2009 Woods Buyer's Guide

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Nickent 5DX RC Ironwood
Nickent’s new 5DX Ironwood gets its extreme perimeter weighting from two tungsten-polymer XW inserts and a custom weight plug (aluminum or tungsten) on its sole. That plug and its compact stainless-steel head set it apart from last year’s 4DX model. The 5DX also features a super-thin crown that helps give it a super high MOI and a lot more forgiveness.
Lofts: 13°, 14°, 15.5°, 17°, 18.5°, 20°, 21.5°, 23°, 24.5°, 26°
nickentgolf.com | $199
Nike SUMO2 Hybrid
Nike’s SUMO2 Hybrid is a smaller version of the SQ SUMO Driver. Like its big brother, the SUMO2 Hybrid positions the CG deep and low to increase its MOI. Its lightweight face gets thicker toward the middle, producing a more consistent ball speed, bigger distance and major forgiveness. Comes with a True Temper Dynalite Gold Steel or Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana graphite shaft in a variety of flexes and weights.
Lofts: 15°, 18°, 21°, 24°
nikegolf.com | $150
Ping Rapture V2
Its primary component is a 112-gram tungsten sole plate that accounts for 48 percent of the clubhead’s mass and creates a deep, low CG for improved launch conditions. Combine that with a larger head profile and longer clubface that increases the club’s MOI, and you’ve got one of the longest, most accurate hybrids on the market. Choose from two stock shafts or get fully custom fit.
Lofts: 17°, 20°, 23°, 27°
pinggolf.com | $199


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