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I recently made the switch to the Taylormade 300 Mini Driver as a driver replacement ( I already know all the reasons I shouldn’t so feel free to keep them to yourself haha). Wanted to know a few things from people who are using a mini driver:

 

  • Primary Use - Driver replacement or 2 wood/3 wood
  • Shaft - What are you using, weight, tipping
  • Length - What playing length works best for how you use it
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Can I chime in as an Original One user?  🙂

 

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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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I have an Original One 11.5*.  I use it as a driver replacement.  Have used a couple different shafts, but an NV75 X is in it right now, playing length 43.5".  It's an untipped shaft.  Tend to play it two clicks low with a +/-2* adapter.

 

The playing length is close to perfect for me.  Everyone has a point of diminishing returns on club length and how it affects swingspeed, the point past which you gain nothing.  For me, that point is 43.5" at most, and may be slightly shorter.  (I also play my 460cc sticks at 43.5")

 

I've also used it with an RIP Alpha 80, an NV105, and a Motore Speeder 6.3.  Keep swingweight at D5 with the NV75, go a little higher with the Motore Speeder, a little lighter with the RIP Alpha 80.

 

The reports on the 300 Mini have me thinking of getting one.  Haven't yet, but its on the brain, in spite of the season winding down here in Minnesota.  I'm clever that way; bought my OO near end of season last year.

 

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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I just put my SLDR 14* mini driver back in the bag after not using it for most of the year.  Aldila NV 2KXV green 75X tipped 1" and if I remember correctly I built it to a 42" playing length, but it might be 42.5".  I was crushing it the other day and wondered why the hell I ever took it out of the bag.  I use mine as an alternative to driver on tighter holes where keeping it in play is crucial.

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Mizuno T20 55° & 60° DG X100                                          PING Sigma Tyne H 

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I have the 300 Mini as my driver with an untipped PX Evenflow Riptide 70 6.0 playing at 44". I don't swing meaningfully faster with a 45"+ shaft and I find the centre of the face more often with it shorter. The shape of the head lets me tee it down and squeeze a cut out there like I prefer for the courses I play most often.

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Driver: 11.5* Taylormade 300 Mini Driver Evenflow Riptide 70 6.0

3 Wood: 15* Mizuno ST200 Diamana S+ 70 S

Hybrid: 19* (@18*) Mizuno CLK Hybrid Tensei CK Pro Blue Hybrid 70 S

Irons: 5-PW Mizuno MP-20 MMC Project X 6.0

Wedges: 50/08, 54/11 Wilson Staff Model Wedge DG 120 S300, 60/10 Cleveland RTX Zipcore DG Spinner Tour Issue

Putter: Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2

Ball: Srixon Z Star

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I use it as a driver replacement and carry a 4 wood as my next club.  To be honest I generally use 7 wood from fairway where I can so the mini was never really going to get used much for that.

 

I had lost all confidence in hitting driver and want to use this for six months to get used to swinging freely and hitting fairways again.  When my confidence is back I might go for. 44.5 long driver again.   But it would have to be demonstrably better.

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I don't own one yet...but I'm thinking about it. It would be a 3w replacement for special courses; tight courses with a lot of sub 420 par 4s. I'm still toying with 3ws (have 4 of them) and if I find a 3w I trust then I may forgo the adventure of a 300 mini. But I can see the advantage of the mini on really tight courses where a low, controlled flight is needed to get off the tee well on holes where driver is not the play. 

 

I can easily hit driver off the deck so a 300 mini should be a cake walk to hit off the deck into long par 5s. If I try it, I'd go 13.5 turned down to 12.75 with a 43" shaft.

 

Gotta finish 3w testing 1st...then see what's up.

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Thanks for the responses. Debating about playing the 300 mini at stock length or to get some extra distance play it 1/2” long but then does that the defeat the purpose of getting a mini driver and having more control so maybe I should go a 1/2” short.   Guess it’s time to hit the range. 

