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Best Driver in the last 5 years?

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tcatone5tcatone5  20WRX Points: 8Handicap: 15Members Posts: 20
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I currently game the XR16 and still get great distance with it and have been generally happy with it. I am thinking about making a switch to a new driver mainly because the new models came out and last years have gone down in price.



What is the best driver that has come out in the last 5 years?



How much better could the clubs really be getting if they release a new model every year?
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[font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Driver: Taylormade M4 D Type 9.5[/font]
[font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Hybrid: Titleist 816 H2[/font]
[font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Irons: Ping I500 Black Dot[/font]
[font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Wedges: Titliest SM6 48, 52, 56 Callaway MD3 60[/font]
[font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Putter: Bettinardi Queen B #8[/font]
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  • cflo2382cflo2382 SE Michigan 460WRX Points: 118Members Posts: 460
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    R15 - I have a buddy that absolutely crushes his and still can't find anything to beat it

    2016 M2

    G400 or G400 Max
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    The "8x8":

    G400 LST 10* / HZRDUS Smoke 70x

    New Level HB 4995 18* / HZRDUS Red 105x

    Srixon Z-Forged 5i (26*), 7i (34*), 9i (42*) / DG TI X100

    PING Glide 2.0 Stealth 50*, 58* / DG TI S400

    Cleveland HB Soft 8.5

    IOmic Sticky Mids / ProV1x / Linksoul Sunday Soft Carry

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  • MtlJeffMtlJeff Montreal 29219WRX Points: 2,101Handicap: 0.0Members Posts: 29,219
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    2016 M2 or Epic if you want to bomb it



    Anything from Ping if you want to hit fairways



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    Cobra King F9 w/Fujikura Atmos TS Black 7
    Cobra King F9 w/Matrix Black Tie 80
    Callaway Apex 20 w/Diamana D+ 95
    Ping G410 4-SW w/S300
    Callaway MD 2.0 60 PM grind w/S300
    Odyssey O-works Red Tank #7
  • JagpilotohioJagpilotohio 45+ inch drivers are evil. Columbus, OH 7267WRX Points: 566Handicap: 1.8Members Posts: 7,267
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    I Agree with the previous posts and add LTD to the list.



    There are plenty of great drivers to choose from in recent years.



    It’s not like the big OEMs spend all this time and money designing new clubs to put out junk.
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    9.5* Cobra LTD, Old school Grafalloy Blue, 43.5"
    14* Cally 815 alpha fuji 665 X 42"
    16* Cally 815 alpha fuji 665 X, 41.5" (set to 17*)
    19* Titleist 816 H2 fuji 8.8X TS 40.0"
    4-7 2016 Hogan PTx, KBS Tour V, 120X.  
    Ping i210 8 & 9 Proto 125 F5 hardstepped 1x.
    Ping glide 2 46-12, 50-12, 54-14 (at 55) stealth, Vokey SM6 60M (61). Wedges Recoil Proto 125 F5
    33.5" Ghost spider slant neck.
    Srixon Z-star XV
    Jones Trouper Bag
  • pcedenspcedens  77WRX Points: 1Members Posts: 77
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    tcatone5 wrote:


    I currently game the XR16 and still get great distance with it and have been generally happy with it. I am thinking about making a switch to a new driver mainly because the new models came out and last years have gone down in price.



    What is the best driver that has come out in the last 5 years?



    How much better could the clubs really be getting if they release a new model every year?




    Ping G400
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  • Pwood28Pwood28  420WRX Points: 110Members Posts: 420
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    2016 M2 or 2017 M1 440



    I can't hit anything as far and straight as I have these drivers. The 2016 M2 is more forgiving, but it just makes my misses go that much further in a bad direction. If I catch the M1 440 on a bad part of the face, the ball seems to be getting down a lot quick and leaving me with some better options. When I catch it on the (imaginary) screws, the M1 is the longest driver I've played.
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  • swing33swing33  213WRX Points: 54Handicap: 9Members Posts: 213
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    Epic SZ - King LTD
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  • tcatone5tcatone5  20WRX Points: 8Handicap: 15Members Posts: 20
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    I Agree with the previous posts and add LTD to the list.



    There are plenty of great drivers to choose from in recent years.



    It's not like the big OEMs spend all this time and money designing new clubs to put out junk.




    I think my main question is when there is a new model every year is it worth the $200 extra to get the 2019 model opposed to the 2018 that just went on sale?
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    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Driver: Taylormade M4 D Type 9.5[/font]
    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Hybrid: Titleist 816 H2[/font]
    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Irons: Ping I500 Black Dot[/font]
    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Wedges: Titliest SM6 48, 52, 56 Callaway MD3 60[/font]
    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Putter: Bettinardi Queen B #8[/font]
  • RonSwansonRonSwanson Honor: if you need it defined, you don’t have it.  1769WRX Points: 230Handicap: KidsClubWRX Posts: 1,769
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    '16 M2, G400 LST/Max
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    TaylorMade SIM 10.5 - Ventus Black 7X

