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caboosecaboose  3Members Posts: 3
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A local shop had free fittings for the TS drivers back when they were released so I had one (specs below). I don't have $500 to spend on a driver, but I'm looking to finally upgrade from my 2004 big Bertha. Can you guys recommend anything that you think might work that I should be on the lookout for? I know Callaway prowned just started up a sale. Thanks!



Edit: just mentioned the fitting and giving the specs of the TS2 so people have something to go off. I'm not in love with TS2 and trying to settle for less or anything like that.



TS2 - T1100 White 65 - 6.0

45 Inches

9.5 Degrees
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  • GreenstealthGreenstealth  125Members Posts: 125
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    If you were fitted for it and that's what you like but you can't afford it, my suggestion would be to wait till it's available used on the bst. I rarely ever buy new clubs (esp driver).
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    If you were fitted for it and that's what you like but you can't afford it, my suggestion would be to wait till it's available used on the bst. I rarely ever buy new clubs (esp driver).




    Sorry, I wasn't very clear in my post. That's the only fitting I've ever had and just provided it as a base line for people to go off of. I'll edit the post. Thanks
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  • OsnolaKinnardOsnolaKinnard  439Members Posts: 439
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    Buy a 2017 TM M2 with an aldila Rogue 70 black and call it a day.



    They'll be under 200 bucks and will give you all the performance you want.
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  • GreenstealthGreenstealth  125Members Posts: 125
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    caboose wrote:



    If you were fitted for it and that's what you like but you can't afford it, my suggestion would be to wait till it's available used on the bst. I rarely ever buy new clubs (esp driver).




    Sorry, I wasn't very clear in my post. That's the only fitting I've ever had and just provided it as a base line for people to go off of. I'll edit the post. Thanks






    I'm of the thought that really any modern head will perform similar. You can find a ping g driver for 100 bucks. The 2016 m2 is a crowd favorite. The epic was a bomber, I just sold a sz for 150. The cobra heads all perform and can be had cheap. Whatever fits your eye. Hit it in the middle and they will all be around the same
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  • blackngold_bloodblackngold_blood Golf Ball Whacker Guy  1063Members Posts: 1,063
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    caboose wrote:


    A local shop had free fittings for the TS drivers back when they were released so I had one (specs below). I don't have $500 to spend on a driver, but I'm looking to finally upgrade from my 2004 big Bertha. Can you guys recommend anything that you think might work that I should be on the lookout for? I know Callaway prowned just started up a sale. Thanks!



    Edit: just mentioned the fitting and giving the specs of the TS2 so people have something to go off. I'm not in love with TS2 and trying to settle for less or anything like that.



    TS2 - T1100 White 65 - 6.0

    45 Inches

    9.5 Degrees




    To be honest anything in the last 6-7 years should give you some performance benefits over your current driver and most can be had for pennies on the dollar in todays market.
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  • burritos4breakfastburritos4breakfast hawai'i 298Members Posts: 298
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    callaway preowned has 30% off all their epics. those are pretty sweet. I personally like anything cobra from the last 4-5 years, Im still bombing my bio cell
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  • James the Hogan FanJames the Hogan Fan  762Members Posts: 762
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    If you want to go into the wayback machine, the Cleveland HiBore is very cheap at $30-50 and for me an absolute bomber and very forgiving as well. There is also an XLS version that came later that i haven’t hit, but gets a lot of love on this site. I stumbled upon a regular hibore at a garage sale for $10 and it went into my bag that month.



    I know it’s probably not as new as you had hoped, but it is decidedly in the cheap catagory.
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  • hypergolfhypergolf  1229Members Posts: 1,229
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    I just upgraded my 909D2 to 915D3 last week. Tested out TS3 and felt that numbers were similar anyway so decided to go with an older model. 909D2 was still performing great and performance wise i say would be not that much different from modern day drivers.
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    If you want to go into the wayback machine, the Cleveland HiBore is very cheap at $30-50 and for me an absolute bomber and very forgiving as well. There is also an XLS version that came later that i haven't hit, but gets a lot of love on this site. I stumbled upon a regular hibore at a garage sale for $10 and it went into my bag that month.



    I know it's probably not as new as you had hoped, but it is decidedly in the cheap catagory.


    The sound though......wear ear plugs
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  • wareagle12wareagle12  320Members Posts: 320
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    RainShadow wrote:



    If you want to go into the wayback machine, the Cleveland HiBore is very cheap at $30-50 and for me an absolute bomber and very forgiving as well. There is also an XLS version that came later that i haven't hit, but gets a lot of love on this site. I stumbled upon a regular hibore at a garage sale for $10 and it went into my bag that month.



