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Any recommendations for best value under $300 these days? I've been using my TaylorMade Rocketballs Stage 2 long enough! My swing speed is 118, and I'm trying to keep it on the course! Forgiveness/straightness is more important than length/distance.

 

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Titleist AP2 718 - AMT White S300 Shafts, Standard Length and Lie

Rocketballz RBZ Stage 2 - 10.5 degrees, Stiff 60g Fujikura Rocketfuel Shaft

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin

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Just a quick glance at Golf Discount I saw both the Cobra F8 and F9 and Ping G400 and G400 SFT all at or below $300. I can't say I've ever hit the Cobras, but they have a pretty good reputation here o

Several come to mind from 2019 1) Cobra F9 (seen it nationally at $249) Great ball speed and good forgiveness. Also with you swing speed, keeping spin down is probably an issue. Cobra spins

Man, if you go with drivers from previous years, almost everything is in-play. G400 Max has been the straightest driver I’ve played in the last few years, but spin was a little high, and I didn’t get

Any recommendations for best value under $300 these days? I've been using my TaylorMade Rocketballs Stage 2 long enough! My swing speed is 118, and I'm trying to keep it on the course! Forgiveness/straightness is more important than length/distance.
 
Thanks,
Mick

Man, if you go with drivers from previous years, almost everything is in-play. G400 Max has been the straightest driver I’ve played in the last few years, but spin was a little high, and I didn’t get fitted for it. Great driver. The G30 was the longest/straightest driver I’ve played in the last 5 years. I had it hot melted with some additional weight in the head and it became a beast. That’s the one I should’ve never let get away.


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Driver: :honma: TR20 460, :Fuji: Ventus Black 70X

Fwy: :titelist-small: TS3, 15*, Veylix Rome 888 X

Hybrid: :callaway-small: X2 Hot Pro, 20*, :Fuji: Rombax 8D07HB TM27 X

Irons: :honma:TR20 Tour P 4/5, Tour V 6-10, Dynamic Gold X100

Wedges: Vega VW-06 50*/54*/58*, Dynamic Gold S400

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Just a quick glance at Golf Discount I saw both the Cobra F8 and F9 and Ping G400 and G400 SFT all at or below $300. I can't say I've ever hit the Cobras, but they have a pretty good reputation here on the site. I have a G400 LST and I can say it performs, but don't know about the regular or the SFT. 

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I've never played a Ping driver. I've used Taylor Made, Callaway, and Cleveland. I'm thinking I might try a Ping or Titleist this time! Thanks!

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Titleist AP2 718 - AMT White S300 Shafts, Standard Length and Lie

Rocketballz RBZ Stage 2 - 10.5 degrees, Stiff 60g Fujikura Rocketfuel Shaft

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Handicap - 7.8

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Are we talking just a driver or set?

I bought my Cobra F8+ for $100 in new condition. Swapped out the shaft for a UST Pro force V2 Black for $60. All in $160 for a beast of a driver that looks, sounds, and performs as good as anything.

the more I practice, the luckier I seem to get..

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:cobra-small:  F8+ 9*/ Fujikura MotoreX F1 6X
:adams-small:  Tight Lies2  3 wood (14*) / UST ProForce V2 Black (S)

post-76102-0-38507100-1525284411_thumb.jpg  TS-1 3 - P / TT DG 105 (S+) / GP Microsuede

post-76102-0-38507100-1525284411_thumb.jpg  TSW 50/6 + 56/12 Wedge 
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I've never played a Ping driver. I've used Taylor Made, Callaway, and Cleveland. I'm thinking I might try a Ping or Titleist this time! Thanks!

TS2 was a little too high spin for me in a fitting, but it was really straight! I ended-up with the TS3 and didn’t have it long as it wasn’t forgiving.

Take a look at last year’s My Golf Spy Driver test and sort it by most accurate, then by longest and see what you might want to try. Worth a look.

