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Driver Progression (how many have you had)


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I was talking with one of my friends this weekend and we were discussing the evolution we have taken with our drivers. As drivers seem to offer the most technological advancements from year to year and in turn generate the most marketing buzz. I thought it woudl be interesting to see how may drivers have you had over the last say 5 years and what was the progression.

 

Mine goes something like this.

 

Callaway Steelhead 9* siff Stock

TM 360 10.5* Stiff Stock

TM R580 10*5 Stiff HTD CBS 65

Nike 410 UST Proforce 65 Stiff

R5 Dual 9.5 Stiff Stock

Cobra 454comp 9* Aldila NV 65 Stiff

Nike SQ Tour 9.5* Aldila NV 65 Stiff

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1. wilson black jack 330cc??? part of 11 piece set - 2003 - 2 monthes, then again for 5 monthes - gave to dad

2. ram 450cc - 2003 - 3 monthes - gave to dad

3. nike forged 350cc 9.5* w/ stock nike fujikure then prolite 35- 2004 - 13 monthes - gave to a friend

4. nike ignite 410 9.5* w/ gd ys-6 - 2005 - 2 monthes - sold

5. nike ignite 410 9.5* w/ aldila nv-75 - 2005 - 6 monthes - sits in corner, one of my favorite clubs. was always good to me

6. nike ignite 460 9.5* w/ aldila nv-65 - 2006 - 1 month - sold

7. nike sasquatch 9.5* w/ aldila nv-75 then w/ust v2-65 - 3 monthes and currently still in the bag. easy to hit and long. i'm playing golf courses so much differently now

8. nike sasquatch tour 9.5* w/ aldila nv-75 - 3 monthes and like it, just not as much as the sasquatch. slightly lower ball flight so i use it when its really windy or a place when i really need to hit fades a lot

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Callaway Big Bertha II 415 11* (Not that good)

Titleist 905T Fujikura Speeder 757 10.5* (GOOD CLUB)

Titleist 905T Alida NV 10.5* (POS)

Taylormade R7 10.5* (Pretty Good Club)

Taylormade R7 TP 10.5* (Tons better then the original)

Callaway FT3 10* Aldila NVS (BAD BAD BAD, way to closed for me)

Callaway FT Tour 10.5* Prolaunch Blue (Good Club, a little to low trajectory for me)

Ping G5 9* (Wayyyyyy to low launching for me)

Ping G5 10.5 Alidla NV (Effing nicest driver I have ever hit in my dam life. It is so long and so straight. Am going to put in the NV 75 or 85 i think to replace the 65. You must hit this club!)

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9° Great Big Bertha - Stock Stiff

9° (?) BGG Hawkeye Pro Series - RCH 3.2

9.5° 975 JVS - YS-6 Stiff

9.5° 983K - YS-6 Stiff

9.5° 983E - Fuji 569 Stiff

9.5° Nakashima NP-1 380cc - Fuji TR 27.3 Stiff

9.5° Nakashima NP-1 420cc - Fuji TR 27.3 Stiff

9.5° Nakashima NP-1 460cc - MFS Matrix Stiff

9.5° Bridgestone J33P - NVS Stiff

9.5° Bridgestone J33R 460cc - Ozik Altus Stiff

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Man, I ust posted about the numer of sets I've had. Now drivers, geez I'm feeling a tad nostalgic.

 

Precision II driver...circa 1996???? I don't remember loft, and didn't pay attention then. I was a hacker who didn't think of golf as a sport compared to other's tha I was playing.

 

Second: Jazz C.F.O 10* Nice driver for the price had a regular flex Grafalloy shaft. Might've been a Jazz version of a ProLite. I gave it to my nephew.

 

Third: Jazz Fat Cat 10.5*. Steel shafted, it wasn't a bad driver but I gave it away as well.

 

Fourth: My first serious driver. Taylormade R540XD 9.5*. I still own this one and use it as back-up, I reshafted it with a Grafalloy ProLaunch Blue 65S.

 

Current: Cobra 460SZ 10.5*. I reshafted with the Accuflex AccuLAUNCH 80. I love the shaft not too crazy about the head although she does perform great.

 

I am thinking and have been thinking for about a year now of buying a Titleist 983K. I hit one last year and loved it. I know technology wise it's dated but a lot of guys still use it. I may also try a SMT, Bang or Infiniti.