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PING G425 5H w/ACCRA FX 2.0 200H

PING G425 6H w/ACCRA FX 2.0 200H

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  • Primary Use - Driver replacement or 2 wood/3 wood
  • Shaft - What are you using, weight, tipping
  • Length - What playing length works best for how you use it

 

I am using my 300 Mini 11.5 degree (turned down to 10.2 degrees) as a primary driver.  
 

I have a 45.75" Ventus Blue Velocore 5S shaft installed on my 300 Mini.  The swing weight comes in around E-0 but it doesn't feel too heavy or is hard to swing.  The ball flight is a bit higher and penetrating compared to my M3 440cc 9.0 degree driver (9.9 degrees actual).  The ball does not balloon at all and I can work the ball better.  Best thing is I don't feel as if I have to work hard to hit the 300 Mini well.   Easy to hit.  

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Driver:  TaylorMade 300 Mini 11.5° (10.2°), Fujikura Ventus Blue 5S Velocore

3W:  TaylorMade M4 15°, Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7S

Hybrid:  TaylorMade Sim2 2 Iron Hybrid 17°, Mitsubishi Tensai AV Raw Blue 80 stiff

Irons:  Ben Hogan Icon blades 4-PW, Nippon Modus3 Tour 120 stiff

GW / LW:  Scratch Golf 1018 forged 50°/ 58° DS, Nippon Modus3 Tour 120 stiff

SW:  Callaway MD5 Jaws 54°, TT DG Tour Issue S200 115g wedge shaft

Putter: Byron Morgan DH89 GSS custom, Salty MidPlus cork grip

Grips: BestGrips Augusta Microperf leather slip on

 

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Full disclosure, I currently am using two 460cc drivers at the same time. That said my goal is to work towards one full-size driver and one mini driver. When I get to that point, here will be the rationale:

 

Primary Use: Big Bertha mini for alternate shot shape to main driver, somewhat shorter distance, also some functionality off the turf.

 

Shaft: Aldila Voodoo XVS7 with no tipping

 

Length: 44”

 

All of this is extremely individualistic, of course, but it is nice to find strength in numbers!

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Primary Use - 3 wood replacement 

Shaft - Evenflow black 75g

Length - 44" but will probably trim to 43.5" 

 

My "long" driver is 45.5" and I swing that around 118-120mph. I swing the 44" mini driver at 115mph. I'm toying with loft at the moment, but I think 12.5* might be the best option. 

 

 

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I am a 300 Mini driver owner, and former Original One owner as well.  Love this thread as i am sure it will give me some ideas of what to try next in the mini 🤣, but for your post here is what I currently have set up -

 

  • Primary Use - Driver replacement
  • Shaft - Paderson Kinetixx Lauch TP KGTP65+ D30 (stiff flex) / Weight is 72G / Tipping - None (Paderson says not to tip their shafts)
  • Length - Had it at 44" (1/4" over standard), but cut it down to 43.5" (1/4" under standard).  So currently game it at 43.5", but thinking of going back to 44" as I liked how the shaft felt at that length.
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Driver replacement-

I have a SLDR Mini 12° that I put in the bag 5 or more years ago when I couldn't keep a 460° driver on the map. It came with the stock shaft and stock length. I eventually had it reshafted with a Velox shaft, which gave me a little bit more consistency. I eventually worked out my driver swing and moved on, first to a Ping K15 and now to a Ping G400Max.

Any Mini used as a driver replacement is a band aid to faulty swing mechanics. 

