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|The Dynacraft Prophet ICT driver by Hireko Golf allows even thrifty golfers to enjoy the options afforded by adjustable-head technology. (Courtesy of Hireko Golf)|
Drivers with adjustable clubheads may still prove to be a fad, but enough average golfers are starting to tinker around with them to suggest that they may be here to stay.
Still, adjustable-head technology is largely confined to high-end clubs from big-name companies, with one notable exception: Hireko Golf's Dynacraft Prophet ICT driver, which will set you back less than $100.
For the thrifty golfer, the Prophet ICT driver is worth serious consideration.
We tested the Prophet ICT driver extensively both on the range and on the course at Lake of the Woods G.C. in Mahomet, Ill.
The first thing we noticed was a considerable improvement in the head-adjustment system over the original Prophet ICT model. The new wrench is longer, allowing for easier loosening and more secure tightening of the clubhead. However, it feels like the wrench is a bit too large for the screw in the hosel, as it seems to slip out too easily.
Nevertheless, once the online manual had been downloaded (for free from the Hireko Golf Web site) and printed, it was easy to adjust the clubhead to produce each of eight possible lie-loft combinations.
Wait? You need a manual?
Well, yes. The adjustment system relies on a little white dot inside the hosel-club head fitting, and its position relative to the toe of the clubhead determines the lie-loft combination (and consequently, the ball flight). Without the manual, it's impossible to be certain what that little white dot is telling you.
But as I was saying, with the manual in hand, the Prophet ICT driver performed as promised: fades, draws, and even the occasional straight ball (though even in the neutral position, my swing produces precious few straight balls).
Distance was somewhat above average: no career drives, but certainly respectable in terms of both carry and roll.
Sound, feel, and set-up were all very solid as well, with the fairly traditional pear-shaped clubhead appealing to the traditionalist inside me, despite the hidden whiz-bangery of the adjustable head.
Options do exist for thrifty golfers, including the option of adjusting your driver clubhead. From 1 degree open to 3 degrees closed, and from a 60-degree lie angle to a 57-degree lie angle, the Prophet ICT helps correct pulls, hooks, slices, and fades due to both heel and toe contact.
And all of these options can be had for just $90, assembled.
If you've been toying with the idea of trying an adjustable driver, this would be the place to start your search.
And the Prophet ICT is solid enough (garnering a 4.5 out of 5 star rating from Hireko Golf customers) that it might also be the place where you end your search.
For more information, visit www.hirekogolf.com.
July 2, 2010
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, Ill. Read his golf blog here and follow him on Twitter @GolfWriterKiel.
Whether you're a new player looking for a decent starter set, or an experienced player who doesn't want to blow your kid's college fund on new sticks, Hireko Golf offers a number of lines of clubs from putters to drivers that will fit any game.
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