Driver ClubTest June 2007 GOLF Magazine

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ClubTest: Drivers June 2007 A dozen ClubTesters go long with drivers geared for better players WHERE WE DID IT Ginn Reunion Resort in Reunion, Fla. HOW WE DID IT We captured each tester's launch data with his current driver using the AccuSport Vector launch monitor. Test clubs were put through a diagnostic evaluation at Hot Stix Golf headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz. Hot Stix fitters recommended the best match between test clubs and testers. Our ClubTesters evaluated the four models on the driving range and in on-course action.
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Titleist 905R CLUB SPECS $299, steel; $299, graphite; titleist.com WE TESTED 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5° 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) • Go to Equipment Finder profile to tell us what you think and see what other GOLF.com readers said about this club. • Find the right driver for your game with our interactive driver fitting, powered by Hot Stix.
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Tour Edge Exotics Proto CLUB SPECS $499, graphite; touredge.com WE TESTED 9°, 10° in Aldila VS Proto graphite shaft COMPANY LINE "A heavier, Tour weighted head with 2-degree-open face angle for workability and feel. The thin beta-titanium crown is chemically bonded to a titanium body. A forged titanium face is laser bonded to the body for a virtually weld-free bond and added power." OUR TEST PANEL SAYS ... A bomber, with a flat, strong trajectory — it's meant to be smashed, crushed, hammered; working the ball is possible but somewhat optimistic — shaping your shots to maximize your drive on doglegs can be tricky; at impact, there is a metallic burst and the ball is gone; very hard feel from a very hot face; on-the-button tee shots run forever; not the most forgiving of large-headed drivers — misses can be way off-line; look is nothing special. "Shots explode off the face." — Jim Hurley (9) • Go to Equipment Finder profile to tell us what you think and see what other GOLF.com readers said about this club. • Find the right driver for your game with our interactive driver fitting, powered by Hot Stix.
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Callaway Fusion FT- 5 CLUB SPECS $429, graphite; callawaygolf.com WE TESTED 10° Draw, 9° Neutral, 10° Neutral with Fujikura E150 graphite shaft COMPANY LINE "Fusion technology — carbon-fiber body with titanium cup face — creates 50 grams of discretionary mass, which is distributed to the perimeter for a high moment of inertia. Available in Draw, Neutral or Fade configurations." OUR TEST PANEL SAYS ... Continues the Callaway tradition of easy-to-hit, forgiving drivers; a straight, very accurate hitter — works extremely hard to correct any swing errors you make; high, penetrating flight; not the longest but sufficient power; shots with draw-bias head go only one way, but it does eliminate the right side; hollow sound — like an aluminum bat hitting a baseball — is not awe-inspiring. "A fairway finder— forgiveness is its outstanding feature." — Jon Dobberstein (9) • Go to Equipment Finder profile to tell us what you think and see what other GOLF.com readers said about this club. • Find the right driver for your game with our interactive driver fitting, powered by Hot Stix.
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Cleveland HiBore XL Tour CLUB SPECS $349, graphite; clevelandgolf.com WE TESTED 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5° in Aldila VS Proto, Fujikura Fit-On CG Red, Fujikura Speeder 652, Grafalloy ProLaunch Red and Mitsubishi Diamana graphite shaft COMPANY LINE "A 3-degree-open face angle, 59-degree lie angle and neutral weighting allow better players to work the ball. The inverted crown design aligns the sweet spot and 'hot spot' to produce optimal launch conditions for more distance." OUR TEST PANEL SAYS ... Difficult to get excited by dark gray finish with large indent on top; nice response for such a strange-looking club; tight, hard impact feel, like shots jump off face; great in windy conditions — beautiful, low, drawing flight reduces backspin and produces lots of roll; can hit off the deck fairly well on par 5s; slightly shorter carry than others tested; direction isn't supremely corrected but the outcome is fine. "Nice playability for a big head. I even hit controlled power fades." — Bob O'Brien (5) • Go to Equipment Finder profile to tell us what you think and see what other GOLF.com readers said about this club. • Find the right driver for your game with our interactive driver fitting, powered by Hot Stix.
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WINNER Titleist 905RCLUB SPECS $299, steel; $299, graphite; titleist.com "Easiest-to-hit shot is a straight, high one. But you can work draws or fades easily." — Randy Rochefort (2) "Like a fine, aged wine: bold, yet smooth." — Mark Waldheim (11) "Best-looking oversize head on the market." — Lee Neisler (3) "Straight, high and long enables you to take an aggressive line." — Steve Sesko (9) • Go to Equipment Finder profile to tell us what you think and see what other GOLF.com readers said about this club. • Find the right driver for your game with our interactive driver fitting, powered by Hot Stix.