From Golf Magazine (ClubTest, February 2010)
Category: Max Game-Improvement Drivers
We tested: 9°, 10.5°, 12° with Fujikura E-Fit graphite shaft
Company line: "The weight is farther back in the head as loft increases to maximize stability and improve launch conditions. The 9° produces a lower, more penetrating ball flight; the 10.5° and 12° have mass low and more rearward for a higher flight."
OUR TESTERS SAY:
PROS: Solid, dependable option if you're looking to hit more fairways; drives fly higher than loft would suggest; fairly useful with off-center hits; lightweight-head feel has its fans; testers suggest that it would be serviceable even for intermediate to better players; smooth, sleek shape is inoffensive.
CONS: Nothing spectacular in terms of power, feel or look; several panelists tend to lose shots to the right; some guys find that the light head lacks heft during the swing; average appearance is a precursor to overall performance.
$349; graphite wilsongolf.com
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From Golf Magazine (Buyer's Guide, May 2009)
Bob Thurman, Director of R&D/Global Golf:
"We initiated Project 'River Stone' to explore an organic driver shape (the opposite of the current trend of radical geometry, high-MOI driver designs). We want it to appeal to a traditional player while concealing the engine that drives low center of gravity (CG) and high MOI."
How it works: The 8° and 9° are crafted for better players (they're more workable) while the 10.5° and 12° are for less-skilled types (they're more forgiving). Added mass low and farther rearward in the higher lofts means increased MOI and more built-in forgiveness. Shifting a club's CG back also increases [dynamic] loft as you swing. The face has varying thicknesses to pump up ball speed on off-center hits. The Fujikura Fit-On E100 shaft (for slower swingers) has a flexible tip to increase launch and add spin. The Fit-On E300 is for stronger, faster swingers who benefit from less spin and mid launch conditions.