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"

Srixon or Callaway, softer/lower compression balls

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18 hours ago, jmkorting said:

I am a 300 Mini driver owner, and former Original One owner as well.  Love this thread as i am sure it will give me some ideas of what to try next in the mini 🤣, but for your post here is what I currently have set up -

 

  • Primary Use - Driver replacement
  • Shaft - Paderson Kinetixx Lauch TP KGTP65+ D30 (stiff flex) / Weight is 72G / Tipping - None (Paderson says not to tip their shafts)
  • Length - Had it at 44" (1/4" over standard), but cut it down to 43.5" (1/4" under standard).  So currently game it at 43.5", but thinking of going back to 44" as I liked how the shaft felt at that 

Just put a standard M6 driver shaft in my Original One. Wow! 

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18 hours ago, Milfordlefty said:

Driver replacement-

I have a SLDR Mini 12° that I put in the bag 5 or more years ago when I couldn't keep a 460° driver on the map. It came with the stock shaft and stock length. I eventually had it reshafted with a Velox shaft, which gave me a little bit more consistency. I eventually worked out my driver swing and moved on, first to a Ping K15 and now to a Ping G400Max.

Any Mini used as a driver replacement is a band aid to faulty swing mechanics. 

Or maybe some of us play shorter courses that don't need a full length driver and like the look of a small driver head?

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Driver: 11.5* Taylormade 300 Mini Driver Evenflow Riptide 70 6.0

3 Wood: 15* Mizuno ST200 Diamana S+ 70 S

Hybrid: 19* (@18*) Mizuno CLK Hybrid Tensei CK Pro Blue Hybrid 70 S

Irons: 5-PW Mizuno MP-20 MMC Project X 6.0

Wedges: 50/08, 54/11 Wilson Staff Model Wedge DG 120 S300, 60/10 Cleveland RTX Zipcore DG Spinner Tour Issue

Putter: Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2

Ball: Srixon Z Star

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19 hours ago, Milfordlefty said:

Driver replacement-

I have a SLDR Mini 12° that I put in the bag 5 or more years ago when I couldn't keep a 460° driver on the map. It came with the stock shaft and stock length. I eventually had it reshafted with a Velox shaft, which gave me a little bit more consistency. I eventually worked out my driver swing and moved on, first to a Ping K15 and now to a Ping G400Max.

Any Mini used as a driver replacement is a band aid to faulty swing mechanics. 

A mini is a driver. 

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3 hours ago, sg91 said:

Or maybe some of us play shorter courses that don't need a full length driver and like the look of a small driver head?

Well played. As an experiment, try looking at a older Taylormade 300Ti or 360Ti driver. Smaller head than current offerings, still titanium and at least 44" shaft length. Plus you can go below 10° in loft if you want. The current TM 300 Mini's grandfather.

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"

Srixon or Callaway, softer/lower compression balls

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22 minutes ago, Milfordlefty said:

Well played. As an experiment, try looking at a older Taylormade 300Ti or 360Ti driver. Smaller head than current offerings, still titanium and at least 44" shaft length. Plus you can go below 10° in loft if you want. The current TM 300 Mini's grandfather.

 

The potential issue with the older heads is they were produced with earlier design concepts.  It's surprising how many older clubheads were made with a higher CG in an attempt to provide results for higher speed/trajectory players.  Which is no bueno. 

 

The clubhead designers now better understand what creates low spin.  The 300 Mini design, and that of the Original One before it, benefit from that understanding.

 

and blah blah blah   🙂

 

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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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3 minutes ago, NRJyzr said:

 

The potential issue with the older heads is they were produced with earlier design concepts.  It's surprising how many older clubheads were made with a higher CG in an attempt to provide results for higher speed/trajectory players.  Which is no bueno. 

 

The clubhead designers now better understand what creates low spin.  The 300 Mini design, and that of the Original One before it, benefit from that understanding.

 

and blah blah blah   🙂

 

 

And why I made my own mini driver with the sldr 430.  I tested it against my TM 300 mini and it had all the benefits of the 300 but it was a good 15yds longer and more forgiving.  Plus I could make it more upright through the hosel adapter.  Fortunately I have a build shop with hotmelt setup that I can do the work but I would highly recommend people look into it.

