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In the market for a dirt cheap (under $75), used driver.

 

Why an older driver:

  • I'm cheap / for a second bag that stays at my parents' house and rarely gets used
  • driver tech has not changed dramatically in the past few years
  • time allows consensus to emerge (e.g. "that was a great club" or "that club was hard to hit")

About me:

  • I'm an ok player (6 hcp). 100ish SS / 275ish yards off tee.
  • Prefer low spin drivers - my ball flight can get a little high.
  • Don't work the ball. Prefer forgiving to workable.
  • Not very sensitive to club changes - if it's a well regarded club I'll hit it well
  • Not too worried about shafts - Aldila NV shafts work well for me and I have some extras lying around

Current thoughts:

  • Get a Titleist 915 D2. Consensus seems to be that they were great clubs
  • Pings seem great BUT G20 isn't adjustable (deal breaker), G25 has the old adapter (deal breaker), and G30 is a little beyond my budget
  • SLDR consensus say it's too unforgiving. R15 outside my budget

Questions:

  • Are there any great Callaways from that era?
  • Other brands / clubs I should consider?
  • Or should I just go with a 915?

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915 D2 is a great choice. Not the longest out there but nothing has been straighter for me.

Titleist TS2 Graphite Design Tour AD DI
Titleist TS2 Graphite Design Tour AD DI
Titleist TS2 Graphite Design Tour AD DI
Titleist 816h Graphite Design Tour AD DI
Cobra Fly-Z Plus UST Recoil 110
54* Cobra MIM
58* Cobra MIM
Odyssey OWorks 7S

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Hey op. I have a g30 as a gamer and bought a 915d2 in very good condition for $80 over the holidays. I have a mid 100mph swing but my handicap is a bit higher. The 915 is in the bag right now because it is a very accurate driver. Its about 10 yards shorter than my g30 but I was not fit for either so take that with a grain of salt. I have the confidence to just aim down the left side and take a rip with the 915. The ping tends to draw on me and a hook is my miss. With the D2 that hook swing produces a tiny draw that finds the left side of the fairway. I have it in the fade setting and lofted up. At 9.5 degrees the d2 launches lower than the 9* g30 but as we all know stated lofts mean nothing. So in short, the d2 is great for short tight courses and the g30 would be better suited for a longer course with wider fairways. YMMV; hope this helps.

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I loved my Cally Razr Hawk Tour. I liked it more than my 2016 M2 that I've used for a few years now (and still use), but I'd recommend either of the two.

Cobra F9 Atmos Black 7X
Titleist 917 F2 15 Speeder 757X
Titleist 816 H2 19 Diamana S+ 90X
Ben Hogan Ft Worth HI 22 TIX100 AMT SS1X
Ben Hogan FW15 26-46 TIX100 AMT SS1X
TM Hi Toe 50, 54 (55), 58 (60) X100 SS2X
Scotty Cameron

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Love my D2

Callaway Mavrik SZ 9* Ventus Black 6x

Callaway EFSZ @ 14* Ventus Blue 7x

Callaway Rogue SZ Tour Issue 5w 17* Tour AD TP 8x

Taylormade Sim UDI 2i Hzrdus Handcrafted Black 105x

Callaway Tour Issue Apex 2019 Hybrid @ 19* Veylix Rome 988X

Srixon z745 4-PW Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Vokey JDM Forged 50F, 56M, SM4 60S Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Odyssey White Hot Pro #7 | Odyssey White Hot Pro #1 | Byron Morgan DH89 34/70*/2*

Taylormade TP5X 2021

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some great insight in here. I agree with 915 D3 (wish I kept mine) and LTD. You might be able to find a Callaway GBB head for that price as well. Low spinning and long!

Titleist  TSi3 9* Oban Hashimoto LTD 65 04

Titleist TS3 15* Diamana S+ ltd Blueboard 70s tipped 1" 

Titleist U500 2i Fujikura Motore Speeder Tour Spec 9.8 hb

Callaway  18 X Forged UT 4i  Accra iCWT 105

Wilson Staff   CB 5-pw  Nippon Modus 125 stiff

National Custom Works   50, 53, 58  DG TI s400 Black Onyx

Cushman Custom   C&C 1.0 Welded Hex Flow Neck  KBS CT Tour Matte Black, Lamkin Deep Etch Full Cord

Bridgestone Tour B XS

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Thanks for all the feedback!

 

Seems the Cobra LTD, 915 D2 and 915 D3 are the top choices from this generation.

 

XR 16 seems to be a solid option too but not quite as widely praised as those top three.

 

Here is WRX test results from 2016 best drivers. They treated LTD and the LTD Pro as different clubs for some reason. Only the loft and lie is different. If they treated them as one club it wins best driver.

 

http://www.golfwrx.com/352108/2016-gear-trials-best-drivers-club-test/

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2016 M2, end of discussion

 

Cult following pushed prices back up. Although I snagged a brand new 12* back in Oct on auction for $22 shipped. Sold it the day after it came in for $160.

Callaway Mavrik 12*

Callaway Epic Flash 7w

Exotics Trilogy 5h / Xrail 5h -1"

Cobra T-Rail 6-GW

Cleveland CBX Full Face 56/60/64

Bettinardi BB29

Titleist ProV1x Yellow

Handicap: 9.2

 

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One thing I've learned in hundreds of clubs I've played over last 6 or so years is

 

If you find one you hit well for whatever reason, hang on to it.....thoroughly test another without giving that " EXACT CLUB" up

 

It's a strange thing....but it's TRUE

 

I've given up many to find better and go back and get another model same as one I had and wasnt same.....

 

Cant even count how many drivers, woods, wedges, putters and irons I've had.....

 

Currently with M6 and its money....not even gonna change the grip and when I do I will copy exact weight and profile....its working that good...its not better than others it just fits me

 

Had all M series, RBZ series, R series, titleist series, blah blah

 

Last driver I absolutely hit better than anything was TM SF TP 2.0...since than it's been a struggle....titleist drivers are great.....have buddy's who smash em and cant hit TM drivers so it's just about you and what you hit well

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Cobra Bio Cell or Bio Cell+

Titleist TS4 8.5* Diamana D+ LTD 70 X
Titleist 917F2 18* (turned down to 17.25*) Diamana S+ 80X
4 - 718 Titleist AP3 Project X 6.0
4-P 718 Titleist AP2 Project X 6.0
White Satin Mizuno MP T7 51-08 Modus 3 105X
Blue Ion Mizuno MP T7 55-09 Modus 3 105X Soft Stepped
Blue Ion Mizuno MP T7 59-09 Modus 3 105X Soft Stepped
Scotty Cameron Studio Select Fastback 1

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