Instant Classic: Cleveland Golf Driver a Beautiful Behemoth

As a guy who grew up playing woods made of a strange substance called wood, I find many of today’s drivers unappealing to the eye. There’s only one form a driver should take, and that’s pear-shaped.

Cleveland Classic Driver

Drooling yet?

So my heart skipped a beat when I saw Cleveland Golf’s new Classic Driver, due out early next year. Mahogany finish. Brass-colored face “insert” and sole plate. The word “Classic” scrolled on the crown as an alignment aid. Even a black leather head cover in a shape the company calls “RetroBarrel.”

Cue Homer Simpson drooling sound.

In a word, this is one gorgeous golf club. But that’s the end of the Cleveland Classic’s similarities with its ancestors. (You know, the ones made from trees.) The Classic maxes out the USGA volume allowance at 460cc, about three times the size of a persimmon driver head. Its face is massive – the deepest on the market, according to Cleveland. And off-the-rack models are powered by an ultralight Miyazaki graphite shaft.

While it’s not yet for sale to the public, the Classic has already been tested on Tour. In fact, 2011 Rookie of the Year Keegan Bradley used it en route to winning (with Brendan Steele) the Franklin Templeton Shootout last weekend.

Bradley, who strikes me as the traditional type, instantly fell for the club’s old-school aesthetics. “When I looked at the new driver, honestly, I loved it,” he gushed. “I love the gold face on it… You look down at the face and the thing that you focus on is the sweet spot. I think it’s brilliant. I think it’s gonna change the way drivers are made.”

Of course, Callaway, Ping, TaylorMade et al will have something to say about that. In fact, TaylorMade just introduced its new wood lineup, which carries a decidedly non-traditional name: RocketBallz.

May the best club win.



Ping i15 Iron Spy Pics

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Release date said to be around August 10th 2009. Check back later for more information.

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Ping G15 Driver Spy Pics

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The Ping G15 looks like it will be the driver model targeted to the average golfer. It has a massive overall club head size, which will give it a large amount of MOI. And it has a long deep body that should prove to be extremely forgiving, while still producing a lot of distance off the tee.

Release date is said to be around August 10th 2009.


Ping i15 Driver Spy Pics

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The Ping i15 looks like a pretty sweet players driver! Some of the features include: A dark black coating throughout the head and face. An extended hosel length, which some are saying may be intended for custom lie angle bending at the factory, depending on the buyers specifications. And finally, an increase in ball speed compared to the Ping V2 Rapture. The Rapture is already known as a ball speed behemoth, and one of the longest drivers on the market, so an upgrade to that should be amazing.

Release date is said to be around August 10th.


Ping Rapture V2 Driver

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Ping Rapture V2 Driver is a great club and as always we love Pings determination to fit the club to your own specifications. It's part of the new 2009 Rapture V2 series.

  • Materials: 460cc titanium body with external tungsten weight pads located in back, near heel and toe.
  • Specifications: Available in lofts of 9, 10.5, 12 and 13.4 degrees. Standard shafts are the Ping TFC939D (in flexes of Ladies, Soft R, R, S, and X) and Mitsubishi Diamana Blue (in flexes of R, S and X).
  • Fitting variables: Loft, shaft flex/type, shaft length, grip size/type, swing weight.

Ping Rapture V2 Hybrid

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The Ping Rapture V2 hybrid is another great club coming from the Rapture V2 2009 series.


  • oversize hybrid
  • scoop back
  • 17-4 stainless body
  • tungsten insert sole
  • super steel face insert
  • high launch - low spin

The main difference in the new V2 are the new loft options 17°, 20°, 23° & 27°. Ping seems to be wanting to market to those who want the option of replacing even a few more of their higher irons with hybrids.

Overall this is a very clean looking and well performing club, and is definitely a top choice when compared to the other hybrids currently on the market.

Ping Rapture V2 Fairway Wood

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The Ping Rapture V2 Fairway Wood is an addition to the new 2009 Rapture V2 series. Again this entire series is very solid all around, and we love the customization ping has always been known for.


  • Materials: 17-4 stainless steel body with tungsten sole plate.
  • Available in 3 (171cc, 16 degrees of loft), 4 (169cc, 17.5 degrees), 5 (165cc, 19 degrees) and 7 (160cc, 22 degrees) woods. Standard shafts are the Ping TFC939F (Ladies, Soft R, R, S, and X flexes) and Mitsubishi JavlnFX (R, S and X flexes).
  • Fitting variables: Shaft flex/type, shaft length, grip size/type, swing weight.

Ping S57 Irons

October 23, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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The Ping S57's have received nothing but rave reviews from tour players and others that have had a chance to hit them. They've added a tungsten toe weight to contribute to a higher moment-of-inertia and dual stabilizing bars to provide an optimized center of gravity location. These new features, along with the new chrome finish, offer a similar ping blade feel and absolutely make for one awesome club.  All of these things help produce a solid feel while  maintaining the control you would expect to get from a blade design.

Even though Ping still uses cast irons instead of forged, the new S57's are said to maintain a large amount of feel and softness. They also have a great color coordinated fitting system that cannot be overlooked when considering this set of clubs.

These Irons ship out sometime next month if ordered now on golf smith, and were just recently released.

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