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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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Been walking a lot more this year, love my Bag Boy Quad.......feel I play better when I'm walking

 

 

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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 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

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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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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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      Along with ensuring measurable performance improvements throughout the G Le2 family, PING’s engineering team placed added importance on expanding the fitting options to help women find the ideal set to match their games.
       
      “Having equipment that is custom fitted to their games allows women to see improvement from every club in their bag,” said Pauwels. “The G Le2 family really emphasizes that need through loft, lie and length adjustability along with the shaft weight, flex and grip offerings. Once we know those specifications, finding the best combination of fairway woods, hybrids, irons and wedges during a fitting is the next step in the process.”
       
      “Because we custom build every club, we want women to know we’ll make them a set that best fits their game,” she said. “The key is determining the ideal set makeup that provides proper distance gaps between each club. That may be a full set or maybe a smaller set of a few metal woods, hybrids, irons, a wedge and a putter. Once we have all their fitting information, we can custom build the clubs to their precise specifications for maximum performance.”
      Lighter, faster, more forgiving driver
       
      The next generation of golf’s highest-performing women’s driver maximizes forgiveness and distance through a higher MOI, faster face and lighter overall weight. Its titanium head features a rounder, more aerodynamic shape to promote faster clubhead speeds. A thin, forged T9S+ face is optimized for the intended swing speed to increase flexing for more ball velocity and improved launch conditions. Internal heel-biased weighting helps ensure straighter ball flights and softer turbulators help frame the ball at address. Trajectory Tuning 2.0 in the G Le2 driver utilizes a new lightweight, aerodynamic hosel sleeve that provides eight positions for influencing ball flight through loft (±1.5°) adjustments.
       
      Faster faces, higher-launching, adjustable fairway woods
       
      A thinner, faster maraging steel C300 face, a significantly higher MOI and an 8-lobe adjustable hosel distinguish the G Le2 fairway wood from its predecessor. The added ball speed from the face technology increases distance and combines with the shallower face to launch the ball higher with greater forgiveness. An overall lighter club weight makes swinging the club easier with more clubhead speed for longer and straighter results. Internal weighting promotes right-to-left shot correction to keep shots on target. Available in 3, 5, 7 and 9 woods.
       
      Lighter, longer and straighter irons
       
      Precise and forgiving with a lighter overall club weight, G Le2 irons utilize COR-Eye Technology with a deep top-rail undercut to increase face flexing for more ball speed and higher max height. A tungsten toe weight helps increase MOI by 10% for greater forgiveness and a co-molded cavity badge ensures a pleasing feel and sound. Available in 6-9 iron, PW, UW, SW.
       
      Faster face, higher-launching hybrids with more fitting choices
       
      A thinner, hotter Carpenter 455 face and lighter club weight generate faster ball speeds while a lower, deeper CG helps increase the MOI to launch the ball high with greater forgiveness. The addition of a 34⁰ 7 hybrid expands the fitting options for women who prefer the technology of a hybrid in place of an iron. Softer crown turbulators help capture the ball at address and aid in alignment. Available in 4, 5, 6 and 7 hybrids.
       
      Adjustable putters with feel and forgiveness
       
      Enhanced feel and forgiveness and a new adjustable-length shaft improve performance and fitting opportunities in the three new G Le2 putters (Anser, Shea and Echo). A dual-durometer face insert -- engineered with TR face technology -- provides a soft front layer for precision and improved impact feel and a firmer second layer for control to improve consistency on putts of every distance. The easy-to-use adjustable shaft allows self-fitting for length between 31" and 35". A new, softer PP59 midsize grip improves feel and comfort.
       
      Lighter shafts, softer grips
      PING’s proprietary ULT240 Lite and Ultra Lite premium graphite shafts are standard throughout the G Le2 family and help bring down overall club weight while helping generate more clubhead speed and higher launch. The super-soft Golf Pride Tour Velvet Garnet 360 grip is available in three sizes (Blue -1/16", Red -1/32", Aqua -1/64").
       
