I bought a Pinemeadow Golf 360cc double wall driver back in February and have now been able to play several rounds of golf with it. The club design is unique in the golf industry. While everyone else tries to move the weight to the perimeter of the club and lower the center of gravity, Pinemeadow Golf designed this clubhead with the weight forward and a higher center of gravity. It gets its “double wall” name from a second titanium face behind the clubhead face. This reinforces the club’s face and produces what they call a “power chamber”. This design actually reduces the “springboard” effect that thin-faced clubs are promoting, but increases the bounce effect of modern golf balls and creates a face that reacts solidly even on off-center hits. These clubs come standard with an Adila designed graphite shaft with a mid kick point. These clubs meet all USGA standards and are legal for tournament play. They recently brought out a 400cc version of this club design, which is more in line with the bigger clubheads everyone wants to play these days.
There are several differences that I have noticed between this club and my square driver. First of all, the size of the club head is about a quarter less in volume than my square golf club. The second difference I noticed right away is that it sounds solid when you hit a golf ball. The “can” sound you get with 460cc drivers is gone. The third notable difference is the roll on the face of this club. There is a very noticeable curvature in the double-walled driver’s face. This feature creates what is called the “gear effect.” If you hit the ball on the toe it tends to give the ball a drag spin and conversely if you hit the ball on the heel it gives a fade out spin to the ball. Theoretically, this will help you hit the ball straighter. Lastly, the ball has lower flight than with my square golf clubs.
Right now, I’m still adjusting to the head size of this driver, but I can say that when I hit this club in the middle of the clubface, I get better distance mainly because of better swing. The hauling distance may be a little less than my square driver. Whether I hit the ball toe or heel, I’ll probably get less distance than I would with my square golf club. I love the sound this club makes when you make solid contact and I like the traditional shape of this club…looks good in the direction.
My perception of this club at this point is that you need to use a lower compression golf ball like the Pro V1 to maximize rebound off the clubface. Second, I think you have to consistently hit this club near the center of the face… I seem to lose a lot of distance on heel or toe shots. In general, I like the club and I will keep it in my bag this summer. Maybe I’ll pull out a Phil Mickelson and play two drivers this year!