MEMBERS' CHOICE: Best driver of 2018? Poll added

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  • jonn443jonn443 Jonnystx Members Posts: 4,614 ✭✭
    Very surprising the MAX is in the lead. The sound...ehhh.
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  • 2Bad4u2Bad4u Members Posts: 212 ✭✭
    jonn443 wrote:


    Very surprising the MAX is in the lead. The sound...ehhh.




    I love that sound and it's become music to my ears.
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  • kunomukunomu Members Posts: 10

    mx-20 wrote:


    After playing the G400 Max for several rounds, I have no desire to even pick up another driver. I can't imagine something being better for me. The forgiveness and length are a killer combination. My playing partners are shocked at my driver play now due to its consistency. I'm almost shocked if I don't hit a fairway or at least stay playable. I'm sold.




    That's how my buddy is but with the new M3. He's been playing the original M1 and still fought a slice and all, I'd give his FW% then around.. 30%. He picked up the newest M3 a few weeks back, and out of the box, no adjustments, he's added easily 15-20yds and is only missing 1-3 FW's a round. A pretty shocking testament to TM, and the resilency of new equipment altogether..




    I had the EPIC SZ last year with a Fuji Atmos Black shaft that I was fitted into but really struggled with it out of the gate this year so I bought a Rogue SZ head and kept the shaft and still struggled. So I went over to Club Champion and they fit me into a new M3 with the Kiyoshi White and its an incredible difference. That M3 is legit!
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    TM M3 15*, Oban Devotion 04
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  • Golfer from MOGolfer from MO Members Posts: 986 ✭✭
    G400 lst took out my rogue sub zero and dusted mizuno 900...ping misses are straighter and spin controlled oddly. Ping hasn't been in my bag for a full season since the v2 almost did it, this one is finally amazing and on par or better than its comp, wow ping
  • SL3PRSL3PR Members Posts: 26
    So interesting. I've never hit a ping driver I liked, but I can't say I've ever given one an honest chance.
  • golfwhisperergolfwhisperer Members Posts: 8
    The G400 Max is the best driver I have ever used.



    I currently use the Ping G 10.5 with Alta stock regular flex.

    I played a round last Friday with the G400 Max, 10.5 with the Alta copper stock 55 gram regular shaft.

    Hit 12 of 14 fairways and hit it consistently 5-15 yards farther.

    The G400 Max with the Alta shaft will definite hit it higher, so you have to adjust loft accordingly.

    I will order a new G400 Max shortly.
  • jenglundjenglund JENGLU Members Posts: 25
    I selected the G400 Max but still prefer my Ping G which is still available. This is an incredible driver. I was fitted last spring and ended up with the standard G and Tour 80 R flex shaft. My fitter had it set to 11 degrees but kept feeling like I was losing some distance because I was hitting it too high. Finally I lowered the loft to 10 degrees and have been bombing it ever since. As a former Taylormade R11 owner which for me seemed to only have 1 gear/trajectory, I really appreciate the ability to be able to hit it high or low with the G. Since lowering the loft I am also finding it a little easier to draw the ball when I want. All in all, an excellent driver,
  • Hookasaurus RexHookasaurus Rex Purveyor of fine turf Members Posts: 1,062 ✭✭
    jonn443 wrote:


    Very surprising the MAX is in the lead. The sound...ehhh.




    Maybe I got lucky with my Max head, but it sounds exactly like my g400 LST. It's not too loud and tinny, but not too quiet, either.
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  • osubuckeyes691osubuckeyes691 Members Posts: 923 ✭✭
    I've been gaming the Rogue SZ with T1100 65g 6.5 flex. Really really like it



    Got curious so I got a G400 Max which will have a T1100 75g 6.5 flex.



    Going head to head on my GC2 this week for numbers and I'm going to play the 400 regardless to see how it compares on the course.
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  • NoFancyUsername.NoFancyUsername. Members Posts: 478 ✭✭
    Psychologists use words such as Confabulation, Autosuggestion, Blind faith and even Delusion, which can lead to self deception and foolish hope.

    Drivers?...go try them at a place of sale, and with the help of technology today you will have the best opportunity ever in the history of golf to be fitted for a club for YOU.

