Drivers Buyer's Guide 2006

The modern driver can hold the contents of a 16-ounce can of soda and, with its heightened technology, offers much more pop than that. Check out the newest big sticks and find one that fits your game.

Mizuno MX-500
(800) 966-1211 | $299

Mizuno MX 500 Stretching 460cc in total size, the MX-500 stacks up with the best drivers in the titanium/composite category.
Features: A large carbon crown and a unique carbon toe insert take perimeter weighting to the extreme while promoting a high launch with optimal spin rates not only from the sweet spot, but also from high, low and toward the left and right of the face center.
Advantages: No matter where it’s hit on the face (designed with Mizuno’s renowned CORTEC technology), expect great results.
Benefits: Billed as a game-improvement driver, the MX-500 is a solid performer for all players.
What We Like: The price—weren’t elite carbon/ti models $400 a year ago?
Lineup: F-50 fairway woods also available
Clubhead: Titanium (cast), Carbon
Clubface: Titanium (forged)
Volume: 460cc
Loft(s): 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5° (9.5°, 10.5° available LH)
Shaft(s): Mizuno Exsar 50 graphite (S, R)

Nike Golf SasQuatch 460
$360 ($420 Tour)

Nike Sasquatch As Nike Golf says, “Down with gravity!” which is exactly where the CG resides in the radical-looking SasQuatch: very deep and very low.
Features: The SasQuatch 460 features a radical shape that stretches the driver as far as allowed from front to back by way of a design feature called the PowerBow, resulting in a very deep and low CG. Combine that with Nike Golf’s high-strength NexTi face and an enhanced MOI, and you have something very special.
Advantages: Expect longer drives. Seriously.
Benefits: Paired with the Tour (Tiger’s) version, the SasQuatch aptly fits all.
What We Like: The NexTi face.
Lineup: SasQuatch 460/Tour 460, Ignite 460, Ignite 410 (SasQuatch woods also available)
Clubhead: Titanium (cast)
Clubface: NexTi (forged)
Volume: 460cc
Loft(s): 460—8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 13°, 16° (8.5°, 9.5°, 13° LH); Tour 460—8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5° (10.5° LH)
Shaft(s): SasQuatch Diamana graphite (X, S, R, A)

Perfect Club Perfect Driver
(866) 843-0260 | $200

Perfectclub The Perfect Clubs represent an unconventional approach to standard equipment. The Perfect Driver is 2.5 inches shorter than a standard-length driver to help golfers hit more fairways, as well as to make the club more versatile.
Features: The high-tensile, beta-titanium crown, titanium soleplate and variable face technology produce plenty of distance and forgiveness with a high trajectory.
Advantages: The stock shaft, which is the only option available, has a low 3.2-degree torque rating to minimize excessive twisting on off-center hits. A new Ladies version as well as Perfect Spoon and fairway woods also available.
Benefits: Anyone who desires almost-automatic accuracy needs a Perfect Club.
Lineup: Perfect Driver, Perfect Ladies
Clubhead: Titanium (cast)
Clubface: Beta-Titanium (cast)
Volume: 370cc
Loft(s): 11.5° (available LH)
Shaft(s): Perfect Driver graphite (S, R)
(800) 4-PING-FIT | $299

Ping G5 The new G5 driver—easily one of our favorites.
Features: Eight grams of weight are repositioned low and away from the face to help promote a high-launch, low-spin ballflight.
Advantages: The thick/thin web pattern in the crown and internal weight pads solve the low-CG location problem. Add to that a thin, milled face that’s robotically plasma-welded to the body, and even more weight is saved and moved to the basement. It’s very impressive stuff that works.
Benefits: The G5 covers the entire spectrum of skill levels. Higher-handicap golfers take note that most lofts are available in an offset version.
What We Like: The all-around great performance.
Lineup: G5 (G5 fairway woods also available)
Clubhead: Titanium (cast)
Clubface: Titanium (milled)
Volume: 460cc
Loft(s): 7.5°, 9°, 9° o/s, 10.5°, 10.5° o/s, 12°, 12° o/s, 13.5° (9°, 10.5°, 12°, 13.5° LH)
Shaft(s): PING TFC, Aldila NV or Grafalloy ProLaunch graphite (X, S, R)

Precept EZ
(800) 358-6319 | $249

Precept EZ Remember when Precept was a player’s brand, encapsulated by the likes of Nick Price? Enter 2006: Low-compression balls and a new line of easy-to-hit EZ products.
Features: Everything about the EZ driver is geared toward helping you find more fairways and add yards. The large 450cc head is engineered with the low and deep CG position needed to help launch the ball high into the air and with very little sidespin.
Advantages: It’s a difficult club to slice, thanks to its offset hosel. The ultra-light stock Aldila shaft should give your swing speed rating a boost.
Benefits: This is a good-looking and well-made driver that’s designed primarily for accuracy.
What We Like: It’s a game-improvement driver that looks like it belongs on Tour.
Lineup: EZ (EZ woods and hybrids also available)
Clubhead: Titanium (cast)
Clubface: Titanium (forged)
Volume: 450cc
Loft(s): 10°, 11.5° (no LH)
Shaft(s): EZ by Aldila graphite (S, R)

Srixon W-506
(888) 4-SRIXON | $399

Srixon W-506 With the W-506, Srixon once again debuts technological breakthroughs that translate into heightened performance.
Features: Srixon varies thickness in not only the face, but the backwall and sole as well.
Advantages: The design stems from the company’s Recoil Theory, which states that deformation all around the clubhead (thanks to the thickness differences) forces the ball to remain in contact with the face for a longer period of time. The result: high launch, less spin.
Benefits: Skilled golfers will like the classy aesthetics and Tour-quality performance.
Higher-handicappers will appreciate the Autoturn feature, which promotes a squarer clubface.
What We Like: Optimal launch with a good dose of forgiveness.
Lineup: W-506, W-403AD
Clubhead: Titanium (forged)
Clubface: Same
Volume: 450cc
Loft(s): 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5° (no LH)
Shaft(s): Srixon SV-3004 graphite (S, R)


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