2009 Drivers Buyer's Guide

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Cleveland HiBORE Monster

Cleveland Launcher

Cobra L5V
Key Feature: The face is 16% bigger than the previous HiBORE, making it almost too easy to hit it solid. We say this driver is “scary long and straight.”
What We Like: Although bigger, this one looks better than ever. The three options (draw, straight, Tour) are well- designed to accommodate any golfer.
Who It’s For: Anyone who wants to hit it better, longer, farther, straighter, etc.
Specs: Three versions, multiple lofts and two sweet Fujikura Fit-On Flight-speed shafts to choose from. LH avail. clevelandgolf.com | $299
Key Feature: A face area that’s 21% bigger than the previous Launcher and Launcher Comp models. Meaning, if you can’t hit it solid with this, you ought to try another sport.
What We Like: Its razor-thin crown, which enabled designers to push the weight low and deep into the clubhead. Plus a horseshoe design for enhanced perimeter weighting.
Who It’s For: Distance-hungry players.
Specs: Three lofts (9°, 10.5°, 12°) with a Fujikura Fit-On Flightspeed shaft. clevelandgolf.com | $299
Key Feature: Cobra calls the clubface the largest in golf. We agree, but the coolest feature of the L5V is actually the ability to adjust either the draw bias or swap in a new shaft, both with the click of a wrench.
What We Like: Its carbon- composite crown and sole inserts that contribute to a high-launch, low-spin ballflight that maximizes distance.
Who It’s For: Bombers and wannabe bombers who like custom performance.
Specs: Three lofts (9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5°) and a Mitsubishi Diamana Red Board. cobragolf.com | $399

Cobra S9-1

Hippo Hex2

Hireko Caiman
Key Feature: Already a winner in ‘09, the S9 is more stout from front to back and has a deep face, resulting in a huge clubface that promotes a high MOI and faster ball speed. It’s also 6 grams lighter.
What We Like: Slick aesthetics and an awesome sound. Seemed like off-center hits still flew straight and far.
Who It’s For: There’s a club for everyone, from the Tour pro to the chronic slicer.
Specs: Three models (Pro,
F Speed, M Speed) in various lofts. Aldila DVS shaft standard (Matrix Ozik Xcon in S9-1 Pro). cobragolf.com | $299

Key Feature: The hexagonal shape of the Hex2 enables optimal weight distribution to the rear and corners of the clubface, allowing for a greater transfer of energy into the ball.
What We Like: The superhard titanium face is the thinnest possible for maximum COR ratings. The shape also produces a very high MOI. We like how it sets up behind the ball.
Who It’s For: Mid- to high- handicappers who want distance and forgiveness.
Specs: Three lofts (9°, 10°, 12°) with a CP4 proprietary graphite shaft. hippo-golf.com | $199

Key Feature: The unique shape not only produces a high MOI and great ballflight, but if you look at it from behind, it looks like it’ll bite you, thanks to a unique croc/snake shape.
What We Like: The black finish looks great in the sun, and the sound is an aggressive one. But, the best feature is undoubtably the price. At around 100 bucks, this club is one of the best deals for a driver you’ll ever find.
Who It’s For: Anyone who wants to take a bite out of the golf ball.
Specs: Three lofts (9.5°, 10°, 12°). hirekogolf.com | $106


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