      Specifications:
      G Le2 Driver
      Multi-material construction: Cast Ti 8-1-1 body, forged T9S+ face, lightweight aluminum/thermoplastic adjustable hosel
      Loft option: 11.5⁰ (adjustable +- 1.5⁰)
      Head weight: 190g
      Head volume: 460 cc
      Std. length: 44 ¾"
      Std. lie angle: 58.5⁰
      Std. Swingweight: C2
      Stock grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Garnet 360 in three sizes (Blue -1/16", Red -1/32", Aqua -1/64")
      Shaft options: PING ULT240D (Lite and Ultra Lite flexes)
      U.S. MSRP: $435
      G Le2 Fairway Woods
      Multi-material construction: 17-4 stainless steel body, C300 maraging steel face, lightweight aluminum/thermoplastic adjustable hosel
      Lofts (adjustable up to +-1.5⁰ 3W (19⁰), 5W (22⁰), 7W (26⁰), 9W (30⁰)
      Std. lengths: 3W (42 ½"), 5W (42"), 7W (41 ½"), 9W (41")
      Std. Swingweight: C1
      Stock grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Garnet 360 in three sizes (Blue -1/16", Red -1/32", Aqua -1/64")
      Shaft options: PING ULT240F (Lite and Ultra Lite flexes)
      U.S. MSRP: $270 per club
      G Le2 Irons
      Multi-material construction: 17-4 stainless steel head, tungsten toe weight, aluminum/thermoplastic composite badge, HydroPearl 2.0 finish
      Available 6-9, PW, UW, SW, in 10 color codes (lie angle). Black color code is standard.
      Std. length/loft: 6i (37.13"/27⁰), 7i (36.5"/30.5⁰), 8i (36"/35⁰), 9i (35.5"/40⁰), PW (35"/45⁰), UW (35"/52⁰), SW (34.5"/58⁰),
      Std. Swingweight: 6i (C1), 7i (C2), 8i (C2), 9i (C2.5), PW (C4), UW (C5), SW (C6),
      Stock grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Garnet 360 in three sizes (Blue -1/16", Red -1/32", Aqua -1/64")
      Shaft options: PING ULT240i (Lite and Ultra Lite flexes)
      U.S. MSRP: $137.50 per iron
      G Le2 Hybrids
      Multi-material construction: 17-4 stainless steel head, CarTech Custom 455 steel face
      Lofts: 4H (22⁰), 5H (26⁰), 6H (30⁰), 7H (34⁰)
      Std. lengths: 4H (39"), 5H (38 1/2"), 6H (38"), 7H (37 ½")
      Std. Swingweight: C0
      Stock grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Garnet 360 in three sizes (Blue -1/16", Red -1/32", Aqua -1/64")
      Shaft options: PING ULT240H (Lite and Ultra Lite flexes)
      U.S. MSRP: $200 per hybrid
      G Le2 Putters
      Anser
      Putter Type: Blade
      Materials: 17-4 stainless steel body, dual-durometer PEBAX insert
      Finish: Champagne nickel plating
      Adjustable-Length Shaft: 31" to 35" range (std: 33")
      Head Weight: 345g
      Stroke Type: Slight Arc
      U.S. MSRP: $215
      Shea
      Putter Type: Mid Mallet
      Materials: 17-4 stainless steel body, dual-durometer PEBAX insert
      Finish: Champagne nickel plating
      Adjustable-Length Shaft: 31" to 35" range (std: 33")
      Head Weight: 350g
      Stroke Type: Strong Arc
      U.S. MSRP: $215
      Echo
      Putter Type: Mallet
      Materials: Machined 6061 aluminum body, stainless steel soleplate, dual-durometer PEBAX insert
      Finish: Magenta-color anodized body, champagne nickel soleplate
      Adjustable-Length Shaft: 31" to 35" range (std: 33")
      Head Weight: 360g
      Stroke Type: Slight arc or Straight
      U.S. MSRP: $270
       
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