Fred Vuich
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Nicklaus AirMax DPT
nicklaus-golf.com
WE TESTED: 15° and 18° with Fujikura SG Pro graphite shaft

THE COMPANY LINE

OUR TESTERS SAID
Pros
  • "Easy to square up due to the simple head shape and face."—Eric English (handicap 12)
  • "Center contact is informative and powerful."—Kirk Fischer (7)
  • "Crisp and lively; not as muted as their last offerings."—Hoai Hoang (8)
  • "A low, boring flight increases trajectory control."—Lee Neisler (2)
  • "A nice upgrade for Nicklaus users. Decent forgiveness and distance."—Jeff McKinney (15)
  • Cons
  • "Tight lies could pose problems. The best action comes from a slightly steeper swing."—Don Yitterberg (15)
  • "Good, repetitive swings are a must because off-center hits lack much help."—Randy Rochefort (2)
  • Bobby Jones Players Series by Jesse Ortiz
    bobbyjonesshop.com
    WE TESTED 13°, 15°, 17°, 19° with Graphite Design JS-6 graphite shaft

    THE COMPANY LINE

    OUR TESTERS SAID
    Pros
  • "The low profile might not appeal to everyone, but these are really easy to use."—Paul Brecht (handicap 18)
  • "Long toe on the non-symmetrical design makes these forgiving."—Jeff McKinney (15)
  • "I dialed these up and down with equally impressive results."—Mike Nastasi (7)
  • "Easy to hit straight, with shot-shaping capability."—Lee Neisler (2)
  • "Bump-and-runs with the 5-wood are fun."—Randy Rochefort (2)
  • "Versatile clubs capable of getting it done from any lie."—Don Wilson (15)
  • Cons
  • "Terrific from the spinach—the radius sole glides to the promised land. But off-center hits will leave you a long way home."—Eric English (12)
  • Sonartec SS-2.5 Mid Face
    www.sonartec.com
    WE TESTED 13°, 14°, 15°, 17°, 19°, 21° with Fujikura Tour Platinum graphite shaft

    THE COMPANY LINE

    OUR TESTERS SAID
    Pros
  • "Closest thing to a surface-to-air missile launcher."—Jim Perzan (handicap 9)
  • "Wonderfully crisp on flush shots."—Hoai Hoang (8)
  • "I like the slightly higher, yet penetrating flight."—Mike Nastasi (7)
  • "If you can work the ball, these will let you."—Don Yitterberg (15)
  • "They get down through the rough easily and get the ball up quickly."—Don Wilson (15)
  • "These hunt flags."—Kirk Fischer (7)
  • "These are the longest fairway woods on center hits."—Jeff McKinney (15)
  • Cons
  • "What you gain in playability, you may concede in forgiveness."—Lee Neisler (2)
  • TaylorMade r7 TP
    taylormadegolf.com
    WE TESTED T/S (13°), 3 (15°), 5 (17.5°) with Fujikura Vista Pro 80 graphite shaft

    THE COMPANY LINE

    OUR TESTERS SAID
    Pros
  • "The weights truly influence ball flight in terms of promoting a certain shot shape."—Don Ytterberg (handicap 15)
  • "Fades are nearly impossible with weights set to the draw bias."—Randy Rochefort (2)
  • "The 13-degree is a great alternative to a driver."—Marshall Schattner (9)
  • "Superior feel—crisp and lively—on pured shots."—Jeff McKinney (15)
  • "A dense, powerful feel; quite a contrast to the hollow, masked feel of my r5."—Kirk Fischer (7)
  • Cons
  • "Extremely workable but anything outside the screws yielded not-so-great results." —Mike Nastasi (7)
  • "A slightly deeper face promoted a penetrating ball flight. But it also meant a bit more effort to get it up from tight lies."—Eric English (12)
  • Tour Edge Bazooka JMAX QL
    touredge.com
    WE TESTED 15°, 20° with Grafalloy Quick Launch graphite shaft

    THE COMPANY LINE

    OUR TESTERS SAID
    Pros
  • "A shallow head means no problem getting the ball vertical, even from bare lies."—Lee Neisler (handicap 2)
  • "They perform well from all different lies; they cut through the rough and glide on the fairways."—Paul Brecht (18)
  • "It reduced sidespin very well and even fought attempts at forced draws and fades."—Hoai Hoang (8)
  • "Just enough information up the shaft to tell where contact was made."—Don Ytterberg (15)
  • Cons
  • "Don't try to alter the programmed flight. But why work these clubs when straight is usually available?" —Tom Jennings (12)
  • "I would prefer more feedback."—Marshall Schattner (9)
  • Callaway X
    callawaygolf.com
    WE TESTED 3 (15°), 5 (19°) and 7 (21°) with Fujikura graphite shaft

    THE COMPANY LINE

    OUR TESTERS SAID
    Pros
  • "Its typical Callaway profile and alignment aids look as comfortable as my favorite jeans."—Kirk Fischer (handicap 7)
  • "Classic acoustics with a precise firmness at impact."—Don Wilson (15)
  • "The ball soars like a bird."—Dave Asaki (8)
  • "They deliver effortless power with power-steering control."—Don Ytterberg (15)
  • "Long par 4s and 5s are birdie chances."—Jon Tate (4)
  • "Now I know why they call it 'Heavenwood'"—Paul Brecht (18)
  • "Lots of options off a fluffy first-cut lie."—Randy Rochefort (2)
  • "Even offcenter hits travel nicely."—Eric English (12)
  • "The face is like a perfect Maryland crabcake—all sweet meat and no filler. Even mis-hits can reach the target."—Marshall Schattner (9)
  • "Forgiveness is inherent." —Lee Neisler (2)
  • Cons
  • "Some may find ball flight to be too high. But given the 3-wood's exceptional height, shots into a par-5 green now have a chance of stopping."—Tom Jennings (12)
  • How They Stacked Up
    Club Nicklaus
    AirMax DPT
    Tour Edge
    Bazooka JMAX QL
    Bobby Jones
    Players Series
    TaylorMade
    R7 TP
    Sonartec
    SS-2.5 Mid Face
    Callaway
    X
    Look 3 stars 3 stars 4 stars 5 stars 3 stars 4 stars
    Feel 3 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars
    Playability 3 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 5 stars 5 stars
    Forgiveness 3 stars 4 stars 4 stars 3 stars 4 stars 5 stars
    Distance 3 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 5 stars 5 stars
    Total Performance 3 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4.5 stars

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