    The latest, greatest and of course the most expensive may not be for you....internet forums will destroy the truth..lol.
  • WBLWBL Ender of all threads Members Posts: 33
    I've read somewhere that the milled face on the new Cobra chews up balls. Can anyone comment?
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    Tour Edge Exotics CB5 4 hybrid w/stiff Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki shaft & std Lamkin Z5 TT grip
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    Tour Edge Exotics triple grind 60°/7° sand wedge & std TE grip
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  • kearneyhillkearneyhill Members Posts: 71
    edited Jun 8, 2018 #193
    I voted for the Rogue SZ because that it was replaced my Epic SZ. However, I got fit for a G400 Max in Scottsdale earlier this week so I may be changing my vote for that!
    Driver: Ping G400 Max HZRDUS Red 65 XX
    3 wood: Ping G400 Tour 75 X
    Hybrid: Ping G400 Tour 85 S
    Utility: Srixon 4-23* Projext X LZ 6.0
    Irons: Srixon 5-PW Project X LZ 6.0
    Wedges: Vokey SM7s - 50/08 F, 54/10 F, 58/12 K
    Putter: Scotty Cameron Fastback 20 gram weights
  • craz-ecraz-e Members Posts: 4,118 ✭✭


    I voted for the Rogue SZ because that it was replaced my Epic SZ. However, I got fit for a G400 Max in Scottsdale earlier this week so I may be changing my vote for that!




    Like a true WRX'er!



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  • AmazinBlueAmazinBlue Members Posts: 1,106 ✭✭
    So I just changed my vote from the cobra F8+ to the Rogue SZ. One round with it and I’m convinced.
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    Callaway Apex Hybrid 20* PX LZ 75g Stiff
    Callaway Apex Hybrid 23* Kuro Kage 80 Hy stiff
    Taylormade P770 5-PW Nippon Modus3 120 S
    Vokey SM6 48* F Grind Steel Gray
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  • rxk9fanrxk9fan MidwestMembers Posts: 795 ✭✭
    Brunzy wrote:


    I tried the g400lst and it was all over the place. When I got fitted, the rogue Subzero was my best fit...I put a T1100 on it and I've never had a single shot that wasn't less than 300yds and more than 5yds off of dead center of the fareway....





    Now if only I could putt haha


    Wow!

    Where else but WRX??
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    Taylormade M4 tour 3 wood with stiff Oban Kiyoshi Tour Limited
    Cobra Baffler 6 with UST Elements Stiff
    Srixon U65 4i with SteelFiber R
    Srixon Z765 with SteelFiber R shafts
    Vokey 58, 54, 50
    O-Works 7s

    I am thinking about playing golf next year instead of HOing clubs!  
    Oh, changed my mind and still HOing ....but HC finally moving in the right direction.
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  • playaplaya Members Posts: 8,727 ✭✭
    These results don't correlate with what I see on the course. At my local club in Sydney Australia the overwhelmingly most popular driver is the 2017 M2, followed by the 2017 M1. Across all handicap ranges all I see is 2017 TM drivers. I know this thread is about 2018, but at my club there aren't many 2018 models. But even from the few new drivers I see out there the M3/4 would outnumber the rest put together. From the last couple years I have hardly seen an epic or 917 driver in play. A few Pings but mostly M1/2s.

    For transparency I don't play TM and not a fanboy, I have hit them a couple times and didn't see what all the fuss was about. Just saying what I see in other guys bags.
  • matchavezmatchavez Members Posts: 4,202 ✭✭
    playa wrote:


    These results don't correlate with what I see on the course. At my local club in Sydney Australia the overwhelmingly most popular driver is the 2017 M2, followed by the 2017 M1. Across all handicap ranges all I see is 2017 TM drivers. I know this thread is about 2018, but at my club there aren't many 2018 models. But even from the few new drivers I see out there the M3/4 would outnumber the rest put together. From the last couple years I have hardly seen an epic or 917 driver in play. A few Pings but mostly M1/2s.

    For transparency I don't play TM and not a fanboy, I have hit them a couple times and didn't see what all the fuss was about. Just saying what I see in other guys bags.




    It's a different game over here. Access to things not named TaylorMade is just less down here. TaylorMade gets into all the sports shops, Callaway gets into the big-box sports stores, and everyone fights for the rest. Pings are sold at exactly two stores here in a city of a half-million; one specialty boutique that has a small version fitting cart and one course that has a few demos and the ability to order. Also outside TaylorMade, many of the competitors can't compete on price. I know that list for my G400LST with a TiNi was $980NZ, which is $700US (Post "sales tax" here of 15%). It's not a whole lot more, and often is at parity when you get a good deal, but the ability to try things is just not the same as the US. It's not even close. Australia has some nice options in Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane, but TM has that de facto power.



