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


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Poll: Member's Choice 2018 Drivers (1678 member(s) have cast votes)

Member's Choice 2018 Drivers

  1. Bridgestone TourB XD-3 (2 votes [0.10%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.10%

  2. Bridgestone TourB XD-5 (3 votes [0.15%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.15%

  3. Bridgestone TourB XD-7 (3 votes [0.15%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.15%

  4. Callaway Rogue (172 votes [8.50%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 8.50%

  5. Callaway Rogue Draw (17 votes [0.84%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.84%

  6. Callaway Rogue Subzero (244 votes [12.06%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 12.06%

  7. Callaway Epic Star (7 votes [0.35%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.35%

  8. Cleveland Launcher HB (6 votes [0.30%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.30%

  9. Cobra F8 (70 votes [3.46%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 3.46%

  10. Cobra F8+ (128 votes [6.33%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 6.33%

  11. Mizuno GT180 (9 votes [0.44%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.44%

  12. Mizuno ST180 (46 votes [2.27%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 2.27%

  13. Ping G400 (140 votes [6.92%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 6.92%

  14. Ping G400 Max (332 votes [16.41%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 16.41%

  15. Ping G400 LST (227 votes [11.22%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 11.22%

  16. Ping G400 SFT (22 votes [1.09%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 1.09%

  17. PXG 0811X (6 votes [0.30%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.30%

  18. PXG 0811XF (3 votes [0.15%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.15%

  19. Srixon Z565 (7 votes [0.35%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.35%

  20. Srixon Z765 (15 votes [0.74%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.74%

  21. TaylorMade M3 (173 votes [8.55%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 8.55%

  22. TaylorMade M3 440 (60 votes [2.97%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 2.97%

  23. TaylorMade M4 (135 votes [6.67%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 6.67%

  24. TaylorMade M4 D-Type (11 votes [0.54%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.54%

  25. Titleist 917 D2 (93 votes [4.60%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 4.60%

  26. Titleist 917 D3 (62 votes [3.06%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 3.06%

  27. Tour Edge XJ1 (3 votes [0.15%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.15%

  28. Tour Edge HL3 (3 votes [0.15%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.15%

  29. Vertical Groove Golf (6 votes [0.30%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.30%

  30. Wilson C300 (9 votes [0.44%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.44%

  31. Wilson D300 (3 votes [0.15%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.15%

  32. XXIO X (3 votes [0.15%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.15%

  33. XXIO Prime (3 votes [0.15%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.15%

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#241 Hookasaurus Rex

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Posted 18 August 2018 - 09:57 AM

I've been going back and forth the last 6 months between my G400 LST and G400max.  I think I like the LST the best.  I swear it's just as forgiving for me as the Max. I seem to be on average, a little longer with the LST as well.

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#242 Longballjock

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Posted 22 August 2018 - 09:42 PM

My Gamer is the

F8 9* Aldila NV Blue 65x 45"

Recently got fitted for this after my failed fitting with the srixon Z565 Miyazaki kalua 7x
Was decent numbers in the fitting but ended up with a 2 way miss which o cannot have , the F8 no matter how hard I step on it, just didn't want to go left which I am pleasantly pleased , actually changed my shot Shape (which I've not been able to do with many drivers) from a 10 yard draw to about a 5 yard power fade which is so much more controllable , and no more 2 way miss.

My second choice:

Ping G400 LST 9* Project X evenflow 75x

Was getting great numbers when I tested this , but on mishits my ball speed was dropping off far too much which was not happening with the F8
Great driver though , just not as consistent for me.

Third choice

Taylormade M4 9.5* Fujikura Atmos white 65x

This thing was a bullet, we tried it in all different setups to optimise it but just couldn't , was hitting low knuckleballs which is not what I was looking for , feels great , but the 2 way miss crept back in .

Overall the F8 is definitely the driver for me , the best I've drove the ball for a while and eliminated 1 side of the course of the tee.

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#243 WidespreadPanic

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Posted 24 August 2018 - 09:02 AM

So the MAX is that much better than the standard g400 huh? I've yet to hit it.
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Posted 31 August 2018 - 12:18 AM

I will admit I am a big Ping fan so I have not hit a lot of other drivers lately but its hard to imagine I could like another driver better than my Ping G400 max.

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#245 DeacLaw05

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Posted 03 September 2018 - 12:05 PM

Did some demo work with the Rogue, G400, and the M4.  Got the best numbers out of the M4 with a lighter weight shaft (Fujikura Pro S 53).  Ordered one from TaylorMade on Friday, and really looking forward to putting it into play.


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#246 aiyyer

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Posted 04 September 2018 - 09:07 PM

G400 Max.
Silly good and loving the driving life  again.

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#247 kongo

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Posted 05 September 2018 - 06:26 PM

 aiyyer, on 04 September 2018 - 09:07 PM, said:

G400 Max.
Silly good and loving the driving life  again.

I need to try the G400 Max and see what's up.
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#248 Meerkat213

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Posted 08 September 2018 - 07:11 AM

I’m an outlier but I went to the golf store with the intent to buy the MAX last night and took my Epic to trade in and compare to the MAX on the simulator. The MAX was very straight but I was giving up 15 to 20 yards. The Epic, for my swing, performed better.

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#249 Dry Tortuga

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Posted 12 September 2018 - 08:43 AM

I got myself a G400 Max, and it is certainly better than all the other drivers I've tried. I put a good swing on it and the ball goes reasonably straight.

I don't think there's anything magical here, I think it just looks amazing by comparison, as with many other drivers a good swing can still produce a bad (or horrendous) result. So thanks PING for making a driver that doesn't suck.
"Boy that is fun to watch right there. This thing's gonna roll a hundred and fifty yards"

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#250 nuttinbutapeanut

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Posted 17 September 2018 - 02:57 PM

Yup GMAX 400 and get fitted 👍


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#251 woods991

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Posted 23 September 2018 - 06:51 PM

Ping for me as well been nearly 10 years since my last Ping driver.
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Posted 28 September 2018 - 05:44 PM

For me, Rogue SZ. Great club

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Posted 29 September 2018 - 02:27 PM

I've tried the M1/M2, Epic, Rogue and Cobra F8. The one driver that stood out is my gamer Ping G400 with the Tour shaft. None of the others approached the consistency of the Ping.

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#254 FmaxTurboSi

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Posted 30 September 2018 - 11:29 PM

Tried the new z785 with po70tx on the simulator........ was getting really good numbers.  We'll see how it compares to my current g400 lst when it arrives.
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#255 Stanks

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Posted 03 October 2018 - 08:54 PM

I think we have to add the TSs to the list. Are they out yet?

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Posted 05 October 2018 - 05:45 AM

G400 LST and the entire G400 family are hands down the best of 2018, super forgiving and LONG!!!

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Posted 18 October 2018 - 07:38 PM

Callaway Rogue and G400 LST would get my vote - have hit both on the range only though. Rogue toe was maybe slightly lower than I like to see, but I didn’t play around with any of the settings. Both were amazing - sound/feel, accuracy, distance. That said, I can eventually grove just about anything on the range - these two performed pretty much instantly though. I was impressed.

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Posted 20 October 2018 - 10:57 PM

TS3 for me, otherwise the Ping line up
Something for everyone from Ping
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Ball = Titleist AVX

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