The solution is finally here...
Warning: You’ve got 8.5 milliseconds to square this driver’s clubface in the impact zone.
Failure to do so could result in one or more of the following:
Giant slice… Puny push… Hideous pop-up… Humiliating worm-burner.
Do not attempt to rotate the club quickly as this may also be hazardous to your score. Side effects include wild hooks and sudden, tree-smacking pulls.
The manufacturer is not responsible for any damage to property, handicap index or ego caused by this driver.
Of course, the clubmakers aren’t about to offer such disclaimers. There are certain things they don’t want you to know. (And in a moment, we’ll show you the new club they really don’t want you to see.)
If you swing at 80 MPH – fairly typical for a recreational golfer – you’ve only got 8.5 milliseconds to square your driver’s clubface to the target within the 12-inch space known as the “impact zone.”
Hmmm… 8.5 milliseconds doesn’t sound like much, does it? It’s not.
Yep, the average eye blink lasts a leisurely 250 milliseconds. As in, 30 times longer than your driver takes to whoosh through the impact zone.
Oh, and if you swing faster than 80 MPH? You have even less time to square up.
Now as you’re probably aware, squaring the clubface is the key to hitting accurate drives. (Long ones, too.) But you don’t realize how critical it is unless you know this:
Your clubface angle at impact accounts for 85% of a drive’s starting direction.
That’s right – 85%. (The club’s path accounts for the other 15%.) “Big deal,” you might be thinking. “It’s not about where a drive starts, but where it finishes.”
Actually, one pretty much determines the other.
According to Golf Labs, the game’s leading independent equipment testing company, a clubface that’s just 3.2° open at impact sends the ball a whopping 31 yards off-target (based on a swing speed of about 100 MPH).
Shut the face by 3.5° and it’s even worse – 40 yards off. Considering the average fairway is 40 yards wide, that’s a pretty major mistake. But hey, at least now you know that just a few degrees cause those 3 or 4 wild drives that wreck your rounds.
Missing the center of your driver’s face by 1 measly inch can knock 23 yards off your distance. A mere half-inch miss subtracts 12 yards… the difference between hitting a 7-iron or a 6-iron to the green.
Care to guess what causes you to whiff the sweet spot? Often, it’s an open or closed clubface.
So, to sum it up, you’ve got a fraction of a fraction of a second to square your driver’s face. And a tiny error will cost you dearly in both distance & direction. (Not to mention strokes.)
OK, let’s take a breath… and a break from all the math.
We'll get there in a moment. For now, we can tell you this:
The solution bears no resemblance to the driver you’re using today – the one whose very design hurts your chances of crushing long, true tee shots…
Design flaws like...
We’ll explain all this in greater detail, coming up. But here’s the bottom line:
Due to most drivers' designs, the clubhead travels directly down the target line for only a few inches within the impact zone.
And make a lot of trips to the rough, woods, water or, worst of all, O.B.
In a way, it’s a good news/bad news situation.
As we said, the main culprit is your driver.
The bad news is, you’re at the mercy of the club companies. And they don’t make a driver that helps you square the face at the moment of truth.
Now before you go sulking off, lamenting the unfairness of it all, remember...
Not what you were expecting, is it?
You thought the square driver had gone the way of balata balls and tasseled golf shoes, didn’t you?
We’ll explain why the first generation of square drivers flamed out – and what makes the Autopilot superior to its predecessors – in just a moment.
But our top priority is telling you how this one-of-a-kind club is going to change your game.
With the Autopilot Driver in hand, you’ll immediately see the HUGE benefits of striking the ball with a square clubface.
How can we be so sure? Because we’ve already seen it happen with everyday golfers. Coming up, we’ll share their eye-opening results and rave reviews. In the meantime...
Rather than a single component, Zero Rotation Technology is the sum of many harmonious parts.
Put them together and you get a driver that – true to its name – makes hitting the fairway nearly effortless.
From setup through impact, the Autopilot guides you to:
Ever notice how the big manufacturers sum up their drivers’ specs in basic chart form? That’s because from one maker to the next, the measurements are pretty much the same. They’re also out-of-whack with the typical golfer’s needs.
You know those inconvenient facts the big boys don’t want you to hear? Here’s one:
Modern drivers are too long for amateur golfers. (Proof: Even today, the average driver length on the PGA Tour is less than 45”. Also: Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods combined to win 32 majors playing shafts shorter than 45”. But we digress.)
