Best Driver in the last 5 years?

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  • WarrickWarrick ClubWRX Posts: 10,326 ClubWRX
    MtlJeff wrote:


    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




    Mine is getting ready for it's 3rd season in the bag.
    TM Mini 11.5 Smoke 70
    F9 Tour 3w\13.5 - Smoke 70
    F9 Tour 5w\17.5- Smoke 70
    Epic hybrid - 22* Pro White 90
    Mizuno 919 combo 5-P - PX LZ 6.0
    Mizuno T7 - 48-53-58 - PX LZ 6.5
    Custom V-Line Fang
    TM TP5X
  • GolfTurkeyGolfTurkey Members Posts: 566 ✭✭
    Interesting how quickly the hype around the TS drivers has died down. Lots of play on tour (maybe because Titleist is paying for numbers) but pretty quiet around here.
  • aquapigaquapig Members Posts: 197 ✭✭
    Love when people use the saying “hands down”.



    Like somehow the drivers they mentioned are the best and there should be no other opinions on the matter because “hands down” these are the bestest ever!



    Come on man
  • rgk5rgk5 rgk5(OLB) Members Posts: 3,573 ✭✭
    Ping G30 LST, G400 Max

    Cobra F8+, now slightly bested by the F9, at least in my hands

    Epic or Rogue, not a huge difference

    2017/2016 M2
    Cobra F8+, 10.5*, VA Composites Raijin 44 F2
    Cobra F8 3-4 wood 15.5*, VA Composites Raijin 44 F3

    Ping G400 hybrids 19*, 22*, Alta 70 R

    Ping G 5-GW, CFS 70 graphite R
    Ping Glide 1.0 55*, CFS Wedge flex

    Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth 58*, Alta 70 R

    Ping Zing 2 TR 34", Flatso 1.0 grip
  • Peanut191Peanut191 Members Posts: 1,862 ✭✭
    2016 M2 is still in the bag. Nice combination of forgiveness and distance.
    M2 10.5, set to 9.75, D5, KK XT 70s
    M2 Tour 16.5, Diamana Thump 85s
    Titleist 913 21* Kiyoshi White 95 04 flex
    Srixon 745 4-PW, Dynamic Gold 115s
    Callaway Razr Forged GW 51
    Vokey 56F 14 bounce, Vokey 60M
    Scotty Newport 1.5
  • 3woodvt3woodvt 5 test drives for clubface contact. #footpowder Members Posts: 1,628 ✭✭
    rgk5 wrote:


    Ping G30 LST, G400 Max

    Cobra F8+, now slightly bested by the F9, at least in my hands

    Epic or Rogue, not a huge difference

    2017/2016 M2
    If that 30Lst would have been quieter I'd still be playing it. Best driver I ever played!
    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
  • tcatone5tcatone5 Members Posts: 14 ✭✭
    I ended up with the M4 I hit the M6 and the grouping was a little tighter but no significant improvement vs the M4 and for $180 less it was a no brainer great distance and it really helped the fade in my shot everything stayed straight with the M4 D type. It is great when you step up to the tee with confidence. I wasn't a TM guy until now but things may change.
    [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]
  • RainShadowRainShadow Tucson AZ (for now)Members Posts: 3,680 ✭✭
    After trying everything and playing the Cally Xhot, GBB and Epic, I've settled in on the

    Ping G400 w/ the Hazrdus Yellow 71gm shaft. Could have gone G400 LST as well.

    Both super forgiving.

    Demo'd against the GBB and Epic, outdoors w/ trackman. G400 was about 6-10 yards longer and much straighter for me.

    I love the sound off the Epic when pured, but there really was no comparison .........I was a little shocked, since I haven't liked Ping drivers in the past.

