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Best Driver in the last 5 years?

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#91 handyquacks17

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Posted 08 February 2019 - 12:37 PM

915 d2/3/4 are true fairway finders and the d2 will be in my bag for a while.  can work it both ways and hit a nice straight ball. Im sure i could find a new head/shaft combo that may give me better numbers, but id rather have the consistent feel and accuracy


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#92 swing thoughts

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Posted 08 February 2019 - 01:08 PM

 longoffthetees, on 07 February 2019 - 11:34 AM, said:

The G400 Max is the best fairway finder I think I've ever hit.  Been in play for 8 rounds and I've missed 3 fairway's with it and those were just horrible swings or trying to reach places I shouldn't try to reach in winter weather.
So 8 rounds is like 100 driver shots... you're hitting >95% fairways???
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Posted 08 February 2019 - 02:47 PM

G400 Max and it's not even close.

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Posted 08 February 2019 - 03:20 PM

 swing thoughts, on 08 February 2019 - 01:08 PM, said:

 longoffthetees, on 07 February 2019 - 11:34 AM, said:

The G400 Max is the best fairway finder I think I've ever hit.  Been in play for 8 rounds and I've missed 3 fairway's with it and those were just horrible swings or trying to reach places I shouldn't try to reach in winter weather.
So 8 rounds is like 100 driver shots... you're hitting >95% fairways???
109/112 fairways is very impressive. Over 97%.

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Posted 08 February 2019 - 03:32 PM

Currently testing the Epic SZ & King LTD Pro. They are both very similar in feel and performance I find. I have always had the LTD Pro in my heart since the 1st time I hit it, so there's that. Plus I feel more comfortable over the ball with the shape. Both great drivers though.

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Posted 08 February 2019 - 05:56 PM

 longoffthetees, on 07 February 2019 - 11:34 AM, said:

The G400 Max is the best fairway finder I think I've ever hit.  Been in play for 8 rounds and I've missed 3 fairway's with it and those were just horrible swings or trying to reach places I shouldn't try to reach in winter weather.

That is truly remarkable. You missed only 3 out of around 100 fairways?!
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Posted 09 February 2019 - 01:20 AM

 JStang, on 08 February 2019 - 11:35 AM, said:

For whatever reason, I just didn't hit my TS3 all that great. I hit my 917D3 farther which was strange. I went back to my tour issue 2016 M2 yesterday at the range and fell in love all over again. The sound/feel off that head with hot melt is perfect. I was hitting it really high but I think that has more to do with my positive angle of attack than anything.

I also have an F9 inbound that I got at a price I couldn't say no to so there will be a nice shootout soon.

Everytime I try to replace my 2016 M2 8.5 head I end up wondering what the hell I'm doing and go right back. It's the Michael Jordan of driver heads.
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Posted 09 February 2019 - 10:52 AM

Let me get one of your backups Toll. Is the 8.5 really that much hotter than the 9.5?
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Posted 09 February 2019 - 11:41 AM

 JStang, on 09 February 2019 - 10:52 AM, said:

Let me get one of your backups Toll. Is the 8.5 really that much hotter than the 9.5?

I only have one backup head and I can't risk selling it. I don't play a 9.5 driver so I don't really hit those lofts unless it's for fun in the cage but compared to just about anything else in the same loft, the ball speeds off my 8.5 heads are always at the highest end of the spectrum, even against this year's heads.
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Posted 09 February 2019 - 12:26 PM

Lot of snarky shots at the SLDR...yet it’s clear there’s this awesome respect for the sheer power...almost a longing to be able to slay the beast...with your cruddy swing? Dream on.

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 03:57 PM

I hit at least 20 to 30 yds longer drive with Cobra F8+ compared to other drivers.
But I am struggling with my swing, so I don't think I can say others are not as good.

I am just saying that F8+ gets my vote.
I am very curious if I will get better results with F9.

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 04:43 PM

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 10:36 PM

The 2016 M2 was is still is the best.  I wish I would have kept one around.  The one I had with a little hot melt in it was a solid feeling cannon!
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Posted 09 February 2019 - 11:01 PM

 tcatone5, 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?

Same here, bought a 10.5 XR16, White Tie shaft for $150 on eBay, never been happier !!! Took it to the PGA Superstore to compare it to a Taylormade M3, salesman tried to talk me into spending $349 because my "numbers" were so much better with the M3,,, simulator  said +3 yards distance and -1 dispersion,,, NOPE, not enough,,, did buy a drink because I was tired of trying out shafts on the M3,,,,

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 09:46 AM

 TollBros, on 09 February 2019 - 11:41 AM, said:

 JStang, on 09 February 2019 - 10:52 AM, said:

Let me get one of your backups Toll. Is the 8.5 really that much hotter than the 9.5?

I only have one backup head and I can't risk selling it. I don't play a 9.5 driver so I don't really hit those lofts unless it's for fun in the cage but compared to just about anything else in the same loft, the ball speeds off my 8.5 heads are always at the highest end of the spectrum, even against this year's heads.


