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Powerbilt Air Force One DFX Tour Black Driver Review: Nitrogen Charged

powerbilt-air-force-one-dfx-black-driverIt’s time for a new driver and you have been reading endless reviews from major golf forums, retail sites, and YouTube.  It’s typical behavior for a small percentage of golf enthusiasts who have come to be known in this industry as “equipment hos”, but for the majority of buyers advertising and shelf presence will influence their decision in the buying process.

So what can a company like Powerbilt do to make consumers take notice?  If a salesman at your local golf store or a good friend told you that this Powerbilt company had a driver loaded with nitrogen and it’s as long or longer than almost any other driver on the market at a great price how would you respond?

I can imagine you would think, “Where can I see the infomercial?” or, “Nitrogen can’t really work, right?”  Well that’s why I’m here today my friends.

Let’s take a closer look at Powerbilt and what the 2015 Powerbilt Air Force One DFX Tour Black Driver has to offer!

TECHNOLOGY

The 2015 Powerbilt Air Force One DFX Tour Black Driver brings back its N7 Nitrogen Charged Face technology and incorporates it with an all Titanium body and cup face. As with last years model there is no adjustability but Powerbilt does have a wide variety of free and at a charge shaft upgrades so I would stress the importance of a proper fitting.

From Powerbilt:

New for 2015 the DFX Tour Driver. The difference in the Tour Driver is the 9 gram Nitrogen Valve port is moved 20 cm forward towards the face moving the cg face forward. Low-forward CG promotes faster ball speed and lower spin rates for increased distance. Combined with Nitrogen Charged Technology this creates the most accurate Tour Driver on the market.

  • AIR FORCE ONE NITROGEN CHARGED PATENTED TECHNOLOGY OFFERS THE FASTEST BALL SPEED AND TIGHTEST DISPERSION.
  • NOW WITH THE OPTION TO FIT LEADING MANUFACTURES SHAFTS TO ACHIEVE THE OPTIMUM LAUNCH ANGLE AND SPIN RATE
  • WE CAN FIT YOU IN THE BEST COMBINATION AVAILABLE IN GOLF

Powerbilt’s patented “Nitrogen Charged” technology, comes in our newly designed DFX (Deep Face) driver.

Nitrogen N7: Nitrogen Charging is a newly patented method 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 for incredible distance!

  • Forged Titanium Body
  • Titanium Cup Face Technology
  • Available in High MOI and Tour Series
  • Aerodynamic Head Shape
  • Deep Face Profile
  • Nitrogen Powered Technology
  • Nitrogen Pressurized Club Heads
  • Protective Head Cover

Product Details

CLUB SPECIFICATIONS:

DRIVERS LOFT LIE LENGTH
AIR FORCE ONE DFX 8.5° 58° 45 1/2”
AIR FORCE ONE DFX 9.5° 58° 45 1/2”
AIR FORCE ONE DFX 10.5° 58° 45 1/2”
       

AVAILABLE IN:
Air Force One DFX Drivers:
MRH: 8.5, 9.5°, 10.5° 

LOOKS

The Powerbilt Air Force One DFX Tour Black Driver doesn’t disappoint in the looks department. When down at address its deep face and matte black finish are both very pleasing to the eye and a provided alignment aide will make sure you are hitting the sweet spot.

It does a good job of masking the elongation on the back without making the head the least bit bulky. In my opinion the head appears smaller than the 460cc, which I’m always a major fan of.  The sole has a splash of orange along with two cutaways on each side to help reduce drag for faster swing speed.  I opted for the Aldila RIP Beta and it’s matte black finish compliments the overall aesthetic perfectly.

The head cover is nicely padded and features the continued orange and black theme with added carbon fibre and chrome accents finished with a pair of wings, it is an Air Force One after all.

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FEEL

I could probably sum up this section in a few words by saying I love hitting this driver!  Powerbilt is either up to something with the all titanium build which has always appealed to me or the trampoline effect caused by the N7 Nitrogen Valve Port really is that special.

The Powerbilt will not be confused with the Nike Vapor Flex or a Callaway but the feel is more of a rewarding solid thwack which is the best way I could describe it.  I’m not a huge fan of the Aldila RIP 60 that came with the Air Force One DFX Tour Black although performance wise it didn’t take away from from the feel totally I just think it would really shine if it were fit to my specs and, like I stated earlier, there are a ton of different shaft offerings to choose from that are both free and at an upcharge.

PERFORMANCE

As with my previous reviews I wanted to get this out to the course to compare performance in a honest setting just relying on my two own two eyes, they’re blue if that matters!

The Powerbilt Air Force One DFX Tour Black is a very good driver!  In the performance category it’s a strong contender for one of the longest clubs I’ve hit. The lower more forward CG helped keep the flight in the mid/high category and allowed for some serious roll out when in the fairway.

The Aldila RIP 60 felt well balanced and came in at a pretty standard length of 45.5 inches, I play at 44.5 inches,  I would definitely get fit for something different in the future but it  still performed very well with the head.  What surprised me most and still does with many of today’s drivers is how well this club performs on mishits.  My drives were consistently online and suffered very little loss in distance. Thanks N7!

Powerbilt is claiming this is a driver for all handicaps and I definitely feel they delivered on their promise.  I’m a big fan of fixed hosel drivers but there really needs to be an adjustable option down the road until Powerbilt gets more of a presence in major retail stores.

OVERALL

At $299 and the availability to customize this driver with almost any shaft imaginable it’s hard not to like the Air Force One DFX Tour Black, maybe a shorter name?

While it lacks the adjust-ability of many of it’s competitors its performance and forgiveness matches and surpasses many of the big name offerings out today. Powerbilt has been ridiculed since the Nitrogen insert was introduced and hopefully with more golfers getting product in their hands that perception will hopefully begin to change.

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