It’s been about 3 weeks since I received my custom Bombtech Grenade driver, and by “custom” I mean I got to pick the loft (2 to choose from) and the shaft flex. I choose 9 degree, and X-stiff shaft, the stock grip is (PURE) and suits me to a tee. The first thing I noticed when I took it out of the box was the great contrast between the bright green shaft and the matte black crown; the club had presence. I immediately liked the weight, balance, and confidence inspiring, very clean view down the shaft. Yes, it is a pretty golf club, but is it good enough to take my VrPro 8.5 out of the bag after a 6 year reign. I guess we’ll have to see.
I have always been kind of an equipment geek, I like well crafted tools but only replace them if they wear out, break, or there has been a clear leap in technology. My current driver is the Nike VrPro 8.5 with the compression channel. That head is mounted on the Voodoo SVRX shaft and at 44.5” is the best driver I have ever hit, that’s why I still have it. The club is very stabile, forgiving, sounds good, and when I catch it on the button I can still stretch a few out over the 300 mark, and at 55 what more could I really ask for, there is something to be said for familiarity. The club head is a 4 piece plasma weld with an adjustable hosel, I have it set neutral/neutral.
My first swing with the Grenade was not on a driving range, it was on the second tee box of my favourite golf course in Southern Ontario, Savannah Golf Links in Cambridge. The second hole is a 600 yd par 5 that I have never hit in 2 and thought this might be my day. Tee in the ground, I tried hard to contain my anticipation and stay in balance for the first swing, picked my spot and let it fly. The impact felt like butter, sounded great, and flew on a perfect trajectory. Now I know where my best drives end up and I can say I was a little outside of my familiar space…maybe 15 – 20 yards. I was excited but I also know about the (honeymoon period) with new golf equipment, “it was awesome until the check cleared”. Best drive ever on that hole…still never got home in 2.
I continued to put the pressure on this new driver in every situation I could and it continued to deliver long straight drives, (save for 1 pull hook into the water when I TRIED to hit it hard). With no range time at all, this driver answered every demand. The biggest difference (I found) was on off center strikes, I certainly don’t hit the center every time, and when I don’t I can feel it in my hands, this usually translates into significant distance loss…but not with the Grenade. Toe, heel, or even a little high on the face, the Grenade delivered fairly consistent feel and carry distances. The reason I believe this to be true is because “Sully” and the University of Vermont engineering dept figured out that with a 2 piece club-head you could actually place the center of percussion in the center of the club-face, something very difficult to do with a 4 piece weld. This seems to make the face (hot) everywhere, and when you do hit the center…bliss.
Three weeks, three rounds of golf, and some range time later, my VrPro 8.5 has not seen the inside of my golf bag. Not that I am throwing it out or giving it away, it will find a place in my (Bag of Fame) with the other great golf clubs I’ve hung on to ( I’ve given most away) and the Grenade will take it’s place. Here’s why…
1)It’s Simple: No adjustability, custom… but with very few choices.
2) It looks Great
3) Every club is made and assembled by craftsmen in the United 4) States.
4)EVERYONE asks me what it is
5) It out performs my current driver
6) Even the head cover looks great.
As a Professional Golf Instructor, and writer, I want you to know I am not on the Payroll at Bombtech Golf, I am writing this review to let people know there are great alternatives to mass produced equipment out there, this is not an infomercial driver; this is the real thing and I support the efforts of this great small business, and just like Center of Gravity Golf…
“In the real world, simplification is valued over complication.”
Check out the technology and content on this club at bombtechgolf.com
I Pulled the Pin! Thanks Sully…
Rob Bernard | Center of Gravity Golf | PGA of Canada Professional