From Golf Magazine ClubTest 2012 (May, 2012)
Category: Better-Player Fairway Woods
WE TESTED: 14°, 15.5°, 18° with Miyazaki C. Kua 59 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The Gliderail sole design—two rails and a center keel—decreases turf drag and increases clubhead speed, versatility and control from a variety of lies. The Ultralite technology reduces the club’s total weight by 20 grams to further increase swing speed and distance.
OUR TESTERS SAY: Mashie has a unique, retro look and proves to be an effective utility club.
PLAYABILITY: Accomplished players can work the ball; excels out of the rough thanks to the v-shaped sole and rails.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Center shots are on the money in terms of distance and direction; the sole design seems to stabilize the head on off-center hits.
DISTANCE: Reliable, repeatable lengths; comparable distance to what many guys achieve with their regular woods.
FEEL: Easy to swing due to light shaft and overall light weight; sturdy through the swing and strong at impact.
LOOK: The flat gray, industrial-looking crown is reminiscent of clubs from the ’90s; classic look with rails on the bottom and a compact head shape.
Overall club and shaft feel a little light to stronger swingers; lacks distance for a few testers; old-school finish doesn’t resonate with some testers, makes them think it lacks technology.