2020 driver royal rumble. **UPDATE**
Here it is ladies and gentleman. 2020 driver show down.
I am going to provide my opinions on feel, sound, performance etc. I feel that this will be a bit on going as after I hit and got home I thought of some other things I want to add. For example driver length and swing weight. Information I didn’t get but should have.
my current set up is a 10.5 callaway epic flash triple diamond head sub zero.with a ventus blue 7x shaft straight in at 45 inches in length. I have changed the weight in the front position from the standard 4 gram weight to a 10 gram weight.
Callaway maverik subzero 10.5 with a hazrdus green 6.5 70g.
Taylormade SIM 10.5 with hazrdus green 6.5 70g.
Cobra speedzone 10.5 with a hazrdus yellow 6.5 70g.
I tried as best I could to make this as apple to apples as I could. I had access to the haz green shaft for both the new callaway and taylormade so I decided to use that shaft. For the Cobra the hazrdus yellow was the closest I could come to a match. I know it is different but it is still a low low shaft profile.
All shots were hit with a brand new ProV1X.
first my current gamer. The callaway epic flash SZ 3D.
Impressions: I have loved this driver since it came out. I feel this driver has been the best addition to my bag in a long time. I have felt very confident all I tend to be a bit of a low launch player but with high speed. This driver is designed to launch a bit higher than the standard SZ and Gaurd against a left miss. Something I struggle with at times.
Feel: this driver feels great. Very solid, with a fast feeling.
Looks/Shape: the 3D is a 450cc head and is a little less round the the standard flash SZ. There is a bit more depth to the face as well.
sound: the standard SZ takes a beating for its sound. While the 3D is not as loud as the standard it is still loud. It does not bother me though and I actually kind of like a louder driver as long as it does not sound like a tin can.
performance: I get great distance with this driver. I like that most of the time my spin numbers are in the low to mid 2000s. Lost people seem to want low spin. I like a bit of spin. It helps to stabilize the flight.
Next up: SIM.
Feel: the SIM feels great. Out of all the heads I enjoyed the feel of this one the most. I fee it has the softest feel, if a titanium driver can feel soft. It also to me feels the lightest of the drivers ( again a reason I need to swing weight these drivers).
Looks: the SIM look like it has largest profile of the drivers I tested. I really like the color choices of blue, chalk, and a more grey carbon crown.
performance: I have hit this driver a bit lately and had very good numbers. Today though, I struggled with it. I just don’t know why, but it is what it is. It was just low dive bomb bullets. I feel like I was getting misreads for some reason but did not have any problems with the other drivers. You can see launch between 8 and 9 and super low spin. I will say that even in previous testing this is a low spin head. I am shocked there is an 8 degree head. I can’t even get it air born. Of all the drivers though, this gives the highest ball speeds. It is fast. below is a shot I hit previously so I have had good days with it. Today was not one of them.
I got the highest swing speeds with this driver at 126, but I did measure it and it is just shy of 46 inches. If I was to commit to this driver I would cut it down to 45 or close it it. On a previous day I have touched 184 ball speeds. Which is just screaming. Today was a bit of a struggle though.
looks: this driver is compact and sturdy looking. It looks like it has the smallest footprint. Which it should because it is smaller. It is 450cc where everything else other than my flash is 460. The face is deep’ish and looks like a cannonball. I am not a big fan of the orange but it is not a big deal.
Feel/sound: this driver is muted, it is by far the most muted of the bunch. It does not even sound like it is made of metal. The feel is solid but not harsh. It is not as soft as the TM but less harsh than the flash. I think that is due to the sound.
Performance: I know all these drivers tell a story of aerodynamics. With this driver I got my slowest averages for swing speeds right at 121-122. It feels the heaviest in terms of swing weight but I can’t say that is the case. But I will check these and provide an update. I have heard complaints of this being hook bias. I do not feel that is the case. I seemed to hit more fades with this driver than I did with the others. Also I got the slowest average ballspeed, but due to good launch and spin still didn’t lose any distance really. Of all the drivers I felt the most automatic today with this driver.
Cobra Speedzone 10.5
looks: the cobra driver looks great! I really like the matte and white version. I also really like the milking along the edge of the face. I felt like it was helpful at aligning the club head and setting up square. It is right in the middle of everything footprint wise. Not too big, not too small. The head shape is a little different as well. Where the callaway was round and the Taylormade pear shaped. This is a bit more triangular. It is not sharp but that is the best why I could describe the shape.
feel: this driver feels solid, much like the cobra heads of old. Again it is right in the middle. It feels softer than my flash, and the maverik, but for firmer than the taylormade. The ball seems to leave the head quickly. The sound is probably the loudest of the group out side the flash. I like it though. It is not a tin can, but has a solid thwack.
performance: this driver is a bit of an outlier due to the shaft. It was the haz yellow with is counterbalanced. I don’t know if a counter balanced shaft if the best for me. I have never played one. Because it is somewhat different from the others, I don’t know if these numbers are optimized for this head or not. The numbers were good and pretty consistent. I just wonder if they would be better or worse with a different shaft. I just didn’t have a x flex in any other shaft to try.
This driver did produce some good numbers. I was right at my average in terms of swing speed, The spin stayed down and the ball speed stayed good. I just wonder where they would be with a better match to the others in terms of shaft.
Summary: So, who went over the top rope and who was left alone hands raised in the middle of the ring? I guess you could say this is the classic happy ending where everyone won something, but no one won everything. Setting up a larger pay per view rematch with other possibly entering the drama.
Someone said they would all be similar. And, that is true, they are. But they all offer something slightly different in terms of looks, feel, and sound. Those are all as important in different ways as the numbers when choosing a driver.
I don’t know how much the current trend towards aerodynamics makes a difference. It may, but I really can’t tell. The Taylormade gave me the highest swing speeds and ball speeds but I think (need to confirm) it is also the longest in its stock setup. So is it aerodynamics or length? I don’t know.
in terms of looks, the Taylormade is my fav. I like that classic pear shape to the more angular cobra and bowling ball Callaway.
In terms of feel and sound. I prefer the cobra. It is kinda the baby bear of the group. It is kinda “ just right” . I feel the callaway lacks a bit of feedback being so muted and the Taylormade while giving great feed back is maybe a hair soft feeling. The cobra in my opinion (again, I don’t mind a bit of sound) sounds great. Many know really like that super muted sound and Callaway will give you that.
Ballflight: today Taylormade lost badly. I couldn’t get it up (That’s what she said). The maverick was consistent so was the Cobra. I think I would have to stick with my gamer if I had to choose today though. Given the right combo, I think the cobra could be a series runner here. Also maybe the SIM Max is a better fit.
If you are in the market for a driver. Go in with no pre conceived notions. Hit them all and see which check the boxes for you in terms of look, feel, and sound. They are all going to perform.
As I can and as drivers come out (Mizuno) I am going to add Them to this.
I also plan on adding the standard Mav, SIM Max, and the Cobra extreme at a later date.
plus I want am going to run through this with my buddy who is at around 110 swing speed.
3 iron Cobra King Utility Aldila Rouge 90 X flex
4-PW Mizuno MP-18 MB Aldila RIP SLT Tour 115X Flex
WEDGES; CLEVELAND RTX4: 52, 58, 64
PUTTER; Kronos release long neck
BALL; 2019 ProV1 yellow/Snell MTB-X yellow