 

Mine is SLDR 430 10.5* w/ Ventus Black 7X 43.75"

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Cally Mav Pro 20*  / Fuji Ventus Black 10TX

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24 minutes ago, J13 said:

 

And why I made my own mini driver with the sldr 430.  I tested it against my TM 300 mini and it had all the benefits of the 300 but it was a good 15yds longer and more forgiving.  Plus I could make it more upright through the hosel adapter.  Fortunately I have a build shop with hotmelt setup that I can do the work but I would highly recommend people look into it.

 

Mine is SLDR 430 10.5* w/ Ventus Black 7X 43.75"

 

I probably wouldn't call the 430 a mini, but I'm detecting the aroma of your culinary efforts.  🙂

 

I've always found it interesting that the SLDR 430 is more forgiving than the SLDR 460...

 

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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1 hour ago, Clubhoe said:

A mini is a driver. 

True to that. In my defense never said it wasn't a driver. But you have to admit, it is marketed towards those who have difficulty swinging a 460cc, 45" driver.

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"

Srixon or Callaway, softer/lower compression balls

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11 minutes ago, Milfordlefty said:

True to that. In my defense never said it wasn't a driver. But you have to admit, it is marketed towards those who have difficulty swinging a 460cc, 45" driver.

 

It's an interesting irony.  I think it's closer to say that 460cc drivers are an aid to those who have difficulty making contact with a more reasonably sized clubhead.  😉

 

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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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6 hours ago, Milfordlefty said:

True to that. In my defense never said it wasn't a driver. But you have to admit, it is marketed towards those who have difficulty swinging a 460cc, 45" driver.

Yes true. But I don't think that's because of bad swing mechanics as you mentioned. Bad mechanics and the mini wouldn't work much better.  For me and I think most people its confidence. We prefer the look and feel of a 2 wood head. Instead of the brick on a stick 460cc look. 

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Currently playing 13.5  300 mini set to 12  as a 2 wood. Diamana Limited 75fw x that I pulled from a SIM ti 3 wood. Cut it down to play at 42.5”. 
 

I started with the 11.5  300 mini but I didn’t want to replace the driver so moved to the 13.5. I actually hit this just as far as the 11  and find myself hitting driver less and less. I don’t know whether it’s the shaft or a combination of head and shaft but I feel like I can swing as hard as I want or take some off and get great results. I’m hitting this on short holes that I’d never hit driver because I’m able to shape it consistently. 
 

 

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10 hours ago, NRJyzr said:

 

I probably wouldn't call the 430 a mini, but I'm detecting the aroma of your culinary efforts.  🙂

 

I've always found it interesting that the SLDR 430 is more forgiving than the SLDR 460...

 

The 430 head has the right characteristics for the makings of a short/mini driver. Try it 😎

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Cally Mav Pro 20*  / Fuji Ventus Black 10TX

Honma 737V / Mitsubishi MMT 125TX

Edel SMS 50V, 54T, 60T / Mitsu MMT 125TX

Edel EAS 4.0




 

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I just picked up an Aeroburner mini 14° at the end of this season. I have no issue hitting my f9 driver but I was curious about the mini. I love the look at address. I’ve never liked the look of 460cc drivers but never had a reason not to use one. I think if I like this mini experiment I’ll have to jump on the 300 train. So far I’m liking its unite a bit!

