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GolfWRX Gear Trials: What’s the best driver of 2018?

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There’s a long-standing question in the golf equipment world, and it goes something like this: “What determines the best driver on the market?”

Here at GolfWRX, we believe the opinions of both professional fitters and feedback from knowledgable amateur golfers can best help consumers find the right answer for them and their individual games. That’s why our 2018 Gear Trials consists of a Members Choice and a Fitters Choice.

Members Choice

To determine Members Choice, we polled our GolfWRX Members — the most passionate and knowledgeable community of golfers in the world — allowing them to vote on up to three different drivers. We then compiled their feedback on each of the selections.

Click here to see the winners of Members Choice!

Fitters Choice

To determine Fitters Choice, we polled GolfWRX-approved fitters about the current driver offerings. We not only asked them what they consider to be the best drivers, but also a number of more comprehensive questions regarding what driver may work best for different types of golfers. If nothing else, the Fitters Choice article will give you a better understanding of how the designs of different drivers have an effect on performance of golfers in the real world.

Click here to see the winners of Fitters Choice!

As you scroll through all of the data and feedback in Gear Trials 2018, please remember that the specific driver setup that works for someone else will, in all likelihood, NOT be the right selection for you. The point of Gear Trials is to arm golfers with information and knowledgable opinions about the newest drivers on the market. If you plan on purchasing a new driver, we ask that you go to a professional fitter, or at the very least conduct testing of the products on your own. Do not make a buying decision based strictly off the opinion of someone else.

Below are the drivers that were available to the members and the fitters to vote upon. For more information on each of the drivers, simply click on the text.

Bridgestone

Callaway

Cleveland

Cobra

Mizuno

Ping

PXG

Srixon

TaylorMade

Titleist

Tour Edge

Vertical Groove Golf

Wilson

XXIO

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  1. ogo

    Apr 2, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    WOW!!!! I can’t wait for the best drivers of 2019… longer straighter super adjustable and better than ever …. :-O

  2. Matthew Sanker

    Mar 31, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    Not surprised. I’m addicted to PING and switched from the G400 to the GMAX. Can’t go wrong

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Kenny Perry WITB 2018

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 US Open (6/12/2018).

Driver: Vertical Groove (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue 60 Tour X

3 Wood: TaylorMade M4 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Tour Spec 7X

5 Wood: TaylorMade M4 (18 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Tour Spec 7TX

Hybrid: Exotix CBX (19 degrees), Adams Idea a12 (17 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-95x Hybrid

Irons: TaylorMade r7 (4-PW)
Shaft: KBS Tour

Wedges: Cleveland RTX-3 (54-14), TaylorMade MG Hi-Toe (60), Hopkins Golf (64)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T T5W
Grip: Scotty Cameron Pistol

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Perry’s clubs. 

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SPOTTED: New Callaway Forged irons… Apex or Legacy?

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Photos of a new Callaway Forged iron popped up in our GolfWRX Forums, and our members are trying to figure out whether they’re going to be replacements for Apex Pro irons, or whether they’re an update on the Legacy series. They could also be X-Forged irons, but since Callaway recently came out with new X-Forged irons, that would be unlikely.

Here’s what GolfWRX Members are saying:

  • elwhippy: A new Legacy iron? Looks a bit Japanese shaped. 
  • mattTHEkatt: Like an X-Forged/Legacy Black mashup. They look powerful. 
  • DTown3011: …gotta be the next Apex!
  • J13: Pics look like a newer legacy black.
  • mgholda: Pics look like a newer legacy black.
  • TheMoneyShot: I thought Cally was going to phase out the Apex name after they released the MBs?
  • john443: A larger cavity in these then the X- Forged… competitor to the 750 and AP3 maybe? …or Legacy Black finally brought to retail…hallelujah. CF16 replacement???!
  • Equipto: These look very sharp, and like thumpers. I don’t care if they are a Legacy Black or Apex replacement, call them whatever… i’ll try them 
  • mrmikeac: Next gen Callaway Apex Legacy? Hmmmm…..
  • Brizam: The Legacy Black might be the best players cavity back ever made.  If they were to become available they’d move straight to the top of the list of clubs to buy for me. 
  • Jourdan M: This is the Apex Pro 

Here are photos of the new Callaway irons we spotted

Previous Apex Pro irons

Previous Legacy irons

Which one do you think the new iron looks like? 

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Wilson’s new FG Tour V6 RAW irons (yes, they will rust)

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Wilson came out with its FG Tour V6 irons in 2016, but these new Raw versions have a different look… and with time, they’ll have a VERY different look.

The new FG Tour V6 Raw irons have an unplated finish, and they’re designed to “develop a unique patina based on age, exposure and use over time,” according to Wilson. This gives each iron a unique look, and one that’s far from the clean cut original FG Tour release that had a chrome finish (which won’t rust).

In addition to the rusting effect, the irons are different because they have a copper badge in the cavity that will eventually match the color of the golf club over time. Here’s a graphic mock-up of how the Raw irons may look overtime.

Like the original releases, the irons have tungsten weights and mass behind the impact area for a “forged feel” and “improved feedback,” according to the company.

The FG Tour V6 Raw irons are a custom option on Wilson.com, and are available through Wilson’s premium partner accounts as of today, Tuesday, June 19. According to Wilson, the Raw irons “are a very limited production run,” so only a certain amount of sets will even be built.

 

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