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I tried the G, thing spun like crazy and went nowhere.  Very similar results to the G30 when I tried my bro-in-laws.  

 

I've have 3 or 4 rounds in with the GBB Fuji combo and so far it's staying in the bag.  It can still get squirrely with a bad swing, but it does seem more forgiving than SLDR.  I haven't noticed any real gain in distance, but at the same time I haven't lost any either.  It's also much easier to flight lower when I'm playing into the wind which happens a lot on my course.

 

So possibly mission accomplished?  A driver that's just as long as SLDR for me but adds in the forgiveness I was looking for.  I still have yet to play it on a warm, calm day but so far I'm pretty impressed.

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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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  I still have yet to play it on a warm, calm day but so far I'm pretty impressed.

 

Sadly, we haven't had a warm, calm day yet!!!  


 

What's in the bag:
 
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

Stat Tracker/GPS Watch: :ShotScope:


 
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The SLDR is back in the bag!

 

Took my drivers along to a launch monitor (was there doing crossover testing) and as I thought - it's just so much straighter than my others, carry slightly less but rolls out plenty more and all but complete misses were down the centre line with a baby fade.

 

Stuff carry, I'm going back to in play.

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Ping i25 6 - PW Regular CFS Shaft

TM Y Groove Gap Wedge

Cleveland CG10 Sand Wedge

 

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Sadly all my messing around with my driver ended up with me unable to hit one straight again. Had to go back to just 3 wood unfortunately. Got another R15 with same setup as before but not the same :(

 

 

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Driver:      :callaway-small: Rogue 9*, UST chrome 7F5T 

Fairway:     :taylormade-small: M5 3 wood, UST chrome 7F5T

Irons:        :titelist-small: TMB 3i &  :mizuno-small:MP-18 MB 4-PW

Wedges:     :titelist-small: Voke SM7 LTD Jet Black 

Putter:       :bettinardi-small: Queen Bee #9

Ball:        :srixon-small: Z star XV

 

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Sadly all my messing around with my driver ended up with me unable to hit one straight again. Had to go back to just 3 wood unfortunately. Got another R15 with same setup as before but not the same :(

 

 

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This is the main reason I rarely get rid of clubs. Even if it's the same head something could be different and it not perform the same.

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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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I'll tell you what guys. These CG differences really are so monumentally important for golfers.

 

It was amazing for me yesterday. I went to a lesson, and the place I go to just happened to have a demo day for taylormade there that day. So I went about my lesson, and then afterwards my instructor invited me out to test some of the clubs.

 

I've been on a look out for something low spin because of my ball flight and lack of roll with my driver. I game a G30 LS Tec with a Paderson Kevlar Green shaft in it. This thing is a true fairway finder for me. It's automatic.

 

But MAN does it go high.

 

So I hit it on the range a few times on their launch monitor, and my strike truly couldn't get much better. Everything was basically dead center. I was hitting it well. My launch was consistently at 18-22 degrees, with a positive AoA of 1-2.6. My spin was 3,500-4,000 consistently. And you could just see the ball go and drop and stop out of the air.

 

So from me reading through the CG article, I asked to test the M1 430 with the weight forward and set to draw (lowest and most forward CG from MGS test).

 

We started with the Kuro Kage, and the numbers didn't change much. About 500 less RPM, but still just as high.

 

Then he switches me to the Aldila Tour Silver. Still high, with similar spin. It was a no go. Then we try the HAZARDOUS shaft.

 

I was still hitting the ball high, but my spin dropped down to 2,100 RPM pretty much instantly. He couldn't believe how high I was hitting the ball (8.5 degrees of loft) so we try one more shaft. The Tour AD-DI (it has orange graphics) and I was bombing that combination. Spin was down to 1,500-1,800 RPM. Launch angle of 16-18 degrees with a positive AoA. I was blown away.

 

We tried the Black Tie after the AD-DI to check another option and it just didn't work for me. But what truly just blew me away was how we could go from the G30 spin numbers of 3,500-4,000 consistently, to the M1 430 with the right shaft ranging from 1,500-1,800 RPM's. I can't believe a head and shaft combination make THAT much difference.