    1st 2 rounds haven't missed a fairway with the G400.
    Ping G400 10.5 Hzrdus Yellow 75 6.0
    Rogue 17* Atmos Blue TS
    G 410 19* Tour 85 R
    Apex  23 & 26 Kuro Kage S
    Cobra Forged Tec Black 6-GW Modus 105s (In Play) / Srixon Z765 6-GW Modus 105s (Standing By)
    MackDaddy4 Black 54 S and RTX 3 Raw 58* 
     Bettinardi '16 BB1 / '16 Bettinardi Tiki /  '17 Studio Stock 8
    Chrome Soft / TP5/ Wilson Staff FG Tour
  • playaplaya Members Posts: 8,719 ✭✭
    As a drawer of the ball with my miss being a hook, I have found recent drivers to be problematic for me. The obsession with distance has meant most drivers I've tried are designed with a draw bias to squeeze out a few extra yards, but at the cost of consistency and accuracy. I've also found newer drivers to be over 45", again to give more distance but at the cost of accuracy. Shafts are also a problem for me as I am aggressive through impact and need a stiff tip/low torque combo, which don't come stock so adds to price. In short, I can't recommend anything from the last 5 years cause I don't like any of them.



    I play a TM r7 super quad TP with a GD Quattro tech, and although I give up 10 yards on the best drives with newer bombers, the confidence I have standing on the tee knowing where the ball is going makes up for it.
  • AG12AG12 Members Posts: 599 ✭✭
    TS2....combined with my Tensei Pro White shaft....best driver I have played since the original RBZ
    Titleist TS2 9.5* Tensei Pro White 60S
    Titleist TS2 15* Tensei Pro White 70S
    Titleist 818H2 21* Atmos HB Tour Spec Blue 8S
    PING i210 4-UW Project X LZ 120
    Taylormade Hi-Toe 56*/60* 
    Taylormade Spider X Navy 
    TaylorMade TP5
    WITB
  • ace036ace036 Members Posts: 1,997 ✭✭
    G400 Max. By far the most forgiving and straightest driver I’ve ever hit or gamed.
    Ping G400 Max 10.5° - Aldila Rogue Elite Blue 65X
    Titleist 917F2 16.5° - Aldila NV 2KXV Orange 75S
    Titleist 917F2 21° - Aldila NV 2KXV Orange 75S
    Titleist 718 AP2 (4-PW) - Project X 6.0
    Titleist SM6 50.08F - Project X 6.0
    Titleist SM6 54.10S - Project X 6.0
    Titleist SM6 58.08M - Project X 6.0
    Bettinardi Studio Reserve JAM-F
  • KonkliferKonklifer Thinkin' of a master plan... location, location.Members Posts: 7,813 ✭✭
    G400 Max
    PING G400 Max 10°
    PING G400 16.5°
    PING G400 hybrid 19°
    PING i25 hybrid 22°
    Callaway XHP 5-AW
    PING Glide 2.0 Stealth, 54° SS, 58° ES
    Kevin Burns 9306
    Snell MTB Red Optic Yellow
  • martyball1martyball1 Members Posts: 1
    My second 2016 M2 is on the way. I should have kept the first one. Tried several drivers in between. Nothing recently could kick my G20 out of the bag, but the M2 will.
  • JohnnyB HipsJohnnyB Hips Lefty Boomers Posts: 452 ✭✭
    Epic SZ. I tried a couple of drivers like Taylormade M2 and Cobra King LTD but i still like the feel of the jailbreak! image/wink.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=';)' />



    But I'm really tempted to try Ping G400.
  • sdandreasdandrea Steve Members Posts: 2,347 ✭✭
    edited Feb 8, 2019 9:25am #46
    PING G30, G, G400, G410. That should cover at least 5 years......oh, the surprising Callaway BB Fusion!
    Post edited by Unknown User on
    Cobra Max 10.5*
    Cobra Baffler T Rail 19*
    Cobra Baffler 5h
    Maltby Tricept F1 6-GW
    Callaway Sure Out 56*
    Odyssey V-Line
  • TollBrosTollBros Overseer of the Test Range Sponsors Posts: 4,873 ✭✭
    edited Feb 6, 2019 7:44pm #47
    Taylormade M5

    Taylormade M2 2016

    Cobra F9+

    Taylormade M4

    Ping G400 LST

    Callaway Epic SZ

    Cobra LTD Pro

    Callaway Epic Flash SZ



    Pick any of those that suits you and you'll be in business. You can add G400 max to the list too if you don't need ultra low spin.
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  • Krt22Krt22 Members Posts: 6,433 ✭✭
    TollBros wrote:


    Taylormade M5

    Taylormade M2 2016

    Cobra F9+

    Taylormade M4

    Ping G400 LST

    Callaway Epic SZ

    Cobra LTD Pro

    Callaway Epic Flash SZ



    Pick any of those that suits you and you'll be in business. You can add G400 max to the list too if you don't need ultra low spin.




