VLS Maxvert 1 Driver Review: Can It Really Outperform Your Traditional Driver?
The New VLS Maxvert 1 Driver Promises to Ease Tee Trauma With a Design Tailored for You.
The brand new VLS Maxvert 1 Driver begins with one compelling question:
Could your driver be sabotaging your shots?
The designers of this revolutionary new club think many of your problems on the tee are the fault of a driver that was designed for the skill set of world-class players.
As for the Maxvert Driver?
This driver was designed with golfers over 40 in mind.
Now, that’s not to say the Maxvert doesn’t come with perks for all golfers. It absolutely does. This club was created for:
- Easier clubface control
- Better distance
- Improved accuracy
- More forgiveness on miss-hits
- Fewer slices
- More draws
…all without changing your swing. As far as we’re concerned, those are pluses in anyone’s book.
But the question is: does the VLS Maxvert 1 Driver actually follow through on its promises?
And why is it necessary in the first place? Also: who’s idea was this?
Stick with us. All those answers are coming your way.
What the VLS Maxvert 1 Driver Claims to Do
If you don’t know him, we’ll dig deeper into his background in a moment. For now, we’ll just tell you this:
No one in the industry is more passionate about helping older golfers reclaim distance, accuracy, and confidence on the course than Todd Kolb. (Kolb prefers to call these older golfers “experienced golfers.” Seems fair to us.)
In recent years, he’s released multiple courses and products designed to fill the gaps in an industry that’s downright obsessed with what the pros are doing.
See, traditional golf instruction is based on what works best for professional athletes. Golf equipment is designed with the assumption that all golfers want to emulate the techniques of Tour players.
The problem, Kolb says, is that those techniques require the kind of flexibility, strength, and balance that are simply not possible for most amateur golfers. Traditional instruction also tends to be complicated, demanding precision timing that can only be mastered with loads of practice.
So Kolb developed an entire system introducing golfers to new strategies for generating speed and finding stability. These are simple, body-friendly tactics anyone can master. His system is called the Vertical Line Swing System.
Now, with the help of Golf Digest Hot Lister Josh Boggs (more on him later, too), Kolb has designed a driver tailored to the abilities of the average golfer.
But what does that mean exactly? And how is your current driver failing you?
The answer is actually pretty interesting.
The Case Against Your Current Driver
Kolb claims that the Maxvert Driver is necessary because standard drivers are made to suit the abilities and swing styles of world-class athletes.
Not only does this mean that your driver isn’t doing you any favors (assuming you’re not a world-class athlete). It also means your driver might be making your slice and other miss-hits even worse.
Your Current Driver is Too Long
It’s no secret that your driver is the longest club in your bag. And longer means harder to control.
If you find that your aim is always way worse than you thought it was, a likely culprit is the club shaft.
For one thing, the length forces you to stand farther from the ball, which throws off your eyeline. This kills both your alignment at setup and your ability to find the sweet spot at impact.
For another, the more shaft there is between your hands and that clunky clubhead, the more torque you need to keep the clubface square. A lot of golfers set up with a square clubface but lose it during their swing.
The Flat Lie is Killing Your Distance
You see the angle of the hosel on your driver? The way it meets the clubhead at a flatter angle than on, say, your irons?
That feature, combined with the long shaft, create a flat, horizontal lie on the shaft. This forces you to swing around your body—a distance killer for experienced golfers.
See, a flat backswing only works if you’ve got a ton of flexibility… or at least a massage therapist on call. Most of us can’t get enough length in our swing just by twisting.
For experienced golfers, Kolb recommends a vertical swing path. An up-and-down motion helps you achieve a longer swing without all the insane contortions.
Shaft Placement and Weight Distribution are Destroying Your Aim and Release
Another thing you’ll notice if you take a close look at your hosel:
The typical driver shaft enters the clubhead pretty much on the heel. That’s nowhere near the clubhead’s center of gravity.
