MEMBERS' CHOICE: Best driver of 2018? Poll added



  • LongballjockLongballjock ScotlandMembers  199WRX Points: 54Handicap: 3.3Posts: 199 Fairways
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    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
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  • WidespreadPanicWidespreadPanic Wizard in the Corner Members  4909WRX Points: 220Handicap: 0.4Posts: 4,909 Titanium Tees
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    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  23WRX Points: 0Handicap: 5.9Posts: 23
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    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 Members  379WRX Points: 77Handicap: 6Posts: 379 Greens
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    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  1893WRX Points: 884Posts: 1,893 Platinum Tees
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    G400 Max.

    Silly good and loving the driving life again.
  • kongokongo Gorilla Golfer Members  115WRX Points: 72Handicap: 11.5Posts: 115 Fairways
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    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
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  • Meerkat213Meerkat213 Members  109WRX Points: 57Handicap: 5Posts: 109 Fairways
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    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.

    M2 Driver Fuji Motore Tour Spec
    *Ping 400 Max 9 degree
    M2 3W Aldila Rogue Silver
    Ping Rapture Hybrids 18/21
    Ping i210 5-PW
    Ping Glide wedges 50/54/58
    Ping Sigma 2 Anser

  • Dry TortugaDry Tortuga Members  103WRX Points: 5Posts: 103 Bunkers
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    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.
  • nuttinbutapeanutnuttinbutapeanut Members  198WRX Points: 94Handicap: 7Posts: 198 Fairways
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    Yup GMAX 400 and get fitted 👍
  • woods991woods991 believelandClubWRX  2557WRX Points: 185Handicap: 12Posts: 2,557 Titanium Tees
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    Ping for me as well been nearly 10 years since my last Ping driver.
    Signature of Solon CC
    Mizuno st200 10.5 w/Kuro Kage XM60
    Titleist TS2 (tour issue)15 Aldila Blue NV 70 42.75”
    Mizuno Jpx 919 Hot Metal Nippon Modus3 Pro 105 4-pw 
    Ping Glide 3.0 50 TT s400 tour issue
    Ping Glide 3.0 54 (Eye2) sole, Modus3 Pro 105
    Ping Glide 3.0 60 (Eye2)sole Modus3 Pro 105
    Evnroll Er10 Outback 33.75
  • DevilDogDevilDog Members  1843WRX Points: 120Posts: 1,843 Platinum Tees
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    For me, Rogue SZ. Great club
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  • leftieleftie Members  259WRX Points: 0Posts: 259
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    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.
  • FmaxTurboSiFmaxTurboSi Members  219WRX Points: 74Handicap: 8Posts: 219 Fairways
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    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.
    TM M5 9* Fujikura Pro 2.0 TS
    Cobra F9 3-4          testing: TM M5 19* Atmos Black tour spec
    MP-20 hmb 3-6 amt tour white
    MP-20 mb 7-p amt tour white
    Ping glide 3.0 50*ss amt tour white
    Ping glide 3.0 58*eye2 amt tour white
    Evnroll ER2
    Bennington QO9 Lite
    Bridgestone Tour Bx, Titleist Pro v1, Snell mtb-x

  • StanksStanks Everything I post is confrontational Members  1747WRX Points: 249Handicap: ?Posts: 1,747 Platinum Tees
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    I think we have to add the TSs to the list. Are they out yet?
  • rnewm003rnewm003 Members  87WRX Points: 50Posts: 87 Bunkers
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    G400 LST and the entire G400 family are hands down the best of 2018, super forgiving and LONG!!!
  • mbartmbart Members  63WRX Points: 45Posts: 63 Bunkers
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    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.
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  • craz-ecraz-e Members  4313WRX Points: 410Handicap: 3Posts: 4,313 Titanium Tees
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    TS3 for me, otherwise the Ping line up

    Something for everyone from Ping
    Driver = Ping G410 Plus even flow black 6.0
    4 wood = Titleist TS2 Even flow white 6.0
    3 iron = Titleist U500 Hzrdus smoke 6.0
    Irons = Titleist 718 CB/MB Project X LZ 6.0
    Wedges = Titleist Vokey SM6 52*, 56*
                  = Ping Glide 3.0 eye 2 60* 
    Putter = Wilson Staff 8882
    Ball = Titleist AVX
  • Nixhex524Nixhex524 ClubWRX  4668WRX Points: 476Handicap: 4Posts: 4,668 ClubWRX
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    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 G410+ Tensei Orange ck 60x
    Titleist 913 fd 15* Diamana S+ 70s
    Titleist 915h 21* Aldila Rogue black 80s
    Bridgestone J15cb 4-P AMT X100 ss1x
    Titleist Vokey SM5 50/12, 56/10
    Lajosi DD201 34"

