PowerBilt AFO Driver Review

By on September 10, 2015

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The name PowerBilt may not mean much to Tiger Woods era golfers, but those that played the game prior to his arrival probably know the name quite well.  Back in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, PowerBilt Citation Persimmon Woods were carried by professionals throughout the PGA.  PowerBilt clubs were in the bags of 120 PGA TOUR victories, including eight major wins.

Today, the PowerBilt series of clubs is targeted much more towards the amateur golfer rather than the professional.  But, that doesn’t mean the quality or technology of the clubs are any less than what a professional would demand.

The Technology

PowerBilt has taken the conventional, modern day driver and done something very “simple” with it: Pumped the club head full of Nitrogen.

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Nitrogen inside the club head provides extra stability to one of the thinnest club faces in the market (2.6MM) while reducing the total weight of the club.  The result is the largest sweet-spot of any driver and an increased trampoline effect on contact.

The Comparisons

Admittedly, I am one of those Tiger Woods era golfers.  I’ve never struck a golf ball with an actual wood driver let alone heard of a Citation Persimmon driver.  And this whole thing with the nitrogen sounded real gimmicky.  So when I was asked to test the new PowerBilt Air Force One DFX Tour driver, I was a bit skeptical that it would be able to match the performance of the big boys.

The first thing I did was take it to my local Golfsmith for a little competitive testing.  Each driver had the same general specifications: extra-stiff shaft, neutral settings, and 9.5-degrees of loft.

Here are the results:

Chart 1

The AFO can hang, kids.  And when you build in this next piece of data, the AFO blows the competition away.

Chart 2

Based on the raw data, the only difference between the TaylorMade R15 and the PowerBilt AFO is the $200 you still have in your pocket after buying the PowerBilt.

Real-World Performance

Okay, so the PowerBilt tested well in a hitting bay, big deal.  What all equipment really comes down to is how it feels and how it performs.  So let’s go play some golf with it!

The immediate impression I had of the club out on the course is that there are very few mishits.  After every drive I could see the ghost impression of where the golf ball struck the club face—don’t worry, it wipes right off with a swipe of a thumb.  Anyway, while there were a few times where I put the ball in the center of the club face, there were more than a few times where I did not.  However, my playing partners were never the wiser because the distance the ball traveled was seemingly unaffected.

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This leads me to the second thing I noticed about the club: Distance.

This club easily gave me twenty-five more yards per drive.  Landing a ball in the middle of the fairway, 275 yards from the tee box is an actual thing that I do now during a round.  It’s absurd!

Needless to say, I love this driver.  It looks good, sounds good, and most importantly, plays great.

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One of the biggest compliments I can pay to the PowerBilt AFO Tour driver, besides turning me into an almost-kind-of-good golfer, is on more than one occasion someone I was playing with has wanted to try it.  That’s what happens when you see a 5ft-nothin’ guy with a 95 mph swing hit a golf ball that far.  It doesn’t make any sense until you try the club yourself.

Then you get it.

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