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    therod got a reaction from PMookie in 2020 drivers!   
    I watched the Rick Shiels video a few days ago on the new Cobra driver. And he compared it to the F9 from last year, which he called the best driver of 2019. With all other variables being the same, he hit the F9 a yard or 2 farther than the new Speedzone. So I wondered...maybe the Speedzone isn't necessarily longer than the F9, but maybe it's more forgiving and has a larger MOI. And that's where equipment is gaining in 2020 instead of distance. Maybe not, just thinking out loud...
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    therod got a reaction from cksurfdude in Went somewhat old school today   
    I went old school last week myself. I took 2 drivers out with me, my gamer Cobra F7+. And an old friend that had been sitting in the trunk for several years now, my Geek DotComThis driver. Wow. I had forgotten just how great that DCT driver is. And it was several yards longer than my Cobra. That head is probably 12-15 years old. And it's still LONG. It's going to be staying in the bag for awhile. I might even let him try a new shaft, as I have something in mind to try. But that DCT driver is still seriously long, and feels amazing. My old gamer is once again my new gamer.
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    therod got a reaction from g-off in Went somewhat old school today   
    I went old school last week myself. I took 2 drivers out with me, my gamer Cobra F7+. And an old friend that had been sitting in the trunk for several years now, my Geek DotComThis driver. Wow. I had forgotten just how great that DCT driver is. And it was several yards longer than my Cobra. That head is probably 12-15 years old. And it's still LONG. It's going to be staying in the bag for awhile. I might even let him try a new shaft, as I have something in mind to try. But that DCT driver is still seriously long, and feels amazing. My old gamer is once again my new gamer.
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    therod got a reaction from chisag in Shortening the shaft to 43.5 inches   
    I would make the argument, sitting here at the desk, having not seen anyone else hit a ball...
    The loss in swingweight will have a minimal impact on how well you hit your driver. How long it is will have a much bigger impact. In my opinion, clubs, especially drivers, are longer than most of the general public can hit well and control. I'm in my early 40s, have been playing since I was a teen, and I still play my driver 44". If I buy a branded driver (not a component), the first thing I do is peel the grip off, trim it back to 44", regrip and go. Have a hit a 45" driver? Yes. Farther? For sure. But I was so much more inconsistent with my ball-striking, it wasn't worth it. I was missing more fairways by wider margins. The longer driver made the game harder, not easier. By the 2nd tee, I didn't care that it felt different than my 44" driver. What I cared about was how wide my misses were, and how frequently I didn't hit it well. My 44" driver still goes over 270, that's good enough for me. Me and my F7+ are perfectly happy together at 44".
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    therod got a reaction from ole gray in Shortening the shaft to 43.5 inches   
    I would make the argument, sitting here at the desk, having not seen anyone else hit a ball...
    The loss in swingweight will have a minimal impact on how well you hit your driver. How long it is will have a much bigger impact. In my opinion, clubs, especially drivers, are longer than most of the general public can hit well and control. I'm in my early 40s, have been playing since I was a teen, and I still play my driver 44". If I buy a branded driver (not a component), the first thing I do is peel the grip off, trim it back to 44", regrip and go. Have a hit a 45" driver? Yes. Farther? For sure. But I was so much more inconsistent with my ball-striking, it wasn't worth it. I was missing more fairways by wider margins. The longer driver made the game harder, not easier. By the 2nd tee, I didn't care that it felt different than my 44" driver. What I cared about was how wide my misses were, and how frequently I didn't hit it well. My 44" driver still goes over 270, that's good enough for me. Me and my F7+ are perfectly happy together at 44".
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    therod got a reaction from MDGolfHacker in Yes C Groove Tracy II Putter- anyone used one?   
    I've got a Yes Stephanie and it's a very good putter. I added some weight to it because I like a heavier stick, but it rolls the ball quite nicely.
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    therod got a reaction from MattF in Yes C Groove Tracy II Putter- anyone used one?   
    I've got a Yes Stephanie and it's a very good putter. I added some weight to it because I like a heavier stick, but it rolls the ball quite nicely.
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    therod got a reaction from perseveringgolfer in Yes C Groove Tracy II Putter- anyone used one?   
    I've got a Yes Stephanie and it's a very good putter. I added some weight to it because I like a heavier stick, but it rolls the ball quite nicely.
