Here are our end-of-the-year selections for the best new drivers of 2005:
1. Ping G5Similar 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.
article about the original Gemini for more on the "twin-faced" technology employed.
4. Innovex CFD"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.
5. Cobra 460 SZThe 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
6. Alpha C830.2This 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.)
10. Mizuno MX-500A 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.