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I recently had a chance to review a fairway wood made by Maruman Golf, one of the premier Japanese golf equipment manufacturers. I was very impressed by the golf club and thought that it could make a great addition to many people’s bags. As a follow up to that review, I was asked to try out the Shuttle i4000x driver. If you’d like a little more info on the basics of the Shuttle line, as well as Maruman, there is some good information in the fairway wood review and I’d invite you to check it out. Rather than rehash that here, let’s get to my thoughts on the driver.

Thoughts on the Aesthetics
Maruman has designed a very nice looking driver with the Shuttle. The sole of the club is nicely finished with a black, red, and silver color theme. The top has some pretty modern looking graphics that may be a turn-off to some, but I thought they were attractive to look at. The head shape is fairly traditional at address, but it does have an interesting profile when you hold it from the side. There is a noticeable slope from the crown to the back of the driver to the point that it almost flattens out. This is designed to lower the center of gravity, which assists in getting a higher launch angle. Like the Shuttle fairway woods, this driver has a very shallow face. I didn’t really notice how shallow it was until I took some side by side pictures with my normal driver. It is definitely vertically challenged and required me to tee the ball quite low. The goal in the design of the Shuttle series is to get a high launching, low spinning driver with maximum forgiveness.

The shaft in the Shuttle driver is the same as the one in the fairway woods. Interestingly, I liked the feel of the shaft when it was in the fairway wood more than I did in the driver. I can’t really say why, but it seemed a bit stout for my liking in the driver, whereas I didn’t notice that issue as much with the fairway wood. I have to say that I didn’t really care for the sound produced by the Shuttle. It was pretty loud and reminded me of an aluminum bat. That being said, I don’t really like loud sounding drivers in general. At one point, I shared the range with a friend of mine that carries another driver known for being loud and the Shuttle wasn’t much different. Like many things, feel and sound are subjective and we all have our likes and dislikes. One special thing to note is that the head cover that came with the Shuttle driver is excellent. It is made of imitation leather, has a handy spot for pulling it off the club, and has a very cool opalescent logo on the front of it. It looks awesome in a golf bag and will definitely get some looks on the range.

Performance
I had some pretty high expectations for the Shuttle driver before taking it to the range. I liked the fairway wood so much that I assumed the driver would be a big hit for me. In the end, I wasn’t completely sold on it. I found the Shuttle to give me mid trajectory for the most part, with the occasional high ball thrown in here and there. I did get a chance to hit it on a launch monitor and found that it actually launched the ball a bit lower than my current driver and with a bit less spin. However, average distance was very comparable. Well struck balls were very nice, but I ran into some issues with the forgiveness.

I found that well struck shots were consistently good in terms of dispersion and distance, but my off-center hits seemed to lose quite a bit of yardage and were prone to straying pretty far offline. This was especially true when I hit the ball high on the face, which is becoming my typical miss with the driver. I did find that teeing the ball lower helped a bit with that issue, but I still found the upper portion of the face quite often, with less than ideal results.
As I mentioned earlier, the sound of the Shuttle was bit distracting to me and I have to say that I didn’t really care much for the feel at impact either. It just seemed a bit harsh compared to many of the drivers I’ve tested this year. I was easily able to tell the good shots from the bad, but the good shots still didn’t feel as pleasing to my hands as I would have liked. Again, feel is completely subjective and is something that you have to determine for yourself.

Summary
We are fortunate to live at a time in which there are so many options in golf equipment. It truly is possible to find something that fits your eye and your swing if you look hard enough. I really enjoyed spending time hitting and playing with the Maruman Golf Shuttle series. In the end, the driver wasn’t really a good fit for me, but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be right for you. The sleek looks and rarity of this line make it something that you have to try out if given the chance. You may find yourself surprised at just how much you like these clubs if you get your hands on them. As always, thanks for reading and best of luck out on the course this year.

Ryan H.

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Editor and writer Ryan Hawk lives in northwestern Illinois with his fiance and son. He's been a writer for The Hackers Paradise for two years and has been involved with a number of THP events.

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  1. Michael Cook says:

    Nice review Ryan! Appreciate the honest feedback though and you are right there are tons of options and we all have different needs/wants in the looks, feel, and sounds of the clubs we use.

  2. Paulo says:

    Thanks for the review Ryan, great stuff!

    Sounds like this just wasn’t the driver for you, despite how the fairway woods performed in your hands.

  3. Chunkylover77 says:

    Those graphics would distract me. I also dislike a loud driver. Great review dude. I would love to see a pic of the headcover

  4. dubbledxu says:

    Nice writeup Ryan. In terms of you not liking the sound, is it a high pitched pingy sound like the a good baseball swing (or the Nike 5900) or a more dead ping like an poor aluminum bat swing off the handle?

