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WorldGolf.com's "Best of" golf equipment awards 2007: Drivers

Kiel ChristiansonBy Kiel Christianson,
Equipment Editor and Senior Writer
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The Hippo Hex2: "What the heck is that, anyway?" (Courtesy Hippo Golf)

We test and review a veritable pro shop of golf equipment every year, from balls to practice aids to the king of golf gear, the driver.

Here are our Best Of picks of the drivers we've played in 2007:

Most likely to cause your playing partners to ask, "What the heck is that?"

The Hippo Hex2 ($199). This 460cc black menace has six sides and more angles than most Italian sports cars. It looks more like a Cylon space ship from Battlestar Galactica than a golf club. Best of all, though, it will rocket your ball into orbit so fast, it will make your playing partners ask, "What the heck is that?" out of awe rather than incredulity.

Best driver when you absolutely, positively have to get it in the fairway

Tour Edge GeoMax ($199): The standard shaft is 44 inches, and that helps. The 5,000-plus gram-cm-squared helps even more. According to the Tour Edge folks, the MOI of the GeoMax outstrips just about every other driver on the market. We couldn't confirm that, but we were able to confirm fairway after fairway split down the middle, in return for about 10 yards less in overall distance.

The so-hot-you-can-barely-touch-it award

Nickent 4DX ($259): The basic model of this blazin'-hot stick comes with draw-biased weighting and a closed clubface. If you fight the hooks, you'll need to set up with the face open. Remember to do that, though, and you'll be rewarded with some of the longest drives you've ever hit. Part of it comes from the 46" standard shaft, but most of it comes from the super-thin clubface. Nickent also makes a "T-spec" model that is set up for a more neutral ball flight, along with an SE model, which is taking the Nationwide Tour by storm.

Best overall (especially if you're already deaf)

Nike SQ Sumo2 ($480): The highest MOI, the longest consistently straight and controllable drives, and the most obtrusive clatter. Oh well - you can't have everything. The SQ Sumo2 was the first of the square-headed drivers on the market, and the first of the breed to win a PGA Tour event (wielded by K.J. Choi). Unless you hit it, you won't believe how confident the Sumo2 can make you feel.

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Kiel Christianson has lived, worked, traveled and golfed extensively on three continents. As senior writer and equipment editor for WorldGolf.com, he has reviewed courses, resorts, and golf academies from California to Ireland, including his home course, Lake of the Woods G.C. in Mahomet, Illinois. Read his golf blog here.

 
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  • Tour Edge GeoMax

    mark wrote on: Oct 24, 2007

    I'm a 42 year old new golfer (been playing for a year and a half), and I have struggled with driver so much that for most of this summer I left driver in the bag and hit most of my tee shots with a cheap hybrid 3 that I had good luck with. Just to avoid embarrasment.
    I got the GeoMax for my birthday in September and I LOVE it!!!! I'm still not a huge hitter but the alien-flight-crazy-spin, dribblers, and push/slices are gone, and I'm putting the ball in on the fairway and averaging between 190 and 220 which for me is awesome.

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  • Cobra F Speed

    Ed Gordon wrote on: Oct 24, 2007

    What about the Cobra F-Speed? I love this driver!I am 61 years old and hit this thing a long way! Straight too!

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  • Sumo vs TM

    Tom Weston wrote on: Oct 24, 2007

    taylormade burner driver blows away the Nike driver IMO. the 50 gm shaft gives the average player 10 to 20 more yards off the tee and is far more consistent again in my humble opinion...I've tried em all including the new mizuno mx 560(yuk) didn't like the sound off the clubface. The TM sound is like (thwack) just sounds great...it is the driver of the year for me and i have turned at least 20 guys onto it..i wish i was on commish.

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