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Fister Golf's Model I Driver -- Bringing 'The Beast' to Your Golf Bag
By Jeffrey A. Rendall
Without a doubt. As “Joe Golfers” ourselves, the most outstanding feature we noticed in the Model I was its straight ball-flight – to our untrained eyes, one of the straightest drivers we’ve ever tried. For us, the ball seemed to stay in the air longer using the Model I, and when conditions permitted (we’ve played a lot of very wet courses lately), even offered some roll after landing. Most drivers these days seem geared towards launching it high, but also appear to spin too much – killing the roll.
The Fister Model I driver is quite a performer. We don’t scientifically test clubs, but we have little to complain about in terms of distance and ball-flight with the Model I. In other words, we were very pleased with the Fister Model I, and would recommend that you take a chance on something that isn’t necessarily available in your local store.
Fister Driver Review (excerpts and quotes)
James Miles | August 1, 2013
I happen to be a big fan of seeing when companies that are trying to break onto the scene with golf equipment that they believe can compete with the big OEM’s of the industry. Obviously, without the big budget R&D facilities that the major companies have, the production process is more daunting for a small company, but in the end no matter the budget, it all comes down to performance and I absolutely love that. One such company is Fister Golf. While obviously a unique name for a company, it makes much more sense when you realize that it was started by three time RE/MAX World Long Drive Champion Sean “The Beast” Fister himself. For me, having grown up watching the LD’ers competing on TV and knowing who Sean Fister was, I was immediately even more excited to get my hands on the Fister Model-I driver.
Head-Shape and Face
The Fister Model-I at first glance possesses what I would consider a somewhat classic headshape. The design actually maintains smooth lines all the way around and is very easy on the eyes, which is something that really can make or break a design aesthetically speaking for many golfers.
For the Model-I, the company chose to go with a slightly metallic black crown paired with the contrasting brushed silver face, a very classic and traditional choice that is sure to fit the majority of golfer’s eyes. The sole of the club is definitely more “busy”, with the combination of a black/white/chrome color scheme as well as the weight port and accordion chamber. The thing about the sole of the Model-I is that even though there is a lot more going on here than there is at address it all flows together very well and you definitely sense that some serious R&D really did go into this head. Most interesting though is that in the middle of today’s flashy marketing trend there are no unnecessary branding or graphics on the head, which allow the design to simply speak for itself.
The one thing that can be said in my time with the Model-I again and again is that it really does feel like the ball just jumps off of the face, there is no sensation of the ball lingering at impact at all which really gives the feeling of just jumping all over the golf ball at impact.
I personally found that the Model-I was actually most responsive to misses across the face. The distance loss that I saw from both heel and toe misses was much less than I initially expected from the head. When you think of a driver head designed by a Long Drive athlete like Sean Fister you cannot help but immediately think about distance at the cost of forgiveness. This really could not have been further from the truth for me, as the amount of cross-face forgiveness is quite impressive.
Obviously with the Model-I being designed by Sean “The Beast” Fister himself, distance is going to be the area that the biggest premium is put on. The 10.5 degree driver gave me a solid mid-high launch angle which produced a nice penetrating ball flight time and time again along with a solid amount of rollout. On what I would consider to be truly “good” swings I saw a very nice mid-high ball flight that gave me some very nice carry distances. The rollout in coordination with the overall carry is where the Fister really shined for me. Typically, where I play you either see drives that carry forever with minimal roll or you see line drives that run forever. The Fister actually gave me a combination of the two, which I typically do not see out of my game. The Model I does have an impressive amount of length packed into it for sure.
The Model-I driver by Fister golf is a driver that certainly brings some performance with it. It is clear that Fister Golf doesn’t have the big name or the big funding of the major OEM’s, but they still produced a driver that can stand on its own.
BEAUTY FROM THE BEAST: FISTER’S MODEL 1 DRIVER
Like “The Beast,” himself, the Model 1 exceeds expectations. The 10.5-degree (R flex) Model 1 is as long as any driver I’ve hit this year. It’s also as straight as they come. Unless I put a really wild swing on it, the ball stayed straight down the target line.
The key to the Model 1 is its fire forged SP700 titanium face that Fister said allows it to be shaped from a billet into a variable thickness tongue-and-groove cup face that provides better strength and a more consistent CT in and around the impact zone. The result is the hottest face allowed within USGA rules.
“I found a way to forge the face using a 5,000-ton press,” said Fister, who operates the Fister Golf Academy in Charleston, S.C. “It costs more but the faces are pressed instead of milled out from the back. The ball speed off the toe and heel is very consistent because it’s been pressed.”
“A lot of drivers will carry the ball a pretty good distance, but the balls just flutter back to the ground,” Fister said. “With the Model 1, when the ball hits, you get a lot of roll. The face is where it’s at.”
Works for me.