Here's what Hot Stix Golf founder and president Mark
Timms says is the best gear of the year so far in 2006, and why
NIKE SASQUATCH Says Timms, "Moment of inertia is a
numeric value for forgiveness, and this driver is the most forgiving we've ever
tested. It's big and ugly, but it works great."
TAYLORMADE R7 425 "From our testing it fits a much
broader range of golfers than the first-generation R7. It's a lot more
forgiving and produces a slightly higher spin rate, which makes it better for
slower swing speeds."
CALLAWAY FUSION FT-3 "The pros have been using
prototypes for some time, but the FT-3 finally is in wide distribution. It's
really hot, and Callaway's first really good driver in a while."
MIZUNO MX-900 "They're awesome--a
traditional-looking forged set that transitions beautifully into hybrids for
the long irons. The trend of incorporating hybrids into a set will, I believe,
lead to the disappearance of individual hybrid clubs."
CALLAWAY FUSION "The clubs are extremely forgiving
given that they're not that bulky. They are probably the best example of the
concept of mixing different materials to better distribute weight without
having to manipulate the shape of the clubhead into something so big that it's
going to get caught in the grass."
MITSUBISHI RAYON "They've added a bunch of new
stuff to what was already a great line. Very high quality, very consistent in
all the testing we do."