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So I've been using my SLDR 430 for awhile now. I had a honeymoon period with it where I was crushing it, but fast forward 4 months and I've fallen out of love with it. I'm looking for a more forgiving but still fairly low spin driver.

 

My SS is around 107 MPH

 

My average spin with my 12 degree SLDR was about 2400 on decent strikes and carry is around 255 with overall distance being 268.

 

My current set up is 12 degree SLDR 430 TP with a UST VST silver 70 X stiff

 

Anyone have some good recommendations for me to try out?

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Go with the M1. It's highly adjustable, so when that honeymoon's over, you can dress her up like someone new.😘

 

Seriously, it's head and shoulders over the rest. But of course, go hit a few first to compare. Good luck!

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It's a long thread, but I chronicled my journey to best the SLDR here http://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/15518-operation-beat-sldr/

 

I tried the self fitting route and it was basically a collection of failed experiments.  If you have the ability I would highly recommend going to get fit.

 

I have very similar swing speed and played SLDR 430 with a Diamana D+ for 2 years.  Bottom line after getting fit I ended up with a Cally Great Big Bertha.  If you have a negative angle of attack and your miss is to the right it should be on your list to test out.

 

I tried M1, King LTD, F6+ and Ping G and the Bertha beat them all.  The shaft I was fit in to was the Fujikura Speeder Pro XLR8 in x stiff.

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Driver: :taylormade-small: SLDR w/ Fujikura Ventus Black

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: :cleveland-small: 5i - gap Launcher CBX w/ Nippon Modus 3 125

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

Putter: :odyssey-small: Red 7s

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It's a long thread, but I chronicled my journey to best the SLDR here http://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/15518-operation-beat-sldr/

 

I tried the self fitting route and it was basically a collection of failed experiments. If you have the ability I would highly recommend going to get fit.

 

I have very similar swing speed and played SLDR 430 with a Diamana D+ for 2 years. Bottom line after getting fit I ended up with a Cally Great Big Bertha. If you have a negative angle of attack and your miss is to the right it should be on your list to test out.

 

I tried M1, King LTD, F6+ and Ping G and the Bertha beat them all. The shaft I was fit in to was the Fujikura Speeder Pro XLR8 in x stiff.

I had a Big Bertha alpha 815 for awhile, but it had too much spin for me. Would you say that the BBA 815 is compare to it?
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I have fairly similar stats with my driver, and I loved the SLDR and used it for a few years. But I recently traded it in on the M1 with a kuro kage 80 X at 43.5" and I am really glad I did. Even after cutting the shaft down, I picked up 15-20 yards, and the club feels awesome.

 

 

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I had a Big Bertha alpha 815 for awhile, but it had too much spin for me. Would you say that the BBA 815 is compare to it?

I didn't hit the BBA or the XR

 

 

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Driver: :taylormade-small: SLDR w/ Fujikura Ventus Black

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: :cleveland-small: 5i - gap Launcher CBX w/ Nippon Modus 3 125

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

Putter: :odyssey-small: Red 7s

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I was one of the last to jump aboard the M1 train but I hit the 430 version and found all the hype to this club was deserved.  Taylormade did something right with this club.

My bag is a revolving door!

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PXG fitting? Seriously though, some of the Nike models are decent and can be bought at a bargain once they're out of season. 

ogio_logo1.jpg?w=690Shredder Stand Bag /  :taylormade-small: TP SLDR S Mini 16* /  adams-golf-logo.jpg?w=690Pro DHy 18* /  :cobra-small: Baffler 7w 20* /   :cobra-small: King F6 irons 5i-GW /                                     bsglogo1.jpg?w=690 J15 54* /  putt.jpg?w=690 Sierra 101-Soft /  :srixon-small: Z-star balls / all shafts regular flex / Lamkin Crossline Ace 3GEN oversize grips 

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OP...Like you, I previously played a 12* Tour issue SLDR 430, (actual loft 11.3*), with the Fujikura Motore Speeder 7.3 Tourspec Stiff shaft.  

