For the past couple of years, I have received many items to test and review. There has never been one that blew my mind as much as this driver. Upon receiving the Grenade driver from BombTech Golf, I was a little skeptical. Can a guy really get together with some college students and create a driver that is comparable to those already on the market? I mean these big companies have years of research and development put into each and every club they produce! How will this driver stand up to the test?
Let’s get started with some basic information about this driver. The Grenade is available in a 10.5 loft, and comes equipped with a Matrix shaft available in many flexes. On this shaft is a Pure grip which is guaranteed to stay playable for a year. The weight of the club head is 199 grams and it has a dual cavity design on the sole that is designed to increase aerodynamics and speed. Unknowingly, the dual cavities added another feature that was discovered at a later date. The pockets of air that are created actually aid in squaring the face of the driver! Now that is something no other company can claim. It’s almost as if the driver has self-correcting technology. With all of this, the 460cc driver is set up beautifully to launch the ball high with reduced spin. This creates a ball flight that looks like an airplane taking off, and it goes forever.
Launch monitor averages of the BombTech Golf Grenade Driver Vs. some O.E.M offerings:
The day I received the Grenade, I was beyond excited. I had seen it on the internet and was in love with the way it looked. Part of the reason I love the newer Ping drivers is because of the matte black finish they have on top. The Grenade possesses this same finish, but the beauty doesn’t stop there. The face has green grooves, the shaft is green, and the bottom of the club has a glossy black finish with green and white paint fill. The driver looks like it will shoot missiles, and that is just what it does. Aesthetically, this driver cannot be beaten in my opinion.
One of the easiest ways to put drivers head to head against each other is by using a launch monitor. I happen to have access to one so I put the Grenade against the four drivers I also had access to. Remember that I previously stated my skepticism with this driver. I hit the ball a long way. My driver swing speed is 110-115, and I usually hit the ball over 300 yards on average. When I put the Grenade against the TaylorMade R1, Callaway X Hot Pro, Titleist 913 D3, and Cleveland SL 270 (my personal driver) it became obvious that a driver change is nearing.
The Grenade had a very comparable launch and spin rating compared to the other drivers. The carry, total distance, and ball speeds from the Grenade were the best of the group, with the ball speed being between four and five miles per hour faster than the other competitors. These numbers are impressive, but what’s even better is the fact that the dispersion of this driver was the tightest by far. My accuracy with this driver was better than most. There is only one driver I’ve ever hit with better accuracy and it’s the driver I call my control driver. When I can hit the ball as far as I want with great accuracy, we have a scary combination in our hands.
Some say that sound and feel are directly correlated when it comes to a golf club. I’m not sure if this is true in all instances, but when sound and feel both equal awesome, they must be connected. Catching a shot in the sweet spot on this driver is like slicing a hot knife through butter. It is very similar to the feeling you get when you strike a forged iron purely. The sound of this driver is one that will make surrounding players turn their head, and for good reason. It isn’t obnoxious like the square-headed, sound barrier breaking drivers of a few years ago, but it also isn’t the usual sound you hear from a driver. I can’t find the words to describe the sound, but you can tell when it is killed. The face is very hot which is evident from the ball speed numbers mentioned earlier. This is likely due to the TI-1183 tensile strength beta titanium face. Like before, this driver is well above average in this category.
The Grenade driver is above and beyond what any driver should be when it is first released. I would never expect a driver company to bust onto the scene with something of this quality. Is this the best driver out there? Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. Each golfer has different needs, and this driver just happens to fit mine perfectly. I’ve never had a 10.5 degree driver work well for me. Usually they balloon on me, and won’t go very far. This driver just launches and goes. When I received the driver for review, I was told to pull the pin. I thought this was just a clever play on the name Grenade. After just a few swings, I come to the realization that he meant to pull the pin on the green, because this bad boy will launch the ball all the way to the green! Even the local PGA Pro took three swings with this driver, and he didn’t want to give it back. This driver should do very well if given the chance to shine.