    TaylorMade SIM 5 19* turned to 17.5* - Tensei White 80 TX

    Miura Giken MC-501 - DG TI X7

    TaylorMade Hi-Toe Raw 50* @ 51*, 54* @ 56* ,60* @ 61* - DG TI S400

    Carbon Project Roulette

  • MI517MI517  446WRX Points: 42Handicap: 7Members Posts: 446
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    Top 4 imo:



    G400Max

    F9

    Epic

    King LTD
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    Ping G400 Max Driver 9* - Ping Tour 65 X
    Callaway Epic 4 Hybrid - UST Recoil ES780 S
    Cobra King Forged CB/MB 3-P - KBS $-Taper Black S
    Titleist SM7 50*F, 54*F, 58*M - KBS $-Taper
    Odyssey #1Works Versa 34”
  • GMR2ironGMR2iron  1574WRX Points: 148Members Posts: 1,574
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    My opinion:

    Raw distance, zero forgiveness- SLDR 430

    Raw distance, some help- '16 M2

    Fairway finder- Mizuno MP650

    Plenty of help- Anything Ping

    Best combo of the above criteria- 915D4
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    Titleist TS4 9.75 HZRDUS Yellow 
    Titleist 915F 15.5 HZRDUS Red
    Titleist 718CB 3 thru PW
    Titleist SM7 50-08, 56-08, 60-04
    Yes! Tracy
  • SubaruWRXSubaruWRX  3705WRX Points: 474Members Posts: 3,705
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    G400 - Pick which model works best for your swing
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    “I think getting advice from guys who are sitting at the computer in their underwear while taking a break from **** is a very solid way to choose clubs.” - bluedot
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  • leftylamaleftylama  39WRX Points: 29Handicap: 12Members Posts: 39
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    I've had quite a few drivers the past 5 years.



    My top 3



    Xhot

    Bio Cell Plus

    G400
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  • Hookasaurus RexHookasaurus Rex Purveyor of fine turf  1088WRX Points: 116Members Posts: 1,088
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    My top 5:



    2016 M2

    LTD Pro/LTD

    G400LST/G400 Max

    2017 M2

    Epic SZ



    From the 2019 crop, my money is on the F9 working its way up the list...
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    Cobra LTD Pro Aldila Copperhead 60tx 
    Callaway Super Hybrid 16* Tensei Pro Orange 80s
    Ping G410 19* Hybrid Evenflow Black 85 6.0
    Taylormade p790 4-GW Project X LZ 6.0
    Cobra King Black 54*, 58* Modus Wedge 115
    PXG Bat Attack 35” 400g
  • Night trainNight train  2885WRX Points: 259Members Posts: 2,885
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    Ping G 400
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  • 3woodvt3woodvt 5 test drives for clubface contact. #footpowder  1673WRX Points: 42Handicap: 2Members Posts: 1,673
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    F9 weight forward now. The rest have been left behind.
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    Cobra SZ 10* Aldila Rogue 60S
    Callaway XHot proforce V2 S
    Adams A12 17* VTS Proforce 100hs
    Srixon Z585/785 1flat +1loft Project X LZ 6.0
    Ping Anser 49*53*57*
    Ping Zing TR
    Z Star
  • GoGoErkyGoGoErky  2411WRX Points: 805Members Posts: 2,411
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    2016 m2 for distance

    G400 max/lst/g400 all around
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  • cardoustiecardoustie haha, we don't play for 5's Tasmania to Canada 13178WRX Points: 2,110Handicap: 1.6Members Posts: 13,178
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    G400LST or 2016 M2 ... hands down



    I still own both
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    Ping G400 LST 11* GD Pershing 55x
    Ping G400 3w 15.1* Oban Revenge 65x
    Callaway GBB 5w 18* Aldila NVS Pink 85x 
    Callaway Apex 4h 23* GD Tour AD DI 95x
    Callaway Apex 5h 26* GD Tour AD DI 105x
    Mizuno 919T 6-GW UST 95 Recoil f4 
    Ping Eye2+ 53* UST 110 Recoil f4
    Ping Glide ES 59* wrx UST 110
    Callaway PM 64* UST 110
    Piretti Matera Elite 

    '19 Index 0.9 ~ 3.7
  • jaredt22jaredt22  125WRX Points: 42Members Posts: 125
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    I'm still rolling with my LTD Black, which has just been incredible from day one. But, I haven't hit all of the newer offerings, yet, either.
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  • rlongbrakerlongbrake  48WRX Points: 42Members Posts: 48
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    M2 16 still have 2 a gamer and a back up.
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  • GautamaGautama  823WRX Points: 204Handicap: 9Members Posts: 823
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    It's closer to 6 years I believe, but the G25 was among the best. I've owned a LOT of drivers since, but that old G25 just keeps finding its way back into my bag. Shots that have no business finding the fairway miraculously seem to with it.
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    "I see the distorted swings, the hurried rounds, and now the electric carts tae ruin the course and rob us of our exercise...we have gone off the mark, gone after the wrong things, forgotten what it's all about"

