PowerBilt Air Force One N7 DTX Tour Driver Review

In our business we have learned to always expect the unexpected. Another thing we have learned is that there is more to club making than what we hear and see from the big OEM club makers.  One thing we have to remember is that everybody has to abide by the rules and regulations set forth by the USGA and R&A. But what makes everyone unique is how they use different materials and science (yes science) to meet these regulations to make their own golf equipment. Not just make their own line of clubs but to try and make their clubs better than the competition. Flying under the radar since the mid 80's but winning golf tournaments since 1916, PowerBilt has been quietly re-inventing the way golf clubs are built with one simple symbol, N. That's Nitrogen by the way.

 

PowerBilt Tour Technology:

The Tour Driver has a 9 gram Nitrogen Valve port forward towards the face of the club. 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.

 

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
  • Aerodynamic Head Shape
  • Deep Face Profile
  • Nitrogen Powered Technology
  • Nitrogen Pressurized Club Heads

 

My Thoughts:

First off, I would like to mention that PowerBilt was the only OEM we tested that allowed us to build a custom spec'd club for testing. I was able to build a driver best suited for my swing. The head loft is 8.5* and my Silver G 70 Series Graphite Design Shaft is X-Stiff 76 grams and 45" long. Not one to shy away from gimmicks in club marketing, I was eager to test the AFO on our FlightScope XiTour for it's claims of faster ball speeds, lower spin and ultimate forgiveness. Listen, I can write all day about it but I will let this chart do the talking for me:

Maybe it was my Nitrogen Charged club head but I've been trying to achieve a 170+ ball speed for some time now. Not only was I able to do that but the club speed was up there as well and I was able to achieve an extremely amazing 1.51 smash factor. For those who don't know it basically measures the efficiency of your swing. The AFO paired with the G70 shaft generated a very low spin rate for me as well. The 9 gram weight at the sole of the driver has been moved 20 cm forward from the non tour driver. This paired with a low spin shaft with a low/mid flight is lethal in my hands. The 11* launch created a hard piercing ball flight that also generated huge carry numbers but also a generous roll out total.

 

Conclusion:

Here is the deal. If you are a club snob or a brand loyalist, please take a minute to try the AFO DTX Tour driver. PowerBilt will match your swing with a shaft that will allow you to get the most out of the club. Although you might not notice the technology working, my FlightScope Xi Tour numbers tell me all I need to know. It works. USGA conforming and in my opinion a good looking driver with a deep face and a compact design, the AFO DTX Tour is priced very well at under $300 and is available at http://www.powerbilt.com/

 

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