 

Alex

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Tommy Armour 11* 855s Stiff Graphite

Callaway Great Big Bertha 9* EI-70 Sensicore

Titleist 975D 8.5* UST 65

Titleist 975J-VS 8.5* Penley Stealth 70

TaylorMade 300 Tour 8* Speeder 757

TaylorMade R510 TP 7.5* Speeder 757

TaylorMade R7 Tour 7.5* Speeder 757

Nike Ignite 410 8.5* NV 65 - yuck

TaylorMade R580XD TP 8.5* Penley ETA 75

Bridgestone J33R 460 8.5* - XCOM BW-65

TBD - Fitting on Sunday... most likely 905R

Ping G425 LST w Accra TZ6CB      M5 Rocket 14* Accra RPG 472    CBX119 18* EvenFlow Black 
Mizuno MP20 MMC w KBS $Taper     Mizuno T22  50, 54, 60 - DG TI S400     LAB Mezz1 Max    OldSkool Ping L8
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mine goes like this:

callaway warbird 10* with stock stiff flex shaft(loved this driver)

callaway hawkeye pro series 8.5 with harrison 2.5 titanium x-stiff shaft(1st one used for long drive competitions)

cobra 427ss 9.0* with a penley eta 2x shaft(toooooo high)

cobra 427ss 7.5* with a penley eta 3x shaft(tooo high)

cobra 427ss 6.0* with a penley eta 3x shaft(launches just right, pushes to the right though at times)

cobra 450sz 6.0* with a penley eta 4x shaft(very nice)

getting cobra xxspeed series 7.0* with stock shaft, will be putting in an accuflex extreme ld 3x shaft for testing purposes on the shaft. then work out the bugs in terms of shaft flex.

if all goes well then accuflex shafts in all my drivers. all shafts were 49-50 inches long with exception to the callaways, hawkeye was cut to 45 inches, place where i had installed didn't see the instructions to cut to 49 inches.

 

Added into the arsenal

Cobra 450sz tour 8*

Cobra 450sz tour 4*

Cobra x speed 9.5*

Cobra x speed 7.5(LH)

Cobra xx speed 8.5*

Cobra xx speed 7.0*

Cobra 450sz tour 5.5*

Cobra 427ss 6*

 

All are shafted with variuos AccuFLEX Longdrive shafts, except for a UST V2LD3 making it into the mix

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~1992 TaylorMade System 2 <Tour Preferred> 10* Stock Regular Steel

1997 King Cobra Ti 9* Stock Regular Graphite

1999 Titleist 975D 6.5* Aldila Tour X

2001 Titleist 975J 8.5* TT EI-70 Tour X, Grafalloy Blue X, Rifle 6.5

2004 Titleist 983K 9.5* Rifle 7.0 43"

2005 Titleist 983E 9.5* UST Proforce 75 X 45", V2 76 S 44.5"

2007 ????

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Man here is mine in something close to the order

 

Wilson driver from price club

Hogan 9 degree metal

Powerbilt persimmon steel shaft

Tigershark laminated wood

PRGR graphite

Cobra thermoplastic

Callaway Big bertha

Taylor made burner 9

Taylor Made pittsburgh Persimmon 13degree

TM Bubble

TM Ti Bubble 9.5 forged

TM 300

TM 360

Nike Ignite 410

Nakashima 420

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Starting with the most recent:

 

1. Taylormade R7 425 Diamana 63

2. Cleveland 460 Comp Aldila NV65

3. Taylormade R7 Quad Grafalloy Blue

4. Taylormade R510 TP Speeder 757

5. Taylormade R580 stock shaft

6. Mizuno MP-001 Aldila NV65

7. Callaway GBBII stock shaft

8. Ping Tisi Tec stock shaft

9. Wilson Deep Red 365 stock shaft

 

And that takes us to five years ago.

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1) Triumph 9* Steel stiff came with an entire set - threw away

2) Callaway Big Bertha 9* steel uniflex (250 down the middle, why did I get rid of it??) - ebay

2) Titliest 975D DGS300 8* - trade in at TGW

3) TM 360XD 8* with Proforce X - Trade in at TGW

4) TM 580 9.5* with Graffoloy blue S (a very good club) - e-bay

5) Titleist 983K 9.5* with a Speeder X - back to TGW on a playability guarentee

6) TM 580XD 9.5* speeder S - ebay

7) Cleveland Launcher 460 9.5* Aldila NV X, S, and Graffaloy Blue X (shaft experiments) - ebay

8) Ping SI380 10* Graf Blue stiff - gave to my son

9) Ping G5 10.5*, Graf Blue NT-65 Stiff - Keeping, no plans to change. This has been the best of the lot and as long as I put a half decent swing on it it does me well thank ya.

