The Review of Nike SasQuatch Sumo 4950 Driver

Published: 04th August 2011
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When we first scheduled our Nike SasQuatch (SQ) review back we did not know Tiger Woods would have won the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool less than two weeks prior after pulling his SasQuatch Sumo 4950 Driver only once in competitive play.
Only a few years after being dissed by Phil Mickelson as "inferior equipment," Nike has built some incredibly well performing golf balls and clubs as well as a large stable of PGA Tour pros to use them.
During the SasQuatch's development, many believed "SasQuatch was merely a code name and that "SQ" or some other product name would be used upon release. Of course, the average person knows only that Michelle Wie and Tiger Woods play the SasQuatch Sumo 4950 Driver, and "Woods" and "Wie" carry a lot more weight than any individual product.
Building upon the rather successful Nike Ignite, the SasQuatch Sumo 4950 Driver has a lot in common with Tiger's previous driver. That starts with the face: like the Ignite, the SQ is built with what Nike calls "NexTi" titanium. NexTi is a "layered yet tightly compressed titanium that is thinner, lighter, and stronger than the current standard of Beta-Titanium." Gone is the "pull-face" technology touted in the Ignite - we hardly knew ye!
The finish on the bottom of the SasQuatch Sumo 4950 Driver makes a perfect mirror so that the girly men you're playing with can check their makeup and hair when you blow a drive past them.
The SasQuatch Sumo 4950 Driver like the Slingshot OSS irons and the Slingshot hybrid - pushes the weight back in a swooping grey piece of metal. On the irons and the hybrid, that piece of metal is called the "Slingback." On the SQ, it's called the "PowerBow." The "PowerBow" - the appearance of which I'll discuss later - does several things.
First, it creates what Nike calls "Max Dimension." According to Nike, the trailing volume of mass applies more power and control to the ball without overstepping the 460cc limit. In addition to the 460cc limit, the rules of golf state that a club head can't be any longer than it is wide. The SasQuatch Sumo 4950 Driverís PowerBow" and "Max Dimension" come close: the SQ is 4.7116 inches wide and a whopping 4.664 inches deep.
The Driver is one of many 460cc drivers, but it may be one of the most unique when it comes to looks. At address, the large grey "PowerBow" band - which is much smaller on the "Tour" model - adds a visual distraction that requires an adjustment period. After adjusting, many will tell you they don't even notice the PowerBow and that the metallic black portions of the driver's crown are all they see, but I always noticed the PowerBow, and I have the Tour version with the smaller PowerBow.
Though nobody plans to hit the ball off-center, it's nice to believe that missing the sweet spot by a half inch won't result in a missed fairway and a long approach shot. But for those who do find the sweet spot, they'll find a long driver that produces a solid low, boring trajectory. The centers of the clubface are rather hot, and even the easiest swings that find the sweet spot shoot the ball with incredible speed. Launch monitor testing confirms that the 4950 Driver produces a fairly low amount of spin.

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