Tiger Is Putting the Radical New Geometry in the Nike Golf’s SQ to the Test
BEAVERTON, Ore. (October 20, 2005) – There’s been a major sighting on the PGA Tour this week. Tiger Woods is testing Nike Golf’s new SasQuatch (SQ) 460 Driver by putting it in play at the PGA Tour’s Funai Classic in Orlando, Florida, less than one month from when the SasQuatch will arrive in stores on November 1.
Onlookers may wonder and marvel at why the best player in the world would begin testing a new driver after producing a remarkable season that has seen six PGA Tour victories, including two major championships, and a 15-yard increase in driving distance. The answer is that Woods constantly strives for perfection in his game and in his equipment.
Through the power of geometry and a significant increase in moment of inertia, Woods has claimed that Nike Golf’s SasQuatch 460 has given him a key ingredient – stability.
After hitting the SasQuatch in practice sessions, Woods said, "I was able to turn the ball over, which is exciting." He’s also found that with the SasQuatch, he gets a tighter dispersion and is able to keep the ball in play more with a lower spin rate.
The SasQuatch Tour 460 version, which is currently being played by a number of Nike Golf Staff Members on the PGA Tour, has already won two events, one internationally by Keiichiro (Kay) Fukabori and the other by K.J. Choi at the PGA Tour’s Chrysler Classic Greensboro Open. Woods is testing the 8.5-degree SasQuatch 460, which features the visibly larger Powerbow technology.
The distinctive Powerbow provides the visual cue of the Max Back CG’s radical geometry. Placed on the back of the driver, the Powerbow technology expands the perimeter of performance making it easier to get the ball up and hit it straight. The Powerbow adds a trailing volume of mass to apply more power and control to the ball without overstepping the 460 cc legal limit. The radical design of the Powerbow, makes the SasQuatch Driver look unlike any driver on the market because there is no driver like it on the market.
With the SasQuatch, Nike Golf has been able to achieve the deepest center of gravity in golf without the use of weights. Known as the biggest footprint in golf, the SasQuatch has a visually distinctive head and yellow sole design. The driver that Tiger is testing is the same version that will hit stores on November 1. The SasQuatch geometry is for everyone, ranging from the number one player in the world to the average player.
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Beth Gast – Nike Golf