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    therod got a reaction from Popeye64 in Xcaliber Superlite 55 S   
    Xcalibers are great shafts. Robin Arther knows his stuff, and their products are top notch. I've got a T6* that's one of my shafts for the F7+. I had a set of his ProX shafts in my last set of irons. I'm a little hesitant to pull them since I've already pulled them once. And I've played a couple of his fairway wood shafts. Good shafts.
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    therod got a reaction from BIG STU in KZG or Fourteen   
    I've had several sets of forged KZG irons. And yes, they feel softer than anything else I've hit. The one downside to them is size. They aren't anything close to oversize, nor are they as forgiving as an oversized modern cavity. But they're not claiming them to be, either...
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    therod got a reaction from McaseyM in What equipment are you thinking about?   
    My last two drivers were a Fly-Z and an F7+. Naturally I'm curious about the F9 drivers...
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    therod got a reaction from tommc23 in Bang for Your Buck Aftermarket Shafts   
    I would 2nd the XCaliber nod. Have a driver shaft, a set of fairways, and some TourX iron shafts. As good as anything out there and much less expensive. Debating on putting some lower launching shafts from him in a new set of fairway woods. Great guy too!
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    therod got a reaction from MGoBlue100 in Bang for Your Buck Aftermarket Shafts   
    I would 2nd the XCaliber nod. Have a driver shaft, a set of fairways, and some TourX iron shafts. As good as anything out there and much less expensive. Debating on putting some lower launching shafts from him in a new set of fairway woods. Great guy too!
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    therod got a reaction from Franc38 in F8   
    My guess is (being an engineer) that most amateurs would not be able to find a difference between 239 and 257. That really is a minute difference, in the grand scheme. Most amateurs would also not be able to tell the difference between drivers years ago when Callaway had the non-conformer that they marketed. The longest-hitting ams, maybe. The average joe playing 18 only on the weekend? Not likely, in my opinion. It's been years since I was in the materials world of engineering, and did more of that in college than in the real world, but my instinct is ,most wouldn't be able to feel or see a difference.
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    therod got a reaction from Bags in F8   
    Looking at this driver, and reading the article here, makes me think about getting a new driver this spring. My current gamer is a Fly-Z, and that was the 1st oem driver I've bought in years. My back-up is an older PowerBilt AirForceOne, which is still a good stick. And long. But this new F8 more than interests me. And I think for a long time now, Cobra has been underappreciated, especially in the driver market. Yes, they won the most wanted award a few years ago. But they still aren't that big in the market. And they are always less $$$ than Taylormade, Callaway, Ping, or Titleist. Think I need to find me a demo day or go to a fitter this spring. Until then, I will just drewl...
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    therod got a reaction from MGoBlue100 in F8   
    My guess is (being an engineer) that most amateurs would not be able to find a difference between 239 and 257. That really is a minute difference, in the grand scheme. Most amateurs would also not be able to tell the difference between drivers years ago when Callaway had the non-conformer that they marketed. The longest-hitting ams, maybe. The average joe playing 18 only on the weekend? Not likely, in my opinion. It's been years since I was in the materials world of engineering, and did more of that in college than in the real world, but my instinct is ,most wouldn't be able to feel or see a difference.
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    therod got a reaction from BigtazzGolf in F8   
    My guess is (being an engineer) that most amateurs would not be able to find a difference between 239 and 257. That really is a minute difference, in the grand scheme. Most amateurs would also not be able to tell the difference between drivers years ago when Callaway had the non-conformer that they marketed. The longest-hitting ams, maybe. The average joe playing 18 only on the weekend? Not likely, in my opinion. It's been years since I was in the materials world of engineering, and did more of that in college than in the real world, but my instinct is ,most wouldn't be able to feel or see a difference.
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    therod got a reaction from chisag in F8   
    My guess is (being an engineer) that most amateurs would not be able to find a difference between 239 and 257. That really is a minute difference, in the grand scheme. Most amateurs would also not be able to tell the difference between drivers years ago when Callaway had the non-conformer that they marketed. The longest-hitting ams, maybe. The average joe playing 18 only on the weekend? Not likely, in my opinion. It's been years since I was in the materials world of engineering, and did more of that in college than in the real world, but my instinct is ,most wouldn't be able to feel or see a difference.