 

Last year I switched to the far more forgiving 2015 9.5* SLDR-C Driver with a Miyazaki Kusala Black 61s shaft which is my all-time favorite Driver shaft.  Over the course of the last year, It has proven to be a great move!  (Unfortunately, Miyazaki shafts like this are becoming hard to find in the USA now, but are still available from Japan).  

 

The new-for-2016 Mitubishi Rayon Tensei CK Blue or Tensei CK Pro Blue shaft ARE widely available here in the USA and also excellent shaft options for this redesigned SLDR head.  (The Tensei CK blue has the Diamana Blue Board profile, but with new, upgraded composite materials).

 

As stated above this has been a great driver change for me!  This lower profile SLDR head maybe somewhat of a sleeper, but it's a very solid and forgiving TaylorMade (no-nonsense) clubhead!  Just needs a premium shaft to be as good as a driver gets!  No need to 'loft up' with the SLDR-C as the launch angle is much better than the older (original) 2013/2014 SLDR Drivers. In fact, I recommend trying the 9.5* loft first!  This is a great solid-feeling head with a huge sweetspot.  It retains the best attributes of the original SLDR's, (reduced spin, and great distance), while adding forgiveness to the mix!  Sounds just ike what you are looking for!

 

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What's in Bobcat's Bag?  (Showing more than 14 clubs due to options)

 

Driver: :taylormade-small: 9.5* SLDR-C - 45.5" Miyazaki Kusala Black 61s, (1/2" tip)

Fairway: :taylormade-small: Tour issue 15* V-Steel 3W - Fujikura 757 Speeder Stiff

Fairway/Hybrid: :taylormade-small: 15* Rescue Fairway "3-Strong" - VP-90 Stiff 

Hybrids: :taylormade-small: #3 (19*) & #4 (22*) Rescue-Mid TP's - Vista Pro 90 Stiff 

Driving Irons: :taylormade-small: UDI #1 (16*) & #3 (20*) - KBS C-Taper Lite 110 Stiff

Iron Set: :taylormade-small: SLDR Irons (5-8i only) - KBS C-Taper Lite 110 Stiff

Hybrid Wedges: :cleveland-small: 2011 Niblicks 42*PW, 49*DW, 56*SW - Stock

SW/LW: :cleveland-small: CG-16 Black Pearl 58* Low Bounce 8* - Stock Steel Shaft

Putter: :bettinardi-small: BBX-81 Blade - Stock Bettinardi Steel Shaft 

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I tried the 460cc M1 and was hitting it well, but found that I preferred my R15, then when I couldn't hit that well I went to a Cobra fly z+ which was awesome for about 2 weeks until I somehow caved the face. Cobra is sending me the F6+ which is suppose to be its replacement. I also just got the M2 today and will be trying out against the F6 when it comes. There are so many options to choose from that you can't go wrong with any manufacturer today really. Best bet is to go out and test some stuff out. Good luck on the hunt! 

My Mixed-Bag:

 

Driver:      :callaway-small: Mavrik Sub zero, ventus black 7x

Fairway:     Still looking!

Irons:         :mizuno-small:MP-18 MB 4-PW

Wedges:     Miura K Grinds

Putter:       Evnroll 1.2 blade

Ball:        :srixon-small: Z star XV

 

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Ok update time: I went to my local Golfsmith with SLDR in hand and was ready to try every driver in the store. I tried the whole M family from Tmade. Good feel but not low spinning enough for me. Got more distance vs my SLDR but I wanted more. I went Nike Vapor Pro and Vapor Flex next. They spun mid 2600's for me, which is too much. Felt solid though. Tried the R15 and same as the M family. Went Ping G LS tech, this was fairly long, but the sound and look put me off. I tried the Callaway GBB and BBA 816 DBD, feel and spin were just off a bit for me. Now I was kind of irritated at this point with the drivers. I went and poked around the used section and found an old Callaway X2 Hot Pro driver. I grabbed and hit it and fell in love. It's set at 7.5 degrees and had the stock shaft in it. It launched at 14.5 and was spinning 1800's and it was just ripping the balls. I picked up several MPH in clubhead speed so I was nearer to 112 MPH and I was carrying it 285 and total distance of 310 average. I grabbed it and ran to the counter. Gonna play Friday with it and see how it goes.

