ClubTest: Drivers

Friday August 15th, 2008
Greg Lord

GOLF Magazine ClubTesters spent a full day with each of the four drivers you will read about in this test.

They pounded balls on the range in the morning at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, using clubs with the appropriate flex and loft for their swing speed and ability. Our testers then wrapped up their evaluations on the course.


Mizuno MX-500
$420 (graphite)
mizunousa.com

WE TESTED

THE COMPANY LINE

OUR TESTERS SAID
"With off-center shots you still look like you know what you're doing,"

Additional comments
• "Feedback was precise and informative."—Charles Neivert (2)
• "A handsome devil that is really easy to hit straight."—Don Wilson (15)

\n Nicklaus AirMax DPT 460
$349 (grpahite)
nicklaus-golf.com

WE TESTED

THE COMPANY LINE

OUR TESTERS SAID
Buy it because your second shot will be from the short grass

Additional comments
• "Notify the air-traffic controller. This club puts the ball high in the sky."—Dave Asaki (8)
• "I knocked one 200-plus yards — off the deck!" — Paul Brecht (18)

Yonex Cuberstar CT 460

yonex.com

WE TESTED

THE COMPANY LINE

OUR TESTERS SAID
Pure hits come off like rockets

Additional comments
• "Noticeable twisting at impact on off-center shots."—Jeremy Ross (7)
• "It has no aiming device. Even so, it's easy to set up and square."—Jeff McKinney (15)

TaylorMade r7 460

taylormadegolf.com

WE TESTED

THE COMPANY LINE

OUR TESTERS SAID
It might as well have had a rifle scope mounted on the shaft Draws or fades can be ordered like an on-demand movie

Additional comments
• "Feels like a hammer driving a nail through impact."—Jeremy Ross (7)
• "Noticeably longer than my dual r5. I felt empowered."—Jon Kotraba (10)
• "Despite the weights, you need a consistent swing for results. This is not a magic bullet."—Don Wilson (15)


How they stack up:

Club Nicklaus
AirMAx DPT 460
Yonex
Cyberstar CT 460
Mizuno
MX-500
TaylorMade
r7 460
Look 3 stars 3 stars 4 stars 4 stars
Feel 3 stars 3 stars 3 stars 5 stars
Playability 3 stars 3 stars 4 stars 4 stars
Forgiveness 3 stars 3 stars 5 stars 5 stars
Distance 3 stars 4 stars 4 stars 5 stars
Total Performance 3 stars 3 stars 4 stars 4.5 stars

*Ratings 5 Stars
Excellet
4 Stars
Very Good
3 Stars
Good
2 Stars
Average
1 Star
Poor

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