    I know it's probably not as new as you had hoped, but it is decidedly in the cheap catagory.


    The sound though......wear ear plugs




    Lol, I had a guy to actually get angry that I was hitting mine on the range back in the day. He huffed off and said ear plugs should come with it.



    I'd go with a Ping G30/G or one of the cobras. Great forgiveness and as long as anything else.
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  • caboosecaboose  3Members Posts: 3
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    Thanks for all the recommendations guys! Any shafts you think I should be looking into based on the t1100 white 65 6.0 I was for for on the TS2?
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    HZRDUS black felt a lot like the EF white to me and performed similarly I thought. I didn't fall in love with the TS3 either after getting good numbers in the store... Lots of great options out there, but if you can pony up the money for a G400 Max, it's about as good as it gets. If you can demo the Tour Edge EXS, for $299 new, it's a complete steal.
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  • ian-500ian-500  893Members Posts: 893
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    Just picked up a G30 LST with a tour 65x for £50/$64. Bargain. Loads of great gear out there and relatively cheap. This would match the TS2 easily.
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  • MychMych  2021Members Posts: 2,021
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    I'd recommend picking a brand and buying into an adapter system, then upgrading components separately over time. Every Titleist since the 910 series has had the interchangeable SureFit adapter. So you could start with a 910 or 913 for under $100, then upgrade the shaft to something simiilar to what you were fitted for. Then when the TS3 prices come down you could change to the TS3 head. If your swing speed changes over time, or if you make changes to your swing that affect your ballflight, then you can easily test and change shafts to optimize.



    For Cobra, every model since the Biocell has had the same MyFly8 adapter system (Biocell, Fly Z, F6, F7, F8, F9). For Callaway, I think they started the Optifit system with OptiForce in 2013. Most brands have had fairly stable adapter systems for about the last 5 years.
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  • PR3CI5NPR3CI5N  15Members Posts: 15
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    caboose wrote:


    A local shop had free fittings for the TS drivers back when they were released so I had one (specs below). I don't have $500 to spend on a driver, but I'm looking to finally upgrade from my 2004 big Bertha. Can you guys recommend anything that you think might work that I should be on the lookout for? I know Callaway prowned just started up a sale. Thanks!



    Edit: just mentioned the fitting and giving the specs of the TS2 so people have something to go off. I'm not in love with TS2 and trying to settle for less or anything like that.



    TS2 - T1100 White 65 - 6.0

    45 Inches

    9.5 Degrees




    I'd highly suggest a used Taylormade SLDR. You can find them for under $100 on eBay or sites like Mercari.
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  • taylormade4lifetaylormade4life  1323Members Posts: 1,323
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    Mych wrote:


    I'd recommend picking a brand and buying into an adapter system, then upgrading components separately over time. Every Titleist since the 910 series has had the interchangeable SureFit adapter. So you could start with a 910 or 913 for under $100, then upgrade the shaft to something simiilar to what you were fitted for. Then when the TS3 prices come down you could change to the TS3 head. If your swing speed changes over time, or if you make changes to your swing that affect your ballflight, then you can easily test and change shafts to optimize.



    For Cobra, every model since the Biocell has had the same MyFly8 adapter system (Biocell, Fly Z, F6, F7, F8, F9). For Callaway, I think they started the Optifit system with OptiForce in 2013. Most brands have had fairly stable adapter systems for about the last 5 years.




    IMO this is a great way to go.
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  • High Plains DriverHigh Plains Driver Chip Yipper Extraordinaire  2380Members Posts: 2,380
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    9.5° 915D2 with the T1100 shaft.
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  •  SwooshLT SwooshLT  7187Members Posts: 7,187
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    I grabbed a razr fit for 50 bucks.... adjustable, composite crown and nice looking
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  • chickwebbchickwebb  54Members Posts: 54
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    Golf Galaxy (Dick's) has that Taylormade RBZ Black for $199 w/the Matrix White Tie - https://www.golfgalaxy.com/p/taylormade-rbz-black-driver-17tymmrbz20drvrxxdrv/17tymmrbz20drvrxxdrv. It's better than the original RBZ, which I finally parted with this summer in favor of the M3. And it has the removable shaft, so you can swap if you wish. I bought one as a backup the other day. Great club.
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