Discover The Truth About The New Square Drivers
You've probably heard about the new square drivers.
Everyone's talking about them this month. But will they be
talking about them in 6 months? Time will tell. But here's
the facts on the technology behind them and what they mean
to your game.
The idea behind the technology is that when you move the
weight in the club head away from the club face you create a
more stable golf club that won't twist on mishits. This is
called greater Moment of Inertia (MOI). Greater MOI
should lead to more stability and theoretically make the
ball go further and straighter. I guess you could say
manufacturers have gone to extremes with the theory and
this new square design.
One reason manufactures have gone this direction is because
the USGA has put
a limit on head size and the rebound effect of the club
face. The head has been limited to 5" by 5". That
means the last place manufacturers have to move weight to
are the corners of the club. The face is already relatively
square so the back corners are what's left. Thus the
square headed drivers.
Both Callaway and Nike have already come out with clubs
using this concept. Nike has the SQ Sumo and Callaway has
the FT-i. Not many pros are using them although K.J. Choi
won with the Sumo last fall. We haven't heard if Tiger, a
Nike endorsee, will be using the Sumo. Should be interesting
to see. Many pros are not using them because they say
they go too straight. Thankfully many of us "normal"
golfers won't have that problem.
Component clubmaker Tom Wishon, who wrote the book,
"The Search For The Perfect Golf Club," wonders if this
square technology and the chase for high MOI is really
another type of chase...to win the golfer's dollar.
Wishon said since golf companies have hit the limits for
face rebound speed and head size, now the race will be on to
figure out who can get the MOI to the specified limit. But
he wonders if golfers who already have drivers that have a
reasonable high MOI currently will notice much of a
difference with the new geometrically challenged breed
However, Golf Digest in its recent club test gave the new
square drivers high marks. It gave the Callaway an
Editors Choice award and also ranked the Sumo highly. One
Golf Digest tester said about the Sumo..."It has a nice high
ball flight...Better players would rate it a 6 out of 10,
but high-handicappers might like it." What that says to me
is it's straight and long but might have too high of a ball
flight for a really fast swinging golfer. I think us normal
golfers will take straight and long anyday.
The Sumo has been reviewed on some golf forums. On
GolfMagic.com, Bob Warters and his buddies took the Sumo
and a clone version out for a test ride. They said all
the clubs were long and straight and might actually live up
to the hype. In particular he mentioned..."It's not perhaps
what a leading manufacturer like Nike Golf would want to
hear, but first impressions comparing the company's latest
SasQuatch Sumo 2 (square-headed) drivers and a cheaper copy
Turbo Power XQ MUTO 460Ti - detected little
difference in performance." With the new brand drivers
selling for between $400 and $500 dollars and the clone
selling for under $100 it makes you wonder if all those
endorsement dollars are getting a little out of hand. I
guess that's a discussion for another time.
So it looks like the technology has promise. The only way to
know for sure it to give it a try. GigaGolf offers the above
XQ MUTO for $99. It's technology is based on the Nike
Sumo. GigaGolf offers the MUTO with a top-of-the-line
shaft and grip. Might be worth a try.
Well get ready golfers. The square headed drivers are here
and you'll get to see if they are worth the money and the
hype. Come back here often and we'll keep you up to date on
how they work out.