Posted 05 May 2018 - 04:26 PM
I took the Fusion out this past Monday for its first round. This was also the first round of the season too. It seemed to launch the ball great, not high and not low. It also seemed like when I swing it kinda hard, it gives me a real big fade. I am not sure if it longer than any other driver but I will give it a go again before I decide to bag it or pass it along!
Fast forward to today. The sun was up and weather was nice so I took the Fusion 10.5, XR16 Pro 9 and 10.5 heads, Epic 9 deg and Rogue SZ 10.5 to the outdoor driving range. I have to say I have mixed feelings with all of them so I didn't really learn nothing! lol
I had one stiff shaft, the Tensei CK60 stiff flex and the Fuji Pro 62 regular flex. My normal driver shaft is stiff but now I wonder why. I was away from golf for many years and just got back into it last year or so. I went to a the local range and asked the guy to watch my swing and at that time I had two driver's heads and two shafts. The head was the XR's and with that I had one regular flex and stiff flex. He watched me hit a couple, then grabbed the club and proceeded to make me one club with the 9 degree head on the stiff shaft. This is why I went forward using stiff shaft in driver but all other clubs even FW's, Hybrids, irons, etc. are regular flex.
One interesting point is that if I swing easy or easier, the regular flex shaft just worked. It was installed in the Epic so the first club I hit and wow two shots right down the line, nice and straight and felt good. Then I went on to the rest of the drivers, hitting balls and trying to just distance which is very hard out there so mainly watch the height, feel, forgiveness on mishits and consistency. There is no way I can tell exactly distance or roll outside, I just know if they hit over the 200yd marker which they all did. It didn't seem to matter which setup I hit except that
The Rogue SZ 10.5 - tried both at 9.5 and 10.5, both N position, probably felt the least consistent of them all, some low/high, some left/right and didn't feel like the longest or most forgiving either.
The Fusion 10.5 deg - tried both at 9.5/N and 10.5, both in N position, was solid but if I went after it, it would give me the big power fade and if I hit it towards the toe it seemed like it gave me the best distance for the mishit. The Fusion also felt the lightest head wise and sounded very good on hits.
The XR16 Pro 9 - felt like it was the best or to me perfect ball flight and pretty darn consistent, dead straight, not forgiving if toed or heeled.
The XR16 Pro 10.5 - very similar results to the 9 degree one but sometimes hit it higher than I like, dead straight, not much for forgiveness on mishits. (My gamer)
The Epic 9 deg - set at 9/N, similar to the Rogue, after the two warm up shots and once the stiff flex shaft was installed, great ball flight but still inconsistent, some low/high, some left/right.
After thoughts. I am not sure if I should hit stiff or regular flex shaft now but I think I can hit the regular flex but just have to remind myself to slow down a bit. I think I just have a fast'ish swing/transition or something (work in progress from long hiatus from the game) so it should improve with practice/time, I hope! I didn't really get as much info out of this range session as I hoped as I was hoping to find one or two that stuck out in either a great way or a bad way so I could sell a couple of heads off but that didn't really happen!
NOTE: This was the first time hitting the Epic, Rogue SZ and the second time with the Fusion. I tried the Epic and Epic SZ last year but wasn't happy with them.
So if I had to rank them best to worst in this initial test (if you call it that), I would say XR16 Pro 9, Fusion, XR16 Pro 10.5 and tied for last place would be the Epic and Rogue SZ being about equal but I could give the slight edge to the Rogue SZ over the Epic.
Not a very scientific test but just a small test I did at the last minute to get outside and hit these drivers to see if any stood out. So take this reply as you will and hope it helps someone! lol