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GolfWRX 2019 Best Drivers Discussion Thread

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edited Aug 26, 2019 3:52pm in Tour and Pre-Release Equipment #1

Ok WRXers....What is the best driver for 2019? We can't answer that for you specifically but we did ask 13 top club fitters to answer that question for three different speed profiles and then asked for the best overall.

Why ask the fitters? Why not? They are the experts! All day, all year they are grinding in fittings. The list comprises of the best fitters in the industry. All they do all day is work with launch monitors and golfers to determine what driver is the best for that golfer. Here is a link to the article on the front page. With so many great options from all of the manufacturers, it was impossible not to find a driver that got you excited about its performance. We here at GolfWRX wanted to create our list of the Best Drivers for 2019 and share it with you.

Here is a link to the article on the front page

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  • herbert7890herbert7890 San Antonio, TexasMembers Posts: 80 ✭✭✭

    @Rig14Port said:
    Seems legit... Epic Flash Sub Zero w/ HZRDUS Smoke 70 X is hands down the best performing driver combo I've ever owned

    Literally my exact same driver. cant be beat (at least this year). Distance is insane and very Straight.

  • CelebrosCelebros Vandalia, OHMembers Posts: 198 ✭✭✭

    Shopped for my first new driver in a while this year, tried out most of the models on this list - Cobra F9 Speedback with Fujikura ATMOS Tour Spec Black 7X was the winner for me!

    Cobra KING F9 Speedback (9*)
    Cobra KING F8+ (4-5, 16.5*)
    Cobra KING Forged Tour (3-GW)
    Cobra KING WideLow (56*)
    Cobra KING Pur WideLow (60*)
    Odyssey O-Works Jailbird Mini
    Vice Pro+
  • HappyGilmore22HappyGilmore22 Members Posts: 463 ✭✭✭✭
    edited Aug 26, 2019 9:20pm #5

    Is it not clearly obvious that it's TaylorMade M5/6? Look at the top drivers on tour and non contracted players that play these. (my opinion is for higher swing speeds 110+)

    Post edited by HappyGilmore22 on
    TaylorMade M5 9 deg - Fujikura Speeder Evolution I 757 TX
    Titleist TS3 15 deg - Project X Even Flow T1100 White 85 6.5
    Titleist 816 H2 19 deg - Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 90x
    Mizuno JPX 919 Tour 4-PW - TT DG X7
    Titleist Vokey SM7 Jet Black - 50.12 F, 54.10 S, 58.12 D - TT DG S400
    Scotty Cameron Select Squareback 1.5
  • larciellarciel I play for eagle Members Posts: 2,370 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
  • molecularmanmolecularman Joplin, MOMembers Posts: 108 ✭✭✭

    Seems about right. Those are really the only drivers we hear about these days. I didn't love the Cobra (seemed to want to go left) If I was getting a new driver, it'd probably be the M5 or the G410lst.

    I'd really be more interested in how the top drivers of 2019 compare to the top drivers of 2018 and if there is a justification to get something new.

  • mtiger10mtiger10 Members Posts: 274 ✭✭✭✭

    My impression of Titleist clubs has changed recently- they are receiving high marks for forgiveness. As a mid-high handicapper, I would have overlooked Titleist in the past but I'm certainly open to the TS2 driver. The Surefit system offers so many options, I'd certainly need help from a fitter in selection.

    Ping G30 9* with regular flex TFC 149D
    Titleist 917 F2 16.5* with regular flex Diamana Ltd Blue 70
    Titleist 816 H2 21* with stiff flex Diamana S+ Blue 70
    Taylormade M CGB 4-AW with regular flex Nippon NSPRO840
    Callaway MD3 Milled Black Wide sole wedge 56*
    Odyssey Works #7 Tank Versa with Superstroke

  • third-times-a-charmthird-times-a-charm Members Posts: 1,830 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    In an outdoor demo of the Epic Flash it was really great, and was a consistant 12yds further than my Rogue. With that said, the price difference wasnt worth 12yds, and still isnt. I currently have the Mizuno ST190 instead of both the Rogue and the EF and its working out great.

  • rgk5rgk5 rgk5(OLB) Members Posts: 3,654 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    As a fitter for the last 15 years, IMO and experience, the lead horses this year are the Cobra F9, Callaway Epic Flash, and the Ping G410.

    Cobra F8+, 10*, VA Composites Raijin 44 F2
    Cobra F8 3-4 wood 15.5*, VA Composites Raijin 44 F3

    Cobra F8 5-6 wood 17.5, Tensei Blue R
    Taylor Made Super Launch 22*, stock "R"
    Ping Eye 2 BeCu 4-9, Microlite S
    Vokey 200 Series 52 degree(bent to 50*), DG S-200
    Ping Glide 1.0 55*, CFS Wedge flex

    Cleveland CBX 58/10, DG 105
    Evnroll ER6

  • lefty1978lefty1978 Charlotte, NCMembers Posts: 379 ✭✭✭✭

    How does the Epic Flash compare to the Rogue? I currently hit the Rogue with HZRDUS Smoke 6.0 60g. I also own the original Epic, but found the Rogue to be more forgiving on toe strikes. I have become a huge fan on Callaway woods.

