Nicklaus Golf - Dualpoint ML4 Driver
Pros: A no nonsense driver that packs A LOT of punch! Traditionalists rejoice!
Cons: This club will likely be overshadowed by the big boys; don't let the name fool you though. This is one company to keep your eyes on in the upcoming years.
Bottom Line: Nicklaus Golf has definitely stepped things up and targeted a new audience with their Advanced line. The products are well worth looking into and I guarantee quite a few people will be pleasantly surprised.
I'll get straight to the point with this one. The Nicklaus ML4 driver is as clean as it gets. No fancy graphics, no radical head shapes and no non-sense. This is what traditional is all about.
The ML4 driver has a pear shaped design which is one that has always suited my eye. At address it frames the ball perfectly. The face angle is square to ever so slightly open which, in my book, is key if you're targeting the better player.
The sole has an aerodynamic shape that is incorporated into the design so well that everything just flows. Again, nothing 'pops' out. This driver is all about performance.
Before I dial in on performance, I should preface by saying this driver was built to my specs by Jack Nicklaus' personal club builder Rick Gomes. Rick was a pleasure to work with and obviously knows what he's doing. He set me up with a 9 degree head shafted with a Mitsubishi Diamana Kai'li 70g Stiff Flex that plays 45" in length and has a total overall swingweight of D4. With that said...
I was ABSOLUTELY FLOORED the first time I swung the ML4. I literally had to take a step back to make sure I grabbed the right club from my bag. Swing after swing, I could not miss with this driver.
Average numbers on the FlightScope validated what I was seeing all day. 2600 backspin and launch angle just under 12 degrees. What really impressed me though was how tight the dispersion was with this driver. Point and shoot...one ball after another.
Another thing to note was distance lost on toe/heel shots were not too extreme. There were a few shots I missed out on the toe and was pleasantly surprised to be on average of 13-18 yards behind those hit on the screws. I'm not a tour player nor can afford to quit my day job so this is huge in my book!
The ML4 definitely feels as good as it looks. Even with the Multilayer Face Construction, I was still able to feel the ball on the club face. With all the main focus on speed/distance these days, feel tends to be overlooked. Nicklaus Golf however nailed it, resulting in the best of both worlds.
Finding a driver you like the looks of is one thing, finding one that you like the sound of is another. At impact the ML4 sounds so incredibly solid. There's no "tinny" sounds here folks. Just complete explosive 'thwacks' at impact!
Overall bottom line:
I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting much out of the 2011 Nicklaus ML4 Driver, but what a slap in the face that turned out to be. From performance all the way down to feel, this driver is as great as the name behind it.
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