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I have tried just about all of them -- 2018 and 2019 -- and nothing has beat out my TS3.

 

There are two biggies that I still have not tried, however, the Mizuno from this year and, believe it or not, the Ping G400 LST or Max from last year. I just never got around to trying them, but they remain on my to-do list, especially after getting so much love here.

Titleist TS3 Driver (Ventus Blue)

Titleist TS2 3W 4W 7W (Ventus Blue)

Mizuno MP-20 Blades 4i-Pw (Modus 120)
Titleist Vokey SM8 54D 58M (Modus 120)
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M3 #1 followed closely by Ping G400 LsT and no other driver gets a vote from me because they weren’t even close to those 2.   I hit Rogue Subzero expecting a giant slayer and I vaporized one that I l

If this site bothers you so much then why be here? I know some people like to embellish but that's on them not on you. This site is good for a laugh sure but it also has some good information and has

If this site bothers you so much then why be here? I know some people like to embellish but that's on them not on you. This site is good for a laugh sure but it also has some good information and has

VOTE: Ping LST, Ping G400, Cobra F8+

 

I started 2018 with some serious driving issues. As any good golfer would; I blamed my equipment.

 

I went from my M1 back to my R9. no juice.

I bought a Kuro Kage shaft for the M1. Nope

I cut down the Kuro Kage to 44.5. uh uh.

I went for a driver fitting. Fit into Ping G400 Max - Xtorsion stiff (Cobra F8+ as alternate)

I still was struggling.

 

Then i figured out my swing flaw. My shoulders were a little lazy and were ganging back on my downswing.

Once i synced my swing, that G400 Max was a fairway finder.

 

Later in the season I picked up a G400 LST head, and my swing speed increased 1-2 MPH but with the same results (fairways).

 

Your mileage may vary.

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aquapig wrote:

 

The amount of bull spit I read in this site is always good for a laugh.

 

 

 

I mean really, you're never going to meet 99% of the people who post on here so why try to impress people with loads of ****?

 

 

 

The average swing speed with driver on tour is about 117 and the average on this site is about 120. Same goes for distances.

 

 

 

Laughable at best, sad and pathetic at worst.

 

If this site bothers you so much then why be here? I know some people like to embellish but that's on them not on you. This site is good for a laugh sure but it also has some good information and has become a go-to for me when I'm in the market for something (which happens too much according to my lady)

Short hitters always crying foul..... Just don't engage. There are a lot of posters with proven above tour average swings speeds. 

 

The best for 18' was the Ping g400. Take your pick as to which one. LST, MAX, standard, SFT. they are all versions of the same thing. by far the most accurate driver of last year. the G410 seems to be following suite, although i think the field has narrowed considerably. 

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Driver: Taylormade SIM 9 Project X Green 60TX

Fairway Finder: Taylormade Original One 13.5 Ventus Red 9X
Taylormade Gapr low 2 ventus blue 9x
4-PW Cobra king forged CB KBS $ Taper 130 X flex
Wedges 50, 54, 60 Cleveland ZIPCORE
PUTTER; Kronos release long neck
BALL; Bridgestone BX, OR Taylomade TP5x PIX

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Peoples thoughts on the Titleist TS Series....... I have hit them and performance-wise the numbers are better than my 917 but the sound kills me, it seems like I'm ringing a cowbell!  This reminds me of the 913 to the 915........ the 915 was tingy as well.... my numbers for 915 to 917 were practically the same but the 917 sounded sooooo much better.  Curious on others opinions.

Cheers!

-Troy

[i]Taylormade SIM 9.0 w/ Small Batch Hazardous Green Smoke Stiff Flex[/i]
[i]Taylormade SIM 3W w/ Hazardous Smoke Black Stiff Flex[/i]
[i]PXG 19 Degree Gen1 Hybrid w/ Graphite Design ADDI Stiff Flex[/i]
[i]PXG 0311 4-W / Project X LZ Stiff[/i]
[i]PXG Sugar Daddy 50, 54 and 58 Degree Wedges[/i]
[i]Scotty Cameron 009 Prototype Newport 2 / 35"[/i]

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I tried to love the G400 MAX, but coming from the G30 LST for some reason it didn't work, even with the same shaft and swing weight. Bought a LST head and the first swing with the G400 LST was like rediscovering a long lost friend, it will be in the bag for a while. Full disclosure, I didn't try any other drivers in 2018.

