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Out of all the drivers I have ever had, I think it was the 320 Ti that was the best ever for me but I haven't played in many years, so, I don't know about newer ones. For the life of me, I cannot recall what shaft I had in it other than "stiff" flex. It's possible I put a UST Proforce 65 stiff in the driver, as I liked that shaft. And I think it was 45 inches or very close to that. I could hit a pretty draw with it but also could fade it. I had the 8.5 degree because I tended to hit the driver kind of high anyway. It felt great when I flushed it. The 320 Ti was such a treat to hit after replacing a TaylorMade BurnerPlus. I have no idea why I kept that thing so long, I was terrible with it regarding control. I could hit it plain ugly.

 

What was a great TM driver for you? Have you tried newer model TM drivers?

 

EDIT:  I found a web page that briefly covered the history of TM drivers and it said this... "In 2000, the 300 series became the number one driver on tour. The 300, 320 and 360 were developed for the three most prevalent swing types."

 

Anyone know what those swing types were for the 300, 320 and 360 drivers?

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The SLDR 430 followed closely by the R510TP.

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TaylorMade JDM SLDR TP 430 10*           Diamana X17 60X

TaylorMade SIM2 Ti 15*                           Diamana ZF 80TX

Bridgestone J33 AirMuscle 18*                 Velyx Rome Wildeye 988X
MIURA CB 57  4-6                                     MCI MMT-125TX

MIURA MB-001  7-P                                  MCI MMT-125TX
Chikara V1 Proto  52, 57, 60                      MCI MMT-125TX (8-iron)

Cameron 009 1.5 34/350 Beached Prototype (A010656)

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M3 9* 440 has been an awesome head for me.   Going into its 5th season. 

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Taylormade M3 9*  KBS TD Cat4

Taylormade M3 4HL Hzrdus Yellow 63g

New Level 18* KBS Tour Prototype 95X

Mizuno JPX 919 Tours 3-PW Project X 6.0's

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Byron Morgan Stainless DH89 w/ Stability Tour / / Scotty Cameron Studio Design 2 

Bridgestone Tour B XS 

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My first metal driver back in the early 90's. System 2 9* with Dynamic Gold R300. Really wanted the Flex Twist graphite shaft, but was too expensive. That club started a long journey of club ho'ing for me. 

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Sim2 Max 9* Ventus Red 6x
Sim2 Max 3HL Tour AD HD 7s
Callaway UW 19* Trono 75s/Titleist u505 20* Tensei white 90x
PING G425 hybrid *22 Accra TZ5 95 m4
Titleist T100 5-P Modus 120x

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Newport 2

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In my stash I got a TM 360, r510 TP, R7 Superquad (First Edition), R9 Supertri, and a Black R1.

 

Out of those, I'm most fond of the r510 TP because of its looks, sound and feel.  I'm not too crazy of the TM 360 as the sound and feel isn't to my liking.

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10.5 deg Titleist 905R with stock UST Proforce V2 Shaft (Stiff flex)
Titleist 990 (3-PW) with stock Dynamic Gold in S300
Taylormade V-Steel 5W & 3W with Grafalloy Prolaunch Red shafts (Regular Flex)
2011 Adams Tom Watson signature wedges in 52 and 56 degrees with stock steel shafts (Player's Grind)
Rife Island Series Aruba Blade Putter

 

"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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ive played about 15 TM drivers..... I would go with R7 SuperQuad

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Callaway Epic MAX LS 9*... Diamana PD 70x

TM 300 Mini 13.5*... VA Composites Raijin 74x ---- Callaway Apex UW 17* ... LAGP Trono 75x

PXG Gen4 0317 2h 18* hybrid ... VA Composites Raijin 84x ---- Callaway Apex UW 21* ... LAGP Trono 75x

New Level PF-1 Black 4-P ... Accra iSteel 125 ---- Sub70 649 Tour MB Raw ... Accra iSteel 125

Corey Paul wedges 52 , 56 , 60 ... Accra iSteel 125

Scotty Phantom x9.5 Triple Black ---- Scotty Newport 2 Champions Choice ... LAGP TPZ USA Ryder cup edition

 

Vessel Players Stand 2.0

 

Bridgestone Tour B XS

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The 1980s Original One. Followed closely by the 300 Mini Driver. And then the modern Original One mini. 

 

Honestly these are probably the ONLY TaylorMade drivers I have ever really liked. And I have played a lot of them.

Mizuno Stg 1w / Px Rdx

Mizuno Stz 3w 5w / Px Rdx

Mizuno Mp20 4-Pw / Px Ls

Miura Forged 50 54 60 / Px

Ping Tyne 4 / Titleist ProV1 

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22 minutes ago, cgasucks said:

In my stash I got a TM 360, r510 TP, R7 Superquad (First Edition), R9 Supertri, and a Black R1.

 

Out of those, I'm most fond of the r510 TP because of its looks, sound and feel.  I'm not too crazy of the TM 360 as the sound and feel isn't to my liking.

The 510TP is the best sounding driver (to my ears) I've ever owned. It didn't require hotmelt or cotton balls or anything else. It simply came out of the box in "Beast mode" and sounded perfect. The SLDR 430 is very similar but not quite there.