    Interesting....M4 is better than M6?
  • TollBrosTollBros Overseer of the Test Range Sponsors Posts: 4,873 ✭✭
    GolfTurkey wrote:


    Interesting how quickly the hype around the TS drivers has died down. Lots of play on tour (maybe because Titleist is paying for numbers) but pretty quiet around here.




    There was only 1 non paid Titleist driver in play last week. You are correct.
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  • TollBrosTollBros Overseer of the Test Range Sponsors Posts: 4,873 ✭✭
    Krt22 wrote:

    TollBros wrote:


    Taylormade M5

    Taylormade M2 2016

    Cobra F9+

    Taylormade M4

    Ping G400 LST

    Callaway Epic SZ

    Cobra LTD Pro

    Callaway Epic Flash SZ



    Pick any of those that suits you and you'll be in business. You can add G400 max to the list too if you don't need ultra low spin.




    Interesting....M4 is better than M6?




    Slightly lower launch to loft which had some of our guys having a hard time keeping the launch down. Assuming this isn't an issue for you, the performance is on par assuming you can subtract loft. There are a lot of very good drivers. M3, rogue sz, the ts2, etc. I could keep making a list but these are the ones that stood out for one reason or another.
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  • 3woodvt3woodvt 5 test drives for clubface contact. #footpowder Members Posts: 1,628 ✭✭
    TollBros wrote:


    Taylormade M5

    Taylormade M2 2016

    Cobra F9+

    Taylormade M4

    Ping G400 LST

    Callaway Epic SZ

    Cobra LTD Pro

    Callaway Epic Flash SZ



    Pick any of those that suits you and you'll be in business. You can add G400 max to the list too if you don't need ultra low spin.
    Pretty darn goodlooking list
    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
  • Krt22Krt22 Members Posts: 6,433 ✭✭
    TollBros wrote:

    Krt22 wrote:

    TollBros wrote:


    Taylormade M5

    Taylormade M2 2016

    Cobra F9+

    Taylormade M4

    Ping G400 LST

    Callaway Epic SZ

    Cobra LTD Pro

    Callaway Epic Flash SZ



    Pick any of those that suits you and you'll be in business. You can add G400 max to the list too if you don't need ultra low spin.




    Interesting....M4 is better than M6?




    Slightly lower launch to loft which had some of our guys having a hard time keeping the launch down. Assuming this isn't an issue for you, the performance is on par assuming you can subtract loft. There are a lot of very good drivers. M3, rogue sz, the ts2, etc. I could keep making a list but these are the ones that stood out for one reason or another.




    ic, so really only an issue for the really high speed guys playing the lowest lofted heads already?
  • RedbirdRedbird Members Posts: 2,233 ✭✭
  • 8iron1758iron175 Members Posts: 96
    pxg new generation, by far amazing
  • GooseHookGooseHook Keep it Fraiche Members Posts: 11,668 ✭✭
    Bio Cell + and LTD were years ahead of their time.



    SLDR if you're okay with a 230yd miss for every 330yd bomb.