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Ping G400 LST 10°, Rogue Silver 110 70 S
Callaway Epic SZ 15° Rogue Silver 110 70 S
Callaway Epic SZ 18° RIP Alpha 70 S
Callaway Apex 23° VS Proto 80 S
Callaway Apex 26° HZRDUS Black HY 5.5
Ping i200 6-W Blue Dot Steelfiber 110cw S +½" SSx1
Ping Stealth SS 52 - KBS 610 R+ +½"
Ping Stealth SS 56 - KBS 610 R+ +½"
Ping Stealth SS 60 - KBS 610 R+ +½"
Taylormade Spider Black Tour 35"
TM TP5X

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Fusion 10.5 with Fuji speeder 3 661 Stiff is still number one, g400 max with same shaft got knocked out by the Mizuno 190 10.5 with a speeder v Stiff regular. Fusion head is still best for me. It’s that ultra low go works for my swing. Mizuno has that low hit covers also. F9 was good but ugly, epic flash was ugly and not good for me. Wouldn’t touch a taylormade, Bridgestone, Srixon or Titleist. Wilson either.

Bag for 2020,  Big Bertha Fusion with FuJi Ventus Blue 5, Mavrik  Max 5/7 Helium 5 regular, Big Bertha 2019 6 and 7 hybrid recoil esx 460 regular, Mavrik 7-gw,  Mizuno s18 56 aeroteck 125 regular, Toulon Austin 39”, Ball  Bridgestone b rx and Callaway supersoft.

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Cant find anything better for me than my titleist TS2.

love the look of the Ping drivers, always have, but high spin and ultimately loss of distance rob me with the Pings!!

Not being the longest hitter in the world i need all the distance I can get, TS2 is up there with the best of them...so far.

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Currently gaming Titleist 915D2, testing TS2, TS3 and Cobra F9 all with Tensei Ck Pro White 70 S. May try to see if the 60 S works better, but enjoying the heavier shaft so far.

[i][b]In the Bag:[/b][/i]
Driver - Titleist 915 D2 - Tensei White CK Pro Mitsubishi Rayon 70S, 45"
3 Wood: Callaway Epic 13.5 Rogue 75S
Irons: 4 - PW Callaway Apex MBs 2018 - DG TI 120 S400 +1"
3 Cobra Iron Utility Black with KBS $120 Shaft +1"
PW: Vokey 7M 46,52 (both F grind),60 (M grind) degree. SW: Ping I10
Hybrid: Cobra F7
Putter: TP Mills High Toe ONE or TP Mills Bull Elf
Ball: Pro V or Bridgestone RSX
Bag: 2018 Sun Mountain C-130

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Guys, a little help please. I am 60 years old, barely hanging on to 14 handicap (mind you I was told I would not use my left arm again 16 years ago ha ha), and hit driver about 200 - 220 yards. I hit a fade and want to upgrade from my G25 and get the G400 LST. I am not after distance just want to keep the dispersion down and was thinking of a 44" stiff shaft (not too stiff, I obviously won't have the club head speed to make it work) of some description. Clearly, I am after something with minimum spin also.

Is my thinking right and what shaft do you guys suggest?

Thanks,

Rob from Sydney

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I would not get the g400lst if your looking for better dispersion get the g400 max. Shaft stiffness does not depend on swing speed. Im 67, have a liw swing speed like 85-90 and play a 65 gran stiff. Regular lighter shafts spin to much as im a hitter not a swinger.

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Bag for 2020,  Big Bertha Fusion with FuJi Ventus Blue 5, Mavrik  Max 5/7 Helium 5 regular, Big Bertha 2019 6 and 7 hybrid recoil esx 460 regular, Mavrik 7-gw,  Mizuno s18 56 aeroteck 125 regular, Toulon Austin 39”, Ball  Bridgestone b rx and Callaway supersoft.

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My TS2 is the best driver of 2018 & 2019. It kicked my G400 Max out of my bag and never looked back.

