GolfWRX 2019 Best Drivers Discussion Thread

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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 250WRX Points: 174Handicap: 5Members Posts: 250 Greens
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    On -, @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.

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    TaylorMade SIM Driver 9*
    Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero 3-Wood
    Mizuno MP-20 SEL Irons
    Callaway MD5 50 Degree Wedge
    Cleveland RTX4 56 and 60 Wedges
    Scotty Cameron Special Select 2020 Newport 2

  • CelebrosCelebros Vandalia, OH 311WRX Points: 203Handicap: 1.5Members Posts: 311 Greens
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    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!

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    Cobra King F9 Speedback (9*)
    Cobra King F8+ (4-5, 16.5*)
    Cobra King Forged Tour (3-GW)
    Cobra King WideLow (56*)
    Cobra King Pūr WideLow (60*)
    Odyssey O-Works Red Jailbird Mini
    Snell MTB Black
  • HappyGilmore22HappyGilmore22  590WRX Points: 183Handicap: 2Members Posts: 590 Golden Tee
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    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+)

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  • larciellarciel I play for eagle  2473WRX Points: 260Members Posts: 2,473 Platinum Tees
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    Def m5.

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  • molecularmanmolecularman Joplin, MO 160WRX Points: 116Members Posts: 160 Fairways
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    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.

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  • mtiger10mtiger10  329WRX Points: 110Members Posts: 329 Greens
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    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.

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    Ben Hogan GS53 9* with UST Helium stiff or Ping G30 9* with regular flex TFC 419D
    Ben Hogan GS53 16* with UST Helium stiff
    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  2608WRX Points: 949Members Posts: 2,608 Titanium Tees
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    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.

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    President of ShaftHos Anonymous

    Epic Flash / Apex 19 / Apex + Pro / Epic / MD4 / Scotty . || . ATMOS TS / Kai'li / Pro 2.0 / Elevate Tour

  • rgk5rgk5 rgk5(OLB)  3778WRX Points: 379Handicap: 6Members Posts: 3,778 Titanium Tees
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    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.

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    Cobra F9 Tour 10.5*, VA Composites Raijin 44 F2
    Cobra F8 3-4 wood 13.5*, VA Composites Raijin 44 F3

    Cobra F8 5-6 wood 17.5, Tensei Blue R
    Mizuno CLK 22*, Speeder Evolution HB 75 S
    Ping i25 5-PW, TFC 189 R
    Cobra MIM forged 50*, KBS Hi Rev 125 S
    Ping Glide 1.0 54.5*, CFS Wedge flex

    Ping Eye2+ SW, 57.5*, KTM S
    Super Stroke Soft Wrap Midsize Red Grips
    Taylor Made TP Mullen 2, 35", LH (I'm right handed :p )
  • lefty1978lefty1978 Charlotte, NC 585WRX Points: 353Handicap: 8.7Members Posts: 585 Golden Tee
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    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.

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    Mizuno ST190 9.5° w/ Fujikura Speeder Evolution IV 661
    Callaway GBB Epic sz 15° w/ Aldila Rogue Max 75g
    Mizuno MP-20 SEL HMB 3-4 iron w/ DG 120 S300
    Mizuno MP-20 SEL 5-PW w/ DG 120 S300
    Mizuno S18 52°/9°
    Mizuno S18 57°/11°
    Titleist Vokey SM5 62°/8° T Grind
    Scotty Cameron California Del Mar Putter
    Titleist Pro V1 golf balls
  • easyyyeasyyy Founder & Still a Ho Detroit 12429WRX Points: 741Handicap: 4Rules Official, Administrator Posts: 12,429 Marshals
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    On -, @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.

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  • AG12AG12  1795WRX Points: 923Handicap: 10Members Posts: 1,795 Platinum Tees
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    TS2 alllll day! best combo of forgiveness and distance for a 95-105mph SS!

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    Driver: Titleist TS2 9.5* Tensei Pro White 60
    3W: Titleist TS2 15* Tensei Pro White 70
    5W: PING G410 18* Tour 75
    4HY: Titleist 818H2 21* Atmos HB Tour Spec Blue 8
    Irons: PING G410 5-UW Project X LZ 120
    Wedges: Titleist SM7 54.10S/58.12D DG S200 
    Putter: Bettinardi BB1F Blackout Limited Run
    Ball: Titleist ProV1x #27
    WITB
  • MtlJeffMtlJeff Montreal 29345WRX Points: 2,243Handicap: 0.0Members Posts: 29,345 Titanium Tees
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    The Epic line is awesome I just never hit them as straight. But if you can control it, not surprising to have it #1

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    Ping G400 Max w/Matrix Black Tie 80
    Callaway Epic Subzero 14 w/Matrix Black Tie 80
    Ping G400 Crossover 20 w/ KBS Hybrid Prototype 85
    Ping G410 4-SW w/DG 300
    Callaway Mack Daddy 2.0 PM 60
    SGC NorthWood CS 400g 
  • Notorious22Notorious22 Scottsdale, AZ 36WRX Points: 50Members Posts: 36 Bunkers
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    I guess I'm the only one enjoying the St line

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    WITB:
    Driver-Cobra F9 9.0 set to 8 Project x HC Black 65 6.5 Tip 1" 44" D4
    3 wood: Pending( Cobra F9 tour, Cobra F8 tour, TS3, Ping G410 LST) Project x HC Black 75 6.5 Tip 1.5" 42" D4
    DI: Taylormade P790 3ir set at 19* Tour issue X100 39" D4
    Irons: Mizuno JPX919 tour 4-PW. Tour Issue X 100 D4
    Wedges: Mizuno T20 50 Satin, 54 Raw, 58 Raw TI S400 D4
    Putter: Mannkrafted Tour Only Ma66
    Ball: TP5X

  • ProjectX_MizunoProjectX_Mizuno  1807WRX Points: 145Handicap: +1.2Members Posts: 1,807 Platinum Tees
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    On -, @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.

