Best Driver in the last 5 years?

tcatone5tcatone5 Members Posts: 21 ✭✭
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?
[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 Members Posts: 357 ✭✭
    R15 - I have a buddy that absolutely crushes his and still can't find anything to beat it

    2016 M2

    G400 or G400 Max
    PING G410 w/ ACCRA TZ6 65 M5
    COBRA F9 Tour w/ Tensei Pro Orange 80TX
    PING G410 Crossover w/ HZRDUS Red 105X
    Miura MC-501 4-PW w/ SPBx
    Miura 1957 51y, 55c, 60y w/ SPBx
    SC Studio Select Newport 2 Mid Slant
    ProV1x | Vessel Players 2.0 Stand
  • MtlJeffMtlJeff MontrealMembers Posts: 28,489 ✭✭
    2016 M2 or Epic if you want to bomb it



    Anything from Ping if you want to hit fairways



    Cobra F8+ 9.5 w/Matrix Black Tie 80
    Callaway Epic Subzero 14* w/Matrix Black Tie 80
    Callaway Apex 20h w/Diamana D+ 95
    Callaway 2016 Apex Pro 4-PW w/S300
    Callaway MD Forged 52,56 w/S300
    Callaway MD 2.0 60 PM grind w/s300
    Odyssey O-works Red Tank #7
  • JagpilotohioJagpilotohio 45+ inch drivers are evil. Columbus, OHMembers Posts: 7,243 ✭✭
    edited Feb 1, 2019 12:18pm #4
    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.
    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 Members Posts: 77 ✭✭
    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
  • Pwood28Pwood28 Members Posts: 379 ✭✭
    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.
    WITB (short set edition)
    8 club bag (play most of my rounds with this setup):
    TM M3 440 Driver - 10.5 degree - Evenflow Black 75s
    TM M4 Hybrid - 18 degree 
    NCW Large Cavity - 24 degree 
    NCW Small Cavity - 32 & 40 degree 
    NCW MB - 48 degree 
    NCW Wedge - 56 degree 
    Putter (Still way too many to list!)

    IG: Filmooregolf
  • swing33swing33 Members Posts: 112 ✭✭
    Epic SZ - King LTD
  • tcatone5tcatone5 Members Posts: 21 ✭✭


    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?
    [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 Posts: 1,663 ClubWRX
    '16 M2, G400 LST/Max
  • MI517MI517 Members Posts: 439 ✭✭
    Top 4 imo:



    G400Max

    F9

    Epic

    King LTD
    Ping G400 Max Driver 9* - Ping Tour 65 X
    Callaway Epic 4 Hybrid - UST Recoil ES780 S
    Callaway Apex 21* Utility Iron - KBS TourV S
    Cobra King Forged CB/MB 4-P - KBS $-Taper Black S
    Titleist SM7 50*F, 54*F, 58*M - KBS $-Taper
    Odyssey #1Works Versa 34”
  • GMR2ironGMR2iron Members Posts: 1,534 ✭✭
    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
    Titleist 915D4 9.75 Matrix Black Tie
    Titleist 915F 15.5 Matrix Black Tie
    Titleist TMB 2 iron Tensei Pro White
    Titleist 718CB 3 thru PW
    Titleist SM7 50-08 and 56-08
    Yes! Tracy
  • SubaruWRXSubaruWRX Members Posts: 3,301 ✭✭
    G400 - Pick which model works best for your swing
    “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
  • leftylamaleftylama Members Posts: 25 ✭✭
    I've had quite a few drivers the past 5 years.



