MEMBERS' CHOICE: Best driver of 2018? Poll added



  • LongballjockLongballjock Members Posts: 160
    My Gamer is the

    F8 9* Aldila NV Blue 65x 45"

    Recently got fitted for this after my failed fitting with the srixon Z565 Miyazaki kalua 7x

    Was decent numbers in the fitting but ended up with a 2 way miss which o cannot have , the F8 no matter how hard I step on it, just didn't want to go left which I am pleasantly pleased , actually changed my shot Shape (which I've not been able to do with many drivers) from a 10 yard draw to about a 5 yard power fade which is so much more controllable , and no more 2 way miss.

    My second choice:

    Ping G400 LST 9* Project X evenflow 75x

    Was getting great numbers when I tested this , but on mishits my ball speed was dropping off far too much which was not happening with the F8

    Great driver though , just not as consistent for me.

    Third choice

    Taylormade M4 9.5* Fujikura Atmos white 65x

    This thing was a bullet, we tried it in all different setups to optimise it but just couldn't , was hitting low knuckleballs which is not what I was looking for , feels great , but the 2 way miss crept back in .

    Overall the F8 is definitely the driver for me , the best I've drove the ball for a while and eliminated 1 side of the course of the tee.
    What's in the bag

    Driver: Cobra F8 9*
    w/ UST elements Chrome
    4wood : Taylormade "07" Burner TP 17.5*
    W/ Fujikura Blur 75x
    Hyrbid: Adams super 9031 21.5*
    W/ Diamana D+ 82s
    Irons : Lynx Prowler VT 5-pw
    W/ Recoil 780 F5
    Wedges: Nike Forged 50* Engage 54*&60* (TS&DS)
    W/ Aldila Multicomp 105
    Putter: Nike Method 001 Flow neck (oven Proto)

    Ball: Callaway Chromesoft X
  • WidespreadPanicWidespreadPanic Wizard in the Corner Members Posts: 4,815 ✭✭
    So the MAX is that much better than the standard g400 huh? I've yet to hit it.
    Taylormade M2 ('17) 10.5*
    Cobra F7 15.5*
    Taylormade M1 ('17) 19*
    Mizuno MP18 Fli Hi 4i
    Mizuno MP18 SC 5-PW
    Cleveland RTX 588 2.0 52**, 56**, 60**
    Taylormade TP Red Ardmore 3
    Taylormade TPx
  • MCRMCR Members Posts: 23
    I will admit I am a big Ping fan so I have not hit a lot of other drivers lately but its hard to imagine I could like another driver better than my Ping G400 max.
  • DeacLaw05DeacLaw05 Posts: 349 ✭✭
    Did some demo work with the Rogue, G400, and the M4. Got the best numbers out of the M4 with a lighter weight shaft (Fujikura Pro S 53). Ordered one from TaylorMade on Friday, and really looking forward to putting it into play.
  • aiyyeraiyyer Members Posts: 1,442 ✭✭
    G400 Max.

    Silly good and loving the driving life again.
  • kongokongo Gorilla Golfer Members Posts: 114 ✭✭
    aiyyer wrote:

    G400 Max.

    Silly good and loving the driving life again.

    I need to try the G400 Max and see what's up.
    (Driver) Ping G30
    (Hybrids): Mizuno JPX EZ #2, Ping G #3, Ping G #4
    (Irons): Mizuno MP-57
    (Wedges): Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth 50, 54, 58
    (Putter): Nike Method Origin B1-01
  • Meerkat213Meerkat213 Members Posts: 72 ✭✭
    I’m an outlier but I went to the golf store with the intent to buy the MAX last night and took my Epic to trade in and compare to the MAX on the simulator. The MAX was very straight but I was giving up 15 to 20 yards. The Epic, for my swing, performed better.
  • I got myself a G400 Max, and it is certainly better than all the other drivers I've tried. I put a good swing on it and the ball goes reasonably straight.

