As I sit back and reflect on both the Teezy Awards and the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show it brings a smile to my face. There are throngs of amazing products and having the opportunity to see them, feel them and in some cases swing them makes me feel fortunate. The PGA Merchandise Show is more of a mecca than a “Major of the Golf Industry”. With some products I really have high expectations for and others quite frankly… I don’t.
Upon learning of the re-birth (so-to speak) of Lynx Golf I looked at the brand as an enigma. A wildcard if you will. While their iron offerings had me excited I didn’t quite feel the same excitement about their metalwoods and in particular their drivers. So I would make sure to visit their booth at Demo Day to get in a few swings with their newest driver the Lynx Golf #BB. For those that are unaware the letters “BB” are an abbreviation for “Boom Boom”.
What made this driver at least a little bit intriguing to me was the design of the heads and the overall specs. Upon looking at the #BB driver Lynx Golf boasts that the #BB is their “most technologically advanced and adjustable driver” in their product range. Why? First the loft is adjustable from 8.5* to 12.5* allowing golfers to find their optimum launch angle. Secondly, Lynx Golf incorporated two 3 gram weights that allow for further trajectory tweaking as these weights allow for draw and fade bias. However, as intriguing as the adjustability is as far as head design goes it’s their choice for a stock shaft. The UST Mamiya Recoil shaft is offered in Lite, Regular and Stiff flexes respectively.
When it came to having the #BB driver in my hands I liked what I saw. The head is 460 CC and is quite traditional in footprint. Sometimes the adjustable hosels on drivers can be a little cumbersome but I had no issue with the approach and design taken by Lynx Golf. I should add that the crown is also very clean as it is void of any alignment aids. As you look at the face… the depth of the head was another feature of the design that liked as the #BB does offer a pretty deep face. etched onto the “sweet spot” is “The Lynx” Flipping over the #BB the eyes (or at least mine) were drawn towards the weight screws (red) and the logo itself. The rear half of the head sees an interesting blue (interesting as I cannot quite describe the shade) and if it were me… I would’ve went with the same colour that the logo is placed on. I think it would have made the driver look more sleek and “premium”. I imagine the blue was to add pop but the red weight screws already provided that. All of this said, aesthetically speaking, the #BB driver is quite an attractive looking driver.
Performance. Of course we love how a golf club looks but how does it perform? As I alluded to earlier I didn’t hold much hope for this driver. Their irons I had massive expectations for but the driver was a “polar opposite”. I expected this driver to feel cheap… see metallic, clanky and dead.When I made my first pass with the #BB it was a real eye opener and what I thought it would perform like was quickly debunked.. Where they were set-up on the range there was a healthy right to left wind which was enough to move a ball around a bit. First, I was impressed by the somewhat muted sound at impact. I thought that the face felt fairly lively but the trajectory was one to admire. I had the loft set at an even 10* and the weight screws were set-up as it appears in the pic below. Swing after swing resulted in the same “vanilla” trajectory. Long and straight which I feel speaks of its forgiveness as well. Making a small adjustment here and there in the swing I was able to produce draws and fades at will. The head is both workable and forgiving. I would have loved to have been set-up on the Foresight Sports (GC2?) launch monitor that they had set-up to get a somewhat concrete distance. I would suggest however that the #BB was as long in that configuration as my gamer (TaylorMade Golf M2 2016) which was yet another eye-opener. I think what impressed me the most was the consistency of the results. Every golf ball struck had the same trajectory that penetrated and never ballooned.
Lynx Golf in their re-birth is coming to compete in the North American market. It’ll be interesting to see how the brand will do in general. More to the point however I’m curious to see how many #BB drivers they move worldwide. The #BB driver looks good and performs better. This driver WAS the “Most Surprising Product” for me at the PGA Show. There was no Teezy Award for this category but had their been… this was the winner. The #BB driver from Lynx Golf retails for approximately £329 ($455 USD or $583 CAD with the current exchange rate).
Until The Next Tee!