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Best Driver in the last 5 years?

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#1 tcatone5

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Posted 01 February 2019 - 11:56 AM

I currently game the XR16 and still get great distance with it and have been generally happy with it. I am thinking about making a switch to a new driver mainly because the new models came out and last years have gone down in price.

What is the best driver that has come out in the last 5 years?

How much better could the clubs really be getting if they release a new model every year?

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Hybrid: Titleist 816 H2
Irons: Ping I500 Black Dot
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Posted 01 February 2019 - 12:12 PM

R15 - I have a buddy that absolutely crushes his and still can't find anything to beat it
2016 M2
G400 or G400 Max
PING G400 w/ HZRDUS Black 62
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Posted 01 February 2019 - 12:15 PM

2016 M2 or Epic if you want to bomb it

Anything from Ping if you want to hit fairways


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Callaway Epic Subzero 14* w//Matrix Black Tie 80
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Posted 01 February 2019 - 12:17 PM

I Agree with the previous  posts and add LTD to the list.

There are plenty of great drivers to choose from in recent years.

It’s not like the big OEMs spend all this time and money designing new clubs to put out junk.

Edited by Jagpilotohio, 01 February 2019 - 12:18 PM.

9.5* Cobra LTD,  Old school Grafalloy Blue, 43.5"
14* Cally 815 alpha fuji 665 X 42"
16* Cally 815 alpha fuji 665 X, 41.5" (set to 17*)
19* Titleist 816 H2 fuji 8.8X TS 40.0"
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Posted 01 February 2019 - 01:05 PM

View Posttcatone5, on 01 February 2019 - 11:56 AM, said:

I currently game the XR16 and still get great distance with it and have been generally happy with it. I am thinking about making a switch to a new driver mainly because the new models came out and last years have gone down in price.

What is the best driver that has come out in the last 5 years?

How much better could the clubs really be getting if they release a new model every year?

Ping G400


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Posted 01 February 2019 - 01:14 PM

2016 M2 or 2017 M1 440

I can't hit anything as far and straight as I have these drivers.  The 2016 M2 is more forgiving, but it just makes my misses go that much further in a bad direction.  If I catch the M1 440 on a bad part of the face, the ball seems to be getting down a lot quick and leaving me with some better options.  When I catch it on the (imaginary) screws, the M1 is the longest driver I've played.
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Posted 01 February 2019 - 01:45 PM

Epic SZ - King LTD

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Posted 01 February 2019 - 02:04 PM

View PostJagpilotohio, on 01 February 2019 - 12:17 PM, said:

I Agree with the previous  posts and add LTD to the list.

There are plenty of great drivers to choose from in recent years.

It's not like the big OEMs spend all this time and money designing new clubs to put out junk.

I think my main question is when there is a new model every year is it worth the $200 extra to get the 2019 model opposed to the 2018 that just went on sale?
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Posted 01 February 2019 - 02:07 PM

'16 M2, G400 LST/Max
Ping G400 Max 9* - Rogue 130 70 TX

Mizuno 919 Forged 4-5 - KBS C Taper X
Mizuno 919 Tour 6-9 - KBS C Taper X
Mizuno T7 - 47*, 51*, 56* - DG TI S400
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Posted 01 February 2019 - 02:54 PM

Top 4 imo:

G400Max
F9
Epic
King LTD

Ping G400 Max Driver 9* - Ping Tour 65 X
Callaway Epic 4 Hybrid - UST Recoil ES780 S
Callaway Apex 21* Utility Iron - KBS TourV S
Cobra King Forged CB/MB 4-P - KBS $-Taper Black S
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Posted 01 February 2019 - 03:10 PM

My opinion:
Raw distance, zero forgiveness- SLDR 430
Raw distance, some help- '16 M2
Fairway finder- Mizuno MP650
Plenty of help- Anything Ping
Best combo of the above criteria- 915D4
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Posted 01 February 2019 - 03:17 PM

G400 - Pick which model works best for your swing
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Posted 01 February 2019 - 03:51 PM

I've had quite a few drivers the past 5 years.

