VOTE: What's the Best Driver of 2017?

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Member’s Choice: Golf’s Best Drivers of 2017



Attention GolfWRX Forum Members! We need you, the experts of golf equipment, to help us by answering this question, “What is the best driver of 2017?” Please vote based on your experience testing this year’s new drivers.



In the poll below, please select the three drivers you believe are the best-performing models of 2017.



Once you’ve voted in the poll, please let us know why you chose the drivers you did in the thread below. Things to consider include distance, forgiveness, looks and feel. We want to hear about launch angle, spin rate, stability of off-center hits, sound, face angle, adjustability… everything. And don’t forget to tell us about the differences you saw in your fitting between your old gamer and your new gamer.
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  • WesquireWesquire Members  843WRX Points: 139Posts: 843 Golden Tee
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    Ping G, F7+, M2. I've tested nearly all the drivers on this list and I can confidently say that there's really not much of any difference in distance between them. Ping G is the most forgiving so it wins. F7+ and M2 feel/sound the best and are forgiving so I voted for them too. Not a big fan of the Epics.
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    Driver - Ping G400 LST 8.5° (Mitsubishi CK Pro Orange 70 TX Tipped 1")
    3 Wood - Ping G 14.5° (PX HZRDUS Black 75g 6.5 Tipped 1.5")
    2 Crossover - Ping G410 17° (PX HZRDUS Black 85g 6.5)
    4-W - Ping i200 (PX 6.5)
    Wedges - Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth 50°/55°/60° (PX 6.5)
    Putter - Directed Force
    Ball - Snell MTB-X
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  • ago33ago33 Members  2199WRX Points: 146Posts: 2,199 Platinum Tees
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    Whoever voted for vertical groove needs to get properly fitted
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    Cobra F9 Speedback 9.................................Mitsubishi PO 70 TX
    Tour Edge CBX 13.5.......................................Rombax P95 X
    Tour Edge CBX 18..........................................Rombax P95 X
    Mizuno MP-18 FliHi 4,5................................DGTIX100
    Mizuno MP-25 6-9........................................DGTIX100
    Callaway MD Forged 46, 50, 56, 60........DGTIS400
    Scotty Cameron 5.5M...................................Grip Master
  • troublelovetroublelove Members  371WRX Points: 84Handicap: 4.6Posts: 371 Greens
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    is this not a bit daft? Unless you have tested all of the above drivers how can you make an informed choice?



    Surely this should be a poll of the most popular driver rather than the best. WRX will be giving out gold, silver and bronze medals next.
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    PXG Gen 2 X MCA Diamana BF
    Callaway Epic 15* GD AD I
    Callaway Epic Hybrid 20* GD AD I
    Mizuno JPX 900 Forged/ Hot Metal Combo 5-9
    Ping Glide 2.0 46/50/54/58
    Scotty Cameron Circa 5
    Bridgestone BX
  • ChillyDipperChillyDipper Members  1082WRX Points: 157Handicap: 10Posts: 1,082 Platinum Tees
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    Some people voted twice! I'm looking at you, Scottaz and Brizam! Conspiracy!





    Edit: Oops, it says 3 options. My bad.
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    [font="trebuchet ms, helvetica, sans-serif"]Callaway Epic Subzero[/font]
    [font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif]Ping G 3W[/font]
    [font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif]Titleist 712U - 2i [/font]
    [font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif]VR Pro Blade - 3-9 [/font]
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  • jdenham15jdenham15 Members  49WRX Points: 59Posts: 49 Bunkers
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    I voted Epic Sub Zero, Epic, TM M1 460



    I tested the Epic Sub Zero and Epic against my 2016 TM M1 and the ball speed was 5 mph higher on avg, which gave me about 10 yards carry which was great but the part that sold me was the forgiveness. I love my epic sub zero. I feel like its easier to turn over and can work it both ways.