    I'd also wager strongly those M1s are not custom. Custom clubs are fairly unheard of here... and it's a shame.

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  • bopper53bopper53 Members Posts: 573 ✭✭
    G400 MAX and it is not even close for me.
    Ping G400 Max 10.5, XTorsion 65
    Epic 15 degree, Rouge MAX 75
    Cally Hybrid 19
    Rouge 5-AW, Recoil 75 F4
    Ping Tyne 4 Putter
    McDaddy Wedges, 56 / 58 DG S200 Wedge shafts
  • Jaybird42Jaybird42 Members Posts: 7
    Ping G400 Max! Had the Ping G30 LST and I thought that was long, the Max is 10 yards longer on average and a true fairway finder. I went through the fitting process with an open mind, tried most brands and ended up with the Max. While the launch monitor data didn’t wow me, the on course performance is nothing less than astounding. My confidence has grown and my scores have come down. I opted for the Tensei Pro White shaft 70tx and combined with the Max head is a winner for my swing. My swing speed is around 120, set at 8.6°, 45” shaft. Bombs away!
  • AmazinBlueAmazinBlue Members Posts: 1,106 ✭✭
    I need some range time with the Rogue SZ but I can tell from the sound, feel and pop off the club face that this is a beast. I just need some quality time with it to dial it in. Had a couple of weak mishits yesterday that ended up where good drives with previous sticks went. The power I feel on center strikes is excellent, just need to reel in the direction.
    Ping G400 Max 9* - 8* Tour 65 S 44.5"
    Ping G400 14.5* Tour 75 Stiff
    Callaway Apex Hybrid 20* PX LZ 75g Stiff
    Callaway Apex Hybrid 23* Kuro Kage 80 Hy stiff
    Taylormade P770 5-PW Nippon Modus3 120 S
    Vokey SM6 48* F Grind Steel Gray
    Vokey SM6 54*/08* M Grind Steel Gray
    Vokey SM7 58*/14* D Grind Tour Chrome
    TM Tour Spider Black 34.25" 2* flat 2x 14g weight
    Callaway ERC Soft
  • joeplus2joeplus2 Whoa...Barry Sanders! Members Posts: 113
    The m3 is extremely hot off the face but my ballspeed oddly doesn’t reflect it
  • NoTalentLeftyNoTalentLefty Members Posts: 3,483 ✭✭
    2017 M2
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  • Drewmiller07Drewmiller07 North carolinaMembers Posts: 170 ✭✭
    My personal favorite is the M3. It reminds me of a composit bat, turned golf club. I’m not a big fan of the “loud metallic” drivers. I can easily shape shots with it and hit it half a mile.



    Second is the ping 400, I was consistently very straight with it. It was harder to shape shots, but easy to keep straight.



    Last I have the epic. This thing is just made to bomb the ball. It was the longest driver I’ve played all year
  • golfpros1golfpros1 Members Posts: 7,579 ✭✭
    edited Jun 22, 2018 #205
    this should probably be

    What's the best driver of 2017.... given there's more drivers coming out this year...
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    [font=arial, helvetica, sans-serif]3H: Titleist 915H w/ Diamana D+ 90 S[/font]
    [font=arial, helvetica, sans-serif]Irons: 4-GW Taylormade Tour Preferred TP w/ Project X 6.0[/font]
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  • playaplaya Members Posts: 8,727 ✭✭
    matchavez wrote:

    playa wrote:


    These results don't correlate with what I see on the course. At my local club in Sydney Australia the overwhelmingly most popular driver is the 2017 M2, followed by the 2017 M1. Across all handicap ranges all I see is 2017 TM drivers. I know this thread is about 2018, but at my club there aren't many 2018 models. But even from the few new drivers I see out there the M3/4 would outnumber the rest put together. From the last couple years I have hardly seen an epic or 917 driver in play. A few Pings but mostly M1/2s.

    For transparency I don't play TM and not a fanboy, I have hit them a couple times and didn't see what all the fuss was about. Just saying what I see in other guys bags.




