Best Driver in the last 5 years?

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  • WarrickWarrick  10725ClubWRX Posts: 10,725
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    MtlJeff wrote:


    Epic deserves more love, not the most fun to hit driver , but dear god that thing was a LM warrior. Still cannot hit anything further




    Mine is getting ready for it's 3rd season in the bag.
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    Epic 9* HZRDUS Smoke
    F9 Tour 3w\13.5 - Smoke 70
    F9 Tour 5w\17.5- Smoke 70
    Epic hybrid - 22* Pro White 90
    Mizuno 919 combo 5-9 LZ Blackout 
    Mizuno T7 - 45-49-53-58 LZ Blackout 
    Custom V-Line Fang
    TM TP5X
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  • GolfTurkeyGolfTurkey  612Members Posts: 612
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    Interesting how quickly the hype around the TS drivers has died down. Lots of play on tour (maybe because Titleist is paying for numbers) but pretty quiet around here.
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  • aquapigaquapig  302Members Posts: 302
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    Love when people use the saying “hands down”.



    Like somehow the drivers they mentioned are the best and there should be no other opinions on the matter because “hands down” these are the bestest ever!



    Come on man
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  • rgk5rgk5 rgk5(OLB)  3685Members Posts: 3,685
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    Ping G30 LST, G400 Max

    Cobra F8+, now slightly bested by the F9, at least in my hands

    Epic or Rogue, not a huge difference

    2017/2016 M2
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    Cobra F9 Tour 10.5*, VA Composites Raijin 44 F2
    Cobra F8 3-4 wood 14.5*, VA Composites Raijin 44 F3

    Cobra F8 5-6 wood 17.5, Tensei Blue R
    TM RSi2 5-GW, KBS Tour 105 R
    Ping Glide 1.0 54.5*, CFS Wedge flex

    Ping Eye2+ SW, 57.5*, KTM S
    Taylor Made TP Mullen 2, 35", LH (I'm right handed :p )
  • Peanut191Peanut191  1866Members Posts: 1,866
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    2016 M2 is still in the bag. Nice combination of forgiveness and distance.
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    M2 10.5, set to 9.75, D5, KK XT 70s
    M2 Tour 16.5, Diamana Thump 85s
    Titleist 913 21* Kiyoshi White 95 04 flex
    Srixon 745 4-PW, Dynamic Gold 115s
    Callaway Razr Forged GW 51
    Vokey 56F 14 bounce, Vokey 60M
    Scotty Newport 1.5
  • 3woodvt3woodvt 5 test drives for clubface contact. #footpowder  1628Members Posts: 1,628
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    rgk5 wrote:


    Ping G30 LST, G400 Max

    Cobra F8+, now slightly bested by the F9, at least in my hands

    Epic or Rogue, not a huge difference

    2017/2016 M2
    If that 30Lst would have been quieter I'd still be playing it. Best driver I ever played!
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    Cobra F9 8.0 Atmos TS Black7x
    Cobra F8+ 13.5 Aldila7x
    Adams A12 19* VTS Proforce 100hs
    Srixon Z945 4-PW KBS Tour 120s
    Cleveland 2.0 51**,55**,59*
    Ping Zing TR
    Srixon Z
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  • tcatone5tcatone5  20Members Posts: 20
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    I ended up with the M4 I hit the M6 and the grouping was a little tighter but no significant improvement vs the M4 and for $180 less it was a no brainer great distance and it really helped the fade in my shot everything stayed straight with the M4 D type. It is great when you step up to the tee with confidence. I wasn't a TM guy until now but things may change.
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    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Driver: Taylormade M4 D Type 9.5[/font]
    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Hybrid: Titleist 816 H2[/font]
    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Irons: Ping I500 Black Dot[/font]
    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Wedges: Titliest SM6 48, 52, 56 Callaway MD3 60[/font]
    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Putter: Bettinardi Queen B #8[/font]
  • RainShadowRainShadow Tucson AZ (for now) 3982Members Posts: 3,982
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    After trying everything and playing the Cally Xhot, GBB and Epic, I've settled in on the

    Ping G400 w/ the Hazrdus Yellow 71gm shaft. Could have gone G400 LST as well.

