Friday, March 19, 2010
2010 Buyer's Guide Drivers
This year's drivers are like the classics, but with modern engines
|Nike SQ Machspeed Str8-Fit
Key Feature: The PowerBow design and sole diffuser that help reduce drag and encourage faster acceleration than any previous Nike driver.
What We Like: Its eight different face-angle options, which make it a breeze for you to shape your shots. Also, it addresses what has been an issue in large clubheads: drag.
Who It’s For: Anyone who doesn’t mind playing with a weird-looking club, as long as it performs.
Specs: Comes in five lofts (8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5° and HL).
nikegolf.com | $299
Key Feature: Its face, which is a tad larger than last year’s G10. That increases forgiveness and places more power behind the ball.
What We Like: The PING engineers built the G15 with an ultrathin crown and external weighting for a higher trajectory and low spin.
Who It’s For: Made for everyone, but golfers who need help launching tee shots will benefit the most.
Specs: Comes in four lofts (9°, 10.5°, 12°, 13.5°) and a stock PING TFC 149D or Aldila Serrano 60.
pinggolf.com | $350
Key Feature: Internal weights placed away from the face help to knock spin rates down to produce a more Tour-like trajectory and better control.
What We Like: Built with a 460cc clubhead, but it doesn’t look like it because of its pear-shaped head. Not to
mention PING’s classic good looks.
Who It’s For: Better golfers who like to shape their shots without the aid of adjustability. The i15 is made with a fade bias, so slicers beware!
Specs: Comes in three lofts (8°, 9.5° and 11°). Measures 45.75 inches.
pinggolf.com | $405
|Powerbilt Air Force One
Key Feature: Nitrogen-Charged Technology. What’s that? The clubhead is filled with nitrogen gas to provide weightless support of the face.
What We Like: The nitrogen, of course. It helps construct an incredibly thin face without internal bracing, resulting in improved accuracy. Seriously, this thing goes a mile.
Who It’s For: As Fuzzy Zoeller says, “all golfers, any age, any handicap.”
Specs: Available in five different flexes for every type of golfer. Comes in a Tour version, too.
powerbilt.com | $299
Key Feature: A new, very strong, low-density titanium called “Ti-X51AF.” It’s so light, the weight can be moved away from the face and into a deep, low position in the clubhead.
What We Like: Really controls sidespin, plus it’s one good- looking, easy-to-nuke club. ‘Nuff said.
Who It’s For: Better players who want to shape their shots and who like the sound of a man’s driver.
Specs: Comes in three lofts, 8.5°, 9.5° and 10.5°. Fitted with a Mitsubishi Diamana Blue shaft.
srixon.com | $399
|Taylormade R9 SuperTri
Key Feature: Combines TM’s Flight Control Technology with their Moveable Weight Technology in a 460cc version This makes it the tinkerer’s dream club.
What We Like: It has all the benefits of the original R9, but in a 460cc package.
Who It’s For: Everybody will benefit, but it’ll appeal the most to golfers who like to tweak their ballflight.
Specs: Comes with a stock Fujikura Motore 60-gram shaft (five flexes) and four lofts (8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5°). Custom shafts available.
taylormadegolf.com | $399
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