MEMBERS' CHOICE: Best driver of 2018? Poll added

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  • kcstockkcstock  15WRX Points: 13Handicap: 9Members Posts: 15 Bunkers
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    VOTE: Ping LST, Ping G400, Cobra F8+



    I started 2018 with some serious driving issues. As any good golfer would; I blamed my equipment.



    I went from my M1 back to my R9. no juice.

    I bought a Kuro Kage shaft for the M1. Nope

    I cut down the Kuro Kage to 44.5. uh uh.

    I went for a driver fitting. Fit into Ping G400 Max - Xtorsion stiff (Cobra F8+ as alternate)

    I still was struggling.



    Then i figured out my swing flaw. My shoulders were a little lazy and were ganging back on my downswing.

    Once i synced my swing, that G400 Max was a fairway finder.



    Later in the season I picked up a G400 LST head, and my swing speed increased 1-2 MPH but with the same results (fairways).



    Your mileage may vary.

    Kcstock
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    PING G400 LST 8.5* - Rogue Silver 70
    Callaway XR Pro 3 wood
    Titleist 818 H2 19* (C1)
    Titleist 818 H2 21* (B1)
    718 AP2 (4-9) - AMT Tour White
    Titleist SM7 46.10 F, 50.10 F, 56.10 S, 60.12 D
    Callaway PM Grind 60* 12*
    Scotty Cameron Futura 6M - 33"
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  • QuigleyDUQuigleyDU  9494WRX Points: 2,993Handicap: 8Members Posts: 9,494 Titanium Tees
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    aquapig wrote:


    The amount of bull spit I read in this site is always good for a laugh.



    I mean really, you're never going to meet 99% of the people who post on here so why try to impress people with loads of ****?



    The average swing speed with driver on tour is about 117 and the average on this site is about 120. Same goes for distances.



    Laughable at best, sad and pathetic at worst.


    If this site bothers you so much then why be here? I know some people like to embellish but that's on them not on you. This site is good for a laugh sure but it also has some good information and has become a go-to for me when I'm in the market for something (which happens too much according to my lady)
    Short hitters always crying foul..... Just don't engage. There are a lot of posters with proven above tour average swings speeds. 

    The best for 18' was the Ping g400. Take your pick as to which one. LST, MAX, standard, SFT. they are all versions of the same thing. by far the most accurate driver of last year. the G410 seems to be following suite, although i think the field has narrowed considerably. 
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    Driver: Callaway Epic SubZero 3D 9*, Fujikura Ventus 7X
    3 iron Cobra King Utility Aldila Rouge 90 X flex
    4-PW Mizuno MP-18 MB Aldila RIP SLT Tour 115X Flex
    WEDGES; CLEVELAND RTX4: 52, 58, 64
    PUTTER; Kronos release long neck
    BALL; 2019 ProV1 yellow/Snell MTB-X yellow
  • Golfing_LeftyGolfing_Lefty  92WRX Points: 68Handicap: 3.2Members Posts: 92 Fairways
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    Peoples thoughts on the Titleist TS Series....... I have hit them and performance-wise the numbers are better than my 917 but the sound kills me, it seems like I'm ringing a cowbell!  This reminds me of the 913 to the 915........ the 915 was tingy as well.... my numbers for 915 to 917 were practically the same but the 917 sounded sooooo much better.  Curious on others opinions.
    Cheers!
    -Troy
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    Taylormade M5 9.5 w/ Fubuki Tour Issue Stiff Flex
    PXG 3W Gen1 w/ Hazardous Smoke Black Stiff Flex
    PXG 19 Degree Gen1 Hybrid w/ Graphite Design ADDI Stiff Flex
    PXG 0311 4-W / Project X LZ Stiff
    PXG Sugar Daddy 50, 54 and 58 Degree Wedges
    Scotty Cameron 009 Prototype Newport 2 / 35"
  • caniac6caniac6  3258WRX Points: 892Handicap: 4Members Posts: 3,258 Titanium Tees
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    I got a G400 Max, but I'm not sure it's any better that my old G20.