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Thanks for the follow up. Glad it worked out for you.

 

Btw, when i catch the sweet spot on my M1, it feels so trampoline like, i wonder if it's non-conforming...

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Ok update time: I went to my local Golfsmith with SLDR in hand and was ready to try every driver in the store. I tried the whole M family from Tmade. Good feel but not low spinning enough for me. Got more distance vs my SLDR but I wanted more. I went Nike Vapor Pro and Vapor Flex next. They spun mid 2600's for me, which is too much. Felt solid though. Tried the R15 and same as the M family. Went Ping G LS tech, this was fairly long, but the sound and look put me off. I tried the Callaway GBB and BBA 816 DBD, feel and spin were just off a bit for me. Now I was kind of irritated at this point with the drivers. I went and poked around the used section and found an old Callaway X2 Hot Pro driver. I grabbed and hit it and fell in love. It's set at 7.5 degrees and had the stock shaft in it. It launched at 14.5 and was spinning 1800's and it was just ripping the balls. I picked up several MPH in clubhead speed so I was nearer to 112 MPH and I was carrying it 285 and total distance of 310 average. I grabbed it and ran to the counter. Gonna play Friday with it and see how it goes.

I have had the x2hot pro for 2 years, it's the best Driver I've found, I keep trying to look for something better and haven't found it yet, I bought one new, and then purchased the demo from golfsmith, so I have 2 in he garage, I may pick up another one. The stock tour green is a really good shaft as well. Glad you found something, I know Hckymeyer look for a long time to find so ethijg , so finding something quickly is nice.

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 It's set at 7.5 degrees 

 

Bruh...

ogio_logo1.jpg?w=690Shredder Stand Bag /  :taylormade-small: TP SLDR S Mini 16* /  adams-golf-logo.jpg?w=690Pro DHy 18* /  :cobra-small: Baffler 7w 20* /   :cobra-small: King F6 irons 5i-GW /                                     bsglogo1.jpg?w=690 J15 54* /  putt.jpg?w=690 Sierra 101-Soft /  :srixon-small: Z-star balls / all shafts regular flex / Lamkin Crossline Ace 3GEN oversize grips 

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It works perfectly for me so I'm not gonna complain.

 

Its all good. 7.5 is so far out my range that I have no comprehension of its use. Pure witchcraft.

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ogio_logo1.jpg?w=690Shredder Stand Bag /  :taylormade-small: TP SLDR S Mini 16* /  adams-golf-logo.jpg?w=690Pro DHy 18* /  :cobra-small: Baffler 7w 20* /   :cobra-small: King F6 irons 5i-GW /                                     bsglogo1.jpg?w=690 J15 54* /  putt.jpg?w=690 Sierra 101-Soft /  :srixon-small: Z-star balls / all shafts regular flex / Lamkin Crossline Ace 3GEN oversize grips 

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Its all good. 7.5 is so far out my range that I have no comprehension of its use. Pure witchcraft.

Sometimes you need witchcraft to be good at this monstrosity that we call golf.
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  • 1 month later...

 

 

I though anything would be better than looking at that stupid SLDR C on this thread. Here's a pick of My grand kids. Their Dad hits it a mile. :)

 

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Taylor Made Sim2  10.5 (Opened 1 click) Ventus Blue 5  R flex

Ping G410 5-9 wood  Alta 65 R flex

Wilson D7 forged 6-GW -  Mamiya recoil 460 R flex

Edison Wedges 54 and 59 KBS Tour Graphite 80's

EVNRoll ER 5

Titleist Pro VIx optic yellow with revkev stamped on them

Tour Exotics 3 wood is in the bag because we are allowed 14 clubs.  It's a great club for pulling balls out of the water or from bushes - you never want to put your hand into anything in Florida unless you are absolutely certain that it's safe.  There are rare wind conditions when I might hit it off the tee on a few holes that I play.  

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