Best Driver in the last 5 years?

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  • swing thoughtsswing thoughts Members Posts: 259 ✭✭


    The G400 Max is the best fairway finder I think I've ever hit. Been in play for 8 rounds and I've missed 3 fairway's with it and those were just horrible swings or trying to reach places I shouldn't try to reach in winter weather.


    So 8 rounds is like 100 driver shots... you're hitting >95% fairways???
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  • buckeyewaltbuckeyewalt Members Posts: 118 ✭✭
    G400 Max and it's not even close.
  • AutomaticTwoDownAutomaticTwoDown Two down after two, time to get to work Members Posts: 431 ✭✭



    The G400 Max is the best fairway finder I think I've ever hit. Been in play for 8 rounds and I've missed 3 fairway's with it and those were just horrible swings or trying to reach places I shouldn't try to reach in winter weather.


    So 8 rounds is like 100 driver shots... you're hitting >95% fairways???


    109/112 fairways is very impressive. Over 97%.
  • 300_Straight300_Straight Members Posts: 954 ✭✭
    Currently testing the Epic SZ & King LTD Pro. They are both very similar in feel and performance I find. I have always had the LTD Pro in my heart since the 1st time I hit it, so there's that. Plus I feel more comfortable over the ball with the shape. Both great drivers though.
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  • mtgjrmtgjr Members Posts: 604 ✭✭


    The G400 Max is the best fairway finder I think I've ever hit. Been in play for 8 rounds and I've missed 3 fairway's with it and those were just horrible swings or trying to reach places I shouldn't try to reach in winter weather.




    That is truly remarkable. You missed only 3 out of around 100 fairways?!
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  • TollBrosTollBros Overseer of the Test Range Sponsors Posts: 4,873 ✭✭
    JStang wrote:


    For whatever reason, I just didn't hit my TS3 all that great. I hit my 917D3 farther which was strange. I went back to my tour issue 2016 M2 yesterday at the range and fell in love all over again. The sound/feel off that head with hot melt is perfect. I was hitting it really high but I think that has more to do with my positive angle of attack than anything.



    I also have an F9 inbound that I got at a price I couldn't say no to so there will be a nice shootout soon.




    Everytime I try to replace my 2016 M2 8.5 head I end up wondering what the **** I'm doing and go right back. It's the Michael Jordan of driver heads.
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  • JStangJStang Members Posts: 2,399 ✭✭
    Let me get one of your backups Toll. Is the 8.5 really that much hotter than the 9.5?
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  • TollBrosTollBros Overseer of the Test Range Sponsors Posts: 4,873 ✭✭
    JStang wrote:


    Let me get one of your backups Toll. Is the 8.5 really that much hotter than the 9.5?




    I only have one backup head and I can't risk selling it. I don't play a 9.5 driver so I don't really hit those lofts unless it's for fun in the cage but compared to just about anything else in the same loft, the ball speeds off my 8.5 heads are always at the highest end of the spectrum, even against this year's heads.
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  • Jack PearsallJack Pearsall Members Posts: 3,325 ✭✭
    Lot of snarky shots at the SLDR...yet it’s clear there’s this awesome respect for the sheer power...almost a longing to be able to slay the beast...with your cruddy swing? Dream on.
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  • SpeedyProSpeedyPro Members Posts: 565
    I hit at least 20 to 30 yds longer drive with Cobra F8+ compared to other drivers.

    But I am struggling with my swing, so I don't think I can say others are not as good.



    I am just saying that F8+ gets my vote.

    I am very curious if I will get better results with F9.
  • 3woodvt3woodvt 5 test drives for clubface contact. #footpowder Members Posts: 1,628 ✭✭
    F9 weight forward!
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  • agadawg17171agadawg17171 Bomb and Gouge The ATLMembers Posts: 1,569 ✭✭
    The 2016 M2 was is still is the best. I wish I would have kept one around. The one I had with a little hot melt in it was a solid feeling cannon!
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  • tangojaytangojay Members Posts: 928 ✭✭
    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?




    Same here, bought a 10.5 XR16, White Tie shaft for $150 on eBay, never been happier !!! Took it to the PGA Superstore to compare it to a Taylormade M3, salesman tried to talk me into spending $349 because my "numbers" were so much better with the M3,,, simulator said +3 yards distance and -1 dispersion,,, NOPE, not enough,,, did buy a drink because I was tired of trying out shafts on the M3,,,,
  • manima1manima1 Members Posts: 708 ✭✭
    TollBros wrote:

    JStang wrote:


    Let me get one of your backups Toll. Is the 8.5 really that much hotter than the 9.5?