Callaway MAVRIK 10.5 GD Tour AD IZ 6S

Callaway Epic 16* Fijikura Pro 2.0 5 Stiff

Callaway Rogue Hybrid 19* Recoil 780 F4

Mizuno JPX 919  Hot Metal Pro 5-P  Modus3 Tour 105s

Callaway Jaws MD5 Tour Grey 48* PXI 6.5

Callaway PM Grind 19 Black 54* Steelfiber fc115cw Stiff

Callaway PM Grind Black 58* & 64*  KBS Tour V Stiff

Scotty Cameron Select Square Back 34 Putter

Yellow ProV1X 

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> @toddba11 said:

> Currently gaming Titleist 915D2, testing TS2, TS3 and Cobra F9 all with Tensei Ck Pro White 70 S. May try to see if the 60 S works better, but enjoying the heavier shaft so far.

 

That's my current setup TS2 at the C4 setting with the Tensei Pro White 60S.....I think its the best driver/shaft combo I have owned.

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PING G410 10.5° | Ventus Blue 7S

PING G410 5W 16.5º | Ventus Blue 8S
PING G410 3H 20.5º | Ventus Blue HB 9X
Callaway Apex CF19 5-PW | Modus 105S
Callaway MD5 50°W 54°S 58°X | KBS $-Taper 120S

Toulon Las Vegas H7 | Stability Tour
Titleist ProV1x

 

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> @agoodmanmbk said:

> > @toddba11 said:

> > Currently gaming Titleist 915D2, testing TS2, TS3 and Cobra F9 all with Tensei Ck Pro White 70 S. May try to see if the 60 S works better, but enjoying the heavier shaft so far.

>

> That's my current setup TS2 at the C4 setting with the Tensei Pro White 60S.....I think its the best driver/shaft combo I have owned.

 

Playing the CK Pro White in 70S as well. Best driver shaft I've ever used. Great fit for me with the M3.

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Srixon z785 9.5'
Srixon F85 3W 15'
Ping G Hybrid - 18'
Mizuno JPX 900 HM 4 Iron
Mizuno JPX 900 Forged - 5-GW
Titleist SM7 54' and 58' - S Grind
Bobby Grace Tour Triple Diamond

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> @"Rob McHugh" said:

> Guys, a little help please. I am 60 years old, barely hanging on to 14 handicap (mind you I was told I would not use my left arm again 16 years ago ha ha), and hit driver about 200 - 220 yards. I hit a fade and want to upgrade from my G25 and get the G400 LST. I am not after distance just want to keep the dispersion down and was thinking of a 44" stiff shaft (not too stiff, I obviously won't have the club head speed to make it work) of some description. Clearly, I am after something with minimum spin also.

> Is my thinking right and what shaft do you guys suggest?

> Thanks,

> Rob from Sydney

 

As noted above, I'd go G400Max over the LST. The Max is pretty much magic - driver is the most consistent club in my bag now. Shaft length and stiffness depend on your swing, speed is only part of it. Getting a good fitting should give you the info you need.

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For me it has been the G400 with a Ping Tour 80X. I had been gaming a 43.5" G30 with the same shaft and it was a real fairway finder, very consistent. I just never really felt like the ball was going that far, even though i was hitting it lights out. I picked up a G400 3 & 5 wood and knew something was wrong with the G30. The 3w was only about 5 yards shorter, and sometimes longer than my G30. I picked up an M2 for cheap and felt on well struck drives it was 20 yards longer, but I wasn't nearly as consistent with it, and my G30 was back in the bag. After my last round with G30, I came home and ordered a used 9* G400 with the 55X Alta, figured i could use my Ping Tour shaft if i didn't like the alta.

 

HOLY SMOKES

 

I got out on the fairway yesterday after work and was able to test the G30 and G400 against each other. The 55x Alta seemed too light/soft and my misses were huge. Put my 43.5" Ping Tour in it, and I was amazed. Into the wind, the less than stellar shots with the G400 went 10-16 yards further than my very well hit G30 drives, with the same shaft. Hit a few shots down wind with both the G30 and G400 and picked up 16, 25, and 55 yards over the G30. It felt just as easy to cut or draw it, although I tend to stay away from a draw on purpose due to my tendency to hook them if I am going after it.

