Friday, May 2, 2008
2008 Driver Buyer's Guide
The driver is unquestionably the most popular club in the bag.
Nickent 4DX Evolver
Key Feature: Called IST, Interchangeable Shaft Technology allows the player to change shafts, and performance, at will. An oversized titanium clubhead with a low and deep CG provides solid performance.
What We Like: Nickent designers aren’t afraid to push the technology envelope to give consumers an innovative product.
Who It’s For: All types of players, particularly those who like to tinker with their clubs to achieve custom performance.
Clubhead: Titanium • Clubface: Titanium • Lofts: 8, 9, 10.5, 12 • Custom Options: Yes Shafts: UST V2, V2 High Launch (R, S, X)
nickent.com | $379
Nicklaus Dual Point
Key Feature: A four-gram internal weight plug positioned low and deep in the clubhead that allows for more power and clubhead stability.
What We Like: It’s a refreshing, no-screw, no-composite, traditionally shaped driver that excels thanks to a CG and a sweet spot aligned perfectly behind the center of the clubface.
Who It’s For: Players who appreciate classic design, but still want distance and accuracy.
Clubhead: Titanium (forged) • Clubface: Same Lofts: 8, 9, 10.5, 12 • Custom Options: Yes Shafts: Fujikura SG Pro 3.01 graphite (X, S, R, A); Nicklaus SG Pro 3.01 graphite (L); Custom shafts available
nicklausgolf.com | $299
Key Feature: A thinner crown and face that produces a larger discretionary weight budget and a lower and deeper CG.
What We Like: An optimized crown, sole and face structure that maximizes energy transfer through impact, plus the low CG for high-launch/low-spin rates.
Who It’s For: All golfers. (A draw model is available for golfers prone to slicing.)
Clubhead: Titanium • Clubface: Same • Lofts: 7.5, 9, 10.5, 12, 13.5 (Draw Model: 9, 10.5, 12, 13.5) • Custom Options: Yes Â• Shafts: TFC 129D (X, S, R, Soft R) Also avail. in Grafalloy ProLaunch Red and UST v2 High Launch 65
pinggolf.com | $299
Key Feature: Its carbon crown with a rearward (and visible) titanium grid structure that further enhances its COR and MOI properties.
What We Like: The carbon crown enabled designers to utilize two weight pads on the sole, both positioned low and away from the clubface to reduce spin and promote a high launch.
Who It’s For: Average to better players. They'll love its great acoustics and enhanced feel more than other composite-crown drivers.
Clubhead: Titanium (cast), carbon • Clubface: Titanium (milled) • Lofts: 9, 10.5, 12, 13.5 (available LH) • Custom Options: Yes • Shafts: PING TFC graphite (X, S, R, A)
pinggolf.com | $429
Key Feature: A super-thin 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. What’s that you say? 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. Bombers who want to bomb it even farther.
Clubhead: 6AL-4V titanium • Clubface: SP700HM titanium forged • Lofts: 8.5, 9.5, 10.5, 11.5 • Custom Options: No • Shafts: SV-3014 Fujikura shaft (R, S)
srixon.com | $300
Taylormade r7 CGB Max
Key Feature:TaylorMade’s patented Movable Weight Technology. With three adjustable weights (one 16-gram weight and two one-gram weights), players can alter the shape of their shots by a staggering 35 yards.
What We Like: Its triangular head shape. Also, the Limited model that comes with three premium shafts that can be changed at will.
Who It’s For: Players who crave adaptability in their shotshaping.
Clubhead: 6-4 titanium • Clubface: Titanium Lofts: 9.5, 10.5 HT (12) • Custom Options: Yes Shafts: TaylorMade r7 RE*AX SF 45 graphite by Mitsubishi Rayon (S, R, A)
taylormadegolf.com | $499
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