Welcome to my first product review. Going forward, I plan to test out several different products including clubs, equipment, training aids and apparel. After testing them out, I’ll be providing my readers with honest reviews of each in order to help you come to a decision when making a purchase. I hope that you find the information useful and insightful and please feel free to post comments about your experiences with the product or any questions you may have.
Today I’m going to be reviewing the Powerbilt Air Force One DFX Tour black driver. A few weeks ago, I spoke with a rep at Powerbilt and he had me fitted for a driver with 10.5 degrees of loft and a Fujikura Pro 63 stiff flex shaft.
When most people think of a driver, they immediately look to the well-known brands such as Ping, Taylormade, Callaway, Cobra and Titleist (just to name a few). It’s a competitive market and consumers are ultimately looking for a driver that provides them with the best combination of maximum distance and maximum forgiveness. Powerbilt is not necessarily a household name in the driver market, but the company is hoping to make a name for itself with the AFO DFX Tour black driver.
This driver is available in lofts of 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 and 12.5 degrees. The 8.5 and 9.5 degree drivers are only available in right hand models. Standard length for this driver is 45.5 inches. You’re offered a choice of several stock shafts: Aldila NVS, Aldila RIP Beta, Fujikura Fuel, Fujikura Pro 63 and Graphite Design G Series. Custom shafts are also available for an additional charge (Diamana, Fubuki, Fujikura and Oban).
What makes this driver different from the rest is Powerbilt’s patented Nitrogen Charging technology. This method is designed to reinforce the face of the club without adding any weight. Compressed nitrogen provides tremendous support to the club face so every golfer can benefit from maximum C.O.R., maximum C.T., maximum trampoline effect and maximum smash factor, thus resulting in maximum distance. After I read about having compressed nitrogen behind the face of the club, I was very eager to test this out for myself to see if it really made a difference.
This driver is very simple and clean looking with a matte black head and a deep black face. It has an aerodynamic look to the club head and has a very pleasing look at address. There’s nothing about this club that looks cheap and Powerbilt has done a great job giving it the look of a premium driver. I don’t like to see a lot going on with a club when I’m at address and getting ready to swing. My focus is on making a good swing and not a flashy club head.
One thing I’ve noticed with many of the new drivers these days is the unappealing sound that they make when striking the ball. Since this club is injected with Nitrogen, it definitely has a different sound to it and I like it much better. It has a ‘smack’ to it, but one that sounds more solid than many of its competitors.
How the Club Performed
Well, I must say, I was very impressed with the overall performance of this driver. Powerbilt definitely has a winner here and I’m not sure if it’s due to the Nitrogen Charging technology, but I was hitting the ball longer and more consistently. On average, I was gaining an extra 16 yards in carry distance, 6 mph in club head speed and 11 mph in ball speed. My normal ball flight with a driver is a baby fade and that was also the case with this one. In addition, my misses were less exaggerated and I felt like I had more control over the ball when hitting my fade. One thing I did find difficult was turning the ball over and hitting a draw. My current driver is set for a draw and I can usually turn it over when needed, but it wasn’t so automatic with the Air Force One driver.
One thing to note about this driver is that it’s not adjustable and I’m totally fine with that, Once I was fitted for my current adjustable driver, I never touched it. So, as long as you’re fitted for the correct AFO driver (loft, shaft, flex), there shouldn’t be a need to have it adjusted at all.
Overall, I’d say that this is a great driver and can easily compete with the name brands. MSRP for the driver I tested is $299 US. That’s much lower than its rivals and I can honestly say that it performs as stated by Powerbilt. Their patented technology is something for you to consider when making your next purchase for a driver. For more information on the Air Force One and entire line of Powerbilt products please visit thePowerbilt website.