result of improved clubhead aerodynamics,
the lightweight, 50-gram Mitsubishi Rayon
Fubuki shafts that are standard with each
driver also enhance that attribute.
The MachSpeed Black is designed to be more
forgiving than previous SQ drivers, thanks largely
to the shape of its 460cc head, which is tall and
tapers quickly. Nike engineers also looked for
this club to produce a lower ball flight and lower
spin rates to improve distance.
At the same time, they outfitted the driver
with the company’s STR8-Fit technology, giving golfers the ability to utilize eight different
clubface angle options – and to find the one that
is ideal for their games.
According to Nike officials, the round-head
model is for golfers who want more workability
and shot shaping, while the square version is
for those looking for stability and forgiveness.
Men’s models are available in five lofts – 8. 5,
9. 5, 10. 5, 11. 5 and HL (for High Loft) – and only
the 9. 5 and 10. 5 are made for both right- and
left-handed players. The rest are for righties
only. Women’s versions come in 11. 5 and HL,
right-handed only. l
Nike Feeds Need For Speed
SQ MachSpeed Black reduces drag, promotes acceleration
BY JOHN STEINBREDER
With design parameters for drivers being so
strict these days per USGA regulations, equipment makers have had to find other ways to improve performance in that category. One of those
has been through enhanced aerodynamics, and
the latest addition to Nike’s SQ driver line, the
MachSpeed Black, is a good example of that.
Released to retailers late last year, the Mach-
Speed Black employs tapered heel geometry
as well as a toe-side aerodynamic PowerBow
design to promote smooth air flow around the
driver head for quicker acceleration. To be sure,
increases in speed can also increase drag force.
But the PowerBow combines with the club’s sole
diffuser to keep airflow smooth and close to the
driver surface. That actually reduces drag and
encourages faster acceleration. And drag reduc-
tion throughout the downswing allows the club
to reach its true maximum speed, enabling the
golfer to deliver maximum energy to the ball.