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#1 Big A HG

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Posted 04 August 2018 - 02:33 PM

I've been out of the game for the most part the last few years (fam, kids, work, you know the drill).  Hopped back on the horse this year and have been hitting it as good as ever...mostly (inconsistent driving).  I used to be employed at a golf store 10+ years ago as a college gig, but am now out of the loop as to what's hot and what's not.  My current driver is a Crobra L4V X (if that tells you anything).  I'm loving the rest of my golf game, but thought I'd take a look at replacing the formerly trusty Cobra.

Here's a little about my game and what I'm looking for:

-Mid single-digit handicap - right-handed
-Prefer straight ball off the tee or maybe a little cut
-Miss off the tee is a hook
-I prefer the look and playability of players clubs in my bag, except driver
-Want max-forgiveness, but nothing that sets up or promotes my mishits left
-Swing speed around 105
-When hitting it well, I'm mid-launch with mid-spin rates...would like to keep the mid-launch and keep or reduce spin if possible.
-I'm open-minded to used or year or two old models.  I don't need the latest and greatest of the year.

So, what's out there that's forgiving, but promotes more of a fade or neutral than setting up as a draw?  

Thank you for any advice!

Edited by Big A HG, 04 August 2018 - 02:34 PM.


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Posted 04 August 2018 - 02:44 PM

Im currently gaming the Epic SZ and that is definitely an anti-left club.

You may want to check out the Rogue for extra forgiveness and its just as long. A lot of the shaft offering for the Rogue are mid launch-spin characteristics like the Even Flow which felt pretty good for a stock offering.
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Posted 04 August 2018 - 02:46 PM

Cobra King LTD pro. Everything you are asking for there buddy.

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Posted 04 August 2018 - 03:20 PM

Cobra F7 and F8 are great drivers
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Posted 04 August 2018 - 08:41 PM

I'm a very similar player to you based on your list.

Go try g400 max with Alta cb in stiff.  Yes it's the newest but it's well worth it.

It's the most forgiving driver out there, even extreme toe hits.


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Posted 04 August 2018 - 08:47 PM

G400 Max, Rogue, F8 are places to start looking/demoing. ;)
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Posted 05 August 2018 - 06:23 AM

What's your budget?

Assuming you have some preferences, what brands do you like to play?
COBRA LTD w. Hzrdus Red
WISHON 919 w. Hzrdus Red
TAYLORMADE Issue Aeroburner w. Tensei Blue
PING G25 w. Tensei Blue
PING I200 w. AWT 2.0
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Posted 05 August 2018 - 08:19 AM

Played the Epic last year and switched to the Rogue but after being inconsistent and missing left with the Rogue went with the Ping G400 Max not as long as Rogue but the G400 Max is a fairway finder.
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Posted 05 August 2018 - 11:24 AM

If I was buying a new driver today I'd get fitted for a G400
Driver:  Ping G25 10.5
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Posted 10 August 2018 - 01:19 PM

Thank you for all of the suggestions.  The other day I stopped by a golf shop and was able to take a few swings with a few variations of the Ping G400 inside on a launch monitor.  It really had a harsh feel IMO, and unless I really nutted it, everything felt like a mishit.  I stopped by the golf course for a quick nine, and lo and behold there was a Callaway demo day going on.  I hit a couple of balls quickly before the round, and then stopped back after the round and hit for about a half hour more on a Trackman going through a lot of the different options.  I was really digging the Rogue Sub Zero 10.5 dialed down a degree with the Hzrdus shaft (6.0, 63g).  I'm not sure I ever felt that comfortable with a driver during a range session before.  I've never been a big Callaway fan, but I'm not sure I really want to hit anything else at this point.

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 01:28 PM

View PostBig A HG, on 04 August 2018 - 02:33 PM, said:

I've been out of the game for the most part the last few years (fam, kids, work, you know the drill).  Hopped back on the horse this year and have been hitting it as good as ever...mostly (inconsistent driving).  I used to be employed at a golf store 10+ years ago as a college gig, but am now out of the loop as to what's hot and what's not.  My current driver is a Crobra L4V X (if that tells you anything).  I'm loving the rest of my golf game, but thought I'd take a look at replacing the formerly trusty Cobra.

Here's a little about my game and what I'm looking for:

-Mid single-digit handicap - right-handed
-Prefer straight ball off the tee or maybe a little cut
-Miss off the tee is a hook
-I prefer the look and playability of players clubs in my bag, except driver
-Want max-forgiveness, but nothing that sets up or promotes my mishits left
-Swing speed around 105
-When hitting it well, I'm mid-launch with mid-spin rates...would like to keep the mid-launch and keep or reduce spin if possible.
-I'm open-minded to used or year or two old models.  I don't need the latest and greatest of the year.

So, what's out there that's forgiving, but promotes more of a fade or neutral than setting up as a draw?  

Thank you for any advice!
G400 LST, M3 or Rogue Sub Zero. From what I've seen, the SubZ is the lowest spinning of the bunch.
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Posted 10 August 2018 - 01:57 PM

I would say Cobra Ltd or Ping G and get fit for spin and launch.
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Posted 10 August 2018 - 02:37 PM

Ping G400 LST nuff said!

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 02:53 PM

TaylorMade M2 Driver 2016 model. I started gaming one after time out of the game and it’s the most forgiving driver I’ve used.

https://www.national...2016-m2-driver/

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