Benross HTX drivers

GM's Benross HTX and HTX Type R drivers review

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Golf Monthly Verdict

While it may not offer any standout performance attributes, the Benross HTX driver doesn’t fall short in any either. The feel and consistency rivalled models twice the price, meaning it offers excellent value for budget-conscious golfers. The Type R driver delivered good numbers and a pleasing, solid feel at impact. While not being especially forgiving, distance on well-struck drives was comparable with most other drivers and there were more-than-acceptable levels of control on offer. This model will suit consistent, fast-swinging golfers looking to save a few pounds.

Reasons to buy
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    Excellent all-round performance given the price. Both these drivers feel solid and will achieve good numbers in the right hands.

Reasons to avoid
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    Lacks forgiveness on really poor strikes. Faster swingers may require a stiffer shaft option in the Type R model that is currently not available.

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Golf Monthly's Benross HTX drivers review, two lower price-point models with different performance characteristics aimed at different types of golfer

Key technology The non-adjustable, HTX 460cc driver features a three-piece titanium construction and a low, rearward CG for high MOI and increased launch to improve carry distance while maintaining control. A CT Response Channel behind the face increases flexion at impact for more distance. Utilising an advanced vacuum casting process, the adjustable HTX Type R features a thinner crown that moves the CG lower for lower spin and a more penetrating ball flight.

Shaft Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Black (TiNi in the Type R version)

Golf Monthly Review In a year where driver prices have increased, Benross’ prices have come down, yet this doesn’t seem to have affected the quality of finish or performance. The alignment mark was a little too large for our test team, but all enjoyed the crown’s shape and unique finish.

The HTX certainly delivers more spin and forgiveness than its Type R sister, which will suit the slower-swinging golfer who needs more help on off-centre hits and in keeping the ball in the air for longer.

The HTX Type R spins considerably less than the standard HTX model – around 400rpm on average – meaning our faster swingers got extra distance. For faster swingers an X-flex shaft, currently not available, may improve performance further but adjusting the loft and face angle will help optimise ball flight.

 

 

Joel Tadman
Technical Editor

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. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.


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 3.3.


Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-7 iron, TaylorMade P7MC 8-PW 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and a Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge 

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x