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First off, I love my SLDR.  I was fit during the launch event at the Kingdom in CA.  I have a 430 10.5 set to 11 with a Diamana D+ 62 stiff tipped 1.5".  It hasn't left my bag in the 2+ years I've owned it.  The only thing I've changed since the fitting is the grip.

 

I had a very brief affair with a Titleist D3 early last season, but it lasted 2 rounds and I sold it.

 

I decided to get serious this season about trying to find something that could knock it out of the bag, 

 

The first contenders were a King LTD and F6+.  I also picked up 4 different shafts to try out.  The same Diamana that's in my SLDR, but only tipped 1/2", a HZRDUS 65 stiff, a Kiyoshi Black 65 04 and a Tour AD BB 7x.

 

First I tried out the King LTD.  I did not get along with this head.  Everything I hit was a weak fade and it never felt good.  I tried all four shafts in it and nothing worked.  

 

Next up is the F6+...

  • Diamana - Not sure if it was just the smaller amount of tipping, but the shaft just felt a little whippy in the tip.  It was almost like you could feel it twisting on impact.  Everything went right with a ballooning fade.
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  • HZRDUS - Jury is still out on this one.  I feel like I didn't really give it a fair test.  I hit two drives with it and didn't like the ball flight or feel.  It could have just been my swing that day though so I'm going to give it another shot.
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  • Kiyoshi Black - I like this shaft.  I was fit into the purple on a previous driver fitting so I figured it would stand a chance for a good fit.  It just feels very stable through impact and lets you have confidence that you can go after if it want to.  It's a contender
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  • Tour AD BB - I've been wanting to hit this shaft since it came out (mostly because it's blue) but also because the Tour AD series feels great and I really need a low spin/low launch shaft.  I loved hitting this setup!  I'm not sure it's any better than the SLDR, and my regular playing partners said I should switch back, but it's just so fun to hit.  I was hitting a lot of high fades, but they went similar distances to the SLDR.  I would prefer to play a straight ball or a little draw, but there were no big misses with the F6+/AD BB combo.

So based on Cobra's current offerings the King LTD just didn't work for me, it's on the way to the chopping block.  I didn't care for the Diamana as it stands, but I may tip it another inch and try it playing at 44" to see what happens.  I need more time with the HZRDUS but so far I'm not impressed.

 

I really like the F6+ with the AD BB and I'm going to give it a little more time.  The Kiyoshi is also still in the running...but I put a TMaG tip on it today :)

 

Which leads me to the next contender.  M1 430 is going to get tested for the first time tomorrow.

 

I'll keep updating this thread as the process goes on, but so far nothing is a clear cut leader to kick the SLDR out of the bag.  I have a feeling that I'll end up with a driver fitting in the near future and then sell off the extra's.

 

So for all the other SLDR lovers out there...Is it still in the bag?  Have you tried to kick it out?  What worked and what didn't?

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Driver: :callaway-logo-1: Epic SZ w/ VA Composites Raijin 65 04

3w: :taylormade-small:'16 M2 hl w/ Diamana D+ 82

5w: :cleveland-small: Launcher HB w/ HZRDUS Yellow

Hybrid: :cleveland-small: 22 deg. Launcher HB w/ HZRDUS Black

Irons: :ping-small: 5i-UW G700 w/ X100 soft stepped once

Wedges: :cleveland-small: 54 & 58 CBX w/ Nippon Modus 3 125

Putter: :odyssey-small: Red 7s

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Question, what do you hope to gain with a new driver?

 

 

 

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         Grip n Rip it

Chicks dig the LONG ball

In my :callaway-small: staff bag

:cobra-small: King F7+ Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 60 - Graphite Tour X-Stiff

:755178188_TourEdge:  CBX 13.5 3 Wood

:1332069271_TommyArmour:  Atomic Irons 4-AW (reviewing)

:cleveland-small: CG16 Satin 52*

:cleveland-small: 588 RTX 2.0 56* and 60*

Sentio Sierra 101-M Putter

 

Proud tester of the Tommy Armour ATOMIC Irons 

 

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Question, what do you hope to gain with a new driver?

 

 

 

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That's the same question the guys I regularly golf with asked me :)

 

Really I'm looking for something with a little more forgiveness.  I wouldn't pass on some extra distance, but it's not my primary goal.  I'm also not willing to give up distance just for forgiveness.

