Best drivers circa 2014-16? / Should I buy a 915 D2?

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tjc4golftjc4golf Members  9WRX Points: 0Posts: 9
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In the market for a dirt cheap (under $75), used driver.



Why an older driver:
  • I'm cheap / for a second bag that stays at my parents' house and rarely gets used
  • driver tech has not changed dramatically in the past few years
  • time allows consensus to emerge (e.g. "that was a great club" or "that club was hard to hit")


About me:
  • I'm an ok player (6 hcp). 100ish SS / 275ish yards off tee.
  • Prefer low spin drivers - my ball flight can get a little high.
  • Don't work the ball. Prefer forgiving to workable.
  • Not very sensitive to club changes - if it's a well regarded club I'll hit it well
  • Not too worried about shafts - Aldila NV shafts work well for me and I have some extras lying around


Current thoughts:
  • Get a Titleist 915 D2. Consensus seems to be that they were great clubs
  • Pings seem great BUT G20 isn't adjustable (deal breaker), G25 has the old adapter (deal breaker), and G30 is a little beyond my budget
  • SLDR consensus say it's too unforgiving. R15 outside my budget


Questions:
  • Are there any great Callaways from that era?
  • Other brands / clubs I should consider?
  • Or should I just go with a 915?
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  • jtj74jtj74 Members  850WRX Points: 142Posts: 850 Golden Tee
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    Cobra King LTD.
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  • msd71msd71 Members  742WRX Points: 155Handicap: 1Posts: 742 Golden Tee
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    LTD or Anser



    Edit - Anser has the old ping adapter but for cheap low spin it can't be beat.
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  • Lancj1Lancj1 Members  936WRX Points: 98Handicap: 18Posts: 936 Golden Tee
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    XR or XR 16, maybe Pro ?
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  • MacklessdaddyMacklessdaddy Members  541WRX Points: 121Posts: 541 Golden Tee
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    gonna be tough as **** for an under 75 dollar modern driver
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    Ping G 3W
    Ping G 3 and 4 Hybrid Tour 90
    Ping G410 PX LZ 6.0
    Cleveland CBX 54 58
    Bridgestone TD-03 
  • Christen_The_SloopChristen_The_Sloop Members  1393WRX Points: 315Posts: 1,393 Platinum Tees
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    I still play the 915 D3. Great clubs.
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    D - Ping G400 LST Tour AD IZ 6x
    15 - Titleist 915 FD Attas G7 6x
    18 - Royal Collection SFD X7 Speeder Evolution II 757x
    22 - Mizuno CLK Daimana Thump 90x
    4-P - Tourstage MR23 U.S. Spec CB DGX100
    52, 56 - Cleveland RTX4 forged S400
    60 - Cleveland 588 
  • tjc4golftjc4golf Members  9WRX Points: 0Posts: 9
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    gonna be tough as **** for an under 75 dollar modern driver




