Hippo Giant 420S Tour driver

Hippo have succeeded in designing an elegant driver that performs well

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HIPPO GIANT 420-S TOUR £149

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THE LOOK

The large club head immediately gives the impression that it might be able to punch above its' weight. The look is similar to that of the more expensive drivers, admirably combining elegance and power.

THE DESIGN

The Giant Hippo 420 -S driver features a back weighted centre of gravity designed to help get the ball up into the air easily.

THE PERFORMANCE

As its name suggests the Giant Hippo is one of the heavier drivers in this feature, making it seem a little easier to control. When struck well it produces a sharp, loud noise followed by a surprisingly high, strong flight. Unfortunately, it lacks both the distance and forgiving strike of some of the more expensive drivers but at £149 that's not surprising.

THE VERDICT

Hippo have succeeded in designing an elegant driver that performs well. Any mid or high handicap golfer who strikes the ball well, should be able to hit those high impressive drivers that scream class.

Neil Tappin
Editor

In July 2023, Neil became just the 9th editor in Golf Monthly's 112-year history. Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he has also presented many Golf Monthly videos looking at all areas of the game from Tour player interviews to the rules of golf. 

Throughout his time with the brand he has also 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 2 Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSR2 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