I’ve said it before: there’s more to life than the name brands.
Imagine for a second you’re in the market to buy a new car- but you can only choose between a Chevy, Ford, or Dodge. What if you wanted an Audi, or a Kia?
That’s how it feels, to me, at least, that the game’s rigged in today’s golf stores like that. Maybe that’s where I can come in: with a list of 5 “unknown” driver brands that just might fit your bill.
We’re going to run the gamut of price points, so whatever your budget is, there should be something for everyone.
1. Acer X-series.
The Acer X series from Hireko Golf is a solid offering for every golfer. They’re currently on the XV line, with model lines (from newest to oldest) consisting of the XS, XF and XK.
I’ve used the XK and the XF and really liked them. I stepped away from them, for now anyway, to test out different adjustable-hosel models. The XK has more of a triangular shape, but the others are the classic “pear”.
Straight off the site the XV sells for $124.95, but you can customize the shaft and grip for an upcharge. Length can also be adjusted.
While this list isn’t in a specific order, I’m putting this at the top because A) I really like the Acer line, and B) because as a brand they really try their hardest to cater to lefties. That’s a big deal to me.
2. Bombtech Golf.
The Grenade is a popular driver on many of the
golf forums. They offer a “longest driver” guarantee as well as a 60 (sixty!) day trial period!
Personally, I haven’t used the Grenade, but as I mentioned it has a cult following.
I like their business model: they only offer their products from their website, but they give you 60 days to try it out. They believe in custom-fitting, while shunning pro sponsorships.
3. Diamond Tour Golf.
Having used Turner models in the past; I know what these are capable of.
They get a bad rap because they’re clone golf clubs, but IBM, Cleveland Golf and Ibanez (guitars) started out as clones, too.
Before I started GLG I hit-test the Turner True Speed Ablaze against its counterpart, the TMaG Burner. Using a Club Connex adaptor to maintain control variables, the Turner was a fairway finder compared to the Burner. It was a little shorter, but not by much.
4. Alpha V5 LX.
Another driver I’ve never used. This is the most expensive driver on this list at $378 (base model). The catch to this one, as of this writing, is only available in 9* and RH-only.
Needless to say, I won’t be testing/using it anytime soon. But that shouldn’t stop any of you if you meet the criteria.
I will say that it’s one of the most beautiful drivers I’ve seen. It looks sleek, and the all-black finish is sharp. According to Dr. Yeh, founder of Alpha Golf, the V5’s focus is “(m)aximum smash factor”, and he “can honestly say that the new V5 LX is the highest smash factor driver we’ve ever created.”
5. Maltby KE4 ST-2.
This driver is kind of the “wild card” of the bunch. It’s only available in component form; that means, no shaft or grip options when you buy it.
If you’re handy, it’s possible that you can buy whatever shaft, grip and ferrule you want and assemble it yourself. As mentioned in the comments, GolfWorks will assemble it for you, with prices starting at $129.99. Or, you could always contact me and I can do it for you!
A nice feature with this driver is the adjustable screw. It comes in 7 options ranging from 2 to 14 grams, to really fine-tune your swing weight.
There you have it. Remember, whatever you decide to buy, get it fitted! You may find your perfect driver, but it can quickly betray you if you don’t get the right loft, length, swing weight, overall weight, grip size, etc. for your particular swing and body type.
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