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TaylorMade JDM SLDR TP 430 10*           Diamana X17 60X

TaylorMade SIM2 Ti 15*                           Diamana ZF 80TX

Bridgestone J33 AirMuscle 18*                 Velyx Rome Wildeye 988X
MIURA CB 57  4-6                                     MCI MMT-125TX

MIURA MB-001  7-P                                  MCI MMT-125TX
Chikara V1 Proto  52, 57, 60                      MCI MMT-125TX (8-iron)

Cameron 009 1.5 34/350 Beached Prototype (A010656)

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1. SIM

2. SLDR 430
3. 2016 M2

 

Honorable mentions: R510, R7 Quad TP, R9 Super Deep

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SIM/9*/UST Elements Platinum
M5/15*/Kai'li 70s//M5/19*/Kai'li 70s
Titleist u500 3/Recoil Hybrid Proto 100 f4

SUB 70 649 MB Raw 4-PW/Recoil Proto 110 f4
Mizuno t20 Raw 51*/56*/61*/KBS Tour 120 s
Bastain Milled BM-009 Long Neck Proto
 

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3 minutes ago, playit said:

 

Curious, what did you have before? Why do you like the Sim so much? (I've never hit one.) Do you have stock shaft? Details, lol!

Oh man...

 

I played the 510tp way back. Loved it. Moved on to a cleveland then to rbz. From rbz I went to 16m2. Then to m4. Then to m5. Then to sim.

 

M2 was a great driver. I liked it a lot but cracked faces on 2 or 3 of them. After the last face cracked I decided i needed to find my next driver since i would eventually run out of quality m2 heads to buy. I hit m4 and it was faster than m2. But it was also more fade biased. I started tracking fairways hit and found the m4 to be less than ideal. I didn't toy around with loft settings because I was mostly ignorant to what did what. 

 

I then gave m6 a very brief try...like 2.5 weeks. I hit too many pulls with it so I dumped it for the m5 while also getting deep into loft changes, center of gravity, gear effect, etc. With my newfound knowledge, I started to tinker away. In that tinkering I did a driver fitting to see if other drivers could compete and what different settings did for launch and spin. This was outdoors on a trackman. I ended up with a setup that was super straight. I almost literally stopped missing fairways. But I was also short of where both m2 and m4 had been putting me. The m5...was slow. 

 

Then I saw the design of the sim and I got excited. Fitting with it showed it to be exactly what I was after...straight like the m5 but way faster. Adjustable front weight allowed me to dial in flight. 

 

My first 6 months with sim were really good, but with an occasional ball that was off the planet. My original setup was stock rear weight and an added 4g front track weight to raise swingweight. The 4g was in the heel and the 10g toe side of center. I wanted to improve the sim and found the thread where folks mentioned that the tour guys were using heavier stock rear weights with hot melt in the heel. I started tinkering to get a more forgiving setup. Through testing I found the 17g weight to perform the best. I got rid of the 4g front weight. But I still.saw that big right miss here and there. 

 

I then looked at the previously mentioned trackman driver fitting data. I logged every drive's face to path and noticed that I leave the face open to path more than 1.5 degrees about 60-65% of the time. So I turned my 9.0 sim up to 9.75 which closes the face 1.5 degrees. I then toyed with the 10g front weight. I hit 100 drives one day and found the weight setting that gives me a tiny fade if I square face to path (fade CoG and center contact produces right spin). The hard right miss was gone too since I rarely ever leave the face open to path enough to hit it hard right (with the closed setup.

 

I have a driver that I can just pound away on. I cracked the face on it a couple months ago and got a sim2 replacement. Didn't care for it. Great driver, but no movable weight tech. 

 

Playing ventus blue 6x in it at 45". 

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For me it’s been the Sim Max. The damn thing just goes straight and finds the fwy. Not sure if it’s twist face or just a really good fit, but hands down this club is the straightest driver I’ve ever hit. 

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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R580XD TP - This was a tour only head that I had with a Fujikura VTLT and was a complete bomb stick 

M5 440 Tour 

R7 425 TP

R510 TP 

M1 440

 

  I have not felt the need to try the Sim series considering I hit the M5 on a rope and my driving distance hasn't slipped 

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Driver: Taylormade M5 Tour 9* w/ Fujikura KAMO (671TE) X 

3 Wood: Royal Collection 306V BBD 15* w/ Fujikura Speeder 757 Evo X

Hybrid: Fourteen 868 2 iron Bent to 20* w/ Aerotech Steelfiber 110 X

Irons: Fourteen FH1000 4-PW 1*Strong/1*Up w/ KBS $Taper S+ +1/2

GW: Fourteen RM12 - 50/10   w/ KBS $Taper S+ +1/2

SW:  Fourteen RM12 – 54.5/10.5   w/ KBS 610 130 +1/2

LW:  Fourteen RM12 - 59/9   w/ KBS 610 130 +1/2

Putter: Odyssey 1W Milled @ 34”,4* & 71* w/ Ionmic Mid Size

Ball: Titleist PRO V1X 2020

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The Sim/Sim 2 with an LAGolf shaft has been a monster. Great forgiveness hot face and great trajectory. By far the longest combo I have hit. 

 

Surprise second was the TM Jetspeed. It was just a firm feeling face that launched the ball in the windo I prefer. Absolute beast. Nice firm feel much like the first SIM. 

 

Also gamed an R11.. ehh 

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