2009 Drivers Buyer's Guide

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Ping Rapture V2

Srixon Z-RW

Taylormade Burner
Key Feature: Two tungsten weight pads in the back near the heel and toe optimize the Rapture V2’s CG for a lower spin and higher launch.
What We Like: The combination of its lightweight titanium head and dense tungsten weight pads. That multimetalic design helps push weight deep and low for a higher CG and MOI.
Who It’s For: Average to better players.
Specs: Comes in four lofts (9°, 10.5°, 12°, 13.5°) with no offset. PING TFC 939D stock shaft, with custom shafts available.
pinggolf.com | $449

Key Feature: A superthin crown that allows weight to be moved low and deep (aided by a tungsten weight in the rear of the clubhead). What We Like: Its optimal-flow weight design. The higher-lofted the clubs, the more weight in the heel, making it easier to square the clubface.
Who It’s For: Players who dig high-MOI drivers, but not their space-age looks.
Specs: Comes in four lofts (8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5°). Stock shaft is the SV-3014 Fujikura shaft (R, S). Its clubhead is made from 6AL-4V titanium. srixon.com | $300
Key Feature: The best features of the ‘07 Burner and Tour Burner, wrapped into one. That is, both the Dual Crown and SuperFast Technologies.
What We Like: We’re big fans of the smaller crown section, and the SuperFast Tech really increases swing speed. We’re also big fans of humongous drives down the middle.
Who It’s For: Everyone and anyone, thanks to a variety of lofts, a women’s model and a spiffed-up TP version.
Specs: Three lofts (9°, 10.5°, HT) and a SuperFast RE*AX shaft in any flex. taylormadegolf.com | $299

Taylormade R9

Taylormade R7 Limited

Titleist 909D Comp
Key Feature: Where to begin! Movable Weight Technology is only the beginning. The R9 also features an eight-way adjustable-hosel configuration, so you can adjust the clubface angle as well.
What We Like: We’re gluttons for high-tech, on-the-spot adjustability!
Who It’s For: Uh, hello? This driver can be configured 24 different ways. TP versions have the same head, but with an upgraded Motore shaft.
Specs: Three lofts (8.5°, 9°, 10.5°) and a Fujikura Motore shaft in any flex. taylormadegolf.com | $499

Key Feature: Three weight ports that can affect your shots’ side-to-side trajectory by a huge 35 yards.
What We Like: Its neutral bias (unlike the r7 SuperQuad and CGB MAX, which are draw biased). We also dig its fast-looking triangular head shape and radium ion-plated finish. Stylin’!
Who It’s For: “Technicians” who like to adjust their equipment to hit the right kind of shot.
Specs: The 440cc clubhead comes in four lofts (8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5°) and a Matrix Ozik Xcon-5.5 MOI shaft. taylormadegolf.com | $299
Key Feature: A low-density composite crown that positions the CG low and provides a high- launch ball flight without increased spin.
What We Like: Its full pear profile looks great. It has the largest profile and deepest and lowest CG in the series.
Who It’s For:Higher-handicappers who like the high-launch/low-spin combo.
Specs: 460cc clubhead. Comes in four lofts (8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5°) and either the Titleist Matrix Ozik XCon-5 or XCon-6 stock shaft. titleist.com | $549


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