MyGolfSpy's 2013 Ultimate Driver Test (Coming Soon)
Attention Fellow Golf Spys: This is happening!
Although we've been hinting at...and discussing in another thread, consider this the semi-Official Announcement that MyGolfSpy will be putting the hottest drivers of 2013 to the test, and head to head (providing a given manufacturer is willing to send them).
We're not spilling all the beans yet, but what I can say is that this will be the most intensive, and extensive test we've conducted to date. I will eventually provide more information on both the testing procedures and scoring.
Here's an excerpt from the invitation I sent to each OEM (slightly modified based on the current product offerings):
On behalf of MyGolfSpy I would like to extend and invitation for Company Name to participate in our 2013 Driver Test. We fully expect that this test will be the most comprehensive, data-driven club test conducted by anyone this season.
Our test panel consists of 6 golfers of differing ability levels. Launch monitor testing will take place over several days with each tester hitting each driver on multiple occasions.
Each participating manufacturer is invited to send 1 model of your choosing from the current product lineup. Pro/Tour heads from the same series will be considered to be of the same model.
To participate in our test we ask that you provide drivers with the following specifications:
7.5°-8.5° (8.5° preferred) X-Flex - Pro/Tour Head where applicable
9.0°-9.5° (9.5° preferred) S-Flex - Pro/Tour Head where applicable
9.0°-9.5° (9.5° preferred) S-Flex - Standard Head (disregard if no pro/tour option exists)
10°-10.5° (10.5° preferred) R-Flex
11°+ (12° preferred) R-Flex
Drivers should be of standard length and configured with "stock shafts" (any configuration available for off-the-rack retail purchase is acceptable).
Where multiple stock shaft options are available, we'll be happy to make recommendations based on our previous experience with our testers.
The invitation has been sent to 17 different manufacturers (the last few went out only moments ago). At this point we're not disclosing any more than we already have about who has been asked to participate. I'm sure you can make an educated guess here or there.
Although invitations were sent less than 24 hours ago, we've already received responses from 7 manufacturers, and each of those has agreed to participate.
As GolfSpy Matt and I are fond of saying, there's BS and then there is product in hand. Until it's the latter, it's the former. Point is...not everyone always sends what they say they will. To that end, as I did with the Ultimate Fairway Wood test, I will reveal the participants as the product arrives for testing.
Stay Tuned...and as always, feel free to ask any questions you may have.