2009 Drivers Buyer's Guide

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Louisville Thumper MAX

Mizuno MX-700

Nickent 3DX RC
Key Feature: The biggest (and prettiest) persimmon driver ever made (285cc’s on a 325cc chassis), the Thumper MAX has a high level of gear effect that corrects slices and hooks for more fairway-landing drives.
What We Like: The feel and sound. You just can’t beat it. Also, this club is no novelty. It’s a solid choice for golfers who want more control.
Who It’s For: The aforementioned group and purists ‘round the world.
Specs: One loft (11°) with a Louisville MFP-33 graphite shaft; steel avail. louisvillegolf.com | $349

Key Feature: Hot Metal tech plasma-welds a Ti-9 titanium face to a 6-4 titanium body producing a unique grain structure that expands the COR area and increases ball speed and forgiveness.
What We Like: Mizuno engineers putting some serious effort into the company’s woods. The first entire family of Mizuno woods introduced together.
Who It’s For: Anyone who wants a high-tech driver with lots of forgiveness.
Specs: Available in 9°, 10.5° and 12° lofts in RH; 9.5° and 10.5° in LH. mizunousa.com | $299

Key Feature: The triangular shape helps the 3DX RC achieve the highest MOI allowable by the USGA.
What We Like: The clubhead measures 460cc but only weighs 190 grams. Also, the 3DX RC’s back weight plug helps golfers square the face at impact.
Who It’s For: Players who have trouble finding the fairway and don’t want to spend a fortune en route to it.
Specs: Comes in four right-hand lofts (9°, 10°, 12.5° and 14.5°) and two left-hand lofts (9°, 10°). Four UST SR 2.5 shaft options are available. nickentgolf.com | $199

Nickent 4DX Evolver


Ping G10
Key Feature: Interchangeable Shaft Technology (IST) allows players to change shafts at will. An oversized titanium clubhead with a low and deep CG provides solid performance.
What We Like: Nickent designers like to push the technology envelope to give consumers an innovative product.
Who It’s For: All players, particularly those who like to tinker with their clubs to achieve custom performance.
Specs: Titanium clubhead and clubface. Four different lofts (8°, 9°, 10.5° and 12°); two shaft options. nickentgolf.com | $379

Key Feature: The club’s geometry positions square mass into a round shape, making it easier to control your drives and hit them a mile.
What We Like: The higher the loft, the more draw bias. It’s about time someone figured this out!
Who It’s For: Golfers looking to optimize their launch and spin.
Specs: Comes in five lofts (8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5°, 13°) and a standard UST Wide Body Shaft with Axiv Core. Multiple flexes are available, as are LH models. nikegolf.com | $299

Key Feature: A thinner crown and face that produce a larger discretionary weight budget and a low, deep CG.
What We Like: An optimized crown, sole and face structure that maximize energy transfer through impact, plus a low CG for high-launch/low-spin rates.
Who It’s For: All golfers. (A draw model is available for slicers.)
Specs: The standard model comes in five lofts (7.5°, 9°, 10.5°, 12°, 13.5°); the draw model comes in four. Shafts include: TFC 129D, Grafalloy ProLaunch Red and UST v2 High Launch 65.
pinggolf.com | $299


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