Today I’ll be taking a look at the Nickent Golf 4DX Tour Spec Driver. The version I have tested is configured with 9* of loft and a UST V2 Stiff Flex shaft. First we’ll start with some information from Nickent:
The D-Spec’s loft, lie, CG, MOI and weight have all been configured to make the ball have the perfect draw. The T-Spec is set up for a faster swing speed. The T-Spec is engineered for players who prefer a flatter trajectory and a more workable ball flight.
The Sweet Spot, MOI, and CG are all affected by these advanced XW Inserts that are being used in a driver design for the first time. Weight is spread to the extreme heel and toe by the XW Insert by increasing the MOI and making the head more forgiving and stable at impact. The thin Titanium face is as hot as legally allowed by the USGA, with one of the widest sweet spots of any driver available! The secret is a super thin 0.4 MM Titanium Crown.
The 0.4 mm super thin Titanium crown allowed Nickent to save enough weight to manufacture a 460 CC directional control driver that combines a classic tour shape and cutting-edge weight technology.
It also allowed for 460 CC raw driver weight 180 grams. This is one of the lightest of any raw 460 CC driver heads on the market. This helps increase the swing speed of the driver significantly and allows for maximum distance. It also gives Nickent engineers room to utilize the XW technology and to raise the MOI significantly. The construction of the driver is a 6/4 titanium body fused with a 15-3-3 .4mm Titanium crown. 15-3-3 Titanium is the alloy for Titanium and is stronger and thinner than cast 6-4 Titanium. It reduces the thickness of the crown by 50%, reduces the weight of the crown by 20 grams and makes for a better sound and feel. Laser welding the crown adds more strength and saves even more weight to put back in the clubhead. A patented A-frame face application is used for a high COR/CT on the face map.
Offered in 7 different loft/weighting combinations and two stock shafts in a variety of flexes, there is a 4DX out there for the most discriminating of golfers. With so many options, you are certain to find a club that will match your desired distance/trajectory needs.
Look and Feel
If you like the look of a traditional driver head, you will feel quite comfortable standing over the Nickent 4DX Driver. The Tour Spec driver sets up square, and the dark, tear-drop club head does not look overbearing or large at address. The 4DX line of clubs has a very distinct look on the sole. With the green indentations toward the back, and the tungsten plugs, it has a sharp looking sole. A little flashy, but not in your face, spaceship design ala TaylorMade’s most recent offerings. Compared to the R7 425, the 460 cc 4DX driver does not feel or look much larger. They have done a nice job of hiding the large volume head. The Nickent Logo alignment aid is subtle, but effective if you need it. Not overly distracting either.
Feel wise, I am not completely sold on this club head. It definitely has a distinct feel. Flushed hits did not result in that immediate..wow…feeling, but provided a nice solid thud sound. Sometimes though, I found myself thinking, hmm, that sounded odd, I thought I got it, but maybe I didn’t…then I would look up and see this bomb of a drive soaring down the fairway. Of course, I”m coming off playing with a HiBORE XL where every shot is extremely loud and sounds/feels like you absolutely crushed it…which was quite misleading.
The factory D2 weight felt comfortable, and at 45.5″, the shaft isn’t as crazy long as say the 46″ offerings from plenty of other OEMs at the moment. Still, as long as I was hitting this club, I would probably feel more comfortable with it being at 45 or 44.5 and being a little more consistent.
So yeah, onto the performance. Wow. I have hit some absolute bombs with this club. The stock V2 shaft provides a nice relatively low spin shot that seemed to just hang in the air forever at times. Off center hits were a little weak for me, and I had a hard time hitting a little draw, but I’m guessing if I had tried out the Draw version of this club, and cut down the shaft a little, this club would be super simple to keep in the fairway and work right to left.
But yeah, the first few times I played with this club, I was finding all sorts of new places on the fairway. It rolls out a lot further than the HiBORE XL did for me. That being said, the retail HiBORE XL in a 10.5 loft was easier to keep straight. Though, 9* Tour Spec 4DX vs 10.5 HiBORE XL…there is probably a lot more forgiveness built into that HiBORE.
I had absolutely no problem hitting a little cut with the driver, and I’m guessing that if I spent some more time with it on the range, I could perfect that shot with this club, and really have a nice safe, yet long option off the tee.
All around, a very nice driver offering from Nickent Golf. They have really been putting out some interesting clubs lately, and have been generating a lot of interest on the professional tours. I can certainly see why a lot of guys on the Nationwide tour have been switching over to this particular driver. Awesome looking shape, an absolute bomber, and I’m sure in the hands of a pro, very forgiving and easy to work. For those of us who don’t necessarily hit the ball dead flush every time, there is the Draw version of this driver as well as the 3DX Square Driver offering.
I have seen these clubs stocked at Golfsmith, among other stores. If you have a chance head on down and give it a few swings. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Especially if you are put off by the enormous size and strange looks of clubs like the Burner, 907D1, FT-i, etc.