    I don't think there's anything magical here, I think it just looks amazing by comparison, as with many other drivers a good swing can still produce a bad (or horrendous) result. So thanks PING for making a driver that doesn't suck.
    [font=comic sans ms,cursive]"Boy that is fun to watch right there. This thing's gonna roll a hundred and fifty yards"[/font]
  • nuttinbutapeanutnuttinbutapeanut Members Posts: 75 ClubWRX
    Yup GMAX 400 and get fitted 👍
  • woods991woods991 believelandClubWRX Posts: 2,312 ✭✭
    Ping for me as well been nearly 10 years since my last Ping driver.
    Signature of Solon CC
    Ping G410 plus 10.5 w/Fujikura Evo 661 IV stiff
    TEE XCG6 15* w/ Accra FX200F M4 (Stiff) 75g
    Titleist 917 f2 Diamana Thump 18 degree
    Titleist 718 Ap2 5~PW Steelfiber i80
    Callaway Tour Issue Hot Melt Apex 3 hybrid KK Silver 80
    Taylormade 50*, 55*, 60* Milled Grind Wedge Tour Only Nippon NS Pro WV 125S
    Evnroll er9 Superstroke ultra slim 1.0p 33”
  • DevilDogDevilDog Members Posts: 1,811
    For me, Rogue SZ. Great club
  • leftieleftie Posts: 259
    I've tried the M1/M2, Epic, Rogue and Cobra F8. The one driver that stood out is my gamer Ping G400 with the Tour shaft. None of the others approached the consistency of the Ping.
  • Tried the new z785 with po70tx on the simulator........ was getting really good numbers. We'll see how it compares to my current g400 lst when it arrives.
    Ping G400 LST 10* Hzrdus Yellow 6.5 Testing:Srixon z785 9* Tensei PO 70tx and Ping G400max 9* Tensei PO 70tx
    TM M3HL Tensei PO 80tx
    X-forged 4-P C-taper 125 S+
    MD4 raw 50*s-grind, 56*c-grind KBS 610 wedge 125g
    TM Hi-toe 60* $-taper black 120
    Evnroll ER2
    Bennington QO9 Lite
    Bridgestone Tour BRX, Srixon Z star XV

    Backup: Srixon z565 4-aw Modus Tour 105, Callaway Rogue 4w Hzrdus Yellow 6.5
  • StanksStanks Everything I post is confrontational Members Posts: 1,145 ✭✭
    I think we have to add the TSs to the list. Are they out yet?
  • G400 LST and the entire G400 family are hands down the best of 2018, super forgiving and LONG!!!
  • mbartmbart Members Posts: 59 ✭✭
    Callaway Rogue and G400 LST would get my vote - have hit both on the range only though. Rogue toe was maybe slightly lower than I like to see, but I didn’t play around with any of the settings. Both were amazing - sound/feel, accuracy, distance. That said, I can eventually grove just about anything on the range - these two performed pretty much instantly though. I was impressed.
  • craz-ecraz-e Members Posts: 4,023 ✭✭
    TS3 for me, otherwise the Ping line up

    Something for everyone from Ping
    Driver = Ping G410 Plus even flow black 6.0
    5 Wood = Taylormade Burner

    Irons = Miura 1957 Baby Blades Project X LZ 6.0 (4-PW)
    Wilson Staff FG59 DG S300's (4-PW)
    Titleist 718 MB Project X LZ 6.0 (4-PW)
    Wedges = Titleist Vokey SM6 52*, 56* and 60*