    Don't underestimate my thriftiness. Just lost an eBay auction on a 915 D3 by $1. Winner got it for $29 + $13 shipping.
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  • Steele47Steele47 Members  1803WRX Points: 938Posts: 1,803 Platinum Tees
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    915 D3 is great choice. It's one of the clubs I have no intention of ever selling. I tried the D2 but just prefer the shape of D3.
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  • ChristopherMcDonaldChristopherMcDonald Members  2478WRX Points: 141Posts: 2,478 Platinum Tees
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    Cobra LTD's can be had pretty cheap these days even brand new. Great club IMO
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    Cobra King LTD UST Elements Chrome
    Taylormade '07 Burner 3 Wood Miyazaki B.Asha
    Taylormade '07 Burner 5 Wood Miyazaki B.Asha
    Taylormade '07 Burner 7 Wood Matrix Ozik 6Q3
    Adams XTD Tour 5-GW True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT
    Scratch Tour Issue 1018 56* True Temper Dynamic Gold
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  • Lefty96Lefty96 Members  243WRX Points: 173Posts: 243 Fairways
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    D2 is a pretty high spin head. I had both a 910 d3 and a 910 d2. D3 was a little better for spin, but both spun too much for me. Xr 16 pro, or you could maybe pull an epic off ebay for near a 100.
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    Callaway Rogue Subzero 9*/Hzrdus Yellow 6.5
    XR 16 15* 3w/fukijura 565 Stiff
    Adams Red 18*/Matrix altus Stiff
    4-PW 718 AP3/AMT tour white Stiff
    50* cleveland RTX 2.0 (10* bounce)
    56* cleveland RTX 2.0 (12* bounce)
    60* cleveland RTX 2.0 (6* bounce)
    Odyssey O-Works #9 with Garsen Ultimate grip
  • BackNine29BackNine29 BackNine29 Pacific Northwest, USAMembers  396WRX Points: 68Handicap: 2.5Posts: 396 Greens
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    Finding for about $75 will be tough, but the outstanding Cobra LTD. can be found for a only a little bit more.
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  • dmarchdmarch ClubWRX  357WRX Points: 74Handicap: 8Posts: 357 ClubWRX
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    915 D2 is a great choice. Not the longest out there but nothing has been straighter for me.
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    Titleist TS2 Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7S
    Titleist TS2 MRC Diamana D+
    Titleist 915F MRC Diamana D+
    Titlleist 816h MRC Diamana D+
    Cobra Fly-Z Plus UST Recoil 110
    54* Cobra Pur
    58* Cobra Pur
    Odyssey OWorks 7S
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  • JustsomeguyJustsomeguy Members  1213WRX Points: 223Handicap: 15Posts: 1,213 Platinum Tees
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    Love my 915d3. Very forgiving. It's long for me. By comparison, I had a Callaway Epic for a minute that was a bit longer, but not as predictable.

    As for spin, I had to use a higher torque shaft to get enough. I'm low 90s driver ss.
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    Cobra F9 10.5* Project X Evenflow Blue 65 R - CAMO!
    Cobra F9 15* 5w Project X Evenflow Blue 65 R
    Titleist 915H 20* Diamana S+ Blue 70, R
    Titleist 716 AP1 4-W52, Kuro Kage Tini 65, S
    Cleveland CBX, 56*/12, Rotex Graphite Wedge Flex
    Cleveland Smart Square Blade
  • Whit1969Whit1969 Members  1085WRX Points: 137Posts: 1,085 Platinum Tees
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    2016 M2, end of discussion
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    Taylormade 2016 M2 PX Evenflow Blue 65
    Callaway Rogue 3 wood PX Evenflow Blue 75
    Titleist 915H 2 Hybrid Diamana S+ 70
    Mizuno JPX 900 Forged 4-GW PX LZ 5.5
    Vokey SM6 54 & 58
    Odyssey Protype ix milled #1

  • BookerBooker Members  798WRX Points: 98Posts: 798 Golden Tee
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    Doubt you will find an m2 for $75 but cobra fly z plus and biocell pro were decent. 915 d2 is a decent choice but the d3 would be a lower spin option (awful tinny sound though if you can deal with that).
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  • K13K13 DenverMembers  202WRX Points: 132Handicap: 12Posts: 202 Fairways
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    One more vote for Cobra King LTD. Checks all your boxes for low spin, straight, forgiving.
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  • naj959naj959 Members  1079WRX Points: 141Posts: 1,079 Platinum Tees
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    Hey op. I have a g30 as a gamer and bought a 915d2 in very good condition for $80 over the holidays. I have a mid 100mph swing but my handicap is a bit higher. The 915 is in the bag right now because it is a very accurate driver. Its about 10 yards shorter than my g30 but I was not fit for either so take that with a grain of salt. I have the confidence to just aim down the left side and take a rip with the 915. The ping tends to draw on me and a hook is my miss. With the D2 that hook swing produces a tiny draw that finds the left side of the fairway. I have it in the fade setting and lofted up. At 9.5 degrees the d2 launches lower than the 9* g30 but as we all know stated lofts mean nothing. So in short, the d2 is great for short tight courses and the g30 would be better suited for a longer course with wider fairways. YMMV; hope this helps.
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  • BYKBYK Cardinals NationMembers  2101WRX Points: 301Posts: 2,101 Platinum Tees
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    Lancj1 wrote:


    XR or XR 16, maybe Pro ?




