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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 lower even with heavier weight set in the rear.

2) Mizuno ST190 (under $300 for sure)

Another good ball speed and lower spinning option. Keeps spin down even if you have a lighter weight shaft

Two thoughts on shafts. First shorter. Stock shafts for most mfrs are in the 45.5 to 45.75 inch range. Cobra offers a Tour Length option (44.5"). MUCH easier to make consistent center-face contact and hit more fairways.  At your speed, you won't see much distance drop but bet you will hit more fairways.

Would also look at a heavier/stiffer shaft.  If you were a consistent 115+ I would very likely fit you in a XS, but at minimum look at a 75g S like a Hazardous Smoke or for a little lighter feel a Hazardous Yellow.  Either should offer tighter dispersion than the 60g shaft you have in now.

Good luck!

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:cobra-small: F9 9* Atmos Tour Spec Black 6s 45"

:nickent-small:  17* and 20* Hybrids Aldila NVS

:macgregor-small:  VIP V-foil 1025c 4-P True Temper 120g ProPel Lite 2* flat, 1* strong

:cleveland-small:  CG10 52* (bent 50*) and 56 (bent 55*)

:mizuno-small:   MpTseries 60* Raw Haze

:ping-small:   Faith Wack-E 32"

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Ping G400/G400 Max... No contest.

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Driver:  :ping-small: G400 (8*) with Diamana Kai'li X-stiff

Fairway:   :ping-small: G400 (14.5*) with Diamana Kai'li X-stiff

Irons: :ping-small: Crossover 3 iron (19*) with TT Dynamic Gold 120 S400 shaft

            :titelist-small: AP3 (4/5) and AP2 (6-PW) with TT Dynamic Gold 120 S400 shafts

Wedges: Scor 50*, 54*, and 58* with TT Dynamic Gold 120 S400 shafts

Putter:  :cameron-small: Pro Platinum Newport 2 Midslant

Handicap: 3

Location: Illinois...until i can get my wife to move to a warmer climate

Right Handed: Although sometimes I wonder if left handed would suit me better :blink:

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Speedback from 2019 is a decent value ... bought one in Feb for about $290 per my specs and so far not so bad - modernizing from a G30, which really worked well for me ... ! just saw them on budget golf for $249 today - though shaft selection is thin

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41 minutes ago, jkpigott said:

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 lower even with heavier weight set in the rear.

2) Mizuno ST190 (under $300 for sure)

Another good ball speed and lower spinning option. Keeps spin down even if you have a lighter weight shaft

Two thoughts on shafts. First shorter. Stock shafts for most mfrs are in the 45.5 to 45.75 inch range. Cobra offers a Tour Length option (44.5"). MUCH easier to make consistent center-face contact and hit more fairways.  At your speed, you won't see much distance drop but bet you will hit more fairways.

Would also look at a heavier/stiffer shaft.  If you were a consistent 115+ I would very likely fit you in a XS, but at minimum look at a 75g S like a Hazardous Smoke or for a little lighter feel a Hazardous Yellow.  Either should offer tighter dispersion than the 60g shaft you have in now.

Good luck!

HZRDUS  yellow handcrafted 63 has become my go-to shaft, works well for my swing speed, etc ... have used 6.5, and 6.0 depending upon the head 

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A few weeks ago for 250 I picked up the Cobra F9 Speedback and I love it. The sound of the ball off the face is amazing and is super forgiving. I've had an easy time being able to shape either a draw or a fade and as a higher handicap my swing speed is right around the 110-112 mark. I have the hazardous 60g stiff flex and its an amazing club. Rich Shiels did a review on the F9 compared to the SZ and the difference is so little that its one of the best drivers for 2019. Highly recommend. Very adjustable for weighting going forward and back along with the loft and draw options. 

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typo on price, meant to say 250 not 150
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Just this off season, I picked up a (LH) EPIC Flash SZ at Callaway Golf Preowned for $150.  Even in "good" condition, it's fantastic.  Took a while watching the clearance rack, but I was thrilled with the deal.  I can't say enough about how great the experience was with the site.  Their service was really off the charts good.  Just getting into the season here in Montana, so I've only had it on the course twice and still getting it dialed in.

