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Well with the leaked photos I’ve seen of the SIM and MAVRIK this is what I’d rank the big three releases we’ve seen:

 

1. Cobra

2. Callaway

3. Taylormade

 

Ping and Titleist would probably slot in above Callaway with the G410 and TS line if I included them.

 

I’m holding out hope that the SIMs “speedback” isn’t as awkward in the flesh as it has looked in the photos. Looks more like a rudder sticking out there. It’s disappointing to me because I really liked the M5. (Well I guess it isn’t that bad, because if I upgrade it will likely be F9 or M5 anyway, but the white speedzone looks amazing too.

 

What’s everyone else thinking? I just feel like the proportions are off on the SIM compared to what Cobra has done.

 

 

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I can see Cobra being the best offering but Callaway and Taylormade have big marketing budgets. I would say Cobra Speedzone of Mavrik coming in MGS top pick but Taylormade will beat cobra in sales.

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I can see Cobra being the best offering but Callaway and Taylormade have big marketing budgets. I would say Cobra Speedzone of Mavrik coming in MGS top pick but Taylormade will beat cobra in sales.


Oh I just meant in looks.


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Ha yea i would agree with your order the SIM & mavrik look very plain


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Without seeing good pics of crown and address it’s kinda weird ranking clubs by the sole.

granted I’m not a fan of some soles over the years but the look at address and the color(s) of the crown have a bigger impact on loooks

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Without seeing good pics of crown and address it’s kinda weird ranking clubs by the sole.
granted I’m not a fan of some soles over the years but the look at address and the color(s) of the crown have a bigger impact on loooks


The SIM looks like a chalk and grey M5/M6 from the top. I loved the M5 looks so I expect the top to look good as well.

I expect the Callaway to look good from the top too, they usually do. Some glossy carbon ala the Epic Flash.

The Cobra looks sweet with the matte finish, and even the glossy crown looks good.

I guess I’m just expecting from the latest designs that the top on all of them will look just fine. But this is coming from a guy who doesn’t mine turbulators so take that with a grain of salt


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56 minutes ago, B.Boston said:


I expect the Callaway to look good from the top too, they usually do. Some glossy carbon ala the Epic Flash.
 

 

The Mavrik looked pretty good to me;  and felt pretty good when I hit a few balls. 

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As more and more pics come out of the SIM it looks like it might not be that aggressive.

I’m guessing it’s the mirror finish on those center part that makes it look so pronounced in the initial batch of photos.

We will know soon enough!


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While looks are one thing, I've always prescribed to the "function is fashion" ideology. So if I can hit it longer and straighter with a pink driver that has rabbit ears coming out the back, then so be it. 

Looking forward to trying out all the new and current models as I desperately need a new driver. 

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While looks are one thing, I've always prescribed to the "function is fashion" ideology. So if I can hit it longer and straighter with a pink driver that has rabbit ears coming out the back, then so be it. 
Looking forward to trying out all the new and current models as I desperately need a new driver. 


Truth in that! The first driver I bought myself was the Cleveland hi-bore xls... not exactly a looker... but it was the only one I got off the ground.

Thank goodness I’ve improved my swing since then. Haha


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I dig the blue and white of the SIM. The m5/m6 didn’t perform all that well for me. Hoping the sim does. 
 

the cobra SZ is good and gives good numbers so does the Mavrik. I don’t k ow yet if anything will be good enough to make a switch, but it will be fun trying.

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Seems like the SIM at least the non-max might not be for me anyway as I don’t need lower spin than the M5. But I’ll swing it to be sure. Looks more pronounced than the SZ, but not as bad as those first few leaked
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Don’t sleep on PXG this year.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see them make a competitive performer this season at results as well as price.


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Briefly saw the SIM today, but did not hold or hit it. Shop owner says they still sound awful to him. I'll take his word for it.

On the Callaway side of things, the first day they had MAVRIK in their fitting cart he said they sold five drivers. This is a pretty small operation, I was impressed by that number.

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Briefly saw the SIM today, but did not hold or hit it. Shop owner says they still sound awful to him. I'll take his word for it.
On the Callaway side of things, the first day they had MAVRIK in their fitting cart he said they sold five drivers. This is a pretty small operation, I was impressed by that number.


At the simulators today the guy running it had a Mavrik in his bag... didn’t look bad for the 5 seconds I saw it.

Looking forward to testing them all at some point!


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Well that was certainly an interesting story by Tony today.  Seems like Mavrik is going to be worth a swing or two.  It also looks MUCH better than those first leaked and even the USGA photos.  Seems like those people take the photos in REAL close so you loose the shape of it.

Going back to my OP I still think the Cobra looks the best to me right now, but the top of the taylormade may push it past the Callaway.  I'm more of a fan of the matte finishes I guess.

Now I just need them all to be available, so I can head to the golf shop on lunch one day and start hitting them! 

 


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Seen a couple reviews of the Cleveland Turbo driver and it looks like a monster.. I’m looking forward to trialing it over any thing else


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Seen a couple reviews of the Cleveland Turbo driver and it looks like a monster.. I’m looking forward to trialing it over any thing else


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It does seem like Cleveland has a real dark horse on their hands.


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I’m really interested in the Cobra. (Have hit none of them so far.) I really liked last years model, but just never could pull the trigger. I like the looks of the Mavrik too, but I haven’t been compatible with the last few Callaway releases. 

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I was at Roger Dunn today looking for a bag replacement and checked out the Speedzone in the bay. The feel off the face is so hard on them, similar to the F9, I just can't do it...

Forgot to look if they had SIM, whoops!

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