It’s a widely held belief that a longer shaft equals longer drives due to increased clubhead speed. And that’s true – IF you hit the sweet spot.
Problem is, the longer the shaft, the bigger that IF becomes. And as we noted with that “1 inch = 23 yards lost” equation, miss-hits are punished proportionally. Adding insult to injury, off-center strikes hurt your accuracy, too.
Our engineers tackled this double-whammy with the simplest solution possible – they equipped the Autopilot Driver with a shorter shaft.
Aside from the consistency and accuracy benefits, the shorter shaft feels much more comfortable at address. Test golfers like Syd Gordon took note.
“There are times with my driver I would choke up on it a bit just to get a little more comfort in the swing,” said the 18 handicapper, “and with this (Autopilot) I didn't have to do that.”
MyGolfSpy, a respected independent review site, conducted its own test of short vs. standard-length drivers and concluded:
“Our data (and the years of experience from reputable club fitters all over the globe) suggest that the majority of golfers (yes you too) would absolutely benefit from playing a shorter-shafted driver.”
Every avid golfer knows more loft generates more height. Yet most of us play a driver with 10.5° loft, tops.
Unless you swing at 100-plus MPH, that’s simply not enough.
The Autopilot’s 14.5° loft ensures a higher launch off the tee. In fact, all eight of our testers posted higher average launch angles with the Autopilot than with their own drivers.
FYI – None of them topped 95 MPH.
The added loft has a secondary benefit, too: It gives you an extra split-second to square the clubface.
Here’s an item very few golfers think about. Yet it can make a world of difference in how a driver performs.
A brief tutorial: The longer the shaft and the more horizontal the lie angle, the farther from the ball you have to stand. This effectively flattens your swing plane, meaning the clubhead spends minimal time traveling directly down the target line approaching impact.
Which takes us back to our original point: Traditional drivers demand lots of rotation through the hitting zone, which requires exquisite timing. And if your ball position is off by just a hair, you can forget about hitting it straight.
The Autopilot, by contrast, pairs a shorter shaft with a more vertical (upright) lie angle than most drivers. This moves you closer to the ball and raises your swing plane, so the club moves directly down the target line for a longer stretch.
But make no mistake: The Autopilot is more than just a downsized version of a regular driver. This thing is chock-full of game-improving features.
Sure, you can call it square if you want. While that’s not precisely accurate, the Autopilot’s tee shots most certainly are.
The shape has a lot to do with it.
Where the weight in a traditional round or pear-shaped driver is distributed evenly around the club’s perimeter, the Autopilot’s weight is concentrated in its corners. The farther weight is positioned from the club’s center of gravity, the higher its Moment of Inertia (MOI).
And the higher its MOI, the more stable and less twist-prone it is at impact – which means less loss of distance and accuracy when you miss the sweet spot.
One more note on the Autopilot Driver’s head: At 250 cubic centimeters (CC), it’s just over half the size of most drivers on the market.
Why is that important? Because the smaller the clubhead, the closer its center of gravity (COG) is to the shaft… and the less rotational force you need to square the clubface at impact.
Which leads to our next stop:
But then, all that goes out the window if you can’t line it up square to begin with. Well, guess what? We made that a cinch, too.
Needless to say, it’s easier to align a shorter club. (To illustrate, think about setting up with your 9-iron vs. your driver.)
It seems obvious, too, that the Autopilot’s squared-off shape offers great visual guidance as you address the ball.
On top of that, it’s got a can’t-miss directional aid and a raised “T” on the crown, plus an etched “X” marking the sweet spot, to ensure all systems are go before you take the club back.
OK, that’s enough tech talk for now. Whaddaya say we get to the heart of the matter by answering the big question:
That’s exactly what we wanted to know, too.
And the moment we received a few prototypes, we moved to find out.
First, we called our friends Arron Oberholser – the former PGA Tour star who’s now a TV golf analyst – and TrackMan expert Rob Rashell. When we told them about the Autopilot Driver, they jumped at the chance to take part in testing.
Next, we rounded up eight amateur golfers for a day at spectacular Boulders Golf Club in Carefree, Arizona. Their handicaps ranged from 7.9 to 18, with swing speeds between 81 and 92 MPH.
The drill was straightforward: Each golfer would hit a series of shots with his own driver, followed by a set with the Autopilot. Rashell would capture data including launch angle, carry distance and accuracy on his trusty TrackMan monitor. At day’s end, we’d compare the numbers to see how the Autopilot fared.