I really hope I never crack mine.  Wish I bought a backup a couple years ago while they were still readily available.  If anyone ever finds a source, please DM me.

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 10:00 AM

G400LST or 400 Are hart to beat.
The 400Max didn't  work all that well for me.
As long as I'm swinging OK, the G400 is in the fairway. Swinging really well, 15 yards past my Epic
Compared to my Epic, forgiveness is way better.
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Posted 11 February 2019 - 01:58 PM

Burner superfast 2.0, easily 15-20 yards longer then my m2 I use now, but my m2 is so much more forgiving !!!!    ...why did it have to break ! :'(
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Posted 11 February 2019 - 04:22 PM

2016 M2 by far

Every year I get the new drivers, and I always go back to the OG M2

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 05:16 PM

G400 max

Longest and straightest driver I have owned and I am a driver ho.
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Posted 11 February 2019 - 11:47 PM

2016 M 2. Was at the Senior Tour stop in Boca this weekend and I'm seeing a number of the pros still using it and they are not being paid to do so. If this isn't an endorsement then  I don't know what is. But know your loft and definitely try out a few shafts at a fitter.


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Posted 12 February 2019 - 08:56 AM

 TollBros, on 09 February 2019 - 11:41 AM, said:

 JStang, on 09 February 2019 - 10:52 AM, said:

Let me get one of your backups Toll. Is the 8.5 really that much hotter than the 9.5?

I only have one backup head and I can't risk selling it. I don't play a 9.5 driver so I don't really hit those lofts unless it's for fun in the cage but compared to just about anything else in the same loft, the ball speeds off my 8.5 heads are always at the highest end of the spectrum, even against this year's heads.

Do you have any experience with the 2016 M1 in 8.5 loft? I wonder if it's as hot as the M2?
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Posted 12 February 2019 - 09:31 AM

 JStang, on 12 February 2019 - 08:56 AM, said:

 TollBros, on 09 February 2019 - 11:41 AM, said:

 JStang, on 09 February 2019 - 10:52 AM, said:

Let me get one of your backups Toll. Is the 8.5 really that much hotter than the 9.5?

I only have one backup head and I can't risk selling it. I don't play a 9.5 driver so I don't really hit those lofts unless it's for fun in the cage but compared to just about anything else in the same loft, the ball speeds off my 8.5 heads are always at the highest end of the spectrum, even against this year's heads.

Do you have any experience with the 2016 M1 in 8.5 loft? I wonder if it's as hot as the M2?

Not trying to be a smartass, but he has that comp in the first page of this thread.  16 M2 is a ballspeed freak.

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 09:52 AM

 swing thoughts, on 08 February 2019 - 01:08 PM, said:

 longoffthetees, on 07 February 2019 - 11:34 AM, said:

The G400 Max is the best fairway finder I think I've ever hit.  Been in play for 8 rounds and I've missed 3 fairway's with it and those were just horrible swings or trying to reach places I shouldn't try to reach in winter weather.
So 8 rounds is like 100 driver shots... you're hitting >95% fairways???

I only hit driver 6 holes on my home course.  Fairly wide fairways.  I've changed my driving philosophy over the last year.  I am happy with 260-270 as long as it's in the short stuff and very rarely go after my driver.
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Posted 12 February 2019 - 09:52 AM

 manima1, on 12 February 2019 - 09:31 AM, said:

 JStang, on 12 February 2019 - 08:56 AM, said:

 TollBros, on 09 February 2019 - 11:41 AM, said:

 JStang, on 09 February 2019 - 10:52 AM, said:

Let me get one of your backups Toll. Is the 8.5 really that much hotter than the 9.5?

I only have one backup head and I can't risk selling it. I don't play a 9.5 driver so I don't really hit those lofts unless it's for fun in the cage but compared to just about anything else in the same loft, the ball speeds off my 8.5 heads are always at the highest end of the spectrum, even against this year's heads.

Do you have any experience with the 2016 M1 in 8.5 loft? I wonder if it's as hot as the M2?

Not trying to be a smartass, but he has that comp in the first page of this thread.  16 M2 is a ballspeed freak.

http://www.golfwrx.c...omparison-data/

Thanks, I didn't even think to reference that.
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Posted 12 February 2019 - 09:57 AM

 mtgjr, on 08 February 2019 - 05:56 PM, said:

 longoffthetees, on 07 February 2019 - 11:34 AM, said:

The G400 Max is the best fairway finder I think I've ever hit.  Been in play for 8 rounds and I've missed 3 fairway's with it and those were just horrible swings or trying to reach places I shouldn't try to reach in winter weather.

That is truly remarkable. You missed only 3 out of around 100 fairways?!

I hit 3 wood more than driver.  I only hit driver 5-6 times a round and use a very smooth swing and just try to place the ball.  Have fairly wide fairways at my home course.  I always aim middle and if I fade or draw a couple yards I'm still in good shape.

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Posted 13 February 2019 - 07:22 PM

Recently bought a 2016 M2 head just to see what all the fuss is about, won't be able to hit it for awhile though.

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