    Both super forgiving.

    Demo'd against the GBB and Epic, outdoors w/ trackman. G400 was about 6-10 yards longer and much straighter for me.

    I love the sound off the Epic when pured, but there really was no comparison .........I was a little shocked, since I haven't liked Ping drivers in the past.

    1st 2 rounds haven't missed a fairway with the G400.
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    Ping G400 10.5 (9.5) Hzrdus Yellow 75 6.0
    Rogue 17* Atmos Blue TS 
    G 410 19* & 22*  Tensei Pro Blue 80s
    Apex 26 Kuro Kage S
    Cobra Forged Tec Black 6-GW Modus 105s 
    RTX4 54/10 
    Vokey 58/8 M grind
    Toulon Madison H1 neck (L)
    Chrome Soft/ FG Tour/ ProV1
  • playaplaya  8756Members Posts: 8,756
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    As a drawer of the ball with my miss being a hook, I have found recent drivers to be problematic for me. The obsession with distance has meant most drivers I've tried are designed with a draw bias to squeeze out a few extra yards, but at the cost of consistency and accuracy. I've also found newer drivers to be over 45", again to give more distance but at the cost of accuracy. Shafts are also a problem for me as I am aggressive through impact and need a stiff tip/low torque combo, which don't come stock so adds to price. In short, I can't recommend anything from the last 5 years cause I don't like any of them.



    I play a TM r7 super quad TP with a GD Quattro tech, and although I give up 10 yards on the best drives with newer bombers, the confidence I have standing on the tee knowing where the ball is going makes up for it.
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  • AG12AG12  1492Members Posts: 1,492
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    TS2....combined with my Tensei Pro White shaft....best driver I have played since the original RBZ
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    Titleist TS2 9.5* Tensei Pro White 60S
    Titleist TS2 15* Tensei Pro White 70S
    Titleist TS2 21* Tensei AV Blue 70HY
    TaylorMade P790 '19 4-PW Project X LZ 120
    PING Glide 3.0 50SS/54SS DG S200
    TaylorMade Hi-Toe 58*/ATV KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 
    TaylorMade Spider X Navy 
    Titleist ProV1x #27
    WITB
  • ace036ace036  2029Members Posts: 2,029
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    G400 Max. By far the most forgiving and straightest driver I’ve ever hit or gamed.
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    Ping G410 Plus 10.5° - Fujikura Speeder Evolution V 757x
    Titleist TS3 16.5° - Fujikura Ventus Red 7x
    Srixon Z U85 20° - KBS Tour Hybrid Proto 85 s+
    Titleist 718 AP2 (4-PW) - Project X 6.0
    Titleist SM6 50.08F - Project X 6.0
    Titleist SM6 54.10S - Project X 6.0
    Titleist SM6 58.08M - Project X 6.0
    Bettinardi Studio Reserve JAM-F
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  • KonkliferKonklifer Thinkin' of a master plan...  7970Members Posts: 7,970
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    G400 Max
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    PING G400 Max 10°
    PING G400 16.5°
    PING G400 hybrid 19°
    PING i25 hybrid 22°
    Callaway XHP 5-AW
    PING Glide 2.0 Stealth, 54° SS, 58° ES
    Kevin Burns 9306
    Snell MTB Red Optic Yellow
  • martyball1martyball1  1Members Posts: 1
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    My second 2016 M2 is on the way. I should have kept the first one. Tried several drivers in between. Nothing recently could kick my G20 out of the bag, but the M2 will.
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  • JohnnyB HipsJohnnyB Hips  453Lefty Boomers Posts: 453
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    Epic SZ. I tried a couple of drivers like Taylormade M2 and Cobra King LTD but i still like the feel of the jailbreak! image/wink.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=';)' />