Not bad for a driver with a short shaft, tons of loft and an undersized head, huh?
Our testers agreed.
“I was so surprised with the Autopilot, being a shorter club and a smaller clubhead, that it actually went further than my driver,” said Dennis Paulson, an 18 handicapper (not the former tour pro of the same name). “It far outpaced whatever I thought it would do.”
Added Doug Haxer, a 15: “It felt more like a 3-wood or a 5-wood, but you still got the driver distance and every bit of control.”
The Autopilot won another fan, too: Arron Oberholser.
The 2006 Pebble Beach Pro-Am winner, who climbed as high as No. 22 in the world before injuries derailed his career, had modest expectations when testing began. The Autopilot easily surpassed them.
“I was a skeptic when I came out here,” Oberholser admitted. “I was gonna say, ‘Well, three inches shorter, there’s no way they’re going to be able to hit it as long as their driver.’ They hit longer.
“‘Well, the face is smaller. There’s no way it’s gonna have the same amount of MOI as your (regular) driver.’ They hit it straighter.”
Surprised at first, Arron quickly pinpointed the main source of the golfers’ improvement:
And that had everything to do with the club’s length.
“Because it's shorter, they were able to swing more efficiently,” Arron said. “They used their bodies more properly. They put the club in the right spot more consistently.”
Especially when you strike the ball with a square clubface.
With the Autopilot, Rashell observed, “The face stays square longer, so any sort of miss-hits are still going straighter. It’s a pretty powerful combination.”
The golfers’ post-testing comments spoke volumes, too. Let’s hear what they had to say:
My current driver is a year old. I bought it, spent $300 plus and the Autopilot far outperformed that driver. It's, in my opinion, a much improved driver for an amateur like myself. The Autopilot went a lot farther, a lot higher than my previous driver, and a lot straighter. If you hit it on the toe or you hit it on the heel, you don't feel that twisting that you feel in my driver. It's more stable going through, so even on your miss-hits you're still hitting it a long way.Dennis Paulson | 18 handicap
The accuracy numbers of the Autopilot versus mine were extremely surprising to me. I thought that as aggressively as I swinging, the Autopilot had to be all over the place. My numbers were more accurate with the Autopilot than my existing driver. The main thing I'm looking for in any club is solid impact. And I got that consistently. On balance, the Autopilot was longer and straighter, which is what you're looking for.Don Devine | 7.9 handicap
The Autopilot was named very well. It was very easy to swing. It's three inches shorter than the driver I have now, which made for a lot less movement in the club and in my hands to get through the (shot). It was easy to hit well. Easier to stay on the correct swing path. The Autopilot is definitely more solid and more forgiving. The Autopilot certainly made it easier to hit straighter, longer shots. I pity my poor opponents.Doug Haxer | 15 handicap
Designing a club for everyday guys like me is what it should be all about. I am not Jordan Spieth. I'm Joe Golfer. I just want to be able to hit it down the fairway, have a nice shot for the next one, and play the game and be competitive. I think this club helps you be competitive, I really do. It works. What more can you say?Syd Gordon | 18 handicap
The Autopilot was easy to square up to the ball. I could go at it harder and hit it more in the face. With the Autopilot Driver, I felt like I knew it was going to be close. Definitely, the Autopilot's shorter shaft length gave me more control. I was shocked that the Autopilot was so straight.Greg Moorhead | 10.8 handicap
My driver tends to control me. I have to be careful with my setup and with my motion through. My first impression of the (Autopilot) was that it was smaller. The shaft was shorter, but it was a much more compact swing, easier to control. I'm under no illusions. I'm not a tour pro, but I want something that makes me look like one, and this helps.Hud Staffield | 9.1 handicap
(The Autopilot) is a nice club. It's well put-together. It's easy to look at. It's easy to align. The biggest difference is, even on miss-hits it's going farther, which is the whole purpose of the club. Miss-hits, good hits, it didn't matter. Still getting that much more distance. Something that's easier to hit, that goes farther on miss hits, that goes farther on solid hits, is a good thing. That's what it's all about.Jim Anderson | 15 handicap
Being able to hit a drive 300 yards is not gonna happen for me. Being able to drive well over 200 yards, straight down the fairway, is really what this company is doing with this piece of equipment. I love the Autopilot Driver because I can go at the ball with more speed, I can feel confident that the ball will launch into the air and go straight and be in the fairway.Tony Giaccone | 13 handicap
Two? One? None?
