Nike SQ Sumo 5000 Driver Review

By Marc Jenkins

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Every golfer's game starts with one essential piece of equipment--the driver. There are many fine drivers on the market. Some are great for distance; others are geared more to promoting accuracy. One of the best drivers on the market in 2009 is the Nike SQ Sumo 5000. The Nike SQ (Sasquatch) Sumo 5000 combines quality, accuracy and length in one great club. This dynamic new driver is winning over many golfers of all levels. You may just owe it to yourself to put one in your bag.

Field Use

The Nike SQ (Sasquatch) Sumo 5000 is a superior driver for accuracy, distance, forgiveness and extreme levels of MOI (moment of inertia). Its state-of-the-art design and revolutionary geometric science were the driving factors in the construction of a club that produces higher, longer and straighter shots. As with any driver, make sure you are comfortable with its weight, appearance and overall feel. The Nike SQ Sumo 5000 is easy to get comfortable with right away, thanks to its almost weightless feel and the powerful impact it has when it contacts the ball. If you're looking for a few extra yards off the tee, the SQ Sumo 5000 may be for you.

Pros and Cons

The Sumo driver's body is made of titanium, its crown of a carbon composite--two top-quality materials. But it's the SQ Sumo's geometry that increases ball speed on impact and gives you the accuracy you seek. The Nike SQ Sumo 5000 Driver also has features that make it one-of-a-kind: The sole of the club has a deep-faced profile that helps you hit the ball long and straight. Its Powerbow design positions the weight in the clubhead for an optimal center of gravity. The face of the Sumo driver is made of NexTi Titanium, which is thinner, stronger and lighter than normal titanium for more explosion off the tee. The high MOI in the toe makes it more forgiving on off-center shots. The Nike Tour Velvet grip, meanwhile, provides the ultimate in grip traction and pressure. And finally, there are three different shafts offered with the Sumo: the Diamana Yellow Board Shaft by Mitsubishi, which is standard, the Aldila VS Proto 65 Graphite and the UST Proface V2 Graphite.

Bottom Line

You can almost design your own Nike SQ Sumo 5000 Driver, given all the choices that are available. For one, the club has multiple shaft options designed for different levels and types of players and their swing tendencies: senior, regular, stiff and X-stiff. The club also is available with several loft options: 8.5 degrees, 9.5 degrees, 10.5 degrees, 11.5 degrees, 13 degrees, 13 degrees offset and HL 16 degrees. Whichever loft or shaft option you feel the most comfortable with, the Nike SQ Sumo 5000 Driver seemingly has it covered. The Nike SQ Sumo 5000 driver is available at sporting goods stores, pro shops and online and usually retails for $150 to $200.

About the Author

Marc Jenkins has been writing since 2008. His work has appeared in numerous online publications, and he is also co-host of the Double Play Sports Hour, a sports talk radio show on WBCR 1090AM in New York City. He studied English and mass communications at Virginia State University.