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#1 boggyman

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 01:31 PM

Who makes or produced a mini driver  besides Cally and Tm. Is there a similar tall faced 4 wood?


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Posted 10 January 2019 - 01:54 PM

The semi-recent Callaway and TM models are basically it in terms of reasonably modern clubs. IMO the Callaway is very similar to old pre-460cc Cally drivers, just with more loft and more up-to-date technology. The TMs are slightly more similar to taller-faced fairways (i.e. less driver-like) to my eye but you still wouldn't confuse them with a 3/4 wood.

I'm not sure that there's anything more recent than those that would be similar, as the popularity of taller-faced fairways primarily intended as tee clubs seem to be on the downswing again, possibly due to increases in technology and the trend of pros/long hitters going with higher-lofted 3ws/4ws.
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Posted 10 January 2019 - 02:16 PM

Not that I know of in terms of other mini drivers.  Callaway for a while as also making the 3-deep (and there was a 4-deep version) fairway wood which was a taller fairway wood.  I'd say it's a club that specializes in those that like to hit fairway woods off the tee a lot and want a taller/deeper looking face.  I don't think they've released those since the 2015 XR series...

https://www.callaway...15-xr-deep.html

I have the Callaway Big Bertha Mini 1.5.  It's a super fun club to own.  It looks good and performs well.  The problem is honestly it's just kind of pointless unless you just can NOT stand hitting a modern 460cc driver.

I don't have (and most people won't in my opinion) have the swing speed and talent to hit the Big Bertha Mini 1.5 off the deck effectively better than a 3-wood.  It's too long and tall for that purpose.  So it's primarily a tee ball club.  You could use it as a 3-wood off the tee but then I'd recommend shortening the shaft a bit as it's likely to kind of get close to your driver so again what's the point unless you're just not comfortable with driver.

So all in all it's a really cool club that I enjoy having in my office to occasionally take to the range and play around with but I rarely ever bag it for serious rounds.
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Posted 10 January 2019 - 02:31 PM

Wishon!

919 F/D is awesome. Tall face, 260cc, variety of lofts, bendable hosel, HOT face. Not much to dislike.

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 02:40 PM

View Postboggyman, on 10 January 2019 - 01:31 PM, said:

Who makes or produced a mini driver  besides Cally and Tm. Is there a similar tall faced 4 wood?

Ping produced a Rapture mini driver - 13* with some adjustability. It sounds great, was pretty hot, and I cannot see that the more current ones would be any better.

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 03:19 PM

View Postgvogel, on 10 January 2019 - 02:40 PM, said:

View Postboggyman, on 10 January 2019 - 01:31 PM, said:

Who makes or produced a mini driver  besides Cally and Tm. Is there a similar tall faced 4 wood?

Ping produced a Rapture mini driver - 13* with some adjustability. It sounds great, was pretty hot, and I cannot see that the more current ones would be any better.
Forgot about the Ping. Thanks.

View Postnohny noke, on 10 January 2019 - 02:31 PM, said:

Wishon!

919 F/D is awesome. Tall face, 260cc, variety of lofts, bendable hosel, HOT face. Not much to dislike.
Thanks. Something different and I like different.

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 03:21 PM

Thanks for responding. This would be used pretty much a tee club.

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 04:00 PM

View Postcmatthews77, on 10 January 2019 - 02:16 PM, said:

Not that I know of in terms of other mini drivers.  Callaway for a while as also making the 3-deep (and there was a 4-deep version) fairway wood which was a taller fairway wood.  I'd say it's a club that specializes in those that like to hit fairway woods off the tee a lot and want a taller/deeper looking face.  I don't think they've released those since the 2015 XR series...

https://www.callaway...15-xr-deep.html

I have the Callaway Big Bertha Mini 1.5.  It's a super fun club to own.  It looks good and performs well.  The problem is honestly it's just kind of pointless unless you just can NOT stand hitting a modern 460cc driver.

I don't have (and most people won't in my opinion) have the swing speed and talent to hit the Big Bertha Mini 1.5 off the deck effectively better than a 3-wood.  It's too long and tall for that purpose.  So it's primarily a tee ball club.  You could use it as a 3-wood off the tee but then I'd recommend shortening the shaft a bit as it's likely to kind of get close to your driver so again what's the point unless you're just not comfortable with driver.

So all in all it's a really cool club that I enjoy having in my office to occasionally take to the range and play around with but I rarely ever bag it for serious rounds.

I think they only made a 2 Deep at 12.5, a 3 Deep at 14.5 and a 5 Deep at 17.5 in the X2 series.  I could be off on the lofts, but I don’t remember a 4 Deep.
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Posted 10 January 2019 - 09:35 PM

Wish Callaway would make a mini deep driver with Jailbreak.

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 10:43 PM

Ping are still selling the Stretch which is 12cc bigger than the comparable G400 fairway.

I'm a fan of Mini Drivers as it suits my course layout so have the SLDR Mini, Bertha Mini and a G Stretch.

All of them are great clubs for me.


