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MEMBERS' CHOICE: What's the best driver of 2018?


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Poll: Member's Choice 2018 Drivers (1795 member(s) have cast votes)

Member's Choice 2018 Drivers

  1. Bridgestone TourB XD-3 (2 votes [0.09%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.09%

  2. Bridgestone TourB XD-5 (3 votes [0.14%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.14%

  3. Bridgestone TourB XD-7 (3 votes [0.14%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.14%

  4. Callaway Rogue (181 votes [8.41%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 8.41%

  5. Callaway Rogue Draw (18 votes [0.84%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.84%

  6. Callaway Rogue Subzero (255 votes [11.85%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 11.85%

  7. Callaway Epic Star (8 votes [0.37%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.37%

  8. Cleveland Launcher HB (6 votes [0.28%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.28%

  9. Cobra F8 (73 votes [3.39%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 3.39%

  10. Cobra F8+ (135 votes [6.27%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 6.27%

  11. Mizuno GT180 (10 votes [0.46%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.46%

  12. Mizuno ST180 (48 votes [2.23%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 2.23%

  13. Ping G400 (144 votes [6.69%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 6.69%

  14. Ping G400 Max (370 votes [17.19%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 17.19%

  15. Ping G400 LST (247 votes [11.48%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 11.48%

  16. Ping G400 SFT (23 votes [1.07%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 1.07%

  17. PXG 0811X (9 votes [0.42%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.42%

  18. PXG 0811XF (3 votes [0.14%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.14%

  19. Srixon Z565 (7 votes [0.33%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.33%

  20. Srixon Z765 (16 votes [0.74%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.74%

  21. TaylorMade M3 (182 votes [8.46%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 8.46%

  22. TaylorMade M3 440 (63 votes [2.93%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 2.93%

  23. TaylorMade M4 (141 votes [6.55%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 6.55%

  24. TaylorMade M4 D-Type (13 votes [0.60%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.60%

  25. Titleist 917 D2 (93 votes [4.32%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 4.32%

  26. Titleist 917 D3 (69 votes [3.21%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 3.21%

  27. Tour Edge XJ1 (3 votes [0.14%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.14%

  28. Tour Edge HL3 (3 votes [0.14%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.14%

  29. Vertical Groove Golf (6 votes [0.28%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.28%

  30. Wilson C300 (9 votes [0.42%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.42%

  31. Wilson D300 (3 votes [0.14%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.14%

  32. XXIO X (3 votes [0.14%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.14%

  33. XXIO Prime (3 votes [0.14%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.14%

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#151 Jut

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 07:03 AM

View Postbcgolfer01, on 19 April 2018 - 06:53 AM, said:

View PostJut, on 17 April 2018 - 03:02 PM, said:

Ping G400 LST - for me, the best combination of spin, flight, distance, forgiveness, and feel.

Ive got their new "tour" shaft in the LST (regular flex) and it has been great so far

any other "smooth swingers" (regular flex guys lol) tried any other shafts in it?

I fitted into a stiff with the tour shaft (swing it around 97-100), but have a smooth swing / transition.  I tried the Alta, HZRDUS Yellow, and X-Torsion.  The only thing that came close to matching the tour shaft was the X-Torsion, but even it didn't give me the numbers that the Ping Tour shaft did.

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#152 Brunzy

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 07:52 AM

Is hot melting that effective on a newer driver? I am not sure whether it's worth doing for my g400

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Posted 21 April 2018 - 08:19 AM

View PostKaexo, on 26 March 2018 - 09:50 AM, said:

View Postzeke66, on 26 March 2018 - 12:26 AM, said:

View PostKaexo, on 25 March 2018 - 11:29 PM, said:

View Postzeke66, on 25 March 2018 - 08:28 PM, said:

View PostKaexo, on 25 March 2018 - 07:22 PM, said:

Not saying it's not legit but I've not seen 174 ball speed carry 330 to 360 total without other factors turned on. Was the launch monitor set downwind or high altitude?