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  • Billy__BarooBilly__Baroo Well...we're waiting!  127WRX Points: 60Handicap: 5Members Posts: 127 Fairways
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    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?

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    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
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  • tanker44tanker44  419WRX Points: 133Members Posts: 419 Greens
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    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...

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    TM M2 2016 10.5* FujiPro 53
    TM M5 15* Speeder Evo OG
    TM UDI 17* UST Recoil
    TM P790 2019 4-PW Ctapers
    Titleist Vokey SM7 50/54/58 
    Evnroll ER5 

  • tanker44tanker44  419WRX Points: 133Members Posts: 419 Greens
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    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?

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    TM M2 2016 10.5* FujiPro 53
    TM M5 15* Speeder Evo OG
    TM UDI 17* UST Recoil
    TM P790 2019 4-PW Ctapers
    Titleist Vokey SM7 50/54/58 
    Evnroll ER5 

  • ketoketo  104WRX Points: 55Members Posts: 104 Fairways
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    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.

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  • rgk5rgk5 rgk5(OLB)  3778WRX Points: 379Handicap: 6Members Posts: 3,778 Titanium Tees
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    On -, @easyyy said:

    On -, @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.

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    Cobra F9 Tour 10.5*, VA Composites Raijin 44 F2
    Cobra F8 3-4 wood 13.5*, VA Composites Raijin 44 F3

    Cobra F8 5-6 wood 17.5, Tensei Blue R
    Mizuno CLK 22*, Speeder Evolution HB 75 S
    Ping i25 5-PW, TFC 189 R
    Cobra MIM forged 50*, KBS Hi Rev 125 S
    Ping Glide 1.0 54.5*, CFS Wedge flex

    Ping Eye2+ SW, 57.5*, KTM S
    Super Stroke Soft Wrap Midsize Red Grips
    Taylor Made TP Mullen 2, 35", LH (I'm right handed :p )
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    On -, @ProjectX_Mizuno said:

    On -, @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.

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    Cobra F9 Tour 10.5*, VA Composites Raijin 44 F2
    Cobra F8 3-4 wood 13.5*, VA Composites Raijin 44 F3

    Cobra F8 5-6 wood 17.5, Tensei Blue R
    Mizuno CLK 22*, Speeder Evolution HB 75 S
    Ping i25 5-PW, TFC 189 R
    Cobra MIM forged 50*, KBS Hi Rev 125 S
    Ping Glide 1.0 54.5*, CFS Wedge flex

    Ping Eye2+ SW, 57.5*, KTM S
    Super Stroke Soft Wrap Midsize Red Grips
    Taylor Made TP Mullen 2, 35", LH (I'm right handed :p )
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  • HeathbarHeathbar  135WRX Points: 21Members Posts: 135 Fairways
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    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?

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  • sailfishchrissailfishchris Long Island NY 1020WRX Points: 220Handicap: 4Members, ClubWRX Posts: 1,020 Platinum Tees
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    My G400 LST is safe as far as I'm concerned. With the Synergy Black shaft it's just a great performer for me.

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    Ping G400 LST 8.5 TPT 14.5 LKP LT LW 
    Ping G400 14.5 Tensei Pro Orange 80 TX
    Titleist 910 H 21* Diamana White Board & 24* Pro Force 96
    Mizuno JPX 919 Tours 5-PW Super Peening Blue X
    Vokey SM6 raw 52, 56, 60 DGTI-s400
    Byron Morgan Proto DH89
    ProV1X / TPX5
    Jones Utility Trouper
  • cmb71cmb71  1529WRX Points: 212ClubWRX Posts: 1,529 Platinum Tees
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    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...

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    PING G410 LST 10.5 Ventus 60X
    PING G410 LST 14.5 EvenFlow Black 85X
    PING i210 3-UW Project X LZ 6.5
    PING Glide 3.0 54SS & 60TS Project X LZ 6.0
    Odyssey RSX Milled #1
  • BagChatters10BagChatters10 NC 25WRX Points: 20Handicap: 3.4Members Posts: 25 Bunkers
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    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.

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  • golfinguru11golfinguru11 Nor Cal 333WRX Points: 225Handicap: 1.8Members Posts: 333 Greens
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    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.

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    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
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    On -, @herbert7890 said:

    On -, @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.

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  • dan360dan360 loisible  5476WRX Points: 386Members Posts: 5,476 Titanium Tees
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    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.

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    Callaway Epic Flash SZ 9° HZRDUS Smoke Black 70g
    Callaway Epic Flash SZ 15° HZRDUS Smoke Black 70g
    Callaway Apex '19 3H HZRDUS Handcrafted HYB 85g
    PXG 0211 4-G Modus 105  ...or...  Miura Baby Blades 3-P Steelfiber 110cw
    Callaway PM Grind '19 54/60/64 KBS garbage
    PING Anser 2 Jim Wells 36"

    Outlaw Golf Association #21
  • PadrerufPadreruf  4WRX Points: 12Handicap: 10Members Posts: 4 Starters
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    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!!!

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  • launcherlauncher  72WRX Points: 69Members Posts: 72 Bunkers
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    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.

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    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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