    -Dr. Julian Sands, Golf in the Kingdom
  • Hambone55Hambone55  111WRX Points: 41ClubWRX Posts: 111
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    16 m2 is really hard to beat and now g400 lst for me is one of best drivers out there
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  • phil6380phil6380  49WRX Points: 31Members Posts: 49
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    G400 for me. Particularly the max.
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    Ping G400 Max
    Cobra F8 5 wood
    Cobra F9 7 wood
    Cobra F9 5 hybrid
    Taylormade P790 6-AW
    Callaway PM Grind 56 and 60
    Cameron Newport Select 2.5
  • JohnKHawkJohnKHawk  799WRX Points: 125Handicap: 10Members Posts: 799
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    My Top 5 excluding new releases:



    Cobra ZL Encore

    Ping G400 LST

    Srixon Z565

    Mizuno JPX900

    TM 2016 M2
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  • MtlJeffMtlJeff Montreal 29219WRX Points: 2,101Handicap: 0.0Members Posts: 29,219
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    Epic deserves more love, not the most fun to hit driver , but dear god that thing was a LM warrior. Still cannot hit anything further
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    Cobra King F9 w/Fujikura Atmos TS Black 7
    Cobra King F9 w/Matrix Black Tie 80
    Callaway Apex 20 w/Diamana D+ 95
    Ping G410 4-SW w/S300
    Callaway MD 2.0 60 PM grind w/S300
    Odyssey O-works Red Tank #7
  • mizuno playermizuno player Mizuno player  1573WRX Points: 311Members Posts: 1,573
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    2016 M2



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  • bigbullymbigbullym  225WRX Points: 72Members Posts: 225
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    Ping G pick model

    Ping G400 pick model

    Cobra King LTD

    Cobra Bio Cell or Bio Cell +

    The above models are easy to hit and plenty long.

    I haven't hit any 2019 models yet
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  • cgasuckscgasucks  2401WRX Points: 323Members Posts: 2,401
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    2016 M2




    Technically, ALL drivers have have the same COR on their faces and head sizes because of USGA and R&A restrictions BUT for some reason, I keep seeing the 2016 M2 still being talked about even after its discontinuation. I'm not saying it's the longest driver made in the last 5 years but it seems to be a little more consistently longer than the others (just a little).
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    10.5 deg Titleist 905R with stock UST Proforce V2 Shaft
    1999 Ben Hogan Apex Blades (3-PW) with stock Apex 4 Steel Shafts
    Taylormade V-Steel 5W & 3W with Grafalloy Prolaunch Red shafts
    Taylormade ATV wedges in 54 and 58 degrees with stock steel shafts
    Rife Island Series Aruba Blade Putter
  • mizuno playermizuno player Mizuno player  1573WRX Points: 311Members Posts: 1,573
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    cgasucks wrote:



    2016 M2




    Technically, ALL drivers have have the same COR on their faces and head sizes because of USGA and R&A restrictions BUT for some reason, I keep seeing the 2016 M2 still being talked about even after its discontinuation. I'm not saying it's the longest driver made in the last 5 years but it seems to be a little more consistently longer than the others (just a little).




    Yeah. It just seems to work.



    I have a ping g400lst , just had to try it, I'm trying to sell that now. Normally if I buy a new drive I sell the old one. I kept the M2. I will probably try a new shaft or two. I have a synergy Black Proto I may try if I don't sell. I also want to try the Fuji Speeder Pro TS. It will most likely be my driver again this year.
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  • mspeedpikamspeedpika  1064WRX Points: 89Members Posts: 1,064
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    2016 M2
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  • StormsStorms San Diego 135WRX Points: 89Handicap: 9Members Posts: 135
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    cgasucks wrote:



    2016 M2




    Technically, ALL drivers have have the same COR on their faces and head sizes because of USGA and R&A restrictions BUT for some reason, I keep seeing the 2016 M2 still being talked about even after its discontinuation. I'm not saying it's the longest driver made in the last 5 years but it seems to be a little more consistently longer than the others (just a little).




    The first gen M series was the first time Taylormade had really lived up to the hype they put out around it since the original RBZ. The M1 and M2 put out really solid numbers for most everyone that tried it, the composite top made it standout in a crowd, and I remember Jason Day putting it in his bag right away and absolutely smashing with it (he was also playing out of his mind at the time). There are also those rumors that float around here about the 8.5* heads being too hot but technically legal, which meant pros were bagging the M2 long past when they would normally switch. This combo of tour presence, excellent numbers, and bag appeal is what has driven it's current cult status. It also helps that Taylormade's current offerings seem to be more centered around marketing and gimmicks (face screws, really lol) than outright performance like the clean, no nonsense 2016 M2 provided.
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    TaylorMade 2016 M2 9.5* HZRDUS Yellow
    Titleist 915F 15* Aldila Rouge Black
    Srixon zU45 20* Graphite Design AD95
    Titleist 585H 21* Titleist 4175
    TaylorMade Psi Tour 4-PW KBS Tour
    TaylorMade EF 52*
    Akira Prototype 58*
    Yes! Callie
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