PowerBilt Citation WMD
By Kickntrue on 6/25/08
Reveiwed by Korry Franke, oobgolf contributer





Ratings Key
10.0 - 9.5   Would Help Tiger
9.4 - 8.5     Awesome
8.4 - 7.5     Very good
7.4 - 6.5     Above Average
6.4 - 4.5     Solid
4.4 - 3.5     Below Average
3.4 - 2.5     Save Your Money
2.4 - 0.0     Pay NOT to own


Introduction

To say that PowerBilt, a division of Hillerich and Bradsby Co., has a rich corporate history would be a huge understatement! Why? Because the company dates back to 1884 when its founder, John "Bud" Hillerich, invented the Louisville Slugger! Now, three generations later, a Hillerich is still at the helm of H&B, making it the world's longest running, family owned, sports equipment manufacturer. Add to that PowerBilt's stellar record of results in the golfing world including use in 8 major tournament victories as well as over 100 PGA and LPGA wins, and its understandable why I was excited to hit this, shall we say, explosive club!

Yes, I realize that WMD stands for "Weapon of Mass Distance" and not "Weapon of Mass Destruction", but I'm guessing the parallels aren't coincidental! PowerBilt set out to build a driver that easily allows its users to create ultra-fast club head speed maximizing the power of impact. They also teamed up with Winn for world-class grips and Aldila, the maker of the VS Proto-OL graphite shaff that's light and sturdy while maximizing feel. Needless to say, I could barely wait to get my hands on this mean-hitting machine.

To learn more about the the specs and company line of the driver- visit PowerBilt.com.


Look - 7.2

There's no denying it: the Citation Intro WMD Driver is definitely an imposing club. I guess that's what happens when you build an ultra large club head (about 5 inches wide and 4.5 inches deep) and then mount it to a frighteningly long 47 inch shaft! I mean, I thought the TaylorMade R7 driver in my own bag was a big club, but the Citation literally towers over my R7. Why did they make it so big? It's just physics, really. The long shaft forces the club head to move at a higher speed during a swing. Higher club head speed increases power at the moment of impact which, thanks to the big sweet spot, helps blast longer drives. In fact, the PowerBilt website actually claims that most golfers should be able to increase their drives at least 15 yards.

Along with the massive club head, you'll most definitely notice the metallic blue shaft that seems to stretch on forever. Standing at the tee, I honestly felt almost uncomfortably far away from the ball. It just didn't seem possible that the club could make the reach, but reach it did.

Experience - 7.1

I hit the PowerBilt Citation Intro WMD Driver at the driving range and during a practice round. Other than the strange feeling of being so far away from the ball at the tee, the next thing you notice is the very unique sound this club makes at contact. Honestly, it's not a good sound. You like to hear something that gives you confidence in a shot well hit. With the Citation, it sounds like you're hitting a tin can, very much like the Nike Sumo square drivers. Even on the best hit balls, its strange sound didn't inspire confidence and was by far the biggest drawback to my hitting experience.

Putting the sound aside, I was impressed with how good the club felt in my hands, especially with the Winn grips, and I immediately noticed that PowerBilt wasn't lying about creating a well-balanced club with lightning-fast club head speed. The club seemed to want to rocket through the ball on nearly every swing of mine, leaving my arms in a tight coil behind my back. Swinging a club with such a long shaft definitely takes some getting used to, but by the end of my outing at the range, my drives were getting much more consistent with the ball blasting off the club face and down range. I'd say that PowerBilt was successful in the engineering of this club that they specifically designed for people with medium to slow swing speeds, and if it weren't for the dinky sound, I would have rated this club higher. Just make sure you spend plenty of time at the range getting used to it before taking it to the course as it definitely feels a bit unwieldy at first.

Value - 7.5

With a MSRP of $250, you might not agree with my 7.5 rating. But when you consider that you can often find it discounted to $199 or so, the PowerBilt Citation Intro WMD Driver seems much more reasonably priced. The big question comes down to how badly you need extra swing speed. PowerBilt told oobgolf that this club was specifically designed for people with medium or slow swing speeds. So if you fit that demographic, the Citation's extra shaft length and super light titanium club head will easily help you increase the speed, and thus power at the moment of impact which can add precious distance to almost any drive. But if you already have swing speeds around 110mph or faster, this may not be the club for you.

Overall - 7.4 (not an average)

The PowerBilt Citation Intro WMD Driver. It's light. It's fast. It's tough. It's fun. And it can definitely do some explosive damage to a poor, unsuspecting golf ball atop a tee! It's reasonably priced and fulfills its design specifications for helping golfers increase club head speed and distance. But, it is a bit awkward to swing, at least at first, and it's not exactly the most masculine sound upon impact. If, however, you're more interested in results, then the Citation WMD is absolutely worth a look, or even better, a test run at the driving range.


[ comments ]
falcon50driver says:
I'm wondering about their choice of the name CITATION for this club. I Couldn't pass up this opportunity to repeat some of the jokes the Learjet guys tell about The Cessna Citation jet which is over a hundred knots slower than a Lear.......They say Citations are for people who like jet engines but don't like jet speeds....Citations are sometimes called Nearjets......Citation pilots have to carry a little rubber hammer to finish smashing the bugs on the windshield........New development for Citations, a rearward facing radar to warn of being overtaken by a fast moving cold front.......Citations have the bird splitter mounted on the BACK of the plane....etc.
6/26/08
 
falcon50driver says:
I know,I know, Cessna is building a new, really fast Citation now. Arnie flies one. The club even has the Cessna Citation Horseshoe logo, What's the connection? I know that a racehorse named Citation won the triple crown but who's going to remember that?
6/26/08
 
klangdon says:
The WMD part of the name is pretty sweet.
6/26/08
 
LexMacar says:
lol i just think of team America when i hear WMD. . .
6/28/08
 
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