The first thing I noticed is that the Saviour has a nice lightweight feel to it and in consequence I felt comfortable swinging it. As a novice golfer I never felt happy to take out a fairway wood, needing the confidence of seeing the ball teed up to persuade me to take a swing with one of the longer clubs. But with this weapon I had no such lack of confidence.
More surprisingly, not only did I use it every time it was appropriate but in my first-ever round with the club I didn't hit one 'duff' shot with it. I also used it in the light rough at edge of the fairway and it performed excellently. It gave me a clean hit every time and I had plenty of practice as I very rarely hit the middle of the fairway.
I didn't use the new club off the tee but stuck with my driver - perhaps that's why I had so many opportunities to test the Saviour from the rough. And, although performance is almost everything in a golf club, the lovely metallic red paint certainly made this look good in my bag (well, I am a designer); it stands out from run-of-the-mill clubs.
Mark Findlater, no handicap
Second (and third) opinion
There are three variations in the Saviour range and both Mark and I used the number 1, which is about the equivalent of a 3-wood. It has 18 degrees of loft, which is around the 4-wood mark but all the Saviours are one degree closed, to counter-act a slice and I think it makes them slightly stronger than the basic figures might suggest. It looks like a cross between a driving iron and fairway wood and is one of the best-looking clubs around. The first time I hit it the ball went long and straight and I was immediately hooked.
But where it scores particularly well (no pun intended) is its versatility because it plays well from the tee, short grass or rough. Every golfer needs a banker club in their bag, the sort of weapon they fall back on when a good shot is especially crucial and the Saviour has become that club for me - whether on a tight driving hole or to get me out of trouble on those occasions when I didn't use it from the tee.
About 18 months ago I tested the Big Easy driver from Kane Golf, a Scottish company based in Glasgow and it performed so well that it's still in my bag, taking preference over Callaway, TaylorMade and Titleist. More impressively, it passed the Geoff test and he has one as well. Geoff is my best friend but a pretty poor golfer who struggles for consistency so I got him to test the Saviour 2 and 3 because where he often struggles is on longish par threes - over 160 yards - because of his erratic play with long irons. Not any more. He took to the Saviours like a duck to water and loves using them, describing them as his new best friends.
The Saviour 2 is 21 degrees, while the 3 is 24 degrees, which makes them comparable to a 5 and 7-wood and any of you who have used utility clubs in the past, particularly the 'gentleman's persuader' 7-wood, will know how quickly you can fall in love with them.
No club will help if you make a rank bad swing and yet, despite a comparatively small clubhead, all three of us who tested these woods found them stable, easy to swing and accurate. It looks as if Kane Golf has another, deserved winner on its hands.
The best news of all, though, is the price. At the moment (March '04) there's a special offer on, buying one Saviour will cost you £60, any two are available for £110 and all three will set you back £150, which in many instances is what you would pay for one club from another manufacturer.
Martin Vousden, 10 handicap.
Kane Golf can be reached on 0141 810 2922 or at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|| 12 - MARCH 2004