  • johnnythundersjohnnythunders ClubWRX  1756WRX Points: 162Posts: 1,756 Platinum Tees
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    Same as last year and the year before Callaway fusion but the g400 and the g400 max was right there.
    2020 Big Bertha Fusion with FuJi 661 stiff evo 3, Mizuno ST200 with Fuji 661 Evo 3 stiffMavrik 5/7 Helium 5 regular, Big Bertha 6 and 7 hybrid recoil esx 460 regular, Cobra T-rail 7-gw, with Mitsubishi OTi75 regular, Mizuno s18 56 aeroteck 125 regular, Toulon Austin, Ball  undecided.
  • rxk9fanrxk9fan MidwestMembers  968WRX Points: 262Handicap: 6.9Posts: 968 Golden Tee
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    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.
    Titleist TS3 with Evenflow White T1100 stiff
    Taylormade M4 tour 3 wood with Oban Kiyoshi Tour Limited stiff
    Srixon Z H85 19 degree hybrid with Fujikura Pro stiff
    Taylormade M6 Rescue 22 degree with Fujikura Pro stiff
    Bridgestone J15 CB PW-6i with Steelfiber FC95 CW stiff
    Srixon U85 5i with Recoil F4 
    Vokey 58 K grind
    Ping Stealth 2.0 50 and 54 with Steelfiber 110 Stiff
    Odyssey O-Works 7s and Stroke Lab 7

  • Zach HeusserZach Heusser Marshals  5195WRX Points: 166Handicap: proPosts: 5,195 Marshals
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    Can I change mine to the GMax ? 😁
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  • gabeebegabeebe Members  103WRX Points: 31Posts: 103 Fairways
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    G400 Max with Project X hzrdus Yellow is long and almost always in the short grass!
  • Boricua GolfBoricua Golf Members  3432WRX Points: 132Handicap: 3.3Posts: 3,432 Titanium Tees
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    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*, GD Tour AD-DI 105X
    Ping iBlade 4-P, Project X 6.5 Flighted
    Ping Glide 50*, 54*, 58* with Project X 6.5 Flighted
    Scotty Cameron Select Newport 2.5 33.25" with Scotty Custom Black Pistolero grip, Ping Karsten TR Zing Tour 32.75", built up blacked out Pingman Grip
    Bridgestone Tour XS (Tiger Edition) and new Pro V1
  • greenwavegolfergreenwavegolfer Members  185WRX Points: 68Handicap: 2.7Posts: 185 Fairways
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    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) Accra TZ5 65 M4
    Titleist T-MB 2i (17º) Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 95X
    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  4668WRX Points: 476Handicap: 4Posts: 4,668 ClubWRX
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    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 G410+ Tensei Orange ck 60x
    Titleist 913 fd 15* Diamana S+ 70s
    Titleist 915h 21* Aldila Rogue black 80s
    Bridgestone J15cb 4-P AMT X100 ss1x
    Titleist Vokey SM5 50/12, 56/10
    Lajosi DD201 34"

  • CTJCTJ Members  121WRX Points: 0Handicap: 4.3Posts: 121
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    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
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  • The_ChampThe_Champ CanadaMembers  32WRX Points: 19Handicap: 2.5Posts: 32 Bunkers
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    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 M5 9.0*- Project X Hzrdus Smoke Black 70 6.5TX
    3 Wood: Taylormade M4 Tour 15.0* - Fujikura Atmos Tour Spec Red 7X
    Driving iron: Taylormade P790 UDI 18* - UST Recoil 90X

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

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

    Putter: Ping PLD Anser 2- 35 inch- pingman grip 


    3 Hybrid: Taylormade M3 rescue 19*- Fujikura Atmos Blue hybrid 8X
    putter: Taylormade Spider Tour Red - Superstroke GT 1.0

  • johnnylongballz72johnnylongballz72 Members  596WRX Points: 62Posts: 596 Golden Tee
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    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 Triple Diamond 10.5* Tensei White 60 TX
    Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero 16.5* Tensei Blue 70 TX
    Callaway UT 21*, Project X 6.0 
    Callaway Apex Pro Dot 4-PW, DG TI S400
    Callaway MD5 Jaws 50 W grind, 56 W grind, 60 Low Bounce W grind, DG TI S400
    Two Ball with Triple Track 

  • playaplaya Members  8756WRX Points: 282Posts: 8,756 Titanium Tees
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    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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  • Clarinetmonster2Clarinetmonster2 Members  67WRX Points: 0Handicap: 4Posts: 67
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    Well I don't see it on the list, but the TS drivers have been phenomenal for me. Started with TS3 and went to TS2. Distance and ball speed is pretty on par with Rogue but consistency for me is much better. I am striping most drives and averaging about 10 more yards than my previous Epic, which I was kinda wild with.
    Ping G400 LST 10* Ping Tour 65 X
    Titleist 816 H1 19* Fujikura Motore Speeder 8.8 Tour Spec X
    Mizuno MMC Fli-Hi 21* C-Taper light
    4-AW Callaway Apex MB Project X 6.5
    Vokey SM7 54.14F, Vokey SM6 60.08M
    Odyssey OWorks 7 Tank

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