 

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Driver: :honma: TR20 460, :Fuji: Ventus Black 70X

Fwy: :titelist-small: TS3, 15*, Veylix Rome 888 X

Hybrid: :callaway-small: X2 Hot Pro, 20*, :Fuji: Rombax 8D07HB TM27 X

Irons: :honma:TR20 Tour P 4/5, Tour V 6-10, Dynamic Gold X100

Wedges: Vega VW-06 50*/54*/58*, Dynamic Gold S400

Putter: :seemore-small: Platinum M5 HT Mallet, 36"

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I'm fine playing previous years and used clubs, but I got burned by some fakes from China a while (10 years) back. Any recommendations for spotting/avoiding fakes, or is this not as much of a problem anymore?

Titleist AP2 718 - AMT White S300 Shafts, Standard Length and Lie

Rocketballz RBZ Stage 2 - 10.5 degrees, Stiff 60g Fujikura Rocketfuel Shaft

Right Handed

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Handicap - 7.8

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Also, if you can get your hands on a Ping G400 LST... DO IT!! And thank me later.

the more I practice, the luckier I seem to get..

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:cobra-small:  F8+ 9*/ Fujikura MotoreX F1 6X
:adams-small:  Tight Lies2  3 wood (14*) / UST ProForce V2 Black (S)

post-76102-0-38507100-1525284411_thumb.jpg  TS-1 3 - P / TT DG 105 (S+) / GP Microsuede

post-76102-0-38507100-1525284411_thumb.jpg  TSW 50/6 + 56/12 Wedge 
:odyssey-small: O-Works #7 / Lamkin Sink Fit 

 

 

 

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eBay, g400 LST, easy under $300, epic Flash probably, Tm M5/6. Even the mizzy drivers are good.

might not be a bad idea to find a local fitter who still has the last few years heads, and then get a lightly used one. I’ve almost worn a hole in my g400, and it still bombs them out there for me, but we live in different worlds with swing speeds, so hard to say what’ll work best for you..

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:cobra-small: Speedzone 3-wood on Tensi blue S

:cobra-small: F8 5/6 wood on Aldila NxT GEN MLT R

:Hogan: Combo iron set -8,9,per Icon 5,6,7 PtxPro 4-UiHi on Recoil 780 ES f4 Stiff shafts (best clubs ever)

:benhogan-small: Equalizer 50°, 54°, 60° wedges on Recoil 780 f4

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2016 M2 drive and fairway both together should keep you around the $300 range.

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Driver: Titleist 917D3 9.5 with Graphite Design MAD Pro 65g S

Wood: Titleist 917F2 with UST Mamiya Helium 5F4

Hybrid: Titleist 816H1 21 with Atmos Blue 85 S

Irons: Titleist 718 AP3 4i, 718 CB 5-6, MB 7-9 with KBS $ Taper 125

Wedges: Vokey SM7 46/50/54/60 with DG s200

Putter: Scotty Caemeron Super Rat1

Ball: Titleist Prov1

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Ts3 is a great driver, the g410 also really good. The cobra F9 is on sale everywhere.. lots of great under 300 options..


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DRIVER -  Sim Max 10.5 lowered to 9.75 Ventus Red 5 S  shaft 

Woods -  Taylormade Sim Ti 3wood - Diamana reg 65

                Taylormade  5 wood-  Ventus 6r 

Rescue/Hybrid -  

IRONS -  Callaway Mavrik 6- PW, AW   KBS 80 R steel 

WEDGES-  Vokey SM 8   50/54/58 

PUTTER-  Odyssey Stroke Lab Bird of Prey. 

BALL-  Pro V1x or Tp5X  -- trying to figure this one out.

Footjoy Tour S golf shoe 

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1 hour ago, Micklars said:

I'm fine playing previous years and used clubs, but I got burned by some fakes from China a while (10 years) back. Any recommendations for spotting/avoiding fakes, or is this not as much of a problem anymore?

If you buy through reputable online retailers or local stores you should be fine avoiding fakes;  ebay is another story.  Look at places like budget golf,  Global Golf,  callaway preowned,  etc. and you can find yourself some deals.   

