Josh rated this product on 07/30/08 I have to admit when the square drivers first came out I was a bit skeptical, but this one works as advertised. The ball does go pretty high as others have commented about the 12* driver, but I am hitting it on average 15 yards further than my last driver. This driver is by no means a cure for the common slice, but I let my buddy try it out who normally has a severe slice and his slice nearly disappeared (it could almost be considered a fade), and nearly all of his drives were either in the fairway or short rough. When it comes to forgiveness this club gets an A. I hit several drives off of the inside the club, and they still went straight (of course not as long). All in all this is an outstanding club, and I will probably be buying a 10* to add to my collection for use on windy days.
Mike rated this product on 07/27/08 The Excel Lightning driver is worth the money. I usually get under the ball too much, so I was a little uncertain of having to settle for a 10* driver. I do hit the ball a little higher with the Excel Lightning, but that doesn't matter since I'm hitting the ball 10 to 20 yards farther than my 8.5* driver. I've been using a Nike 8.5* driver and I have to close the face up a little every time to avoid my slice. Pinemeadows told me that the Excel Lightning has a slight offset to it. So I thought that's a plus. Now I don't have to close the face of the club up at all. If you have a severe slice this may not be the cure all. But it cured my slice. I would also recommend getting the Grafalloy Pro Launch Red shaft to help against the slice. It has a low torque and every little bit helps.
walter rated this product on 07/17/08 Great club. I hit a bucket of balls today and was able to adjust my swing to hit solid. It has a nice feel and was able to hit some straight balls. Very lively off the club face. I bought the 10 deg with stiff flex and I think this has helped. Thanks for the excellent deals and expertise.
Kevin rated this product on 07/11/08 I bought the 12 degree loft driver about a month ago. I am a higher handicap golfer, mostly because I lose so many strokes on lost balls off the tee. Huge slicer!!!! I took my new driver to range and was just as much of a mess as I was with my old cleveland driver. But about 10-15 balls later I knocked a solid 250+ drive that was straight. I made a couple of adjustments to replicate that swing, and the result was 250+, straight drives for the rest of the bucket. I should point out that a friend of a friend owns a golf shop and let me try out the Taylor Made R7, the Nike square Sumo and several other top of the line drivers. The only one that came close to this pinemeadow driver was a Tour Edge. I had more distance with the Tour Edge but I was much straighter with the Lightening. I think the difference is purely loft. I bought the 12 degree thinking more loft, less spin. But, 12 is too much. My ball flies long and straight but I don't get as much roll as I would like. However, if long straight carry is what you are looking for, the 12 might be right for you. There definitely is less spin on mishits. Besides, the price on this driver makes it so that I can play this loft for a year until I am very comfortable with it and still be able to justify a new lower loft driver next year. Can't beat that. I have given out this site to numerous friends because I am so happy with my purchase. No, a better club can't fix a bad swing, but sometimes you can't fix your bad swing without getting a better club. BTW - I also purchased the excel strong hybrids and love them as well. I would highly recommend both the driver and the hybrids.
Brian rated this product on 07/07/08 First, the rating of '4' is mostly due to my own error ... I bought a regular flex, 12* loft ... the ball flies far too high (ridiculously high), so I'm sacrificing some distance (sadly, it's far too late to return at this point - after tearing muscles in my back). As for the club itself (aside from the loft), I love it. If you have a naturally wicked slice or hook - this won't fix it, but it will help somewhat. I've had to drastically slow down my swing speed in order to get a more solid, accurate hit ... and even at slower swings, the ball still carries 225-250 ... put more ummph into it, and it goes 300 no problem (rare for me, but I've had streaks). One of the best things about this club is the feeling it produces when you hit the sweet spot ... it's almost like slicing through butter with a hot knife ... you hardly feel any resistance, the sound is solid without having that pinging, aluminum sound, and the ball flies mad straight. This club is excellent - just take the time and get your swing analysed before you choose loft and flex. Cheers!