GT Tech Awards 2006

TaylorMade r7 460Best Execution Award:  TaylorMade r7 460
The original r7 quad driver broke ground by introducing TaylorMade’s unique MWT (movable weight technology), which was the first to allow golfers to quickly and easily adjust the feel and performance of their driver at will. Since the introduction of the r7 quad, TaylorMade has applied MWT to a number of their products, but none are as impressive as the jumbo-sized r7 460. Providing many of the same attributes as the previous r7 models, the 460 gives players the ultimate in clubhead size and forgiveness while maintaining a pleasing look and feel. Unlike some of the other r7 models, the outsized 460 features a fixed weight located in the low, back portion of the clubhead, which functions to effectively lower and deepen the CG location. The result is a driver that is easy to hit high and straight with plenty of pop.  This is a great addition to an already outstanding product line.
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Ping G5Synchronicity Award: PING G5 family 
Despite the inherent challenges of designing a full line of clubs, all of which work equally well, PING engineers were more than up to the task when they designed the extremely successful G5 line. Featuring drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, irons and putters, all the models in the G5 family are technological standouts that could earn a GT Tech award on their own merit. Particularly noteworthy is the enlarged tuning port featured in the G5 iron, which both improves feel and allows for greater customization.
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TaylorMade r7 CGBEase Of Use Award: TaylorMade r7 CGB Max 
The simple goal of game-improvement clubs is to make the game of golf easier to play and more fun for a wide range of golfers. TaylorMade’s engineering staff took this goal to heart when they came up with the r7 CGB Max, an iron that’s about as friendly as they come. Featuring the full array of technical features, including TaylorMade’s Inverted Cone Technology for a larger and more responsive effective hitting area, as well as two tungsten weight cartridges that lower the CG, making it significantly easier to get the ball in the air and going in the general direction of the target. An ultra-thin clubface allows for even more weight to be moved to the perimeter of the clubhead for increased perimeter weighting and faster ball speeds. The r7 CGB Max irons are long, forgiving and easy to hit. 
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Integration Award: Nickent 3DX Hybrid Irons
Since the somewhat recent popularization of hybrids took place, a common problem among golfers is deciding which hybrids fit into their set  and what clubs to remove. Unfortunately, even the most knowledgeable golfers have had a hard time successfully bridging the distance gaps in their sets due to how high and how far modern hybrid clubs hit the ball. The new Nickent 3DX Hybrid Irons solve this problem by providing players with a truly integrated iron/hybrid set that was specifically designed to span the full range of distances. It’s a worthy product that does what it’s supposed to do.
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Game-Improvement Award: Perfect Club Perfect Driver
Despite a name that reeks of hubris, the Perfect Club’s Perfect Driver is actually an impressive piece of equipment. Made with a length that is approximately 2.5 inches shorter than standard drivers, the Perfect Driver is easy to hit and versatile. A high-tensile beta-titanium crown, titanium soleplate and variable-face technology make the Perfect Driver a technologically advanced specialty driver that’s worth a try.
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