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    therod got a reaction from Miboy62 in F8   
    Looking at this driver, and reading the article here, makes me think about getting a new driver this spring. My current gamer is a Fly-Z, and that was the 1st oem driver I've bought in years. My back-up is an older PowerBilt AirForceOne, which is still a good stick. And long. But this new F8 more than interests me. And I think for a long time now, Cobra has been underappreciated, especially in the driver market. Yes, they won the most wanted award a few years ago. But they still aren't that big in the market. And they are always less $$$ than Taylormade, Callaway, Ping, or Titleist. Think I need to find me a demo day or go to a fitter this spring. Until then, I will just drewl...
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    therod got a reaction from MGoBlue100 in F8   
    Looking at this driver, and reading the article here, makes me think about getting a new driver this spring. My current gamer is a Fly-Z, and that was the 1st oem driver I've bought in years. My back-up is an older PowerBilt AirForceOne, which is still a good stick. And long. But this new F8 more than interests me. And I think for a long time now, Cobra has been underappreciated, especially in the driver market. Yes, they won the most wanted award a few years ago. But they still aren't that big in the market. And they are always less $$$ than Taylormade, Callaway, Ping, or Titleist. Think I need to find me a demo day or go to a fitter this spring. Until then, I will just drewl...
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    therod got a reaction from Golfspy_CG2 in What equipment are you thinking about?   
    As I just posted above, the new Cobra F8 or F8+ drivers...
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    therod got a reaction from gaussman1 in F8   
    Looking at this driver, and reading the article here, makes me think about getting a new driver this spring. My current gamer is a Fly-Z, and that was the 1st oem driver I've bought in years. My back-up is an older PowerBilt AirForceOne, which is still a good stick. And long. But this new F8 more than interests me. And I think for a long time now, Cobra has been underappreciated, especially in the driver market. Yes, they won the most wanted award a few years ago. But they still aren't that big in the market. And they are always less $$$ than Taylormade, Callaway, Ping, or Titleist. Think I need to find me a demo day or go to a fitter this spring. Until then, I will just drewl...
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    therod got a reaction from GolfSpy_APH in F8   
    Looking at this driver, and reading the article here, makes me think about getting a new driver this spring. My current gamer is a Fly-Z, and that was the 1st oem driver I've bought in years. My back-up is an older PowerBilt AirForceOne, which is still a good stick. And long. But this new F8 more than interests me. And I think for a long time now, Cobra has been underappreciated, especially in the driver market. Yes, they won the most wanted award a few years ago. But they still aren't that big in the market. And they are always less $$$ than Taylormade, Callaway, Ping, or Titleist. Think I need to find me a demo day or go to a fitter this spring. Until then, I will just drewl...
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    therod got a reaction from ole gray in F8   
    Looking at this driver, and reading the article here, makes me think about getting a new driver this spring. My current gamer is a Fly-Z, and that was the 1st oem driver I've bought in years. My back-up is an older PowerBilt AirForceOne, which is still a good stick. And long. But this new F8 more than interests me. And I think for a long time now, Cobra has been underappreciated, especially in the driver market. Yes, they won the most wanted award a few years ago. But they still aren't that big in the market. And they are always less $$$ than Taylormade, Callaway, Ping, or Titleist. Think I need to find me a demo day or go to a fitter this spring. Until then, I will just drewl...
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    therod got a reaction from JudgeSmails in Drivers: Stock vs Premium shafts...your experiences   
    Years ago, at a demo day, I was hitting some drivers. I now don't even remember who the rep was working for, but we were talking more about shafts than heads. He seemed to catch on pretty quick that I was at least a little bit informed, so he became very interested in talking specific details. In the course of the conversation, he told me that the shafts that were sold in drivers over-the-counter were almost all generic blanks with whatever paint job they were supposed to mimic. The only actual experience I have was with a Callaway C4 years ago (a very good driver btw). I bought the driver to take with me on a vaca to Phoenix. First day (day 1 of 6), 2nd round, walking off the 18th tee talking to my cart partner. I was tapping the head of the driver on the ground as we walked and talked. We were still on the tee box, so I was tapping the head of the driver on grass while holding the grip end of the driver. While tapping the head, the shaft snapped just below the grip. I think (take that for what it's worth) that an aftermarket shaft would NOT have snapped like that. I took it home after the trip, drilled it out, and put the shaft in it I would gotten to begin with had it been an option. Did it break again? Nope. Did it perform differently? Yes. Not in length, but it seemed to be more consistent and accurate. That's my $.02
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