 

Wow.


:titelist-small: TS3 8.75 with HZRDOUS Yellow and Black MicroPerf Best Grips.

:callaway-small: XR 16 3W & 5W with HZRDOUS Red shafts and Black MicroPerf Best Grips.

:srixon-small: U65 4i with Fujikura MCI shaft and Black MicroPerf Best Grips.

:titelist-small: AP3 5-PW with Accra Tour 110i shafts and Black MicroPerf Best Grips.

:titelist-small: SM7 50F, 54S and 60M grinds with Dynamic Gold 120 Tour Issue S400 and Black MicroPerf Best Grips.

:bettinardi-1: Queen B #6 with 34" Stability Shaft and P2 Aware Tour Grip.

:titelist-small: Pro-V1 Golf Ball.

Jones Utility Golf Bag.

Dormie Custom Headcovers.
Bushnell Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder.

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I'll tell you what guys. These CG differences really are so monumentally important for golfers.

 

It was amazing for me yesterday. I went to a lesson, and the place I go to just happened to have a demo day for taylormade there that day. So I went about my lesson, and then afterwards my instructor invited me out to test some of the clubs.

 

I've been on a look out for something low spin because of my ball flight and lack of roll with my driver. I game a G30 LS Tec with a Paderson Kevlar Green shaft in it. This thing is a true fairway finder for me. It's automatic.

 

But MAN does it go high.

 

So I hit it on the range a few times on their launch monitor, and my strike truly couldn't get much better. Everything was basically dead center. I was hitting it well. My launch was consistently at 18-22 degrees, with a positive AoA of 1-2.6. My spin was 3,500-4,000 consistently. And you could just see the ball go and drop and stop out of the air.

 

So from me reading through the CG article, I asked to test the M1 430 with the weight forward and set to draw (lowest and most forward CG from MGS test).

 

We started with the Kuro Kage, and the numbers didn't change much. About 500 less RPM, but still just as high.

 

Then he switches me to the Aldila Tour Silver. Still high, with similar spin. It was a no go. Then we try the HAZARDOUS shaft.

 

I was still hitting the ball high, but my spin dropped down to 2,100 RPM pretty much instantly. He couldn't believe how high I was hitting the ball (8.5 degrees of loft) so we try one more shaft. The Tour AD-DI (it has orange graphics) and I was bombing that combination. Spin was down to 1,500-1,800 RPM. Launch angle of 16-18 degrees with a positive AoA. I was blown away.

 

We tried the Black Tie after the AD-DI to check another option and it just didn't work for me. But what truly just blew me away was how we could go from the G30 spin numbers of 3,500-4,000 consistently, to the M1 430 with the right shaft ranging from 1,500-1,800 RPM's. I can't believe a head and shaft combination make THAT much difference.

 

Wow.

 

Nice results!  So when are you going to update your signature with the new club???  :)


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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Well, I didn't pull the trigger! Haha. Thank you though. I want to go back for another lesson and demo it with my instructor to see if the results are repeatable. They're just too dramatic to believe it on the first go to be honest.


:titelist-small: TS3 8.75 with HZRDOUS Yellow and Black MicroPerf Best Grips.

:callaway-small: XR 16 3W & 5W with HZRDOUS Red shafts and Black MicroPerf Best Grips.

:srixon-small: U65 4i with Fujikura MCI shaft and Black MicroPerf Best Grips.

:titelist-small: AP3 5-PW with Accra Tour 110i shafts and Black MicroPerf Best Grips.

:titelist-small: SM7 50F, 54S and 60M grinds with Dynamic Gold 120 Tour Issue S400 and Black MicroPerf Best Grips.

:bettinardi-1: Queen B #6 with 34" Stability Shaft and P2 Aware Tour Grip.

:titelist-small: Pro-V1 Golf Ball.

Jones Utility Golf Bag.

Dormie Custom Headcovers.
Bushnell Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder.

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Well, I didn't pull the trigger! Haha. Thank you though. I want to go back for another lesson and demo it with my instructor to see if the results are repeatable. They're just too dramatic to believe it on the first go to be honest.

