By Joel Tadman published
The Benross HTX range of woods and irons is designed to offer performance through use of high quality materials and components at an affordable price to the golfer
British brand Benross launched in 1997 in a bid to offer golfers an affordable alternative that didn’t cut costs on components, and almost a decade later it is still launching clubs that fulfil that ethos.
For 2016 this includes two new drivers that feature powerful sole slots and premium Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage shafts to boost distance and control.
The HTX driver (£129.99) is also weighted to favour a low and rearward centre of gravity (CG) that boosts forgiveness and increases the launch angle to make dispatching drivers on a higher and longer trajectory easier.
It is joined by the HTX type R (above, £179.99), a better player driver that has the CG positioned more forwards to reduce spin and the same Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver TiNi shaft you’ll find as an option in many of 2016’s drivers that will retail at double its price. It also has adjustable loft by +/- up to 1.5° on the hosel to personalise the flight to suit your shot shape.
Both models also feature a new CT Response Channel that springs to maximise ball speed, plus a Golf Pride Tour Velvet grip as standard. Read the latest issue of Golf Monthly to see how the Benross drivers fared in its big Driver Test.
Like its new drivers, Benross has also unveiled a fairway wood, hybrid, and two iron sets that are designed to uphold the same principles of value and performance.
Like the drivers, the HTX fairway (£89.99) and hybrid (£79.99) feature a CT Response Channel – a slot that springs at impact – and heat-treated faces that Benross say make them the longest it has ever produced.
There are also HTX irons (5-SW £299.99 KBS Tour 90 steel or £349.99 Kuro Kage Black graphite) that feature heat-treated faces for faster ball speeds and Torsion Control Bars across the cavity that increase stability to boost heel and toe forgiveness.
For players after a little more workability, the HTX type R irons (5-SW £379.99 KBS Tour 90 steel or £429.99 Kuro Kage Black graphite) still feature heat-treated faces to increase ball speed, but utilise progressive top lines through the set to blend short game control with long game forgiveness.
The Benross HTX range is on sale now.
Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf.
During these enjoyable years he has had some money-can't-buy experiences, like interviewing Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy one-on-one and covering the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor.
One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 87 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 4.7.
Joel's current What's In The Bag?
Driver: TaylorMade SIM2, 9°
Fairway wood: Titleist TSi3, 15°
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18°
Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-PW
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and 58°
Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x
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