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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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Brandt Snedeker’s Winning WITB: 2018 Wyndham Championship

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Driver: Bridgestone Tour B JGR prototype (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD IZ-6X

Fairway Woods: TaylorMade M3 (15 and 19 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Pro Tour Spec

Irons: Bridgestone J15CB (4-9 iron)
Shafts: Aerotech SteelFiber i95 S-Flex

Wedges: Bridgestone J40 (48 degrees), Bridgestone J15 (52 bent to 51 degrees, and 56 bent to 55 degrees), Titleist Vokey TVD Prototype (60-06K)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey White Hot XG Rossie
Length: 34 inches

Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X

Grips: Lamkin Crossline

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Mizuno announces new JPX 919 Tour Forged irons are coming August 29 (via cryptic Twitter post)

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While cryptic, it does appear Mizuno is announcing via Twitter that its new JPX 919 Tour irons are coming on 8/29/18. One would have to assume that means they will be launched on 8/29, not actually hitting retail on 8/29, but that remains to be seen.

We recently spotted a number of new irons on the USGA conforming list, including the JPX919 Tour irons pictured above, JPX919 Forged and JPX919 Hot Metal irons from Mizuno. So it’s likely that the JPX 919 Tour Forged irons won’t be alone in the JPX 919 family when they hit retail.

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Stay tuned for more info from Mizuno.

See what GolfWRX members are saying about the JPX919 Tour irons here.

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USA Stars & Stripes, European Flag Chrome Soft Truvis golf balls arrive

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Getting you in the Ryder Cup spirit a little more than a month from the competition in Paris, Callaway announced Chrome Soft European Truvis golf balls and new Chrome Soft X Truvis Stars & Stripes balls today.

The Carlsbad company is also bringing its popular Chrome Soft Truvis Stars & Stripes balls back to market.

The new European Truvis balls features a European-themed white, blue, and yellow design. Both Chrome Soft Truvis Stars & Stripes balls include a patriotic red, white, and blue pattern.

All models of these made-in-the-USA golf balls will be available at retail August 24th and will sell for $44.99.

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