Expert Review: Stix Golf DriverPublished on 09/27/2023 · 5 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the driver, which I purchased with my own money in June of 2022.
All photos courtesy of Andrew Abbott
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the driver, which I purchased with my own money in June of 2022.
The Stix Golf Driver is ideal for beginner and intermediate golfers looking for a great quality driver for an affordable price. This driver is also great for golfers who only play a few times a year but would like to upgrade from their older clubs. This driver will help players hit the fairways more often and increase their driving distance.
About the club I own
- Model: 2021 Stix Golf Driver
- Loft setting: 10.5°
- Shaft type: Standard
- Shaft flex: Stiff
- Average score: 70
- Handicap: +2
- Experience: 5 years playing golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-Handed
- Typical ball flight: Mid-High
- Golf ball used: TaylorMade TP5x
- Club swing speed: 120mph (driver)
- When I bought the club: June 2022
- Days tested: 30+
- Where I’ve used it: Various golf courses
- Weather and wind conditions: Warm, cold, rain, wind, and clear conditions
How it performs
What I was looking for
I wanted to test out affordable drivers to learn more about them. I was looking for cheaper drivers compared to the top line, $600 drivers that companies like TaylorMade and Callaway offer.
Why I chose this club
I chose the Stix driver for two reasons. The first reason is that the driver is all black, looks very aesthetic, and is gender-neutral. The other reason I bought the Stix driver is the company is a new, up-and-coming golf brand designed to provide quality gear to beginner and intermediate golfers for a fair, affordable price.
What I love about it
- Distance: This driver is not the longest-distance club by any means. However, it certainly packs a punch and is great for a beginner golfer because the ball jumps off the clubface to help add some distance.
- Forgiveness: Like with distance, this driver is not nearly the most forgiving club on the market. However, there is nothing better for forgiveness than this driver at this price. The Stix driver is very forgiving on both toe and heel shots, which is great for beginner golfers looking for a cheap club to get into playing golf.
- Feel: The Stix driver feels surprisingly good. It has a soft and explosive feel. The driver feels like the ball jumps off the clubface for added distance. This is the best-feeling brand-new driver that I have been able to find at this price.
- Sound: This driver sounds very traditional to most golf clubs. It does not have the same loud explosive sound that higher-end clubs have, but it sounds very solid and complete. I have not hit a shot with this club where it didn't sound good.
- Workability: The Stix driver is very workable. I have no problem shaping my shots, including fades, draws, and low and high shots.
- Aesthetic Appeal: This driver is good-looking for the price range and category it attempts to fill. This is the best-looking beginner/intermediate driver that I have ever seen. The all-black color paired with the simple traditional clubhead creates a very pleasing and stunning golf club.
- Launch Angle: This club launches well. The weight is pulled back and low to help maximize forgiveness and launch. The weight, mainly in the back of the club, moves the center of gravity lower, which helps launch the ball higher in the air. This is extremely important for all golfers, especially beginners.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Adjustability: There are no adjustability options with this driver.
- Shaft Feel: This shaft sometimes feels too soft for my liking. I like a firm, hard feeling with my club shafts, which sometimes feel too soft and whippy. However, that is very helpful for most beginner golfers.
- Shaft Performance: The shaft options are not the best for someone with higher swing speeds. However, these shafts are great for players who need help launching the ball higher and increasing clubhead speed.
- Grip Feel: The grips on Stix clubs feel fine at first. However, the grips wear out very quickly and need replacing within the first few months. I recommend using the grips until they wear out and regripping with a higher-end grip that will last years.
- Spin: This driver spins too much for me. However, this is helpful for beginners because the high spin with the driver will help with accuracy.
Best shot with this club
The best shot I hit with this driver was on a short par 4 that I could make an eagle on. The par 4 was 320 yards, and I hit the driver and was left with about 30 yards to the pin. I was then able to chip that shot in.
Value for the money vs. other options
The Stix Golf Driver is the best value brand-new driver for beginner golfers. Few drivers provide this much quality, forgiveness, and looks at a reasonable price. One recommendation for an affordable driver would be to buy a newer, older model from a top brand. The best comparison for a Stix driver would be the Tour Edge Exotics E722 and the Robin Golf driver, 3-wood, and hybrid bundle for players looking to upgrade all of their fairway woods. There are some great used Callaway, TaylorMade, and Titleist drivers that are a few years old for a similar price. A used TaylorMade M5 and M6 would be priced similarly to the Stix driver.
The Stix Golf Driver is an option for golfers looking for a high-quality driver in a sleek, all-black design at an affordable price. This driver is great for beginner and intermediate golfers looking to upgrade their driver.