I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I started hitting the Powerbilt Air Force One DFX Driver. I’ve never hit a Powerbilt driver before, so I was excited. This is the same driver that rated very highly on MyGolfSpy’s driver shootout earlier this year. If you haven’t heard of Powerbilt Golf, it’s about time you find out about them. In this review of the Powerbilt Air Force One DFX N7 Driver, I hope I can shed some light on how it performs.
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!
Here are a few of the specs:
• 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
Now to the good stuff….
The DFX has a very clean, compact look at address. The head is a matte black and produces very little glare. The head looks much more compact compared to my SLDR and monster sized Cobra Bio Cell. I’m pretty impressed with the sleek look and I felt confident looking down at address.
This can be a tricky description to conquer. Everyone’s sense of feel is different, but here goes nothing. I’ve hit just about every driver out there this year and have come up with a scale of drivers that feel soft, hard, and somewhere in the middle. I consider the Ping G25, SLDR, and Bio Cell to have a softer feel at impact while the R11s, X2Hot, and JetSpeed are much harsher. At this point in time, 1 range session, I’m leaning toward more of the higher end of the middle spectrum for the DFX. It’s not super hard, but it isn’t mushy either. The shaft has a lot to do with the feel as well, but we don’t need to go there.
Here’s another club characteristic that can be tricky to describe. I’m going to describe the sound as strong with a hint of tin.
Powerbilt has a variety of shafts available to suit every type of swing out there. For this testing, I was sent the Graphite Design G70x. I don’t know a lot about this particular shaft, but from what I saw on the range tonight I’m going to classify it as a mid launch, mid spin shaft.
I will test this on the driving range and on the course. Any launch numbers provided will be with range balls unless otherwise noted. The launch monitor used during this testing will be a Flightscope X2. I will test this against several drivers of equal loft, but different shafts. I also plan to have a few buddies get on the monitor with their gamers and the DFX to compare.
Date: March 30th
Location: Hobbs Hole GC Driving Range
Weather: Low 60’s with a 5-10mph cross wind
I honestly was shocked at how well the DFX performed on the range. Ball speed was up and I was hitting the center of the face. I did catch a few higher on the face and ball speed suffered, but I didn’t have any heel or two misses. This is the exact opposite of my SLDR. I hit more toe shots than I hit the sweet spot. The club launched a little lower than what I was expecting, but performance was still there. If I could bring the launch up a bit, this driver will be an absolute bomber.
Here is a comparison of the Powerbilt vs the Cobra BioCell Driver:
I am extremely impressed with the DFX right now. This could easily be the sleeper of the year. Wow, I’m impressed.
To follow Staples more in depth review of the Powerbilt Air Force One driver follow his forum testing HERE.
By Bunkers Paradise Forum Member – R. Staples