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10 hours ago, PMookie said:


I get 160-162 at best right now, so it would be awesome to beat that!


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I’m at about 150 but a lot of that is due to having to time the epic up. I can’t swing as freely as I’d like and keep it on the planet

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Yes.


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TS3 performance for me was better than the F9. Not by much, ball speeds, launch spin, were similar, F9 spun a little more but not much. Dispersion was significantly better with the TS3. Bottom line, the F9 is awesome, fun, a must try for anyone looking, but it did not beat the gamer. I was itching to buy, but Aloha golf is legit and told me it wasn’t worth it. They didn’t have the new pings or PXG heads in yet so can’t report on those. Titleist has a winner this year!


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TS3 performance for me was better than the F9. Not by much, ball speeds, launch spin, were similar, F9 spun a little more but not much. Dispersion was significantly better with the TS3. Bottom line, the F9 is awesome, fun, a must try for anyone looking, but it did not beat the gamer. I was itching to buy, but Aloha golf is legit and told me it wasn’t worth it. They didn’t have the new pings or PXG heads in yet so can’t report on those. Titleist has a winner this year!


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Were they able to offer shafts other than what is “stock” for the F9?


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Were they able to offer shafts other than what is “stock” for the F9?


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Yes, they had most aftermarket shafts available.
Best setup for me in the F9 was a 9 degree head with a 16 series TPT. I specifically asked to be fit into the TPT b/c I was curious on how they performed. Didn’t try any other high priced shafts. That said, it wasn’t too much better than the stock smoke or Atmos TS black. Was swinging average 103 mph, launching both drivers around 12-13, TS3 spinning ~2400 F9 slightly more at 2800, smash factors were almost identical at 1.46.

I 100% went in wanting to buy the F9. The numbers just were not there to justify.


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9 minutes ago, djahubes said:

 


Yes, they had most aftermarket shafts available.
Best setup for me in the F9 was a 9 degree head with a 16 series TPT. I specifically asked to be fit into the TPT b/c I was curious on how they performed. Didn’t try any other high priced shafts. That said, it wasn’t too much better than the stock smoke or Atmos TS black. Was swinging average 103 mph, launching both drivers around 12-13, TS3 spinning ~2400 F9 slightly more at 2800, smash factors were almost identical at 1.46.

I 100% went in wanting to buy the F9. The numbers just were not there to justify.


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I had a similar experience. I'm definitely going to give it another try in the swing. Would love to try it with a little heavier swing weight 

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On 2/2/2019 at 12:45 PM, jlukes said:

I had a similar experience. I'm definitely going to give it another try in the swing. Would love to try it with a little heavier swing weight 

Did anybody place the 9* head down against the 10.5* head? I tried at the local shop but one was in plastic and couldn't get a visual on the shaping of the drivers. Are they the same or is the 9* a little more compact?

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9 minutes ago, Brewmaster said:

Did anybody place the 9* head down against the 10.5* head? I tried at the local shop but one was in plastic and couldn't get a visual on the shaping of the drivers. Are they the same or is the 9* a little more compact?

Same shape.  Supposedly the internals are a little different that lowers the spin a little on the 9

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... Just a reminder for those considering the F9 drivers. While there are some with high swing speeds that need to bring down their trajectory and spin, there are many more average players that actually need more spin to keep the ball in the air longer. Most average golfers do not play enough loft or generate enough spin to maximize their driving. So unless you have a negative angle of attack and hit the ball very high or of course generate a ton of speed and spin, loft and spin are your friends. 

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Great info from the Cobra Tour Van! Adding weight to the F9 crown keeps the ball speed and spin up for those shots that hit higher on the face. If I decide to buy one, I’ll be adding weight to the crown inside! Would make this driver even MORE ridiculous!


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Anyone considering one of these be aware of the loft on the model you're testing.

It's already been said, but just to expand on it, this is what @Tony Covey MGS article and he recently posted it on twitter:

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If the 10.5 isn't getting you what you want try the 9 degree!

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Being a lefty is a pain.... can't find a F9 anywhere to try out! Not surprised it was rated so well in the Most Wanted test, Cobra has usually put out good products in the past few years. Quite interesting it came in as the most accurate. They had the 'twistface' before anyone else

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4 hours ago, JonMUSC08 said:

Being a lefty is a pain.... can't find a F9 anywhere to try out! Not surprised it was rated so well in the Moist Wanted test, Cobra has usually put out good products in the past few years. Quite interesting it came in as the most accurate. They had the 'twistface' before anyone else

I fall victim to auto correct with the best of them, but "moist" made me laugh. 

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7 hours ago, Thin2win said:

I fall victim to auto correct with the best of them, but "moist" made me laugh. 

hahaha oops! Thanks for the catch. Must have fat fingered it.

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Anyone try the tour length version and care to comment on how it worked out for you?


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On 4/12/2019 at 7:56 PM, PAgolfer2017 said:

Anyone try the tour length version and care to comment on how it worked out for you?


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Loaded question.  Some people can hit a 45"+ driver consistently in the center.  Most would benefit by getting to 44.5" or so.  My last few fitters said consistently that 44.5" is about the max people should play for consistency. 

With that said, I got an F8+ at 44.5" and absolutely loved it.  Hit the F9 vs my F8+ on a launch monitor, same exact shaft and got increased ball speeds (just a few mph which was equating to about +5 ish yards) but the more surprising was the consistency of strike and dispersion vs the F8+....and the F8+ was really really good during my 6 months with it. 

Just had a few range sessions with the F9 but I would say that it is incrementally better than the F8+ (for me) and was worth the cost to upgrade.  I felt that feeling the head during the swing was more vague in the F8+ vs the F9, even though actual head weight totals were identical. 

My son hits the F8+ and has much higher swing/ball speeds (in the 160+ ball speed area) - 44.5" for him as well.  He nuts it.

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Just wondering if anyone has any experience with differences between the Atmos TS Blue vs the Aldila NV 2KXV?  I'm kinda on the fence between the two.  F9 10.5 with SS of 93mph..., I'm looking at R flex, thanks!

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1 hour ago, Toro3150 said:

Just wondering if anyone has any experience with differences between the Atmos TS Blue vs the Aldila NV 2KXV?  I'm kinda on the fence between the two.  F9 10.5 with SS of 93mph..., I'm looking at R flex, thanks!

 

... Keep in mind shafts can be very player specific and any individual can find a difference that is better or worse for their swing with the same shaft. The 2KXV is similar to the Atmos Blue in specs and performance. That said, I have found the TS Blue produces more ball speed and a little less spin. I have tried several shafts in my F9 and so far the TS Blue has performed better than any others for me. Ymmv 

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I've hit both, the Atmos is the one I'd pick from those two, but I did want the Aldia to be better. 

Since your question is about what I'd pick, I can give you that answer, but which you should pick... Only a fitting could tell. 

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I've got to finish my fitting with the Cobra rep one day this week.  Based on the specs the Atmos is a little heavier and has less torque.  I've usually played stiff but with 93-95mph SS, the fitter wanted me to try regular.  I just don't like that "whippy" feeling of a regular flex.

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