    My top 3



    Xhot

    Bio Cell Plus

    G400
  • Hookasaurus RexHookasaurus Rex Purveyor of fine turf Members Posts: 1,062 ✭✭
    edited Mar 11, 2019 2:07pm #14
    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...
    Post edited by Unknown User on
    Cobra King F9 Avalanche 9* Tensei CK Pro Orange 60TX
    Cobra King LTD 3-4w Hzrdus Yellow 75 6.0
    Titleist 913h 19* Aldila Tour Green 85hs
    Cobra Forged Tec Black 4-GW Nippon Modus 3 105x
    Cobra King Black 54*, 58* Modus Wedge 115
    PXG Bat Attack 35” 400g
  • Night trainNight train Members Posts: 2,833 ✭✭
  • 3woodvt3woodvt 5 test drives for clubface contact. #footpowder Members Posts: 1,628 ✭✭
    F9 weight forward now. The rest have been left behind.
    Cobra F9 8.0 Atmos TS Black7x
    Cobra F8+ 13.5 Aldila7x
    Adams A12 19* VTS Proforce 100hs
    Srixon Z945 4-PW KBS Tour 120s
    Cleveland 2.0 51**,55**,59*
    Ping Zing TR
    Srixon Z
  • GoGoErkyGoGoErky Members Posts: 1,262 ✭✭
    2016 m2 for distance

    G400 max/lst/g400 all around
  • cardoustiecardoustie haha, we don't play for 5's Members Posts: 12,047 ✭✭
    G400LST or 2016 M2 ... hands down



    I still own both
    Ping G400 LST 11* Aldila RIP Phenom 50tx
    Ping G400 5w 16.5* GD AD BB 6s
    Callaway Apex 4h 23* Mitsu KK 80s
    Callaway Apex 5h 26* Mitsu KK 80s
    Ping s55 6-PW Fujikura mci 100s
    Vokey sm2 50* 54* 59* DG s400 Onyx
    Piretti Matera Elite (torched)
  • jaredt22jaredt22 Members Posts: 105 ✭✭
    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.
  • rlongbrakerlongbrake Members Posts: 36 ✭✭
    M2 16 still have 2 a gamer and a back up.
  • GautamaGautama Members Posts: 770 ✭✭
    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.
    "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 Posts: 94 ✭✭
    16 m2 is really hard to beat and now g400 lst for me is one of best drivers out there
  • phil6380phil6380 Members Posts: 40 ✭✭
    G400 for me. Particularly the max.
    Ping G400 Max Tour AD-IZ 10.5 deg. playing 44.5"
    Cobra F8 5 wood Tour AD-IZ 18 deg.
    Cobra F8 4 hybrid Tour AD-DI 22 deg.
    Mizuno JPX919F 5-GW Recoil 95
    Callaway PM Grind 56 and 60 with Recoil 95
    Cameron Newport Select 2.5
  • JohnKHawkJohnKHawk Members Posts: 738 ✭✭
    My Top 5 excluding new releases:



    Cobra ZL Encore

    Ping G400 LST

    Srixon Z565

    Mizuno JPX900

    TM 2016 M2
  • MtlJeffMtlJeff MontrealMembers Posts: 28,489 ✭✭
    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
    Cobra F8+ 9.5 w/Matrix Black Tie 80
    Callaway Epic Subzero 14* w/Matrix Black Tie 80
    Callaway Apex 20h w/Diamana D+ 95
    Callaway 2016 Apex Pro 4-PW w/S300
    Callaway MD Forged 52,56 w/S300
    Callaway MD 2.0 60 PM grind w/s300
    Odyssey O-works Red Tank #7
  • mizuno playermizuno player Mizuno player Members Posts: 1,368 ✭✭
  • bigbullymbigbullym Members Posts: 225 ✭✭
    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
  • cgasuckscgasucks Members Posts: 2,220 ✭✭


    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).
    10.5 deg Titleist 905R with stock UST Proforce V2 Shaft
    Titleist DCI 990 Irons (3-PW) with stock Dynamic Gold shafts in S300
    Taylormade ATV 54 deg & 58 deg wedges with stock KBS shafts
    Taylormade V-Steel 5W & 3W with Grafalloy Prolaunch Red shafts
    Ping Anser 2 Stainless Steel Putter
  • mizuno playermizuno player Mizuno player Members Posts: 1,368 ✭✭
    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.
  • mspeedpikamspeedpika Members Posts: 1,061 ✭✭
  • StormsStorms San DiegoMembers Posts: 101 ✭✭
    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.
    TaylorMade 2016 M2 9.5* HZRDUS Yellow
    Titleist 915F 15* Aldila Rouge Black
    Srixon zU45 18* NS Pro 980GH
    Titleist 585H 21* Titleist 4175
    TaylorMade Psi Tour 4-PW KBS Tour
    Akira Tour Issue 54*
    Akira Tour Issue 60*
    Yes! Callie
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