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Ryder Cup 2014: What drivers will be used at Gleneagles by the USA?
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 USA are expected to play with at the 40th annual Ryder Cup event:
Rickie Fowler – Cobra BiOCell Pro
Slashed in colour like so many in the Cobra range, the BiOCell Pro driver has a full-sized 460cc titanium head and MyFly8 adjustable hosel that allows players to select their trajectory from among eight separate loft settings along with three draw settings. The club also has the excellent SmartPad technology – a small strip on the sole – where the face angle will remain square at address regardless of the loft setting.
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Jim Furyk – Callaway Big Bertha
The Big Bertha screams total performance on the golf course. It provides a smart balance of speed and control, while featuring the brilliant Adjustable Perimeter Weighting (a sliding 8-gram weight that golfers can move along a five-inch track around the perimeter of the head to help optimise shot shape and trajectory). This is a club that’s big on power and should put many players trying to overcome it to task.
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Hunter Mahan – PING G25
The main selling point of the PING G25 driver is that it excels in adjustability – offering golfers the ability to add or remove ½ degree of loft from each of the four different lofted heads for ideal launch angle and spin rate. Designed with 460cc titanium black finish head, the G25 also has structural reinforcements in the crown to the club a unique sound and feel upon impact with the golf ball.
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Phil Mickelson & Patrick Reed – Callaway Big Bertha Alpha
Heaps of praise has landed at the feet of Callaway since it introduced the Big Bertha Alpha driver into the market, largely thanks to it being the first of its kind to allow golfers to independently adjust four significant performance characteristics: loft, lie, shot bias and – for the first time ever – centre of gravity height. Golfers are able to adjust the CG height by placing either the lighter or heavier end of the Gravity Core closer to the sole, thus lower CG reduces spin while higher CG increases spin. A brilliant golf club in the hands of players like Phil Mickelson.
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Zach Johnson & Jimmy Walker – 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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Bubba Watson – 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. It’s time to go “Bubba Long” this weekend!
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Webb Simpson – Titleist 913D3
Titleist know what makes a good golf club, and the classic pear-shaped headed driver known as the 913D3 is no exception. The 445cc head is designed for the better players. Add to that SureFit Tour hosel technology that allows the loft and lie to be independently adjusted and you’ve got a great club in your bag. The high-speed, forged face insert provides more speed over a larger area of the face than previous models, to this is a club that high-level players need to be using.
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Keegan Bradley – Srixon Z 745
This driver features a compact 430cc head and is designed for skilled players who like to work the golf ball with maximum distance and a penetrating launch. The Dual Speed Technology maximizes a player’s rotation efficiency while also delivering more kinetic energy at impact, and its Quick Tune System allows golfers easily adjust their loft, lie, face angle and center of gravity settings.
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Jordan Spieth – Titleist 910D2
The nifty Titleist 910D2 driver features a full pear-shaped, 460cc clubhead that produces a slightly higher launch and spin than the 910D3. An interchangeable rear weight screw creates a low and deep Center of Gravity, while the dual-angle SureFit Tour hosel lets golfers select their own loft and lie.
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Matt Kuchar – Bridgestone J40 430
The J40 driver from Bridgestone is designed for elite players, as it offers a low- to mid-height launch with low spin. A long hosel and stainless steel weight at the heel help to optimize ball flight. The 430cc head has a classic pear shape, and improved Face Thickness design provides greater stability through the swing. A good club for exceptional players.
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