As from 1st January a long list of drivers were banned from competiton following the new laws governing driver design, though you can still use them for social use.
This is not such a big problem for someone like myself. I only started playing last year and am still not playing to a handicap, so currently not looking to add my name to any golf club competitions. In fact the ban helped me!
Golf News stated that a recent survey showed 75% of golf club golfers knew whether their driver would be deemed illegal or not; and so the second-hand market became awash with good quality drivers. I picked up a left-handed Taylor Made BurneR 860 in excellent condition on ebay last November for a measly £26!
I will be aiming to join a golf club and play to a handicap this year, and if all goes well may even consider entering a competition or two, but£26 including postage & packingstills seems like a bargain. The Taylor Made Burner is awesome and so much more forgiving and accurate to use than my very cheap Wilson Firestick which I bought new this time last year for £30.
The banned list of so-called ‘hot face’ drivers include the Callaway ERC II and the Big Bertha II, Taylor Made r7 Quad Max and all 300 series drivers with an ‘R’ on the front. Cobra 414 & 454 are listed, as are Titleist drivers with the ‘H-Cr’ logo stamped on the clubface toe.
For the complete list of banned drivers and the new rules regarding the ban, visit www.randa.org