This means there’s no direct connection between the center of gravity and your hands as you’re swinging the golf club. And if you’re a chronic slicer, you know exactly what that means.
Zero control. Runaway aim. And your driver is doing absolutely nothing to help you release the club at impact.
Tiny Loft Isn’t Doing You Any Favors, Either
Most drivers come with minimal loft. This naturally creates a low launch angle, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing if you’re swinging at pro-level speeds. But as we know, the average golfer starts losing speed and distance as early as their thirties.
Plus, the lower the loft, the higher your odds of a slice.
It’s a painful formula, but it’s an accurate one.
So, how does the Maxvert Driver address these pain points?
The Design of the VLS Maxvert 1 Driver
First, let’s talk about the minds behind the Maxvert Driver design.
As you already know, creating a club that would serve the needs of experienced golfers was Todd Kolb’s idea.
Kolb is a PGA Teaching Professional with over 25 years of experience coaching all levels. Literally all levels. Kids to seniors, beginners to an LPGA Major winner. He’s landed on the Golf Digest Best-in-State Instructor list four times.
In recent years, Kolb has been completely transforming the everyday golfer’s game with his Vertical Line Swing System; his groundbreaking book, The Bad Lie; and a line of trading aids and other gear designed to make practice easier and improvement faster.
He’s also the Director of Instruction for your favorite source for no-nonsense golf instruction: USGolfTV.
One thing Todd is not: he is not a golf club designer. So he took his knowledge of what casual golfers need to succeed at the tee to Josh Boggs and asked how they could design a club that met those needs.
Josh Boggs is a big deal in the golf technology world. His work at Nike has won him a dozen Golf Digest Hot List medals.
So when Kolb presented him with a wishlist for this driver, Boggs had a wealth of insight to draw from. Here’s the result.
Maxvert Playability Tuned Specs
Loft – 11 degrees
Lie Angle – 62 degrees
Length – 44.5″
Shaft Flex Options
– Stiff: 70 grams
– Regular: 60 grams
– Senior: 50 grams
– Ladies: 50 grams
Shaft Shift Technology
Remember that shaft issue with your current club? All that business about the shaft entering the clubhead back at the heel and throwing everything out of whack?
Boggs immediately recognized the challenges that positioning presents for the everyday golfer. In fact, it’s not just amateurs who struggle with this.
“When I’m watching pros, their swings look gorgeous until they hit a driver,” Boggs says. “And then you can see them fighting to close the clubface.”
He fixed that problem for you with shaft shift technology, nudging the shaft a little closer to the center of the clubhead and more in line with the center of gravity.
Boggs also made the clubhead itself slightly smaller (436cc versus the standard 460cc) so you’re not struggling to control that outsized head.
We tested the Maxvert Driver to see how these features pay off, and the honest truth?
It almost feels like swinging a hybrid. Squaring the clubface is that much easier.
Boggs added 25 grams of weight to the heel of the Maxvert Driver. This is the “Perimeter Payload.”
So what’s the benefit?
For one thing, it lightens the load in the toe, which in turn makes it easier to release the club at impact.
Second, the extra weight in the heel provides more stability and a higher moment of inertia. This means the clubhead is more resistant to twisting. Translation: you get more forgiveness on those off-center shots.
Now, if you’re wondering if those extra 25 grams will slow your swing, this next feature will clear that up.
The Maxvert Driver has a slightly shorter shaft than typical drivers. It measures 44.5”, versus the standard driver length of 45.5” – 46”. This shorter shaft makes the clubhead feel less heavy in the hands, effectively canceling out the extra weight on the heel.
Now, you’ve likely been told that a longer shaft equals better distance. After all, longer shaft, longer swing, right?
Again, this is a theory that applies to top-level golfers. For the rest of us, a longer shaft means less control and a higher chance of off-center contact.
In other words, slicing. It means slicing.
