Product: Krank Rage driver
Reviewer: Bill Kroen
Reviewer's Rating: 5 out of 5
- Tremendous ball speed
- High MOI without looking big
- Long and forgiving
- Quality head, shaft and grip
- Head graphics may be distracting
- Devil head cover might be too much for the traditionalist
- $350 price tag might be steep for some
Review: Krank Rage Driver
Krank Golf always seemed like a fringe company to me when, occasionally, I saw an ad for their El Diablo or Chili Pepper clubs. Somehow, I never took this company seriously.
What caught my interest was when I was skimming through a golf forum and read that the Krank Diablo driver finished first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh in the 2008 Re-Max Long Drive Contest in Overall performance. I checked out their site, Krankgolf.com, where I read about their Long Drive successes and also found out that they offer online fitting (either through a questionnaire, or by submitting your specifications). Since I play yearround, I decided to give the new Krank offering – The Rage driver - a whirl.
The Krank Rage Driver Arrives
The shaft used in my Krank Rage driver is a high-quality Fujikura Diesel that comes in A, R, F, S and X-S flexes. I chose the firm. The grip is a very comfortable half cord that offers a non-slip feel without stinging the hands. It comes with an El Diablo headcover in the shape of a red devil complete with horns and a tail.
I am a 64-year-old golf professional with a handicap in the low single digits. While I practice quite a bit and work out, my distance is average for my age and skill level. I hit my drives about 250 yards and most of the time I am in the fairway. I can work the ball left or right. In the past two years I have used Wishon THC and TaylorMade Burner drivers with good results.
I took the Krank Rage driver to my range and, after warming up, teed up a few balls. The ball jumps off the face so that you can instantly sense that you are generating more ball speed. The club is not loud at all, but makes a solid click that you can hear and feel at impact.
Teeing Up with the Krank Rage Driver
I continued to hit great drives and was consistently longer than my usual distance. As a bonus, I noticed that I hit very few shots that would get me into trouble, and these came when I tried to over-swing to see if I could push it farther. The Krank Rage driver is very forgiving and this is what Krank had in mind when the company developed the club. While the El Diablo racked up tremendous results on the Long Driver circuit, Krank realized that 95-percent of its business comes from golfers who play the game. Making a driver that will help you land on the fairway while smacking it out a good distance is what they came up with when they developed the Rage.
On the course, I stepped to the tee on the fifth hole only to have my three playing partners ask about the driver - they said I was hitting the ball farther than I ever had before. It was true. They all wanted to look at and swing the Krank Rage driver, and I continued to hit great drives that were in play for the entire 18. Simply put – I love this driver.