The leading contender so far at the PGA Merchandise Show for the Most Surprising New Club is the Heavy Driver, brought to you by the folks at Boccieri Golf who created the popular Heavy Putter and followed it with last year's Heavy Wedge.
This year, after positive reactions to the wedge, Boccieri came to the show with the whole rest of the set, uh, heavy-ized. The driver. The fairway woods. The hybrid. The irons. And you know what? They were hot. I was among a long line of startled golfers who tried out the driver on the range at Orange County National during PGA Demo Day and, after busting long straight drive after long straight drive, stood there with mouth agape and said, Holy cow. Or expletives in a similar vein.
The ball had that wonderful feel that golfers love of just jumping off the driver's face. The clubs are somewhat counter intuitive. They are heavier but the secret, says founder Steve Boccieri, is that they are balanced. The driver's head weighs 208 grams, but by adding 50 grams to the butt end of the grip, the club is better balanced and suddenly a very manageable swing weight of B-6.