Golf Monthly's Benross HTX drivers review, two lower price-point models with different performance characteristics aimed at different types of golfer

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Pros:

  • Excellent all-round performance given the price. Both these drivers feel solid and will achieve good numbers in the right hands.

Cons:

  • Lacks forgiveness on really poor strikes. Faster swingers may require a stiffer shaft option in the Type R model that is currently not available.

Product:

Benross HTX drivers

Manufacturer:

Key technology
The non-adjustable, HTX 460cc driver features a three-piece titanium construction and a low, rearward CG for high MOI and increased launch to improve carry distance while maintaining control. A CT Response Channel behind the face increases flexion at impact for more distance. Utilising an advanced vacuum casting process, the adjustable HTX Type R features a thinner crown that moves the CG lower for lower spin and a more penetrating ball flight.

Shaft
Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Black (TiNi in the Type R version)

Golf Monthly Review
In a year where driver prices have increased, Benross’ prices have come down, yet this doesn’t seem to have affected the quality of finish or performance. The alignment mark was a little too large for our test team, but all enjoyed the crown’s shape and unique finish.

The HTX certainly delivers more spin and forgiveness than its Type R sister, which will suit the slower-swinging golfer who needs more help on off-centre hits and in keeping the ball in the air for longer.

The HTX Type R spins considerably less than the standard HTX model – around 400rpm on average – meaning our faster swingers got extra distance. For faster swingers an X-flex shaft, currently not available, may improve performance further but adjusting the loft and face angle will help optimise ball flight.

 

 

Verdict

While it may not offer any standout performance attributes, the Benross HTX driver doesn’t fall short in any either. The feel and consistency rivalled models twice the price, meaning it offers excellent value for budget-conscious golfers. The Type R driver delivered good numbers and a pleasing, solid feel at impact. While not being especially forgiving, distance on well-struck drives was comparable with most other drivers and there were more-than-acceptable levels of control on offer. This model will suit consistent, fast-swinging golfers looking to save a few pounds.