I love the AD-DI I have in my sldr. Only tried it briefly in the M1 but I may have to give it another go once I get the driver sorted out.


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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Funny thing. I tried to replace my SLDR early this season. The only driver I tried that really came close to supplanting the SLDR for me was a Ping G. I found the launch and distance of the two to be surprisingly close. The G is more forgiving, but was a little bit shorter.

 

But what kept it from replacing the SLDR? I cannot stand the 'sound' of the G at impact. There was something just 'off' and I wasn't willing to 'get used to it' for essentially a nominal change without a clear improvement.

 

That said, after trying a bunch of irons this year, I'm of the opinion that someone is going to have to pry the TP CB's out of my cold dead hands...

I did the same thing - but opposite results. I compared my SLDR to the Ping G30. Numbers were almost identical, but the Ping had a smaller dispersion and was a couple yards longer. The sound and feel was far better than the SLDR. But it wasn't enough of a difference to drop $400. As luck turns out, I got the new Nike driver through MGS reviews. It is very similar to the Ping, only free. The SLDR is living happily with my brother


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I love the AD-DI I have in my sldr. Only tried it briefly in the M1 but I may have to give it another go once I get the driver sorted out.

That shaft is a beast for me in the Alpha 815.  Hated it in the original Alpha, but a winner with this head.  Interestingly enough in the 815 head I have the gravity core in the more spin setting and it is longer with a better flight that in the lower spin position.


In the Bag for 2020

PXG 0811XF Gen 2 10.5* (set at 9*) AD VR 6x

PXG 0341X Gen 2 15* AD TP 7x

PXG 0317X Gen 2 19* KBS Proto 95x

PXG 0311T Gen 3 4-6 KBS $ Taper 130

PXG 0311 ST 7 - PW KBS $ Taper 130

PXG 0311 Sugar Daddy 50/10 KBS $ Taper 130

PXG 0311 Sugar Daddy 54/10 & 58/07 TTDG TI S400

:rife-putters-1: Two Bar Blade Long 47"

 

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That's actually something I was concerned with in my initial few swings with the M1.

 

Not only was the spin significantly lower, I was worried that that combination was bordering on TOO low in some swings (I had a few at 1,300) that it may actually cost me some yardage.

 

That being said, it felt amazing to swing (less boardy than the HAZARDOUS to me, but still stout) it's just hard to justify $700 from one range session. I'll need to confirm the numbers a few times and really see a difference.

 

But I still can't believe how much of an effect on spin numbers the changes made.


:titelist-small: TS3 8.75 with HZRDOUS Yellow and Black MicroPerf Best Grips.

:callaway-small: XR 16 3W & 5W with HZRDOUS Red shafts and Black MicroPerf Best Grips.

:srixon-small: U65 4i with Fujikura MCI shaft and Black MicroPerf Best Grips.

:titelist-small: AP3 5-PW with Accra Tour 110i shafts and Black MicroPerf Best Grips.

:titelist-small: SM7 50F, 54S and 60M grinds with Dynamic Gold 120 Tour Issue S400 and Black MicroPerf Best Grips.

:bettinardi-1: Queen B #6 with 34" Stability Shaft and P2 Aware Tour Grip.

:titelist-small: Pro-V1 Golf Ball.

Jones Utility Golf Bag.

Dormie Custom Headcovers.
Bushnell Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder.

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That's actually something I was concerned with in my initial few swings with the M1.

 

Not only was the spin significantly lower, I was worried that that combination was bordering on TOO low in some swings (I had a few at 1,300) that it may actually cost me some yardage.

 

That being said, it felt amazing to swing (less boardy than the HAZARDOUS to me, but still stout) it's just hard to justify $700 from one range session. I'll need to confirm the numbers a few times and really see a difference.

 

But I still can't believe how much of an effect on spin numbers the changes made.

Yea the price is a lot but if you end up with a driver that can last 3-4 seasons it'll be worth it.


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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No I definitely agree man. Not an issue at all, I just want it to be repeatable for me before I pull the trigger!


