The Sub 70 849 series drivers and 949x fairway woods give golfers more of what we’ve come to expect from the value-centric brand.
According to our consumer survey data, Sub 70 is the No. 1 direct-to-consumer golf equipment brand. The model isn’t unique: cut out the middle-man and pass the savings along to the consumer. But, as with any model, it comes down to execution. And it’s difficult to point out any real flaws in how Sub 70 has established itself as the leader in this segment of the market.
That context is important, in part, because it sets a level of expectation. What Sub 70 delivers is an appealing combination of performance, value and customer service. And if past is prologue, I expect Sub 70 to augment its line by updating several existing models and strategically adding pieces geared toward lower-handicap golfers.
That said, let’s recap the two most recent Sub 70 metalwood offerings as both give us a good idea as to what we might expect from Sub 70 in 2022.
849 Series Drivers
Sub 70 now has two 849 series driver models: 849D and 849 Pro.
Modern driver construction is all about light base materials and strategically placed heavier ones. To clarify: wherever feasible, manufactures employ titanium (generally face and body) and plenty of carbon (crown and sole). And, yes, sometimes the face.
These materials free up discretionary weight that designers shift around to alter the center of gravity (CG) which impacts shot characteristics such as trajectory, spin and shot shape.
To that end, the 849D employs a standard 6-4 titanium body alongside a Beta-rich titanium face and carbon composite crown.
Moreover, the 849D is a game-improvement model that targets mid- to high-handicap golfers. And, as we’ve come to expect in golf parlance, the D stands for “draw.” Draw-biased drivers tend to have three common characteristics: a square or slightly closed face, upright lie angles and draw-biased weighting. Sub 70 849D checks all three boxes.
Looking at the sole, you’ll notice three separate weight ports: one on the rear and one in the heel and the toe. The default arrangement is 12 grams in the rear and three grams each in the heel and toe. Quick math tells us that’s 18 grams of moveable weight in the sole. With that, both 849 series drivers utilize an adjustable hosel (+/- 2°) which allows the golfer to change loft, lie and face-angle—just not independently. The point is, even though the Sub 70 849D is designed with the intention of draw bias, golfers have plenty of options to tweak ball flight.
Compared to the Sub 70 849 Pro, the 849D is slightly larger (460 cc), more forgiving and higher launching. Speaking of which …
Sub 70 849 Pro
The Sub 70 849 Pro favors workability over forgiveness for the golfer who is looking for a more compact footprint and lower trajectory with less spin. That’s another way of saying that if the 849D is built for the masses, the 849 Pro is a nod to the typical requests of better players.
It’s only 10 cc smaller (450 cc) than the 849D but the shaping and slightly open face angle at address are clear indicators that Sub 70 went with a “less is more” approach this time around.
Beyond that, the two models share a good bit of DNA. The material foundation (titanium body, beta titanium face, carbon crown) is the same. As are the locations of the three (12 gram rear, three gram heel and toe) weight ports.
In essence, it’s two versions of the same blueprint with slightly modifications to total volume, face angle and lie angle. However, given the adjustable hosel with 12 settings, golfers have plenty of latitude to moderate launch, trajectory and shot shape.
Sub 70 949x Fairway
The Sub 70 949x fairway replaces the outgoing 939x fairway wood which performed reasonably well in our 2019 Most Wanted fairway wood testing. Regarding the 939x, it produced above-average ball speed with high marks for carry distance consistency. The only knock on the 939x is that it didn’t rate highly in the looks department. Sub 70 believes the updated 949x will maintain performance while offering golfers more meaningful adjustability with better sound and feel.
At less than $200, the Sub 70 949x fairway offers a robust slate of modern technology and materials. The 455-carpenter steel cupped face produces “the hottest ball speeds possible off the face” according to Sub 70. Perhaps a bit audacious but I wouldn’t be surprised if the 949x matches or exceeds some ball speed numbers from higher-priced competitors in 2022 Most Wanted testing. TBD on all of that.
A carbon composite crown frees up weight that Sub 70 uses to help shift the CG location lower and toward the rear of the head. All things being equal, this promotes higher launch with less spin. For many golfers, that’s the recipe for additional distance.
