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BENROSS V6 COMPRESSOR £169
The 450cc head seems large even in a world of ever expanding drivers. The promise of power might be a hard thing to live up to. But don't forget, ofetn a forgiving strike will come with a large head.
The highly responsive Beta Ti face has an enlarged sweetspot for added forgiveness. Ideal for mid or high handicappers after a bit more consistency with the big dog.
This driver produces more of a powerful 'thud' than an attractive 'ping'. But drivers aren't made to sound pretty and this one will add a few yards to your tee shots. The bal flight was high - potentially difficult to control on a windy day.
TOTAL GOLF VERDICT
The ball flight was not as strong as some of the more expensive models but for £169, you'll get a solid strike and impressive distance. Benross might not be the name you'd immediatetly think but with an impressive range of clubs on offer at surprisingly low prices they're definitely worth a crack.
In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."
Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his time at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points.
Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSi2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X
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