(T)Less Driver Overview: What to Expect
What is the Teeless Driver?
The Teeless Driver has been advertised a lot lately on many major golf outlets, but what is the (T)Less Driver?
If you’ve been watching the Golf Channel lately, you may have noticed ads for a new driver designed specifically for amateur golfers.
This is the (T)LESS or Teeless Driver, engineered by RXS Design with the goal of providing amateur golfers with a more forgiving clubface. The designers of the Teeless Driver argue that amateur golfers don’t really get what they need when they base their own club purchases on the preferences of the pros. Top competitors select clubs that give them more control and allow them to make unconventional choices when necessary.
The casual weekend golfer, on the other hand, tends to have a simpler, more direct goal: drive the ball farther and straighter to get those scores down.
The Teeless Driver makes a lot of promises to amateur players. RXS Design says this club:
- Lowers your golf scores
- Makes it impossible to chunk the ball
- Achieves the optimal launch angle from any surface
- Replaces both your driver and your fairway wood
So, how does the Teeless Driver fulfill all these promises? What’s different about a driver that’s specifically engineered for amateurs? And is this a product you might want in your golf bag?
We’ll go over all these answers for you, but first, let’s get familiar with the team behind the golf driver.
Who Designed the Teeless Driver?
This unconventional driver was designed by Guerin Rife and Jeff Sheets. You may not know their names, but you are familiar with their work. Both are long-time industry veterans whose influence ranges from the tournaments you’ve watched on T.V. to the equipment you keep in your golf bag.
Guerin Rife is best known for his influence on putter design. More specifically, he is the inventor of putter grooves and the cavity back mallet putter. He is also the designer of the EvnRoll putter, a putter engineered to ensure distance control even when you strike the ball off the toe or heel. You’ll see this same technology in the Teeless Driver.
Jeff Sheets is celebrated for his work with top competitors and tour champions. He has designed, fit, and assembled clubs for names such as Nick Faldo, Lee Janzen, and Chris Johnson. He’s even responsible for the first metal driver used by Arnold Palmer in a PGA tournament.
It’s safe to say that the (T)LESS Driver was created by people who know club design inside and out. They also know why the pros use the clubs they use. This means Rife and Sheets bring an interesting perspective to why the most popular clubs on the PGA tour are not necessarily the best for your just-for-fun Saturday morning round.
DSX Thinks Amateur Golfers Deserve a Different Design
Why is DSX Design so sure amateurs shouldn’t use the same clubs as the pros?
To put it in the simplest terms possible: Touring professionals use less forgiving drivers. They prefer less forgiving drivers.
A professional competitor needs to be able to play with nuance and adapt to unexpected circumstances. Sometimes they want a lower ball flight or they might need to work the ball from left to right or vice versa. If you see a pro golfer hit the ball more towards the toe or heel of the clubface, odds are, they hit off-center deliberately. They need to have that option. They need to be able to manipulate the club and, ultimately, the ball flight.
For a pro, the “right club” is a high-quality instrument they can control themselves. The sweet spot is small, the built-in loft is lower, and the center of gravity sits high and forward in the driver, toward the face.
For the weekend golfer--someone who doesn’t train professionally every day–there is less need for a club that accommodates nuanced golf shots. Not to mention, most amateur golfers do not have a flawless golf swing, nor the same ability to manipulate ball flight, anyway. In fact, many golfers play their driver the same as their irons. Therefore, DSX argues, amateur golfers deserve a driver that works with their needs and skill set.
Thus, the (T)LESS Driver:
The Design of the Teeless Driver
The Teeless Driver looks almost like a driver/3-wood hybrid. It features the footprint of a driver, while its clubface is closer to the height and length of a 3-wood. The shaft is also the length of a 3-wood shaft.
Beyond appearances, this club is engineered to help you drive the ball longer, higher, and straighter, no matter where you strike the clubface or what surface you’re hitting off of.
How does that work?
First, the center of gravity is set farther back, toward the rear of the clubhead. This rearward COG is what accounts for the patent-pending Spectrum CT clubface–an extremely forgiving clubface in which almost the entire width of the face is hot.
Guerin Rife explains the science behind the Spectrum CT clubface through the illustration of a V-shape. If you were to make a “V” with your index and middle fingers, the bottom of that “V” represents the center of gravity. The space between your fingers represents the sweet spot of your clubface. The farther back the center of gravity is, the broader the sweet spot.
In other words…
Even if you hit your golf ball off the toe or heel of the Teeless Driver, the ball will still fly almost as straight and as far as if you’d made contact in the center of the clubface.
Rife and Sheets also designed the Teeless Driver to achieve optimum launch. While most drivers have a loft of about 9.5 or 10.5 degrees, this one comes with a 13-degree loft. The adjusted center of gravity also helps you get that high launch angle. With the weight set low and far back in the clubhead, it’s much easier to hit the ball high, even off the ground or out of a divot.
Speaking of divots…
one of the grandest claims made about the Teeless Driver is that this club supposedly makes it impossible to chunk the ball. In fact, their marketing claims that “the more ground you hit, the longer and higher the ball will travel.” This is due in part to the Ground Control Sole, which is designed to glide easily through any turf, from grass to sand to divots.
A lot of these design details are likely new to you, but here are a couple you might recognize:
Beyond the engineering of the clubhead, the (T)LESS Driver features a Fujikura custom-style shaft, with Premium and Super Premium options. It also comes with a Lamkin cross-line grip.
If the Teeless Driver is starting to sound like it might be a meaningful addition to your bag, you probably have one very important question left. And we’ve got you covered.
What Does the (T)LESS Driver Cost?
The (T)LESS Driver is currently available through Revolution Golf at the price of:
$297 for the Premium Fujikura Shaft (compared with $349 retail)
$347 for the Super Premium Fujikura Shaft ($429 retail)
Purchase of the (T)LESS Driver includes free access to online video lessons from Notah Begay III, valued at $30. You may recognize Begay as a golf analyst for NBC Sports and the Golf Channel. He is also a 4-time winner on the PGA Tour and a 3-time All American at Stanford.
The (T)LESS Driver comes with a 60-day money back guarantee.
The Big Picture
The (T)LESS Driver is a club designed by experienced industry pros who wanted to create a driver that would truly serve the amateur golfer. With a higher loft, rearward center of gravity, and forgiving clubface, this driver is engineered to help the weekend golfer drive the ball farther, higher and straighter. There is even a Ground Control Sole to ensure easy movement through any turf, even when you hit the ground early. If you want to read more about the (T)LESS Driver, check out this article from our friends at Golfers Authority.
As a deliberately forgiving club, the goal of the (T)LESS Driver is to make longer drives possible for golfers who can’t dedicate practice time to sharpening their skills. If you’d rather earn better driving distance and consistency with an improved swing, check out this swing trainer that helps you gain yards like the pros do.
The (T)LESS Driver is priced at $297 or $347, depending on your choice of shaft. And—much like another much buzzed-about club—the (T)LESS Driver could potentially replace both your driver and your fairway wood. Purchase of the (T)LESS Driver includes video lessons from Notah Begay III and a 60-day guarantee.
That’s the (T)LESS Driver in a nutshell. The only remaining question is:
What Do You Think?
Are you curious about the (T)LESS Driver? Have you already tried it for yourself? Can a high handicapper start hitting driver with more forgiveness just by getting this club, or does this strike you as another golf industry gimmick?
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