So far, the trend among experienced golfers who’ve tried the Maxvert seems to be an increase in carry distance. This is likely because they’re having an easier time getting solid, center-of-the-face contact.
More Upright Lie
Remember that flat lie that forces you to swing around your body instead of along a more vertical swing plane?
Well, Boggs fixed it. The VLS Maxvert 1 features a more upright lie that helps you find more length in your swing with a vertical motion.
Fairway Finder Alignment Guide
Once we learned about this feature, we realized how absurd it is that our current drivers don’t have it.
The Maxvert Driver has a Fairway Finder Alignment Guide: three crisp lines on the crown of the driver to help you square the clubface.
For a little extra help, the inside line angles out at the back of the crown—a subtle reminder to create that in-to-out swing path.
Such a simple, no-brainer feature, and it was a favorite among the golfers who tested the driver pre-release.
Aim is one thing. Finding the sweet spot is another.
The Maxvert’s TruHex clubface features a hexagonal target that helps you center the ball in the sweet spot at setup so you can find it again at impact.
Proprietary Graphite Shaft
Finally, the VLS Maxvert 1 Driver is made with a proprietary graphite shaft. When you order a Maxvert, you can choose from different flex options to get the precise weight and torque needed to make the most of your specific swing speed.
How Does the Maxvert Compare to the Teton and Monza Hybrids?
If you’ve been following us for a while, you know we’ve recently endorsed two hybrids that also help get results off the tee: the Teton Hybrid and the Monza Fairway Hybrid.
So what makes the Maxvert different?
For starters, the Maxvert is an actual driver. The Teton and Monza help casual golfers nail those tee shots in part because they’re hybrids—a club that’s just easier to hit than a driver.
Meanwhile, the Maxvert is a true driver that’s simply been adapted to suit the swing of the everyday golfer—a concept that’s truly unique in the industry.
It’s also worth noting that the Maxvert is the only one of these clubs to have been designed by a major champion coach. While the Teton and the Monza have been promoted by the guy you trust to help you play your best game, the Maxvert was actually created by him.
Todd literally wrote the book on mastering your golf swing as an experienced golfer. Now he’s designed a club that doesn’t just forgive your imperfect shots but also improves your swing and aim in the process.
As for results, our money’s on the Maxvert for finding more distance, accuracy, and consistency off the tee. The Teton and Monza have their strengths as well, but they just can’t match the results we’re already seeing from the Maxvert.
Price and Guarantee
So what do you have to pay for this revolutionary technology?
Right now, the VLS Maxvert 1 Driver is going for $289.
Worth it, right?
As long as it works, anyway.
Fortunately, your purchase comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, and you’re encouraged to give the club a full workout. You can use it as much as you want in those thirty days. If it doesn’t meet your expectations, you can return it for a refund, no questions asked.
Does the Maxvert Driver Conform to the Rules of Golf?
The VLS Maxvert 1 driver was built to conform to the rules of golf and is pending final certification for 2023.
We Tested the Maxvert Driver. Here’s Our Take.
We absolutely love the Maxvert 1 driver.
It was way easier to control, got incredible distance (especially when used with the Vertical Line Swing method), and still managed to get the ball fairly on target even when we hit it off-center.
Most importantly, hitting this driver was super fun, and as far as we’re concerned, that’s the whole point of the driver. Few things in this world feel as thrilling and empowering as launching rockets off the tee.
And with the Maxvert, we found ourselves doing that a lot.
Considering the fact that the price is pretty modest for a reliable driver and the money-back guarantee makes it virtually risk free, we’d encourage the average golfer to give it a shot.
For more fun and more confidence on the tee, this one’s a winner.
If you’re ready to give it a whirl, you can find it here.
What Do You Think?
So that’s our take. What’s yours?
Does this seem like a club that could help your golf game? Have you tried it already? What’s your relationship like with your current driver?
Drop us a line in the comments and let us know what’s on your mind!
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