Pros: Great Head Very Good Shaft. Exceptional Workability for A Member of The Light Crowd
Cons: Wished there were a beefier shaft options.
If you have been wondering whether or not the "Lighter Driver=More Swing Speed Theory" is a winner, all I can say at this point is---it depends. Cleveland has spent a lot of time and money researching this theory, and the results have come back mixed. It's proven to be a minor miracle for some, and a straight up "no-go" for others. A well known club designer, "Steve Almo" who designs club heads for The Long Drivers as well as the Bomb and Gouge Crowd says---"No." He points out that he worked for one of the greatest club designers of all time "Stan Thompson--He of Ginty Fame", and Stan swore up and down that the closer the shaft makers could get the shaft to be the same weight as air itself, was the key to designing a distance club. According to Mr. Almo, the light heads won't work unless you can get a viable shaft design that weighs roughly 25 grams.
Personally, I have had mixed results with the "Lighter is Better Crowd." When my swing is overwrought by Arthritis and Bursitis, and I can swing the driver at 85-95 MPH max on average--I have amazing success with these clubs. Regardless of maker, but by the time my swing starts to clock out at 92 MPH + I have to step up to a Stiff Flex in the shaft being offered. (Aldila VooDoo, Matrix Studio---you name it.) So it seems that there is a certain amount of viability to both arguments. By the time I do get in my prime, and loosened up, the moment my swing speed passes 100+, the benefits of the lighter club theory have begun to hit diminishing returns. The best I can see it is this way.
If you are getting on in age, or a high capper, or any other golfer who swings between 85-95 MPH----this is the best club for you....at least in "The Lighter Weight Theory Category." I tried it against The Cleveland Light Clubs, The Adams Light Driver (which also sported a similar Matrix Shaft", and in a side by side--The Wilson Staff D 100 was clearly the winner all around. Better balance, better distance, better feel, and more control of directionality.
With the caveat that you are going to swing within yourself, and not try to "Crush One Outta The Park", this club is 5 stars in distance. At 85 MPH in 10.5 Flex with a Regular Flex Shaft I was getting 225+ yards easily. That's pretty stellar distance for that swing speed. Included in that 225 was a decent amount of roll out. At 95 MPH I dropped down to a 9.5* model with the Stiff Flex Shaft, and begin to get a good 245+ yards. Again, for that swing speed, that is very good distance. All swings were well within themselves, and I never pulled out of form. They were all full swings at smooth tempos, with full, shaft to the back of the neck finishes.
Feel and Balance--4 Stars
Not that this one doesn't feel good, because it offers up all those things I treasure in a driver. Just a touch of ball cling to the face at impact, a nice resounding "POP" and then well shaped trajectories without any sudden changes of flatness or ball direction, unless said changes were intended, as initiated by swing tweaks. However, once I did start to crank it up more in the 98-105 MPH Range, there was a certain vagueness as to head location. None at the all important transition, but just a bit near the top of the back-swing, and a little bit post impact.
Balance is good on this club. Well above average. Again, those of you who like a nice smooth tempo, and match it with an 85-97 MPH Swing-speed are going to love the feel and balance of this club. One of my old friends, who swears by his Cleveland--"That damn Cleveland saved my game from the throes of Arthritis" picked up some more yards with this. He swears it is the feel and balance of the club that did it for him, and he gives it 5 stars. Then again---92 MPH is top end for his swing...so to each their own.
Workability--4 1/2 Stars
This club isn't intended for those fast swinging guys that can steer it around 90* doglegs left and right. Still, considering that it is built specifically for Joe Six Pack Weekend Warrior, it has amazing workability. The best analogy I can think of is a Honda Accord. Ever climb into one of those little utilitarian family sedans only to be blown away by how well it takes a corner? Next thing you know you're apexing the local "S" turns. That's this club. If you want to work a Powerfade, a baby draw, a high Draw, a bullet-ball----this club will do all of that and more. You may not see it on tour, but you don't see Honda Accords in The Grand Prix either.
Overall--4 1/2 Stars
I'd love to give this club a full 5 stars, but I can't. I would've loved to have bagged this club, but when the winter weather is over, and I'm golfing in the 100+ North Texas Heat, it's possible that my Swing Speed will overpower the shaft. That's what happened to me and my Adams once I started clocking 105 MPH Plus on average. That usually doesn't happen until July,and I'm anxious to see how well my Mizuno's shaft holds up in those conditions.