[intro] A new gimmick has hit the crazy world of golf drivers – the square head. Don't scoff, though – it might just sort out your boomerang slice[/intro]
A new gimmick has hit the crazy world of golf drivers. What's it now, you ask, a rocket-powered shaft? A heated grip? No, it's far more exciting than that – it's a square head. And, according to Callaway and Nike, the design will help you hit the ball straighter.
Yes, we've heard that a few times before. Fans of check jumpers and 'handicap' talk will recall Taylormade's r7 driver, complete with replaceable weights, promising the same thing last year.
Callaway's Fusion FT-i and Nike's superbly named Sumo series are based on a similar idea. It's all about redistributing weight in the club head to make sure it doesn't veer off course mid-swing. More heft in the extremeties creates a higher moment of inertia (MOI), which means the head won't twist as much and send the ball into the nearest farm.
Golfer Nick Dougherty offered a more scientific summary when he was handed the club at this year's Volvo Masters: "It gave me the feeling, 'I can really smash this', he enthused. Sounds good to me.
We had the FT-i in the office recently, and it certainly makes you want to crack a ball out of the range, even if years of experience have proven that you're incapable of doing so. The club sits nicely in the hands and apparently makes one of the biggest 'thwack' sounds heard from a golf club. The sample we had was, sadly, photography-only, but a Nike SasQuatch Sumo2 is expected in the post soon, so I'll pass on our resident golfers' hands-on experiences with that.
If you want to add either to your armoury, the FT-i will cost £400 from April next year, while the SasQuatch Sumo2 will be going for £320 from February.