2009 Drivers Buyer's Guide

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Adams Speedline

Adams Tech A4

Bridgestone J33R 460
Key Feature: What a drag...NOT! The Speedline is designed to minimize the air drag that plagues some 460cc drivers. This is accomplished with a reshaped crown and cross-sectional areas than are aerodynamically designed for maximum airflow.
What We Like: Awesome looks.
Who It’s For: Golfers who want maximum clubhead speed. The draw model is great for slicers who need distance.
Specs: Three lofts (8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°) available with a Grafalloy ProLaunch Axis Blue shaft in any flex. adamsgolf.com | $299

Key Feature: A 15-gram weight low and away from the face makes this driver a very playable and forgiving choice. Ahh, Matrix Ozik in the house...
What We Like: Alas! A classic driver shape! The Tech A4 hides its “tech” inside and underneath, making it a popular driver for better players.
Who It’s For: It has the looks better players may prefer, but the forgiveness all players can appreciate.
Specs: Three lofts (8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°) available with a Matrix Ozik graphite shaft standard. adamsgolf.com | $369

Key Feature: The all-titanium design features a tungsten weight low in the clubhead for a high MOI and deep CG. The clubface also is perfectly square.
What We Like: The J33R 460 has perhaps the most piercing ballflight of any 460cc driver we’ve tried. It’s a worthy choice for better players who want added forgiveness but don't want a high, ballooning ballflight.
Who It’s For: Better players who want 460cc’s of forgiveness and playability.
Specs: Three lofts (8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°) with an Aldila NV graphite shaft. bridgestonegolf.com | $399

Callaway Big Bertha Diablo

Callaway FT-iQ

Callaway FT-9
Key Feature: The unique, asymmetrical shape allowed designers to position weight in key areas to achieve the optimal CG for either draw or neutral options, both with big power.
What We Like: The hyperbolic face design, meaning it’s not uncommon to see mis-hits go as far as solid ones.
Who It’s For: Gluttons for distance, as well as those looking for a slice fix.
Specs: All-titanium, Edge Technology; available with an Aldila DVS graphite shaft. LH available.callawaygolf.com | $299

Key Feature: Its square, composite body with a hyperbolic titanium clubface. The Lamborghini-inspired design pushes weight way back and to the corners for not only a high
MOI, but also some sweet aesthetics. The Fubuki shaft is an awesome pick.
Who It’s For: At first glance, you’ll think its a driver designed for better players, but it’s not. And in case you happen to be a real stick, give the Tour version a whirl.
Specs: Six lofts (8.5°, 9°, 9.5°, 10°, 11°, 13°) are available, and a Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki shaft comes with each.
callawaygolf.com | $499
Key Feature: Fusion Technology, which allows weight to be positioned in the extreme perimeter via web weighting. This ups the MOI and optimizes the CG.
What We Like: Better sound! That’s reason enough to pick up the best Fusion driver yet. The traditional shape is so refined, we can’t believe it’s actually a composite- body driver.
Who It’s For: Just about anyone.
Specs: Comes in draw, neutral or Tour with an MR Fubuki shaft.
callawaygolf.com | $399


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