I'd like to share my thoughts on a couple of drivers I've been hitting in case any of you are in the market. FORWORD: Everything is subjective. These are just my own thoughts. Take them as opinions, not facts.
- 23 Years Old
- 5'9" - 160-165 lbs.
- 7-9 Handicap
- 108 MPH swing speed avg.
Club #1: Taylormade Rocketballz Driver - 9.5* - Standard Length - Stiff Shaft
Thoughts: This club feels like Taylormade put a metal Thermos on the end of a steel rod, painted it white, and gave it a name that would make men feel more manly. This was easily the WORST feeling club I have ever hit in my entire life, and that is compared to cast irons and persimmon woods. On almost every hit, despite actually making contact in the center of the clubface, I felt immediately as if I had sky-ed the ball higher than a lob wedge and the ball flight wasn't far off. I guess if you're struggling a ball flight that never gets more than 6 feet off the ground then you could consider this club, but otherwise I wouldn't recommend that anyone even try this club out. The only good thing about it was that it kinda looks cool and the name makes me laugh like a 7 year old boy.
Results: The results didn't help at all. Compared to other drivers that I was hitting, I was landing about 15 yards shorter on my best hits. This was likely due to the incredibly high launch. The guy at one of the 4 stores I visited said that the RBZ was their top selling driver at the moment. I can honestly say I have no idea why. It isn't even all that forgiving compared to other current models.
Conclusion: Not even if you gave me an endorsement, Taylormade. 2/10
Club #2: Cobra AMP Driver - 9.5* - Stock Length was +0.25" - Stiff Shaft
Thoughts: I loved this club. This is the opposite end of the spectrum from the RBZ...best feeling driver I have ever hit. Despite the extra 1/4" that Cobra puts on for the stock 9.5* version, it felt normal in my hands. It was SUPER lightweight. Hitting this clubs makes me REALLY hope I win the US Open Prediction contest because I would love to put this driver in my bag to replace my older, totally unforgiving 905S. It has a beautiful sound and pop upon impact that invokes a ton of confidence in a player such as myself whose driver might not be the most consistent part of their game.
Results: Super forgiving-- not in distance, but in ball flight. Launch angle and my slight draw were very tight from shot-to-shot. I was launching about 12 degrees, which is fairly ideal for my swing speed. My smash factor was about 1.40-1.45, a small improvement over my 905S. According to the detecting equipment at multiple resellers, I was carrying about 260 on a "good" drive, and 265 when I felt like I hit it "on the money" so to speak.
Conclusion: This could be my next driver. 9/10.
Hope this helps someone!