    I only have one backup head and I can't risk selling it. I don't play a 9.5 driver so I don't really hit those lofts unless it's for fun in the cage but compared to just about anything else in the same loft, the ball speeds off my 8.5 heads are always at the highest end of the spectrum, even against this year's heads.






    I really hope I never crack mine. Wish I bought a backup a couple years ago while they were still readily available. If anyone ever finds a source, please DM me.
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  • RainShadowRainShadow Tucson AZ (for now)Members Posts: 3,680 ✭✭
    edited Feb 20, 2019 3:20pm #106
    G400LST or 400 Are hard to beat.

    The 400Max didn't work all that well for me.

    As long as I'm swinging OK, the G400 is in the fairway. Swinging really well, 15 yards past my Epic

    Compared to my Epic, forgiveness is way better.
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  • JackrwestyJackrwesty Members Posts: 244 ✭✭
    Burner superfast 2.0, easily 15-20 yards longer then my m2 I use now, but my m2 is so much more forgiving !!!! ...why did it have to break ! :'(
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  • Milez28Milez28 Members Posts: 422 ✭✭
    2016 M2 by far



    Every year I get the new drivers, and I always go back to the OG M2
  • Ryan5508Ryan5508 Members Posts: 462 ✭✭
    G400 max



    Longest and straightest driver I have owned and I am a driver ho.

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  • shepardshepard Members Posts: 54
    2016 M 2. Was at the Senior Tour stop in Boca this weekend and I'm seeing a number of the pros still using it and they are not being paid to do so. If this isn't an endorsement then I don't know what is. But know your loft and definitely try out a few shafts at a fitter.
  • JStangJStang Members Posts: 2,399 ✭✭
    TollBros wrote:

    JStang wrote:


    Let me get one of your backups Toll. Is the 8.5 really that much hotter than the 9.5?




    I only have one backup head and I can't risk selling it. I don't play a 9.5 driver so I don't really hit those lofts unless it's for fun in the cage but compared to just about anything else in the same loft, the ball speeds off my 8.5 heads are always at the highest end of the spectrum, even against this year's heads.




    Do you have any experience with the 2016 M1 in 8.5 loft? I wonder if it's as hot as the M2?
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  • manima1manima1 Members Posts: 708 ✭✭
    JStang wrote:

    TollBros wrote:

    JStang wrote:


    Let me get one of your backups Toll. Is the 8.5 really that much hotter than the 9.5?




    I only have one backup head and I can't risk selling it. I don't play a 9.5 driver so I don't really hit those lofts unless it's for fun in the cage but compared to just about anything else in the same loft, the ball speeds off my 8.5 heads are always at the highest end of the spectrum, even against this year's heads.




    Do you have any experience with the 2016 M1 in 8.5 loft? I wonder if it's as hot as the M2?




    Not trying to be a smartass, but he has that comp in the first page of this thread. 16 M2 is a ballspeed freak.



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  • longofftheteeslongoffthetees GeorgiaMembers Posts: 966 ✭✭



    The G400 Max is the best fairway finder I think I've ever hit. Been in play for 8 rounds and I've missed 3 fairway's with it and those were just horrible swings or trying to reach places I shouldn't try to reach in winter weather.


    So 8 rounds is like 100 driver shots... you're hitting >95% fairways???




    I only hit driver 6 holes on my home course. Fairly wide fairways. I've changed my driving philosophy over the last year. I am happy with 260-270 as long as it's in the short stuff and very rarely go after my driver.
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  • JStangJStang Members Posts: 2,399 ✭✭
    manima1 wrote:

    JStang wrote:

    TollBros wrote:

    JStang wrote:


    Let me get one of your backups Toll. Is the 8.5 really that much hotter than the 9.5?




    I only have one backup head and I can't risk selling it. I don't play a 9.5 driver so I don't really hit those lofts unless it's for fun in the cage but compared to just about anything else in the same loft, the ball speeds off my 8.5 heads are always at the highest end of the spectrum, even against this year's heads.




    Do you have any experience with the 2016 M1 in 8.5 loft? I wonder if it's as hot as the M2?




