Tuesday, February 07, 2017

CATEGORY: Better Player Drivers

PRICE: $700

WE TESTED: 9.5° (adjusts 1° open to closed face angle) with Aldila Rogue Silver, Fujikura Speeder Pro, Mitsubishi Diamana BF and Kuro Kage XT graphite shafts.

KEY TECHNOLOGY: Expect a higher launch angle and more spin with an 8-gram weight in the back heel and a 2-gram weight near the clubface.

 

DISTANCE

One of the higher-rated models; once you get it dialed in, it's as good or better than most; plenty of zip, with crushing drives from time to time.

 

"Definitely delivers the goods... great sound and smooth feel."

PLAYABILITY

As good as most for shotmaking; testers can vary trajectory and turn over shots at will; the XD-7, a more compact head in the same family, offers even more workability than the XD-5.

 

 

CONS

The XD-5 doesn't fly quite high enough for a few players; not enough forgiveness for some guys; lack of alignment aid on the crown can be bothersome at address.

Bridgestone Tour B XD-5 Hot Stix graph

Bridgestone Tour B XD-5 performance stats.

 

BOTTOM LINE

One of the top models tested offers an impressive combination of distance, playability and feel. Bridgestone is known for balls, not drivers, but the XD-5 might change that. It belongs on your short list.

 

 

 

 

Listen to the Tour B XD-5 at Impact

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