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Given the excitement around this year’s Masters, I wanted to do a head-to-head test of the drivers being used by two of the longest golfers at Augusta National this week, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy.

Jason Day, who currently occupies the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Rankings, uses a TaylorMade M1 460, while Rory McIlroy (No. 3 in the OWGR) uses Nike’s Vapor Fly Pro driver. I was fit for each driver, and tested them on my Foresight GC2 launch monitor with HMT.

In the video above, I offer in-depth analysis of the two different clubs, and the results are very interesting.

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Rick Shiels has been a PGA Golf Professional for more than 10 years and started making YouTube videos on his channel four years ago. He loves creating golf-related content on his YouTube channel that is factual, informative, fun and entertaining. His videos includes golf tips, equipment reviews, on-course videos, news shows and golf lessons. Rick absolutely loves coaching golf, and he has setup his first golf academy in Lytham (UK). Quest Golf Studio is where he calls home, and it has the latest equipment that can help any golfer improve and better understand their golf games. You can book a lesson with Rick here. Rick is also very active on the social media account below, including SnapChat (rickshielspga).

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  1. MikePatron

    Aug 6, 2016 at 7:00 am

    He is comparing two different drivers in their stock set up. It’s not a club head review, it’s a driver review. Go work on your mulligans. Bunch of keyboard PGA Pro’s

  2. Branden

    Apr 12, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    I’ve never seen 164 ball speed fly 303 in the air…

    • Robert

      May 4, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      I was thinking the same thing. Gotta love juicing up the GC2 numbers to make him look longer than he really is!

  3. Joseph Dreitler

    Apr 11, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Interesting. Thanks

  4. fancy

    Apr 10, 2016 at 8:33 am

    What about testing both heads with the same shaft……..then we can get real result

  5. Sreve

    Apr 9, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Those spin rates are a problem when you are out side in the wind???? If you have a weak fad or weak draw which one of those is going to become more a weak slice or a weak hook off the fairways???? Higher spin rate right? I do not know how most of you feel but myself I can spend 30 minutes at Golf Smith hitting drivers and more often then not inside off a launch monitor I hit really straight and as much as 20 yards longer the outside with trees and houses in view???

    • Joe

      Apr 9, 2016 at 8:24 pm

      Sounds familiar, I would agree with some others who have posted, Pay and Play what you like, maybe try different flex shafts or lofts for you driver and maybe if your way beyond standard some lie adjustments for your irons other wise pick what appeals to you because if you want to play Ping and the fitter finds Adams are a better fit (inside on monitor) two months down the road your going to be ready to sell the Adams because they are not what you wanted to play….

  6. Sam

    Apr 9, 2016 at 4:33 am

    Rick, now that there are shaft adapters that fit multiple brands of clubs, why not install one on your favourite shaft and then use the same shaft for all heads in the test?

  7. Oskars

    Apr 8, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    All drivers in the same category really perform the same to each other now, I think it really just comes down to what shaft works for your swing, club head is irrelevant.

    • Pat

      Apr 9, 2016 at 1:23 pm

      Wrong. Certain club heads launch higher and spin more. Dispersion is also somewhat related to club head although it’s mostly the shaft.

  8. Gibb Pete Ahchance

    Apr 8, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    It’s all about the same stuff these days.

  9. Chris

    Apr 8, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    When you do an experiment you have to control your variables. In this case you are testing driver heads therefore you should not use different shafts. Why not isolate the shaft and see what head is better?

  10. Brian

    Apr 8, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Great stuff again Rick, proves again how much every manufacturer is pretty much maxed out within regulations and it’s really all about getting a shaft to fit your swing.

    Would love it if you would do a comparison between older vs newer drivers i.e. TM R7 v M1, Ping G5 v G35, etc. That would really show what progress has been made in past 10 years.

    • Don

      Apr 8, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      Ditto What Brian said. It would be interesting to see the progress or lack there of. One thing is for sure the OEM’s have their advertising on point. Again, as many have mentioned though, if it were true, I would be having monster 460 yard drives right now. Ha. Ha. Ha.

    • mhendon

      Apr 9, 2016 at 11:14 pm

      I can answer that question. My club head speed hasn’t changed in 15 years the prov1 has been out that long and my driving distance is still the same. 15 years ago I was using a Titleist 975J and now I’m using a Nike vr pro limited. Not the latest and greatest driver but still about 12 years of supposed technology between the two.

  11. Matt Heister

    Apr 8, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    I thought Nike ‘sucked’….

    Goes to show that everyone is making quality products…

    If you get fit , everyone can benefit from
    Any ‘big 5 or 6’ OEM driver.

  12. Tom

    Apr 8, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Interesting comparison and data. Next time lets see all out swing.

  13. RosePalmer

    Apr 8, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Well done! Thank you!

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