Now that the new year is here, it is a great time for 2012 golf club reviews. The major golf equipment manufacturers are coming out with drivers, fairway woods and irons they say will help us hit it longer and straighter.
Here’s an overview of some of the new clubs available this year and what you can expect from them.
Callaway is using technology on the RAZR Fit driver and fairway woods that allows you to change the ball flight by adjusting the face of the clubs into an open, square or closed position at address. Weights on the driver can be changed to promote a draw or straight tee shot.
The RAZR X Hybrid is designed to produce a higher launch angle the helps the ball land softer while increasing distance. The irons have a low center of gravity making it easier to hit the sweet spot.
The GolfWRX.com website reviews the RAZR Fit driver and gives it 4 1/2 out of five stars. The editor says Callaway delivers with a driver that combines the best combination of looks, forgiveness and distance performance.
Golf Monthly talks about the simplicity of Callaway’s adjustable weight mechanism in the video review below. The magazine says the club should match the Callaway Razr Hawk’s performance with the added benefit of adjustments.
You can learn more about the Callaway RAZR Fit clubs here.
TaylorMade has updated its R11S drivers and fairway woods with a new adjustable sole plate with five rather than three settings, moveable weights and the company’s Flight Control Technology. Players can hit the ball farther because the clubs are bigger, faster and more tunable, the company says.
Golf.com says the R11S driver has a bigger head than its predecessor, the R11. The club has a little larger sweet spot and will likely let golfers keep up ball speed even when they mishit a shot.
The testing team at Golf Monthly notes the added adjustments to the R11S and a louder impact sound in this video review.
Johnson Wagner used the new driver during his win at the Sony Open in Hawaii, according to GolfWRX.com.
You can find more information about TaylorMade’s R11S clubs here.
The RocketBallz driver has built-in adjustments that allow the player to change the driver’s clubface by 3 degrees either way, and the loft by 1.5 degrees in either direction. The RBZ seems to be TaylorMade’s effort to provide a lower priced adjustable line of clubs.
The name of the clubs apparently can be traced to their testing period when engineers said they hit the ball like a rocket.
Golf Monthly says in the video below that the RocketBallz is meant to combine the adjustability of TaylorMade’s R11 series with the clubhead speed of the Burner 2.0, which the RBZ replaces.
Learn more about TaylorMade’s RocketBallz clubs here.
PING’s i20 series includes a driver, fairway wood, hybrid and irons. The woods have a matte-black finish to absorb light and eliminate glare. The irons have non–glare chrome finish and black-and-silver color scheme.
The i20 driver is built for maximum distance, accuracy and workability, according to the company. The fairway wood and hybrid are meant to help the player launch the ball, even from difficult lies. The irons are forgiving, yet offer precision golf making opportunities.
GolfWRX.com says the i20 driver helps players with high swing speeds but also provides a more penetrating ball flight and less spin than PING’s G20 driver.
The folks at GolfWRX.com had a favorable impression of the i20 irons, as well.
Golf Monthly’s look at the irons below shows that the i20s have more forgiveness than the i15s even though they look like the s56 irons.
For more information about the PING i20 clubs, click here.
Nike’s VR_S driver is geared toward generating swing speed along with a four-degree range of adjustments on the face. The hybrid is meant to provide the length of a fairway wood and the accuracy of an iron. The irons come in stainless steel and forged iron.
Golf.com says that while some tour players are using the clubs, the series also is intended to help the higher handicap golfers. The driver has eight adjustment options.
You can find out more about the Nike VR_S clubs here.
Cobra’s AMP driver and fairway woods allow the player customizations to improve distance and accuracy. AMP stands for advanced material placement.
Golf Magazine’s video review shows that the AMP club offers adjustments with changes on the face that offer forgiveness on shots the miss the sweet spot.
GolfWRX.com says the irons have technology and design that optimize the performance of each club to improve distance, feel and forgiveness.
Cobra also has its Baffler T–rail fairway wood and hybrid, each with a shallow face and oversized profile focused on offering maximum forgiveness.
More information on the Cobra AMP and Baffler T-rail clubs can be found here.
Adams’ Speedline FAST12 driver has a new airfoil design which the company says gives it 14 percent less drag and an increase in clubhead speed of up to 3 mph. The fairway wood offers a larger sweet spot and more distance.
Golf.com notes how Adams has associated itself with club aerodynamics. The company also is going to offer a draw-biased version of the driver for golfers who battle a slice, the website says.
GolfWRX.com reports that the design in the Fast 12 fairway wood delivers higher ball speed and higher launch angle for much longer carry distance and total distance.
You can find out more about the Adams Speedline Fast12 clubs here.
It will be interesting to see how the 2012 golf club reviews play out and which tour pros choose to play them as the year goes on.