Re: difference in tour driver?
Originally Posted by clearwaterms
Definately avoid an open faced driver if you fight a slice. There a two types of slicers: over-the-toppers and open-facers. The over-the-toppers come over the top and hit the ball with crazy sidespin. The ball could start out left and slice way to the right. The open-facers don't release the club properly, but may have a decent club path. The ball usually starts right and continues right. If you're an open-face slicer, an open face driver will increase your problem moreso than if you are an over-the-topper.
Tour drivers are usually anywhere between square to 1.5* open. That does not mean that they have a fade bias. Fade and draw bias have to do with the weighting of the club. If there is more weight near the heel of the club and less weight near the toe, it is easier the close the clubface (this would be draw bias). Vice-versa for fade bias. Most tour drivers that I've played are open face, but the weighting is usually neutral. Look at TM's TP drivers, many of Callaway's tour drivers, etc.
I would not suggest a Tour model if your handicap is about 25. The drivers will usually launch the ball lower and won't help a slicer. If I were you, I'd look at Callaway's non-Tour edition clubs if you're going with Callaway. They are really good clubs and for $200 new for an FT-5, you can't go wrong.
Good luck with your purchase.