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Ok WRXers....What is the best driver for 2019? We can't answer that for _you_ specifically but we did ask 13 top club fitters to answer that question for three different speed profiles and then asked for the best overall.

 

Why ask the fitters? Why not? They are the experts! All day, all year they are grinding in fittings. The list comprises of the best fitters in the industry. All they do all day is work with launch monitors and golfers to determine what driver is the best for that golfer. [Here is a link to the article on the front page](http://www.golfwrx.com/562742/best-driver-of-2019/ "Here is a link to the article on the front page"). With so many great options from all of the manufacturers, it was impossible not to find a driver that got you excited about its performance. We here at GolfWRX wanted to create our list of the Best Drivers for 2019 and share it with you.

 

[Here is a link to the article on the front page](http://www.golfwrx.com/562742/best-driver-of-2019/ "Here is a link to the article on the front page")

 

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Seems legit... Epic Flash Sub Zero w/ HZRDUS Smoke 70 X is hands down the best performing driver combo I've ever owned

As a fitter for the last 15 years, IMO and experience, the lead horses this year are the Cobra F9, Callaway Epic Flash, and the Ping G410.

Titleist does. You can flatten the lie angle by .75* > @Bluedog54 said: > I bought the Ping G410 Plus for the simple reason that the Ping hozzle adjustment allows for a "flat" lie setting... as

Shopped for my first new driver in a while this year, tried out most of the models on this list - Cobra F9 Speedback with Fujikura ATMOS Tour Spec Black 7X was the winner for me!

Cobra F9 (10)

Cobra F8+ (14.5, 19)

Cobra Forged Tour (4-PW)

Cobra King Black (50, 54, 58)

PING Heppler Fetch

Snell MTB Black

 

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Is it not clearly obvious that it's TaylorMade M5/6? Look at the top drivers on tour and non contracted players that play these. (my opinion is for higher swing speeds 110+)

Titleist TSi3 8 deg - Mitsubishi Diamana DF 70TX

Titleist TSi3 15 deg - Project X Even Flow T1100 White 85 6.5

Titleist 816 H2 19 deg - Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 90X

Titleist T200 4 - Project X 6.5

Titleist T100 5-PW - Project X 6.5

Vokey SM8 Jet Black 50.12 F, 54.10 S, 58.08 M - TT DG TI Black Onyx S400

Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2

Titleist ProV1

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Seems about right. Those are really the only drivers we hear about these days. I didn't love the Cobra (seemed to want to go left) If I was getting a new driver, it'd probably be the M5 or the G410lst.

 

I'd really be more interested in how the top drivers of 2019 compare to the top drivers of 2018 and if there is a justification to get something new.

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My impression of Titleist clubs has changed recently- they are receiving high marks for forgiveness. As a mid-high handicapper, I would have overlooked Titleist in the past but I'm certainly open to the TS2 driver. The Surefit system offers so many options, I'd certainly need help from a fitter in selection.

Ben Hogan GS53 9* with UST Helium stiff or Ping G30 9* with regular flex TFC 419D Ben Hogan GS53 16* with UST Helium stiff Titleist 816 H2 21* with stiff flex Diamana S+ Blue 70 Taylormade M CGB 4-AW with regular flex Nippon NSPRO840 Callaway MD3 Milled Black Wide sole wedge 56* Odyssey Works #7 Tank Versa with Superstroke
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In an outdoor demo of the Epic Flash it was really great, and was a consistant 12yds further than my Rogue. With that said, the price difference wasnt worth 12yds, and still isnt. I currently have the Mizuno ST190 instead of both the Rogue and the EF and its working out great.

Mavrik + ATMOS TS Black / Mavrik 4W + ATMOS TS Blue / Mavrik 7W + ATMOS TS Red / XForged UT + ATMOS TS Black  / Apex 19 Pro + Modus3 120 / MD5 / Toulon Las Vegas + SuperStroke Cord 2.0

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As a fitter for the last 15 years, IMO and experience, the lead horses this year are the Cobra F9, Callaway Epic Flash, and the Ping G410.