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    • 2022 Farmers Insurance Open Photos - 26 WITBs & New Gear- Discussion and Links
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      General Albums - 
       
      2022 Farmers Insurance Open - Monday #1
      2022 Farmers Insurance Open - Monday #2
      2022 Farmers Insurance Open - Monday #3
      2022 Farmers Insurance Open - Monday #4
       
       
      WITB Albums - 
       
      Hideki Matsuyama - WITB - 2022 Farmers Insurance Open
      Sung Kang - WITB - 2022 Farmers Insurance Open
      Adam Long - WITB - 2022 Farmers Insurance Open
      Brandon Wu - WITB - 2022 Farmers Insurance Open
      Jimmy Walker - WITB - 2022 Farmers Insurance Open
      Sam Burns - WITB - 2022 Farmers Insurance Open
      Xander Schauffele - WITB - 2022 Farmers Insurance Open
      Trey Mullinax - WITB - 2022 Farmers Insurance Open
      Daniel Berger - WITB - 2022 Farmers Insurance Open
      James Hahn - WITB - 2022 Farmers Insurance Open
      Phil Mickelson - WITB - 2022 Farmers Insurance Open
      Aaron Wise - WITB - 2022 Farmers Insurance Open
      Justin Thomas - WITB - 2022 Farmers Insurance Open
      Lee Hodges - WITB - 2022 Farmers Insurance Open
      Jordan Spieth - WITB - 2022 Farmers Insurance Open
      Cameron Champ - WITB - 2022 Farmers Insurance Open
      Kyle Stanley - WITB - 2022 Farmers Insurance Open
       
       
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      New Super Stroke grip - 2022 Farmers Insurance Open
      Tour Aim alignment aids - 2022 Farmers Insurance Open
      Swag Golf: Hideki's caddie bowing at Augusta, signed headcovers – 2022 Farmers Insurance Open
      Dylan Frittelli's Callaway Apex TCB Sand Wedge (1-of-1 proto) – 2022 Farmers Insurance Open
      Bryson DeChambeau's Cobra King LTDx 5-degree driver – 2022 Farmers Insurance Open
      NeuroPeak Pro NTel Belt - 2022 Farmers Insurance Open
      JumboMax JMX Zen Lite grips – 2022 Farmers Insurance Open
       
      Cameron Champ WITB has the new Ping i525

       
      Bryson's WITB has the new Cobra LTDx Driver 

       
      Phils new Rogue Driver

       
      Bryson's LAGolf Shaft in the driver

       
      Xander has the triple diamond "S" driver

       
      New SuperStroke grips for 2022

       
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    • 2022 The American Express WITB Photos (Spotted: New gear for 2022) - Discussion & Links
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      Scotty Cameron putters - 2022 American Express
      New Taylor-Made putters - 2022 American Express
      New Odyssey putters - 2022 American Express
      New Axis 1 model putter - - 2022 American Express
      Patrick Cantlay - WITB - 2022 American Express
      Mitsubishi MMT putter shaft - 2022 American Express
      Ping putter - 2022 American Express
      Abraham Ancer - WITB - 2022 American Express
      Jason Dufner - WITB - 2022 American Express
      Will Zalatoris - WITB - 2022 American Express
      The Surgeon 6109 wedge - 2022 American Express
      LA Golf "DJ Series" shafts (2022 American Express)
       
       
       
      2022 American Express - Monday #1
       
       
       
       
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    • Sony Open Pics from January 11, 2022 Part 1
      I was able to get out to the Sony Open today to take a few pics.  I guess due to Covid precautions they kept the spectators pretty far from the players.  Also due to camera restrictions they've put in place, I wasn't able to bring the big lens like I normally do. Hopefully they'll ease up on the ropes and I'll be able to get more pics tomorrow!
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    • 2022 Callaway Rogue ST drivers (in-hand photos)
      2022 Callaway Rogue ST Max driver
       

       
      2022 Callaway Rogue ST Max D driver
       
      2021 Callaway Rogue ST Max 
       
      2022 Callaway Rogue ST Max LS driver

       
      2022 Callaway Rogue ST Triple Diamond LS

       
      Rogue ST exploded views
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    • Titleist Vokey SM9 Link on Wedge Works Coming Soon- UPDATED Pics Added Pg 4
      Looks like there is a link on Titleist Wedge Works for the new Vokey SM9, but doesn't show any photos yet.
       
      https://www.vokey.com/product/WM137.html#start=4
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