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Best Driver in the last 5 years?

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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.<br />
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What is the best driver that has come out in the last 5 years?<br />
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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 MichiganMembers  520WRX Points: 134Posts: 520 Golden Tee
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    R15 - I have a buddy that absolutely crushes his and still can't find anything to beat it<br />
    2016 M2<br />
    G400 or G400 Max
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  • MtlJeffMtlJeff MontrealMembers  29854WRX Points: 2,837Handicap: 0.0Posts: 29,854 Titanium Tees
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    2016 M2 or Epic if you want to bomb it<br />
    <br />
    Anything from Ping if you want to hit fairways<br />
    <br />
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    Ping G400 Max 10 w/Matrix Black Tie 80
    Ping G410 LST 14.5 w/ Ping Tour 75
    Ping G400 Crossover 20 w/KBS Tour Proto Hybrid
    Ping G410 4-SW w/S300
    Ping Glide 3.0 Eye2 60 w/S300
    Odyssey O-Works Red Tank #7
  • JagpilotohioJagpilotohio 45+ inch drivers are evil. Columbus, OHMembers  7327WRX Points: 644Handicap: 1.8Posts: 7,327 Titanium Tees
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    I Agree with the previous posts and add LTD to the list.<br />
    <br />
    There are plenty of great drivers to choose from in recent years.<br />
    <br />
    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.  
    PXG gen 1 tours 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 Members  77WRX Points: 1Posts: 77 Bunkers
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    tcatone5 wrote:
    <br />
    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.<br />
    <br />
    What is the best driver that has come out in the last 5 years?<br />
    <br />
    How much better could the clubs really be getting if they release a new model every year?<br />
    <br />
    <br />
    Ping G400
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  • Pwood28Pwood28 Members  421WRX Points: 112Posts: 421 Greens
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    2016 M2 or 2017 M1 440<br />
    <br />
    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 Members  303WRX Points: 62Handicap: 9Posts: 303 Greens
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    Epic SZ - King LTD
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  • tcatone5tcatone5 Members  20WRX Points: 8Handicap: 15Posts: 20 Bunkers
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    <br />
    I Agree with the previous posts and add LTD to the list.<br />
    <br />
    There are plenty of great drivers to choose from in recent years.<br />
    <br />
    It's not like the big OEMs spend all this time and money designing new clubs to put out junk.<br />
    <br />
    <br />
    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. ClubWRX  1857WRX Points: 284Handicap: KidsPosts: 1,857 ClubWRX
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    '16 M2, G400 LST/Max
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    TaylorMade SIM 10.5* @ 9.5* - Rogue White 130 70 TX