    2017 TM M1 is a great driver but I tend to miss TM wide right and struggled to turn it over.
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  • Z1ggy16Z1ggy16 Members  9324WRX Points: 1,476Posts: 9,324 Titanium Tees
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    I voted



    Epic SZ

    Epic

    917D2



    SZ was hands down the best, including my gaming M1 (yeah not even top 3...) due to the combination of lower spin, good forgiveness and feel and looks. Epic was just higher spinning for me, although I may go back and open the face up/lower loft and see what that does for me. 917 was a close 3rd on everything, although I feel like it wasn't as forgiving as Epic, the sound and feel were close to Epic IMO.



    However, I am fine tuning my M1 and it is coming along. It came to me with a head weight that was way to low, so I've now added 9g of lead tape and moved the weight around some. At 44.5'' though, I may need to add another 3g or so. It's approaching the distances of SZ when it is struck well, but I seem to have trouble striking it well, as often as I could with SZ. Most likely shaft related though.
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    D - Epic SZ | Tour Z Xtreme 465
    4w - '16 Tour Issue M1 | Diamana B 70
    ?
    4h - 818H2 | Tensei White 90
    Irons - P760 5-PW | Modus 120
    GW - Glide 3.0 50/12 | S400 Tour Issue
    SW - Glide 3.0 54/12| S400 Tour Issue
    LW - Glide 3.0 58/10 | S400 Tour Issue
    P - EVNROLL ER5
    Ball - Bridgestone BXS



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  • swizbeatzswizbeatz Members  5800WRX Points: 265Handicap: +.6Posts: 5,800 Titanium Tees
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    is this not a bit daft? Unless you have tested all of the above drivers how can you make an informed choice?



    Surely this should be a poll of the most popular driver rather than the best. WRX will be giving out gold, silver and bronze medals next.




    Yep. Fun little poll but really doesn't mean anything. Better off doing what Wrx has done in the past and giving this poll to professional club fitters.
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    Ping/Epon/Scratch/Bettinardi WITB Link
  • jimhairejimhaire Members  346WRX Points: 73Handicap: 6Posts: 346 Greens
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    I had a 16 M2 and went with epic sub zero. The look at address suited my eye and the feel off the face was better for me. And the club went straight My M2 seemed larger at address and felt less but with upgrade shaft vs stock callaway shaft M2 was 3 yards longer but kept the shaft and put a callaway adaptor on it and I couldn't really tell if it made up the 3yards. But confidence is a major thing off the box So1st epic sub zero 2 M2 and 3 regular epic (spun to much for me)
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  • burns9304burns9304 Members  367WRX Points: 105Posts: 367 Greens
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    I voted M1 460, M1 440 and G LS Tec



    Had a fitting yesterday and hit all the heads that I could take and I'm happy to stick with my 2015 M1 460
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    Callaway Epic Flash SZ Triple Diamond 9* Graphite Design Tour IZ 6
    Callaway Epic Flash SZ 15* Graphite Design Tour IZ 7
    PXG 0317X Gen 2 19* Project X HC1
    Callaway Apex Pro DOT 4-PW Oban CT-115 
    Titleist Vokey SM7 50*F, 55*M, 60*M Shimada Tour Wedge
    Bettinardi BB0 Flow DASS
  • scrap22scrap22 Members  189WRX Points: 45Posts: 189 Fairways
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    EPIC is EPIC
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  • Deebers86Deebers86 Members  34WRX Points: 25Handicap: +3.4Posts: 34 Bunkers
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    I Voted Callaway Epic SBZ, Taylormade M1 460, Ping G LS Tec



    I have hit the majority of the drivers on the list and when it came down to it these three gave me pretty much the same results. Currently gaming the Ping G LS Tec, but am thinking of switching to the Callaway Epic SBZ cause i like the sound and the top look better then the Ping.
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  • HifadeHifade Sleepin' on the job. Slacker! Dayton, OHCharter Members  5347WRX Points: 182Handicap: +3Posts: 5,347 Titanium Tees
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    scrap22 wrote:


    EPIC is EPIC




    image/nyam.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':nyam:' /> ....the driver that changed the driver.
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    PING G410 LST 9* - "Tour Issue" ALTA RED "X" 
    PING G410 15* - MITZ TENSEI PRO ORANGE 70X
    PING G410 17* & 19* - MITZ TENSEI BLUE X & EF BLACK X
    TAYLORMADE BLACK P790's - SPECIAL, TOUR ISSUE, BLACK KBS TOUR V 125'S (HSx1)
    CALLAWAY PM2 54* X & 58* X - ORIGINAL PX Satin 5.5's (HSx1)
    ODYSSEY STROKE LAB EXO 7S - CUSTOM
    2017 BRIDGESTONE B330 Tour #1's & TITLEIST PRO V #1'X
  • CheckJVCheckJV Male Model Members  2113WRX Points: 158Posts: 2,113 Platinum Tees
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    Poll is worthless as setup.



