2009 Drivers Buyer's Guide

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Titleist 909D2

Titleist 909D3

Tour Edge Exotics XCG-V
Key Feature: Its midface depth helps produce a midlaunch ballflight with minimal spin.
What We Like: The pear-shaped clubhead keeps the club stable on mis-hits, and its milled-face insert maximizes ball speed. All 909 drivers provide exceptional auditory feedback.
Who It’s For: Better players who prefer midlaunch, low-spin performance.
Specs: Comes in four lofts (8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5°). Its stock shaft is either the Titleist Aldila VooDoo or Titleist Diamana Blue 65.
titleist.com | $499

Key Feature: A forward CG that helps produce midlaunch, low-spin drives.
What We Like: Unlike Titleist’s other two 909 offerings, the 909D3 features a 440cc clubhead. Also, its “blind bore” hosel saves internal weight and helps position its center of gravity.
Who It’s For: Players who like to shape their drives; fans of smaller clubheads and lower launch angles.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°). Its stock shaft is either the Titleist Aldila VooDoo or Titleist Diamana Blue 65.
titleist.com | $499

Key Feature: The magnesium crown, titanium cupface and steel soleplate all Combo-Brazed together to levy huge distance and improved forgiveness on off-center strikes.
What We Like: The classic shape. Ooh-la-la. Also, the two shaft options are both top picks for Tech Award winners.
Who It’s For: Golfers who want big distance to go with big forgiveness and a touch of shotmaking ability.
Specs: Comes in three lofts with either a GD AD or Aldila VooDoo graphite shaft.
exoticsgolf.com | $499


Tour Edge GeoMax 2

Tour Edge XLD-LS

Wilson Smooth
Key Feature: A sloped crown shape that moves weight away from the clubface and, as a result, ups the club’s MOI.
What We Like: The 20% larger clubface that creates a larger sweet spot. The GeoMax2 also features four weighted cavities in the rear of the sole that lower its CG.
Who It’s For: Golfers who need help getting the ball in the air and down the fairway, even on mis-hits. (Folks who slice should pick up the draw model.)
Specs: Comes in four lofts and five shaft options. Only LH is 10.5° model. touredge.com | $290

Key Feature: Its light clubhead. Tour Edge reduced the XLD’s wall and crown thickness via a new waxing process.
What We Like: The XLD features a
pentagon-shaped crown that moves weight away from the clubface.
Who It’s For: Golfers who like their clubs light and long. The XLD weighs 295 grams and comes with a stock 46-inch shaft, making it a bombing machine.
Specs: Comes in four lofts (9°, 10.5°, 12°, 15°). 10.5° available in LH. Clubhead and face are titanium. Stock shaft is a Graphite Design X-Quad (X, S, R, A, L). exoticsgolf.com | $299
Key Feature: Its progressive internal weight distribution, which makes each model suited for players of different skill levels.
What We Like: Its traditional looks. Wilson says it was inspired by “sleek... auto designs.” Also its variable face thickness helps spread forgiveness across the entire clubface.
Who It’s For: Hacks and sticks.
Specs: Three loft options (9°, 10.5°, 12°); LH 10.5° only. Features a Fujikura E-Fit shaft in four different flexes. The entire clubhead is titanium. wilsonstaff.com | $449




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