Two weight ports (rear and heel) allow golfers to select either higher launch and more forgiveness (12-gram rear/six-gram heel) or a moderate draw bias (12-gram heel, six-gram rear). As with the 849 series drivers, the adjustable hosel provides a range of loft (+/- 2°), lie and face angle settings.
Some critics decry Sub 70 designs as too basic. But simple isn’t the enemy of substance. As our testing indicates, Sub 70 isn’t just a lower-priced alternative to the major brands. It manages to punch above its weight class and, in many cases, outperform more expensive competitors.
That said, it’s fair to point out that a limitation of the DTC model is that frequently steps in the R&D process are outsourced. Third-party vendors don’t have the R&D budgets of major manufacturers and, as a result, DTC equipment may lack cutting-edge materials or production processes. On some level, this only matters in so far as it impacts performance.
But driver technology (and, to a lesser degree, fairway woods and hybrids) are the arms race of the golf equipment industry. Major manufacturers spend tens of millions of dollars on fractional improvements. It costs a lot to push the very edges of the envelope and DTC brands don’t have this depth of resources to dedicate. However, this is one of the reasons Sub 70 can offer equipment at a fraction of the price of mainline brands.
With that, it’s reasonable to think that Sub 70 specifically, and the DTC model in general, is best suited to compete with industry stalwarts when the benefits of certain technologies aren’t quite as pronounced.
As always, tell us what you think.
Pricing and Availability
All 849 series drivers and the 949x fairway woods are currently available.
Standard pricing is $329 for 849 series drivers and $189 for 949x fairway woods.
To check inventory status and available stock shaft and grip options, visit Sub70.com.
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Momo8 months ago
I purchased the 949x 3 wood with the Project X Evenflow Riptide CB 40 5.0 shaft (senior) back in the spring. Could not be more pleased. As a 12 handicapper it is super consistent with a straight ball flight and works well even in the mild rough. Flight is “tweakable” with the weights and settings. For most of us price is a consideration and compared to the major brands I tried this equals or surpasses them at a fraction of the $. A few of my playing partners (single digit hdcp) were so impressed they got their own. A few hybrids or irons may be next.
Customer service excellent as well
Dennis1 year ago
I first tried the Sub 70 wedges to go with my PXG’s. I was so impressed with them, I ordered a full set of 699 irons. I loved the look and feel, but I was hitting the ball way too high. I called Jason and we discussed my game and the shafts in my PXG’s. We decided to go with the AeroTech Carbon Fiber shafts. I paid extra for these shafts , but they have been a game changer for me. When I ordered them, Jason paid for my return shipping, installed the new shafts and returned them to me is less than 2 weeks.. I have since sold my PXG’s, ordered the 849D driver and got rid of my Ping 425 driver. These clubs and customer service are the best I have ever seen. I am think about ordering a Sycamore putter today!
Rob V.1 year ago
I leaned heavily into Sub70 as I replaced my 20y.o. garage sale set. 3w, 4Hybird(939x), wedges. Played a season with them, was not disappointed. Wife gifted me a full bag fitting for Xmas. The fitter kept the hybrid and swapped out the shaft. The 3w was only beat out by a better trajectory and spin rate. (Ping G425 LST). The wedges also got edge out on better backspin.(JB forges replaced by Bettinardi HLX 3.0)
BP219011 year ago
I tested an 849 Pro against the Ping G410 for a few months this past Fall. On the course and via launch monitor data. The distance & dispersion performance and the workability was identical between the two for me. The 849 Pro is now the gamer with no regrets.
Jay Sub701 year ago
That is great to hear…thank you!
Mark R1 year ago
I am completely sold on Sub70 .Fantastic company with the best customer service out there. The 4 wood I recently bought is superior to anything out there I have ever used. I also have the 690 pro black irons and wedges they make along with a carbon steel putter!! Thanks to MyGolfSpy for turning me on to Sub70. Highly recommend..and as a bonus you have 60 days to try out the clubs and return for free if you don’t like them…I’m now checking out the drivers…
Jay Sub701 year ago
Thanks Mark. If you ever have any questions just let us know!
Tyler H12 months ago
I bought a “very good” set of Used 699-Pros 4-PW and have loved everything about them, when the full-face wedges are released I’m buying 3. I’m also going to jump on the 659 forged irons probably later this year. Sub 70 is a brand I recommend to all.