Again, recommend CGP site highly!

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On 4/5/2020 at 5:11 PM, Micklars said:

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

Mick,

For $349, you can buy a brand-new Tour Edge Exotics EXS 220 driver, which was awarded the "Best Value" designation in the 2020 MGS "Most Wanted Driver" comparison.

If you want to keep it below $300, there are many recent-vintage models from which you could choose.  For me, it would be the Ping G400 Max or Cobra F8 or F9, which will set you back less than $300 (probably considerably less).  If you want a real bargain in a driver that is very forgiving and pretty darned long, last year's Exotics EXS driver will certainly fit the description .... and you could get one in nearly-new condition for well below $200.

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Driver: Tour Edge Exotics EXS220, PX HZRDUS Smoke Yellow 6.0

4-Wood: Exotics EXS220, Ventus 6S

7-Wood: Callaway Epic Flash, Accra Tour-Z HL 85-S

Hybrids: Exotics EXS220 (19*) and Cobra F8 (22*), stiff Accra Tour-Z hybrid shafts

Irons: Exotics EXS220 (6-iron through PW), KBS TGI Tour 80 (stiff) shafts

Wedges: Vokey SM7 (50-54-58) or Scratch custom wedges (49-54-60)

Putter: Evnroll ER2

Ball: Snell MTBx

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Taylormade M5 has done me solid, but I got it with the Hzrdus smoke green shaft for $250 I believe. Lots of combinations of them out there to fit your profile.

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This discussion is exactly what I joined the forums for.  

Times have changed.  When I bought my first real driver a decade ago the only knowledge I was working with was this commercial and maybe a paid for golf digest review.  I mean who says no to "the power of a Lamborghini in their golf bag."

Just walked up to the rack and said I'll take that one.  It has worked ok in my bag all those years, but I think I'll give this next one a little more intelligent consideration.

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  • Driver:cobra-small: F9 Speedback 9 degree / Project X HZRDUS Smoke 60 Stiff
  • 3 Wood:callaway-small:  X Series / Callaway 70g Mid/Low Torque Graphite 
  • 5 Wood:callaway-small: X Series / Callaway 70g Mid/Low Torque Graphite
  • 3 Hybrid:callaway-small: X Series / Callaway 80g Mid/Mid Torque Graphite
  • 4-PW,AW:taylormade-small: RocketBladez / Taylormade RocketFuel Steel
  • LW:vokey-small: BV 60-04 
  • Putter:odyssey-small: White Ice Rossie 340g
  • Ball:  :Snell:MTB-X Optic Yellow

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Ping g400
Cobra f8
Callaway epic flash (just bought excellent used for 265)

Less money, still good IMO

Cobra f7 or even the Bio Cell
TM M4
Ping G30 or G

I have them all above (except f8) though am only playing the g400 and flash now. All of the above, for me, at 98 ss, are very similar distance wise.

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I think the best deal going right now is pxg gen2 0811x or xf.     295.00 ordered straight from pxg.  Brand new.

i gamed the x all last year and it was phenomenal.   The club ho in me made me change, nothing to do with performance 

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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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New Hogan driver is 325, I follow one of their ambassadors on insta and got a 10% discount, so it’s close to 300 before shipping. I have enjoyed the driver so far.

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9 hours ago, Hotdocta said:

I think the best deal going right now is pxg gen2 0811x or xf.     295.00 ordered straight from pxg.  Brand new.

i gamed the x all last year and it was phenomenal.   The club ho in me made me change, nothing to do with performance 

Wow, this is great info.  I just checked their site and they have knocked close to $300 off their drivers (which makes me think maybe GEN3 are coming soon and they are moving inventory).

Has anyone else played their drivers or went for a fitting with them?  Normally these clubs would never be considered in a discussion of drivers under $300.