 

Also if I'm being honest I just want something new and shiny :)

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Driver: :callaway-logo-1: Epic SZ w/ VA Composites Raijin 65 04

3w: :taylormade-small:'16 M2 hl w/ Diamana D+ 82

5w: :cleveland-small: Launcher HB w/ HZRDUS Yellow

Hybrid: :cleveland-small: 22 deg. Launcher HB w/ HZRDUS Black

Irons: :ping-small: 5i-UW G700 w/ X100 soft stepped once

Wedges: :cleveland-small: 54 & 58 CBX w/ Nippon Modus 3 125

Putter: :odyssey-small: Red 7s

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Haha I get it.

I went from the Jetspeed that I love to the big bertha alpha. And I'm currently looking for an r1 head for an old shaft.

Good luck in your hunt.

 

Tazz

 

 

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         Grip n Rip it

Chicks dig the LONG ball

In my :callaway-small: staff bag

:cobra-small: King F7+ Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 60 - Graphite Tour X-Stiff

:755178188_TourEdge:  CBX 13.5 3 Wood

:1332069271_TommyArmour:  Atomic Irons 4-AW (reviewing)

:cleveland-small: CG16 Satin 52*

:cleveland-small: 588 RTX 2.0 56* and 60*

Sentio Sierra 101-M Putter

 

Proud tester of the Tommy Armour ATOMIC Irons 

 

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If you don't like the HZRDUS I'll take it off your hands...I've wanted to try it at well.  The fitter at Wilson said it might fit my waggle, er, I mean, my swing...

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Driver:  Sub 70 639D - 9.5; :cleveland-small: Launcher HB Turbo; :mizuno-small: ST 190 
FW Wood: :tour-edge: Tour Edge EXS 220 - 15*; :mizuno-small: ST 180 14*
Hybrids:  PXG 0311 22
Utility Irons: :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model Utilities 18, 21, 24*;  Lynx VT Stinger - 16*
Irons::wilson_staff_small: D7 Forged; :benhogan-small:PTx Pro, :macgregor-small: VIP 1025 V-Foil MB/CB; :wilson_staff_small: Progressives (circa 1993)

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX -2, :benhogan-small:Riviera 52-56-60; :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model
Putter:   :edel-golf-1:  Willamette,  :bettinardi-small: BB8,  :benhogan-small:Baby Ben

Ball: :bridgestone-small: Tour B X (2020); :srixon-small: Z-STAR XV

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I've had my SLDR since the fitting at the kingdom. Nothing has come close. What's more impressive to me is how it's grown with my swing. The better I get the better it performs. Just seems like that club was made for me. I think this summer once the swing gets in the groove I'll head over to the tmag performance lab and see if we can beat it.

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Driver:   :callaway-small: Epic 10.5 set to 9.5 w/ Tour AD-DI 44.5

FW:   :cobra-small: F6 baffler set at 16º

Hybrid:  NONE
Irons:   :taylormade-small:  3i 2014 TP CB  4-PW 2011 TP MC w/ TT S400

Wedges:   :nike-small: 52º :nike-small: 56º  :edel-golf-1: 60 º w/ KBS C-Taper XS Soft-stepped

Putter:   :ping-small: Sigma G Tyne 34 inches Gold dot

 

 

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Go older. The only thing able to kick the SLDR out of my bag is the Bio Cell Pro. I am getting ready to give the XR Pro a go though.

 

 

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Go older. The only thing able to kick the SLDR out of my bag is the Bio Cell Pro. I am getting ready to give the XR Pro a go though.

 

 

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I never hit the pro, but I did like the plus.  I haven't hit a Cally driver since the RFX (didn't like that one) but I am intrigued by the XR Pro and the Sub Zero.  If I go get fitted I'm hoping I get a chance to test them out.


Driver: :callaway-logo-1: Epic SZ w/ VA Composites Raijin 65 04

3w: :taylormade-small:'16 M2 hl w/ Diamana D+ 82

5w: :cleveland-small: Launcher HB w/ HZRDUS Yellow

Hybrid: :cleveland-small: 22 deg. Launcher HB w/ HZRDUS Black

Irons: :ping-small: 5i-UW G700 w/ X100 soft stepped once

Wedges: :cleveland-small: 54 & 58 CBX w/ Nippon Modus 3 125

Putter: :odyssey-small: Red 7s

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One word...maybe a few letters...M1!

 

I owned a SLDR for almost three years and I NEVER thought anything would replace it! Along came the 460 M1, after being fitted I was easily 10-15 yds longer and more forgiving too!

 

With the right shaft and setting the M1 is a beast! 5 stars out of 5 in most reviews.

 

 

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I never hit the pro, but I did like the plus.  I haven't hit a Cally driver since the RFX (didn't like that one) but I am intrigued by the XR Pro and the Sub Zero.  If I go get fitted I'm hoping I get a chance to test them out.

