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The drivers today are no longer than the Ping G20 I still wheel out from time to time. I don’t even feel like anything newer is inherently more forgiving but, and it is a big but, it’s way easier to match a head to a shaft and get the overall makeup right. 
 

The way I look at drivers now is head shape, feel and sound. Whatever falls in this bracket I can then find the right shaft for. Providing its neutral to slightly fade bias it’s not getting hooked off the planet. I’ve recently gone down the light shaft route and coupled with a Mavrik SZ 9 degree head I’m happy. Funnily enough I picked up an ex demo IM10 50g shaft for peanuts and it’s money. Not having dropped below a 6.5 flex for years it’s been refreshing to feel lazy and hit some ridiculously long flat drives that just carry forever. 
 

I have zero interest in demoing the new models as there’ll be nothing to gain. Maybe come 2025 I’ll have another look. 

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Spin rates and forgiveness off center; being fit with new technology to maximize ideal numbers are the biggest difference. There are plenty of YT videos out there, old vs new that show minimal distance differences but maximum forgiveness. Low handicappers who can consistently find the center of the face won't see a groundbreaking difference in distance. It's the mid and high handicappers that benefit most from today's new drivers. 

 

I'm a high handicapper who has played a dozen different drivers or more over the past 10 years. Ironically I also loved the ZL Encore but Ping G410 LST is MUCH more forgiving and accurate but only about 5-10 yds longer on center hits, off center though G410 is  probably 20 yards longer. I've owned every Cobra Driver from Radspeed back to the S2. TM M6, Mizuno ST, Ping G, and others. 

 

I should note that I was fitted for the G410 LST with Tensei Orange Raw but never fitted for all of the other drivers I have owned. 

Forecasted 2022 Bag

Ping 410 LST Tensei Orange Raw
Ping 410 15.5* 3 wood Tensei Orange Raw
Ping 410 18*, 22*, 27* Hybrids 
Wilson D7 Forged 6i thru GW KBS Tour
Taylormade ATV Original 2012 56* and 60* KBS 120
Wilson 8882 

Taylormade Tour Response Ball

 

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I literally just found an 11.5* TM R7 Quad 425 in a used bin at GG for $30.  Took it home and shafted it with a HZRDUS Smoke Black 70 shaft I had in the basement, set at 44.5".  My intent was to find something in between my driver and 3 wood off the tee.    Plus, I just love to mess around with different clubs.  This thing is a fairway finder and consistently 265 down the middle.  My real driver is only 275 on a good hit.  When I miss the center with my Callaway, I'm shorter than the 15 year old R7... and usually in the tree's!   While I will never use the R7 as my main driver, this will definitely be in the bag for courses with narrow fairways.  I generally hit 3 wood off the tee 90% of the time, not anymore!

Driver: Taylormade Stealth

3Wood: Taylormade Stealth

Hybrids: Ping G425

Irons: Ping i525
Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0
Putter: Cleveland HB-11

Ball: Taylormade Tour Response

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The only thing I have noticed in Drivers since 2010 or so is the forgiveness.  I have had a few different drivers since my Ping G10 (16' M2, F9, SZ, Sim2, LTDX, PXG gen 4 and 5), and have tried the Stealth plus, Titleist and Callaway in the fitting bays.  Distance is about the same (with in 10 yds) and forgiveness seems to be the fluctuation. Also been through more shafts than I care to admit.

But pulling the old G10 out of the basement and giving it a whirl after not touching it for 5 or so years, can't complain, pro launch red shaft and all.... (green line, the other were a new 3w and wedge practice)

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