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  • JonnyKrasnodarJonnyKrasnodar  1896WRX Points: 176Members Posts: 1,896 Platinum Tees
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    Saying again...

    Cobra F9. Launch monitor numbers are great but it's even better on course.

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  • 2012BFT2012BFT  604WRX Points: 113Members Posts: 604 Golden Tee
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    I am still as ROCK as I was Day 1 with my G400 LST!

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    PING G410 LST w/ Tenesi Orange 60x 
    PING G410 LST 3w w/ Tenesi Orange 70x   
    Titleist TMB 3i DG AMT
    Callaway Apex Pro Combo PX 6.0
    Vokey SM7 50, 54, 60
    Scotty Cameron Newport 2
    Titleist Pro-V1x
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  • ericm007ericm007 Be the ball! Midlands of SC 397WRX Points: 85Handicap: 8Members Posts: 397 Greens
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    I tried to love the G400 MAX, but coming from the G30 LST for some reason it didn't work, even with the same shaft and swing weight. Bought a LST head and the first swing with the G400 LST was like rediscovering a long lost friend, it will be in the bag for a while. Full disclosure, I didn't try any other drivers in 2018.

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    Ping G400 LST 10°, Rogue Silver 110 70 S
    Callaway Rogue 15° PX EF Blue 75 S
    Callaway Apex 20° VS Proto 80 S
    Callaway Apex 23° VS Proto 80 S
    Callaway Apex 26° HZRDUS Black HY 5.5
    Ping i200 6-W Blue Dot UST Recoil 110 S +½"
    Ping Stealth SS 52 - KBS 610 R+ +½"
    Ping Stealth SS 56 - KBS 610 R+ +½"
    Ping Stealth SS 60 - KBS 610 R+ +½"
    Taylormade Spider Black Tour 35"
    TM TP5X
  • gazgolf1gazgolf1  185WRX Points: 79Members Posts: 185 Fairways
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    Rogue SZ longest for me, at age 52 with a bulging disc I'm driving it longer than I ever have.

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  • johnnythundersjohnnythunders  1750WRX Points: 159ClubWRX Posts: 1,750 Platinum Tees
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    Fusion 10.5 with Fuji speeder 3 661 Stiff is still number one, g400 max with same shaft got knocked out by the Mizuno 190 10.5 with a speeder v Stiff regular. Fusion head is still best for me. It’s that ultra low go works for my swing. Mizuno has that low hit covers also. F9 was good but ugly, epic flash was ugly and not good for me. Wouldn’t touch a taylormade, Bridgestone, Srixon or Titleist. Wilson either.

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    2029 bag Big Bertha Fusion 10.5 Fuji evo 661 Stiff, Mizuno st190 5 atmos red 6 regular,  Mavrik 7 Helium 5 regular, Big Bertha 6 and 7 hybrid recoil 460 regular,   Mizun o 919 fli hi 7 kbs tour 90 regular, 8/9, PW, gw Cobra F-max one length smacwrap 780 regular, Mizuno s18 56 aeroteck 125 regular, Toulon Austin, Ball Bridgestone b rx
  • The Real PacmanThe Real Pacman  83WRX Points: 59Handicap: 15Members Posts: 83 Fairways
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    For me, it’s the Ping G400 Max. I will say though that my TS2 3 wood is an absolute rocket, and I’m scared to try the TS2 driver because I know I’ll probably love it and drop $500 on the spot.

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  • Bill GuyBill Guy Golfbuddy  134WRX Points: 39Handicap: 12Members Posts: 134 Fairways
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    Loads of great and interesting input here. While club head design is important is the shaft used not even more important and what about swing speed so would be really interesting to know driver/shaft/swing speed which I am sure would help match suitability for the reader.