    Not trying to be a smartass, but he has that comp in the first page of this thread. 16 M2 is a ballspeed freak.



    http://www.golfwrx.c...omparison-data/




    Thanks, I didn't even think to reference that.
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  • longofftheteeslongoffthetees GeorgiaMembers Posts: 966 ✭✭
    mtgjr wrote:



    The G400 Max is the best fairway finder I think I've ever hit. Been in play for 8 rounds and I've missed 3 fairway's with it and those were just horrible swings or trying to reach places I shouldn't try to reach in winter weather.




    That is truly remarkable. You missed only 3 out of around 100 fairways?!




    I hit 3 wood more than driver. I only hit driver 5-6 times a round and use a very smooth swing and just try to place the ball. Have fairly wide fairways at my home course. I always aim middle and if I fade or draw a couple yards I'm still in good shape.
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  • A.PrinceyA.Princey Major Hacker Members Posts: 2,149 ✭✭
    edited Feb 13, 2019 7:23pm #116
    Recently bought a 2016 M2 head just to see what all the fuss is about, won't be able to hit it for awhile though.
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  • dmeeksDCdmeeksDC ClubWRX Posts: 2,195 ClubWRX
    TollBros wrote:

    rt_charger wrote:

    TollBros wrote:


    There was only 1 non paid Titleist driver in play last week. You are correct.


    To be honest, I don't think that's a useful metric in any way. All the guys who would want to play TS are already Titleist guys otherwise everyone else has their preferred or brand paid driver OR they're playing Tmag for the tee-up money. What is more impressive is Mizuno's ST190 being a brand that isn't known for woods and doesn't advertise and market their products to pros. When you have more than 1 pro put it in the bag when they aren't paid to for a company that doesn't have a rep for good woods it says something.




    Taylormade does not pay tee up money. Everyone else still does though. For the record Taylormade had 68% of all the non contracted drivers in play last week. When players are not paid you can count on 4 things. They will play Taylormade drivers, Mitsubishi shafts, Mizuno irons and Scotty putters at an overwealming percentage.




    On the money. I was at Torrey Pines and Riviera and no doubt the TM drivers dominate. It’s not even close. And you know, of the four brands listed here I can see it with three of them. TaylorMade drivers, Mitsubishi shafts (Diamana remains an all-time fave of mine) and Mizuno irons are all really strong. Mizuno irons are my choice most of the time. I just like how they play.



    The only one I have never understood is the Scotty putters. Never have been drawn to them even after multiple demos. And mine is not the most prevalent opinion but I think the TaylorMade putter insert is the best one going. I bought a discounted Chaska last summer and that insert gets the ball rolling so well. I get really consistent distance control with it.



    Guys who play Titleist like the TS3 and they are smashing it, but these guys smash everything. TS3 over the TS2 for most, but TS2 fairways are the choice off the turf.



    Also, there is a lot of buzz about this year’s Mizuno drivers. Probably not enough to get TM players to switch but it certainly is recognized as a big step forward for Mizuno drivers. It is worth watching Keith Mitchell just to see him hit the ST190.
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  • Jack PearsallJack Pearsall Members Posts: 3,325 ✭✭
    edited Feb 20, 2019 4:32pm #118
    Hardest thing is finding the right shaft. The head differences are there but it has always been about finding that shaft that you can swing fully with and get the results desired.



    JP thinks that driver head changes from OEMs are mostly small and incremental, and more marketing than tech. As such, the focus on the driver head is a little too accentuated....but we are all prey to shiny pretty new things yes...
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  • Whit1969Whit1969 Members Posts: 973 ✭✭
    M2 either 2016 or 2017. The 2017 was a tad more draw bias than the 2016 though. The 2016 just provided a more solid feel, sound, and a little less spin for me. Haven’t found anything to beat it out yet. Have a Diamana D+ in mine and it’s a great combination.



    Also the Cobra Fly Z+ is a great option at a fantastic price now.
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  • bodhi555bodhi555 Members Posts: 736 ✭✭
    Of the ones I have tried I would go with:



    Vapor Fly

    2016 M2

    TS3



    Best all rounder of the 3 for me was the Vapor Fly, although I didn't get a chance to try the TS3 with my choice of shaft. 2016 M2 was slightly longer, but not as accurate and I hated the feel - the Vapor Fly is an absolute beast for me since I put the Speeder 757 in it. Swing as hard as I want and it just flies high and straight.
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    The Blades: Nike VR Pro 4i - PW - DG S400 TI Shaft
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