    Callaway Rogue Sub Zero 9.0° w/ HZRDUS Smoke 6.0 60g
    Callaway Epic Sub Zero 3w 15° w/ HZRDUS Yellow 6.0 76g
    KZG 2i w/ DG S300
    Mizuno MP-32 3-PW w/ DG S300
    Mizuno MP Series 52°/7° w/ DG S300
    Titleist Vokey SM5 58°/11° K Grind
    Scotty Cameron California Del Mar Putter
    Titleist AVX golf balls
  • easyyyeasyyy Founder & Still a Ho DetroitRules Official, Administrator Posts: 12,306 admin

    @rgk5 said:
    As a fitter for the last 15 years, IMO and experience, the lead horses this year are the Cobra F9, Callaway Epic Flash, and the Ping G410.

    Is that the same for all swing speeds? We saw that the speed was a factor for the head choice.

  • AG12AG12 Members Posts: 1,326 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    TS2 alllll day! best combo of forgiveness and distance for a 95-105mph SS!

    Titleist TS2 9.5* Tensei Pro White 60S
    Titleist TS2 15* Tensei Pro White 70S
    Titleist TS2 19* HZRDUS Smoke Black 80HY
    TaylorMade P790 '19 4-PW Project X LZ 120 
    Titleist SM7 50.12F/54.10S DG S200
    TaylorMade Hi-Toe 58*/ATV KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 
    TaylorMade Spider X Navy 
    Titleist ProV1x #27
    WITB
  • MtlJeffMtlJeff MontrealMembers Posts: 28,705 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    The Epic line is awesome I just never hit them as straight. But if you can control it, not surprising to have it #1

    Ping G400 Max 10 w/ Matrix Black Tie 80
    Callaway Epic Subzero 14* w/Matrix Black Tie 80
    Callaway Apex Hybrid 20 w/S300
    Ping G410 4-SW w/S300
    Callaway MD 2.0 60 PM grind w/S300
    Odyssey O-works Red Tank #7
  • Notorious22Notorious22 Members Posts: 27 ✭✭

    I guess I'm the only one enjoying the St line

    WITB:
    Driver-Mizuno St190g FUJI VENTUS 7x Tip 1 inch at 45
    3 wood: Mizuno st190 Adiz 8x tipped 1.5
    5wood: Mizuno st190 Adiz 8x tipped 2
    Irons: Mizuno JPX919 tour 4-pw. Kbs ctaper 130x ( probably going x100 hs soon or nippon 130x)
    Wedges: Cleveland TI 588 RTX 50,56,60 s400
    Putter: Mannkrafted custom Ma66

  • ProjectX_MizunoProjectX_Mizuno Members Posts: 1,799 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    @rgk5 said:
    As a fitter for the last 15 years, IMO and experience, the lead horses this year are the Cobra F9, Callaway Epic Flash, and the Ping G410.

    With that kind of experience, I will take your opinion any day.

  • Billy__BarooBilly__Baroo Well...we're waiting! Members Posts: 120 ✭✭✭

    Sound and feel are huge for me when picking a driver, and I can't stand the Epic or the G410. I dig the F9, but the 2 mph ball speed pick up over my F8 wasn't worth the coin. The TS series was a huge step forward imo to get Titleist drivers back where they should be, but I didn't gain anything over my current set up. The M5 was similar for me to the F9. Picked up a few mph, but not worth the cost. If I was struggling with the driver I'd probably be more privy to changing it up, but the driver's been very reliable this season, so why mess with a good thing?

    Cobra F8 10.5* w/ Motore Speeder TS 7.3
    Titleist TS2 18* w/ HZRDUS Smoke
    PXG 0317 22* w/ ADDI
    Titleist 718 AP2 4-PW w/ KBS S-Taper
    Mizuno MP-T5 52* 56* 60* w/ S400 TI
    Byron Morgan DH89
  • ksflva63ksflva63 Mid-AtlanticMembers Posts: 33 ✭✭

    Step aside fellas... we all know the correct answer is the G410+ w/ Tensei Orange.
    My 16 M2 put every single one of those drivers to bed with the exception of the PING.
    I owned the TS2, Epic Flash and Cobra before I gave up and back to M2 and then just to be certain I did a fitting w/ my M2 against the M5/M6 and beat both out in distance and dispersion. I used the same shaft for all three clubs so we know for fact TM from 16 out-performs their current stuff. The PING comes from the same gene-pool as the goat aka 16 M2 so there you go.
    Ah yes, I fall in the 105-110 SS range if that matters.
    Discuss...