    Love my XR16 Pro

    Still in the bag
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  • JagpilotohioJagpilotohio 45+ inch drivers are evil. Columbus, OHMembers  7273WRX Points: 581Handicap: 1.8Posts: 7,273 Titanium Tees
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    Another LTD vote.
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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
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    I loved my Cally Razr Hawk Tour. I liked it more than my 2016 M2 that I've used for a few years now (and still use), but I'd recommend either of the two.
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    Titleist 917 F2 15 Speeder 757X
    Titleist 816 H2 19 Diamana S+ 90X
    Ben Hogan Ft Worth HI 22 TIX100 AMT SS1X
    Ben Hogan FW15 26-46 TIX100 AMT SS1X
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    Love my D2
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  • wam78wam78 Members  674WRX Points: 198Handicap: NAPosts: 674 Golden Tee
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    some great insight in here. I agree with 915 D3 (wish I kept mine) and LTD. You might be able to find a Callaway GBB head for that price as well. Low spinning and long!
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    Ts3 15*  Mitsubishi Diamana S+ Blue Board 70s set at C1
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    Bridgestone Tour B X-CB 5-pw Modus 120s
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  • tjc4golftjc4golf Members  9WRX Points: 0Posts: 9
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    Thanks for all the feedback!



    Seems the Cobra LTD, 915 D2 and 915 D3 are the top choices from this generation.



    XR 16 seems to be a solid option too but not quite as widely praised as those top three.
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  • JagpilotohioJagpilotohio 45+ inch drivers are evil. Columbus, OHMembers  7273WRX Points: 581Handicap: 1.8Posts: 7,273 Titanium Tees
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    tjc4golf wrote:


    Thanks for all the feedback!



    Seems the Cobra LTD, 915 D2 and 915 D3 are the top choices from this generation.



    XR 16 seems to be a solid option too but not quite as widely praised as those top three.




    Here is WRX test results from 2016 best drivers. They treated LTD and the LTD Pro as different clubs for some reason. Only the loft and lie is different. If they treated them as one club it wins best driver.



    http://www.golfwrx.com/352108/2016-gear-trials-best-drivers-club-test/
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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
  • erock9174erock9174 North Canton, OHMembers  4141WRX Points: 243Handicap: 10.5Posts: 4,141 Titanium Tees
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    Callaway Great Big Bertha 2016. Sliding weight. Adjustable hosel. Dirt cheap. Tip is still current.
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    Callaway Epic Flash 12*

    Exotics Xrail 3h | 4h | 5h

    Cleveland  588 Altitude 6-PW

    Cleveland CBX 50*/56*/60* - Callaway Sure Out 64*

    Ping Sigma 2 Tyne 4 Platinum

    Titleist ProV1x Yellow

    Handicap: 8.5


  • erock9174erock9174 North Canton, OHMembers  4141WRX Points: 243Handicap: 10.5Posts: 4,141 Titanium Tees
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    Whit1969 wrote:


    2016 M2, end of discussion




    Cult following pushed prices back up. Although I snagged a brand new 12* back in Oct on auction for $22 shipped. Sold it the day after it came in for $160.
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    Callaway Epic Flash 12*

