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There has to be a driver one day that will recognize the fact that my swing is repeatable and on plane. Every one I’ve tried so far has disagreed and sprayed the ball all over the place. It is clearly

Unicorn in terms of performance? Doubtful. Technology seems to be pretty much maxed out. MOI will likely continue to incrementally increase, but as far as a measurable difference, it seems very unlike

Not sure about the unicorn but I"m pretty excited about comparing the Ping G425Max and the TSi2 at my upcoming fitting.

Seems like for the last several cycles, all the big names are releasing high quality products. I really don't think there will ever again be one that stands head (pun intended) and shoulders above the rest.  For most players, there are probably several options that they could be optimally fit into and the decision making will be based more on personal preferences such as looks, sound, feel, and brand loyalty than it has been in the past.

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Mizuno MP Titanium 15* - Diamana Kai'li

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Ping G410 22* hybrid - KBS Tour

Mizuno MP68 (raw) 4i-PW - KBS Tour

Vokey SM7 55M & 60L (raw) - KBS Tour

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I think a shaft and loft combo that’s right for me regardless the brand will be the unicorn I seek

 

I will be looking at mizuno and srixon in my quest

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Depends on you definition of unicorn: 

Will there be a driver that stands out far and above in all aspects(seems to be the other comments definition)? probably not. 

Will there be a driver that is known to have the occasional high launch/super low spin and maintain ball speed (the more popular definition of unicorn)?  One or two will probably stand out above the rest.  Tsi3 seems to have some nutty shots every once in a while.  If I had to bet, the callaway might have some of the unicorn balls in it.  One of the cobras has some unicorn balls in it also.

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Looks like the Pear shape in Low spin or Tour inspired models is the theme from multiple manufactures in 2021.  

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Driver:  Cobra RadSpeed 10.5* @ 9.5*-Diamana Whiteboard 60X

Fairway Woods:  Cobra F9 Tour 3 wood 14.5* & 5 wood 18.5*-Diamana Whitebaord 70X

Irons:  Bridgestone J15 CB 4-PW KBS C-Taper 130X

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Ball:  2020 Bridgestone Tour BX

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1 hour ago, LowAndLeft32 said:

Are drivers about maxed out so no real new improvements (same ole same ole) or will 2021 produce a driver that is a unicorn that stands out above the crowd and is worthy of gaming? 

 

I kind of wondered that myself.  I have been to the PGATSS 3 times over the past 2 weeks to try out the new stuff and haven't fared better than with my Srixon 785.  Maybe a 10 ball average with the new TSi3 netted me 5 yards and similar accuracy. I can't hit the 425 LST well to save my life.   Then again, a fitting might change all of this, as I have a 70TX shaft (CK Pro Orange) and it works really well for me.  The guy at PGATSS said the stiffest they have is a stiff shaft option.   He also said he doesn't know "anybody" who needs an X or TX.  I am not the biggest hitter around but anyone who can carry 280 (such as myself) probably should at least try an X shaft.  

 

Perhaps some people will find that holy grail match and gain 5-7mph of ballspeed. Question is, were they fitted before? Is the equipment that much better or is 95% of the improvement coming from a better equipment match?  It seems like Michael Newton is getting 3-8 yards more on the new equipment in his videos, but in the past, his numbers on one video haven't matched up to another session, so there may be simulator recording variance. I often wonder this myself; the numbers I see there never match up to what I can do on the course or the range.  Perhaps this is why we see so many TSi3 models for sale here: people try them on a monitor, love them, and get them onto the course only to find no measurable improvement.   

 

 

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Tsi2 will be the one to beat. Initial fits/results with g425 have been mediocre at best. Not exactly a g410 killer yet.

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There is the chance that one driver might significantly perform better for you than any other on the market, that's the beauty of individual testing

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Nope - keep that hand-me-down wood driver your grandpa gave you 30 years ago in the bag. 
 

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Big Dog: Cobra SZ Pars\Stripes, Ventus Blue 6s

FW: Ole Blue

Hybrids: TM 2 Rescue, Cobra f7 
Irons: Srixon ZX5/7
Wedges: TM EF 50, PM Grind 58\64

Moneymaker: Ping Heppler Tyne 3

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I think there is one "unicorn" performer left in a head that is truly high MOI (by modern standards), very low CG (also my modern standards). I think that will really be the last "it beat everything else by 10+ yards" type of club, anything else will be the product of a better fit over something else. I don't think it is a surprise that this head doesn't really exist yet, its either due to material limitations or the knowledge that it really is the end of the line, therefore lets take our time getting there. 

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1 hour ago, Valtiel said:

I think there is one "unicorn" performer left in a head that is truly high MOI (by modern standards), very low CG (also my modern standards). I think that will really be the last "it beat everything else by 10+ yards" type of club, anything else will be the product of a better fit over something else. I don't think it is a surprise that this head doesn't really exist yet, its either due to material limitations or the knowledge that it really is the end of the line, therefore lets take our time getting there. 

@Valtiel: For a moment, I thought you were referring to the Cobra King LTD (circa ~2016?) = as the Unicorn 🦄  !

 

..https://www.golfwrx.com/345748/review-cobra-king-ltd-f6-and-f6-drivers/


..https://www.golfwrx.com/356688/2016-gear-trials-driver-analysis-cobra-king-ltd-pro/

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6 hours ago, Moshjean said:


 2016 Taylormade M2 IMO

Cobra LTD Pro as well

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  • TM M5 Ti 18.25* - Fuji Pro 2.0 Tour Spec 7X
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  • Wilson FG Tour V4 50* - PX LZ 6.5 
  • Mizuno T7 55* - PX LZ 6.5
  • Cobra Tour Raw 60.08V - DG TI Onyx S400
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1 hour ago, JungleJimbo said:

@Valtiel: For a moment, I thought you were referring to the Cobra King LTD (circa ~2016?) = as the Unicorn 🦄  !

 

..https://www.golfwrx.com/345748/review-cobra-king-ltd-f6-and-f6-drivers/


..https://www.golfwrx.com/356688/2016-gear-trials-driver-analysis-cobra-king-ltd-pro/


The LTD/LTD Pro and the 2016 M2 were/are definitely recognized as special, and for good reason. They exist in a performance/forgiveness sweet spot that is probably the most effective "jack of all trades" zone for driver CG placement, but the next step will be something around 20% higher in MOI with the same vertical CG location as the LTD Pro. By 2021 standards, the Cobra and the M2 are pretty middling in terms of MOI/forgiveness, and this could be improved upon without raising spin too much if the CG is kept down. 

Other notable big performers that exist in the same "2016 GOAT" territory are the TS3 and the SIM. 

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Unless the USGA & R&A increases the COR and head driver head size and/or the laws of physics change no driver will be longer than the other (unless you go full DeChambeau).

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"Loft for loft, length for length, and shaft for shaft, the ball will go the same distance when hit on the sweet spot regardless how old the iron."

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