Benross RIP Speed 2 driver

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The Golf Monthly test team reviews the Benross RIP Speed 2 driver, part of a Speed 2 Range featuring RIP, Max and Hot product lines

Benross RIP Speed 2 driver
Golf Monthly Verdict

PGA pro verdict As with many Benross products, this caught the eye, thanks to its high-quality finish and premium components. The sole design looks fantastic, and the performance on test matched the initial positive impression. Its design gives it a traditional look at address, and at impact the RIP Speed 2 has a very solid feel, producing a piercing, powerful trajectory. It was also very playable and forgiving, and I just wanted to keep using it - By Top 25 Coach John Jacobs

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The Golf Monthly test team reviews the Benross RIP Speed 2 driver, part of a Speed 2 Range featuring RIP, Max and Hot product lines

Components

1) Shaft options - Quality components are at the heart of Benross’ new Speed 2 range. This includes the shaft offering, which helps to keep spin to a minimum for faster-than-average swing speeds, without making ball flight too low. The Aldila ATX Tour Blue 65 is available in regular, stiff or X flexes as a custom build.

2) Grip - The classy components continue in the form of the Golf Pride New Decade MultiCompound grip, which comes as standard. The blend of feedback and grip is outstanding, and it’s a design that works in all conditions. The grip and shaft combination make this driver fantastic value.

Technology

3) Head design - The 450cc head is designed to be workable without sacrificing too much forgiveness. Weight is positioned so as to prevent the ball from ballooning when hit by those with quicker-than-average swing speeds.

4) Adjustability - Rather than offering a head that can be altered, Benross has three different Speed 2 models – RIP, MAX and HOT.

Aesthetics

5) Shelf appeal - Sole graphics catch the eye without being over the top, while the grip and shaft combination will appeal to many.

6) Address - Undoubtedly the best-looking driver head the Benross designers have produced. The head sits square, and the shape manages to look compact behind the ball without being intimidating.

Performance

7) Flight - Compared to the brand’s MAX and HOT drivers, spin is considerably reduced. The 10 degrees of loft still produces a pleasing, powerful ball flight, that will suit the eye of anyone with a quicker-than-average swing speed.

8) Distance - The distance on offer is very impressive, thanks to the powerful ball flight, reduced spin and a decent amount of roll. Those with slower swing speeds will benefit from trying the other models in the Speed 2 range.

9) Forgiveness - Although not as forgiving as the MAX and HOT models, because of the more compact head, the shaft and head combination produce consistent results. It’s definitely worth trying all three models to find the perfect blend of head, loft and shaft for your game.

10) Impact sound - Very solid and powerful, a note that many players will appreciate. The sound is noticeably different from the centre of the face, offering plenty of feedback.

Nick Bonfield
Content Editor

Nick Bonfield joined Golf Monthly in 2012 after graduating from Exeter University and earning an NCTJ-accredited journalism diploma from News Associates in Wimbledon. He is responsible for managing production of the magazine, sub-editing, commissioning and feature writing. Most of his online work is opinion-based and typically centres around the Majors and significant events in the global golfing calendar. Nick has been an avid golf fan since the age of ten and became obsessed with the professional game after watching Mike Weir and Shaun Micheel win The Masters and PGA Championship respectively in 2003. In his time with Golf Monthly, he's interviewed the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jose Maria Olazabal, Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Billy Horschel and has ghost-written columns for Westwood, Wayne Riley, Matthew Southgate, Chris Wood and Eddie Pepperell. Nick is a 12-handicap golfer and his favourite courses include Old Head, Sunningdale New, Penha Longha, Valderrama and Bearwood Lakes. If you have a feature pitch for Nick, please email nick.bonfield@futurenet.com with 'Pitch' in the subject line. Nick is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade M1 Fairway wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Hybrid: Ping Crossover Irons (4-9): Nike Vapor Speed Wedges: Cleveland CBX Full Face, 56˚, Titleist Vokey SM4, 60˚ Putter: testing in progress! Ball: TaylorMade TP5x