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So today I did a comparison of my old R7 with YS-7+ X vs. my newer i15 (stock tfc x) and G15 (rip beta s) drivers. It was the straightest of the three and just as long if not longer. All have the same length shafts, 44.25 - 44.5".

 

So I am wondering: what is the spin profile of the R7 combo? What would be a modern equivalent if I wanted to update this setup? (I know I could just keep playing the R7, but once the itch to buy develops there is only one way to scratch it!)

 

Thanks for any help!

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So today I did a comparison of my old R7 with YS-7+ X vs. my newer i15 (stock tfc x) and G15 (rip beta s) drivers. It was the straightest of the three and just as long if not longer. All have the same length shafts, 44.25 - 44.5".

So I am wondering: what is the spin profile of the R7 combo? What would be a modern equivalent if I wanted to update this setup? (I know I could just keep playing the R7, but once the itch to buy develops there is only one way to scratch it!)

Thanks for any help!
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The shaft is probably perfect for you and may luckily be installed with its FLO planes in the proper positions. Why not just get the R7 head refinished to update the look? Matte black, matte silver, white, pink etc

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Somewhere out there is the one driver in the all the world that you will hit better than any other driver. If you happen to have stumbled across it several years ago, then even if you play golf the rest of your life you'll never find one you hit better. Because it's the one that's best for you.

It isn't like there have been any genuinely breakthrough innovations in the basic operation of a driver in the past few years.

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[quote name='Fourmyle of Ceres' timestamp='1338921408' post='5035572']
Somewhere out there is the one driver in the all the world that you will hit better than any other driver. If you happen to have stumbled across it several years ago, then even if you play golf the rest of your life you'll never find one you hit better. Because it's the one that's best for you.

It isn't like there have been any genuinely breakthrough innovations in the basic operation of a driver in the past few years.
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I have also recently chosen to keep the R7 in bag rather than a newer G15 driver. I have no plans of kicking it out anytime soon.

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I too have found simlar results. If you hit a driver good stick with it and do not fall into the trap of newer is better. I have an old Titleist 905T driver that I have re-shafted twice and none of the drivers I have used in the last 3 years can beat it. It has a great blend of accuracy, forgiveness and consistency. I have tried about 10 drivers over the last 3 years and only a few was I able to get about 5 more yards but nowhere near the accuracy and consistency of the 905T.

I recently picked up my 2nd favorite driver of all time....the R7 460 as a backup. I think the manufacturers make you think you need the newest and greatest but I think there has not been much improvement over the last few years for the average golfer.

I'd say if you have a head you like, keep it in good condition and reshaft if you feel the need to. How many times on this site have you heard people selling off their old equipment only to regret it later.

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I just recently retired my r7 425. Last year, I had a G15 for a spell, but the r7 was just a better fit for me. This year though, I was fitted for a 910 D3, and there's no looking back as it is longer and just as straight. But 5 years with the r7 was a pretty good run.

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I have been through 5 drivers so far this year. At one point sold my K15 and RHT before I got my TM SF2 w/ a Kiyoshi in it. Had to pull the R7 425 out of the basement for a few days. Wow that thing is great. I'll never sell it. By the way, sold the SF and have a Fast12 LS showing up tomorrow.

The search for the perfect driver continues.... Life of a HO.


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I alternate between a 510 TP and a 580xd TP, both of which I hit longer (and more importantly, straighter) that anything I have tried recently.
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Man, do I miss my 580 TP with Matrix orange crush.

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Only a hot melted superfast long hosel has felt better and longer then my trusty 425... And she hasn't given up yet either! Still hit it long and straight, just alittle closed in the face.

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When did spin numbers become more important than actual results of the shot? Straightest and just as long if not longer, isn't that the goal what the ball does on the course? You could spend years trying to find a driver that is as long or longer, plus straigter than your current driver and then pull the R7 out and start to repeat the whole process again.

Put some corticosteroids all over your body and get rid of that itch and play the old better than new driver.

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I put my R7 with Aldila NV 65x back in the bag last week. I took it out to the range because I wasn't hitting my 910 D3 all that well and wanted to try something different. I had forgot how much I liked this club. Not sure if it will last but I think I still hit this driver better than any driver I have had since.

