If you had to buy a driver by SOUND ONLY....

BenSeattleBenSeattle Members Posts: 538 ✭✭
edited Jun 13, 2018 in Equipment #1
For years I've played a driver -- to remain unnamed -- that feels fine to me but the sound at impact is... let's say... a bit "unique." Whenever I see/hear somebody else hit this model driver, I can't help but think "Man, that noise is brutal." So here's my question: what's the Best-Sounding Driver Of All-Time? Let's try and keep "sound" completely different from "feel," even though we all know that these sensations go hand-in-hand.

We're not talking about Longest, Most Forgiving, Best-Looking or Most Adjustable... just best-sounding. This includes how the driver sounds when YOU hit it as well as the noise you hear when smacked by someone else. I'm no expert but I've always thought that late-model Titleist drivers had a nice muted "pop," not too loud or harsh.

Your thoughts? Which driver and WHY.
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  • TinCuppingTinCupping Members Posts: 855 ✭✭

    MacGregor M85W

    jwhite86 wrote:


    510 TP

    These minus the 510TP. Can't beat persimmon sound. **** it would sound good if you hit a brick with it.
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  • puttingmattputtingmatt puttingmatt Summer/ Michigan-- Winter/ FloridaMembers Posts: 5,134 ✭✭
    dog flog wrote:
    Pretty much any persimmon driver.

    Exactly, nothing sounds better or feels better.

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    Old school... PowerBilt Citation persimmon driver

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    Im thinking you meant current drivers since you said which would you buy as no one is looking to buy some 20 year old driver that no one cares about cause dudes round here just gonna brag bout their persimmons .....yeah?

    My G30 LS would lose this contest...ijs
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  • BenSeattleBenSeattle Members Posts: 538 ✭✭
    Barfolomew wrote:

    Im thinking you meant current drivers since you said which would you buy as no one is looking to buy some 20 year old driver that no one cares about cause dudes round here just gonna brag bout their persimmons .....yeah?

    My G30 LS would lose this contest...ijs

    Uh... YES. Not to criticize the persimmon lovers (I had a blond Irving King out of Louisiana that I played for THIRTEEN YEARS) but those "let's play hickory" groups aren't exactly dominating the golf scene. Let's agree that persimmon produced a satisfying thump that sounded as sweet as a Rafa Nadal forehand. But if we stay true to topic, we're pretty much looking at metal drivers from the early 90's on.
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    Powerbilt Citation - Persimmon



    Love the avatar.... kids have no clue how good these sounded when hit on the screws. THWACK !!

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    1) Any wood driver

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