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Taylor Made Golf has release details on their new driver, the R11S. The new R11S is larger, quicker, more adjustable and longer than the original R11 driver. The 460cc white finished head is powered by a new 5-sided ASP plate, new 1.5º FCT sleeve and movable weights. With 3D Tuning, you can independently tune loft, face angle and flight path your swing.
• Tune loft up or down by 1.5° with Flight Control Technology (FCT)
• Tune the face to one of five angles (±3°) with Adjustable Sole Plate (ASP) Technology
• Tune the center of gravity toward the heel or toe with Movable Weight Technology (MWT)
• 460cc titanium head with Thick-Thin Crown design for lower CG
• Inverted Cone Technology (ICT) promotes more ball speed on off-center hits
• White non-glare crown and black clubface for easy alignment
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Having used Titleist golf drivers for most of my playing career, I was a bit skeptical about trying out a driver from Nike. Dick’s Sporting Goods had a tremendous sale on them so I thought I’d give one a try anyways. For this article I am going to review the Nike Sumo S900 Driver, 9.5 degrees of loft with an S-65 Diamana Shaft.
The first thing that struck me when buying this club was the shape of the clubhead; it has sort of a square look to it. Not only that, but the clubhead itself is huge, a full 460cc. Having the club at address makes you think that it would be nearly impossible to mishit it. The alignment on the club is great as well; it is very inauspicious while aiding you at the same time.
Another great feature about the Nike Sumo S900 Driver is that it is great for both low and high shot when needed. Have you ever had one of those days where it is very windy and you need to keep the ball low to get any distance? This club would be great to use if the wind were both helping and hurting you. When I teed the ball low and hit a few shots with the Nike Sumo S900 Driver, it has a nice, penetrating ball flight. When I needed to cut the corner of a dogleg, I simply teed the ball up higher, gave it a rip, and it carries the tees with ease. The Nike Sumo S900 Driver is a club that can be used in practically any situation.
Lastly, I tested out the club to see how it handles mishits out on the golf course. I hit some shots off of the toe and others off of the heel, making sure to intentionally miss the sweet spot of the club. What I found was that while I wasn’t getting great distance (as expected), it was still going out there the same distance as any other driver would when mishit. This can be especially helpful to golfers whose weak point is their driver or those who are not very experienced. You can still mishit balls with the Nike Sumo S900 Driver and get fairly good distance out of it.
There was one major flaw that I found with the Nike Sumo S900 Driver and some other nitpicky things as well. The major flaw that I found when hitting the club is that it is very difficult to shape shots with. Every shot seems to want to go straight, and that may not be a bad thing depending on your handicap. However, being a three handicap golfer, there are a lot of times each round where I want to be able to shape the ball in such a way that it gives me a better chance at making birdie. Unless I over-exaggerate my swing it is very difficult to get it to hook or slice. I did find that I can fade the ball with some effort, but not really any other type of shot. This can be a big negative to an experienced golfer, but as I said before it may not be such a bad thing to an inexperienced golfer.
A couple of other nitpicky things I found about the club include the grip not being very durable and the sound when hitting the golf club. After a few rounds the grip started to wear down fairly considerably, such that I may have to get another golf grip for it soon. It may just be me getting a bad grip with the club, so I wouldn’t expect that every other grip is much the same way. The sound of the golf club may take a little while to get used to as well. It is hard to say what it really sounds like; I would say it is very similar to hitting a driver off of a sidewalk. It has a very unorthodox sound to it, and some may like it while others may not. Also, because of the sound it is hard to tell whether you hit the ball solid or not.
The Nike Sumo S900 Driver is a very good golf club for inexperienced golfers or those with high handicaps. It has an extremely large clubhead, which may give added confidence when teeing it up on the golf course. The ball flight is great, and the club gives good distance even when mishit. With that said however, I wouldn’t recommend it for low handicap golfers, as it is very difficult to shape the ball with.
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The TaylorMade R11 driver is by far the most anticipated club coming out this year and will be showcased at the 2011 Tokyo Golf Show. The new acronym on the sole of the club is (AST) and it stands for Adjustable Sole Technology. Combine that with FCT and MWT and you got a lot of adjustments your able to make.