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  • CT10CT10  236WRX Points: 68Members Posts: 236 Bunkers
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    Cant find anything better for me than my titleist TS2.
    love the look of the Ping drivers, always have, but high spin and ultimately loss of distance rob me with the Pings!!
    Not being the longest hitter in the world i need all the distance I can get, TS2 is up there with the best of them...so far.

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  • toddba11toddba11 Moonlight Mile  622WRX Points: 123Members Posts: 622 Golden Tee
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    Currently gaming Titleist 915D2, testing TS2, TS3 and Cobra F9 all with Tensei Ck Pro White 70 S. May try to see if the 60 S works better, but enjoying the heavier shaft so far.

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    In the Bag:
    Driver - Titleist 915 D2 - Tensei White CK Pro Mitsubishi Rayon 70S, 45"
    3 Wood: Callaway Epic 13.5 Rogue 75S
    Irons: 4 - PW Callaway Apex MBs 2018 - DG TI 120 S400 +1"
    3 Cobra Iron Utility Black with KBS $120 Shaft +1"
    PW: Vokey 7M 46,52 (both F grind),60 (M grind) degree. SW: Ping I10
    Hybrid: Cobra F7
    Putter: TP Mills High Toe ONE or TP Mills Bull Elf
    Ball: Pro V or Bridgestone RSX
    Bag: 2018 Sun Mountain C-130
  • Rob McHughRob McHugh Rob  1050WRX Points: 213Handicap: 13ClubWRX Posts: 1,050 ClubWRX
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    Guys, a little help please. I am 60 years old, barely hanging on to 14 handicap (mind you I was told I would not use my left arm again 16 years ago ha ha), and hit driver about 200 - 220 yards. I hit a fade and want to upgrade from my G25 and get the G400 LST. I am not after distance just want to keep the dispersion down and was thinking of a 44" stiff shaft (not too stiff, I obviously won't have the club head speed to make it work) of some description. Clearly, I am after something with minimum spin also.
    Is my thinking right and what shaft do you guys suggest?
    Thanks,
    Rob from Sydney

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  • johnnythundersjohnnythunders  1750WRX Points: 159ClubWRX Posts: 1,750 Platinum Tees
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    I would not get the g400lst if your looking for better dispersion get the g400 max. Shaft stiffness does not depend on swing speed. Im 67, have a liw swing speed like 85-90 and play a 65 gran stiff. Regular lighter shafts spin to much as im a hitter not a swinger.

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    2029 bag Big Bertha Fusion 10.5 Fuji evo 661 Stiff, Mizuno st190 5 atmos red 6 regular,  Mavrik 7 Helium 5 regular, Big Bertha 6 and 7 hybrid recoil 460 regular,   Mizun o 919 fli hi 7 kbs tour 90 regular, 8/9, PW, gw Cobra F-max one length smacwrap 780 regular, Mizuno s18 56 aeroteck 125 regular, Toulon Austin, Ball Bridgestone b rx
  • Phil MajorPhil Major  134WRX Points: 45Handicap: 17Members Posts: 134 Fairways
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    My TS2 is the best driver of 2018 & 2019. It kicked my G400 Max out of my bag and never looked back.

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    Callaway Rogue Draw 10.5 Tensei AV Blue 75 Stiff
    Callaway Epic 3 Wood 16* Fujikura Pro 2.0 5 S
    ​Callaway Rogue Hybrid 19* Recoil Mamiya 780 ES F4
    Callaway Steelhead XR Hybrid 22* Recoil Mamiya 460 F4
    Callaway Rogue Pro 5-A XP 95 S
    Ping Glide 3.0 52*/12 
    Mizuno T20 Forged Statin Chrome Agressive C Grind 55*/9  
    Mizuno T20 Forged Statin Chrome Agressive C Grind 60*/6  
    Callaway Tour Grey PM Grind  64*/10 KBS Tour V
    Odyssey Stroke Lab Double Wide Flow 35 Putter
    2019 Titliest ProV1 Yellow ( Winter) / ProV1X Yellow ( Spring/Summer/Fall) 
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  • AG12AG12  1790WRX Points: 917Handicap: 10Members Posts: 1,790 Platinum Tees
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    On -, @toddba11 said:

    Currently gaming Titleist 915D2, testing TS2, TS3 and Cobra F9 all with Tensei Ck Pro White 70 S. May try to see if the 60 S works better, but enjoying the heavier shaft so far.

