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Golf Gear for 2013: Adjustable Drivers

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Adjustability is the new trend with drivers, and this year’s offerings promote greater performance with a wide range of on-demand loft- and face-angle settings.

Cobra Golf’s newest driver, AMP CELL, offers adjustability, with its MyFly technology, allowing for 8.5-degree loft through 11.5-degree settings with a twist of a supplied wrench. If you’re familiar with Cobra’s bold and vibrant branding, it’s no surprise the AMP CELL comes in four striking colors: silver, Directoire blue, Barbados red and vibrant orange. (So, you can channel your inner Rickie Fowler.)

While some new adjustable drivers require a golfer to tweak the sole plate after setting the loft, Cobra’s proprietary SmartPad technology keeps a square face at address, regardless of loft setting, and still allows for workability (face open or closed slightly). Cobra’s E9 Face Technology is also used in the AMP CELL, which provides a larger face area and, thus, faster ball speeds and greater forgiveness.

The Cobra AMP CELL Driver features a Fujikura Fuel shaft and has a 460cc head. The Cobra AMP CELL Pro Driver has an MRC Kuro Kage shaft and a 440cc head. $299-$399. Visit cobragolf.com.

The TaylorMade R1 Driver is one model that can be tuned to fit tour pros and amateurs alike. There are seven standard and five upright loft options between 8 and 12 degrees (±2 degrees) to obtain optimal launch angle, plus seven face-angle options: N/square, open, medium-open, maximum-open, closed, medium-closed and maximum-closed. An Aldila RIP Phenom 55-gram shaft promotes faster clubhead speed, while delivering greater feel than typical ultralight shafts. $399. Visit taylormadegolf.com.

With the Callaway RAZR Fit Xtreme Driver, golfers can take advantage of a low center of gravity with two movable weights and a proprietary adjustable hosel to fine-tune the optimal ball flight for their game. The OptiFit Hosel adjusts the face angle to open, square or closed positions to improve accuracy and trajectory. Revolutionary material in the crown that’s lighter and stronger than titanium provides more forgiveness. $399. Visit callawaygolf.com.
 

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