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I really enjoyed your reviews on this Judge.  Very well done with lots of video and stats to go with the on course observations

 

I am almost exactly the same swing speed as you, ok you may have me by 1-2 MPH but that MUST be the EPIC...Right...ha      To see the numbers you are getting, you must be much more consistent than you're giving yourself credit for.  I'd say you're maxing out a 90 MPH swing pretty well!!

 

I have not really looked at this driver this year, for no particular reason other than I had been happy with my current two.   But sounds like it definitely should get a look, if more yards are of any interest...ha

 

When I hit the sweet spot....it GOES!!!   The SS is from the simulator I was on, couldn't speak to how accurate it is, just recorded what it said.   I am not a big hard swinger, I do 'go after' one occasionally.......I'm tall, 6'3", certainly gives me an advantage on length, I can get more SS with less effort due to width (as I understand it)

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Driver:   :honma: TR20 10.5*

Utility Iron: :cleveland-small: UHX 18*

Hybrid:   :callaway-small: Epic 4h 23* 

Irons:    :mizuno-small: JPX900 Hot Metal 5-GW

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX2 52* 56* 60*

Putter:  :EVNROLL: ER 2.2

Ball:   :bridgestone-small: Tour BXS

 

 

 

 

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When I hit the sweet spot....it GOES!!!   The SS is from the simulator I was on, couldn't speak to how accurate it is, just recorded what it said.   I am not a big hard swinger, I do 'go after' one occasionally.......I'm tall, 6'3", certainly gives me an advantage on length, I can get more SS with less effort due to width (as I understand it)

You're swing looked pretty solid to my untrained eye.   Like you I'm 6'5" so I have some help with the width as well.   Although I've lost a lot of flexibility over the years and now I'm more of a 3/4 swing than making it to parallel, and down from about 101 to 103 to 87 to 88.   

 

I think you're numbers from the simulator seem pretty spot on.  What did you attribute the 280 something drive to, did you get a ton of roll out or downwind or both?   When you hit it, did it "feel like" man that's gotta be the longest ball I've ever hit.  

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You're swing looked pretty solid to my untrained eye. Like you I'm 6'5" so I have some help with the width as well. Although I've lost a lot of flexibility over the years and now I'm more of a 3/4 swing than making it to parallel, and down from about 101 to 103 to 87 to 88.

 

I think you're numbers from the simulator seem pretty spot on. What did you attribute the 280 something drive to, did you get a ton of roll out or downwind or both? When you hit it, did it "feel like" man that's gotta be the longest ball I've ever hit.

i would say more carry, actually....i'm getting the ball up more, have it +1* because i've had a habit of hitting line drives...and yes, the 2nd i hit one like that i know it, you can feel it 'jump'....i have a ton of confidence on the tee now

 

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Driver:   :honma: TR20 10.5*

Utility Iron: :cleveland-small: UHX 18*

Hybrid:   :callaway-small: Epic 4h 23* 

Irons:    :mizuno-small: JPX900 Hot Metal 5-GW

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX2 52* 56* 60*

Putter:  :EVNROLL: ER 2.2

Ball:   :bridgestone-small: Tour BXS

 

 

 

 

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i would say more carry, actually....i'm getting the ball up more, have it +1* because i've had a habit of hitting line drives...and yes, the 2nd i hit one like that i know it, you can feel it 'jump'....i have a ton of confidence on the tee now

 

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that particular drive was high, and just seemed to be in the air for an eternity

 

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Driver:   :honma: TR20 10.5*

Utility Iron: :cleveland-small: UHX 18*

Hybrid:   :callaway-small: Epic 4h 23* 

Irons:    :mizuno-small: JPX900 Hot Metal 5-GW

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX2 52* 56* 60*

Putter:  :EVNROLL: ER 2.2

Ball:   :bridgestone-small: Tour BXS

 

 

 

 

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that particular drive was high, and just seemed to be in the air for an eternity

 

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I love drives like that, and when i hit them I get down there and it's still only like 218....and I'm WTF?   HA

I think  really need to go for another driver fitting.  My 917D was fit for me 1 year ago, but my Srixon Z565 I ordered just from my "normal" specs. 

