Nike's SasQuatch driver stomping competition
This is getting creepy.
A few weeks ago, Nike announced that Chad Campbell would be using Nike’s new SasQuatch (SQ) driver. Then he goes and wins the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic the next week.
Next, with relatively little fanfare, Tiger Woods himself (cue the trumpets and heavenly choir) puts the SQ in play (the standard model, no less—not even the Tour version) and wins the Buick Invitational.
Granted, Tiger could likely tie a rock on a stick a-la Fred Flintstone and finish in the top ten of most tournaments, but nevertheless, this SQ driver is on a roll.
The SQ might just make a run at TaylorMade’s r7 dominance on Tour this season if this keeps up.
The only thing holding it back is the SQ’s absolutely abysmal headcover, which requires two strapping golfers to take off or put back on. But I don’t want to give away the BIG GRIPE from my upcoming SQ review….
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KJ Choi already used it to win the Chrysler Classic Greensboro Open, a couple weeks after putting it in his bag.
At the Buick Invitational:
63 Total TaylorMade drivers
14 Total Nike drivers
27 TaylorMade r7 425 drivers
23 TaylorMade r7 quad drivers
13 Nike SasQuatch drivers
1 Nike driver in the top ten
6 TaylorMade drivers in the top ten
(total of 14 players, including ties)
Yes, I know, 0 TaylorMade drivers won, but let's not get carried away and talk about dominance ending yet...
Most drivers have some sort of slice-fighting features built into it, but if you fix your slice, you can't use the driver any more. With an r7, you can move the weights as you improve.
Just to clarify: The weighting does provide the best benefit to consistent swings (just like all clubs). You CANNOT (legally) change the weights during a round. And for those who have inconsistent swings, the big question whether it's the weighting's or the swing's fault can be vexing.
If you are a spokesperson for Nike I can understand you blatant disregard for the truth in this matter because that is what the Tiger marketing campaign is founded on. But come on, a standard model??? Look at the photo's of his driver and then try to go buy one just like it...
I was quoting what I said in reponse to a previous blog:
"According to Nike Golf's media relations person Beth Gast: 'Yes, Tiger played the standard version.'"
Different shaft, yes. But according to the Nike PR person (whom you may believe or not), the head was the standard one, not the Tour model.
That's all I can say. I am not a Nike spokesperson, but did quote one.
So I don't know if this qualifies a shoe-eating. Maybe a nibble on the lace?
My only comment for you if you don't want weights in your driver is -- don't move them. The driver will be just like any other driver that has a specific weight configuration, and the weights are positioned to maximize forgiveness. Then, if you do get more consistent, or decide to experiment, you have the option of adjusting. While the main advantage of the movable weight is to move it, it's not like the club won't work if you don't.
By the way, the R580 is only 400cc -- the r5 is 450cc, and the new r7 460 (coming soon) is, as you would imagine, 460cc. Try the new clubs -- I bet you'll find them even better than your 580. There's no reason to play with other equipment. Come home.
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