  5. war.eagle says:

    One of the major reasons I stopped playing my Nike driver a few years back was the loud, aluminum bat like sounding ping. It drove me crazy, and was not pleasing. I liked to looks of the graphics on top of the Fairway Wood, but not liking them as much on the driver. Thanks for the review!

  6. Ryan H. says:

    If you guys go the the thread posted on the forum, I will link a couple posts I made that answer your questions.

    http://www.thehackersparadise.com/forum/showthread.php?24668-Maruman-Shuttle-i4000x-Driver-Review

  7. Dmb012 says:

    Nice review Ryan. I just watched your videos on the forum and that is a loud driver. I don’t know if I could handle that out on the course. I do like the looks from address though. Thanks again for a solid review.

  8. SwampDog35 says:

    Ryan, thanks for the great review. As mentioned above, Those looking for a new Driver have plenty of options. This adds to the “Hit-List”. Thanks again for your time.

  9. ddec says:

    There is nothing better than a good sounding driver. Sounds like this one was the opposite. I don’t know why, but for me when I have a loud or bad sounding driver I feel like I don’t hit it as well.

    Ryan – Was the forgiveness better out towards the toe than it was high on the face or where you seeing similar results with both misses?

  10. Yoccos says:

    Great review Ryan. I’m kinda the opposite in the sense I like a louder driver. I don’t know why, something about it is confidence inspiring.

  11. mattykrack17 says:

    Great review, loud + busy graphics would be the ultimate turn off. I like how its lower launching with a mid flight. If it was clean and classic looking I might of been intrigued to try

  12. blugold says:

    THat profile is crazy. It looks like a really shallow face. I’m surprised it wasn’t more forgiving.

  13. BulldogsGolf says:

    Great Review Ryan. I was surprised by how shallow it was, too, when I saw the picure you took of the face. It is almost like a fairway wood. I do not like lound sounding clubs either…hehe. Thanks again.

    BDG

  14. Spaceman_Spiff says:

    Nice review here Ryan and THP. I myself don’t love the looks, and need forgiveness that is without a doubt. But the mid high trajectory is something I would like… The overall look of the top isn’t what bothers me though, its more the sole, though the top is pretty flashy I could get over that. The sound too is always a nice feedback indicator, but too loud? Aluminum bat is very easy for my meager mind to understand.

  15. couldbeu says:

    Great Write up Ryan. Too bad it wasn’t for you, but maybe it would be a great driver for someone who likes to work the ball. And I’m a fan of the graphics and color scheme!

  16. TheDue says:

    Nice job and thanks for the honesty. I’m sure this driver will be a great fit for many who try it and I for one can’t wait for the chance, but going in a loud driver is not something I’m prone to adapt well to.

  17. SW says:

    Interesting follow up to the Fwy review Ryan. Disappointed you didn’t find forgiveness plentiful in this particular driver, but as you said despite it not working great for you it may be great for someone else. I wish more had that attitude. Great Job!

  18. Coolbreeze says:

    Good review Hawk, interesting you didn’t love the shaft as much in the driver, and found it a little lacking in forgiveness. It still sounds like a driver to be checked out if you are in the market.

  19. Super Tuna says:

    That is indeed an impressively shallow face. I’m suprised it wasn’t more forgiving on off center hit if they were left and right. The up/down looks like it could be a problem though. Also interesting that it’s the same shaft between the FW and this and how much it changed the feel. Great observation there.

  20. DREW says:

    Good review, interesting that the mis hits suffered that bad of a performance loss.

  21. d_in_la says:

    Nice write up and very interesting conclusion based on your review of the FW.

  22. Thechosen1 says:

    That right there is different. I liked the write up but the pictures give it a different look.

  23. wcueb923 says:

    Great awesoe honest review brother. Way to go…

  24. 9-Iron Man says:

    Solid review Ryan. I too am not liking the graphics on the crown. Not my cup of tea, but other than that, it’s a fairly attractive club. I know I’d have tons of trouble with that shallow face and the lack of forgiveness.

  25. Hongman says:

    Nice Review Ryan, as your insights on looks, performance (or lack thereof for you) and sound are very interesting and informative. May have to give this thing a test drive wack or 2 if I get the chance!

  26. Griff says:

    Awesome review. Great to see such a different type of design for a driver.

  27. Hanks says:

    Nice review Hawk!!! Sorry this wasn’t as well received by you as the FW option was.

  28. royalwulff says:

    Great write up there Ryan. When I saw this review I was thinking WOW here comes another solid performer. I know different drivers fit different folks, but I was suprised at the lack of forgivness and loss of distance you got with this one.

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