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Nike Ignite Driver

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Nike Ignite Driver
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The Bottom Line

Does the Ignite live up to the hype? We've been hearing about it for months. Now, we can give our answer: Yes. The Ignite is a great effort from Nike Golf, sure to win converts.
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Pros

  • Combines workability with forgiveness.
  • Good performance on off-center hits.
  • Attractive clubhead, confidence-inspiring profile at setup.

Cons

  • Color scheme is a tad dull.
  • On the upper end of the price range for major-manufacturer drivers.

Description

  • Ignite was introduced late in 2003 when it was put into play by Tiger Woods and other Nike players.
  • Available at retail beginning April 1, 2004.
  • Ignite comes in two clubhead sizes, 410cc and 460cc.
  • NexTi, a proprietary titanium developed for Nike Golf, is used in the clubface.
  • Clubhead utilizes "Around the Crown" design for more stability and strength in clubhead.
  • 460cc model comes in 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 and 13-degree lofts for righthanders.
  • 410cc model comes in 8.5, 9.5 and 10.5-degree models for righthanders.
  • Lefties have a choice between 9.5 and 10.5 degree lofts in the 460cc model only, at time of writing.
  • MSPR at release is $469.

Guide Review - Nike Ignite Driver

The Nike Ignite driver lives up to the hype. This is a great driver that is a step up from the Nike Forged drivers and will surely win some converts for Nike Golf.

Nike Golf's aim was to create both workability and forgiveness in a larger-headed driver. They largely succeeded. Nike Golf, you might say, is livin' large.

NexTi, what Nike Golf calls "the next-generation titanium," is the material that is used in the clubface. NexTi is a proprietary material developed specifically for Nike; it is, the company says, thinner, lighter and stronger than beta-titanium.

The combination of that material's properties with Around the Crown design (wrapping the clubface over the top of the clubhead) creates greater stability in the clubhead and a larger sweetspot.

That's the theory. And it seems to work. The Nike Ignite drew raves from nearly all the golfers who tried it during several weeks of testing. High-handicappers and low-handicappers, slow swingers and fast swingers, all found something to like in the Ignite.

The Ignite is attractive at setup, although its color scheme is a little dull (especially for a club called "Ignite"). But when the primary complaint is "the color scheme is dull," you know the club is a winner.

The club feels great at impact, and our testers felt their off-center hits weren't so bad with the Ignite. That feeling, regardless of the actuality, is sure to inspire confidence in those who use the Ignite.

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