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I love drives like that, and when i hit them I get down there and it's still only like 218....and I'm WTF? HA

I think really need to go for another driver fitting. My 917D was fit for me 1 year ago, but my Srixon Z565 I ordered just from my "normal" specs.

give the Epic a demo...might be the one for you too

 

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Driver:   :honma: TR20 10.5*

Utility Iron: :cleveland-small: UHX 18*

Hybrid:   :callaway-small: Epic 4h 23* 

Irons:    :mizuno-small: JPX900 Hot Metal 5-GW

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX2 52* 56* 60*

Putter:  :EVNROLL: ER 2.2

Ball:   :bridgestone-small: Tour BXS

 

 

 

 

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I got out and played yesterday. The epic and I got a long pretty well on the back 9. Hit a few that reminded me of my SLDR. As of right now, it will be going into the offseason with the number 1 spot. I'm planning on taking it to a fitter and seeing what other shaft choices might be better more after as well.

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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It's great reading those good reviews Judge.  Hopefully mine will treat me the same way when it gets here.  I've been playing Callaway drivers for years, so hopefully this will be a slight improvement on the one I have now. 

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In my bag:

 

Callaway Epic Subzero with Aldila Rogue Max 75 Stiff shaft

Callaway Rogue Subzero with Project X Evenflow 6.0 75g stiff shaft

Callaway Rogue 3 Hybrid with Aldila Synergy 60 HYB stiff shaft

Callaway Apex irons (4-PW) with True Temper XP 95 stiff shafts

Callaway MD3 wedges (50/54/58)

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Bridgestone Tour B RX

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It's great reading those good reviews Judge.  Hopefully mine will treat me the same way when it gets here.  I've been playing Callaway drivers for years, so hopefully this will be a slight improvement on the one I have now. 

It definitely showed an advantage of the 2014 Bertha.

Driver:   :honma: TR20 10.5*

Utility Iron: :cleveland-small: UHX 18*

Hybrid:   :callaway-small: Epic 4h 23* 

Irons:    :mizuno-small: JPX900 Hot Metal 5-GW

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX2 52* 56* 60*

Putter:  :EVNROLL: ER 2.2

Ball:   :bridgestone-small: Tour BXS

 

 

 

 

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I just got word that my driver should be in tomorrow.  Unfortunately, I won't get to play with it until Saturday.  I may have to try to sneak down to the course a little early to get my hands on it.

In my bag:

 

Callaway Epic Subzero with Aldila Rogue Max 75 Stiff shaft

Callaway Rogue Subzero with Project X Evenflow 6.0 75g stiff shaft

Callaway Rogue 3 Hybrid with Aldila Synergy 60 HYB stiff shaft

Callaway Apex irons (4-PW) with True Temper XP 95 stiff shafts

Callaway MD3 wedges (50/54/58)

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Bridgestone Tour B RX

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Thanks for the thoroughly detailed reviews!

 

The Epic is a beast of a driver. Being a longtime Taylormade stalwart, I gave this a try next to the new M2 on a launch monitor. Epic performed consistently better for both length and dispersion. I am happy to say it is in the bag and hitting bombs.

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Driver:  Callaway Epic 9.0* w/ Project X HZRDUS T800

3 Wood:  Adams Speedline Super S 15* w/ Matrix Radix S VI

3 Hybrid:  Adams Speedline Super LS 19* w/ Mitsubishi Kuro Kage

4 Hybrid:  Taylormade Rescue Mid 22*

Irons 5-GW:  Taylormade RSi 2 w/ KBS Tour 105

Wedges:  Callaway Mack Daddy MD3 - 54* S Grind, 58* W Grind

Putter:  Evnroll ER3 WingBlade 33"

Ball:  Callaway Chrome Soft

 