  • Driver:cobra-small: F9 Speedback 9 degree / Project X HZRDUS Smoke 60 Stiff
  • 3 Wood:callaway-small:  X Series / Callaway 70g Mid/Low Torque Graphite 
  • 5 Wood:callaway-small: X Series / Callaway 70g Mid/Low Torque Graphite
  • 3 Hybrid:callaway-small: X Series / Callaway 80g Mid/Mid Torque Graphite
  • 4-PW,AW:taylormade-small: RocketBladez / Taylormade RocketFuel Steel
  • LW:vokey-small: BV 60-04 
  • Putter:odyssey-small: White Ice Rossie 340g
  • Ball:  :Snell:MTB-X Optic Yellow

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Posted (edited)

I’d agree with everyone saying the f9 is the way to go. I’ve never seen a driver more universally work for most people. I was playing the rogue sz for 2 seasons and hit every driver from the past two seasons before the lockdown and nothing outperformed the f9. Add that you can get it for $250 from most places right now and it’s a no brainer in my opinion!  

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9* F9 AD DI 6S / Hzrdus Smoke 6S (testing ongoing)

3W F9 Atmos Blue TS 7S

3-PW MP20 Mixed (3,4 HMB; 5,6 MCC, 7-PW MB) KBS $Taper

50, 54, 58 RTX4 DG300

Scotty Newport 3 

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Ping G400, maybe LST. Like one so much I picked up the 3 and 5 woods top.

Mizuno?

Saw a man hitting bombs at a local course several weeks ago with a Srixon driver. His buddy’s all had Rogues. 


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  • driver: Ping G400
  • 3 wood: Ping G400
  • 5 wood: Ping G400
  • hybrid: Cobra F8
  • irons: Ping G400 4-gw
  • wedges: Cleveland CBX 50, 54, 58
  • putter: Taylormade Patina Del Monte
  • balls:  Srixon Q Star Tour

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6 hours ago, GambyGolfGuy said:

Wow, this is great info.  I just checked their site and they have knocked close to $300 off their drivers (which makes me think maybe GEN3 are coming soon and they are moving inventory).

Has anyone else played their drivers or went for a fitting with them?  Normally these clubs would never be considered in a discussion of drivers under $300.

I was fitted into 0811x with the tour ad bb and tz6.  Both game me similar results depending on the feel i preferred. Tz6 had a bit more feel in the tip and the bb is a ton softer in the handle.

Personally this is one of the nicest looking drivers I have used.  If you like a more solid muted sound you will love it.  It is also mega low spin.   So if you are are a low spin play loft up or consider the xf.

Again, I did not switch because of performance or feel.  I could have easily gamed it year after year.... sigh the life of a ho.

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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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Also, I think prices go back up may 1st


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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Posted (edited)

A PING G410 plus is only $399 brand new, so you can definitely get one used for $300. I’ve posted on some other threads about my experience with it, but it’s the most forgiving driver I’ve hit, ever. I tested all the new drivers on a LM and went with the ping based on data, and I’ve been rewarded on the course. 

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On 4/5/2020 at 2:11 PM, Micklars said:

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

Check out 2nd Swing, if you can get your hands on a Callaway XR16 is good shape, go for it.  It'll be well under $300 and it's one of my favorite drivers I ever owned, it's designed to go fast and it's VERY forgiving.  If you want something newer, see about the Epic Flash's, now that they're not the most current model, you can probably get one for around $300.  

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You may also want to look at the Mizuno drivers.  I have only hit one once in a golf shop and it wasn't bad.  It was much cheaper than most in there.  I know a lot of guys like the Cobra, but I could not hit it.  I hated it.  The PING's are a monster too!  I think the overall theme from everyone is go buy last years models.  Hit them all, get fitted and buy one from last year and you won't go wrong.


   Driver:  :callaway-small: Epic Flash Sub Zero Hzdrs Smoke x flex 70g

3 Wood:  :titelist-small: 917 w/ Diamana Whiteboard stiff

5 Wood : :callaway-small: Epic Flash 18* Hzdrs Smoke stiff

4 Hybrid: :callaway-small:  Apex w/Kuro Kage stiff

     Irons:  :callaway-small: 5-7  Apex forged 19 w/ Modus 120 X

                         9-A Apex Pro 19 w/ Modus 120 X

Wedges:  :callaway-small: MD5 52&56 Jaws Dynamic Gold wedge flex

    Putter: :titelist-small: Scotty Cameron Del Mar 34"

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