PING
G425 LST 10.5* Alta CB Slate 55X

G430 Max 3W/7W Alta CB 2.0 Tour 65S

G410 4H Alta CB Red 70S

Vault Anser 2 Slate

Callaway 

Apex Pro Combo ‘19 5-A Steelfiber i95S

MD4 Raw 54*, 60* Recoil 110S

Titleist

ProV1 (2021) Yellow / White

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Nobody's gonna read my reply but I'll do it anyway:

 

Daiwa POS 1 wood stock graphite; 98; given

Big Bertha 10* stock graphite firm; 99; bought for $100 from friend

975D 6.5* stock Titleist stiff; 00-01; bought for $180 from mini-tour friend

reshafted with DG S300; 01-02;

975D 8.5* Prolite 35 stiff; 02; traded for my 6.5*

975J 7.5* Prolite 35 stiff; 03-05; traded for my 975D

905S 8.5* Blue stiff; first half of this year; sold the J, tried the 983E, got the 905S off ebay for $180

Ignite 460 9.5* Blue stiff; since mid-July; traded for my 905S at 2nd swing

915D3 8.5* Aldila Synergy Blue 70TX
915F 15* Diamana B-Series 80X, 18* Grafalloy Epic T90X
716MB 4-PW X100
SM6 52F TVD 56K/60M S400
Bullseye Flange
 

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Callaway Little Bertha

Callaway Steelhead III

Callaway GBB II

Callaway Big Bertha 454

Callaway Fusion FT-3 Tour

 

Notice a reoccuring theme? :kewlpics:

Titleist TS3 10.5° w/ Tensei AV 55 Stiff
Titleist TS2 16.5° w/ Tensei AV 65 Stiff
Titleist TS2 21° w/ Tensei AV 75 Stiff
Titleist U510 23° w/ Tensei Blue AM2 Stiff
Titleist 714 AP2 5-9 w/ XP 95 S300
Vokey SM8 46°, 50°, 54°, 60° w/ XP 95 S300
Scotty Cameron California Del Mar 34"

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1. Hippo Giant 10.0 400cc with stock R shaft

2. Nike 350cc 10.5 with stock R shaft

3. Nike Ignite 460 10.5, first with stock R shaft, then with Fuji VP 60R

4. Nike Sasquatch Max 10.5 with Grafalloy 65R

Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Black
Nike VRS 15°
Nike VRS 19°
Nike Vapor Fly Pro 4-PW
Nike VR Forged Black Oxide 50°
Nike VR Forged Black Oxide 54°
Nike VR X3X Dual Sole 58°
Nike Method 001 33"

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* Cally Steelhead Plus

* Cally Steelhead III

* Ping ISI

* Cleveland Launcher 400

* Cleveland Launcher 460

* Titleist 983K

* Cleveland Launcher Comp

* Cally FT-3

* Cally FT-3 Tour

* Nike SQ

 

AND HANDS DOWN THE BEST OF SHOW AND MY CURRENT DRIVER AND MY DRIVER FOR QUITE SOME TIME IS:

 

* Ping G5

Callaway Great Big Bertha  9*  Kai Li White
Callaway Paradym  15*  Kai Li Red

Callaway Paradym  20*  Kai Li Red

Ping G425  22*  Alta CB
Ping G425  26*  Alta CB

Ping G425  30*  Alta CB
Callaway Big Bertha 7 - AW  TT Elevate 

Ping Glide 54*
Odyssey Tank Marxman
Callaway ERC Soft Yellow

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Titleist T-Rex junior driver 12* (probably the best club ever made)

Callaway Steelhead Junior Driver 11*

Titleist 975J 10.5*

TM 360 10.5* bubble shaft

TM r510 10.5* stock shaft

Titleist 975 J-VS 10.5*

Titleist 983K 9.5* T-speeder

Callaway ERC Fusion 9.5* Aldila NV

TM r510 TP 9.5* Fuji 757

TM r7 quad 9.5* MAS

Callaway GBBII 9* Grafalloy blue

Tm r510 TP 9.5* Fuji 757 (again)

TM r580 XD TP Tour 8.5* Mitsu IverX/ Bridgeston J33R 460 Fuji 757 X 9.5*

TM r7 460 TP Tour 9.5* Fuji Rombax 7V05 (Japan)

 

I think I may have had the original Nike, a Steelhead 3, and a few others that were forgettable. But I think I've finally found the perfect setup (knock on wood)

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1. Hippo Jumbo (came with a junior set)

2. Some random component head

3. Titleist 975J w/ stock shaft R

4. Cleveland Launcher 460 w/ stock R and then Prolaunch Blue S

5. Taylormade r580 w/ Speeder 757 S and then Aldila NV 65s

6. Taylormade R7 TP w/ Aldila Nv65s

7. Bridgestone J33R 420 w/ Aldila Nv65s

8. Bridgestone J33R 460 w/ NV and then Grafalloy Comp NT

 

THe last four were all in the past year

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