Owen1 year ago
I have tried Sub70 and can attest to their great Customer Service. The problem is their Quality Control (QC). They may produce some good equipment (and it appears others have enjoyed their stuff), however that was not my experience. I received a faulty putter (007 series) due to an incorrect shaft placement on the milled head. I contacted Sub70 and they were great about returning, but they acknowledged that they were aware of this problem….but they continued to sell the putters and did not notify me that this could be an issue! Typically companies issue a Recall.. Sending faulty equipment out of the factory is a problem, especially if you know it’s faulty. I suspect larger Manufacturers have better QC budgets and catch more errors.
In summary, great Customer Service….suspect quality of equipment.
Bob Renegar1 year ago
As a career golf industry guy with some considerable experience in R&D, I feel compelled to comment on the Sub70 driver question. The value of a gillion dollar R&D budget in the modern context of great golf clubs delivered to the consumer is a little over-stated. The very best designed golf clubs vis-a-vis good golf club designs are much closer to equals in performance than you might think – we are probably talking about 10-15% smaller shot dispersion patterns and only a yard or two in distance.
The “design envelope” for golf clubs has been significantly pushed toward its limits. And the USGA has set absolute limits on golf club performance as well. So what the OEMs can do from a design standpoint has realistic limits. We are talking about nibbling around the edges in many cases. And not all OEMs are created equal either. Some are not very good at golf club design. They just copy the industry leaders and spew some good “techno-babble” for marketing.
Thereafter, a second question of “manufacturing integrity” becomes seriously important when it comes to clubs for your golf game. Most OEM club heads, shafts, and grips come from China nowadays, but how well they are put together for YOU becomes perhaps the more important question for you as a player.
The larger OEMs build clubs in huge production “lots” where you might see 400-500 six irons going down a production line together and the rest of the set is close behind. They are “matched” at the end of the production line into sets thereafter. This is standard off-the-shelf production methodology. I have been to China and seen it.
If you order custom built sets from an OEM, you might get well-matched clubs, and you might not. Will you take them apart to find out? What “adjustments” occurred in assembly that lurk unseen? Or will you just hate your 7-iron because something is not quite right about it? More often than you would like, OEM sets are tweaked to match properly.
What Sub70 is doing is giving you very good design work with its club heads, but the customization of a “one off” set built just for you with first quality components is the critical difference – and at a better price than their OEM competition. And Sub70’s personalized attention to customer service is indeed something not found from the OEMs.
Sure you can pay more, but will you get better?
Mike1 year ago
I’ve been a customer for over two years. I have had two iron sets of their 639cb model. The metal used wears far faster than normal. When I did a trade in of my first iron set the company graded them “poor” due to the wear and “rust” appearance. My second set is 6 months old, have 45 rounds on them and looks the same. The clubs performance decently but don’t hold up.
Jay Sub701 year ago
Hey Mike thanks for the message. That is really odd. We have a ton of guys with 150+ rounds on iron sets without any abnormal wear issues. If you want to shoot some pics and more info over to us we can certainly take a look at them and see if something is up.
Jay1 year ago
Just ordered the PXG 0211 driver for USD 189. Check the website
Also the 1 handi at my club has Maltby irons. Can’t beat those for prices
Jeremiahweed1 year ago
Thanks Jay. $199 Order placed!
THOMAS1 year ago
Looking forward Monday Driver data
Thanx Much Chris
Will1 year ago
Have been through the fitter routine, not satisified with conflicting results; I play my irons at 1deg+; one fitter agreed & another wanted to bump me to 3deg+, fitters wanted to sell you a product/upgrade more than anything else. Over the years, have played, Titleist, Wilson, Ping, Mizuno & Cally; imo the Mizuno suited me best – and now the Sub70 699Pro. Fit to my specs, these irons feel great, accurate & longer than the others – and I didn’t have to pay a ransom to get them. I also play their JB wedges & hybrid. Well satisfied with Sub70 clubs…They also sell carbon steel putters, lust like Bettinardi but at a lower cost…
Jay Sub701 year ago
Thanks Will! We truly appreciate your support!
Dan1 year ago
What timing for this article! I bought an 849 Pro from their site last week to compare to my Mavrik. My first swings at a simulator the other day weren’t the best, but I had also knowingly selected a stiffer shaft.