    PING G410+ Tensei Orange
    TM M5 15* Speeder Evo 757 OG
    Callaway Apex Pro Smoke 3/4 TT Elevate
    Callaway Apex MB 5-PW KBS C-Taper Lite
    SM7 50F/54S/58S KBS Tour Custom
    Newport Teryllium 2019

  • ksflva63ksflva63 Mid-AtlanticMembers Posts: 33 ✭✭

    And I nearly forgot... the new G410+ is on the Fedex truck as we speak and being delivered tomorrow so it is an actual sign from the golf gods that they concur with the assessment. I am going to have to get used to saying Terbulators.. Turbolaters... anyone know how to spell the spikes on the G410?

    PING G410+ Tensei Orange
    TM M5 15* Speeder Evo 757 OG
    Callaway Apex Pro Smoke 3/4 TT Elevate
    Callaway Apex MB 5-PW KBS C-Taper Lite
    SM7 50F/54S/58S KBS Tour Custom
    Newport Teryllium 2019

  • ketoketo Members Posts: 100 ✭✭✭
    edited Aug 26, 2019 10:48pm #20

    At 95 SS, easily fitted into an Epic Flash 10.5 in a light stock in the store stiff, and was hitting it with great dispersion laterally. Good square hits were right down the line or wanted to get back there, on a store sim that I know is not jacked and in fact adjusted for below our sea level, I was rolling out min 250 and up to 265 on good strikes, which for me is jaw dropping. Pushes stayed in play, pulls were probably my worst miss and stayed straight no ducking. I hit my BioCell+/RedTie S right beside it to a just nailed pure 249. Picked up driver, will be looking at getting an adapter for the Red Tie, it is perfect feeling so I want to see how it launches the Callaway.

    All the reading I had done suggested that the M6 should be my best performer as a lower SS and more forgiving, and hot low face....which is where I miss it mostly, tee lower than I should but hit sky balls teeing higher. I probably didn't try enough shafts, it was long but I couldn't square it up very often. I still say it was forgiving, I hit some balls that would have been a fairway over with some drivers that, relative to the stanky hit, weren't that far offline.

  • rgk5rgk5 rgk5(OLB) Members Posts: 3,654 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    @easyyy said:

    @rgk5 said:
    As a fitter for the last 15 years, IMO and experience, the lead horses this year are the Cobra F9, Callaway Epic Flash, and the Ping G410.

    Is that the same for all swing speeds? We saw that the speed was a factor for the head choice.

    There is one caveat. If the player has below 90 SS and is also a low spin type, the F9 is off the table. I would then go the Taylor Made M6 or Mizuno ST190.

    Cobra F8+, 10*, VA Composites Raijin 44 F2
    Cobra F8 3-4 wood 15.5*, VA Composites Raijin 44 F3

    Cobra F8 5-6 wood 17.5, Tensei Blue R
    Taylor Made Super Launch 22*, stock "R"
    Ping Eye 2 BeCu 4-9, Microlite S
    Vokey 200 Series 52 degree(bent to 50*), DG S-200
    Ping Glide 1.0 55*, CFS Wedge flex

    Cleveland CBX 58/10, DG 105
    Evnroll ER6

  • rgk5rgk5 rgk5(OLB) Members Posts: 3,654 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    @ProjectX_Mizuno said:

    @rgk5 said:
    As a fitter for the last 15 years, IMO and experience, the lead horses this year are the Cobra F9, Callaway Epic Flash, and the Ping G410.

    With that kind of experience, I will take your opinion any day.

    Thank you.

    Cobra F8+, 10*, VA Composites Raijin 44 F2
    Cobra F8 3-4 wood 15.5*, VA Composites Raijin 44 F3

    Cobra F8 5-6 wood 17.5, Tensei Blue R
    Taylor Made Super Launch 22*, stock "R"
    Ping Eye 2 BeCu 4-9, Microlite S
    Vokey 200 Series 52 degree(bent to 50*), DG S-200
    Ping Glide 1.0 55*, CFS Wedge flex

    Cleveland CBX 58/10, DG 105
    Evnroll ER6

  • HeathbarHeathbar Members Posts: 81 ✭✭✭

    Whats everyones opinion of the epic flash? much difference from rogue? any review from someone like me who doesn't prefer the sliding weight but still owns it?

  • sailfishchrissailfishchris Long Island NYMembers, ClubWRX Posts: 931 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My G400 LST is safe as far as I'm concerned. With the Synergy Black shaft it's just a great performer for me.