Well my suggestion is out then. I was going old as well Haha. Ignore the driver in my signature.

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Driver- Tmag 2017 M2 tour issue 8.5* actual loft 7.8* w/ Diamana Ahina 80X 44"
Fairway Metal- Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta 3W 13* w/ Matrix 7m4 X 42.5"

Utility- Mizuno MPH5 1 iron w/ Aldila RIP 85X (depending on course/ conditions)

Irons- Mizuno MP-18 FLI HI 3i and 4i w/ KBS C-taper lite X
          Mizuno MP59 5i and 6I w/ PX 6.5

          Mizuno MP69 7i-PW w/ PX 6.5

Wedges- Scratch 8620 Driver/Slider set.  50*, 56* bent to 55* w/ rifle spinner shafts

                and Titleist Vokey 60* M grind

Putter- Never Compromise Dinero Mogul
Ball- Bridgestone Tour B XS

Bag- Ogio Aquatech Cart Bag

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I'm going to put my SLDR to a test this spring against a Fly Z+. Tried an R15 last fall and it was garbage.

 

Good luck

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:taylormade-small:  M3 460 9.5* - ACCRA TZ6 M5

:callaway-small:  X2 Hot Pro - 15* Aldila Tour Green X

TaylorMade Jetspeed 19* w Matrix HM9

Mizuno MP-63 4-P Project X 6.0

Cleveland RTX4 - 50, 54, 60

  :odyssey-small:  Toulon Portland w P2 React Grip

:titelist-small: 2019 Players 4 -  :titelist-small: Pro V1

 

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One word...maybe a few letters...M1!

 

I owned a SLDR for almost three years and I NEVER thought anything would replace it! Along came the 460 M1, after being fitted I was easily 10-15 yds longer and more forgiving too!

 

With the right shaft and setting the M1 is a beast! 5 stars out of 5 in most reviews.

 

 

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I picked up an M1 430 head and will hit it for the first time today

 

 

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Driver: :callaway-logo-1: Epic SZ w/ VA Composites Raijin 65 04

3w: :taylormade-small:'16 M2 hl w/ Diamana D+ 82

5w: :cleveland-small: Launcher HB w/ HZRDUS Yellow

Hybrid: :cleveland-small: 22 deg. Launcher HB w/ HZRDUS Black

Irons: :ping-small: 5i-UW G700 w/ X100 soft stepped once

Wedges: :cleveland-small: 54 & 58 CBX w/ Nippon Modus 3 125

Putter: :odyssey-small: Red 7s

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So what are you gonna do with the King LTD and the F6 heads?

 


Driver: Cobra King F8 w/Mitsubishi ck Blue regular shaft Fairways:  Cobra King F8 3W(14.5*) & 5W(18.5*) w/Mitsubishi ck Blue regular shaft Hybrids: Tour Edge CBX 119 4H(22*)  with Project X Evenflo regular shaft Irons: Wilson Staff D7 5 - PW w/Recoil 460 regular shafts Wedges: Cobra King F8 GW(50*) SW(54*) LW(58*) Putter: 33" Tommy Armour Impact No. 3 mallet putter Bag: Cobra Ultralite Cart Bag(Peacoat Blue).

 

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Hcky...this post was made for me.

 

I've gamed SLDR since I was selected by MGS in 2014 for the SLDR review. Over the past two years I've grown to love the SLDR. It's still stock* except for the shaft. I'll explain later.

 

During the past month or two I've been trying to replace the SLDR in my bag with something newer. Why? Because I want to. No other reason. However, I'm finding it's not so easy. I've made other posts on this subject recently also. After doing some research and reading reviews here and there including on the MGS Blog site I decided I wanted to try the 2015 Cobra Fly-Z or Fly-Z+. Which I did. But I just couldn't make them work for me. I tried all the adjustments, different shafts and shaft lengths, etc, etc. I just couldn't get the clubs to perform anywhere close to my SLDR. With the Cobra's I was working with a local fitter/retailer. After a few weeks I returned the clubs. During this time I was also searching around for another driver. Then it hit me.... why not the 2015 TaylorMade R15? It's very similar to the SLDR. So, I ordered and bought the R15 which I have now. At home in my practice bag.

 

When I received the R15 I took it out to see what it would do. After a few shots in the stock settings I changed the hosel and bottom weighting to resemble my SLDR. Now I was hitting some fairly decent shots. Almost like my SLDR...but not quite. About a week ago I took the R15 back to the range and swapped shafts with the SLDR. Putting the SLDR shaft in the R15 and visa-versa with the R15. Interesting. My shot shape improved. Some I thought. Then something interesting happened....

