New Golf Drivers: Let These Big Dogs Eat

What are the latest big sticks showing up in golf shops? Let's take a look at new golf drivers on the market (or coming soon). We add new drivers as we hear about them, so keep an eye on the top of the page for the latest.

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Cleveland Launcher HB

Cleveland Launcher HB driver
Cleveland Golf

The Launcher name has been part of Cleveland Golf's product line for a long time and has always signified distance-and-forgiveness to the company's fans. 

That's no different in the 2017 Launcher models, including the Launcher HB driver. No weight screws or adjustable hosels to confuse the matter, just a straightforward distance, forgiveness and high-flying driver.

Presale begins Aug. 28, 2018, and the official "launch" of the new Launcher driver is Sept. 15, 2018. The Launcher HB driver boasts a deep cup face, an ultra-lightweight hosel and Cleveland's HiBore (hence the HB) crown. The center of gravity is low and deep, promoting high launch and low spin.

The MAP is $299.99. For more info, visit clevelandgolf.com.

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Cobra F-Max

Cobra F-Max Driver
Cobra Golf

The newest family of golf clubs from Cobra Golf are a series of woods and hybrids named F-Max.

The Cobra F-Max driver checks in with an MSRP of $299 and availability date of Aug. 18, 2017, in stores and at cobragolf.com.

The name of the game in the F-Max driver? Ultra-lightweight configurations paired with game-improvement technology. An approach that company says helps golfers who need the help achieve more clubhead speed and better launch angles.

The driver head has a forged titanium face with a larger sweetspot; back/heel center-of-gravity weighting; and a new crown alignment feature to help golfers set up straight.

There is a choice of hosels: either a straight neck hosel for a more traditional look or an offset hosel for golfers who prefer a draw bias and a higher trajectory.

The stock shaft is the proprietary Cobra Superlite 50 shaft (Superlite 45 in a women's model). Lofts are 9.5, 10.5 and 11.5 in the men's model; and 15-degrees for the women's model.

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Ping G400

Ping G400 driver
Ping Golf

The flagship of Ping Golf's new G400 series of clubs is the G400 driver. And unlike most drivers whose focus includes forgiveness, the G400 has a smaller clubhead.

But just a tiny bit smaller: 445cc, as opposed to the USGA/R&A limit of 460cc. Visually, it's unlikely any golfer who doesn't know about the size reduction will notice. So why do it? The clubhead design, at that size, improved aerodynamics enough to provide a boost in clubhead speed, Ping says.

The forged clubface has been thinned compared to previous Ping drivers, for a hotter face and more ball speed. And the G400 driver has a higher MOI, meaning more forgiveness.

There are three head versions depending on a golfer's ball flight. The standard version fits most golfers. The SFT (Straight Flight) head is designed to counter a left-to-right (for right-handers) ball flight. And the LST (Low Spin) puts more weight forward to reduce spin and help create a lower, more boring trajectory.

The MSRP is $435. See ping.com for more information.

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Miura Hayate

Miura Golf's Hayate driver
The Miura Hayate driver head, left (next to a fairway wood head). Miura Golf

Miura Golf is a brand best-known for its high-end offerings aimed at highly skilled golfers. But in recent years the company has been looking more to the rest of the golf world - the mid- and high-handicappers. The bulk of all golfers, in other words.

And the Hiyate driver is built for all skill levels. (It's pronounced "hi yaw tay," and the Japanese company explains that translates to "the sound of the wind.")

The Miura Hiyate driver is a shallow-profile, 460cc driver with a titanium face and a matte black finish on the crown. The Hiyate uses an internal, 35-gram arch to optimize launch conditions for greater ball speed and reduced spin.

An adjustable weight in the heel allows golfers to further adjust the swingweight and to optimize for a draw or fade bias.

The Miura Hiyate driver carries an MAP of $639. Hey, we said Miura was making more accessible clubs, not cheaper ones. It comes in lofts of 9.5 and 10.5 degrees. MiuraGolf.com

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Cobra Wood Grain King F7 Driver

Cobra Wood Grain King F7 driver
The Wood Grain King F7 driver, a limited-edition offering from Cobra. Cobra Puma Golf

Cobra Golf is kicking it - make that teeing it up - old-school with the Wood Grain King F7 driver.

The driver is modern in every sense except for the paint job: It's painted to look like and old, persimmon driver. Hence, the "wood grain" in the club's name.

But don't worry (or get excited, depending on your outlook), it's not really an old-fashioned wooden driver head. The King F7 comes with today's latest tech, including:

  • an adjustable weight system with center-of-gravity settings in the front, back and heel positions, which can effect a lower, higher or draw-bias ball flight;
  • a built-in stat-tracking system that measures distance and accuracy of each drive through a sensor embedded in the grip and connected to a free smartphone app.
  • and Cobra's MyFly8 with SmartPad tech that gives the golfer eight different loft settings.