Set up an in-person fitting with them which I actually did earlier THIS MORNING (since just 45 min from my house). Kevin their fitter was so helpful and couldn’t have been nicer. Spent over an hour with me testing between 2 shafts (on the edge between the two) and optimizing the head setting and weight.. I’ve never smacked a driver so well! And he assured me that if it doesn’t seem right, to feel free to come back within the 60 days to swap to a better shaft for me..
This 849 Pro is almost definitely replacing the Mavrik in my bag. Their Sycamore 005 putter already kicked out my Odyssey. Irons may not be too far behind. These guys are fantastic!
Jay Sub701 year ago
Thanks Dan! Happy to hear you had a great experience with Kevin. You’ll have to come check out our new fitting facility sometime this year. If you ever need anything just let us know.
Dustin1 year ago
PXG has there drivers on sale for cheaper than this, I would rather go that route.
wayne1 year ago
Is pxg still cheaper after they charge $60 for shipping??? 😂
Sub 70 doesn’t ream people with crazy shipping
Benny1 year ago
Also why is PXG so cheap now?
Jason1 year ago
I utilized the customer service and demo program when I looked for irons. Got the 699 Pro and 639CB irons in a single shipment after speaking with the VP of sales (yes, all of Sub70 is available by phone and email). I ended up with the 639CB after testing. They were able to special order a set of DG120 shafts that aren’t a normal part of their shaft matrix, at a super low additional cost. I even spoke to Jason (founder/CEO) 2 days after Thanksgiving and he gave me time to demo the clubs and still get their Cyber Monday discount a couple weeks after it expired. I also have a 939x 18* Hybrid I got from their pre-owner site, even though it was actually new but saved a few bucks. It’s a rocket launcher, so much so I may need to turn my 3 wood to a stronger loft to stretch the gapping back out. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Sub70 with any question or concern. Best support I’ve ever received from any company in any business category. Save yourself 60+% over the big OEM, get the best customer service of your life, and hit wonderful quality clubs. You won’t regret it.
John1 year ago
At that price I can get PXG, which has a huge R&D along with not having to outsource Along with manufacturing.
Kris1 year ago
I am a 1 handicap. After playing Ping and Taylormade clubs for the last 30 years, I was a little skeptical as some other have stated. Sub 70 hosted a demo day at my golf course. So I decided to go the clubs. I ended up buying a set of Sub 70 739 forged irons. They felt great and the price was absolutely right. The Sub 70 customer service is incredible. So far I love the clubs. I hit the 939x 3-wood at the demo day. It felt good and was lively. After my experience with the irons I will not hesitate to buy the woods when I am ready..
Jay Sub701 year ago
Thanks Kris! Hopefully we’ll see you somewhere in the Chicagoland area this golf season…or come out and check out The Seventy once it opens!
Michael Whitten1 year ago
I’ve been super impressed with the sub 70 jbForged wedges and will definitely be exploring their fairway woods for an upgrade in 2022…
Cliff L1 year ago
I’m a big fan of the Sub 70 brand and I’ve bought a hybrid and now a set of irons. Are they the absolute best? No…but from a value perspective they can fit the bill. The difference in clubs between brands I believe is smaller than you think…and especially what’s marketed. So for the weekend golfer, the DTC model is all I need.
It’s interesting how PXG is trying to compete directly…with dated designs…but when the time is right, I’m definitely considering a new fairway wood. And Sub 70 is on the list. Will the other suppliers do this too?
TR1PTIK1 year ago
Intrigued by the new drivers. At first I wasn’t crazy about the looks of Sub70 clubs, but since the release of TAIII I’ve been keenly interested in trying them out. I could easily see myself gaming an entire bag full of Sub70 if the performance is there.
Trevor1 year ago
I’m a value buyer, but my struggle with Sub70 and other DTC manufacturers is you’re blindly buying off the rack. We are constantly told to go get fitted, but that doesn’t fit with the DTC model so I’m no better off. Don’t get me wrong, I love the model, cutting out the middle man, etc….just hard to pull the trigger on something you’ve never seen, let alone hit. How would you even know which model/shaft combo is right for you??
TR1PTIK1 year ago
Pay for a fitting at retailer or specialized fitter (or even just book a range session on a launch monitor), tell Sub 70 what you’re looking for and provide the data. All it takes is a few email exchanges and/or phone calls to get a decent fit from DTC. I think as golfers, we seriously overthink things.
