I know that some of you are sceptical about performance gains offered by manufacturers each season. This year there are definitely some gains to be made for most people. This year could be Epic.
Lets start with the big one that has been getting a lot of media attention the Callaway Epic driver. So far I have seen improvements with everyone that I have fitted for it ranging from 10-25 yards. This is also a very straight driver, a real winner this season I think. Custom fitting is a must with it as there is a lot of adjustment. The only way to see maximum performance is with your spin and launch optimised for your swing. I have been lucky enough
to have 18 holes with the Epic GBB and found shaping left (draw) much easier for me than my 2016 M1 and as a result gained a good amount of distance.
If you haven’t seen any of the press about the Epic (where have you been?) the new technology in this club is two titanium rods hold internally the sole of the club to the crown. In conventional driver design when a ball hits the face the crown and sole bulge and take some power away from the face. Callaway’s solution stops this from happening and reduces any loss of ball speed. Ball speed equals extra distance normally hence this driver is longer than anything else I have tested for me so far this year.
I also look forward to testing the new Callaway Chrome soft X ball. I read in a recent american blog that this ball out performed the competition recently during testing by up to 6 yards.
Cobra F7 woods are all in stock now. Cobra offer an extended selection of shafts for wood fitting this season making these real contenders. The drivers are sub £300 with Arccos chip installed. This chip located in the grip will log your driving distance when paired with your smart phone. The F7 fairway woods and hybrids have sole rails to minimize turf drag at impact something that could prove to be very useful in the Scottish links turf. This technology is also used in their hybrids.
Mizuno JPX 900 irons have been performing very solidly and with the shaft options that all come at no extra charge fitting Mizuno’s is a breeze. I can’t wait for the JPX 900 woods to arrive.
Keep an eye on my website and social media accounts for further updates. Once the weather gets back to normal here in East Lothian on course testing will resume again.