From Golf Magazine (ClubTest, February 2010)
Category: Max Game-Improvement Drivers
We tested: 9.5°, 10.5° with Mitsubishi Fubuki graphite shaft
Company line: "The four-piece forged clubhead (444cc) has a modern pear shape with an open clubface. Low, shallow center of gravity (CG) produces low spin and a penetrating yet neutral flight."
OUR TESTERS SAY:
PROS: Receives high marks for overall feel; most panelists like the lower, boring flight, shots run out well; ample head feel throughout the swing and feedback at impact—the club drives through the ball; all handicap levels can benefit from this one; a trustworthy friend on a windy day; catch it and shots really go; great club for a tight, hard desert-type course; MP-630 is all business with a smidgen of style; a "boom" or smack accompanies a smooth swing.
CONS: Not for rank beginners because it requires greater skill to square the face than many others tested; better options exist if you're a low-ball hitter; bright white shaft is a distraction.
$299, graphite mizunousa.com
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Mizuno MP-630 Fast Track
Category: Tour Drivers
We tested: 9.5°, 10.5° with Mitsubishi Fubuki 64 graphite shaft
Company line: "Fast Track technology has 45 settings for 16 grams of movable weight. This fine-tunes performance for just about any player type or swing. We frequency tune the head (geometry and internal rib structure) for optimal sound and feel."
OUR TESTERS SAY:
PROS: Potentially the best driver Mizuno has brought to market; the movable weight system is quick and simple to use, and it delivers the goods, effectively altering shotshape tendencies; well-above-average length on mis-hits due to excellent stability through the ball; soft, muted impact feel is a pleasant change from today's loud drivers; nice conventional head shape.
CONS: Heavy clubhead feel isn't for everyone; prominent scoring lines on the face and the bright white shaft can be a distraction; for some, the warm impact sensation equates to a lack of pop.
$399, graphite mizunousa.com
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