    = Taylormade 64* Hi-Toe
    Putter = Wilson Staff 8882
    Ball = Titleist AVX
  • Nixhex524Nixhex524 ClubWRX Posts: 3,958 ClubWRX
    I voted MAX, play the G400, but have to say, I think the 785 deserves a look, too. Just picked one up and will hopefully get it on course this week.
    Ping G400 9* Proforce V2 66s
    Taylormade M2 15* Proforce V2 66s
    Titleist 816 H1 19*  Fujikura Motore 8.8 TS
    Srixon Z745 4-P PX 5.5 Flighted
    Titleist SM5 50/56
    Odyssey PT2
    Srixon Z Star XV
  • johnnythundersjohnnythunders ClubWRX Posts: 1,693 ✭✭
    Same as last year and the year before Callaway fusion but the g400 and the g400 max was right there.
    2019bag<br />Callaway Fusion 10.5 Fuji evo 3 661 stiff <br />Ping g400 5/7 fw<br />hybrids Rogue x 5,6<br>Cobra f-max Smackwrap one length 6-gw,Speedback one length sand wedg<br />Taylormade Copper Mullen 2 <br />backup driver Mizuno St 190 10.5 with Fuji V 661 stiff-regular. Ball: Supersoft, Kirkland 3-piece and Cut Grey and White
  • TaylorMadeItTaylorMadeIt Members Posts: 3
    TaylorMade seems to have a great driver.
  • rxk9fanrxk9fan Posts: 728 ✭✭
    I was fitted into and voted M3. However, I went into a late summer slump and after 2 shaft changes on the M3 went G400 with tour stiff. I was not happy with the distance so grabbed a M2 with HZRDUS Black. So glad I went back to what use to work as I saw distance and forgiveness like I have not seen all year. Got my first round in with it yesterday and FINALLY walked off 18 with even par on the card.

    My summation of the 3:

    M3- Very difficult for me to hit my normal draw regardless of shaft. Too easy for me to lose right on a bad day.

    Ping G400- I hit a decent percentage of fairways but lost a little distance. This one want to go straight but I still did not get the shape I really wanted. Also not a club I really liked looking down at but that is personal.

    M2- Brings back the baby draw and the distance that comes with it. More forgiving than the M3, longer than the PingG, and looks great behind the ball!

    I guess the proof is in the pudding as they say and the M2 helped me back to my first even round in a long time yesterday when bagged for the first time. Temp was in the 40's when we started with tough winds and I was longer and straighter than I have been all year.
    Taylormade 2017 M2 with Hzrdus stiff
    Taylormade M4 tour 3 wood with stiff [font=arial, sans-serif]Oban Kiyoshi[/font][font=arial, sans-serif]Tour Limited[/font]
    Cobra Baffler 6 with UST Elements Stiff
    Srixon U65 4i with SteelFiber R
    Srixon Z945 with Recoil 110 F4 5i - PW
    Vokey 58, 54, 50
    Taylormade Spider X

    I am thinking about playing golf next year instead of HOing clubs!
  • Zach HeusserZach Heusser Marshals Posts: 5,151 mod
    Can I change mine to the GMax ? 😁
    Teaching out of Crystal Springs Golf Course<br /><br />Golf Digest Best Teachers In California 2005-2018<br /><br />Golf Digest Best Young Teachers In America 2007-2012<br /><br />Head Men's Golf Coach Notre Dame de Namur University <br /><br />My WITB<br /><br /><br /><br />http://www.golfwrx.c...-man-cave-pics/<br />@Zheusser on twitter
  • gabeebegabeebe Posts: 103 ✭✭
    G400 Max with Project X hzrdus Yellow is long and almost always in the short grass!
  • Boricua GolfBoricua Golf Members Posts: 3,380 ClubWRX
    I have both G400 and G400 Max heads, my gamer however, is the G LST, the G400 Max is a close second, difference?, I get a bit more distance out of the G LST, that's all, since my G LST is not on the list, my vote is for the G400 Max
    Ping G LS Tec 10.5*, Ping Tour 65X, tipped 1", 44.25"
    Ping G 14.5*, Diamana Whiteboard D+ 82X, tipped .5", 42.5"
    Ping G 19*, Tour AD-DI 105X
    Ping iBlade 4-P, Project X 6.5 Flighted
    Ping Glide 50*, 54*, 58* with Project X 6.5 Flighted
    Ping Karsten TR Zing Tour 32.75", built up Pingman Grip (Ping Oslo and Ping Nome TR as backup 33.25" with SS Pistol GT Tour 1.0)
    2017 Pro V1, K-Sigs and Chrome Soft X
  • greenwavegolfergreenwavegolfer Members Posts: 119 ✭✭
    My vote is for my gamer the G400 LST but really the whole Ping G400 lineup is just stellar. They were able to make 4 pretty unique options to fit probably the widest variety of golfers of any of the major brands. The LST is such a stable head for a low-spin option. The G400 Max is also a good option since it's actually quite the bomber for what amounts to one of the most, if not the most forgiving drivers out there. Ping has made its mark in the bags of some of the longest guys on Tour (Finau and Champ for instance) and even found themselves in the bags of several players when they were free agents (P. Reed and Finau before he signed with them). There are so many good options out there now but the G400 range as a whole has to be tops of all the companies.