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I stumbled upon a Burner TP 07 with Accra XT60 M5, that has let me see parts of the course I have not seen in some time. On a bad day looking at 255-265, good days 280-290 with some lucky ones rolling out to 300+. I have taken the left out of play, as I get a straight ball, or a slight fade, with a mid trajectory that just seems to go.

Twice I have put it up against a R9 460/Matrix Ozik HD6, 9015D/OBAN 6-04, 9064/RIP Alpha, FT-9 iMix/Fubuki 63, and while I like some of the shots I have gotten, nothing is giving me the distance I am getting with the 07 Burner TP.


I would still like to get all five on a launch monitor this year and see if what I am seeing shows up in the numbers.

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After a very short experience with a rbz tour/devotion combo I decided white was Definately not for me. Went "old school" and picked up a great condition r7 425 tp and put a diamana kai'li in it. Now I remember why of all the drivers I've owned over the years that one has the best memories. Classic shape, great sound, and just as long as anything out there. This ho is off the kool aid!

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This thread really resonates with me. I've been in the driver wilderness for a couple of years now, after giving my 425 TP to my dad. He's absolutely killing it, so I wouldn't dare take it back. But I have been through 6 drivers since I got rid of it, and none of them have been as consistently long and straight as that 425 TP. I don't know if it is the Rombax x-stiff shaft in it that makes it such a good fit, or the unique head-heaviness of the combination (which I have been unable to find in the new drivers I've tried). I just sold my 910D3 to fund a new driver...by I literally have no idea what it is going to be. I'm going to keep an eye on this thread to see if anyone comes up with a modern equivalent of the 425TP/Rombax combo. Suggestions are most welcome.

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[quote name='maroonandwhite' timestamp='1339104888' post='5049026']
This thread really resonates with me. I've been in the driver wilderness for a couple of years now, after giving my 425 TP to my dad. He's absolutely killing it, so I wouldn't dare take it back. But I have been through 6 drivers since I got rid of it, and none of them have been as consistently long and straight as that 425 TP. I don't know if it is the Rombax x-stiff shaft in it that makes it such a good fit, or the unique head-heaviness of the combination (which I have been unable to find in the new drivers I've tried). I just sold my 910D3 to fund a new driver...by I literally have no idea what it is going to be. I'm going to keep an eye on this thread to see if anyone comes up with a modern equivalent of the 425TP/Rombax combo. Suggestions are most welcome.
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Why not just pick up a used R7 425 TP on eBay? Gotta be pretty cheap! Heads can be refinished fairly cheaply too.

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I had a 'driver revelation' myself recently - I have a spare set of irons at my brothers place in Ireland & wanted to add a driver to the set (used to take my R9 head with me but sold it now) - I picked up an R7 Quad head for peanuts & a Prototype NT shaft for little more - Paid my club guy to glue them up & headed for the range - WOW! this thing performs great - Not quite up there with my D3 / Kiyoshi, but, for a fraction of the price, there ain't much in it ... Paul

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Same here, I took out my old r7 425 tp and swung it couple of times and felt so good. I glued the Ahina in there and took it out to range and thought why am I not using this driver?!? (so what if it's from 2007) It felt so solid, and long, just well balanced throughout the swing. It kicked the vr pro limited out of my bag. I'm hoping TM would make r11x deep tp, 420-430 cc range with 3 or 4 weight ports, all black, wishful thinking?

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I hit my S300 shafted K better than anything else if that makes you feel any better :)

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[quote name='Kadin 25' timestamp='1338922424' post='5035648']
[quote name='Fourmyle of Ceres' timestamp='1338921408' post='5035572']
Somewhere out there is the one driver in the all the world that you will hit better than any other driver. If you happen to have stumbled across it several years ago, then even if you play golf the rest of your life you'll never find one you hit better. Because it's the one that's best for you.

It isn't like there have been any genuinely breakthrough innovations in the basic operation of a driver in the past few years.
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This is a solid post. well done sir

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For 7 years I gamed my Launcher 400, and that was through last summer. It was just as good as other offerings until I found a 460cc version that was just as good - the Rapture V2 (still 3 years old). It's going to be really difficult to take it out of the bag!

The R7 is a really solid driver, but it definitely requires consistent squared shots to get distance. That combo with the TP Speeder 757 was truly epic, and the R5 TP with the Diamana Blue 83 was epic, too.

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