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Driver:  :ping-small: G400 Max 9* with UST Proforce V2
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:      :srixon-small: 765 6-AW with KBS Tour shafts
Wedge:  :cleveland-small: 588 54-14, 58-12
Putter:  :odyssey-small: Ten S      Backups:  :bobby-grace-1: 6330,   :EVNROLL: ER2.2,  

 

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I picked up the Cobra F9 directly from the factory (online order) for $249. By placing a custom order, I was able to select the shaft, length, grips (you get the picture) for the same price. The research I've seen suggested the newer model had very little improvement over the F9. I am extremely impressed with the performance and the price point is hard to beat.

If you have the time, check this out: 

 

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Lots of great suggestions here.
I’ve gotten a couple of great deals from Rockbottom Golf. I got a new F8 from them a while ago and not sure exact but wasn’t over $200 on one of their sales.


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Driver; Ping G410 Plus

5 Wood; Cally Steelhead 

5 Hybrid; Cally Steelhead

Irons; Ping G410 5-SW & Mizno 919 Hot Metal 5-SW

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I talking about $300 for the driver, don't know if/when I'll replace the fairway/hybrids. I just ended up with 3 of the RBZs because I really liked the driver and found a good deal on the RBZ 3 and 4. Back when I was playing tournaments, I played an old TM Burner Plus (I think it was 7 or 8 degrees), and a TM Tour Spoon (13 deg), then the 2-pw DTRs, and my Cleveland 588 RTGs. That was my most successful setup. As you can tell, it's been hard for me to move too far away from that lineup. I tried a few other iron sets (Tommy Armour 855s - yuck!, Maxfli Revolution - meh, Cleveland CG1 - thought I was better than I really was at that time!, but loved the AP2s), I tried lots of drivers (Callawat Big Bertha War Bird (loved that one!), TM Burner Bubble 2, Great Big Bertha, Cleveland Launcher, and a couple more Clevelands, then back to TM for the RBZ 2 (I bought a Big Bertha at the same time (2014?), but liked the RBZ and sold the BB without ever really playing it). 

Right now, I'm considering the Ping G400/410?, Cobra F8/9?, and Titleist TS2/3?....I really need to find a place to swing them side by side now. I don't think that will be happening for a while yet, still time to gather more input!

 

Thanks for all the suggestions so far!!

 

Thanks,
Mick

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Titleist AP2 718 - AMT White S300 Shafts, Standard Length and Lie

Rocketballz RBZ Stage 2 - 10.5 degrees, Stiff 60g Fujikura Rocketfuel Shaft

Right Handed

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Handicap - 7.8

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16 hours ago, Micklars said:

I'm fine playing previous years and used clubs, but I got burned by some fakes from China a while (10 years) back. Any recommendations for spotting/avoiding fakes, or is this not as much of a problem anymore?

Take a look at the seller.  2nd Swing, GlobalGolf, etc are all stores that have Ebay shops too.  They offer fair prices too.  Or if going to eBay route just research your seller, ask some questions and see how they respond.  Plenty of good sellers out there and most will have the feedback to show they are legit.

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Titleist has always been the brand that I find the straightest drives and most consistency with.  I've heard good things about Srixon drivers and obviously Ping, but have not actually gamed them just demoed.  

For reference, I've played Callaway and Taylormade as well in the past and have swing speed around 112 - 114.

Driver:  image.png.3c6db1120d888f669e07d4a8f890b3f1.pngMavrik Sub Zero 9* (Set to 10) Ventus Blue 6X

3 Wood: :titelist-small: 917F2 Fujikura Pro 84 Tour Spec S

3 Hybrid: :titelist-small: 818 H2 Hybrid Tensei Blue 80 X

Irons 4-PW: :mizuno-small: MP 18 SC Dynamic Gold AMT X

Gap/Sand Wedge:  :titelist-small: Vokey SM6 49*  SM8 54* 

Lob Wedge:  :titelist-small: Vokey SM6 58* Nippon Modus Wedge

Putter:  image.png.cca2328f4144a299c795aa9b8f3bf677.png Inovai 6.0              :scotty-small: Pro Platinum Newport 2 35"  

