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Wood Review: Titleist 975D Driver

by John Kim

Titleist 975D Driver: - The club that made Justin Leonard and Davis Love III finally switch to metal head drivers. This is a very popular club for top professionals and for good reason. If you have a great swing, this is a great club. Keep in mind the caveat there, it's very important. "If you have a great swing...." I talked to a man on the range who couldn't understand why he could not hit the ball 250 yards and on-line with this driver like Tiger Woods did with the very same club. I asked him what his handicap was...and like his age....30 something. We brought out a different club for him and he began to hit the ball noticeably better. When I asked him if he might reconsider what he carries in his bag, he said "no". Heck if Tiger can hit it, why can't he? I think he is going to remain a 30 something handicap for awhile. On the flip side, many of the better players I know use and love this club.

The Good: This is a great driver. It looks sleek and powerful, not too big and instills confidence to shape shots and hit with distance. If you can hit this club consistently, it is a tremendous asset to your bag.

The Bad: Not for Joe Average. Definitely geared towards the better players. Poor hits are severely punished in distance and direction. If you need some help from your club, don't look here. Also, kind of pricey, though the prices do seem to be dropping a little.

Overall: Be honest with yourself. If you are a true single digit handicap - this might be the driver you've always wanted. If you are a mid to high handicapper and just want to look cool, invest in some nice windshirts. This driver is not for you.

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