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I am not discounting any of the older driver recommendations. There is another mini driver thread and a comment was made (by NRJyzr) that the old driver designs do not have the current low spin/high launch tech which is suppose to result in longer distance. My take on the comment means you may not see the same results from an older sub 400cc driver vs the recent mini driver offerings given the updated technology. Just a thought. At low ebay prices for oldy but goody sub 400cc drivers, not an expensive experiment.

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Ping G400 Max 10.5°, Ping Distanza R flex, std length

**Cleveland Launcher Turbo HB 3W, R flex std length in bag for Fall try-out
Ping G400 3W & 5W, 14.5° & 17.5°, Ping Alta CB 3w, Grafalloy Prulaunch 45 5w, both R flex std length, both at small + setting.
Ping G30 4 Hyb, 22°, Alta CB R flex, std length

Ping G 5 Hyb, 26°, Alta CB R flex, std length

Cleveland Launcher UHX 6-D Wedge + CBX2 SW, std loft/lie, Dynamic Gold DST 98 steel R flex, std length
Cleveland Smart Sole SW, 58°, Dynamic Gold wedge flex, std length

Odyssey #7, SuperStroke Flatso 2.0, 35"

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Don't look past some of the more recent adjustable 2 hybrids, they are cannons. I played a Cobra Biocell 2-3H at 16* as my primary club off the tee for quite a while. 

 

Ping G400/410/425, Callaway Super Hybrid, and some others are able to be adjusted down to the 15-16 degree range, with the desired shorter shaft and heavier head weight.

 

They might seem to be too high lofted, but my hybrid ball position is a bit further back than a FW or driver so I still got a very penetrating ball flight.

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WITB: Taylormade M6 ~ Ping Anser 4w ~ Ping G30 3h ~ Cobra King Forged One 4-P ~ Cobra King 50-V, 56-WL, Titleist Vokey 60 ~ Cleveland HB 11

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On 10/26/2021 at 12:26 PM, Bobbyjoegrooves said:

Cobra “Long Tom” 2 wood. Solid club for OP request.

 

Agree, if you can find one. 

Taylormade M5 9* w/GD YSQ
Exotics XCG 16* Hybrid w/ProForce V2
Adams Pro Hybrid 20* w/VS Proto 95
Adams Pro Mini Hybrids 23* and 26* w/VS Proto 95 
Adams CB3 6 Iron w/Pro Modus3 105
Adams CB1 7-PW w/Pro Modus3 105
Vokeys: SM4 TVD 52M, SM8 56D, SM7 60L, all with Pro Modus3 115 Wedge
Odyssey Black Series Tour Design #5
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For those not interested in paying for an Original One or 300 Mini, I would recommend looking at the old blue Mizuno T-Zoid Forged driver.  It's 275cc, and when it came out, I found it was as long or longer than anything else I was testing.

 

In spite of owning an Original One, I still think about getting one.  🙂

 

The Ever Changing Bag!  A lot of mixing and matching
Driver: Original One 11.5* (tuned down), NV75 X -or- SpeedZone 10.5*, Aldila ProtoPype 80S, <44" TBD

3w: King LTD, Aldila RIP Beta 90 X -or- TM Stage 2 Tour, Aldila NV105 X
Hybrid:  TaylorMade Stage 2 Tour 2h or 3h, NV105 S -or- RIP Alpha 105 S

Irons grab bag:  3-PW Mizuno MP37, Recoil Proto 125 F4; 3-PW Golden Ram TW276, NV105 S; 2-PW Golden Ram TW282, RIP Tour 115 R
Wedges:  Dynacraft Dual Millled 52*, SteelFiber i125 S -or- Scratch 8620 DD 53*, SteelFiber i125 S; PM Grind 19 58* -or- Wilson Staff PMP 58*, Dynamic S
Putter:  Snake Eyes Viper Tour Sv1, 34" -or- Cleveland Huntington Beach #1, 34.5" -or- Golden Ram TW Custom, 34"
Balls: Wilson Staff Duo Professional, TaylorMade TP5, Chrome Soft custom TruVis

GripMaster Roo or Kidd leather grips

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16 minutes ago, NRJyzr said:

For those not interested in paying for an Original One or 300 Mini, I would recommend looking at the old blue Mizuno T-Zoid Forged driver.  It's 275cc, and when it came out, I found it was as long or longer than anything else I was testing.

 

In spite of owning an Original One, I still think about getting one.  🙂

 

That thing has a sweet spot that makes Miura baby blades envy

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4 minutes ago, animalgolfs said:

That thing has a sweet spot that makes Miura baby blades envy

 

I haven't played it, only hit it in demo mode, but I didn't think it was all that bad.  It's not like it was a 300S.  😉

 

The Ever Changing Bag!  A lot of mixing and matching
Driver: Original One 11.5* (tuned down), NV75 X -or- SpeedZone 10.5*, Aldila ProtoPype 80S, <44" TBD

3w: King LTD, Aldila RIP Beta 90 X -or- TM Stage 2 Tour, Aldila NV105 X
Hybrid:  TaylorMade Stage 2 Tour 2h or 3h, NV105 S -or- RIP Alpha 105 S

