Titleist is getting ready to launch two new drivers that they are over the Moon about. For a decade now, Titleist has been designing and manufacturing high performance drivers for some of the world’s best players.
Launching on April 1, 2007, are two new drivers that take full advantage of the 460cc platform in two distinct geometry offerings: the 907D1 and the 907D2.
The 907D1 is a high MOI driver which uses triangular shape geometry. The 907D2 is also a high MOI driver, however, it relies on a more traditional shape geometry; although more aggressive than previous traditional Titleist drivers.
'Titleist golf clubs are designed for the serious golfer, and with the new 907D1 and 907D2 we are taking the #1 460cc driver brand on the PGA Tour to the next level via high and enhanced MOI,' said Steve Pelisek, Vice President, Golf Club Sales, Titleist. 'With the combination of the continuing evolution of high MOI driver technology that is available and in play at the game's highest level and the expert fitting from our Titleist FittingWorks partners, we Can optimize the driving performance of any serious golfer.'
The highest inertia Titleist driver ever, Titleist says the 907D1 offers increased distance with forgiveness, producing a straighter ball flight. The 907D2 provides enhanced MOI for increased distance with workability, allowing the better player the ability to produce a draw or fade. Another primary difference is in the appearance. The 907D1 is a market forward, limit geometry, triangle shape, while the 907D2 is a traditional round profile. The internal construction is similar and both drivers provide a large maximum ball speed area for increased ball speed across the face.
'We strive to provide products that make better players better, and in terms of performance, the new 907 drivers are our most advanced drivers yet,' said Scott Burnett, Vice President, Titleist Golf Club Research and Development. 'Players will benefit from the advanced design, engineering and construction technology we used to create the higher MOI, while delivering on the combination of looks, feel and ball flight that better players demand. In fact, the 5,000+ inertia value of the 907D1 is as high as any titanium driver currently in the marketplace.'
TaylorMade-adidas Golf’s two newest drivers, the r7 SuperQuad and the Burner, were released to the public at the end of February. TOUR players have had access to both drivers for some time now and, according to TaylorMade, the report card is very, very good.
'The demand for the Burner and r7 SuperQuad has been phenomenal,' said Keith Sbarbaro, TaylorMade vice president of tour operations. 'Most of the guys who want the r7 SuperQuad have said that it's the driver they've been waiting for, because it combines the power and forgiveness of a 460 cc club head with four movable weights. Four weights gives them far greater control over their launch conditions compared to two weights, affecting both spin-rate and launch angle while exercising a greater influence over shot shape.
'Players are also really excited about the Burner, both by its dynamic looks and the boost it gives them in ball speed,' added Sbarbaro. 'They've also been surprised to see a driver by TaylorMade without Movable Weight Technology™, but they get it when we explain that this club is all about increased club head speed, increased ball speed and increased distance.'
Tour pros who have put either the Burner or r7 SuperQuad in play during the past several weeks include Sergio Garcia, John Daly, Justin Rose, Robert Garrigus, Sean O'Hair, Kenny Perry, Fred Funk, Tom Lehman, Nathan Green, Paul McGinley, Tim Petrovic, Robert Damron, Carlos Franco and Pat Perez. Funk won the PGA Tour's Mayakoba Golf Classic yesterday while using a SuperQuad, andPlayer Name: First | Lastused a SuperQuad to win theLeaderboards: Pga | LPGA | Champions Tour/> 'When it comes to drivers, tour pros like options,' said Sean Toulon, TaylorMade executive vice president of brand and product creation. 'They want choices depending if their preference is to calculate and launch the ball, or simply swing hard and bomb it long. Clearly the Burner and r7 SuperQuad have struck a chord among tour pros – the proof is in the demand.'
Shape geometry is taking a firm hold in the world of driver design these days. However, according to Nickent Golf’s Master Designer John Hoeflich, it’s not the only way to achieve a high MOI quotient. Nickent’s goal with their new 4DX driver is to push the limits of performance while maintaining a more traditional shape and sound.
Using a super thin 0.4 mm titanium crown, Nickent says they are able to save enough weight to manufacture a 460cc directional control driver that combines a classic tour shape together with advanced weight technology. Nickent utilizes Tungsten-Polymer XW Inserts, an innovation that allows for 16 grams of weight to be adjusted in 2-gram increments by the manufacturer for directional control and swing weight purposes,
“XW is a very smart directional control technology, and it gives us the flexibility to maneuver a significant amount of weight without taking away from our tour-driven design,” said Hoeflich. “The XW Inserts, which are now in almost all the clubs I have designed for Nickent, also raise the MOI, and provide the perfect heel/toe weighting for a particular swing. When you can use weights this small to bring back the Center of Gravity, raise the MOI and create a very large sweet spot on the face, all while keeping the desired shape you and dampening vibration, you have found a technology that stands above the rest.”
The raw head of this 460 CC driver weighs 180 grams. Nickent says this helps increase the swing speed of the driver significantly and allows for maximum distance. It also gives Nickent engineers room to utilize the XW technology and to raise the MOI significantly. The construction of the driver is a 6/4 Titanium body fused with a 15-3-3 .4mm Titanium crown. 15-3-3 Titanium is the alloy for Titanium and is stronger and thinner than cast 6-4 Titanium. It reduces the thickness of the crown by 50%, reduces the weight of the crown by 20 grams and makes for a better sound and feel. Laser welding the crown adds more strength and saves even more weight to put back in the clubhead. A patented A-frame face application is used for a high COR/CT on the face map.
The new 4DX driver is available in a Draw bias spec and their Tour spec.