Cobra calls the Wood Grain King F7 driver a "limited edition throwback." It's available as of April 14, 2017, priced at $349.

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PXG 0811X

PXG 0811X driver
The PXG 0811X driver with the interchangeable weights popped. PXG

Headlining the new Parsons Xtreme Golf X Collection is the PXG 0811X driver. The collection - which also includes new fairway woods and new hybrids - focuses on low spin, long distance and pleasing impact sound.

The PXG X clubs, including 0811X driver, introduce the company's new approach to managing sound and vibration: a honeycombed TPE insert inside the clubhead over the sole.

The lightweight carbon fiber crown is a matte black that helps reduce glare. On the other side of the club, the sole, are a series of titanium and tungsten weights that can be mixed, matched and swapped around to influence ball flight: draw bias, fade bias, lower trajectory, or a neutral setting.

The PXG 0811X driver is available in 9-, 10.5-, and 12-degree loft options. The adjustable hosel allows those lofts to be increased or decreased by up to 1.5 degrees. The MSRP on the driver is $850.

For golfers who prefer a lighter weight driver, there's also the PXG 0811LX model, whose head weighs only 199 grams. pxg.com

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Fourteen Golf DT-112

Fourteen Golf DT-112 driver
The DT-112 driver by Fourteen Golf. Fourteen Golf

Fourteen Golf is a brand originally established in Japan in 1981, and one that continues designing higher-end models today. Its latest driver is the DT-112, whose combination of a newly designed high-tech face and long, thin shaft promise, according to the company, distance and accuracy.

The MD350ZD graphite shaft is ultrathin and 47 inches long, an inch above "normal" in today's market. The LD433+ titanium used for the clubface is being used in a golf club for the first time, Fourteen Golf says (it is used in the engines of premium race cares).

The flight characteristics of the DT-112 driver is a low-spin, penetrating ball flight.

On the Fourteen Golf website, the DT-112 driver is listed at $600.  It comes in lofts of 9 and 10.5 degrees, right-handed only.

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XXIO Prime

XXIO Prime driver
2017 model XXIO Prime driver. XXIO

XXIO, the premium Japanese brand, has launched the 2017 models of its Prime lineup of clubs, topped by the Prime Driver.

The XXIO Prime Driver is the ninth-generation of XXIO driver to carry that name. It has a luxurious look with a golden sole, and boasts a lightweight, distance-focused design.

The center of gravity position is lower and deeper than in previous models, and the MOI is higher, which means more forgiveness on sub-prime contact. Additionally, the "Sole Channel Structure," a slot in the sole just behind the clubface, allows for more face flex at impact.

New in this year's model is the XXIO Prime SP-000 graphite shaft, which is two grams lighter in weight than the shaft in the previous model despite being longer - 46 inches. (The grip has also been lightened.) The shaft tip design and clubhead shaping (more thickness in the heel area) also promote a draw bias.

The XXIO Prime Driver comes in lofts of 10.5 and 11.5 degrees, righthanded only, and is priced at $849.99. XXIOUSA.com

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Tour Edge Exotics EX10

Tour Edge Exotics EX10 driver
Tour Edge Exotics EX10 driver. Tour Edge Golf

The Exotics EX10 adjustable driver is the latest big stick offering from Tour Edge. One of the new design features is a larger face plate - which enlarges the sweet spot - made possible through the use of a thinner, lighter material. The face is also designed in such a way to offer more forgiveness on shots struck toward the heel or toe.

Among the adjustable features is a center-rear sole weight to increase the MOI and dial in one's preferred swingweight (the EX10 comes with a 10-gram weight in the port, but additional weights are available in a kit).

The stated lofts are 10 and 12 degrees, but those are adjustable up to two degrees higher or lower through the adjustable hosel.

Stock shaft options include the Aldila Rogue Max Series, Graphite Design Tour AD50 and Mitsubishi Bassara E-Series. The MSRP for the Exotics EX10 driver is $349.99. touredge.com

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Bridgestone TourB Series

Bridgestone TourB XD-5 driver
Bridgestone TourB XD-5 driver. Bridgestone Golf

Bridgestone Golf's TourB Series is a premium, limited-issue set of clubs topped by three models of driver:

  • TourB XD-3 model: 455cc clubhead size, round shape with deep face to promote a medium launch, neutral shot shape.
  • TourB XD-5 model: 460cc head, flatter, shallow-face design to promote a high-launching draws.
  • TourB XD-7 model: 445cc head, classic pear shape that encourages low launching, fade-biased shot shape.

All three models include adjustable hosels that allow for eight different combinations of face angle and lie angle. A set of interchangeable weights also comes with each driver to affect shot shape and trajectory.

Stock shaft options include premium offerings from the likes of Mitsubishi Diamana, Fujikura, UST Mamiya and Aldila. Availability begins in mid-Spring and the drivers will be priced at $699.