    Should be 2 polls.



    1) Which of these 2017 drivers have you tested?

    2) What are the relative rankings of the drivers you have tested?



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  • CoppyCoppy Coppy Members  14WRX Points: 0Handicap: 12Posts: 14
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    It's not the club head, they're all pretty good. It's the shaft.



    Oban purple for me.
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    Bob C.
  • Jon SilverbergJon Silverberg Members  5WRX Points: 0Posts: 5
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    I have hit three 2017 drivers on indoor launchmonitors: the Epic, the new M1 and the new M2...none of them are better than the best ones produced between 2015 and 2016.
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  • HDTVMANHDTVMAN HDTVMAN Members  44WRX Points: 33Handicap: 12Posts: 44 Bunkers
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    atursky wrote:


    Member’s Choice: Golf’s Best Drivers of 2017



    Attention GolfWRX Forum Members! We need you, the experts of golf equipment, to help us by answering this question, “What is the best driver of 2017?” Please vote based on your experience testing this year’s new drivers.



    In the poll below, please select the three drivers you believe are the best-performing models of 2017. Note: If you select less than 3 options, your selections will not count.



    Once you’ve voted in the poll, please let us know why you chose the drivers you did the thread below. Things to consider include distance, forgiveness, looks and feel. We want to hear about launch angle, spin rate, stability of off-center hits, sound, face angle, adjustability… everything. And don’t forget to tell us about the differences you saw in your fitting between your old gamer and your new gamer.


    My vote: #1 Cobra King F7...#2 Callaway Big Bertha Fusion...#3 Callaway GBB Epic

    I work for a major golf retailer, 65, hdcp 12, swing speed 87. Currently have a 44.5" Fusion w/UST Recoil F3 in the bag. Comparing drivers with the launch monitor, I am getting 12 yards more total distance with the Cobra King F7 over the Fusion & Epic. Dispersion between F7 and Fusion very close, but spin slightly lower with F7. Ball feel at launch with F7 very soft and smooth, using Fujikura Pro 60 R-flex shaft. Both Fusion & Epic hit with 44.5" UST Recoil F3, and results very close. From customer testing it appears the Epic is longer for those with higher (95+) speeds. I have also seen that 44.25"-44.5" lengths promote tighter dispersion with customers, no loss of distance, and better over-all drives.
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    Ping G400 Max 10.5° w/Diamona S+ Ltd 70
    Ping G410 5-Wood w/Tensi Orange
    Ping G410 4-5-6 Hybrid w/Tensi Blue
    Ping i500 w/Recoil SmacWrap
    Ping Glide 3.0 Eye2 w/Recoil 54° & 58°
    Bettinardi BB56
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  • BeachsideGolferBeachsideGolfer Members  255WRX Points: 48Posts: 255 Greens
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    shame no love for the Srixon 565
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  • steve76tsteve76t Members  33WRX Points: 35Handicap: 8.2Posts: 33 Bunkers
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    I voted Titleist D2, Epic Sub Zero and TM M2. I've hit all three plus a few others. Not much difference in overall distance between them and I do like the Titleist the most. Just something about how it feels to me and the flight I get the it. Fitting is key to any driver as I think the shaft has to fit the player more than the head does. I've demo'd the TM M2 twice & really like it too, but I broke the 2nd demo I half way through my round. The seam between the face and the crown cracked after hitting a drive too high on the face.
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    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Current Bag:[/font]
    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Titleist TS3 9.5 (Project X, EvenFlow White, 65 - S)[/font]
    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Titleist TS3 15 deg. (Project X, EvenFlow White, 75 - S)[/font]
    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Mizuno MP18 MB 7i, 8i, 9i & PW (KBS C-TAPER-S)[/font]
    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Mizuno MP18- SC 4i,5i & 6i [/font][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif](KBS C-TAPER-S)[/font]
    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Mizuno MP18-Fli Hi 3i [/font][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif](KBS C-TAPER-S)[/font]
    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Mizuno S5 52 (Dynamic Gold Wedge)[/font]
    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Mizuno T7 56 & 60 (Dynamic Gold Wedge)[/font]
    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Scotty Cameron Select Squareback[/font]
  • orangeologyorangeology Category II Hoarder NY NJMembers  750WRX Points: 161Handicap: 14Posts: 750 Golden Tee
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    wait i still like my flex 440... #ripnikegolf
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    Gamers
    Callaway Rogue TC 10.5º(-1) + Fujikura Six Tour Spec X
    Callaway Rogue TC 14.7º + Fujikura Pro 6X
    Royal Collection 505V BBD Hybrid #2 18º + NS PRO 950W X