Irons grab bag:  3-PW Mizuno MP37, Recoil Proto 125 F4; 3-PW Golden Ram TW276, NV105 S; 2-PW Golden Ram TW282, RIP Tour 115 R
Wedges:  Dynacraft Dual Millled 52*, SteelFiber i125 S -or- Scratch 8620 DD 53*, SteelFiber i125 S; PM Grind 19 58* -or- Wilson Staff PMP 58*, Dynamic S
Putter:  Snake Eyes Viper Tour Sv1, 34" -or- Cleveland Huntington Beach #1, 34.5" -or- Golden Ram TW Custom, 34"
Balls: Wilson Staff Duo Professional, TaylorMade TP5, Chrome Soft custom TruVis

GripMaster Roo or Kidd leather grips

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Agree with the Bertha 1.5 comments as well as the Aeroburner Mini. I had tried the SLDR Mini as well as the Callaway 3 Deep and didn't get along with either. The 1.5 worked out pretty good for me, but a driver lesson helped me get the big dog back on track and relegated the 1.5 to the backup bag.

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2 minutes ago, animalgolfs said:

Sorry I meant 300s as well...the VJ driver - I had one......blue threw me off

 

That was a legendary club in its day.  In part for the reason you mention.  Some said persimmon was more forgiving 

 

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The Ever Changing Bag!  A lot of mixing and matching
Driver: Original One 11.5* (tuned down), NV75 X -or- SpeedZone 10.5*, Aldila ProtoPype 80S, <44" TBD

3w: King LTD, Aldila RIP Beta 90 X -or- TM Stage 2 Tour, Aldila NV105 X
Hybrid:  TaylorMade Stage 2 Tour 2h or 3h, NV105 S -or- RIP Alpha 105 S

Irons grab bag:  3-PW Mizuno MP37, Recoil Proto 125 F4; 3-PW Golden Ram TW276, NV105 S; 2-PW Golden Ram TW282, RIP Tour 115 R
Wedges:  Dynacraft Dual Millled 52*, SteelFiber i125 S -or- Scratch 8620 DD 53*, SteelFiber i125 S; PM Grind 19 58* -or- Wilson Staff PMP 58*, Dynamic S
Putter:  Snake Eyes Viper Tour Sv1, 34" -or- Cleveland Huntington Beach #1, 34.5" -or- Golden Ram TW Custom, 34"
Balls: Wilson Staff Duo Professional, TaylorMade TP5, Chrome Soft custom TruVis

GripMaster Roo or Kidd leather grips

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How about an old R7 HT? I believe they have shallower faces. Add heavier weights to get it up to proper SW for 43-44".

I used to have many R-Series (R7, R7 HT, R7 TP, R5 TP) that I would play at 44" with heavier weights. 

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TaylorMade V-Steel 18* Speeder 586

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Vokey Satin 54
Vokey Satin 58
Kingston KP1
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On 9/1/2021 at 8:57 AM, RCGA said:

I like the idea of a mini driver (smaller head, shorter shaft, higher loft), but don't really want to spend $600+ Canadian on what could be a short lived experiment. I've never gotten along with 3-woods and I'm tried of spending money on them only to be disappointed. 

 

What are my other options? I'm considering buying something like a high lofted Titleist 975J and reshafting it. Although I'd prefer something newer than a driver from 2001! 

 

The specs I'm looking at are:

 

11-13*

42.5" 

Sub 310cc head 

 

Has anyone done something similar? 

Ping Rapture Ti I carried one for a year and it was awesome.

 

https://www.golfalot.com/equipment-news/is-the-ping-rapture-a-fairway-wood-or-a-driver-2692.aspx

TaylorMade Sim Max 9* @ 7* Aldila Quaranta Reg
Ping G425 3wd @ Flat setting Grafalloy Pro lite 3.5 Reg
Ping G425 7wd @ -1 Flat setting Graffaloy Pro Lite 3.5 Reg
Ping G425 22 hybrid @ Flat setting Aldila NVS 85 Reg
PXG Gen 3 0311XP 5-GW Mitsubishi MMT 80 Reg

Ping Tour-S Raw 56* @ 55, 60* KBS Tour 90 Wrx combo grind
Evnroll ER8 33”

 

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On 10/29/2021 at 9:24 AM, NRJyzr said:

For those not interested in paying for an Original One or 300 Mini, I would recommend looking at the old blue Mizuno T-Zoid Forged driver.  It's 275cc, and when it came out, I found it was as long or longer than anything else I was testing.

 

In spite of owning an Original One, I still think about getting one.  🙂

 

I played this driver with a UST Laker shaft back in the day, top 2 best drivers I've ever owned

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I just bought a Thomas 2 Wood, I have had good luck with their other fairways. You can specify shaft length, pretty reasonable price. I have had luck with their other woods, can't wait to try it out this week. Been doing well with my old Wilson 3 wood off the tee but maybe this give me a few more yards. This one is a 12 degree loft.

 

The driver and I switch days on which we get along and since I walk the course and usually just carry a Sunday bag it's been living in the truck for the last few months.

Current WITB

Wilson Deep Red 3/7/9 Woods 

Wilson Staff Utility Iron 24 degree

Adams Tight Lies 11 wood

Wilson FG53 Gooseneck Irons 7-SW

Putter: 1981 Ping Anser 3 / 1931 Spalding KroFlite Calamity Jane

 

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