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Looking to upgrade my driver. I currently have a 983E titleist 8.5 deg, with the graf. prolite 35 stiff shaft.

 

I carry the ball about 260 to 265 yards. With average height. I have a quick tempo swing. These are some that I'm thinking that I might upgrade too. Cobra 454, Cobra 460, Titleist 905T, Cleveland 460.

 

Would appreciate any help along with what shafts, I might need to put into the driver.

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Well, for under $200, the MP-001 from Mizuno is great. I've not had any experience with a Hogan CS3, but I've heard good things. A Taylormade R580 or 580XD is a good option too.

 

I'd demo all of them if possible. Numbers are the best way to decide.

 

Also, as far as shafts go, several of the stock offerings in those drivers are great, especially the Aldila NV.

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This is such a great thread...there is SO much out there in discontnued stuff (I was stunned to see the prices of the MacTec NVG...may have to pick up one of those).

 

Just goes to show--get out there are demo EVERYTHING, and then keep good notes. In a year or two, you can pick up your stud driver for a song.

 

I remember lusting over the Ignite driver as well, and now, well, it's yesterday's news (but I think I like the MacGregor stuff better--I think they're a clubmaker trying to make a return to glory, and are putting GREAT stuff on the market, but not getting the play. That'll change, but their used stuff right now is an absolute steal).

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Okay, I'm down to 3 drivers. The 905t 9.5 with a stiff v2 proforce shaft. The Mactec nvg 9.5 stiff+ quadra shaft or a 580 taylormade 9.5 with a speeder 757 stiff shaft The cost of the 905t is around 190.00, the nvg is around $140.00 and I'm still hunting for a price on the 580 . So give you opinion on these three drivers.

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I thought the mactec was severly overrated and thus it never sold well and thus its so cheap now. I had 9.5 stiff and I always hit the ball high so i got this and it went lower, yet it rolled less and was less long overall. Was moderately straight but the stock shaft didn't quite do it for me. 905 series, I always hit the K&E better(outside on range, launch monitors at golfgalaxy, golfsmith as well). 580xd is pretty good assuming you get one w/o the stock shaft which IMO sux. My recommendations are a macgregor eye-o-matic and mizuno mp-001. I have both of these and its gonna be a tuff choice between the two.

Hope this helps in your search, and its all up to what feels best for you

 

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if you have your 983E and like it why change? i have a 983K w/ NV65 stiff and although i want a new driver (905R) i cant find anything wrong with mine other than its 2+ years old. Check on ebay and the for sale forum here for drivers. a new 905 s/t can be found really cheap, as well as the solid taylormade line of 510, 540, 580, 540xd, 580xd, and even now a used r7 or r5 can be found for cheap too. also, if you like your shaft then have it pulled so you just have to buy a head and not the whole package. hope this helps

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Go with the 905T man. I really love this driver because it has great feel. Solid contact sounds like no other-and with a V2 you can't go wrong. I do think MacGregor is the most underrated company in golf, but the MACTEC is a piece of junk. I mean I hit it and it doesn't have any feel to it at all and solid contact is just blah-just my opinion though. R580 is a good driver but if you want some new technology then why get the R580? It's just as old as your 983K.

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I went from the 983k with a prolite to a 580xd with a 757 and I feel that I can really go after it with my 580 because the heavier shaft helped me keep the driver on plane while I would be all over the place with the prolite when I would go after it. Yes the 983k still does hit it a mile, and YES the 580xd with a 757 hits it a mile even when your not hittin the center of the face unlike the 983k. Keep and eye on ebay for one I got mine buy it now for 99.99 with a brand new r7 headcover...please don't flame it was free..haha

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Your best bet it to try and hit those drivers you are interested in. Most good golf shops will have a selection of used clubs. I never buy a club without hitting it and almost never ask advice on which club I should buy. Everybody has different swings, playing abilities, play different golf balls, etc. Too many opinions and variables to drop $200 on a driver that works for someone else and not you.

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