One of the fun things about golf is trying new things. Trying someone else's driver, putter, pitching wedge, shoes, whatever. You always want to see how one of your buddies clubs matches up with your swing. And golf clubs are expensive, so when some poor schmuck goes and spends that money, then it's customary that you try it out.
So when Melissa Scheffler wanted to try out the Hammer X driver for our weekly Does It Work segment on Eyewitness News, I was all about it. Now I will admit, I have a little backstory with this club. I watch the Golf Channel and I've seen this club hawked out there for all the world to see for YEARS. If you haven't seen the informercial for the club, find a computer, search for it and enjoy. It's not only golfing gold but it's internet/TV gold.
The product, pitched by Jack "The Hammer" Hamm, claims to add 30-50 yards to your drive and that it makes golf easy again.
So not ever getting a chance to test it before, I had to try it out.
We headed to Crestview Country Club and in the rain and cold, we whacked that thing until we were satisfied. Tyler Bolin, the assistant club pro at Crestview, was our "expert" for the tests. He set me on the launch monitor and we got numbers, then he did the same. Then we tested the Hammer X and tried to compare it. Easier said than done.
First off, the head is just wild to look at. It's the opposite technology of a conventional driver in that the sweet spot is smaller but all the force is at the front of the driver face. Then once you swing it, you notice something else: the shaft is SUPER weak. Very whippy, even in a stiff version. But it had a nice new grip.
So we whacked away, trying to get a handle on this thing. The whippy shaft didn't make it very easy to accomplish that. I swing fast and so does Tyler. It was very hard to control the trajectory and direction on every swing. If it did add distance, it was hard to tell. And if you hit outside the sweet spot, the ball isn't going very far.
The Hammer aka Hamm is a very good athlete, thats why in the infomercial, he is actually hitting it pretty far. His hand eye coordination is incredible and thus, he can whip that weak shaft to time up with the club head. But the average golfer isn't that good of an athlete, and the ones that are wouldn't be able to control the Hammer X.
If you want to hit the ball longer and straighter? Go work out, shed some pound and strengthen your core muscles. Then, go see a PGA professional and get fitted for your specifications. Finally, don't grunt like he does in the commercial.