How to Put a Nitro Charge Into Your Drives

A rave review for PowerBilt’s nitrogen-charged DFX driver, as well as thoughts on the stylish ClubCrown alignment aid and a new etiquette guide for the barbarians in our midst.


PowerBilt DFX Driver

The Air Force One DFX is PowerBilt’s entry into the premium driver market.

I don’t usually do equipment or other product reviews, but a trio of new items has caught my attention.

First up is the PowerBilt Air Force One DFX Driver, a club I loved when I recently had the opportunity to give it a try. PowerBilt is a brand that doesn’t generally get the recognition of TaylorMade, Callaway, Titlelist, Nike and Ping. But that’s a shame. PowerBilt produces high-quality clubs at entirely reasonable prices. In fact, I still often use a set of PowerBilt irons I purchased more than 15 years ago.

The brand’s backstory is also fascinating. PowerBilt is a division of Hillerich & Bradsby Co., a family-owned business based in Louisville, Kentucky, that has been making golf clubs since 1916. But Hillerich & Bradsby is most famous as the producer of the iconic Louisville Slugger baseball bats.

ClubCrown alignment aid

ClubCrown’s STRIPE is both functional and stylish.

Starting at a price of $299.99 (US), the Air Force One DFX is PowerBilt’s entry into the premium driver market. Like every new club, it claims to be a step forward in technology. The innovation here is a “nitrogen charged” clubface. I haven’t a clue how that works, but I do know that I hit my 10.5-degree model as long and as straight as any driver I’ve ever used.

But don’t just take my word for it. Highly regarded club ranking website rated it fifth best among new drivers in 2014. Check out their review here.

All golfers, but especially high-handicappers, need to constantly work on their alignment. That’s why I think the ClubCrown STRIPE might catch on. The STRIPE is a customized alignment aid that can be installed on the crown of all metal woods in minutes. It’s the same width as a golf ball, won’t damage a club’s finish, and comes in over 70 military, collegiate and other designs. So, the STRIPE is both functional and stylish. The cost is $19.99 (US) each.

A perfect gift for golfers.

A perfect gift for golfers.

Finally, are you as tired as I am of golfers who haven’t a clue about proper course etiquette? Then gift your new golfing friends with the Golf Etiquette Quick Reference: A Golfer’s Guide to Correct Conduct by Yves C. Ton-That.

This colourful pocket-sized guide is a handy supplement to Golf Rules Quick Reference, Ton-That’s first guide, which sold more than one million copies and is said to be the best selling golf book in the United States. The cost is $12.95 (US), which seems a bargain considering the benefits it might reap for us all.