The Nike SQ Sumo² 5900 driver is an updated version of the original Sumo square driver and the biggest difference you notice is the sound, which is much more subdued. A welcome improvement. Nike have maxed out on all the possible limits for size, COR and MOI on the SQ Sumo² 5900 driver. Very high MOI drivers in the past were only really of benefit to higher handicappers, but we think this SQ Sumo² 5900 driver can be used by players of all abilities. It was very easy to hit and as expected it was a bit straighter on mis-hits than it's sister driver, the SQ Sumo 5000. As with similar drivers, the ball flight was higher, but we did not notice too much loss of distance. The club sat nicely at address and the clever head colour scheme made you feel you were swinging a normal club. The forgiveness of the head was great and emphasised by the fact you can easily hit this driver off the deck and get similar distance to a normal drive, which into the wind you would probably need to do anyway. A big improvement and proof that square drivers could be here to stay.
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Nike SQ Sumo2 5900 Driver - Product Details
|Launch Date UK||01 February 2008|
|Launch Date US||01 February 2008|
|Hand Availability||Left, Right|
|Left Handed Lofts||9.5°, 10.5°, 13°|
|Right Handed Lofts||8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5°, 13°, 16°|
|Shaft Flex||X Stiff, Stiff, Regular, Light|
|Manufacturer's Website||Nike Website|
I tried the X-Stiff Stock Shaft Diamana and the sound did improve. The only thing is if you swing extremely fast the club will float due to design. Accuracy did improve and should be a good driver if you can get the alignment correct.
The Nike SQ Sumo2 5900 Driver is a good choice for the mid to high handicapper who is searching for consistency off the tee. The design and high MOI allows for forgiveness on off centre hits, but be warned: if you are the type of golfer who doesn’t know where your drive is going to go when you tee up then the Nike SQ Sumo2 driver will not perform miracles. That said you will soon learn that there is no need to force this club. If you’re happy to sacrifice some distance you can let the Sumo2 do the work for you and play for position instead. Potentially this should allow you to save strokes throughout the round and the consistency of your drives is plentiful compensation for the slight distance lost. Aesthetically the Sumo2 driver is striking but not ugly and you can imagine it appealing to slightly younger golfers hoping to make a fashion statement with their clubs. The impact noise (imagine hitting the roof of a Robin Reliant with a baking tray) takes a bit of getting used to – for you and your partners – but the results more than make up for that inconvenience.
If you can get over the size of the head, the Nike SQ Sumo² 5900 isn't that bad a club. It does hit it straight, but for the better player it is a little hard to shape. The sound is not as bad as the previous Nike square driver and the ball does fly out there. Not bad.
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