Driver ideas! To replace those illegal clubs

By January non-conforming drivers break the law. So try these, instead!

Posted: 11 October 2007
by Bob Warters

Street legal: King Cobra L4V driver

A pal of mine is still using his beloved four-year-old King Cobra SS 430 Unlimited driver, hoping to slip under the radar when new R&A regulations make this and many other non-conforming drivers, illegal for club competitions from January 1, 2008.

Despite crushing it past most of his playing partners, who have already switched to conforming drivers, he thinks no one will notice he's still using 'trampoline effect' technology, outlawed from the end of December, despite its illegality being threatened two years ago.

News of outlawed equipment still being used at most courses, travels faster than a Greek forest fire!

I've suggested he might like to consider a number of options I spotted this week at the Golf Europe trade show in Germany, including the latest King Cobra L4V driver, which claims to push four R&A performance limits to the edge of illegality.

Renowned for delivering massive sweetspots, forgiveness and distance, Cobra has introduced a carbon composite crown and sole section and tungsten back-weighting in its L4V which will be available in X, F and M models, each speed tuned to the golfer’s ball speed 'for maximum distance and accuracy.'

The L4V (recommended priced £296) is not due for launch until Spring 2008 in the UK but a limited number will be available through selected Cobra stockists from November.

Another option are two new drivers from Benross, who, rather than follow the copy cat approach in square drivers elected to develop the Innovator (£129) and the VeloCT (£99.99).

The Innovator( above left) features an arch-shaped head to help resistance to twisting of the face from off-centre hits and a trajectory control system (TCS) of various interchangeable weights. Complete with milled face, its available in 10, 12 and Max 14-degree lofts with stiff, regular or lite shaft in right hand only.

The lightweight, pear-shaped Velo CT driver (above right) incorporates thin crown technology (CT) to create a low centre of gravity for high launch and a milled face for consistency. ultimate consistency. Loft options at 10-, 12- and Max 14-degrees for right-handers and a Max 14 for lefties with stiff, regular, lite or ladies shaft options.

Latest golf drivers
Snake Eyes' marketing manager Emma Di-Carlo with the company's latest products, including the new Viper driver

The Snake Eyes brand, based in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, has always been associated with high quality custom-fitted wedges used by many Tour players but is fast gaining a reputation for other hardwear, including its latest sinister-looking Viper Ti 460 Tour driver. With its black shaft and black plasma head its looks the kind of driver Darth Vader would use on a galactic golf course.

As well as three interchangeable weights to find the most suitable trajectory its features a tactile, black Aldila NV Pured shaft all for £199, with four shafts options between 9 and 12.5 degree.

MD Golf, from Northern Ireland has a strong following either side of the Irish Sea and continue to deliver good quality products for golfers who don't have deep pockets.

Its latest driver - Superstrong EQL Ti460 will be available in traditional, square and offset models, with 9.5-, 10.5- or 12.5-degree lofts with a choice of Proforce V2 or Proforce 65 Tip Active graphite shafts. Price for all models is £99.

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Have you joined the amnesty on non-conforming drivers yet? Or are you planning to sell yours to an unsuspecting 'new' golfer? What driver do you fancy among the latest crop? ED

Posted: 11/10/2007 at 15:28

Titleist 907 D2

Posted: 11/10/2007 at 15:39

none of the new drivers appeal to me much. I'd really love a Titleist 905R, but have been playing around with component clubs. Just bought an Integra SoooLong Graph ti.

Posted: 11/10/2007 at 15:45

Picked a 905R up for £70, couple of days ago. Going to give it a bash at the weekend.

Posted: 11/10/2007 at 15:48


One thing is for sure - if I get a new driver it will not be square,  carbon composite, or have screws, wings, powerbows, sipes, dents, rudders, spines or garish yellow, lime green, orange, pink, red or purple colour schemes. It will not sound like a car crash when hit and will just have the name on the bottom and the degree of loft. 

.....ahhhh!! Sounds just like the Ping Si3 380 I've already got and all Ping drivers are legal.

Easy option

Posted: 11/10/2007 at 15:55


 Have you seen or heard anything about the clubs from Orka golf. A club maker friend had a driver head for trial, but it was stolen on his first outing. The kii and xr models looking interesting.


Posted: 11/10/2007 at 20:41

Interesting, have one near me.

Posted: 11/10/2007 at 20:46

I have an Orka KII driver and love it. May be because it was properly fitted but it is the only driver I have hit straight and consistantly and I have wasted money on all sorts of drivers (Burner, R7 460, Integra I Drive, Hippo Hex) before getting it right. Think they represent good value and are worth a go. I am hoping to ahve a go with the Kii irons and fairways soon.

Posted: 11/10/2007 at 21:06

Not decided yet as my old Callaway Hawkeye VFT is on the wanted list. I'm not sure to wait to near to spring next year once all the new clubs are released and see what is left. I also want to buy a new set of fitted irons first anyway.

I'd also be interested in clubs like the Geek people have mentioned on here as it seems to have a review good advoates on the boards.

 The one thing I will be sure of though is that I will get fitted and make sure I spend my money wisely.

Posted: 11/10/2007 at 23:22

that orka stuff looks very good, rapture style and burner type design

looking for A new hybrid so any idea's how they compare ??

as for drivers who knows i have a ignite + and a titleist 983 H-CR so money has been wasted there  

Posted: 12/10/2007 at 07:59

Did an article on Orka when they were first introduced in June. You must have missed it, Stuart:

Also reviewed the Kii irons:

Tried two different shafts in the XR drivers haven't found one to suit...yet. Will be visiting an Orka fitting centre on October 18 to check out the Kii driver. ED

Posted: 12/10/2007 at 09:33

Ping G5 offset, which I managed to pick up for a very good price. I wasn't bothered that the G10 was being released as my Pro told me there wasn't going to be much difference between the two.

So, I've a Mizuno Blue Fire, 10.5 degree stiff shaft driver going cheap if anyone's interested?

Posted: 12/10/2007 at 12:46

Already traded my trusty Cobra SS430 for an R7 425 - and I thought the Cobra was long

Do miss the sound on take off though

Posted: 12/10/2007 at 13:09

and got £55 off eBay for it - local shop refused a trade in saying they wouldn't get anything for it!

Posted: 12/10/2007 at 13:47

 I have just gone back to my legal TM R540, trouble is it means  going back to 10.5 degree from 12* degree TMR580 although maximum shot distance is about the same the dispersion is not.

Posted: 12/10/2007 at 13:53

I would add that having been to every club demo going so far this year my choice has probably come down to the Wilson DD6+ , more bang for less bucks.

Posted: 13/10/2007 at 09:30

Hi All - I am the owner of ORKA Golf so can answer any questions on the brand as it is relatively new, but growing fast.

ORKA Kii Driver has just had a great review in National Club Golfer, and there have been a number of good write ups on the other products:

The Kii hybrids are excellent, great distance and control with plenty of shaft options on all products.

Thanks for all your support.

Posted: 15/10/2007 at 14:39

Have just bought a Callaway FT-3 Draw to replace my ERC II

Posted: 16/10/2007 at 13:04


How many putts do you typically take in a round of golf?
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