Unless you’re getting all five, you’re getting shortchanged.
It doesn’t have to be that way. You don’t have to settle for up and (mostly) down performance while fighting your driver’s unwieldy design.
OK, it looks like you declined to click. Totally understood. The Autopilot is so different from any other driver on the market, you’d probably like to know more before taking the plunge.
For instance, you’re probably curious who came up with its ingenious design. While it was a genuine group effort by a team of engineers, their leader was a fellow named Josh Boggs.
He’s not a household name (yet). Few club designers are. But Josh is well-known and highly respected among his peers. In fact, he’s had a big hand in building clubs that made Golf Digest’s coveted “Hot List.”
In other words, Josh knows his stuff, and he’s well aware of the flaws that sunk the original wave of square drivers.
For starters, Josh says, “They were really loud.” (Indeed, if you ever hit a square driver – or stood near anyone who did – your ears may still be ringing.)
They weren’t exactly pleasing to the eye, either. The big issue, Josh notes, was that “clubmakers became obsessed with pushing the USGA limit for MOI, and compromised on sound, feel and aesthetics.” Before those kinks could be worked out, adjustability came along – and it was pretty much curtains for the square driver.
Maybe, though, the industry abandoned the concept too quickly.
And plenty of amateurs still carry their decade-old models today. It turns out that…
Despite their bugs, square drivers had some big-time benefits. Josh and Co. made sure that only the good stuff went into the Autopilot.
The clean lines of its sleek, stainless steel clubhead catch the eyes in all the right ways, while the proprietary, high-end graphite shaft (available in four flexes) provides exceptional kick and control.
Gone is the harsh, frying-pan-smacking-a-rock sound of first-generation square drivers, replaced by a sweet, solid ring that says, “Nailed it!”
As for performance, well, you’ve already seen what the Autopilot can do for everyday golfers.
You’ve also learned the intricate details of its design and how the Autopilot makes squaring the clubface – and drilling the ball far down the fairway – a whole lot easier than your current driver ever could.
But you might be getting a little antsy about the bottom line – the price of the Autopilot Driver.
Don’t worry. We’ll reveal it very soon. Spoiler alert: It’s a lot less than you’re used to paying for a top-of-the-line driver.
And why is that?
For one thing, you won’t pay a premium for a famous logo. (And last time we checked, a logo never boosted anybody’s distance or accuracy.)
Nor do we have massive marketing and distribution costs that jack up the price. That’s a big benefit of our direct-to-consumer model.
And to be perfectly honest, we know that golfers like to try out new products – especially drivers – before plunking down their hard-earned cash. A demo is one thing we can’t offer.
But we make up for it with this:
While we’re betting on love-at-first-swing, we know sparks don’t always fly right away.
It may take a week. It may take a couple of practice sessions. There could be fits and starts.
Whatever the case, we’re giving you two full months to put the Autopilot Driver to the test. You can hit it once or a million times, on the course, the range or an indoor golf simulator.
If 60 days pass and the Autopilot hasn’t noticeably improved your driving, simply send it back and we’ll gladly refund what you paid for it (minus shipping & handling).
And how much, exactly, will that be?
Considering that the Autopilot Driver is guaranteed to:
…You won’t be paying very much at all.
Better yet, you’ll pay even less today because you got here in time for our…
You can try an A14 Autopilot for a mere $179. Surprised?
Need a minute to recover from reverse sticker shock?
We get it. You’re probably used to spending twice that (or more) on a new driver. You’d better snap out of it, though – the clock is ticking. The moment we sell out of our initial inventory, this awesome offer goes with it.
In other words, the window of opportunity will close quicker than the blink of an eye – just like it does when you swing that conventional slice machine.
So don’t wait another millisecond.
It’s time to take flight with the Autopilot Driver.
Includes headcover + free shipping to U.S. addresses
Which Shaft Flex Do I Need?
You can use either your average clubhead speed or average driving distance to decide which flex is right for you.
|Average Clubhead Speed||Average Driving Distance|
|Stiff||90 MPH||250+ yards|
|Regular||80-90 MPH||200 - 240 yards|
|Senior||70-80 MPH||175 - 200 yards|
|Senior Plus||< 70 MPH||< 175 yards|
If you have a question about the Autopilot A14 Driver or if you’d like to order by phone, call our friendly customer service team at 888.241.2460 (Monday – Friday, 9:00 am-5:00pm CT). You can also send an email to [email protected].