With its unique design and special tuning, you might be asking yourself, “What is the GX7 Driver, who makes it, and what does it have to offer?”. Thankfully you have come to the right place! Because today we will be taking a closer look at the GX7 driver and all that it has to offer.
In today’s review guide, we will discuss all the key features of the uniquely designed GX7 driver. Topics also covered in this article include shaft combinations, who the GX7 is best suited for, and an overview of the benefits and drawbacks that the driver presents. No stone will be left unturned in our quest to help you learn more about the GX7. Maybe you will even feel that the GX7 is the driver that you have been looking for!
With so much to cover, its time to get into our review of the GX7 Driver!
14° GX-7 “X-Metal” – Driver Distance
- YOUR CHOICE OF HAND: Choose the hand that matches the other clubs in your set. If you play right-handed irons, for example, choose right hand. MORE CONTROL & ACCURACY THAN TRADITIONAL DRIVER: The GX-7’s shorter length, smaller clubhead & iron-like leading edge allow you to swing it more like an iron & still hit long off the tee; Long-shafted drivers with big clubheads require more precise swings, perfect timing & are less forgiving on miss-hits
- CUSTOM DESIGNED FOR MID- TO HIGH-HANDICAP GOLFERS: Hot stainless steel face and perfectly-matched custom shaft deliver superior distance, optimum launch angle and ideal spin for golfers with slower swing speeds; Trackman data says typical golfer misses out on 30 yards off the tee; Get more carry and more roll with the GX-7; Perfect for any golfer who cannot hit his driver as far as he once could.
- FIVE CUSTOM SHAFT FLEXES: Stiff, Regular, Senior, Senior plus, and Ladies; Choose your shaft flex based on your swing speed; Higher speed = stiff; Slower speed = senior plus; All shafts designed exclusively for the GX-7 to optimize launch angle, spin rate and ball speed for regular golfers; Hit longer and straighter with less effort.
- LEGAL FOR TOURNAMENT PLAY: Conforms to the rules of golf; Save strokes without breaking any rules. Includes head cover.
- 1-YEAR MANUFACTURER WARRANTY AGAINST DEFECTS: High-quality construction backed by unbeatable warranty.
Since the GX7 isn’t your traditional driver, it has a couple of unique features that include:
- 267cc Clubhead
- Shortened Overall Length
- Higher Loft
- Iron-like Leading Edge
Perhaps the best way to describe the GX7 Driver is by saying that it is just a bit larger than a three wood yet smaller than a full-size 460cc driver. The theory of using smaller 267cc driver head vs a 460cc driver head is that a smaller clubhead will give just as much distance with more forgiveness.
Other features on the clubhead like a shortened shaft and leading edge are meant to give a more iron-like feel. That way golfers only need to master one swing to hit the ball well from both the tee and the fairway. Plus, for beginners, learning to swing an iron is usually much easier compared to the correct driver swing.
Overall, these features are meant to help increase overall forgiveness off the tee. This boost in forgiveness is a big advantage for golfers who have a hard time hitting traditional drivers consistently.
Loft, Flex, & Shaft Combinations
Many of today’s newest drivers come with several different lofts, flexes, and shaft combinations for golfers to choose from. All these different options let golfers customize their clubs to their personal game. The GX7 only allows slight customization but for a very good reason.
Currently, golfers can only choose between four different flexes which include Ladies, Senior, Regular, and Stiff. No other features can be customized. This means that each GX7 driver comes standard with 14 degrees of loft, a 43-inch graphite shaft (42 inches for ladies), and a 267cc driver head.
The reasoning behind limited options is that the GX7 driver is tuned specifically for amateur golfers who want optimal distance and forgiveness. So there is no reason to offer other options that may impact the overall performance of the club.
Who is best suited for the GX7
Autopilot, the maker of the GX7, specifically markets the driver as a driver made for amateurs. But just because you are an amateur golfer doesn’t mean the GX7 is the driver for you. The real target market is amateur golfers who continue to struggle using a traditional driver.
So if you have a swing speed less than 100mph, problems with a slice, or poor carry distance; the GX7 is for you! Because with a smaller clubhead and shorter shaft, the GX7 is much easier to swing compared to a traditional driver. This simpler swing should result in better and more consistent contact around the center of the clubhead.
Based on how the GX7 helps amateurs, the two groups that have the most to benefit from using the GX7 are beginners and seniors. The reason these two groups are best suited for the GX7 is because of the focus on a simpler swing and increased forgiveness. This means that the GX7 would make a great gift for a golfer just learning the game.
Benefits & Drawbacks
While we have talked about many of the benefits offered by the GX7 Driver, we haven’t yet highlighted some of the drawbacks. The first and most obvious drawback (and benefit) of the GX7 Driver is that isn’t a traditional driver. Because of its unique size and shape, the GX7 doesn’t function like a driver. That means new and experienced golfers may have problems adapting to a traditional driver in the future.
Another issue is that because the shaft length is shorter, the club could be too short for taller golfers resulting in a large drop in driving distance. Of course, the 14-degree loft can make up some lost distance in total carry, but taller golfers will still suffer overall distance loss.
The final issue is the price. At $200, the GX7 sits in an area where golfers can get many other forgiving traditional drivers at the same cost. At the same price point is the TaylorMade RBZ Black Driver, which is one of the best “bang-for-your-buck” drivers on the market.
Regardless of these three drawbacks, the GX7 still shines in its given role. As long as golfers are aware of, and accept these issues, the GX7 can be an absolute game-changer.
Here is a quick recap of all the positive points that the GX7 offers:
- Outstanding Forgiveness
- Great Carry Distance
- More Versatile Than A Traditional Driver
- Great For Beginners
Here are the areas that the GX7 is lacking in:
- Few Customization Options
- Not For Tall Golfers
- A Little Expensive
You have made it to the end of our review! Hopefully we were able to answer all your burning questions about the GX7 Driver. If you are still wondering about whether or not to add the GX7 to your golf bag, here is some parting advice.
First, figure out where you want to take your golf game. If you want put in range time and practice to get better, using a traditional driver is your best bet. But if you only play golf sparingly or are just looking for a way to quickly fix your drivers, the GX7 is the club for you.
Another thing to take into account is what clubs you already have in your bag. If you already carry and use a three wood, the GX7 isn’t going to help you out all that much. While GX7 is still larger than a three wood, the forgiveness and control off the tee is similar to a three wood. On the other hand, if you don’t carry a three wood, adding the GX7 would be like adding both a driver and three wood to your golf bag.
No matter what, the GX7 Driver will give you straighter and more consistent drives compared to a traditional driver. So pull out the GX7 and start hitting more fairways today!