CJ1 year ago
Sub70 has a demo program where they will ship you certain clubs to try for a few weeks. Take them to a fitting or the range and see how you like them. They also have a handful of partners around the country where you can get fitted directly into their clubs.
Adam Y1 year ago
They have a Demo Program
Mark1 year ago
My experience with buying Hogan irons (another DTC) was excellent. You get demo clubs for a small deposit ($25) and then can try for 2 weeks before returning (prepaid). I tested on the range, the course, and simulator (and had my pro validate with me). Way more in-depth than any store fitting. I have not tried Sub 70 but will bet they have a similar try before you buy program.
Dave Carnley1 year ago
Well, as usual, a nice article. However, without numbers and hard data you really can’t get a fair picture of performance..
MyGolfSpy1 year ago
Most Wanted Driver results on Monday 😉
Have a great rest of your week Dave.
MarkM1 year ago
I probably wouldn’t go this route due to the fact I can’t try before buying but at that price I’ll be interested to see how it performs in the Most Wanted test
CJ1 year ago
Try their demo program so you can hit them. If you don’t like em, send em back. If you do, they will ship you the rest of the set you want
Zach1 year ago
Sub70 has a great demo program to test clubs! Also they have a 60 day no questions asked return policy.
KP1 year ago
Not to mention you have a 60-day money-back guarantee. They will work with you till you love them. The CEO will stand behind that. Best company I have dealt with in years!
Steve S1 year ago
Love to try their clubs before buying. I understand they have a 60 day money back, no questions guarantee but I’m not crazy about the mechanics of that. Also, I’d feel a bit guilty just trying clubs without any clue of how they worked knowing there might be a good chance I’d be returning them.
TR1PTIK1 year ago
They have demo clubs available and while the “hold” charge may seem a bit much, the actual cost of a demo is fairly cheap. You just need to return the club.
Jay Sub701 year ago
Thanks for the message Steve. Don’t feel guilty at all…we chose the DTC route and are happy to offer a demo program and 60 day guarantee on purchases as part of the business model. We can build everything to the specs you need and are more than happy to take the time on the front end to make sure we’re getting you what you need. We’re confident we’ll get it right and will absolutely take care of you if we don’t for some reason
Scott1 year ago
This club is a hammer, I gained more consistent distances since I moved to Sub70 driver. I play the pro model and picked it up end of last season. This will be my gamer driver for 2022. at the time I paid $299 for a pre-owned one with AVRAW White shaft, that is a STEAL over TM, Ping, Callaway, Srixon etc… take a look you wont be disappointed.
JB1 year ago
Probably just me, but I’ve never heard of this brand but I appreciate the information. I’d be afraid of these for resale value though if you are a person that likes to change out drivers from time-to-time.
And the PXG 0211 is priced much lower right now and I’d take the 0211 any day of the week.
TR1PTIK1 year ago
Not much reason to worry about resale value with golf clubs unless we’re talking boutique putters. Everything loses substantial value and as a percentage of what you paid, I wouldn’t expect Sub 70 to be much different than its competitors.
Terry1 year ago
If you like them why would you want to trade them out. Recently purchased the 849D driver and have played 3 rounds with it. So far so good and picked up a few extra yards. Bought a 004 Mallet putter in July and have become more consistent. Try you might like them and won’t have to worry about resale value. Great customer service also
Jim Shaw1 year ago
R&D is always part of the conversation when it comes to golf clubs and it is also the “unknown” variable. When you factor in the cost of the materials, the manufacturing costs, the assembly costs, the R&D costs are exuberant. The cost of equipment is way too much for the average wage earner. How much R&D is too much when all the “secrets” aren’t secrets….
Milo1 year ago
I bought a 849 Pro driver and it is amazing! I love it so much! I’ll probably take a look at the fairway wood.
Jay1 year ago
I’ll stick to my cobra ltdx
Scott1 year ago
Cobra is a great club for sure, I just couldn’t justify $499 plus another $150 for the shaft I need.
Dennis1 year ago
I’m a call Mike clubs for years. Do you wanna club I have them in my bag is a Tommy armor driver. Really like to club the driver like to justability. And the price is right. Hey 75% of new drivers is for paying for sponsors and research. Tommy armor doesn’t sponsor anybody that I know of rice a little cheaper. But I do like the club.