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No Putts Given 24: Top Driver Trends of 2020


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2020 Drivers  

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  1. 1. How likely is it, right now, that you'll be buying a new driver in 2020?

    • A virtual certainty
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    • More likely than not
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    • A total toss-up
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    • Not planning to
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  • 0:56 - Top Trends for Drivers in 2020
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  • 23:31 - Does your golf ball have THIS?
  • 30:10 - Cobra's SpeedZone Driver(!), Fairway Woods and Irons.
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I agree with the comment on maxed out center hit technology.  The area with potential for MASSIVE improvement is AI applied to shaft development and the tightening of specs so a player can select a shaft for swing speed with a ( for example) 1-10 rated butt, mid and tip spec.  Combining AI with swing profiles/ speed and tightening manufacturing specs to produce a defined, measured  shaft profiles  will be the next area of dramatic driver distance improvement.  Your face is maxed out, your shaft has HUGE potential for specialization and improvement. I anticipate a day when you send a video of your swing, some data on swing speed, and you are FIT to a  profile that can be produced to exact spec.  Right now you test a "labeled" shaft, order it, and receive a shaft in a "RANGE" that may or may not be even remotely similar to the shaft you tested.  The manufacturing spec is too broad, the inspection process is almost non existent and yet we order $500 shafts with a label that may be far from accurate. This is the area of greatest potential improvement in my opinion

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I agree with the comment on maxed out center hit technology.  The area with potential for MASSIVE improvement is AI applied to shaft development and the tightening of specs so a player can select a shaft for swing speed with a ( for example) 1-10 rated butt, mid and tip spec.  Combining AI with swing profiles/ speed and tightening manufacturing specs to produce a defined, measured  shaft profiles  will be the next area of dramatic driver distance improvement.  Your face is maxed out, your shaft has HUGE potential for specialization and improvement. I anticipate a day when you send a video of your swing, some data on swing speed, and you are FIT to a  profile that can be produced to exact spec.  Right now you test a "labeled" shaft, order it, and receive a shaft in a "RANGE" that may or may not be even remotely similar to the shaft you tested.  The manufacturing spec is too broad, the inspection process is almost non existent and yet we order $500 shafts with a label that may be far from accurate. This is the area of greatest potential improvement in my opinion

Swing speed alone should not be used to fit a shaft. My 100mph swing may be completely different from another 100mph swing. Even if shaft specs were consistent within a manufacturer you still need to understand how the shaft loads for your swing.
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Driver:  :ping-small: G400 Max 9* w/ KBS Tour Driven
Fairway: :titelist-small: TS3 15* set  to 16.5* w/Project X Hzardous Smoke
Hybrids:  :titelist-small: 816H1 19* set at 18* w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
                :titelist-small: 915H  21*  w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
               :titelist-small: 915H 24*  w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
Irons:      :honma:TR20V 6-11 w/Vizard TR20-85 Graphite
Wedge:  :callaway-small: 54-10S   :cleveland-small: 588  58-12
Putter:  :seemore-small: mFGP2

Backups:  :bobby-grace-1: 6330, :taylormade-small:TM-180, :odyssey-small: Milled Collection RSX 2, Bellum Winmore 787

 

Member:  MGS Hitsquad since 2017697979773_DSCN2368(Custom).JPG.a1a25f5e430d9eebae93c5d652cbd4b9.JPG

 

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On 11/26/2019 at 5:47 PM, John S said:

I agree with the comment on maxed out center hit technology.  The area with potential for MASSIVE improvement is AI applied to shaft development and the tightening of specs so a player can select a shaft for swing speed with a ( for example) 1-10 rated butt, mid and tip spec.  Combining AI with swing profiles/ speed and tightening manufacturing specs to produce a defined, measured  shaft profiles  will be the next area of dramatic driver distance improvement.  Your face is maxed out, your shaft has HUGE potential for specialization and improvement. I anticipate a day when you send a video of your swing, some data on swing speed, and you are FIT to a  profile that can be produced to exact spec.  Right now you test a "labeled" shaft, order it, and receive a shaft in a "RANGE" that may or may not be even remotely similar to the shaft you tested.  The manufacturing spec is too broad, the inspection process is almost non existent and yet we order $500 shafts with a label that may be far from accurate. This is the area of greatest potential improvement in my opinion

Out on interest how do you know  "The manufacturing spec is too broad, the inspection process is almost non existent" ? is this from testing or inside info?

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Anyone know the putter "that no one knows about" they were referring to around 17:30 that was "snuck by" the USGA, and can possibly be found on eBay?

I asked a while ago and they wouldn’t tell me. I’ll try to remember to ask again when I go tomorrow to do more testing.

Driver:  :ping-small: G400 Max 9* w/ KBS Tour Driven
Fairway: :titelist-small: TS3 15* set  to 16.5* w/Project X Hzardous Smoke
Hybrids:  :titelist-small: 816H1 19* set at 18* w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
                :titelist-small: 915H  21*  w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
               :titelist-small: 915H 24*  w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
Irons:      :honma:TR20V 6-11 w/Vizard TR20-85 Graphite
Wedge:  :callaway-small: 54-10S   :cleveland-small: 588  58-12
Putter:  :seemore-small: mFGP2

Backups:  :bobby-grace-1: 6330, :taylormade-small:TM-180, :odyssey-small: Milled Collection RSX 2, Bellum Winmore 787

 

Member:  MGS Hitsquad since 2017697979773_DSCN2368(Custom).JPG.a1a25f5e430d9eebae93c5d652cbd4b9.JPG

 

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On 7/26/2020 at 11:55 AM, andyrooski17 said:

Anyone know the putter "that no one knows about" they were referring to around 17:30 that was "snuck by" the USGA, and can possibly be found on eBay?

I asked when I was there today and they didn't know which putter Adam was referring to. 

Driver:  :ping-small: G400 Max 9* w/ KBS Tour Driven
Fairway: :titelist-small: TS3 15* set  to 16.5* w/Project X Hzardous Smoke
Hybrids:  :titelist-small: 816H1 19* set at 18* w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
                :titelist-small: 915H  21*  w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
               :titelist-small: 915H 24*  w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
Irons:      :honma:TR20V 6-11 w/Vizard TR20-85 Graphite
Wedge:  :callaway-small: 54-10S   :cleveland-small: 588  58-12
Putter:  :seemore-small: mFGP2

Backups:  :bobby-grace-1: 6330, :taylormade-small:TM-180, :odyssey-small: Milled Collection RSX 2, Bellum Winmore 787

 

Member:  MGS Hitsquad since 2017697979773_DSCN2368(Custom).JPG.a1a25f5e430d9eebae93c5d652cbd4b9.JPG

 

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On 7/27/2020 at 8:39 PM, cnosil said:

I asked when I was there today and they didn't know which putter Adam was referring to. 

Interesting, thanks for checking. That was a very curious discussion, and I'm bummed I can't figure out the putter tech they were talking about.

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