The satin white finish, along with the black face, creates the maximum contrast between face and crown to help you align the club more easily. Face angle is controlled by an adjustable aluminum sole plate. By moving the red triangular plate into the closed, neutral or open position, you can adjust the look at address. The face settings range from 4 degrees open to 4 degrees closed.
The standard R11 driver will come with a 45.75″ Fujikura Blur shaft and retail for $399. A TP version of the club will feature an identical head and several shaft upgrades for $499. Both drivers should arrive in pro shops in mid-February and are available for pre-order.
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I have a 9.5 degree HiBore with a stiff Aldila NV65 shaft, each time I hit this club, the more fascinated I am. In my earlier review, I mentioned about how straight the club is, regardless of considerations like distance or ability to work the ball left or right. I’m now completely convinced that, not only is the club impressively long, but it’s absolutely able to work the ball left and right if you identify how to make those swings. In fact, I would say that the HiBore’s tendency to hit straight simply makes hooks and slices behave more like draws and fades; in other words, its relatively tight dispersion comes from lessening the mistakes we make when we get “handsy.”
I truly have nothing bad to say about this club. I guess if you’re someone who really likes to tee the ball high, the HiBore’s face isn’t quite as deep top-to-bottom as some of the other large clubs around these days, so you might be somewhat more likely to hit a “sky-ball” with the HiBore than a deeper-faced club. Personally, I like the looks and proportions of this club a lot, and I envision that’ll only increase the more rounds I play with this driver. I think there’s a tendency to dismiss this club because of its odd shape; I also think to not take one out for a try is a real missed opportunity.
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Weighing in at just 284 grams, the TaylorMade Burner SuperFast Driver is the lightest, fastest driver TaylorMade has ever created. Designed to deliver boosted clubhead speed and excellent distance, the SuperFast also holds the largest clubface of any TaylorMade Driver. The bigger face gives the golfer more area to strike the ball with, which is a distinct advantage.
The updated club face features a different bulge and roll design that works with the higher moment-of-inertia head to assist with off-center strikes.The 460cc club head of the Burner SuperFast is sleeker and more aerodynamic than the previous Burner driver, allowing it to slip through the air more quicker and help the golfer swing the club head faster.
The Burner SuperFast comes with a 46.5-inch Matrix Ozik XCon 4.8 shaft, which is both extremely lightweight. This grouping helps launch drives on a superior trajectory with added spin thereby improving the distance for slower-swinging golfers.
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The ZL in the Cobra ZL name stands for Zero Limits. To reach this goal when designing the new ZL driver, the project team pooled the 9 point face technology, with Multi Material construction, Stainless steel Weight screw technology with Adjustable Flight Technology, “AFT”. The objective was the built the BEST driver for the most distance, the best ball flight for every golfer, and overall best performance.
Adjusting the face angle is simple as the driver comes with a wrench to loosen the set screw in the sole of the club at the end of the hosel. The shaft adapter fitted on the shaft is marked with the 3 letters, N, C, and O, for easy alignment with the index mark on the hosel of the head. By the easy adjustment, you can adjust the face angle for 1 degree Open, to .5 degree closed to a full 2 degrees closed.
Along with being able to adjust the face angle, the strategy also allows for quick and easy shaft exchange. The Cobra ZL is not restricted to ONE factory standard shaft, but a large assortment of aftermarket elevated quality custom shafts.
The Cobra ZL comes in 4 choices of loft. 8.5* , 9.5*, 10.5* and 11.5*. The 8.5* driver is only available in Right hand version. A light weight composite crown and sole, and a weight screw to fine tune the CG and ball flight. Each shaft comes with an aluminum shaft adapter for speedy and easygoing custom fitting of the driver to the purchaser.
The Callaway Mens FT-i Tour Series is touted to be the straightest driver in the world with a 460 cc Complete Inertial Design, a CT/VFT Titanium Cup Face and an OptiFit Weighting System.
This driver is the personification of modern driver design that has pushed the boundaries of rules and shape to the limits. The design positions the weight to the clubhead’s extreme corners thus producing higher MOI or Moments of Inertia. With this driver you can expect more forgiveness, greater distance and an increased ball speed.
Expect more stability due to the precise positioning of the Center of Gravity. The body is made of carbon composite material making it lighter and with a discretionary weight placed in the areas where it is most needed.