    That's my current setup TS2 at the C4 setting with the Tensei Pro White 60S.....I think its the best driver/shaft combo I have owned.

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    Driver: Titleist TS2 9.5* Tensei Pro White 60
    3W: Titleist TS2 15* Tensei Pro White 70
    5W: PING G410 18* Tour 75
    4HY: Titleist 818H2 21* Atmos HB Tour Spec Blue 8
    Irons: PING G410 5-UW Project X LZ 120
    Wedges: Titleist SM7 54.14F/60.10M DG S200 
    Putter: Bettinardi BB1F Blackout Limited Run
    Ball: Titleist ProV1x #27
    WITB
  • XHoop24XHoop24  1054WRX Points: 498Members Posts: 1,054 Platinum Tees
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    On -, @agoodmanmbk said:

    On -, @toddba11 said:

    Currently gaming Titleist 915D2, testing TS2, TS3 and Cobra F9 all with Tensei Ck Pro White 70 S. May try to see if the 60 S works better, but enjoying the heavier shaft so far.

    That's my current setup TS2 at the C4 setting with the Tensei Pro White 60S.....I think its the best driver/shaft combo I have owned.

    Playing the CK Pro White in 70S as well. Best driver shaft I've ever used. Great fit for me with the M3.

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    Srixon z785 9.5'
    Srixon F85 3W 15'
    Ping G Hybrid - 18'
    Mizuno JPX 900 HM 4 Iron
    Mizuno JPX 900 Forged - 5-GW
    Titleist SM7 54' and 58' - S Grind
    Bobby Grace Tour Triple Diamond
  • nostaticnostatic "i drank what?!?" Socrates lost angeles 201WRX Points: 171ClubWRX Posts: 201 ClubWRX
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    On -, @Rob McHugh said:

    Guys, a little help please. I am 60 years old, barely hanging on to 14 handicap (mind you I was told I would not use my left arm again 16 years ago ha ha), and hit driver about 200 - 220 yards. I hit a fade and want to upgrade from my G25 and get the G400 LST. I am not after distance just want to keep the dispersion down and was thinking of a 44" stiff shaft (not too stiff, I obviously won't have the club head speed to make it work) of some description. Clearly, I am after something with minimum spin also.
    Is my thinking right and what shaft do you guys suggest?
    Thanks,
    Rob from Sydney

    As noted above, I'd go G400Max over the LST. The Max is pretty much magic - driver is the most consistent club in my bag now. Shaft length and stiffness depend on your swing, speed is only part of it. Getting a good fitting should give you the info you need.

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    Ping G400Max 10.5 XTorsion S - Cobra F9 3W 16 Devo7 S - F9 3H Devo8 S 
    Mizuno 919 Hot Metal Pro 4-PW - 919F GW - S18 55/09 PX LZ Tour 6.0 - Ping Glide2.0 Stealth 58TS
    Odyssey StrokeLab Double Wide Flow
  • mizzyplayermizzyplayer  31WRX Points: 54Members Posts: 31 Bunkers
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    For me it has been the G400 with a Ping Tour 80X. I had been gaming a 43.5" G30 with the same shaft and it was a real fairway finder, very consistent. I just never really felt like the ball was going that far, even though i was hitting it lights out. I picked up a G400 3 & 5 wood and knew something was wrong with the G30. The 3w was only about 5 yards shorter, and sometimes longer than my G30. I picked up an M2 for cheap and felt on well struck drives it was 20 yards longer, but I wasn't nearly as consistent with it, and my G30 was back in the bag. After my last round with G30, I came home and ordered a used 9* G400 with the 55X Alta, figured i could use my Ping Tour shaft if i didn't like the alta.

