What we say...
Yonex’s engineers have come up with an octaforce pattern to remove extra weight from the crown and top of the face, which means more weight to locate to influence forgiveness, spin and launch. A lightweight carbon crown means a deep CG and improved forgiveness from this shallow and wide profile driver.
Whilst the big brands have gone carbon fibre crazy with their latest drivers, Yonex are keen to point out how they’ve been using the tech since the 90’s. The rules might limit driver head size nowadays but every year it seems some seriously smart engineer comes up with new ways to make 460cc heads look bigger than they actually are. The Elite literally is huge from face to back, and because it’s so big it’s not as deep as many of the other drivers we tested. Which for plenty of golfers means extra confidence and much needed launch. Across three testers the Elite produced ball speeds and carry distances spot on the test averages, which should be applauded considering the £199 price point.
Yonex are much bigger into golf in Japan than in the UK, but that’s actually a really good thing. It means you get all the benefits of their Japanese engineering and R&D for a reasonable price, which is not to be sniffed at. All in the Elite’s a solid, lightweight forgiving driver which in reality suits a whole bunch of club golfers, especially those not quite as young as they used to be.