TaylorMade CGB Max Limited
By Snyper on 6/3/08
Reveiwed by Matt Snyder, oobgolf contributer
10.0 - 9.5 Would Help Tiger
9.4 - 8.5 Awesome
8.4 - 7.5 Very good
7.4 - 6.5 Above Average
6.4 - 4.5 Solid
4.4 - 3.5 Below Average
3.4 - 2.5 Save Your Money
2.4 - 0.0 Pay NOT to own
TaylorMade has always been one of the front-runners when it comes to integrating the latest technology into their drivers and fairway woods. They have taken that technology to a whole new level with the TaylorMade CGB Max Limited driver, not to be confused with the similarly named, CGB Max by TaylorMade. The Max Limited is about twice the price of the CGB Max and is almost twice the club. The Max Limited is designed so that you, the user, can "tailor" your club to your swing (sorry, couldn't help myself!). The club is sold as a kit that includes three different shafts and nine different weights that can be inserted into three different spots on the club head. Instead of just going to the local pro shop and hitting a bunch of different drivers until you find one that seems to fit your swing, you can just pick up the Max Limited. If this club does not seem to fit your swing, you can change it until it does. That is the concept behind this brand new, cutting edge, and high priced CGB Max Limited.
To learn more about the the specs and company line of the driver- visit TaylorMadeGolf.com.
Look - 8.4
I'll be absolutely honest with you, I like a driver that has a little sex appeal! When I am standing over a tee shot, scared to death of the water on the left and out of bounds on the right, I want to look down at a club head that says "I can hit this shot on my looks alone". And when I'm standing there after hitting a slice over the o.b. stakes, I want to know that I at least look good doing it! I'm not sure this club has totally satisfied that desire for me, but it is close. The CGB Max Limited has a dark top of the club head that is a deep red fading into black on the edges. The clubface itself is a dark gunmetal type finish, as apposed to the much more commonly seen shiny silver clubfaces. The bottom of the club is similar to the clubface in its color, but the finish is a much more reflective chrome. Put it all together, and you have yourself a pretty good-looking club. I, personally, would have loved to have seen the vintage orange used for this club instead of the red. Back in the day, everybody knew when someone was hitting a TaylorMade just by the color of the club head. Since Taylor Made has gone away from that unique color and been using much more mainstream color schemes, they have lost that originality in their appearance. For a club this revolutionary, I think it would have been cool to go with the throwback color. But the red is not far off and still cosmetically pleasing.
Experience - 9.0
Wow! That was my reaction when I hit my first ball with this club. I could not believe how literally hard the club struck the ball. This clubface absolutely launches the ball at impact. I have hit a lot of drivers from a lot of different manufacturers and I can say without any hesitation that this club hits the ball harder than any club I have ever swung. That feeling combined with the ear piercing sound made each swing exciting!
I spent an hour on the range playing with the different weights that can be placed in the heel, toe, or center of the club head. No doubt, if you are serious about this club, you could spend much longer than that. It was interesting to see the changes that the weights seemed to make. I think this is a feature that is likely to affect different swings in different ways. I noticed very little difference in my ability to work the ball based on what weights I had in the club. In other words, I did not think that moving the weights made it much easier to draw, hook, fade, or slice the ball. If you think about it, those weights should not change your swing plane and that is what determines the movement of you ball in flight. So I would not buy this club with the expectation that it is going to allow you to work the ball like the pros by just changing the weights in the club head. I did, however, notice a significant change in the trajectory of my tee shots as I varied the weights. This club head is designed to utilize a triangular distribution of its weights. This is a big reason for the effectiveness that moving the weights has on the trajection of a shot. If you are someone who is unhappy with how high or low you hit your driver, this feature will certainly help you. I have a pretty standard swing, so I ended up being the most content with the standard weighting distribution when it was all said and done. But no doubt, if I were going to play on a windy day, I would certainly break this club out and make some changes to the weight before I headed to the first tee.
