Old Driver vs New Stuff (913 vs. M3, TS2, and TS3)
Today I had the chance to compare some newer drivers on a with my ole faithful for the past 6ish years and I had some pretty interesting results.
TL;DR Make sure to test your old driver before AND after being fit.
Some background on me: I'm a scratch to low single digit cap with swing speed in the 120s. I swing rather steep with an out to in path and my typical shot is a baby fade.
Clubs being tested (tested on GC Quad with new ProV1s, hit 10+ with each)
913 D2 9.5 A1 Diamana D+ 72X 45-45.25 (STD "whiteboard" shaft had Cpm measured when I was fit for the M3, it was 281)
M3 440 9 Fujikura Atmos Tour Spec Black 7TX 45.25-45.5 in
(Weights back with sleight draw preference and loft one notch higher)
TS2 9.5 A1 Diamana DF 70TX 45.25 - 45.5 in
TS3 9.5 A1 Weights favoring heel. Same shaft as TS2
Started with my 913 after doing a 10 min warm up. Numbers I was getting were as follows:
Ballspeed: 173-176 Launch: 7.5-11* Avg Spin: 2400 ish Avg Carry: 299 Dispersion: very consistent flight, slight left to right shot with avg deviation being 8 yards left. Largest miss was a big pull left
M3 was next. I was fitted for this by true spec golf but bought the components on my own to save money
Ballspeed: 172-178 Launch: 7-12* Avg Spin: 2600-2700 Avg Carry: 297 Dispersion: More baby fades but started more on line vs. left. Overall tighter / more consistent dispersion with avg being 1 yard right Largest miss was a big push slice.
Ballspeed: 174 - 179 Launch: 8.5-11 Avg Spin: 2300-2400 ish Avg Carry: 300 Dispersion: very straight shots slight pull tendency but not much curve Avg deviation 14 left. Biggest miss was a wicked snap hook off the toe (happened a couple times)
Ballspeed: 175-182 Launch: 7.5 - 11.5 Avg Spin: 2300-2400 ish Avg Carry: 304 Dispersion: Normal shot was a fade. Avg deviation was 12 yards right. Only 3 shots ended up left of center line and these were less than 10 yards left, so they were straight. Biggest misses being right going right
Note: Averages are averages. These take into account outliers high and low that I did not leave out of the data.
After testing I went back through and hit 3 more balls with each to make sure there was no "warm-up effect" going on. All numbers were in line with previous except my old 913! 2 of the last 3 with the 913 had ballspeeds at 179 which no other club hit besides the TS3. Granted they had lower launch and higher spin so overall carry/distance was within its norm.
Some final takeaways:
My 913 is not bad and in my opinion the second best in the test. Had great dispersion. Very solid distance and just worked for a driver that's taken a beating over the past 6ish years.
The M3 was the straightest and I could trust the most to hit any fairway but didn't have enough gains in it to justify the upgrade.
TS2 had most consistent speeds across the face with more launch that I need. But for some reason I had some terrible snap hooks with it, which I never have.
The TS3 was the only one to break 180 ballspeed and it also was the only one to consistently carry longer than 300 yards. Launch was lower and had a bad miss right. If I could get launch up a little and straighten out that right miss a bit, this thing would be deadly.
I thought my 913 was going to be blown out of the water distance wise but it wasn't. My swing hasn't changed a whole lot over the years and I am pretty consistent with ball striking so I guess it makes sense my old driver still fit. What this told me is the importance of checking before and after a fitting how your current set up works. Improvements were marginal but it looks like I'll be holding onto the TS3 combo and dumping the rest onto the BST here soon.
Titleist 917 F2 16.5 - Diamana W 80X
Titleist 718 T-MB 2 - Mitsubishi MMT 125TX
Mizuno MP18 4 - PW - TTDG X100
Vokey SM7 52.12 F, 56.14 F - TTDG S400
Taylormade HiToe 60 - TTDG S400
Taylormade Spider Tour Black