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FrontRunners: High-Tech Drivers

The Editors

By adjusting to the nuances of your swing—and exploiting the laws of physics—these three new drivers promise to help you hit the ball farther and straighter. The $500 TaylorMade R9 (www.taylormadegolf.com) allows you to change the face angle, loft, and lie of the club head. Eight head positions times three weight combinations equals 24 options—and a fix for just about any bad drive. With a titanium face, magnesium crown, and steel sole, the $400 Tour Edge Exotics XCG-V (www.exoticsgolf.com) carries most of its weight around the head and below the ball, a combination that helps increase ball speed while decreasing spin. The hyperbolic face shape and weighted rear of the $500 Callaway FT-iQ (www.callawaygolf.com) are also designed to maximize impact and—like the Tour Edge and TaylorMade clubs—minimize your scores.

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