    HOLY SMOKES

    I got out on the fairway yesterday after work and was able to test the G30 and G400 against each other. The 55x Alta seemed too light/soft and my misses were huge. Put my 43.5" Ping Tour in it, and I was amazed. Into the wind, the less than stellar shots with the G400 went 10-16 yards further than my very well hit G30 drives, with the same shaft. Hit a few shots down wind with both the G30 and G400 and picked up 16, 25, and 55 yards over the G30. It felt just as easy to cut or draw it, although I tend to stay away from a draw on purpose due to my tendency to hook them if I am going after it.

    I'm not certain that there isn't something wrong with my G30 head, but it just seems dead. I'll see if I can get on trackman with it for some numbers, but the real world test so far are very promising. The verdict is still out on the G400 being as accurate as my G30, but it feels like its gonna be a very easy switch.

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  • AlexanderOrtengrenAlexanderOrtengren Linkoping-Sweden 1WRX Points: 2Handicap: 3.5Members Posts: 1 Starters
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    I play Callaway Rouge SZ and I can only say, it's the best combination of ballspeed and spin. It goes a long way.
    Before I played Titleist 915 and the only problem with that driver was the amount of spin i was getting.
    So if you are struggling with a lot of spin, Callaway SZ is the way to go.

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  • moorebaseballmoorebaseball  486WRX Points: 67Members Posts: 486 Greens
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    Titleist TS3 with GD Ad DI 70x = BOMBS down the fairway!

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  • alexboolaptopalexboolaptop  2WRX Points: 42Members Posts: 2 Starters
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    Ping G400 lst is my choice for 2018.

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  • badbrad108badbrad108  214WRX Points: 62ClubWRX Posts: 214 Fairways
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    I'm a Ping guy but my 2017 M1 with Kuro Kage is still inmy bag

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  • CodyJSparksCodyJSparks  46WRX Points: 27Handicap: 9Members Posts: 46 Bunkers
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    I know I am late to the party, but my G400 Max is absolutely unbelievable.
    I know these are famous last words, but I do not see it coming out of my bag anytime soon.

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    Ping G400 Max 9.5* (Project X HZRDUS Black 75) 
    Ping G400 14.5* (Alta CB Stiff)
    Cobra Baffler Rail H 19* (Whatever the stock Stiff shaft was in 2010 when I bought it)
    Ben Hogan PTX 4-PW (Dynamic Gold s300) 
    Cleveland CBX 52* (Dynamic Gold Wedge)
    Cleveland RTX 3 CB 56* / 60* (Dynamic Gold Wedge)
    Yes! Madison 34'' (About to get kicked out of the bag)
    Srixon Q Star Tour
    Ping Hoofer
  • Putterboy68Putterboy68 Cincinnati Ohio, A hidden golf mecca  26WRX Points: 78Members Posts: 26 Bunkers
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    I'm like you CodyJSparks, late to the party. I hit my G30/DiamanaBlue combo so well but then saw review/test with G30 vs newer Ping Drivers and the 400max kicked **** so I just bought one yesterday. Now I'm in search of the right shaft for my 63 year old swing. May have to spend the money on an ultralightweight shaft. I love my Diamana but I'm losing a little swing speed with a 65 gram shaft now.

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  • toddba11toddba11 Moonlight Mile  622WRX Points: 123Members Posts: 622 Golden Tee
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    On -, @Bill Guy said:

    Loads of great and interesting input here. While club head design is important is the shaft used not even more important and what about swing speed so would be really interesting to know driver/shaft/swing speed which I am sure would help match suitability for the reader.

    Yes, I think it would help, but everyone does not know their swing speed, certainly shaft and lenght though. I just saw where Brook Henderson plays a 48" shaft. Granted she chokes up about 3 inches on each club, she looks about 5’6”.