    It's a different game over here. Access to things not named TaylorMade is just less down here. TaylorMade gets into all the sports shops, Callaway gets into the big-box sports stores, and everyone fights for the rest. Pings are sold at exactly two stores here in a city of a half-million; one specialty boutique that has a small version fitting cart and one course that has a few demos and the ability to order. Also outside TaylorMade, many of the competitors can't compete on price. I know that list for my G400LST with a TiNi was $980NZ, which is $700US (Post "sales tax" here of 15%). It's not a whole lot more, and often is at parity when you get a good deal, but the ability to try things is just not the same as the US. It's not even close. Australia has some nice options in Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane, but TM has that de facto power.



    I'd also wager strongly those M1s are not custom. Custom clubs are fairly unheard of here... and it's a shame.


    The TMs I see are definitely not custom. All stock offerings, and likely most are off the shelf and not even fitted.

    A real good ball striker at my club said the M2 he got was longer than his old Ping when he really gets into it, but not as consistent distance or accuracy wise.
  • osubuckeyes691osubuckeyes691 Members Posts: 923 ✭✭


    I've been gaming the Rogue SZ with T1100 65g 6.5 flex. Really really like it



    Got curious so I got a G400 Max which will have a T1100 75g 6.5 flex.



    Going head to head on my GC2 this week for numbers and I'm going to play the 400 regardless to see how it compares on the course.




    Testing done for the time being. I'm sticking with my G400 max and going to sell my Rogue SZ w/ T1100.



    Rogue definitely longer on well struck balls. Much flatter flight with less spin.



    G400 max was just so much more consistent for me. I could aim down the left side and a know a little cut was coming. With the Rogue I would occasionally find that snap hook and that is exactly what I'm trying to avoid.
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    Hybrid / Driving Iron - TBD
    Srixon 745 4-PW - KBS C Taper 130x softstepped 1x
    Vokey 50* F Grind - KBS C Taper 130
    Vokey Wedgeworks 54V grind - KBS C Taper 130
    Vokey Wedgeworks 60K, low bounce - KBS C Taper 130
    Evnroll ER1.2 Armlock w/ Stability Shaft
  • chisagchisag Members Posts: 2,968 ✭✭
    WBL wrote:


    I've read somewhere that the milled face on the new Cobra chews up balls. Can anyone comment?




    ... I have an F8 and an F8+ I use primarily and I have never seen a ball even marred, let alone chewed up by the face. That includes TP5x, Chrome Tour, Chrome Soft X, CUT, KSig 3 and 4 piece.
    Cobra F9 Tour Length ... Atmos Blue TS 65s
    Cobra F9 15.5* ... Atmos Blue TS 75s
    Tailor-made RBZ Tour 18.5 and 21.5 hybrid ... Matrix Altus 85s
    TaylorMade UDi 18* TP 2 iron... HZRDUS Black 85hy
    4-pw TaylorMade P760 ... Recoil Prototype 95's
    SM6 52* F Grind /SM7 D Grind 58* ... Recoil 110s
    Bobby Grace 6330 ... 33.5"
  • StanksStanks Everything I post is confrontational Members Posts: 1,304 ✭✭
    I picked up a G400 LST. I am coming from an M3 at labeled in sig. I had an Epic Sub Zero before that.



    Let me tell ya. If you're not using a rendition of the G400, then I don't know what to say. This driver is stupid long, forgiving, good feeling and it just works. It's almost eerie with every swing going where you think it will and how you want to shape it. Great great great driver. I just need to get the right shaft with mine.



    Anyone care to recommend some?
  • Golfer from MOGolfer from MO Members Posts: 986 ✭✭
    Dude so true on the 400s! My first real ping I love. What's worse is I've had all the drivers of the last 2 years except the Cobra so i know what I'm talking about. The only thing is the ping may not be the absolute longest but it gets a 9/10 there and perhaps a lower mark in looks for some. Direction/dispersion, flight, forgiveness, PREDICTABILITY, all equating to confidence is why this is the driver of the year...and probably the best I've ever hit all things considered. Now if I was looking for raw dog distance and I didn't want to favor control as much there are a few others who may contend. Clubs are great now, which is why this is even more surprising
  • StanksStanks Everything I post is confrontational Members Posts: 1,304 ✭✭
    Fix that distance issue with a tensei pro orange. Got mine cheap.
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