Nike SQ Sumo 5000 Driver
The 2008 Nike SQ Sumo 5000 Driver has been available for quite a while now, and is always instantly recognisable due to the bright yellow graphics that feature prominently on the club head.
The lofts available for the SQ Sumo 5000 are 8.5, 9.5, 10.5, 11.5, and 13 degrees. With 9.5, 10.5 and 13 degree being the only lofts available in left and right hand.
The shafts on offer for this Driver at most retailers are the Mitsubishi Diamana Yellow Board, UST Proforce V2 65, and the Aldila VS Proto 65. In our tests we examined the 10.5 degree model fitted with the Diamana 65g stiff flex shaft.
The club does have a pretty nice weight to it, and overall aswell it does have quite a good feel to it when you get hold of it in your hands.
The driver also looks pretty good set up behind the ball at address, and it is a club that does make you feel quite confident that you're going to hit a solid shot with it.
One of the first things that's obvious when you first hit the Nike SQ Sumo 5000 Driver is that it is incredibly loud at impact, even on slower and easier swings. This club is definitely one of, if not the loudest Driver we have looked at.
However if you're prepared to get past the sound that the club regularly makes. You will notice that this is a driver that is long, very long.
Every golfer we spoke to who used this club was surprised at how much extra distance it's possible to get on your drives.
Although we would be wary of some people who have reported that this club can give you an extra 50 yards, that wasn't our experience.
However we saw that gains of about 30-35 yards though are definitely possible on well hit shots. This is probably one of the longest Drivers available in the current market, it is a very powerful club.
But looking at the other important factor in a Driver, forgiveness. We can say that we were pleasantly surprised at how accurate this Driver could be considering how long it was.
Usually drivers that are very long can be quite unforgiving at times, but we didn't find this to be the case with the Nike SQ Sumo 5000.
The odd slice was there to be seen, but this club seemed to be reasonably forgiving and reduced how extreme the slice was. Very few hooks or pulls were produced.
So if you're a player who likes to work your drives, this club is probably better for fades than draws. You can still draw the ball if you know how, but we found it considerably easier to play a fade with this Driver.
Looking at an overall picture, this is definitely a Driver you should consider if you want more distance. Massive gains in yardage can be achieved.
Also it as mentioned, you don't give up too much accuracy to get the extra yardage. The Nike SQ Sumo 5000 is probably one of the straightest long Drivers out there. We would certainly recommend to high and low handicappers alike.
But for all the stated benefits that you can get playing wise with this Driver. For us it was just too loud, you would really have to decide for yourself when trying this club out, if you could put up with the noise in every round of golf.
But possibly the best quality of all though, is that this club is incredible value for money just now. A brand new SQ Sumo 5000 Driver in 2012 can be bought for as little as £70 or $107.
|Looks || 7/10|
|Easy To Hit || 8/10|
|Forgiveness || 7/10|
|Workability || 8/10|
|Value For Money ||10/10|