It was set at 0 for altitude, but I have no idea about downwind. It was at a store in Phoenix which is at what 1500-2000 feet? Because of that I checked the altitude to see if they adjusted for Phoenix, but it said elevation: 0. Good call tho. I was already thinking about that. Either way... the comparison was to judge mine verses M3.. all other factors constant.

Oh yeah I agree. Wasn't trying to discredit anything but was just curious. I guess its maybe possible with that launch and low spin on a knuckler but i typically see 6-10 yards less than that on trackman with similar launch conditons. 14.2 launch is great with the SZ though. I could never get it above 12 even with the weight back.

Rogue SZ was good but I just never got along with it truthfully. Didn't enjoy the feel or sound that much. Ball speed and spin was on point though. Even gamed it for a few rounds.

Our swing speeds are similar and I absolutely love the G400 Max paired with a Dual Core Kuro Kage 70TX or V3 Tensei Pro Orange 70TX. M3 is a great driver but like you I had high hopes and it didn't perform like I had expected.

G400 Max followed by Rogue SZ wins hands down for me.

No worries. I wasn’t being defensive. I actually appreciated the thought.

How’s the launch and spin with g400 max? The pings are awesome. Did you tip either of those shafts ?

.5", spins always average between 2100-2300 and my launch is between 13.5-14 and as high as 15 with 2000 spin which is great. Ball speeds were also maybe 1mph on average better than the SZ and M3.

Just seen MGS rated the LST most wanted. Their testing is always weird to me. Yards off center must be the deciding factor because the 400 max outperformed the SZ and M3 in every other category but was ranked slightly lower. Which yards off center isn't the drivers fault so who knows.

Agree with your thought on the MGS testing results for the G400 Max.  Unbiased is their deal and no reason to doubt that but data can be arranged for certain outcomes.  Yards offline is a crap stat and especially average yards. Tells me nothing about the forgiveness and if people hit more fairways with one club vs. another.

My personal experience hitting each of these heads is bad swings with the Max were very, very playable in a nice little grouping. Where the M3 and Rogue would move the golf ball both directions aggressively.  It was crazy to feel the impact the high MOI had on gear effect and see it in the grouping and ball flights. LST is a beast of a driver too but the experience I had with the Max being SO forgiving and also great distance was mind blowing.

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Posted 21 April 2018 - 09:08 PM

Mizuno ST 180. Low spin monster.  Forgiving too

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#155 Albatross_seeker

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Posted 08 May 2018 - 09:15 AM

This has been a great year for the big stick, but the 917D3 is the first Titleist driver that I've "loved" in 15 years v. the competition. See below I still game a SLDR 430 Japan model.

The D3 with Fuji 74 Tour Spec X-flex - 1900 rpm and 13° launch, almost no side spin, and I'm the spin monster. Waiting for the 919, honestly. Also yet to hit any driver with the Tensei Orange and I do love that white.

Rogue, even sub-zero, I cannot get the feel for the head, I cannot look at M3  M4 or other two-tone.

Good lord, have I hit a ton of drivers and shafts this year. PXG gets a shout out for shaft election, not at all the product, lol.

We all know we must respect the shaft and in the end that's where it lies for each of us - love the look, respect the shaft.

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Posted 09 May 2018 - 08:27 AM

G400 LST is not the longest but 100% the most accurate
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Posted 09 May 2018 - 12:27 PM

Standard Epic beat Rogue, G400 and M3
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Titleist 917F2 15 Rogue black 80
Titleist 915H 18 Rogue black 85
Ping G400 Crossover 22 UST Proforce V2
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Posted 09 May 2018 - 09:44 PM

I tried the g400lst and it was all over the place. When I got fitted, the rogue Subzero was my best fit...I put a T1100 on it and I've never had a single shot that wasn't less than 300yds and more than 5yds off of dead center of the fareway....


Now if only I could putt haha

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#159 John - Memphis

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Posted 09 May 2018 - 10:15 PM

View PostBrunzy, on 09 May 2018 - 09:44 PM, said:

I tried the g400lst and it was all over the place. When I got fitted, the rogue Subzero was my best fit...I put a T1100 on it and I've never had a single shot that wasn't less than 300yds and more than 5yds off of dead center of the fareway....