    But I'm really tempted to try Ping G400.
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  • sdandreasdandrea Steve  2479Members Posts: 2,479
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    PING G30, G, G400, G410. That should cover at least 5 years......oh, the surprising Callaway BB Fusion!
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    Cobra FMax Superlite 11.5*
    Cobra FMax Superlite 5w
    Cobra FMax Superlite 5h, 6h, 7 -GW
    Cobra FMax Superlite SW
    Scotty Fastback 


  • TollBrosTollBros Overseer of the Test Range  4891Sponsors Posts: 4,891
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    Taylormade M5

    Taylormade M2 2016

    Cobra F9+

    Taylormade M4

    Ping G400 LST

    Callaway Epic SZ

    Cobra LTD Pro

    Callaway Epic Flash SZ



    Pick any of those that suits you and you'll be in business. You can add G400 max to the list too if you don't need ultra low spin.
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  • Krt22Krt22 East Bay 8050Members Posts: 8,050
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    TollBros wrote:


    Taylormade M5

    Taylormade M2 2016

    Cobra F9+

    Taylormade M4

    Ping G400 LST

    Callaway Epic SZ

    Cobra LTD Pro

    Callaway Epic Flash SZ



    Pick any of those that suits you and you'll be in business. You can add G400 max to the list too if you don't need ultra low spin.




    Interesting....M4 is better than M6?
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  • TollBrosTollBros Overseer of the Test Range  4891Sponsors Posts: 4,891
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    GolfTurkey wrote:


    Interesting how quickly the hype around the TS drivers has died down. Lots of play on tour (maybe because Titleist is paying for numbers) but pretty quiet around here.




    There was only 1 non paid Titleist driver in play last week. You are correct.
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  • TollBrosTollBros Overseer of the Test Range  4891Sponsors Posts: 4,891
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    Krt22 wrote:

    TollBros wrote:


    Taylormade M5

    Taylormade M2 2016

    Cobra F9+

    Taylormade M4

    Ping G400 LST

    Callaway Epic SZ

    Cobra LTD Pro

    Callaway Epic Flash SZ



    Pick any of those that suits you and you'll be in business. You can add G400 max to the list too if you don't need ultra low spin.




    Interesting....M4 is better than M6?




    Slightly lower launch to loft which had some of our guys having a hard time keeping the launch down. Assuming this isn't an issue for you, the performance is on par assuming you can subtract loft. There are a lot of very good drivers. M3, rogue sz, the ts2, etc. I could keep making a list but these are the ones that stood out for one reason or another.
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  • 3woodvt3woodvt 5 test drives for clubface contact. #footpowder  1628Members Posts: 1,628
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    TollBros wrote:


    Taylormade M5

    Taylormade M2 2016

    Cobra F9+

    Taylormade M4

    Ping G400 LST

    Callaway Epic SZ

    Cobra LTD Pro

    Callaway Epic Flash SZ



    Pick any of those that suits you and you'll be in business. You can add G400 max to the list too if you don't need ultra low spin.
    Pretty darn goodlooking list
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    Cobra F9 8.0 Atmos TS Black7x
    Cobra F8+ 13.5 Aldila7x
    Adams A12 19* VTS Proforce 100hs
    Srixon Z945 4-PW KBS Tour 120s
    Cleveland 2.0 51**,55**,59*
    Ping Zing TR
    Srixon Z
  • Krt22Krt22 East Bay 8050Members Posts: 8,050
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    TollBros wrote:

    Krt22 wrote:

    TollBros wrote:


    Taylormade M5

    Taylormade M2 2016

    Cobra F9+

    Taylormade M4

    Ping G400 LST

    Callaway Epic SZ

    Cobra LTD Pro

    Callaway Epic Flash SZ



    Pick any of those that suits you and you'll be in business. You can add G400 max to the list too if you don't need ultra low spin.