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Posted 10 January 2019 - 11:30 PM

View PostPeanut191, on 10 January 2019 - 04:00 PM, said:

View Postcmatthews77, on 10 January 2019 - 02:16 PM, said:

Not that I know of in terms of other mini drivers.  Callaway for a while as also making the 3-deep (and there was a 4-deep version) fairway wood which was a taller fairway wood.  I'd say it's a club that specializes in those that like to hit fairway woods off the tee a lot and want a taller/deeper looking face.  I don't think they've released those since the 2015 XR series...

https://www.callaway...15-xr-deep.html

I have the Callaway Big Bertha Mini 1.5.  It's a super fun club to own.  It looks good and performs well.  The problem is honestly it's just kind of pointless unless you just can NOT stand hitting a modern 460cc driver.

I don't have (and most people won't in my opinion) have the swing speed and talent to hit the Big Bertha Mini 1.5 off the deck effectively better than a 3-wood.  It's too long and tall for that purpose.  So it's primarily a tee ball club.  You could use it as a 3-wood off the tee but then I'd recommend shortening the shaft a bit as it's likely to kind of get close to your driver so again what's the point unless you're just not comfortable with driver.

So all in all it's a really cool club that I enjoy having in my office to occasionally take to the range and play around with but I rarely ever bag it for serious rounds.

I think they only made a 2 Deep at 12.5, a 3 Deep at 14.5 and a 5 Deep at 17.5 in the X2 series.  I could be off on the lofts, but I don’t remember a 4 Deep.

Unfortunately there is no 4deep.

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 04:14 PM

I think the 5deep is 18.5*

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 04:47 PM

Don't forget about the"Thriver" from Hireko. I guess it was supposed to be a cross between a driver & three wood. Only one I can think of that wasn't already mentioned.

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 08:30 PM

View Postcmatthews77, on 10 January 2019 - 02:16 PM, said:

Not that I know of in terms of other mini drivers.  Callaway for a while as also making the 3-deep (and there was a 4-deep version) fairway wood which was a taller fairway wood.  I'd say it's a club that specializes in those that like to hit fairway woods off the tee a lot and want a taller/deeper looking face.  I don't think they've released those since the 2015 XR series...

https://www.callaway...15-xr-deep.html

I have the Callaway Big Bertha Mini 1.5.  It's a super fun club to own.  It looks good and performs well.  The problem is honestly it's just kind of pointless unless you just can NOT stand hitting a modern 460cc driver.

I don't have (and most people won't in my opinion) have the swing speed and talent to hit the Big Bertha Mini 1.5 off the deck effectively better than a 3-wood.  It's too long and tall for that purpose.  So it's primarily a tee ball club.  You could use it as a 3-wood off the tee but then I'd recommend shortening the shaft a bit as it's likely to kind of get close to your driver so again what's the point unless you're just not comfortable with driver.

So all in all it's a really cool club that I enjoy having in my office to occasionally take to the range and play around with but I rarely ever bag it for serious rounds.

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 08:31 PM

View PostPeanut191, on 10 January 2019 - 04:00 PM, said:

View Postcmatthews77, on 10 January 2019 - 02:16 PM, said:

Not that I know of in terms of other mini drivers.  Callaway for a while as also making the 3-deep (and there was a 4-deep version) fairway wood which was a taller fairway wood.  I'd say it's a club that specializes in those that like to hit fairway woods off the tee a lot and want a taller/deeper looking face.  I don't think they've released those since the 2015 XR series...

https://www.callaway...15-xr-deep.html

I have the Callaway Big Bertha Mini 1.5.  It's a super fun club to own.  It looks good and performs well.  The problem is honestly it's just kind of pointless unless you just can NOT stand hitting a modern 460cc driver.

I don't have (and most people won't in my opinion) have the swing speed and talent to hit the Big Bertha Mini 1.5 off the deck effectively better than a 3-wood.  It's too long and tall for that purpose.  So it's primarily a tee ball club.  You could use it as a 3-wood off the tee but then I'd recommend shortening the shaft a bit as it's likely to kind of get close to your driver so again what's the point unless you're just not comfortable with driver.

So all in all it's a really cool club that I enjoy having in my office to occasionally take to the range and play around with but I rarely ever bag it for serious rounds.

I think they only made a 2 Deep at 12.5, a 3 Deep at 14.5 and a 5 Deep at 17.5 in the X2 series.  I could be off on the lofts, but I don’t remember a 4 Deep.

5 Deep is 18.5° but outside that, this is correct as far as I know it!

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 08:33 PM

View PostPack7483, on 10 January 2019 - 09:35 PM, said:

Wish Callaway would make a mini deep driver with Jailbreak.

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 11:19 PM

I have used over the past 3 years a Cobra X speed 3+ fairway off the tee only. It has a tall face and actually is about the size of the driver heads back in the day. Almost as long as a driver and much more play in the fairway.

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 12:41 AM

View PostJohnKHawk, on 11 January 2019 - 04:47 PM, said:

Don't forget about the"Thriver" from Hireko. I guess it was supposed to be a cross between a driver & three wood. Only one I can think of that wasn't already mentioned.

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