 

A few days later I went out to play my normal Saturday morning game with the SLDR. But woops.... I had forgotten to switch the shafts back. Oh well I thought; I'll just make the best of it. And boy did I ever. I ended up hitting 13 of 14 fairways and went on to shoot a 72 for the day. Some days you just get lucky I guess. My ball flight and distance was awesome. This shaft is also stock (s). So where does all that leave me today? I'm sticking with my SLDR now with the stock R15 S-shaft. I don't know what the difference is if any but there's something there I think.

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My Sun Mountain bag currently includes:   TWGTLogo2.png.06c802075f4d211691d88895b3f34b75.png 771CSI 5i - PW and TWGTLogo2.png.06c802075f4d211691d88895b3f34b75.png PFC Micro Tour-c 52°, 56°, 60 wedges

                                                                               :755178188_TourEdge: EXS 10.5*, TWGTLogo2.png.06c802075f4d211691d88895b3f34b75.png 929-HS FW4 16.5* 

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If you don't like the HZRDUS I'll take it off your hands...I've wanted to try it at well.  The fitter at Wilson said it might fit my waggle, er, I mean, my swing...

 

Going to give it a little more time, but if it continues the way it's been it's going to be up for grabs.

 

So what are you gonna do with the King LTD and the F6 heads?

 

The F6+ warrants further testing.  Hanging on to it for now.

 

The King LTD head is going to be sold, just haven't made the ad yet.  i was going to wait and see if I wanted to get rid of any shafts at the same time.  Are you interested?


Driver: :callaway-logo-1: Epic SZ w/ VA Composites Raijin 65 04

3w: :taylormade-small:'16 M2 hl w/ Diamana D+ 82

5w: :cleveland-small: Launcher HB w/ HZRDUS Yellow

Hybrid: :cleveland-small: 22 deg. Launcher HB w/ HZRDUS Black

Irons: :ping-small: 5i-UW G700 w/ X100 soft stepped once

Wedges: :cleveland-small: 54 & 58 CBX w/ Nippon Modus 3 125

Putter: :odyssey-small: Red 7s

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TP-X - 0 M1 - 1

 

Took me 2 shots of WTF why isn't this going anywhere to figure it out.

 

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Driver: :callaway-logo-1: Epic SZ w/ VA Composites Raijin 65 04

3w: :taylormade-small:'16 M2 hl w/ Diamana D+ 82

5w: :cleveland-small: Launcher HB w/ HZRDUS Yellow

Hybrid: :cleveland-small: 22 deg. Launcher HB w/ HZRDUS Black

Irons: :ping-small: 5i-UW G700 w/ X100 soft stepped once

Wedges: :cleveland-small: 54 & 58 CBX w/ Nippon Modus 3 125

Putter: :odyssey-small: Red 7s

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For some of us this is an easy one, question: how to beat the SLDR? Answer: take any driver you can find, and hit it! Mission accomplished end of quest.

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Lefties are always in their Right Mind

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TP-X - 0 M1 - 1

Took me 2 shots of WTF why isn't this going anywhere to figure it out.

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Maybe it's not the driver that needs to be replaced. So I say switch to a better ball, I think the Warbird is better than that one.


Lefties are always in their Right Mind

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For some of us this is an easy one, question: how to beat the SLDR? Answer: take any driver you can find, and hit it! Mission accomplished end of quest.

Man 1: And how would you beat him?

Man 2: With a stick, while he slept.

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Driver- Tmag 2017 M2 tour issue 8.5* actual loft 7.8* w/ Diamana Ahina 80X 44"
Fairway Metal- Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta 3W 13* w/ Matrix 7m4 X 42.5"

Utility- Mizuno MPH5 1 iron w/ Aldila RIP 85X (depending on course/ conditions)

Irons- Mizuno MP-18 FLI HI 3i and 4i w/ KBS C-taper lite X
          Mizuno MP59 5i and 6I w/ PX 6.5

          Mizuno MP69 7i-PW w/ PX 6.5

Wedges- Scratch 8620 Driver/Slider set.  50*, 56* bent to 55* w/ rifle spinner shafts

                and Titleist Vokey 60* M grind

Putter- Never Compromise Dinero Mogul
Ball- Bridgestone Tour B XS

Bag- Ogio Aquatech Cart Bag

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Man 1: And how would you beat him?

Man 2: With a stick, while he slept.

You just quoted one of my favorite movies,

A knights tale

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