It's hard to talk about the experience of a driver without talking about the distance you can hit it. I can not say that I noticed that much of a difference in the distance that my drives traveled with this club, but I can say that it is certainly more forgiving than your standard 460 cc driver. Just like some bats have bigger sweet spots than others, drivers are the same way. This driver has a huge sweet spot. I miss hit a few drives that traveled nearly as far as the ones that I purred. That is certainly a nice feature to have, especially if you are not a long ball hitter. I approximated that my well-hit drives traveled five yards further with this club and my miss hit drives traveled anywhere from five to fifteen yards further with the Max Limited. In my opinion, a large part of the increased distance that you will experience with this club is due to the superior shafts that the CGB Max Limited comes with. That's right, plural. This club comes with three different shafts to match the stiffness that your swing speed requires. The first is the Fujikura Rombax weighted at the standard 75 grams. Your next option is the Diamana from Mitsubishi. This shaft is slightly lighter than standard at 65 grams. And lastly, and also the one that I chose, is the Matrix Ozik Xcon. The lightest of the three shafts, it weighs in at 55 grams. They are top quality shafts and they alone are sure to be an upgrade from any standard shaft your old driver came from the factory with.
Value - 5.0
With a price tag of almost $1,000 ($999), it is hard to say that this club is a great value. It is certainly a great club and money is relative issue, but you can fill up you gas tank almost ten times for the cost of this club! All kidding aside, if you have the money and you want a driver that is going to deliver, this is definitely a club you should check into. From the very first ball you hit, you will not be disappointed. However, if you are thinking about taking $1,000 out of your retirement fund because you think the Max Limited is the panacea to your terrible slice or failure to ever hit a fairway, you may want to reconsider. Anyone who purchases the CGB Max Limited will notice an improvement in his or her tee shots almost immediately. However, I think those that are ten to twelve handicaps and below will find the most value in this club.
Overall - 8.8 (not an average)
I certainly enjoyed my time with this latest technological advance from TaylorMade. I looked forward to pulling it out of my bag every time I pulled up to the tee box. Actually, I shouldn't say that. I looked forward to hitting it every time I pulled up to the tee box. I HATED trying to get this club out of my bag because of the absolutely atrocious head cover! I have no idea what in the world Taylor Made was thinking when they approved this magnetic head cover. First of all, it is impossible to take on and off! Secondly, about four or five other clubs stick to it every time you try to pull your driver out of your bag! I am shocked that they screwed up something as simple as a head cover this badly on such a nice piece of equipment. Once you get past that, the rest is an enjoyable experience. It is a good-looking club that is capable of being altered to fit the needs or desires of your game. The shafts are top quality and a sure improvement to what you are currently swinging. Overall, another example of why TaylorMade continues to lead the way in driver technology and playability.
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a metallic head cover, in a bag that holds a dozen metal sticks? Yea, that makes sense.
chipotle mg says:
niice breakdown. thank you
WHO IN THE HECK WILL BE STUPID ENOUGH TO PAY $1000 TO JUST GET A DRIVER?!?!
I didnt mean it literatly
Then how exactly did you mean it? Haha.
Ok, you forced me to say it,... Illiterately.
Matt, what an ASTUTE and absolutely perfectly documented rendition of analyzing this latest TaylorMade gimmick for the golfer! I've hit it. It IS a GOOD club. It does hit the ball hard. Great feel! Further?? Maybe, if you nail it on the nuts! Is it worth $1,000? Of course, if you want to pay that kind of $$$ for a single club and spend untold hours tinkering with all its' gadgets and screws and nuts and bolts. I personally think TaylorMade should make this club available, GRATIS, to all golfers, pro and amateur alike, just to promote what they will be coming up with in the near future. A $14,000 kit consisting of about 50 iron heads, 16 different driver and utility wood designs, 184 shafts, and a 890-page instruction manual on how to assemble them all. Oh yeah, and a "free" demo CD on how to improve your swing! Three putters offered at a slightly higher cost! Free shipping and delivery.
And a sleeve of their new "Red" balls... for a meager shipping charge.
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