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Cobra F9 10.5*, VA Composites Raijin 44 F2
Cobra F9 16.0, UST Helium 49 A Flex
TXG Custom SIM Max 7-wood, Accra 140 2.0 M2
Sonartec MD 23* Hybrid, UST Irod A Flex 
TXG Custom, Mizuno JPX 919 Hotmetal 6-pw, "B" heads, 1* up, + 1/2", UST Recoil ESX 460 R, Soft Stepped Once
Mizuno S18 50/07, KBS Tour 110 R
Ping Glide 1.0 55*, Accra 90i R
Callaway MD4 58*, DG Tour Issue 115
Ping Karsten TR Pal, 35"
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How does the Epic Flash compare to the Rogue? I currently hit the Rogue with HZRDUS Smoke 6.0 60g. I also own the original Epic, but found the Rogue to be more forgiving on toe strikes. I have become a huge fan on Callaway woods.

Callaway B21 10.5° - Fuji Speeder 569 IV

Mizuno ST190 3W - GD AD DI 6

Mizuno JPX 900 5W - Fuji Speeder 661 II

Mizuno MP20 HMB 4 - DG120 S300

Mizuno JPX Forged 919 (5-PW) - DG120 S300

Titleist Vokey SM5 52°/12° F Grind 

Titleist Vokey SM5 58°/11° K Grind 

Titleist Vokey SM5 62°/8° T Grind 

Titleist Scotty Cameron Select Newport 2

 

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The Epic line is awesome I just never hit them as straight. But if you can control it, not surprising to have it #1

 

 

Callaway Mavrik Max 9 w/Hzrdus Smoke Black 80
Ping G410 LST 13 w/Ping Tour 75
Ping G400 Crossover 20 w/KBS Tour Prototype 85
Ping G410 4-SW w/S300
Titleist Vokey SM8 60 M grind

SGC #002 flow neck 385g

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Sound and feel are huge for me when picking a driver, and I can't stand the Epic or the G410. I dig the F9, but the 2 mph ball speed pick up over my F8 wasn't worth the coin. The TS series was a huge step forward imo to get Titleist drivers back where they should be, but I didn't gain anything over my current set up. The M5 was similar for me to the F9. Picked up a few mph, but not worth the cost. If I was struggling with the driver I'd probably be more privy to changing it up, but the driver's been very reliable this season, so why mess with a good thing?

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Step aside fellas... we all know the correct answer is the G410+ w/ Tensei Orange.

My 16 M2 put every single one of those drivers to bed with the exception of the PING.

I owned the TS2, Epic Flash and Cobra before I gave up and back to M2 and then just to be certain I did a fitting w/ my M2 against the M5/M6 and beat both out in distance and dispersion. I used the same shaft for all three clubs so we know for fact TM from 16 out-performs their current stuff. The PING comes from the same gene-pool as the goat aka 16 M2 so there you go.

Ah yes, I fall in the 105-110 SS range if that matters.

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At 95 SS, easily fitted into an Epic Flash 10.5 in a light stock in the store stiff, and was hitting it with great dispersion laterally. Good square hits were right down the line or wanted to get back there, on a store sim that I know is not jacked and in fact adjusted for below our sea level, I was rolling out min 250 and up to 265 on good strikes, which for me is jaw dropping. Pushes stayed in play, pulls were probably my worst miss and stayed straight no ducking. I hit my BioCell+/RedTie S right beside it to a just nailed pure 249. Picked up driver, will be looking at getting an adapter for the Red Tie, it is perfect feeling so I want to see how it launches the Callaway.

 

All the reading I had done suggested that the M6 should be my best performer as a lower SS and more forgiving, and hot low face....which is where I miss it mostly, tee lower than I should but hit sky balls teeing higher. I probably didn't try enough shafts, it was long but I couldn't square it up very often. I still say it was forgiving, I hit some balls that would have been a fairway over with some drivers that, relative to the stanky hit, weren't that far offline.

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> @easyyy said:

> > @rgk5 said:

> > As a fitter for the last 15 years, IMO and experience, the lead horses this year are the Cobra F9, Callaway Epic Flash, and the Ping G410.

>

> Is that the same for all swing speeds? We saw that the speed was a factor for the head choice.

 

There is one caveat. If the player has below 90 SS and is also a low spin type, the F9 is off the table. I would then go the Taylor Made M6 or Mizuno ST190.

Cobra F9 10.5*, VA Composites Raijin 44 F2
Cobra F9 16.0, UST Helium 49 A Flex
TXG Custom SIM Max 7-wood, Accra 140 2.0 M2
Sonartec MD 23* Hybrid, UST Irod A Flex 
TXG Custom, Mizuno JPX 919 Hotmetal 6-pw, "B" heads, 1* up, + 1/2", UST Recoil ESX 460 R, Soft Stepped Once
Mizuno S18 50/07, KBS Tour 110 R
Ping Glide 1.0 55*, Accra 90i R
Callaway MD4 58*, DG Tour Issue 115
Ping Karsten TR Pal, 35"
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> @ProjectX_Mizuno said:

> > @rgk5 said:

> > As a fitter for the last 15 years, IMO and experience, the lead horses this year are the Cobra F9, Callaway Epic Flash, and the Ping G410.

