MacGregor MacTec NVG Fairway Woods

Monday February 19th, 2007

MacGregor's 21st-century renaissance looks a strong bet to continue with MacTec NVG fairway woods. There's plenty of technology to go with the classic styling. NVGs bring together a stainless-steel body, beta-titanium face, titanium hosel and tungsten plugs. The result: a stable clubhead that produces high-launching, low-spin shots with impressive carry. $300; 800-841-4358 or macgregorgolf.com

The inside scoop

The "Triple-Action" graphite shaft has three distinct flex zones and thus two distinct flex points. It's firmest in the middle and softest near the head, a design geared to increase swing speed through the hitting zone.

The hard, light and lively beta-titanium "cup face"--shaped like a cup turned on its side--enlarges the effective hitting area and boosts power. The use of titanium saves 25 grams versus stainless steel.

Those 25 grams reappear in the form of four fixed tungsten weights. A pair of 10-gram sole plugs shift weight low for that high launch, and two 2.5-gram weights in the extreme toe and heel help steady the head on mis-hits.

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