    Exotics Xrail 3h | 4h | 5h

    Cleveland  588 Altitude 6-PW

    Cleveland CBX 50*/56*/60* - Callaway Sure Out 64*

    Ping Sigma 2 Tyne 4 Platinum

    Titleist ProV1x Yellow

    Handicap: 8.5


  • T.B.T.B. Members  307WRX Points: 106Handicap: 10Posts: 307 Greens
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    2016 M2. Was,, is a great driver.
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  • dunndunn Members  6362WRX Points: 163Handicap: 5Posts: 6,362 Titanium Tees
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    One thing I've learned in hundreds of clubs I've played over last 6 or so years is



    If you find one you hit well for whatever reason, hang on to it.....thoroughly test another without giving that " EXACT CLUB" up



    It's a strange thing....but it's TRUE



    I've given up many to find better and go back and get another model same as one I had and wasnt same.....



    Cant even count how many drivers, woods, wedges, putters and irons I've had.....



    Currently with M6 and its money....not even gonna change the grip and when I do I will copy exact weight and profile....its working that good...its not better than others it just fits me



    Had all M series, RBZ series, R series, titleist series, blah blah



    Last driver I absolutely hit better than anything was TM SF TP 2.0...since than it's been a struggle....titleist drivers are great.....have buddy's who smash em and cant hit TM drivers so it's just about you and what you hit well
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  • Rk5Rk5 Members  103WRX Points: 44Posts: 103 Fairways
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    I played a 915D2 for a while, it was a very nice club. Also I find Titleist clubs age very well but still drop in price so can be had for a steal.



    The titleist stock shaft options have been great for years which means there is plenty of selection for cheap on ebay.
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    Callaway XR 3 wood Project X LZ 6.0
    Titleist 712U 2 iron KBS C-Taper S+
    Titleist 816 H2 21* Fujikura Atmos Tour Spec HB 8S
    Ping I E1 irons 4-PW Modus 3 130S 
    Vokey SM6 F Grind Steel Grey 52.08*
    Vokey SM6 M Grind Black 58.08*
    Odyssey Metal X #6
  • mwink822mwink822 Members  2694WRX Points: 156Posts: 2,694 Titanium Tees
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    Cobra Bio Cell or Bio Cell+
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    Titleist TS4 8.5* Diamana D+ LTD 70 X
    Titleist 917F2 18* (turned down to 17.25*) Diamana S+ 80X
    4 - 718 Titleist AP3 Project X 6.0
    4-P 718 Titleist AP2 Project X 6.0
    White Satin Mizuno MP T7 51-08 Modus 3 105X
    Blue Ion Mizuno MP T7 55-09 Modus 3 105X Soft Stepped
    Blue Ion Mizuno MP T7 59-09 Modus 3 105X Soft Stepped
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  • DixieDDixieD Members  202WRX Points: 81Handicap: 3Posts: 202 Fairways
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    dunn wrote:


    One thing I've learned in hundreds of clubs I've played over last 6 or so years is



    If you find one you hit well for whatever reason, hang on to it.....thoroughly test another without giving that " EXACT CLUB" up



    It's a strange thing....but it's TRUE



    I've given up many to find better and go back and get another model same as one I had and wasnt same.....



    Cant even count how many drivers, woods, wedges, putters and irons I've had.....



    Currently with M6 and its money....not even gonna change the grip and when I do I will copy exact weight and profile....its working that good...its not better than others it just fits me



    Had all M series, RBZ series, R series, titleist series, blah blah



    Last driver I absolutely hit better than anything was TM SF TP 2.0...since than it's been a struggle....titleist drivers are great.....have buddy's who smash em and cant hit TM drivers so it's just about you and what you hit well


    Totally agree with this, I have had multiples of the same club and they play differently. My biggest regret was getting rid of a R flex SLDR S, I absolutely crushed it but convinced myself I needed a a firmer flex as I swing around 105-110. Awful decision, never hot anything as far since and have had another SLDR S that was not close to being as hot.

    Can't go wrong with a D2 though OP, I'm playing the 917 and it is so predictable, no flashy distance but plenty long and for me very accurate, love it.
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