    Ping G400 LST 8.5 Synergy Proto 65TX
    Ping G400 14.5 Tensei Pro Orange 80 TX
    Mizuno JPX 919 Tours 3-PW Super Peening Blue X
    Vokey SM5 raw 52, 56, 60 DGTI-s400
    Toulon Memphis
    ProV1X / TP5X
    Jones Utility Trouper
  • cmb71cmb71 ClubWRX Posts: 1,515 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    M5 Tour or Epic Flash SZ easily for me. I would be happy with either. I did just pickup a TS4 to throw a wrench...

    TaylorMade M5 Tour 9* - MC Tensei Pro Orange V2 60 TX
    TaylorMade M5 15* - Fuji Pro 2.0 Tour Spec 7
    TaylorMade GAPR LO 2 Iron - Nippon Modus Tour 105
    TaylorMade P7-TW 3-PW - Nippon Modus Tour 105
    TaylorMade Milled Grind Raw 54* & 60* - Nippon Modus 115 Wedge
    Scotty Cameron Phantom X 6 STR
  • BagChatters10BagChatters10 NCMembers Posts: 14 ✭✭

    Coming from a 2017 M2, the F9 is by far the best Driver that I have hit in 2019. I have the TL 9.0 with a Smoke 60 6.5. It's not the longest combo ever but attributes of the club makes it seem like I will have it in the bag for the foreseeable future. My index has dropped from 4.6 to 3.2 in the span of 7 months all because I HIT the fairway. The sound and playability have added a lot of confidence off of the tee. I love teeing it low and having it fly 260 on a line but also being able to play a high draw and it NEVER goes "FORE LEFT". Coming from a longtime Taylormade guy, took a risk and have not regretted it.

  • golfinguru11golfinguru11 Bay AreaMembers Posts: 267 ✭✭✭✭

    Epic flash sub zero w/ Rogue 130 black 60tx aka Phil Mickelsons set up has done wonders for me. Hitting it 280 consistently for the first time ever.

    Callaway Epic Flash SZ 10.5* - Aldila 130msi Rogue Black 60 tx 
    Callaway Epic Flash SZ 15* - Accra TZ6 75 x
    Callaway Apex Hybrid 20* - VA Raijin 84 x
    Mizuno MP-54 (4,5) MP-20 (6-PW) - Nippon Modus 125 s
    Vokey SM7 RAW 52F 56S 60D - Nippon Modus 125 wedge
    Odyssey White Hot 2 Ball 

    Lefty, Lead tape enthusiast
  • clouse8clouse8 Members Posts: 87 ✭✭✭

    @herbert7890 said:

    @Rig14Port said:
    Seems legit... Epic Flash Sub Zero w/ HZRDUS Smoke 70 X is hands down the best performing driver combo I've ever owned

    Literally my exact same driver. cant be beat (at least this year). Distance is insane and very Straight.

    Same setup here, best driver I've hit.

  • dan360dan360 Paisano Members Posts: 5,410 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Smooth tempo and not enough speed for the X but the Epic Flash SubZero HRZDUS Smoke 70 S is doing things I didn’t think were possible for me at this stage in life.

    WITB 29JUL2019
    • Epic Flash SZ 9° HZRDUS Smoke Black 70g
    • Epic Flash SZ 15° HZRDUS Smoke Black 70g
    • shopping for this gap...
    • CB3 4-G 
    • PM Grind '19 54/60/64
    • Anser 2 Jim Wells Tour Proto 36"
  • PadrerufPadreruf Members Posts: 4

    2 years ago I bought a M2 -- fitted and everything. Cannot hit it as straight or as long as my 2007 Taylor-made Burner Draw. Swing speed is 95 -- my pro said the M2 took too much spin off my ball...I needed a head to put more spin on to keep it elevated longer. **Which of these recent drivers will accomplish that? Or is that from the shaft more than the head? ** BTW, from my research the Burner is longer due to a slightly higher COR -- .83 I believe....was lowered to .80 later by the USGA but this club was grandfathered in. I love it when I hit it 10-20 yards past my playing partner who is 6 years younger and taller, etc. He bought a Epic Flash Sub Zero and I still taken him down...and straight!!!

  • launcherlauncher Members Posts: 49 ✭✭

    There's so much personal preference involved in picking the right driver per individual. As some have mentioned. Sound and feel are big for me. At sub 95mph, distance is too close to call, and isn't a factor. I prefer a driver that sets up easily, launches well, and as mentioned, looks and sounds good. This year, I've alternated 3 drivers, that aren't going anywhere.

    Titleist 917D3., Bridgestone J715, and surprisingly, the Wilson Cortex.

    Titleist 917d3 9.5
    Titleist 917f2 13.5
    Titleist 818h2 17d. 
    Mizuno JPX-850 forged 4-pw
    Srixon u65 20d. 
    Scratch 8620 53d. 
    Odyssey White hot Pro

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