Fourteen finalists will present their innovative driver concepts on the second edition of Golf Channel’s Driver vs. Driver presented by Wilson, with the hopes of ultimately becoming Wilson Golf’s next world-class driver in 2019.
Driver vs. Driver 2 premieres Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 9/8c, with the seven-episode series airing weekly and concluding Tuesday, Nov. 13.
Driver vs. Driver 2 pits aspiring golf equipment designers in a elimination-style competition for the opportunity have their concepts transformed into prototypes, field tested, critiqued and refined. In the end, one designer will win $250,000 and have his or her driver hit retail stores worldwide.
The three judges for Driver vs. Driver 2 are Tim Clarke, President of Wilson Golf; former NHL star and current NBC hockey analyst Jeremy Roenick; and Rick Shiels, PGA Professional and expert golf equipment reviewer.
Melanie Collins returns as host.
As the finalists advance through the competition, their driver concepts will be field tested and critiqued by some of the game’s best players on the PGA TOUR, celebrities from the world of sports and entertainment, golf industry experts, members of the national golf and sports media, bloggers and social media influencers.
The winner’s final design will hit retailers worldwide immediately following the season finale.
We can’t wait to show you what we have in store for Season Two.
The journey begins October 2nd on Golf Channel.
— Wilson Golf (@WilsonGolf) August 15, 2018
The finalists, ages 22-81, are a diverse group that includes inventors, engineers and product designers to college students, professional bowlers and poker players:
Chris Adams (32, Denver, Colo.) A consulting structural engineer and golf enthusiast from Denver, Colo., Adams works with architects, contractors and developers in designing buildings.
Juan Biancardi (41), Walter Lund (41, Miramar, Fla.) Biancardi submitted an idea for the series’ inaugural season but didn’t receive an invitation to present to the judges. Lund, who is Biancardi’s swing coach, helped to refine and improve the concept for Season 2.
Hank Boomershine (48), Victor Marion (34, Perry, Utah) Marion and Boomershine are bringing their expertise from the world of bowling to golf. Marion is a designer of bowling balls, and Boomershine is a former competitive bowler who heads up sales and marketing for Storm Bowling Products.
Jeremy Chell (42, Madison, Wis.) A mechanical engineer for an aerospace company, Chell develops flight hardware for space vehicles traveling to the International Space Station. On the side, Chell is an avid golfer who is enthusiastic about enhancements in golf club technology.
Peter Dreyfuss (48, Naples, Fla.) A late bloomer to the game of golf, Dreyfuss is an engineer who picked up the golf bug following great success as a competitive sailor with a national championship on his resume. At the end of his sailing career, he began working full time in the medical engineering field.
Scott Haack (48, Chardon, Ohio) An inventor, entrepreneur, chiropractic physician, and medical device and development professional who has more than 20 years in the medical professional field, Haack is also a golf tinkerer who has already designed a putter and a golf training aid.
J.D. Hefferin (27, Orlando, Fla.) Hefferin has been in love with the game of golf since a young age, and has long been fascinated with golf club design. Hefferin is a real estate analyst, Orlando Magic employee and a professional poker player.
Evan Hoffman (27, San Diego, Calif.) An industrial designer who has a deep passion for the game, Hoffman was inspired by the first season of Driver vs. Driver and went to work on a concept with the help of his brother.
Jimmy Huynh (28, Long Beach, Calif.) A finalist from the inaugural season of Driver vs. Driver as part of “Team Long Beach,” Huynh has returned with a refined concept.
Bob Lockhart (81, Big Spring, Texas) The oldest designer presenting to the judges at 81 years of age, Lockhart’s career has included work in industrial engineering, computer systems and for the past 25 years, product design.
Tim Slama (22, Salem, Ore.) Slama, a senior at Oregon State University studying mechanical engineering, aims to be a golf club engineer after he graduates.
Samantha Smith (22, Las Vegas, Nev.) A recent graduate from the University of Arizona who is currently working towards her Masters Degree in Public Health and pursuing her PHD, Smith has been involved in the game of golf since a young age, playing competitively through high school.
Tim Swiss (38, Carlsbad, Calif.) An industrial designer who has a deep passion for the game, Swiss has designed products in the automotive, media and consumer electronics industries.
Allen Zadeh (50, Brooklyn, N.Y.) A product designer for over 20 years, Zadeh’s work spans over a wide range of industries, including household products, physical and digital consumer electronic experiences, sporting goods and transportation. Drawing inspirations from his experience designing tennis racquets and watches, Zadeh’s idea focuses on craftsmanship and precision, with the hopes of delivering a ‘Wow Factor’ to the judges.
Check out this exclusive first-look trailer for Driver vs. Driver 2:
Driver vs. Driver 2 premieres Tuesday, Oct. 2, 9/8c, Golf Channel