New drivers hit the market with lightning speed these days. Seems a new crop of big sticks come around every six to eight months. But while you might salivate over the latest and greatest, there’s plenty of “greatest” in last year’s models. Why not give them a second look and save a few bucks in the process? Here are our recommendations.
CALLAWAY GREAT BIG BERTHA SUB ZERO
Callaway called the new Great Big Bertha Epic Sub Zero Driver “a true paradigm shift in tour driver performance.” Its power is based on Callaway’s innovative new Jailbreak Technology, which fundamentally changes how the head and clubface behave at impact to deliver more ball speed and distance. At impact, a metalwood’s face flexes and the crown bulges upward while the sole bulges downward. Jailbreak bars form a firm connection between the crown and sole to inhibit their flexing. That puts more of the load of impact on the face. Physicists call this “energy lensing.” In Epic, it promotes faster ball speed for more distance. The clubhead consists of an aerospace-grade titanium Exo-cage outfitted with a crown and sole panels made of triaxial carbon, an extraordinarily light and strong composite material developed by Callaway. The weight saved is strategically repositioned to create Epic Sub Zero’s extraordinarily high MOI, which measures a full 40 percent higher than the Big Bertha 816 Driver. Two interchangeable weights (12g and 2g) positioned at the front and back of the sole, which can be used in tandem with the Optifit hosel, give players the ability to adjust the spin-rate, the launch angle, and MOI. Head speed gets a boost from Callaway’s Speed Step technology.