Making the Cut

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High-tech enhancements by these top manufacturers can deliver powerful results on the course. COMPILED BY EVAN ROTHMAN

DRIVERS

MacGregor

MacTec ($200) A lightweight beta titanium face insert and crown provide power, deepening the center of gravity in the clubhead for a high-launch, low-spin take-off and more roll upon landing. Four fixed tungsten weights fine-tune performance. rnacgregorgolf.com

TaylorMade

r7 Quad HT ($600) Four removable, shiftable weight cartridges enable finite ball flight presets. The 400cc titanium head sports a longer, shallower face for a lower, deeper center of gravity, while a higher launch angle adds carry distance. taylormadegolf.com

FAIRWAY WOODS

Orlimar

VT830 ($249) "830" is a reference to the U.S. Golf Association's .830 limit on the "coefficient of restitution"-essentially, a club's hotness. Thanks to a strong, low-density metal called Alpha Steel, the VT830 approaches that limit. orlimar.com

Bobby Jones

Players Series ($200) This low profile, multimetal clubhead is shallower and longer than average to reduce mishits. A thin steel crown produces high-arcing shots, and a copper-tungsten sole weight shifts rearward for added stability. bobbyjonesshop.com

HYBRIDS

Cobra

Baffler ($160-$180) A contoured soleplate helps players launch high shots even from tough lies; power comes from the thin, lively steel face welded into the 17-4 stainless steel head. The weighting creates "forgiveness" (which every golfer needs). cobragoli.com

Tour Edge

Houdini ($89-$99) This escape artist employs an offset head to simplify the task of squaring the face at impact and so reduces slicing. …