    Interesting....M4 is better than M6?




    Slightly lower launch to loft which had some of our guys having a hard time keeping the launch down. Assuming this isn't an issue for you, the performance is on par assuming you can subtract loft. There are a lot of very good drivers. M3, rogue sz, the ts2, etc. I could keep making a list but these are the ones that stood out for one reason or another.




    ic, so really only an issue for the really high speed guys playing the lowest lofted heads already?
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  • RedbirdRedbird  2262Members Posts: 2,262
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    2016 M2
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  • 8iron1758iron175  97Members Posts: 97
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    pxg new generation, by far amazing
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  • GooseHookGooseHook Keep it Fraiche  11758Members Posts: 11,758
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    Bio Cell + and LTD were years ahead of their time.



    SLDR if you're okay with a 230yd miss for every 330yd bomb.



    First two years of the M series are all great drivers.
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    M5 9.0°, 757  TR
    Steelhead XR 16°, Atmos Blue 8x
    Mizuno MP Fli Hi 21°, Recoil 110

    X Forged '18  5-P, PX 6.5
    MD Forged 50/54/58
    SM6 62M

    Cleveland Huntington Beach SOFT 11s
    Tour BX



  • ShooterMcGerinShooterMcGerin  159ClubWRX Posts: 159
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    tcatone5 wrote:



    I Agree with the previous posts and add LTD to the list.



    There are plenty of great drivers to choose from in recent years.



    It's not like the big OEMs spend all this time and money designing new clubs to put out junk.




    I think my main question is when there is a new model every year is it worth the $200 extra to get the 2019 model opposed to the 2018 that just went on sale?
    Id go with 917s. They are SUPER cheap at the moment
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  • platgofplatgof platgof  1733ClubWRX Posts: 1,733
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    I still have my 16 M2, and it is long. Now the Fusion is in the bag, and for the price the Fusion is in its own class. The Fusion Heavy is amazing.
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    Golf Star 12*
    5 & 7 F9
    5 ,6, OS Hybrids
    6-PW F9 Irons
    AW, SW, LW Glide
    Spyder C/S Putter
    Volvik DS55

    Scrambler from everywhere

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  • BeerPerHoleBeerPerHole  1370Members Posts: 1,370
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    tcatone5 wrote:


    I currently game the XR16 and still get great distance with it and have been generally happy with it. I am thinking about making a switch to a new driver mainly because the new models came out and last years have gone down in price.



    What is the best driver that has come out in the last 5 years?



    How much better could the clubs really be getting if they release a new model every year?
    The XR16 may be the best driver I've hit. I ended up getting a G400Max, which is a candidate for your poll, certainly. In a fitting attempt with several drivers the XR16 was the longest in the batch...
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    Ping G400 Max, 8-degrees, tour stiff
    Mizuno JPX900 Forged irons
    Ping G400 5-wood
    Ping Anser G putter

    Snell MTB-X

    Knee Deep Breaking Bud IPA

  • BeerPerHoleBeerPerHole  1370Members Posts: 1,370
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    Storms wrote:

    cgasucks wrote:



    2016 M2




    Technically, ALL drivers have have the same COR on their faces and head sizes because of USGA and R&A restrictions BUT for some reason, I keep seeing the 2016 M2 still being talked about even after its discontinuation. I'm not saying it's the longest driver made in the last 5 years but it seems to be a little more consistently longer than the others (just a little).