>

> With that kind of experience, I will take your opinion any day.

 

Thank you.

Cobra F9 10.5*, VA Composites Raijin 44 F2
Cobra F9 16.0, UST Helium 49 A Flex
TXG Custom SIM Max 7-wood, Accra 140 2.0 M2
Sonartec MD 23* Hybrid, UST Irod A Flex 
TXG Custom, Mizuno JPX 919 Hotmetal 6-pw, "B" heads, 1* up, + 1/2", UST Recoil ESX 460 R, Soft Stepped Once
Mizuno S18 50/07, KBS Tour 110 R
Ping Glide 1.0 55*, Accra 90i R
Callaway MD4 58*, DG Tour Issue 115
Ping Karsten TR Pal, 35"
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My G400 LST is safe as far as I'm concerned. With the Synergy Black shaft it's just a great performer for me.

Ping G400LST 8.5 TPT 14 LKP LT LW Proto
Ping G400 14.5 Tensei Pro Orange 80 TX
Mizuno JPX919 Forged 4i SuperPeening Blue X
Mizuno JPX 919 Tours5-PW Super Peening Blue X
Vokey SM7 raw 52, 56, 60 DGTI-s400
Byron Morgan Proto DH89
Pro -V1x
Jones Utility Trouper-Carry
Ogio Silencer Alphard E-wheels

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Coming from a 2017 M2, the F9 is by far the best Driver that I have hit in 2019. I have the TL 9.0 with a Smoke 60 6.5. It's not the longest combo ever but attributes of the club makes it seem like I will have it in the bag for the foreseeable future. My index has dropped from 4.6 to 3.2 in the span of 7 months all because I HIT the fairway. The sound and playability have added a lot of confidence off of the tee. I love teeing it low and having it fly 260 on a line but also being able to play a high draw and it NEVER goes "FORE LEFT". Coming from a longtime Taylormade guy, took a risk and have not regretted it.

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Epic flash sub zero w/ Rogue 130 black 60tx aka Phil Mickelsons set up has done wonders for me. Hitting it 280 consistently for the first time ever.

[size=1]Callaway Epic Flash SZ 10.5* - Aldila 130msi Rogue Black 60 tx[/size] 
[size=1]Callaway Epic Flash SZ 15* - Accra TZ6 75 x[/size]
[size=1]Callaway Apex Hybrid 20* - VA Raijin 84 x[/size]
[size=1]Mizuno MP-54 (4,5) MP-20 (6-PW) - Nippon Modus 125 s [/size]
[size=1]Vokey SM7 RAW 52F 56S 60D - Nippon Modus 125 wedge[/size]
[size=1]Odyssey White Hot 2 Ball [/size]

[size=1]Lefty, Lead tape enthusiast[/size]

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Smooth tempo and not enough speed for the X but the Epic Flash SubZero HRZDUS Smoke 70 S is doing things I didn’t think were possible for me at this stage in life.

Callaway Epic Flash SZ 9° HZRDUS Smoke Black 70g
Callaway Epic Flash SZ 15° HZRDUS Smoke Black 70g
Callaway Apex '19 3H HZRDUS Handcrafted HYB 85g
PXG 0211 4-G Modus 105  ...or...  Miura Baby Blades 3-P Steelfiber 110cw
Mizuno MPT11 54/60 TTDG wedge flex
PING Anser 2 Jim Wells 36"
 
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2 years ago I bought a M2 -- fitted and everything. Cannot hit it as straight or as long as my 2007 Taylor-made Burner Draw. Swing speed is 95 -- my pro said the M2 took too much spin off my ball...I needed a head to put more spin on to keep it elevated longer. **Which of these recent drivers will accomplish that? Or is that from the shaft more than the head? ** BTW, from my research the Burner is longer due to a slightly higher COR -- .83 I believe....was lowered to .80 later by the USGA but this club was grandfathered in. I love it when I hit it 10-20 yards past my playing partner who is 6 years younger and taller, etc. He bought a Epic Flash Sub Zero and I still taken him down...and straight!!!

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