26 April 2013
Last Updated: 09 July 2013
In this video TG Instruction Editor Kit Alexander reviews Rory McIlroy's new driver on our 2013 test.
Instantly, your eye is drawn to the rich, red on the crown and the Nike Swoosh near the hosel – but our testing team didn’t mind it.
In fact, all the testers apart from Kit said they liked the red design. Joel tried the smaller-headed Covert Tour version and it was an instant hit. His dispersion was on average five yards left of target and he hit his longest drive of the day.
James liked the slightly heavier stock Kuro Kage shaft and deeper face on the Tour version that offered surprising levels of forgiveness. Some felt the sound was a little muted, but all enjoyed being able to tweak the face to suit their swings easily. Chris was impressed with the forgiveness of the standard version while Graeme felt this was the best looking driver on test.
Pros: An eye-catcher on the course and the performance backs it up. The head is classy and the simple, independent adjustability increases the shelf appeal.
Cons: We found distance wasn’t as impressive for lower swing speeds and the Tour version didn’t offer great forgiveness. The Tour version is £100 more expensive at £349.