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    In the Bag:
    Driver - Titleist 915 D2 - Tensei White CK Pro Mitsubishi Rayon 70S, 45"
    3 Wood: Callaway Epic 13.5 Rogue 75S
    Irons: 4 - PW Callaway Apex MBs 2018 - DG TI 120 S400 +1"
    3 Cobra Iron Utility Black with KBS $120 Shaft +1"
    PW: Vokey 7M 46,52 (both F grind),60 (M grind) degree. SW: Ping I10
    Hybrid: Cobra F7
    Putter: TP Mills High Toe ONE or TP Mills Bull Elf
    Ball: Pro V or Bridgestone RSX
    Bag: 2018 Sun Mountain C-130
  • Putterboy68Putterboy68 Cincinnati Ohio, A hidden golf mecca  26WRX Points: 78Members Posts: 26 Bunkers
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    On -, @Rob McHugh said:

    Guys, a little help please. I am 60 years old, barely hanging on to 14 handicap (mind you I was told I would not use my left arm again 16 years ago ha ha), and hit driver about 200 - 220 yards. I hit a fade and want to upgrade from my G25 and get the G400 LST. I am not after distance just want to keep the dispersion down and was thinking of a 44" stiff shaft (not too stiff, I obviously won't have the club head speed to make it work) of some description. Clearly, I am after something with minimum spin also.
    Is my thinking right and what shaft do you guys suggest?
    Thanks,
    Rob from Sydney

    Don't get the LST. you need lots of swing speed for that. I am like you, 63 with the same distances. I have used the Ping G30 since it came out. Tried the G30LST and couldn't hit it as far. Just bought the G400max. It's the best Ping driver I have ever owned with the Rapture V2/with Diamana blue shaft and G30 in second place. Get the 10.5 in the stock stiff shaft. It's a nice stock shaft for the 206gram G400max head. I'm flying it around 5 yards farther than the G30 in 55-60 degree weather. It's really a cool club. pun intended

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  • Rob McHughRob McHugh Rob  1050WRX Points: 213Handicap: 13ClubWRX Posts: 1,050 ClubWRX
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    On -, @Putterboy68 said:

    On -, @Rob McHugh said:

    Guys, a little help please. I am 60 years old, barely hanging on to 14 handicap (mind you I was told I would not use my left arm again 16 years ago ha ha), and hit driver about 200 - 220 yards. I hit a fade and want to upgrade from my G25 and get the G400 LST. I am not after distance just want to keep the dispersion down and was thinking of a 44" stiff shaft (not too stiff, I obviously won't have the club head speed to make it work) of some description. Clearly, I am after something with minimum spin also.
    Is my thinking right and what shaft do you guys suggest?
    Thanks,
    Rob from Sydney

    Don't get the LST. you need lots of swing speed for that. I am like you, 63 with the same distances. I have used the Ping G30 since it came out. Tried the G30LST and couldn't hit it as far. Just bought the G400max. It's the best Ping driver I have ever owned with the Rapture V2/with Diamana blue shaft and G30 in second place. Get the 10.5 in the stock stiff shaft. It's a nice stock shaft for the 206gram G400max head. I'm flying it around 5 yards farther than the G30 in 55-60 degree weather. It's really a cool club. pun intended

    Thanks mate!

    Rob

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  • A.PrinceyA.Princey Major Hacker  2436WRX Points: 492Handicap: 3Members Posts: 2,436 Platinum Tees
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    I just picked up a second 2016 M2 head(backup), I love this thing and think I have the driver slot locked up for 5 years or better! The one thing I love about this model is the lack of carbon on the sole, no cracking or serious wear to worry about.

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    Titleist 915D2 10.5*, Fujikura Pro 70X 43.5"
    Ping G SFT 16*, Matrix 8Q3-X 41.5"
    Ping OG Rapture 2-U, DG XP - R300
    Vokey 56(57*), 60(63*) DG-R400
    "Rusty" Byron DH89 Pipeneck, 34" (or any of 10  2 other putters...)

    B330-RX

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