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13 hours ago, Micklars said:

I talking about $300 for the driver, don't know if/when I'll replace the fairway/hybrids. I just ended up with 3 of the RBZs because I really liked the driver and found a good deal on the RBZ 3 and 4. Back when I was playing tournaments, I played an old TM Burner Plus (I think it was 7 or 8 degrees), and a TM Tour Spoon (13 deg), then the 2-pw DTRs, and my Cleveland 588 RTGs. That was my most successful setup. As you can tell, it's been hard for me to move too far away from that lineup. I tried a few other iron sets (Tommy Armour 855s - yuck!, Maxfli Revolution - meh, Cleveland CG1 - thought I was better than I really was at that time!, but loved the AP2s), I tried lots of drivers (Callawat Big Bertha War Bird (loved that one!), TM Burner Bubble 2, Great Big Bertha, Cleveland Launcher, and a couple more Clevelands, then back to TM for the RBZ 2 (I bought a Big Bertha at the same time (2014?), but liked the RBZ and sold the BB without ever really playing it). 

Right now, I'm considering the Ping G400/410?, Cobra F8/9?, and Titleist TS2/3?....I really need to find a place to swing them side by side now. I don't think that will be happening for a while yet, still time to gather more input!

 

Thanks for all the suggestions so far!!

 

Thanks,
Mick

Your post and title didn’t really limit it to just a driver but with that said and what you are looking at all you can’t go wrong with any of the choices but which one of them will work best for you is hard to say because what’s good one for might not be for the other. As you mention you need to go hit them. The ping g400 heads offer several models each designed to do something different. LST for lowering spin, standard head for those not needing spin reduction or too much forgiveness, sft to help straighten ball flight and the max for extra forgiveness. G410 changed a bit with keeping head sizes the same, dropping the max because they couldn’t beat the g400 version and adding moveable and new hosel to adjust lie angle as well as loft. The f8/9 is designed for a large range of swing speeds in the same head. The ts2 is going be more forgiving than the ts3 and have more spin as well.

Based on your liking of the RBZ the the g400/410 standard head or g400 max, either f8/9 or ts2 would be where you might prefer.

The 2016 m2 imo is one of the best drivers still on the market 

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Driver: Titleist 917D3 9.5 with Graphite Design MAD Pro 65g S

Wood: Titleist 917F2 with UST Mamiya Helium 5F4

Hybrid: Titleist 816H1 21 with Atmos Blue 85 S

Irons: Titleist 718 AP3 4i, 718 CB 5-6, MB 7-9 with KBS $ Taper 125

Wedges: Vokey SM7 46/50/54/60 with DG s200

Putter: Scotty Caemeron Super Rat1

Ball: Titleist Prov1

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So many good drivers available now, one of the options that is important to me is the sound of the driver. You might want to do a little investigation, YouTube ‘ing, etc, to maybe get a feel for that. Like one club that I can’t stand, is the Taylormade due to the dead sound they make. My ping is a pretty sharp crack. And I like that.

just one more thing to think about I suppose...

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:Hogan: Combo iron set -8,9,per Icon 5,6,7 PtxPro 4-UiHi on Recoil 780 ES f4 Stiff shafts (best clubs ever)

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Man, you can get so many amazing things for under 300.   My list would go as follows:

1. Cobra f9

2.rogue sub zero

3. G400 max

Driver: Taylormade SIM Max d 9 with graphite design tour ad xc 6s

Fairway Wood:Taylormade Sim 15 with Graphite design Tour ad iz 6s
Hybrid:  Pxg gen2 19 with hand crafted hzrdus black 85 6.0 and Adams super ls xtd 22 with Diamana s+  stiff

Irons: 5-pw Miura Mc501 with modus 120s pured

Wedges:  Callaway md2 gold 50 Dg tour issue s400 black onyx, Taylormade MG 54 with DG tour issue s400 black onyx, and Taylormade hi toe 59 with modus 120r

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