    The first gen M series was the first time Taylormade had really lived up to the hype they put out around it since the original RBZ. The M1 and M2 put out really solid numbers for most everyone that tried it, the composite top made it standout in a crowd, and I remember Jason Day putting it in his bag right away and absolutely smashing with it (he was also playing out of his mind at the time). There are also those rumors that float around here about the 8.5* heads being too hot but technically legal, which meant pros were bagging the M2 long past when they would normally switch. This combo of tour presence, excellent numbers, and bag appeal is what has driven it's current cult status. It also helps that Taylormade's current offerings seem to be more centered around marketing and gimmicks (face screws, really lol) than outright performance like the clean, no nonsense 2016 M2 provided.
    My son, 13, absolutely pounded his M2 until the crown cracked. TM sent him an M4...which, after trying it for a couple months, is being pushed aside by a replacement M2 that I found still in the wrapper. First session with it last night at the range...back out to the back of the range again... Great club.
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    Ping G400 Max, 8-degrees, tour stiff
    Mizuno JPX900 Forged irons
    Ping G400 5-wood
    Ping Anser G putter

    Snell MTB-X

    Knee Deep Breaking Bud IPA

  • StormsStorms San Diego 135Members Posts: 135
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    Storms wrote:

    cgasucks wrote:



    2016 M2




    Technically, ALL drivers have have the same COR on their faces and head sizes because of USGA and R&A restrictions BUT for some reason, I keep seeing the 2016 M2 still being talked about even after its discontinuation. I'm not saying it's the longest driver made in the last 5 years but it seems to be a little more consistently longer than the others (just a little).




    The first gen M series was the first time Taylormade had really lived up to the hype they put out around it since the original RBZ. The M1 and M2 put out really solid numbers for most everyone that tried it, the composite top made it standout in a crowd, and I remember Jason Day putting it in his bag right away and absolutely smashing with it (he was also playing out of his mind at the time). There are also those rumors that float around here about the 8.5* heads being too hot but technically legal, which meant pros were bagging the M2 long past when they would normally switch. This combo of tour presence, excellent numbers, and bag appeal is what has driven it's current cult status. It also helps that Taylormade's current offerings seem to be more centered around marketing and gimmicks (face screws, really lol) than outright performance like the clean, no nonsense 2016 M2 provided.
    My son, 13, absolutely pounded his M2 until the crown cracked. TM sent him an M4...which, after trying it for a couple months, is being pushed aside by a replacement M2 that I found still in the wrapper. First session with it last night at the range...back out to the back of the range again... Great club.




    Yeah the M2 is a real winner. I actually got my M2 head from a buddy who got the M3 when it came out. He says that he still hasn't hit the M3 as deep as the M2 he gave me lol. He knows he isn't getting it back though
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    TaylorMade 2016 M2 9.5* HZRDUS Yellow
    Titleist 915F 15* Aldila Rouge Black
    Srixon zU45 20* Graphite Design AD95
    Titleist 585H 21* Titleist 4175
    TaylorMade Psi Tour 4-PW KBS Tour
    TaylorMade EF 52*
    Akira Prototype 58*
    Yes! Callie
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  • TollBrosTollBros Overseer of the Test Range  4891Sponsors Posts: 4,891
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    Krt22 wrote:

    TollBros wrote:

    Krt22 wrote:

    TollBros wrote:


    Taylormade M5

    Taylormade M2 2016

    Cobra F9+

    Taylormade M4

    Ping G400 LST

    Callaway Epic SZ

    Cobra LTD Pro

    Callaway Epic Flash SZ



    Pick any of those that suits you and you'll be in business. You can add G400 max to the list too if you don't need ultra low spin.




    Interesting....M4 is better than M6?




    Slightly lower launch to loft which had some of our guys having a hard time keeping the launch down. Assuming this isn't an issue for you, the performance is on par assuming you can subtract loft. There are a lot of very good drivers. M3, rogue sz, the ts2, etc. I could keep making a list but these are the ones that stood out for one reason or another.




    ic, so really only an issue for the really high speed guys playing the lowest lofted heads already?




    If you are already playing the lowest loft and still hit it too high, then that's the issue. Obviously you can get a Tour head and tailor the exact loft and all that, but for most people, especially this early in the season, that's not easy to do or within their budget. I assumed the OP was going to go with a retail head of some sort. For the price though, you really are hard pressed to beat that 2016 M2.
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