My top 3

Xhot
Bio Cell Plus
G400

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Posted 01 February 2019 - 03:57 PM

My top 5:

2016 M2
LTD Pro/LTD
G400LST/G400 Max
2017 M2
Epic SZ

From the 2019 crop, my money is on the F9 working it's way up the list...
Cobra King F9 Avalanche 9* Tensei PO 60TX
Cobra King LTD 3-4w Hzrdus Yellow 75 6.0
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Posted 01 February 2019 - 04:10 PM

Ping G 400


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Posted 01 February 2019 - 04:30 PM

F9 weight forward now. The rest have been left behind.
Cobra F9 9.5 Atmos TS Black
Cobra F8+ 14.50 Aldila
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Posted 01 February 2019 - 04:35 PM

2016 m2 for distance
G400 max/lst/g400 all around

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Posted 01 February 2019 - 04:37 PM

G400LST or 2016 M2 ... hands down

I still own both
Ping G400 LST 11.0* Oban Revenge Green 65.05
Ping G400 3w 15.1* Oban Kiyoshi Purple 55.05
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Posted 01 February 2019 - 04:50 PM

I'm still rolling with my LTD Black, which has just been incredible from day one. But, I haven't hit all of the newer offerings, yet, either.

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Posted 01 February 2019 - 04:52 PM

M2 16 still have 2 a gamer and a back up.


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Posted 01 February 2019 - 04:56 PM

It's closer to 6 years I believe, but the G25 was among the best. I've owned a LOT of drivers since, but that old G25 just keeps finding its way back into my bag. Shots that have no business finding the fairway miraculously seem to with it.
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Posted 01 February 2019 - 08:57 PM

16 m2 is really hard to beat and now g400 lst for me is one of best drivers out there

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Posted 01 February 2019 - 09:12 PM

G400 for me. Particularly the max.
Ping G400 Max Tour AD-IZ 10.5 deg. playing 44.5"
Taylormade UDI Project X HZRDUS Black 6.0
Cobra F8 3 wood Tour AD-IZ 14.5 deg.
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Posted 01 February 2019 - 09:17 PM

My Top 5 excluding new releases:

Cobra ZL Encore
Ping G400 LST
Srixon Z565
Mizuno JPX900
TM 2016 M2

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Posted 01 February 2019 - 09:20 PM

Epic deserves more love, not the most fun to hit driver , but dear god that thing was a LM warrior. Still cannot hit anything further

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Posted 01 February 2019 - 09:55 PM

2016 M2



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Posted 01 February 2019 - 10:10 PM

Ping G pick model
Ping G400 pick model
Cobra King LTD
Cobra Bio Cell or Bio Cell +
The above models are easy to hit and plenty long.
I haven't hit any 2019 models yet

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Posted 01 February 2019 - 10:25 PM

View Postmizuno player, on 01 February 2019 - 09:55 PM, said:

2016 M2

Technically, ALL drivers have have the same COR on their faces and head sizes because of USGA and R&A restrictions BUT for some reason, I keep seeing the 2016 M2 still being talked about even after its discontinuation.  I'm not saying it's the longest driver made in the last 5 years but it seems to be a little more consistently longer than the others (just a little).
9.5 deg Taylormade R7 Superquad TP (All Black First Edition) with stock Fujikura RE*AX 75 TP shaft  
Titleist DCI 990 Irons (3-PW) with stock Dynamic Gold shafts in S300
Taylormade ATV 54 deg & 58 deg wedges with stock KBS shafts
Taylormade V-Steel 5W & 3W with Grafalloy Prolaunch Red shafts
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Posted 01 February 2019 - 11:36 PM

View Postcgasucks, on 01 February 2019 - 10:25 PM, said:

View Postmizuno player, on 01 February 2019 - 09:55 PM, said:

2016 M2

Technically, ALL drivers have have the same COR on their faces and head sizes because of USGA and R&A restrictions BUT for some reason, I keep seeing the 2016 M2 still being talked about even after its discontinuation.  I'm not saying it's the longest driver made in the last 5 years but it seems to be a little more consistently longer than the others (just a little).

Yeah. It just seems to work.

I have a ping g400lst , just had to try it, I'm trying to sell that now. Normally if I buy a new drive I sell the old one. I kept the M2. I will probably try a new shaft or two. I have a synergy Black Proto I may try if I don't sell. I also want to try the Fuji Speeder Pro TS. It will most likely be my driver again this year.

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Posted 02 February 2019 - 12:29 AM

2016 M2


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