:titelist-small: TS3 8.75 with HZRDOUS Yellow and Black MicroPerf Best Grips.

:callaway-small: XR 16 3W & 5W with HZRDOUS Red shafts and Black MicroPerf Best Grips.

:srixon-small: U65 4i with Fujikura MCI shaft and Black MicroPerf Best Grips.

:titelist-small: AP3 5-PW with Accra Tour 110i shafts and Black MicroPerf Best Grips.

:titelist-small: SM7 50F, 54S and 60M grinds with Dynamic Gold 120 Tour Issue S400 and Black MicroPerf Best Grips.

:bettinardi-1: Queen B #6 with 34" Stability Shaft and P2 Aware Tour Grip.

:titelist-small: Pro-V1 Golf Ball.

Jones Utility Golf Bag.

Dormie Custom Headcovers.
Bushnell Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder.

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Yea the price is a lot but if you end up with a driver that can last 3-4 seasons it'll be worth it.

Wait, drivers last more than one season?????  Please don't tell my wife, she is convinced otherwise.

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In the Bag for 2020

PXG 0811XF Gen 2 10.5* (set at 9*) AD VR 6x

PXG 0341X Gen 2 15* AD TP 7x

PXG 0317X Gen 2 19* KBS Proto 95x

PXG 0311T Gen 3 4-6 KBS $ Taper 130

PXG 0311 ST 7 - PW KBS $ Taper 130

PXG 0311 Sugar Daddy 50/10 KBS $ Taper 130

PXG 0311 Sugar Daddy 54/10 & 58/07 TTDG TI S400

:rife-putters-1: Two Bar Blade Long 47"

 

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Wait, drivers last more than one season????? Please don't tell my wife, she is convinced otherwise.

Pay me off and I'll tell her they only last 9 holes

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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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Pay me off and I'll tell her they only last 9 holes

I can't. Just dropped all my fun money on a new car. Even my wife can't extort me this week.

 

 

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In the Bag for 2020

PXG 0811XF Gen 2 10.5* (set at 9*) AD VR 6x

PXG 0341X Gen 2 15* AD TP 7x

PXG 0317X Gen 2 19* KBS Proto 95x

PXG 0311T Gen 3 4-6 KBS $ Taper 130

PXG 0311 ST 7 - PW KBS $ Taper 130

PXG 0311 Sugar Daddy 50/10 KBS $ Taper 130

PXG 0311 Sugar Daddy 54/10 & 58/07 TTDG TI S400

:rife-putters-1: Two Bar Blade Long 47"

 

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That's actually something I was concerned with in my initial few swings with the M1.

 

Not only was the spin significantly lower, I was worried that that combination was bordering on TOO low in some swings (I had a few at 1,300) that it may actually cost me some yardage.

 

That being said, it felt amazing to swing (less boardy than the HAZARDOUS to me, but still stout) it's just hard to justify $700 from one range session. I'll need to confirm the numbers a few times and really see a difference.

 

But I still can't believe how much of an effect on spin numbers the changes made.

You said you had weight all the way forward, you can always start inching it back to add spin. That's a good problem to have!

 

 

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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 Hcky look at you with the sales pitch!


:titelist-small: TS3 8.75 with HZRDOUS Yellow and Black MicroPerf Best Grips.

:callaway-small: XR 16 3W & 5W with HZRDOUS Red shafts and Black MicroPerf Best Grips.

:srixon-small: U65 4i with Fujikura MCI shaft and Black MicroPerf Best Grips.

:titelist-small: AP3 5-PW with Accra Tour 110i shafts and Black MicroPerf Best Grips.

:titelist-small: SM7 50F, 54S and 60M grinds with Dynamic Gold 120 Tour Issue S400 and Black MicroPerf Best Grips.

:bettinardi-1: Queen B #6 with 34" Stability Shaft and P2 Aware Tour Grip.

:titelist-small: Pro-V1 Golf Ball.

Jones Utility Golf Bag.

Dormie Custom Headcovers.
Bushnell Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder.

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Haha Hcky look at you with the sales pitch!

I like to talk people in to buying things.  Makes me feel better about my own habits!

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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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