    Nike Vapor Fly Pro #4 21º + HZRDUS Black 95 6.5 (WIP)
    TM MB 2012 #5 + DG TI X100
    Nike Vapor Pro Forged Blades 6–P + DG TI X100
    Scratch 8620 47º 50º 56º, STI 60º + DG TI S400/S300
    Mizuno TP Mills Tour Issue

    Reserve
    XR16 Pro TC 9º + Fujikura Six Tour Spec X
    Adams Super LS Speedline TI 14º + Aldila RIP'd NV 7 TX
    TM TP UDI #2 18º + KBS Tour C Taper Lite S
    Nike VR II Pro Blades + DG TI X100 4–P
    Scotty CLN

    **In Search of"
    Nike Vapor Pro Forged Blade 5i

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    Surely this should be a poll of the most popular driver rather than the best. WRX will be giving out gold, silver and bronze medals next.




    Don't forget the Titanium medal.
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    3.0 GHIN Index - trending down
  • dfreuter415dfreuter415 Members  6WRX Points: 0Posts: 6
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    I have been caddying at Oakmont for a number of years, and we get to see the latest and best equipment. This past season the preferred driver was the TaylorMade M2. Other popular brands were Titleist, Ping and Callaway, in that order.
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  • kap10kap10 Members  113WRX Points: 25Posts: 113 Fairways
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    I bought a Titleist D3 to start the year and I'm about 12 yards further Cary with the Epic SZ. So that's in the bag now. Whatever they did it works. The D3 comes in second..in my opinion is the best sounding, feeling, and looking, just not the furthest.
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    Driver: Mizuno ST 180 Tensei Pro Orange 70TX
    Fairway: Mizuno ST 180 Tour AD DI GP 80X
    UT Iron: Mizuno MP 18 Fli Hi 2 Project X Evenflow Black 85 X
    Irons: Cobra King Forged CB/MB 4-PW PX 6.5
    Wedges: Callaway MD Forged 50, 54, 58 S400 TI
    Putter: Cameron and Crown Newport
    Ball: Vice Pro
  • eckdjeckdj Members  4WRX Points: 55Handicap: 10Posts: 4 Starters
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    I had a fitting earlier this week on Trackman and tried a bunch of drivers including the Callaway GBB Epic, M1, M2, Cobra LTD, Ping G LS tec and PXG. It came down to the Epic, Ping G and PXG. PXG gave me the best numbers especially distance and consistency. Looking forward to getting it next week and seeing how it performs versus my current Cobra F6+.
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  • Jimenaz1Jimenaz1 Members  103WRX Points: 1Handicap: 5.8Posts: 103 Bunkers
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    I voted for 917 D2. recently upgraded from my old 915 D2 Titleist and it is night and day better. Better sound/feel, less spin and am getting more yardage.



    I also want to say my upgraded 917F2 3wood is the star of my bag. it is hands down the best 3 wood I have owned in a long time. Solid, accurate and great distance.



    Titleist really improved with these clubs !!!!

    I voted for 917 D2. recently upgraded from my old 915 D2 Titleist and it is night and day better. Better sound/feel, less spin and am getting more yardage.