 

I'm not certain that there isn't something wrong with my G30 head, but it just seems dead. I'll see if I can get on trackman with it for some numbers, but the real world test so far are very promising. The verdict is still out on the G400 being as accurate as my G30, but it feels like its gonna be a very easy switch.

 

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I'm like you CodyJSparks, late to the party. I hit my G30/DiamanaBlue combo so well but then saw review/test with G30 vs newer Ping Drivers and the 400max kicked a** so I just bought one yesterday. Now I'm in search of the right shaft for my 63 year old swing. May have to spend the money on an ultralightweight shaft. I love my Diamana but I'm losing a little swing speed with a 65 gram shaft now.

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> @"Bill Guy" said:

> Loads of great and interesting input here. While club head design is important is the shaft used not even more important and what about swing speed so would be really interesting to know driver/shaft/swing speed which I am sure would help match suitability for the reader.

Yes, I think it would help, but everyone does not know their swing speed, certainly shaft and lenght though. I just saw where Brook Henderson plays a 48" shaft. Granted she chokes up about 3 inches on each club, she looks about 5’6”.

 

 

[i][b]In the Bag:[/b][/i]
Driver - Titleist 915 D2 - Tensei White CK Pro Mitsubishi Rayon 70S, 45"
3 Wood: Callaway Epic 13.5 Rogue 75S
Irons: 4 - PW Callaway Apex MBs 2018 - DG TI 120 S400 +1"
3 Cobra Iron Utility Black with KBS $120 Shaft +1"
PW: Vokey 7M 46,52 (both F grind),60 (M grind) degree. SW: Ping I10
Hybrid: Cobra F7
Putter: TP Mills High Toe ONE or TP Mills Bull Elf
Ball: Pro V or Bridgestone RSX
Bag: 2018 Sun Mountain C-130

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> @"Rob McHugh" said:

> Guys, a little help please. I am 60 years old, barely hanging on to 14 handicap (mind you I was told I would not use my left arm again 16 years ago ha ha), and hit driver about 200 - 220 yards. I hit a fade and want to upgrade from my G25 and get the G400 LST. I am not after distance just want to keep the dispersion down and was thinking of a 44" stiff shaft (not too stiff, I obviously won't have the club head speed to make it work) of some description. Clearly, I am after something with minimum spin also.

> Is my thinking right and what shaft do you guys suggest?

> Thanks,

> Rob from Sydney

Don't get the LST. you need lots of swing speed for that. I am like you, 63 with the same distances. I have used the Ping G30 since it came out. Tried the G30LST and couldn't hit it as far. Just bought the G400max. It's the best Ping driver I have ever owned with the Rapture V2/with Diamana blue shaft and G30 in second place. Get the 10.5 in the stock stiff shaft. It's a nice stock shaft for the 206gram G400max head. I'm flying it around 5 yards farther than the G30 in 55-60 degree weather. It's really a cool club. pun intended

 

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> @Putterboy68 said:

> > @"Rob McHugh" said:

> > Guys, a little help please. I am 60 years old, barely hanging on to 14 handicap (mind you I was told I would not use my left arm again 16 years ago ha ha), and hit driver about 200 - 220 yards. I hit a fade and want to upgrade from my G25 and get the G400 LST. I am not after distance just want to keep the dispersion down and was thinking of a 44" stiff shaft (not too stiff, I obviously won't have the club head speed to make it work) of some description. Clearly, I am after something with minimum spin also.

> > Is my thinking right and what shaft do you guys suggest?

> > Thanks,

> > Rob from Sydney

> Don't get the LST. you need lots of swing speed for that. I am like you, 63 with the same distances. I have used the Ping G30 since it came out. Tried the G30LST and couldn't hit it as far. Just bought the G400max. It's the best Ping driver I have ever owned with the Rapture V2/with Diamana blue shaft and G30 in second place. Get the 10.5 in the stock stiff shaft. It's a nice stock shaft for the 206gram G400max head. I'm flying it around 5 yards farther than the G30 in 55-60 degree weather. It's really a cool club. pun intended

>

 

Thanks mate!

 

Rob

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