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So I finally got this in and got to play with it some this weekend.  Saturday morning.  First drive of the round was on a 375 yard uphill par 4.  After the tee shot, only had about 75 yards to the green and I was dead center in the middle.  Had a few missed shots throughout that round, but took it to the range as soon as the round was over with and did a little more fine tuning.  I hit about 10-12 in a row on the range once I got the settings right that all carried about 275-280 and all landed no more than 15 yards right or left from where I was aiming.  I can definitely work with that.  I went back out yesterday to play with it some more, and it didn't let me down.  Only missed one fairway (and that was just by a couple of yards) and had less club than I normally do going into the greens. On one par 5 that I normally have driver/6 or 5 iron into the green, I had a driver/8 iron in yesterday.  I'm definitely glad I made that purchase.  Hopefully I can win enough from my group over the next few weeks to get my money back from it. 

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In my bag:

 

Callaway Epic Subzero with Aldila Rogue Max 75 Stiff shaft

Callaway Rogue Subzero with Project X Evenflow 6.0 75g stiff shaft

Callaway Rogue 3 Hybrid with Aldila Synergy 60 HYB stiff shaft

Callaway Apex irons (4-PW) with True Temper XP 95 stiff shafts

Callaway MD3 wedges (50/54/58)

SeeMore Original FGP

Bridgestone Tour B RX

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I was playing in an indoor league over the winter and I noticed that the Rouge was lower spinning than my Epic Sub zero gamer. Is that due to my inconsistent strike or is the Rouge really lower spinning?

 

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Driver: Callaway Epic Sub Zero

Fairway: 3 wood Callaway Epic Sub Zero

Hybrid: Callaway Apex 3- 5

Irons: Mizuno JPX 900 Tour 6- PW

Wedges: Mizuno S5 50, Callaway PM Grind 56, 60

Putter: Odyssey O works 1w

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I was playing in an indoor league over the winter and I noticed that the Rouge was lower spinning than my Epic Sub zero gamer. Is that due to my inconsistent strike or is the Rouge really lower spinning?

 

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Had to be a strike thing because the standard rogue is not going to spin less than the epic sub zero with similar strike and delivery

In my :mizuno-small: BR-D4 Stand Bag

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:ping-small: G410 LST 14.5* Tour AD DI 7X
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:mizuno-small: MP20 HMB 4 Tour AD 95X
:mizuno-small: JPX 919 Tour 5-PW Oban CT 115 X(-)
:titelist-small: Vokey SM7 49F - 54S - 59D
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I was playing in an indoor league over the winter and I noticed that the Rouge was lower spinning than my Epic Sub zero gamer. Is that due to my inconsistent strike or is the Rouge really lower spinning?

 

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I just did a mini fitting this past Friday wondering the same thing and I found the Rogue to be about 3-400 RPMs less than the Epic (avg 2400 vs 2700) and I the guy at the shop said that's been the story. The G400 LST was still the winner for me though at around 2100 that same night.

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Driver:   :cobra-small:  Fly Z, 10.5* set to 9.5* D, Kuro Kage TiNi 65, x-stiff, 45'' long

 

Hybrids: :srixon-small: z45, 16* and 19*, Kuro Kage Black Hybrid, stiff

 

Irons:   :titelist-small:  716 AP2 5-PW, NS Pro 950 GH, stiff, +0.5'' long 

 

Wedges:   :callaway-small: Mack Daddy PM Grind, 58*, black, Skratch Golf 53* wedge, both Dynamic Gold, wedge flex 

 

Putter:  :ping-small: Sigma G Anser, black, pistol grip, 35"

 

All clubs RH.

 

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Completely random review here, but I did a driver fitting in March of this year at Club Champion and my Epic SZ, which I purchased in 2/17, was on average 3-4 yards less than everything else. I was fitted for my driver when I got it.

 

Kind of amazing all things considered. 3-4 yards is not worth $500+ for a new driver plus fitting.

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