What's New for Holiday Shopping

The manufacturers are introducing new drivers and line extensions over the next 60 days, most of which are available now for holiday shopping. Two observations:

1.  Most of the new drivers emulate TaylorMade in design, whereas TaylorMade's newest driver will not debut until after the PGA show in January.

2.  Adjustable clubheads and the ability to swap out shafts have become the raison d'etre for the TM wannabe's. This trick has replaced clubhead size and material composition in new driver design, and it may be working its way down the line through the rest of the clubs in your bag.

Ping and Titleist continue to make drivers that look the way Ping and Titleist clubs have looked for the past six years, albeit with replaceable shafts (Titleist 910) or a draw bias (Ping K). Callaway is experimenting, again, with a clubhead that has no titanium in it (Diablo Octane), and is offering drivers in three price points. It will interesting to see how that plays out.