Friday, May 2, 2008
2008 Driver Buyer's Guide
The driver is unquestionably the most popular club in the bag.
Macgregor MT 460
Key Feature: Its Cup Face 360 Technology. Rather than creating a clubface with an insert, MacGregor built the MT 460 with a cupface, making the entire face the sweet spot.
What We Like: Its classic pear shape and traditional length. Plus, the MT 460 hasn’t jumped on the high-MOI bandwagon.
Who It’s For: Better players who don’t need MOI to control their ballflight. Distance seekers. For slice-fighters, there’s an offset version.
Clubhead: Titanium • Clubface: Same • Lofts: 8.5, 9.5, 10.5, 11.5; Offset Version: 11.5, 13.5 Custom Options: Yes • Shafts: Aldila DVS, Mitsubishi Bassara
macgregorgolf.com | $299
Key Feature: Mizuno’s Fast Track Technology. The two eight-gram weights give players the options of 15 different ballflights.
What We Like: A head shape that incorporates all the latest technology without advertising it too blatantly in the design.
Who It’s For: Players who like to control their ballflight by adjusting weights; traditionalists who prefer classic shapes over unorthodox ones. Anyone who wants a top-quality driver.
Clubhead: Titanium • Clubface: CNC milled, plasma welded CORTECH face insert • Lofts: 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 • Custom Options: Yes Shafts: Exsar DS3 (S, R, Li, La)
mizunousa.com | $399
Key Feature: Its unique H.E.M.I. geometric head shape. What results is a low and deep CG and high MOI for low-spin/high-launch drives.
What We Like: Its great sound, look and feel. Also how the H.E.M.I. ramped up the club’s MOI from the heel to the toe.
Who It’s For: Golfers who like to see their driver shape reflect its technological advancement. Players looking to add distance and accuracy to their games.
Clubhead: Titanium • Clubface: CNC milled, plasma welded CORTECH face insert • Lofts: 8.5, 9.5, 10.5, 12.0 • Custom Options: Yes • Shafts: Exsar DS3 (S, R, Li, La)
mizunousa.com | $299
Nike SQ SUMO 5000
Key Feature: A new internal and external shape that ramps the MOI up to 5,000. That’s a five percent increase over last year’s model. Translation: drives that split the fairway.
What We Like: Nike’s second-generation SQ SUMO retains the technology of a square driver, without looking boxy. Its sloping, two-tone crown is a confidence builder at address.
Who It’s For: Golfers who need a club that will keep the ball in the fairway. Players who aren’t ready to jump on the square-driver bandwagon.
Clubhead: Titanium • Clubface: Same • Lofts: 8.5, 9.5, 10.5, 11.5, 13 • Custom Options: Yes Shafts: Diamana Yellow Board (X, S, R, A, W)
nikegolf.com | $300
Nike SQ SUMO2 5900
Key Feature: Its square shape helps the 5900 reach the USGA maximum MOI (5,900 gram-centimeters squared).
What We Like: Nike addressed the empty-beer-can-thrown-against-a- sidewalk sound of the previous SQ SUMO.
Who It’s For: People who for the life of them just can’t hit it straight. Trust us, this is your club. It’s a great choice for players who liked last year’s model but not how it sounded.
Clubhead: Titanium • Clubface: Same • Lofts: 8.5, 9.5, 10.5, 11.5, 13, HL • Custom Options: Yes • Shafts: Diamana Yellow Board (X, S, R, A, W)
nikegolf.com | $400
Nickent 4DX SuperMAG
Key Feature: A super thin magnesium crown that allows a significant amount of weight to be moved low and back in the clubhead for a high MOI and lots of forgiveness.
What We Like: The proprietary XW inserts are a unique way to move weight. The innovative use of magnesium creates a solid sound.
Who It’s For: Any player looking for a driver that provides confidence at setup and lots of distance and forgiveness on off-center hits.
Clubhead: Titanium (body), Magnesium (crown) Clubface: Titanium • Lofts: 8, 9, 10.5, 12 Custom Options: Yes • Shafts: UST V2 (S, R, X), UST V2 High Launch (S, R, X)
nickent.com | $379
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