June 2007: Drivers
Winner: Titleist 905R
$299, steel; $299, graphite; titleist.com
Equipment Finder Profile
WE TESTED: 8.5Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â°, 9.5Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â°, 10.5Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â° in Aldila NV 65, UST Pro Force V2, Graphite Design YS-6+ graphite shaft
COMPANY LINE: "The 905R features a titanium body, beta-titanium face insert and aluminum hosel tube. Weight pads in the sole and skirt optimize center-of-gravity location. Has a pear shape, with shallow face, for players seeking the combination of ball speed, launch angle, spin and forgiveness."
OUR TEST PANEL SAYS: Love the understated gray finish, teardrop shape and directional aid on crown; a comforting, compact look relative to some 460 cc heads; pleasing impact feel, can distinguish heel from toe hits; quite playable, easy to draw or fade it; moderate forgiveness, no miracle saves but poor shots stay on the course; like the medium high flight that flattens out; not the longest, but serviceable.
Precise-handling clubhead gives instant feedback. Tom Jennings, 9 handicap