A New Standard (because you deserve better)

It's time for a new Gold Standard in club testing.

For years golfers have looked to a certain list to provide guidance for their new club purchases, but as the game has changed and new technologies have emerged, the List has remained the same.

Rather than show the actual data that proves one club out performs another, they coddle the golf companies (also their advertisers and #1 source of revenue), and award points for style (looks, sound, and feel), the arbitrary notion of innovation (it's only innovative if it actually works), and even throw in a few bonus points for effective advertising (they call it buzz). And when all is said and done, everybody gets a medal.

You deserve better.

That type of thinking that's turning us into a nation of spoiled pansies who expect to be rewarded just for showing up. Sorry Sally, when performance is the only thing that matters, you don't need to run your club test like a 3rd grade Science fair. Not everybody gets a trophy.

At MyGolfSpy our club testing is Datacratic. We don't care about names. We care about performance - and performance only. The best drivers in golf are determined based on the data, and not a damn thing more.

QUICK STATS

:: 13 golf companies
:: 17 Drivers
:: Over 30 hours of testing
:: More than 3000 golf balls hit
:: 41,000 unique data points
:: 100% of the results determined by the data
:: The most thorough club testing in the industry today

Meet the Participants

Price

 

Adjustable

 

Lofts

 

Shaft

 

Flex

 

Length

 
Adams Speedline Super S
$299.95
Yes³
All-in-One (9.5°-11.5°)
Matrix Radix S
A,R,S,X
46"
Adams Speedline Super LS
$399.95
Yes
8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°
Mitsubishi Kuro Kage
S,R,X
45.0"-45.5"
Callaway RAZR Fit Xtreme
$399.99
Yes
8.5°,9.5°,10.5°, 11.5°,13.5°
Aldila Trinity, Matrix 7m3
A (Lite),R,S,X
45.5"
Callaway XHOT
$299.99
Yes
8.5°¹,9.5°,10.5°, 11.5°, 13.5°
Project X Velocity
A, R, S (5.5, 6.0, 6.5)¹
46", 45.75"¹
Cleveland Classic XL
$329.99 $249.99
Yes
7.5°, 9.0°, 10.5°, 12°²
Miyazaki JDL 6
R,S,X
45"
Cobra AMP Cell
$299.99  $399.99¹
Yes
All-In-One
Fujikura Fuel, Kuro Kage¹
A,R,S S,X¹
45.75" 45.25"¹
Geek No Brainer*
$289.99
No
6°,7.5°,9° 10.5°,12°
H. of Forged Aldila Phenom
Custom A,S,R,X
45"
Mizuno JPX-825
$299.99
No
9.5°, 10.5°
Fujikura Orochi
R,S,X
45.5"
Nike VR_S Covert
$299.99, $399.99¹
Yes
All-In-One 8.5°-12°
Kuro Kage Black, Silver¹
A,R,S R,S,X¹
45.75"
PING Anser
$399.00
Yes
8.5°,9.5° 10.5°,12°
See Below
A,R,S,X
45.25"
PING G25
$349.00
Yes
8.5°,9.5° 10.5°,12°
TFC80D TFC 189D
A,SR,R,S TS,TX
45.75"
PowerBilt Air Force One DF
$299.99
No
8.5°,9.5° 10.5°,12.5°
Fuji Motore F3
A,R,S,X
46"
TaylorMade R1
$399 $499¹
Yes
All-In-One 8.5°-12°
Phenom 55 Phenom 65¹
A,R,S,X R,S,X¹
45.5"
TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2
$299-$399
Yes
9.5°,10.5°,HL13° 9°,10°¹
RocketFuel Matrix 6Q3
A,R,S,X
45.5"
Titleist 913
$399.00
Yes
7.5°, 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 12°
See Below
A,R,S,X
45"
Wilson D-100
$299.99
No
9°, 10.5°, 12°
Matrix Ozik HD4.1
A,R,S
46"
Wishon 919THI*
$325.00
No
9°, 10.5°, 11°, 13°, 13.5°
Wishon S2S Black 65
R,S,X
44"
¹ Denotes Pro/Tour model Spec ² Cleveland Classic XL Custom not available in 12° so standard model was used * Wishon and Geek are custom/component companies who agreed to provide samples built to common specifications PING Anser Stock Shafts: PING TFC800D, Aldila Phenom, Fujikura Blur, Dianana 'Ahina, PING TFC80D Titleist 913 D Stock Shafts: Aldila RIP Alpha, Aldila RIP Phenom, Diamana D+, Diamana S+, Titliest Bassara W 50, Titleist Bassara W 50

Declined to Participate

The following companies were invited, but declined to participate in the driver test:

Alpha Golf - Current model is nearly end of life. New models are not yet available.
Tour Edge - Company policy is to not participate in head to head testing until the product has been on the market for 6 months.
Hireko/Acer - New model inventory was not available in time for testing.
Krank Golf - New model inventory was not available in time for testing.

Testing Procedures:

:: Testers were given adequate time to warm up.

:: Golfers hit between 5 and 15 shots (5 at a time) with a given club during each session.

:: Clubs for each session as well as the order in which they were hit were selected at random.

:: Each tester hit each club in our test on 3 different occasions (3 different days).

:: While individual numbers varied, each tester hit the same number of qualifying shots (non-misreads, solid contact) with each club in the test.

Scoring:

:: Launch Monitor misreads and gross mishits were dropped prior to scoring

:: Based on Total Driving (Point that results from Distance minus yards offline), proprietary formulas are used to trim outliers. From the remaining shots we determined individual scores for Distance, Accuracy, and Total Driving.

:: Each individual tester's score is relative to his own performance with each club tested. One tester's distance and accuracy is never compared to another's.

:: For example, when we calculate our distance scores, our slowest swing speed tester (~200 yard average), is never directly compared to our highest swing speed player (~290 average). Both scores are relative only to each's individual ability.

:: The same is true of accuracy. For example, an average of 20 yards offline might be very good for for one tester, and yet comparatively poor for another. Our scores always reflect differences in individual ability.

:: Scoring this way prevents any single tester...the guy who might be measurably longer than everyone else, or more accurate than everybody else, from exerting an unfair amount of influence over the final score.

:: The distance, accuracy, and overall (Most Wanted Driver in Golf) are determined based on the average score of the top 5 testers (the lowest score is always dropped to prevent a single poor performance from skewing the results).

Golf's Most Wanted Driver Results (Schedule)

We will begin publishing the results of the 2013 Driver Test next week.

:: Monday 4/15 we'll cover distance. For guys looking for the longest driver in golf, these are the results you must see.
:: Tuesday 4/16 we'll cover accuracy. Want to hit the ball straighter and play from the short grass more often? These are the clubs that can help you do that.
:: Wednesday 4/17 we'll reveal Golf's Most Wanted Driver; the club that our data says is the very best of 2013. And as we always do, we're going to PUBLISH the DATA.

The following week we will be publishing testing notes, behind the scenes info...that sort of thing. The data is the data, and we believe strongly in that....but there are always details that can't be seen with a simple yardage number and score, so we're going so share some of the more interesting insights and notes from our test.

Finally, we're going to provide mailbag links to allow all of you to ask whatever it is you'd like to ask about our test, the testers, the clubs, etc. Depending on volume we may not answer everything, but we are definitely looking forward to the opportunity to fill in any information you feel like we may have missed.