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.

Cleveland Hibore GT Tech Award Frontrunner
Cleveland HiBore
Simple on the outside, yet revolutionary on the inside, the HiBORE ($498) is Cleveland’s attempt to change the face (and body and sole) of driver design forever. And for that, it becomes a leading candidate for a Golf Tips Tech Award (awarded in the November/December issue).

The frenzy surrounding the HiBORE stems from its extra-wide chassis and radical head design that’s said to align the CG with the club’s Center of Gravity Projection (CGP). What’s CGP? Simply put, it’s the lone point on the clubface that when contact is made, zero rotation takes place. On most drivers, the CGP rests above the hot spot (center of the clubface). On the HiBORE, the CGP rests in the middle of the clubface, thus making it easier to achieve the most efficient and effective launch conditions. According to Cleveland, the design translates into the longest, straightest driver it has ever tested.

More distance, optimal launch, a low and deep CG—it’s a driver for every golfer despite the strange-looking shape (though it sets up quite nicely at address). The HiBORE is a head-turner, a conversation-starter and could be the start of something big in driver design. For more info, visit

TaylorMade r7 425
(800) 888-CLUB | $500 ($1,000 TP)

Taylormade r7 425 A serious refinement to the original r7 design that’s engineered for more skilled golfers.
Features: Users can manipulate up to 28 grams to dial in the preferred ballflight. (The TP model allows for the manipulation of 98 grams to produce over 1,200 different launch parameters!)
Advantages: There’s plenty going on inside, led by TaylorMade’s Inverted Cone Technology that increases COR and the size of the high-COR area.
Benefits: The r7 425 allows for workability, so it’s best for low- to mid-handicappers.
What We Like: Now, there’s an r7 for everyone.
Lineup: r7 460, r5 Type D/Type N, r7 425, r7 425 TP (r7 Steel and Titanium woods also available)
Clubhead: Titanium (cast)
Clubface: Titanium (rolled)
Volume: 425cc
Loft(s): r7 425—8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5° (9.5°, 10.5° available LH); r7 425 TP—7.5°, 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5° (9.5°, 10.5° available LH)
Shaft(s): TaylorMade RE*AX 65/75 by Fujikura graphite (X, S, R, A)
TaylorMade r7 460
(800) 888-CLUB | $500

TaylorMade r7 460 The dynamic movable-weight technology found in the original r7 has grown to 460cc.
Features: A very high MOI and two movable weight cartridges instead of four for a more user-friendly approach to trajectory management. Other highlights include a super-thin crown for a low CG and an increased high-COR area.
Advantages: The r7 460 has it all: maximum COR, MOI and head size; a low CG; optimum launch; and a high-performance shaft.
Benefits: You’ll be hard-pressed to find more performance from another driver.
What We Like: The r7 460 is the first all-titanium driver with movable weights to reach 460cc.
Lineup: r7 460, r5 Type D/N, r7 425, r7 425 TP (r7 woods also available)
Clubhead: Titanium (cast)
Clubface: Titanium (rolled)
Volume: 460cc
Loft(s): 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5° (9.5°, 10.5° LH)
Shaft(s): Taylor-Made RE*AX by Fujikura graphite (X, S, R, A)
Titleist Pro Titanium 905R
(800) 225-8500 | $500

Titleist Pro Titanium 905R The 905S and 905T drivers are joined in ’06 by a 905R model (50cc larger), with an even greater propensity for distance, forgiveness and accuracy.
Features: Tour-proven Pro Titanium technologies such as Titleist’s optimum CG location, milled aluminum hosel tube and multi-material sole plug for reduced vibration and enhanced sound remain. Add to that a deeper CG, a higher MOI and a larger strike area, and you get increased ball speed even on mis-hits.
Advantages: The ramped-up design makes this the most user-friendly driver in the entire Titleist line.
Benefits: The new CG placement and higher MOI make it a driver for all.
What We Like: The larger head size.
Lineup: 905R, 905S, 905T (woods also available)
Clubhead: Titanium (cast)
Clubface: Beta-titanium (forged)
Volume: 460cc
Loft(s): 7.5°, 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5° (8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5° LH)
Shaft(s): Titleist Speeder by Fujikura (X, S, R)
Tour Edge Exotics Fusion
(800) 515-3343 | $399

Tour Edge Exotics Distance is no longer an exotic result with this high-tech big-bomber featuring Combo-Brazing.
Features: Three varieties of titanium are Combo-Brazed together (it’s a complicated process that fuses the different parts without the need for welds). Each driver comes equipped with two tungsten heel screws for better forgiveness and increased COR and MOI ratings.
Advantages: The dizzying area of construction and design elements make for astounding distance and playability.
Benefits: The Exotics is a playable option for all.
What We Like: The feel—contact is solid with very little vibration.
Lineup: Exotics, V25, Bazooka JMAX QL (Exotics woods also available)
Clubhead: Beta-titanium (cast)
Clubface: Beta-titanium (forged)
Volume: 460cc
Loft(s): 8°, 9°, 10.5°, 12° (10.5° available LH)
Shaft(s): YS-Exotics by Graphite Design graphite (S, R, A, L)


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