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2019 Most Wanted - mid swing speeds (95-105)

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I've been waiting on this one!  I'm right about 103 and this breakdown is awesome...

https://mygolfspy.com/2019-most-wanted-the-best-drivers-for-mid-swing-speeds/

As we’ve done in the past, for 2019, we’re again segmenting our data to provide more meaningful information to the individual golfer. We’ve broken down our driver test results into three different swing speed categories. If you’re a mid swing speed player (95-105 mph), this data is for you.  

While overall results for the Most Wanted Driver test yield small differences – the mid swing speed group showed a whopping 17 yards of difference between the longest and shortest drivers.

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Perfect timing as I need something that doesn't spin as much and slightly more forgiving.

At 101 mph I slot nicely into this bracket.

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Others (high/slow) are up too but thought this would hit the majority of us...

Love seeing the Wilson D7 up there near the top in total carry.  🙂

 

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Awesome! Greatly appreciate the breakout of swing speeds!

I had purchased the TM M6 about a month ago after getting fit and have loved the consistency that i hit the M6. Knowing there are some other great drivers out there this year (Flash SZ, TS3, G410) I was a little wary the M6 was THE BEST (for me). This gives me greater confidence that spending the big bucks (these prices are getting bad... 🤢) on a new driver was worth it.

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5 minutes ago, GolfSpy Stroker said:

Others (high/slow) are up too but thought this would hit the majority of us...

Love seeing the Wilson D7 up there near the top in total carry.  🙂

 

I have a short leash with my drivers and the D7 is next on my list.  Hit it the other day and it felt great.  I kind of fall between slow and mid and this driver did well in both.

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The stats of Stamped loft versus measured loft on each Driver is quite an eye opener😮

Seeing the Titleist lofts in particular stamped at 9.5 but actually 8.9 can have a huge effect. I cranked my 9.5 up to 10.75 but as the article states I'm closing the face (might explain in some way my pull hooks at the weekend) I've put it back to A1 at 9.5*

Is it easy to check what your driver loft actually is?

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3 minutes ago, Wedgie said:

I have a short leash with my drivers and the D7 is next on my list.  Hit it the other day and it felt great.  I kind of fall between slow and mid and this driver did well in both.

XXIO
Mizuno ST190
TourEdge EXS

...and now the Wilson D7 !?!?  and it's only May.... that leash isn't just short, it's invisible!  🤣

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I fall right in the middle of this bracket and tested almost all of the drivers on the list in February and I walked out with an M5. At the end of the day, go get fitted.

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XXIO
Mizuno ST190
TourEdge EXS
...and now the Wilson D7 !?!?  and it's only May.... that leash isn't just short, it's invisible!  🤣


Getting dialed in early this year! Haven’t even had the EXS on the course yet and the XXIO is safely resting in the garage if needed. The Mizuno was a big flop for me and the D7 hybrid is great.


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Posted (edited)

Something I can't figure out...

 

The shot area numbers in the graphic and in the chart don't match. 

 

TM6:  Graphic, 2140; Chart, 2050.

Ping G410 SFT:  Graphic, 1818: Chart, 2077.

 

TA Atomic:  Graphic, 2,1242; Chart 2057.  (I get there is a typo here, but the typo isn't really near the number in the chart.

 

Any ideas why the difference?

 

 

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5 hours ago, perseveringgolfer said:

The stats of Stamped loft versus measured loft on each Driver is quite an eye opener😮

Seeing the Titleist lofts in particular stamped at 9.5 but actually 8.9 can have a huge effect. I cranked my 9.5 up to 10.75 but as the article states I'm closing the face (might explain in some way my pull hooks at the weekend) I've put it back to A1 at 9.5*

Is it easy to check what your driver loft actually is?

I think you would need to find a place with a digital loft measuring device?

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This one was right up my alley and it's certainly eye opening as far as the results vs. my impressions of each driver based on comments here from posters who have tried or bagged them... along with my own inherent biases and likes/dislikes.

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After looking at the data again and the comments, I am concerned about this test.  The data does not match the awards.  The guys are not responding to the questions on the test, like they do on most tests.  

 

According to the data, the Sirxon Z585 is the driver with the lowest shot area:  1818.  The number for the Sixron for shot area is the one listed above for the Ping which received the award for the most forgiving driving.  Something in the test or awards is not adding up.  As I mentioned above, none of the shot areas in the data match those in the award section.  What other factors are they considering?

 

While I am no fan of Taylormade, it was noted that the M6 has the best score in yards from center.   To me, this is an important measure of forgiveness in a driver.  Again, to me,  dispersion near to far isn't much of a problem when hitting driver, but side to side can be.  

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The mystery deepens.  I looked at the test for high swing speeds.  According to the data, the Ping has the lowest shot area in that test. 

 

 

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The mystery deepens.  I looked at the test for high swing speeds.  According to the data, the Ping has the lowest shot area in that test. 
 
 

Shot area isn’t the only factor used to determine forgiveness.

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 I had been gaming a Epic Driver that was custom fitted at their Carlsbad California headquarters. In the last 3 months, my club as had demo days for all the Major brands.

None of them performed any better than my current club. To a man, each rep said to keep my current stick.

Until Ping showed up. I gained maybe a couple of yards, but my dispersion pattern was WAY tighter.  This thing is sooooo forgiving. Most of my hits are past center line towards the toe. Distance isn't the big key to me. It's keeping it in play. 

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... First, I love MGS tests as they give you a great starting point. Most of us know that hitting a ball on the range or even worse into a net with a LM is radically different than playing that club on the course. Standing in one spot and grooving a swing is just so very different than hitting a tee shot when there is water right and a big deep bunker left. Swinging the club with zero consequences and swinging a club with danger lurking is too radically different endeavors. Here is a perfect example:

... I was fitted by Taylor Made for the R1. Truthfully, I liked the look and feel of the RBZ more than the R1 and told TM it was the best driver I hit at the Show that year. After a LM session with the Marketing Director, the R1 produced a better trajectory, more carry and roll, and a better spin rate. First round on the course I was a little erratic and figured it was an adjustment period. But it never got better and my dispersion was not only far too much, but worse I missed both left and right. After a month of trying to force myself to like the R1, I contacted TM and told them my dilemma. I had chosen the RBZ as the best driver but they talked me into the R1 after a fitting. They sent me the RBZ and my driving improved immediately and I started finding fairways and my miss was a little left, something I was comfortable playing. The downside was it spun too much and I lost distance, which confirmed the LM findings. 

... What the LM numbers didn't tell me was I would hit the RBZ much better when it counted, in the fairway, loved the look and feel which created confidence. I gladly traded a trajectory that bordered on too high with spin that was less than ideal for all the above reasons. So looking at numbers is always a great starting point. But it is just that, a starting point. 

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If you sort by the "Strokes Gained" column in the data table, the M6 and G410 are the top two.  The Srixon is farther down despite the smaller shot area. 

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22 minutes ago, chisag said:

... What the LM numbers didn't tell me was I would hit the RBZ much better when it counted, in the fairway, loved the look and feel which created confidence. I gladly traded a trajectory that bordered on too high with spin that was less than ideal for all the above reasons. So looking at numbers is always a great starting point. But it is just that, a starting point. 

Are you still gaming the RBZ?

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