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Forum Thread of the Day: “Driver thoughts – Callaway Epic Flash vs Cobra F9”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from leftycabe who created the topic pitting Callaway’s Epic Flash driver against Cobra’s F9 driver. Leftycabe asks for details of fellow GolfWRX members experience with both clubs, and the thread contains some interesting feedback on both new drivers.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • golfinfl: “I looked at both and went with the F9.  I have played one Cobra driver in the past (Bio Cell pro) and have played Callaway the past couple of years (Epic standard and then Rogue and Rogue Sub Zero last year).  The Callaway Sub Zeros look good to me (which is really important to me) but they are definitely more fade biased, at least for my swing.  I also have issues with swing weighting because I like to play my driver a little shorter than standard and Callaway really doesn’t do much with regard to swing weight.  The things I liked about the Cobra were the look at the top, the sound which is phenomenal (really best of any driver in recent memory), the ball speed, and their ability to build it exactly like I wanted.”
  • Mob: “I was impressed with the performance of both drivers.  I could see myself playing either of these based on initial testing. I was curious to see if there would be a clear winner, and there was not.  I need to get them both on the course a few times before I would make any decision.  I would tell anybody if they were struggling between the two, that they can’t go wrong with either driver based on initial testing.  If a muted, solid thwack at impact is important to you, then the F9 would clearly be the way to go.”
  • Cwing: “I hit both at a recent demo day. Both are excellent, but I preferred the 3-5 yd fade the Epic Flash SZ was giving me. That stated, both are fantastic.”
  • noaces06: “I hit them both in my search last week – compared as close to ‘apples to apples’ with shafts as possible to make it as fair as possible.  (Disclosure: I’ve been a Callaway woods guy for a LONG time). In the end, the F9 was hands down, the better driver (For Me).  Best combination vs best combination, the F9 was 15 yards longer – I just couldn’t get the spin down on the Flash to save my life, and it was definitely costing me yards.  Even switching to the SZ version, it was still spinning like a top.  Your mileage may vary – but the sound of the F9 is perfect, and it’s solid.  Good contact with the F9 felt solid – something I was missing from my Rogue and the Flash.”

Entire Thread: “Driver thoughts – Callaway Epic Flash vs Cobra F9”

 

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Whats in the Bag

Stewart Hagestad WITB

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Driver: TaylorMade M6 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7 X

3-wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S+ 80 X

Driving iron: TaylorMade P790
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD HY 85 X

Irons: TaylorMade P770 (4), TaylorMade P730 (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour 125 S+

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM6 (50, 54, 60)
Shafts: KBS Tour 610 Wedge 120

Putter: Scotty Cameron XPerimental Rev10

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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WRX Spotted at U.S. Open: Justin playing just Rosey with new TPT

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We are a little more than halfway through the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, and so far the course is giving and taking as much as you would expect from a perfect setup by the USGA.

Taking the lead on Thursday and continuing to lurk into the weekend is Justin Rose. Since we have been paying close attention to his Honma golf bag all year, we noticed a shaft change in his Tour World driver.

We reached out to TPT to see if we could get an update on what Rose has put in play for what is often referred to as one of the toughest driving weeks of the year. Here’s the inside info

“Justin has put into play a TPT Golf 14 MKP-LT-SW shaft in his Honma driver. This shaft is a full 10 CPM ( Cycles per Minute ) stiffer than the 15 LKP-LT-SW shaft that he put in play at The Memorial after testing it that week. It’s also different in that it has a Mid Kick Point (MKP), where as the 15 LKP-LT-SW has a Low-Kick-Point (LKP) design.”

From a technical and fitting perspective (generally speaking) a lower kick point shaft will hit the ball higher with more spin compared to a mid or high kick point shaft if all other factors are equal. We don’t have access to his driver numbers but with the U.S. Open being played on what can always end up as a windy venue the theory would be that this change to the MKP is to help keep ball flight lower and more controlled — which will also be a benefit next month at the Open Championship.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Best budget driver?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Ivyguy who is on the lookout for the best driver to be had at an affordable price ($300 or less). Our members give their suggestions, with plenty of different drivers getting a mention.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • tbsbama: “Cobra King LTD is a wonderful driver. The pro model has lofts from 7 to 10 with fade settings. The regular from 9 to 12 with draw settings. Both heads are absolute bombers and can be found pretty cheap. Best driver I have hit in several years.”
  • zzyzxx33: “I won a Tour Edge EXS Driver, and it has been Awesome! Great Price, Look, Sound and Results! It’s longer than anything else I’ve hit.”
  • AG12: “I would say the regular PING G400…you can get new for $300 on PGA SS website, ’17 M2 is a good choice, and the M4 can be had at under $300 used in most shops.”
  • Badshaft: “I have the F8+ and bought the extra weights off of eBay (inexpensive, shipped from China)- 12g front 7g back- Blue Tensei 70g stiff. Longest for me – straight and as accurate as anything. Nice well-balanced combo. Looks to me it has the same moveable weight strategy as the F9.”

Entire Thread: “Best budget driver?”

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