JRBarnett60, on 20 February 2017 - 08:29 PM, said:
Before you spend money on this club I suggest that you first get a copy of Tom Wishon's book: The Search for the Perfect Driver and/or his book: The NEW Search for the Perfect Golf Club. I guarantee you will not be disappointed, and you will be much better informed, no matter what you think you know about golf clubs currently. I also highly recommend his website and the articles published on it, particular his comments on adjustable hosel drivers.
I just started playing golf at age 69. After reading his books, I went to one of his certified clubfitters in my area and was fitted for a driver with a 13° loft, a 43 1/4 inch shaft tailored to my swing speed (which is approximately 84 to 86 miles an hour with the driver), and his GRT face, which basically means that there is no roll on the driver face; thus, any miss-hits high or low on the face do not greatly affect the launch angle. I have taken a few lessons and practiced with Mike Bender's MEGSA equipment, which gives great and immediate feedback. With that driver, a Wishon 919, I hit for more fairways then I miss, and I get a carry of approximately 200 to 210 yards when hit squarely. Miss hits on the heel or toe carry nearly as far due to the GRT. The cost of that driver completely fitted was only $325, far less than the major brand drivers cost. As far as I'm concerned, being fitted by Club maker who knows what he is doing is far more beneficial than listening to hype from manufacturers, golf shops, or the big box stores. My suspicion is that a driver properly fitted for you, with the correct loft and shaft for your swing speed will out perform that GX7 3 metal, and most likely any driver made by Tailor Made, Ping, Titlest, etc., which most likely will be an improper loft and length for most amateur golfers let alone the more mature ones. I sure haven't noticed many golfers, including some 20 years younger than me, that hit the ball any further or more accurately with their major brand drivers. As far as I can tell, many of them are merely supporting the advertising budgets of those major manufacturers.
I can agree with everything that you have said in your post. Since my initial post on this subject, the achieved results as mention deteriorated a bit. I found it troublesome finding the correct tee height consistently and the results began to show.
I have since returned the club for a full refund which in fact they did process promptly.
I have replaced that with a club that I had made that used the Thriver XV Mini Driver head, https://www.youtube....=x8CkeDHtkGI I
had this club finished at 43" as well and so far it is performing quite nicely. It too is a 13* head but with the shaft I chose I find that it does not launch as high as the GX-7 but more like a regular driver.
In addition, I have taken my previous Titleist driver and am having that cut down to 43.5".
I believe that the trend will be towards drivers with shorter shafts that are easier to control. You are already seeing that happen on the PGA tour.