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I’ve tried a lot of drivers and even have used some for months but always end reverting to my old a** Ping i15 because I simply hit it better.The only issue is the major lack of forgiveness compared to newer models. My left miss has a much higher chance to be catastrophic when compared to the new stuff. Idk if it’s the shaft, UST Avivcore tour red 69, or the shape of the head and its deep face. Help appreciated 

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7 hours ago, aenemated said:

 

And we're done here. Close the thread. 

 

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1 hour ago, MtlJeff said:

Someone looking to replace a Ping I15 with something better is like a girl dating a pimp who runs a dogfighting ring on the side, and being like "Do you think there are nicer men out there?"

 

Just go to the store and purchase literally any driver. 

 

One of the newer G's would make sense. In fact get 2 of them, one to play golf with, and the other to club to death the person who designed the I15

 

 

Or just get one and use the I15 to club to death the same person that designed it. More ironic that way. 🤣

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Get fit is the easy answer... bludgeoning the designer of the i15 to death with their own driver seems like the logical extreme in the other direction. 
 

in terms of replacement, it depends on your budget and your preferences... the new ping driver has gotten tons of positive feedback and I’m sure the lst version will be phenomenal if they release one... 

 

cobra is releasing a driver that’s named the rad... so if you are a fan of 80s bmx movies, this one is a no brainer.

 

new titliest driver seems to be wowing people in both distance and forgiveness... with ping and titliest having to tier releases, you’d assume Taylor made and callaway are going to have to not pull any punches... 2021 might be a great year to upgrade!

 

if you want used or less expensive, st200g from mizuno... it’ll get you there!

 

basically, you need to decide what you want to do (used, new, wait 2 months to see the field) and then figure out what works for you... or just buy the rad and research the theory that Bart let cru win in the finals... 

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43 minutes ago, Olddoncarlo said:

He asked .....I told

From what I’ve read of the tsi2, he might regret not getting that instead? Seems like a decent leap for them this season.

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Being a big ping fan boy myself I'd say stick within the ping family. As others suggested get fit but I'd be hard pressed to find a more stable driver than the ping G400 Max.

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2 hours ago, collje26 said:

Being a big ping fan boy myself I'd say stick within the ping family. As others suggested get fit but I'd be hard pressed to find a more stable driver than the ping G400 Max.

+1  According to 'Spys website, the MOI on the G400 Max is one the highest out of all the drivers made from all the OEMs made in the last 5 years (The PXG 0811 XF Generation 2 does have the highest MOI but roughly only 1% more than the G400 Max).

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3 hours ago, cgasucks said:

+1  According to 'Spys website, the MOI on the G400 Max is one the highest out of all the drivers made from all the OEMs made in the last 5 years (The PXG 0811 XF Generation 2 does have the highest MOI but roughly only 1% more than the G400 Max).

Yeah, but I don’t think he’s looking for maximizing forgiveness... the i15 is not a forgiving driver but he keeps going back

to it (feel? Look? Comfort?) knowingly giving up forgiveness for something... the 400 max is a great generic suggestion, but I have a feeling it’s not what the op is looking for... I’d be interested to hear what he had to say about a ts4, as it seems more along the lines of his current driver with added forgiveness.

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On 11/22/2020 at 8:53 AM, NRJyzr said:

 

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I don't know why I just noticed this, but your sig reads like War and Peace.

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You're already a Ping guy, might as well stick with it. Any of the most recent G series drivers (400, 410, 425) are all going to boast higher ball speeds and more forgiveness across the face when compared to what you're hitting now. The 400 has a bit of a cult following with many ppl claiming it's the most forgiving of any of their recent offerings, and it can be found online for a pretty solid price. Good luck in your search!

 

 

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Hey mate, which drivers have you tested so far - in particular the long-term trials? So we can recommend something different..

 

Mind you, the above comments sound sensible: Ping known to be forgiving, Titleist have good hosel adjustment with loft and open/closed face to help remove bad misses. Cobra F9 and Speedzone get highly recommended for forgiveness as well by some (Rick Shiels for example).

 

How about that recent TM mini driver (Original One)? Might be a good compromise between driver and going 3 wood (like I did - sold my M2 2017 and will stick with my Nike Covert 2 3w for a while).

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Any of the Ping series G30, G, G400 or G410 works very well and are forgiving.  Have hit all of then (using the LST version and a stiff shaft) and my drives all fall around 265 yds and the G-series face shape makes them fairly forgiving of off-centre strikes.  Have also hit the 2 latest cobras and they also work equally well.  My advice is try a driver from any of the major manufacturers at a local range (alongside your own driver) and see what the difference is.  I suspect you will find they are all very similar and your choice will come down to how they perform, sound and your preference for looks. There are very few genuinely bad drivers currently on sale.  Then find the best deal and go for one that fits your budget.  Sadly there is a lot of rubbish and hype surrounding clubs and most would be better having a few lessons from a PGA pro and proper practice.  Remember practice makes permenant so just make sure you are practicing the right thing.  Whatever you buy, swing steady and enjoy the game. Good luck. 

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On 11/22/2020 at 8:57 AM, MtlJeff said:

Someone looking to replace a Ping I15 with something better is like a girl dating a pimp who runs a dogfighting ring on the side, and being like "Do you think there are nicer men out there?"

 

Just go to the store and purchase literally any driver. 

 

One of the newer G's would make sense. In fact get 2 of them, one to play golf with, and the other to club to death the person who designed the I15

 

 

Haha instant classic.

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On 11/23/2020 at 7:48 PM, FormerDimer said:

You're already a Ping guy, might as well stick with it. Any of the most recent G series drivers (400, 410, 425) are all going to boast higher ball speeds and more forgiveness across the face when compared to what you're hitting now. The 400 has a bit of a cult following with many ppl claiming it's the most forgiving of any of their recent offerings, and it can be found online for a pretty solid price. Good luck in your search!

 

 


All those Pings are great. I do like the look and certainly the sound of the G400. A G400 standard or LST will beat the OP’s current driver and offer a lot more forgiveness. The LST models cut spin but only 250-500 rpms or so, making them quite easy to play. 

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