    Ping G400 LST 10º (Playing 9º) Project X EvenFlow Black 6.0
    Callaway Rogue SZ 3W (15º) Project X EvenFlow Blue 6.0
    Srixon Z-785 3i/4i Nippon Modus Tour 120X
    Srixon Z-Forged 5i-PW Nippon Modus Tour 120X
    Titleist SM5 50º SM6 54º, 58º Dynamic Gold S200
    Ping Sigma 2 Tyne
  • Nixhex524Nixhex524 ClubWRX Posts: 3,958 ClubWRX
    rnewm003 wrote:

    G400 LST and the entire G400 family are hands down the best of 2018, super forgiving and LONG!!!

    Agreed. Theres not one driver from the G400 line that's the best, all of them are good. I keep trying to find something to compete with it and I can't find anything.
    Ping G400 9* Proforce V2 66s
    Taylormade M2 15* Proforce V2 66s
    Titleist 816 H1 19*  Fujikura Motore 8.8 TS
    Srixon Z745 4-P PX 5.5 Flighted
    Titleist SM5 50/56
    Odyssey PT2
    Srixon Z Star XV
  • CTJCTJ Posts: 121
    For me, it is the new Titleist TS line, but it does not appear that these are listed for voting.

    Titleist TS3, Hzrdus Smoke, 6.0
    Callaway Great Big Bertha Alpha 14 degree fairway wood, Matrix Osik Red Tie S
    Callaway Great Big Bertha 16 (set to 17) degree fairway wood, Rogu I/O Silver S
    Titleist 818 H2, 21 (set to 20) and 23 (set to 24) degree Hybrids, Even Flow Blue, 6.0
    Mizuno JPX 919 F, 6 through pw, C Taper Lite S
    TaylorMade Hi Toe 50, 56 and 60
    Scotty Cameron CX-02
  • The_ChampThe_Champ Members Posts: 22 ✭✭
    M3 by a mile, it's not even close.

    Longest and twist face is real!!!

    Finding the right shaft is what brings the head alive.

    Driver: Taylormade M3 10.5* 460 - Tensei Pro Blue 60S

    3 Wood: Taylormade Rocketballz Stage 2 tour 14*- Rocketfuel 70S

    Driving iron: Taylormade P790 UDI 18* - UST Recoil 85S

    4iron-AW: Callaway Steelhead Pro CF 17 - Dynamic Gold XP 105S

    56*SS & 60*TS: Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth - Ping Wedge shaft

    Putter: Taylormade Spider Tour Red - Superstroke GT 1.0


    4 Hybrid: Taylormade Rocketballz 22*- Rocket fuel 80S

    putter: Odyssey White Hot 2ball blade
  • johnnylongballz72johnnylongballz72 Posts: 544 ✭✭
    I voted G400 LST earlier this year, but I want to change my vote to G400 Max. It took me a while to give it a try, but I am finally on the G400 max bandwagon. This thing is every bit as long as the LST and I am finding more fairways.
    Callaway Epic Flash 10.5* with GD AD IZ 7X
    Callaway Epic Flash 15* with Tensei Blue 7X
    Callaway Epic Flash 18* with Tensei Blue 7X
    Callaway X-Forged UT 24*
    Callaway Apex Pro 5-AW with Project X LZ 6.5 SS 1X
    Callaway PM Grind 2.0 54* and 60* with Project X LZ 6.0
    Toulon Las Vegas with Stroke Lab
  • playaplaya Members Posts: 8,713 ✭✭
    A bit surprised by all the Ping love. To me they are very solid looking drivers, but I didn't see them knocking off TM and Cally. I guess the M3/4 doesn't have the same appeal as the M1/2. Same for rogue/epic.
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