Now if only I could putt haha

If you’ve never had a drive that wasn’t less than 300 yds, you’ve had no drives over 300 yds

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Posted 10 May 2018 - 03:44 AM

I like how Vertical Groove is beating PXG.


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Posted 12 May 2018 - 01:17 PM

What’s the difference in head weight for the non-sz rogue compared to a G400 max?

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Posted 13 May 2018 - 01:03 PM

Is the G400 LST really that hot? Playing the 2016 m2 with a graphite design adi 6x tipped an inch and have loved it. Looking for something new and leaning towards a ping.

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 11:13 AM

I would think it's the Ping G400 Series, Callaway Rogue Series, and the TM M3/4 Series (whichever is forgiving). Which particular driver in a series depends on your fitting.
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Posted 14 May 2018 - 10:44 PM

Too me it’s the PXG 0811X.  I know it expensive but it’s the most forgiving one out there...

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:34 PM

View PostJut, on 19 April 2018 - 07:03 AM, said:

View Postbcgolfer01, on 19 April 2018 - 06:53 AM, said:

View PostJut, on 17 April 2018 - 03:02 PM, said:

Ping G400 LST - for me, the best combination of spin, flight, distance, forgiveness, and feel.

Ive got their new "tour" shaft in the LST (regular flex) and it has been great so far

any other "smooth swingers" (regular flex guys lol) tried any other shafts in it?

I fitted into a stiff with the tour shaft (swing it around 97-100), but have a smooth swing / transition.  I tried the Alta, HZRDUS Yellow, and X-Torsion.  The only thing that came close to matching the tour shaft was the X-Torsion, but even it didn't give me the numbers that the Ping Tour shaft did.

I had better numbers with the Tour 80 X from my G30. No XS were available in the tour shaft where I tested. Better numbers than HZRDUS. Is the old tour shaft from the G30 the same as the new separate from the 5 g weight difference?

Edited by Tyler K, 17 May 2018 - 12:36 PM.

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 09:42 PM

After playing the G400 Max for several rounds, I have no desire to even pick up another driver. I can’t imagine something being better for me. The forgiveness and length are a killer combination.  My playing partners are shocked at my driver play now due to its consistency. I’m almost shocked if I don’t hit a fairway or at least stay playable.  I’m sold.
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Posted 17 May 2018 - 10:03 PM

I like the Rogue and I like the MAX and I love the standard G400 with Ping Tour 65 S. The 445 cc head is really well done. Sounds good, feels good. Had this club and the Rogue for a bit but as soon as I took the Ping on the course, I came home and sold the Rogue.

I use those nest plastic tees that tee the ball at the exact same height every time. Picked a length to get high center contact, about flat to 2 degrees plus on A of A and the ball leaves quickly. Definitely my favorite driver in quite some time.
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Posted 18 May 2018 - 05:49 PM

None of the new offerings were better than my cobra F6+ for me

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Posted 20 May 2018 - 12:03 AM

Mizuno St180 💪

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Posted 20 May 2018 - 12:12 PM

This year I did the most extensive testing of shafts and different drivers than I ever had. Ultimately it came down to the G400 LST with the tour 65 shaft or the M3 with a Tensei Pro White. After multiple days of testing each combo, I went with the M3. The adjustability let me dial in launch, and spin and get both lower than the LST. The dispersion was also tighter while distance was relatively comparable. The biggest difference though was in my misses. I don't think it really has anything to do with twist face or anything, but just where I tend to miss on the face. The ping spun considerably more and had more side spin as well, thus leading to shorter misses that were farther from the target line. With the M3 the misses were much more playable and longer.

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 08:04 PM

I gave the Rogue SZ with Even Flow Blue 75 Gram in there X-Stiff version (can't remember the number...7.0?) and couldn't sweet spot it for the life of me but, the 2  or 3 that did hit right on the screws just flew and flew and flew. AMazing numbers. Just not my consistent batch.

