
00:49
What are you cheating yourself with?
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What are you gonna see in a new driver
00:53
that's three years newer than your old one?
00:55
Well, some of the areas that have really been
00:57
improved on, I talked about the off center hits improve,
00:59
but also, a lot of manufacturers now are offering
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free upgrades in shafts.
01:04
So, instead of the stock shaft, you can get one
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fit right to you for your game, your launch conditions
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at no additional charge.
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They've also made great strides in adjustability.
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I mean, where it used to be maybe a little bit of
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left to right ball movement or maybe you could
01:18
close the face or open the face,
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now you can adjust loft, you can adjust face angle,
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you can adjust trajectory high and low
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and you can adjust ball flight right and left.
01:28
That's a real benefit.
01:30
So I know a lot of my friends have adjustable drivers.
01:33
I even have one.
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I don't think I've touched the settings since I bought it.
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Since it was fit to me.
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You disgust me 'cause you know better than that.
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But you are in the majority.
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Surveys show that about 80% of people
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never touch the adjustability on their driver
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and what I tell people is even if you've been fit,
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you can always go back to that setting
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after fooling around with it.
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So, go out to the range, take a bucket of balls,
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fool around with the settings.
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You might find one that's even better for you.
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Get the most out of your driver.
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[Ashley] So I shouldn't be scared.
02:04
[Mike] Not one bit.
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