Category: Max Game-Improvement Drivers
WE TESTED: 9°, 10.5° with Yonex Nanospeed 200 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A carbon graphite crown positions the center of gravity lower and more rearward. The net effect is a larger sweet zone for more forgiveness and ball speed. The sweet zone, in fact, is 20 percent larger than in Yonex’s previous driver model.
OUR TESTERS SAY: Handsome-looking driver. A dependable stick that has above average forgiveness capabilities.
DISTANCE: Pretty good output on less-than-perfect contact.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: One of its better features; tall, deep face provides tons of room for error; misses don’t stray too far off-line; left-to-right shots won’t get out of hand.
FEEL: Very light and quick through impact but well balanced; clean, clear “click” on solid contact, while mis-hits are more muted.
PLAYABILITY: Repeatable flight; slightly closed face favors a draw.
LOOK: Red shaft and black head combo is appealing; large, confidence-inspiring face makes you think you can bomb it.
It doesn’t excel in any one category; lacks an alignment aid on crown; attempts by faster swingers to lean on it are often met with less than desirable results.
From Golf Magazine (November, 2011)
The combination of a titanium body and light carbon graphite crown results in a lower, more rearward center of gravity location that enlarges the "sweet zone" for added forgiveness and ball speed. The carbon crown enables five extra grams to be redistributed along the sole's rear to aid launch and accuracy. The club's "sweet zone" is 20 percent larger than its predecessor (the Nanospeed 3i), which results in 2 to 3 percent faster ball speeds.
$299, graphite; yonex.com