I still have my driver in sig (M3 10.5 set to 8.5 in HZRDs black on X-Stiff again, can't recall number) and it's seemingly fine.

I'm always tinkering though. I wouldn't mind taking some cuts with the G400 MAX, LST, or regular as I've great things.

What a time we live in. Anyone can hit 300.
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Posted 21 May 2018 - 09:02 PM

View PostStanks, on 21 May 2018 - 08:04 PM, said:

I gave the Rogue SZ with Even Flow Blue 75 Gram in there X-Stiff version (can't remember the number...7.0?) and couldn't sweet spot it for the life of me but, the 2  or 3 that did hit right on the screws just flew and flew and flew. AMazing numbers. Just not my consistent batch.

I still have my driver in sig (M3 10.5 set to 8.5 in HZRDs black on X-Stiff again, can't recall number) and it's seemingly fine.

I'm always tinkering though. I wouldn't mind taking some cuts with the G400 MAX, LST, or regular as I've great things.

What a time we live in. Anyone can hit 300.

Anyone on GolfWRX...

I like my G400LST a lot... but I will fight you over the TiNi x60. They sing a sweet song in combination!

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 11:17 AM

I'm getting fitted for driver soon. I've tried a few, and Rogue felt the best so far.... need to confirm with numbers though.
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Posted 24 May 2018 - 09:12 AM

Love the g400

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Posted 24 May 2018 - 09:15 AM

Well I've been playing the Rogue SZ with T1100 65 6.5 and last night I decided to try the G400 max. Pulled the shaft. Added a ping adapter and the head should be arriving today. I'll be headed to a 2 man tourney in Florida having never played my driver hahahaha so hopefully it works out  :rofl:

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#176 I.B. Golfin'

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Posted 24 May 2018 - 11:30 AM

I've been using a 2017 M2 (D-Type), have hit it well but lately have been fighting TOO much left.  Demo'd an M4 (non D-Type) and crushed just about every ball with a weak fade, actually was hitting both left and right shots with it under control,  And even better, since it was a demo driver I purposely whacked balls all around the clubface, thinned some, toe'd some, heel'd some.  Honestly, I could feel the weak hits but the ball never really reacted poorly ot them, many would have been easily playable without much penalty.

Soo.. ordered a new M4 on eBay for $300, and sold my M2 on eBay for $180.  Essentially got the M4 for $120.

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#177 I.B. Golfin'

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Posted 24 May 2018 - 11:35 AM

View Postmx-20, on 17 May 2018 - 09:42 PM, said:

After playing the G400 Max for several rounds, I have no desire to even pick up another driver. I can't imagine something being better for me. The forgiveness and length are a killer combination.  My playing partners are shocked at my driver play now due to its consistency. I'm almost shocked if I don't hit a fairway or at least stay playable.  I'm sold.

That's how my buddy is but with the new M3.  He's been playing the original M1 and still fought a slice and all, I'd give his FW% then around.. 30%.  He picked up the newest M3 a few weeks back, and out of the box, no adjustments, he's added easily 15-20yds and is only missing 1-3 FW's a round.  A pretty shocking testament to TM, and the resilency of new equipment altogether..

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#178 WidespreadPanic

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Posted 24 May 2018 - 12:18 PM

Rogue SZ: Despite not liking how it looks, it works.
M3: Best of the bunch. Twistface actually kind of works. Longest of the new model.
G400 LST: Love the head size/shape. Weirdness of the crown has grown on me. Super forgiving.

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Posted 24 May 2018 - 12:22 PM

View PostBrunzy, on 09 May 2018 - 09:44 PM, said:

When I got fitted, the rogue Subzero was my best fit...I put a T1100 on it and I've never had a single shot that wasn't less than 300yds and more than 5yds off of dead center of the fareway....
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#180 JDMRN81

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 09:02 AM

I haven't tried any new drivers this year because I love my G400 LST......long and very forgiving.  I had an EPIC SZ before the G400 LST and it's a very close second in performance.  I'll try the G400 MAX at some point to see what the hype is about.

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