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Ryder Cup 2014: What drivers will be used at Gleneagles by Europe?
Accuracy off the tee will be one of the most impactful ways for both Europe and the USA to wrestle away the advantage from each other, which means that drivers will be hot commodities for all involved.
Here we take a look at the drivers which members of Team Europe are expected to play with at the 40th annual Ryder Cup event:
Thomas Bjorn – Callaway Big Bertha V Series
Callaway claims the V Series is its faster ever driver. The head weighs in at only 290 grams and combines with an aerodynamic shape which reduces drag through the entire swing to create more club head speed. OptiFit Technology allows players to select from a combination of eight different loft and lie angle configurations. The V Series will be a tough club to play against at Gleneagles.
Rory McIlroy – Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 Tour / Nike Vapor driver (prototype)
It looks as though world No.1 Rory McIlroy will be using the new Nike Vapor driver when he tees for the Ryder Cup, however there’s a chance he could still opt for his trusty Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 Tour Driver instead. The driver utilises Fly-Brace Technology, which stiffens the rear part of the head to help transfer more energy to the face at impact. It also redistributes greater levels of weight to the heel and toe for added stability. 15 different loft and face angles are available options.
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Ian Poulter – Cobra ZL Encore
The Cobra ZL Encore features a large titanium body and face with carbon fibre crown and sole. E9 Face Technology helps create a 30% larger sweet spot across the face. Adjustable Flight Technology allows for players to select from open, neutral and closed face angle settings.
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Henrik Stenson – Callaway X2 Hot
The X2 Hot driver was the official debut of Callaway’s impressive Hyper Speed Face Technology, which works to create a large sweet spot positioned where golfers are more likely to make contact with the golf ball. It’s also possible to independently adjust the driver’s loft and lie thanks to Callaway’s Advanced OptiFit Hosel. Eight settings are available to adjust trajectory and shot shape.
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Graeme McDowell – Srixon Z 545
A sleek driver for players that like maximising their distance. The Z454 by Srixon has a mid-high launch in a larger, far more forgiving shape, and a sweet spot that’s enlarged to cover areas where many players make contact with the golf ball. The face is more resilient and forgiving than previous iterations of the driver have achieved.
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Victor Dubuisson – Titleist 913D2
Titleist’s outstanding 913D2 driver features an impressive 460cc pear-shaped head designed for maximum forgiveness and slight draw bias, while its 6-4 Titanium face insert has a thick central portion that is identical to the outer face profile, although it does taper down to match up the body thickness at the face’s perimeter. Ball speed is also up 11 percent from Titleist’s 910 drivers range.
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Lee Westwood – PING G30
The PING G30 has turbulators – angled ridges placed on the crown that improves the way air flows around the head to enhance swing speed and generate greater distance. G30’s also have stronger, lighter T9S face material, as well as five individual settings and 2 full degrees of loft adjustability. Westwood could be a tough man for the USA to beat this weekend.
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Sergio Garcia, Jamie Donaldson, Martin Kaymer, Stephen Gallacher & Justin Rose – TaylorMade SLDR
Immensely popular among European players, the TaylorMade SLDR Driver earns its name from the sliding weight on its sole – which golfers can move along a rail to create specific draw or fade bias. SLDR drivers have adjustable hosel that golfers can use to select their loft. Models used by Rose and Gallacher (430) feature a 430cc head; slightly smaller than the standard 460cc head.
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