NCGA Golf

Spring 2017

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T he electronic sensor built into the grip of Cobra Golf's KING F7 pairs seamlessly with a smartphone app to r eveal driving distance and statistics. There's no synchronization on your part. Just play as usual. The 4 60cc clubhead features adjustable loft and center of gravity. Its ultra-lightweight carbon fiber crown c ombines with a forged titanium, variable-thickness clubface to save weight and make way for heavier a reas low and deep to enhance mishit forgiveness. M SRP: $419 | cobragolf.com XXIO's Prime looks stunning and luxurious with its gold ion-plated accents. And it also feels like a premium product when you're hitting it. Its lightweight titanium body sports a four-gram stainless steel weight screw in the sole while the proprietary graphite shaft is 46 inches long and tip-flexible – a combination that generates clubhead speed. In addition, a sole channel boosts clubface flexibility at impact for forgiveness, along with a deep center of gravity to help ease the ball up. MSRP: $850 | xxiousa.com Honma Golf's Tour World TW737 has an ultra-low center of gravity for golfers seeking forgiveness and distance. Its shallow profile helps launch the ball at a high trajectory with low spin. The clubface is made of high-strength titanium used in the aerospace industry, which in this case boosts ball speed. The driver comes with two proprietary shaft options: Type-A provides carry distance and Type-Z helps workability while stabilizing the clubhead to minimize hooks. MSRP: $500 | honmagolfusa.com TaylorMade's 2017 M2 features " Geocoustic" technology that combines clubhead shaping - an u ltra-light, thick-thin titanium portion of the sole is sunken - and a coustics for forgiveness and a solid i mpact sound. The design helps free up clubhead volume without raising t he center of gravity. A new Speed P ocket is three times more flexible than in the original M2, enhancing d istance. Clubhead loft is adjustable to 12 settings with a six-layer carbon composite crown. MSRP: $400 | taylormadegolf.com Titleist's 917 is offered in the more- forgiving 460cc 917 D2 and deeper- faced 440cc 917 D3. Loft and lie are independently adjustable on these dark gray clubheads. "SureFit CG" interchangeable weight pods allow for adjusting ball flight to a neutral, draw or fade setting. Just orient one of them into the soleplate receptacle and lock it in. Both driver versions produce approximately 100-200 rpm less spin than their 915 predecessors, which translates to more distance. MSRP: $550 | titleist.com T he lightweight clubface of Mizuno's adjustable-lofted JPX900 frees up d iscretionary weight while enhancing forgiveness and ball speed on off-center h its. A pair of eight-gram adjustable weights on an unbounded soleplate track m eans you have a gamut of settings to tune in spin and vertical launch to your l iking. The blue clubhead looks vibrant at address, especially when contrasted by its dark clubface. Impact sounds satisfying, in t he form of a loud, crisp metallic pop. M SRP: $500 | mizunousa/golf.com WWW.NCGA.ORG | SPRING 201 7 55

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