Friday, March 19, 2010
2010 Buyer's Guide Drivers
This year's drivers are like the classics, but with modern engines
|Hippo Hex XXL
Key Feature: Hippo’s new Hex XXL driver boasts a Forged Beta Titanium, 460cc clubhead with the highest MOI allowed, due to internal (4 grams per corner) weighting.
What We Like: With maximum MOI, you’re guaranteed that it’ll resist twisting at impact.
Who It’s For: All golfers looking for a forgiving, oversized driver at a very affordable price.
Specs: Comes with Hippo’s proprietary 100 percent graphite shaft. There are a number of lofts to choose from.
hippo-golf.com | $189
Key Feature: From a company known for their dominance at long-drive events comes a 460cc offering that delivers the highest ball speed of any of their drivers yet. That says a lot.
What We Like: Looks cool; hits big.
Who It’s For: Judging by their variety of shaft lengths, everyone. Although long drivers will gravitate to the stretched- out 47-inch version.
Specs: Available in five lofts: 6°, 7.5°, 9°, 10.5° and 12°. Its Fujikura Diesel shaft comes in five flexes and a variety of lengths from 43 to 47 inches.
krankgolf.com | $349
|Louisville SMART Pro B.E.
Key Feature: An enlarged pear-shaped clubhead that was developed with the feedback of a four-time PGA Tour champ.
What We Like: Louisville isn’t afraid to “keep it real.” Their persimmon is beautiful. Feels great.
Who It’s For: Anyone who thinks metal woods just don’t cut it.
Specs: The 250cc clubhead comes in an 11° version. Available in five flexes (R, S, X, A, L) and graphite and steel shafts. Lengths vary from 43 to 45 inches. Free headcover included.
louisvillegolf.com | $309-339
|Mizuno MP-630 FastTrack
Key Feature: Its 45 trajectory settings via Mizuno’s Fast Track system.
What We Like: It’s hard not to love a club that affords you the option to adjust ballflight across the board. High, low, left, right...this club does it all.
Who It’s For: Tweakers. With so many trajectories to choose from, you can dominate the course, no matter what the playing conditions.
Specs: Comes in three lofts, 8.5°, 9.5° and 10.5°. Stock shaft is a 64-gram MRC Fubuki. Measures a shorter-than-usual 45 inches.
mizunousa.com | $499
Key Feature: A 444cc four-piece clubhead that has an open clubface.
What We Like: Its low center of gravity, which produces a low spin and a boring but neutral ballflight. The nifty frequency- tuned sole for a more solid sound.
Who It’s For: Better players who like a traditional head shape and solid-sounding thunder stick.
Specs: Available in two lofts, 9.5° and 10.5°. Stock shaft is a 64-gram MRC Fubuki. Measures a shorter-than-usual 45 inches.
mizunousa.com | $299
|Nike VR STR8-FIT Tour
Key Feature: A compression channel that increases ball speeds across the entire face.
What We Like: 32, count ‘em, 32 face-angle options via Nike’s STR8-FIT adjustable-face technology.
Who It’s For: Players who like to tweak their drives with a twist of a wrench.
Specs: Comes in four lofts (8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5° and 11.5°), and an Aldila VooDoo shaft. Clubhead size is either 440cc or 460cc, depending on the club’s loft. Also comes in a Tour version that’s STR8-FIT-less.
nikegolf.com | $399
Page 3 of 6