    TaylorMade M5 TI 5 wood 18* @ 17* - Rogue White 130 80 TX

    Miura TC-201 4-PW - Modus 120 TX

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

    TaylorMade Tour Issue Spider X Copper

  • MI517MI517 Members  450WRX Points: 52Handicap: 6.4Posts: 450 Greens
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    Top 4 imo:<br />
    <br />
    G400Max<br />
    F9<br />
    Epic<br />
    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 Members  1612WRX Points: 159Posts: 1,612 Platinum Tees
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    My opinion:<br />
    Raw distance, zero forgiveness- SLDR 430<br />
    Raw distance, some help- '16 M2<br />
    Fairway finder- Mizuno MP650<br />
    Plenty of help- Anything Ping<br />
    Best combo of the above criteria- 915D4
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    Titleist TS4 9.75 HZRDUS Smoke 
    Titleist 915F 15.5 HZRDUS Smoke
    Titleist 718CB 3 thru PW
    Titleist SM7 50-08, 56-08, 60-04
    Yes! Tracy
  • SubaruWRXSubaruWRX Members  4090WRX Points: 820Posts: 4,090 Titanium Tees
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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 Members  65WRX Points: 37Handicap: 12Posts: 65 Bunkers
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    I've had quite a few drivers the past 5 years.<br />
    <br />
    My top 3<br />
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    Xhot<br />
    Bio Cell Plus<br />
    G400
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  • Hookasaurus RexHookasaurus Rex Purveyor of fine turf Members  1150WRX Points: 136Posts: 1,150 Platinum Tees
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    My top 5:<br />
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    2016 M2<br />
    LTD Pro/LTD<br />
    G400LST/G400 Max<br />
    2017 M2<br />
    Epic SZ<br />
    <br />
    From the 2019 crop, my money is on the F9 working its way up the list...
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    Callaway EF SZ Triple💎10.5*(-1D) Aldila Copperhead 60tx 
    TEE E8 Beta 15* 3 Wood Aldila Rogue Silver 110msi 70s
    Ping G410 19* Hybrid Evenflow Black 85 6.0
    Taylormade p790 4-GW Project X LZ 6.0
    🐍King Black 54*, 58* Modus Wedge 115
    PXG🦇Attack Extreme Darkness 35” 375g
  • Night trainNight train Members  2885WRX Points: 262Posts: 2,885 Titanium Tees
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    Ping G 400
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  • 3woodvt3woodvt 5 test drives for clubface contact. #footpowder Members  1679WRX Points: 47Handicap: 2Posts: 1,679 Platinum Tees
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    F9 weight forward now. The rest have been left behind.
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    Cobra SZ (white) 9* 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 Members  2807WRX Points: 985Posts: 2,807 Titanium Tees
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    2016 m2 for distance<br />
    G400 max/lst/g400 all around
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  • cardoustiecardoustie haha, we don't play for 5's Tasmania to CanadaMembers  13926WRX Points: 2,746Handicap: 0.9 >< 3.8Posts: 13,926 Titanium Tees
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    G400LST or 2016 M2 ... hands down<br />
    <br />
    I still own both
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    Ping G400 LST 11* Blueboard Matte 53x
    Ping G400 3w 13.9* Blueboard OG 63x
    Ping G400 5w 16.5* Blueboard Ion 73x
    Callaway Apex 4h 23* Kuro Kage 80s
    Callaway Apex 5h 26* Kuro Kage 90s
    Callaway Apex UT 30* AD DI 105x
    Mizuno 919t 6-PW UST Recoil 110s
    Vokey SM2 50-54tvd-59tvd-64 s400
    Titleist Scotty X7M

  • jaredt22jaredt22 Members  130WRX Points: 44Posts: 130 Fairways
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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 Members  50WRX Points: 42Posts: 50 Bunkers
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    M2 16 still have 2 a gamer and a back up.
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  • GautamaGautama Members  823WRX Points: 208Handicap: 9Posts: 823 Golden Tee
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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 ClubWRX  118WRX Points: 46Posts: 118 Fairways
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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 Members  50WRX Points: 31Posts: 50 Bunkers
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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 Members  863WRX Points: 161Handicap: 10Posts: 863 Golden Tee
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    My Top 5 excluding new releases:<br />
    <br />
    Cobra ZL Encore<br />
    Ping G400 LST<br />
    Srixon Z565<br />
    Mizuno JPX900<br />
    TM 2016 M2
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  • MtlJeffMtlJeff MontrealMembers  29854WRX Points: 2,837Handicap: 0.0Posts: 29,854 Titanium Tees
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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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    Ping G400 Max 10 w/Matrix Black Tie 80
    Ping G410 LST 14.5 w/ Ping Tour 75
    Ping G400 Crossover 20 w/KBS Tour Proto Hybrid
    Ping G410 4-SW w/S300
    Ping Glide 3.0 Eye2 60 w/S300
    Odyssey O-Works Red Tank #7
  • mizuno playermizuno player Mizuno player Members  1732WRX Points: 383Posts: 1,732 Platinum Tees
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    2016 M2<br />
    <br />
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  • bigbullymbigbullym Members  225WRX Points: 77Posts: 225 Fairways
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    Ping G pick model<br />
    Ping G400 pick model<br />
    Cobra King LTD<br />
    Cobra Bio Cell or Bio Cell +<br />
    The above models are easy to hit and plenty long.<br />
    I haven't hit any 2019 models yet
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  • cgasuckscgasucks Members  2584WRX Points: 460Posts: 2,584 Titanium Tees
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    <br />
    2016 M2<br />
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    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 Members  1732WRX Points: 383Posts: 1,732 Platinum Tees
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    cgasucks wrote:
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    2016 M2<br />
    <br />
    <br />
    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).<br />
    <br />
    <br />
    Yeah. It just seems to work.<br />
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    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 Members  1064WRX Points: 90Posts: 1,064 Platinum Tees
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    2016 M2
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  • StormsStorms San DiegoMembers  135WRX Points: 94Handicap: 9Posts: 135 Fairways
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    cgasucks wrote:
    <br />
    <br />
    2016 M2<br />
    <br />
    <br />
    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).<br />
    <br />
    <br />
    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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