    I also want to say my upgraded 917F2 3wood is the star of my bag. it is hands down the best 3 wood I have owned in a long time. Solid, accurate and great distance.



    Titleist really improved with these clubs !!!!
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    [font=verdana,geneva,sans-serif]Titleist - 917 D2 9.5 Aldila Rogue Silver
    Titleist - 917d - Aldila Rogue Silver
    Titleist - 915h 2 hybrid - Diamana Blue
    Titleist - TM UDI 4 iron with GD S flex (black) [/font]

    [font=verdana, geneva, sans-serif]Titleist - [/font][font=verdana, geneva, sans-serif]714 AP2 5-9 KBS 110 tour V[/font]
    [font=verdana, geneva, sans-serif]Titleist - SM5/SM6 [/font][font=verdana,geneva,sans-serif] 46/52/56 KBS 110 tour[/font]
    [font=verdana,geneva,sans-serif]Callaway - PM Mack Daddy 60 KBS
    Scotty Cameron - Platinum[/font]

    [font=verdana, geneva, sans-serif]Titleist - Pro V1 or Kirkland Baby[/font]
    [font=verdana,geneva,sans-serif]Foot Joy/Nike DNA or Lunar 3 [/font]
    Nike or FJ Apparel
    Patrick Gibbons Belts
  • DjergerDjerger Members  56WRX Points: 60Posts: 56 Bunkers
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    i had m1 2017 d2 917 epic. its the epic for me. it has the forgiveness and feel of the titleist with more distance than the m1....by just a bit....feels sounds great.....im not in love with the green but from the top its fine....

    it spins a tad higher than the m1.
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  • JOHN GOLIAJOHN GOLIA On the Bubble Members  1256WRX Points: 1Posts: 1,256 ClubWRX
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    Epic SZ for me. Followed by Ping G LS M1 M2.

    Would love to try the Srixon Z765. Seen it but have

    not hit it. Looks great. Saw a couple reviews on it that were

    pretty good.
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  • MWBMWB Members  206WRX Points: 1Posts: 206 Bunkers
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    I voted for the Epic Sub Zero - Titleist 917 D3 - Taylormade M1. Long time Titleist user and always loved the D3 head. It would be nice to compare all drivers to the same 45" spec & same shaft to see how each perform. It seemed that the TM & SZ were too long for me to hit consistantly
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    is this not a bit daft? Unless you have tested all of the above drivers how can you make an informed choice?



    Surely this should be a poll of the most popular driver rather than the best. WRX will be giving out gold, silver and bronze medals next.




    Let alone 2017 golf hasn't started for a majority of golfers -- and "tested" means...you gave it a whack in the shop? Spent an hour getting fitted? Watched a lot of YouTube? I have an based on this: Epic SZ is best.... and what does "best" mean? At least we know that it is an "opinion" poll.
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  • shakeyshakey OvenWRX 1 Members  5838WRX Points: 349Handicap: 4Posts: 5,838 Titanium Tees
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    I voted for the Epic SZ, King F7+, and the TM M2 (but I'm thinking the 2016 M2...it's still hard to beat).

    The SZ has my favorite shape. Just about perfect.

    I play the 2016 M2.

    The F7+ performs as good as anything I've hit.
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    Ping G410 Plus 10.5 w/Tensei Orange 60 S
    Ping G410 3(14.5) w/Diamana Ahina 70 S
    NIKE VR Pro II Hybrid 3 (21) w/PX Graphite 5.5
    Ping i E1 3-PW w/CFS Distance Stiff

    Ping Glide 3.0 52SS and 58SS w/DGS300
    Ping Vault 2.0 Dale Anser

    TM TP5 Pix
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  • dmaeldmael ClubWRX  200WRX Points: 96Handicap: 10Posts: 200 ClubWRX
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    Having hit most of these driver models, I voted for the Callaway Epic Sub-Zero, Ping G LS Tech, and Cobra King F7+. I need low-spin drivers to optimize performance for my 107 to 110 MPH driver swing, and these are the driver models that work best FOR ME. For other golfers, there most certainly are better choices.
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