by Frank J. Peter
In this review we take a closer look at the cousin of the highly popular GX Squared Ti Driver which we have reviewed previously on this website. We have received many questions about which of these two clubs to choose, so I think it's warranted to give the GX Squared Ti Draw Driver some special attention.
The GX2 Draw Driver is built after Callaway's FT-I Draw Driver and was specifically designed for golfers who are troubled by regularly fading or even slicing their tee shot. Even for golfers who hit their ball straight a draw can be beneficial as it can add quite a few yards to your drive, more on that below.
Here's how it works
A draw, from a right-handed golfer's perspective, is a shot that starts out to the right and then gently curves back left, basically the opposite of a fade (You can learn how to play a draw using your standard club i.e. by watching an instructional DVD on the subject). If you constantly hit a fade (ball curving to the right for RH players) a draw biased club should be able to offset this problem. Let's look at why the ball fades in the first place:
On address, when you align the clubface of your driver exactly perpendicular to the target line the face angle is considered 'neutral'. The effect is that, upon absolutely square impact, the golf ball will fly straight along the intended target line. However, many golfers, especially those who have a tendency to regularly fade or even slice the ball, have difficulties to deliver the club face in an absolutely square (perpendicular) position. Upon impact their clubface tends to be a bit open, which in turn causes the golf ball to slide or roll across the club face towards the toe of the club. This sliding/rolling puts some side spin on the ball which makes the ball go off the target line. The more open your club face is the more side spin the ball gets, and the worse your slice will be.
In order to compensate for this open club face problem you have three options:
work on your swing
buy a driver with a closed club face angle: when you put the club down at address the club face actually points towards the left (for RH golfers)
buy a driver that has some extra weight put into the heel of the club head. This causes the clubface to automatically close faster, thereby preventing a fade or slice. When struck 'normally' this would cause a hook, but for a slicer it may actually correct the open club face problem and result in a straight shot down the target line. The GX Squared Ti Draw Driver works on this principle.
If a player without a fade or slice problem hits a draw-biased driver he/she will deliver the clubface slightly closed, thereby imparting a spin in the opposite direction as mentioned above. This causes the ball not only to slightly curve from right to left but also adds quite a bit of roll. This extra roll makes a draw shot highly desirable and is a great skill if mastered well.
Let's go and play...
The GX Squared Ti Draw Driver combines the advantages of a square driver head (as discussed in the review of the neutral GX square driver) with the benefits of drawing a golf shot as described above. Our low handicap testers were able to easily induce a draw on purpose, while our high handicap testers appreciated the reduction in the severity of their dreaded slice.
This, together with the forgiveness when hitting the ball off-center make this a great club. If you slice the ball with almost every club you should take a lesson or two from a good pro to work on your swing. If you mostly fade or slice your driver but are reasonably ok with your other clubs you should get the GX Squared Ti Draw Driver.
The club delivers on its promise. Starting from US$88.50 the GX Squared Ti Draw Driver this is great value for money.