Here are our end-of-the-year selections for the best new drivers of 2005:
Similar in shape to the popular G2, with lofts increased up to 13.5 degrees, the Ping G5 driver packs an internal weighting system into its 460cc clubhead. We've gotten nothing but raves about this driver from folks who've been blasting it down the fairway.
This is the original Big Bertha Fusion on steroids. It's the driver that Callaway's touring pros (including Mickelson and Sorenstam) were using in prototype form beginning in around the end of 2004. It lives up to the Big Bertha name. More info
The original KZG Gemini was our No. 2 pick in 2004. The 460cc version is another big winner. See our article
about the original Gemini
for more on the "twin-faced" technology employed.
"CFD" stands for "cup-faced design," and Innovex stands for high-quality equipment at lower prices. That's certainly true of this high-launching, far-carrying driver suited to golfers of varying skill levels. And it can be had for less than $200.
The original Cobra SZ driver was among the best of 2004. This updated, 460cc version is a great choice for mid- and higher handicappers. More info
This is one of the most popular drivers on the world's long-drive tours, but we found it playable for a wider range of golfers than you might expect. It's a cool looking bomber, too. (The C830.2 has been in use on long-drive tours since 2003, but we first reviewed the club in 2005.)
Not yet familiar with Infiniti? Give 'em some time. Or give the Propulsion 460 a shot. This driver feels great in the hands and at impact. Lofts up to 14 degrees, plus an offset model, are available.
This driver was the first on the market to combine oversized design, composite crown and moveable weights into one driver.
It carries the TP (Tour Preferred) designation, so you know it's going to be very expensive. But if the price (over $700 at launch) is something you can afford, the r7/r5 technology is well-proven and much-praised.
A toe insert combines with a composite crown to move weight around this maxed-out, 460cc sledgehammer. A higher trajectory and greater forgiveness are the results you should expect. More info
What are your favorite drivers from the past year? Make your own picks in the Golf Forum.