    First two years of the M series are all great drivers.
    M4 9.5°, Green Mamba 70TX
    Mizuno ST-180 16°, Atmos Blue 8x
    Mizuno CLK  19°, Recoil Hybrid 95
    Mizuno MP Fli Hi 21°, Recoil 110

    Srixon Z785 5-PW
    Mizuno S18  50.07, 54.08 & 58.08
    Nippon Modus 125x
    EVNROLL ER3
    Z-Star XV
    Lead Tape


  • ShooterMcGerinShooterMcGerin ClubWRX Posts: 136 ClubWRX
    tcatone5 wrote:



    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?
    Id go with 917s. They are SUPER cheap at the moment
  • platgofplatgof platgof ClubWRX Posts: 1,432 ClubWRX
    I still have my 16 M2, and it is long. Now the Fusion is in the bag, and for the price the Fusion is in its own class. The Fusion Heavy is amazing.
    GBB Fusion HT 13.5
    F9 5-6 WD
    F9 7-8 WD
    OS 5 & 6 Hybrid
    P790 5-PW
    Glide AW, SW, LW
    TM Spider Pro Red C/S
    B330RX
  • BeerPerHoleBeerPerHole Members Posts: 1,127 ✭✭
    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?
    The XR16 may be the best driver I've hit. I ended up getting a G400Max, which is a candidate for your poll, certainly. In a fitting attempt with several drivers the XR16 was the longest in the batch...
    Ping G400 Max, 8-degrees, tour stiff
    Mizuno JPX900 Forged irons
    Ping G400 5-wood
    Taylormade Spider blade
    Srixon Z Star
    IPA
  • BeerPerHoleBeerPerHole Members Posts: 1,127 ✭✭
    Storms wrote:

    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.
    My son, 13, absolutely pounded his M2 until the crown cracked. TM sent him an M4...which, after trying it for a couple months, is being pushed aside by a replacement M2 that I found still in the wrapper. First session with it last night at the range...back out to the back of the range again... Great club.
    Ping G400 Max, 8-degrees, tour stiff
    Mizuno JPX900 Forged irons
    Ping G400 5-wood
    Taylormade Spider blade
    Srixon Z Star
    IPA
  • StormsStorms San DiegoMembers Posts: 79 ✭✭

    Storms wrote:

    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.
    My son, 13, absolutely pounded his M2 until the crown cracked. TM sent him an M4...which, after trying it for a couple months, is being pushed aside by a replacement M2 that I found still in the wrapper. First session with it last night at the range...back out to the back of the range again... Great club.




    Yeah the M2 is a real winner. I actually got my M2 head from a buddy who got the M3 when it came out. He says that he still hasn't hit the M3 as deep as the M2 he gave me lol. He knows he isn't getting it back though
    TaylorMade 2016 M2 9.5* HZRDUS Yellow
    Titleist 915F 15* Aldila Rouge Black
    TaylorMade M1 19* Aldila Rouge Black
    Titleist 585H 21* Titleist 4175
    TaylorMade Psi Tour 4-PW KBS Tour 120s
    Akira Tour Issue 54*
    Akira Tour Issue 60*
    Yes! Callie
  • TollBrosTollBros Overseer of the Test Range Sponsors Posts: 4,873 ✭✭
    edited Feb 7, 2019 1:15am #61
    Krt22 wrote:

    TollBros wrote:

    Krt22 wrote:

    TollBros wrote:


    Taylormade M5

    Taylormade M2 2016

    Cobra F9+

    Taylormade M4

    Ping G400 LST

    Callaway Epic SZ

    Cobra LTD Pro

    Callaway Epic Flash SZ



    Pick any of those that suits you and you'll be in business. You can add G400 max to the list too if you don't need ultra low spin.




    Interesting....M4 is better than M6?




    Slightly lower launch to loft which had some of our guys having a hard time keeping the launch down. Assuming this isn't an issue for you, the performance is on par assuming you can subtract loft. There are a lot of very good drivers. M3, rogue sz, the ts2, etc. I could keep making a list but these are the ones that stood out for one reason or another.




    ic, so really only an issue for the really high speed guys playing the lowest lofted heads already?




    If you are already playing the lowest loft and still hit it too high, then that's the issue. Obviously you can get a Tour head and tailor the exact loft and all that, but for most people, especially this early in the season, that's not easy to do or within their budget. I assumed the OP was going to go with a retail head of some sort. For the price though, you really are hard pressed to beat that 2016 M2.
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