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Driver Hype war 2021  

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  1. 1. So who has won the early hype war for you? IE, if you got a free driver delivered in the mail tomorrow, which one would you want it to be(and which shaft? please say autoflex)

    • Taylormade Sim2 series
      7
    • Titleist Tsi series
      16
    • Callaway Epic series
      6
    • Ping 425 series
      19
    • Srixon z series
      2
    • Wilson D9
      0
    • Cobra RADspeed series
      5
    • Mizuno ST series
      3
    • PXG 3rd Gen series
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    • Other (ie Tour Edge, Ben Hogan, Maltby, Sub 70... )
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The mizzy and G425 are on the radar but coming from the TXG fellas and Matty replacing freaky deaky with the TSi so quickly; it's in pole position for me.  While autoflex is intriguing, I feel like I wouldn't be consistent with it.   Since this is still dream-land I'm going with Tensei Pro White 1k.  

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Yup. Everyone has gotten caught up in the low launch/low spin hype but for most golfers they need the opposite of something in between. Many don’t realize spin is their friend to help get and keep the

I think I am in on the TSI3/Autoflex. I'll take all the hype please. 

For whatever reason the last few years I've lost all back spin. My prior gamer was only getting me 1200rpm on average. This got my spin up to 2300 with a 14 degree launch and 145mph ball speed. Carrie

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I’m wanting to try out the Tsi and the G425 with the new speeder shaft. Seems intriguing. 

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4 minutes ago, JohnSmalls said:

The mizzy and G425 are on the radar but coming from the TXG fellas and Matty replacing freaky deaky with the TSi so quickly; it's in pole position for me.  While autoflex is intriguing, I feel like I wouldn't be consistent with it.   Since this is still dream-land I'm going with Tensei Pro White 1k.  

TSi2 is a great club. It was nearly as good as the TM for me. The TM just won on spin consistency.   On average, they both got me about 2200 rpm, the TM did it +- 150 over 10. The TSI2 did it with +-300rpm over 10. Everything else was basically the same # wise. I haven't gamed a TM driver in over a decade, and it has almost been 20 years since I got my first Burner Bubble 😃

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2 hours ago, Thin2win said:

TSi2 is a great club. It was nearly as good as the TM for me. The TM just won on spin consistency.   On average, they both got me about 2200 rpm, the TM did it +- 150 over 10. The TSI2 did it with +-300rpm over 10. Everything else was basically the same # wise. I haven't gamed a TM driver in over a decade, and it has almost been 20 years since I got my first Burner Bubble 😃

Man I wish I could have seen what all the bubble shaft hype was first hand!

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I've hit the first five poll choices, and the Cobra....A LOT! G425 was the winner in my testing. The rest of them can just fight it out in the court of public opinion after that, cant they?

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The Tsi. Hottest driver in tour. I might as well give it a shot

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I'm looking for a new driver now. I plan to hit all of them, Ping, TM, CAll, Srixon, Titleist and cobra. Already hit Ping Max & SFT and loved both of them. I think the SFT was a little better for me, but I will hit them again. Next up on the list is Titleist.  

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Based on the original question, I'm intrugued by the TM Sim2. The hype surrounding the TSi1 is also interesting and I'll go hit the both. I played Cobra for quite awhile through F7 but I'm historically a Ping guy and game a G400 now so the G425 will be on my list when they make it to used sales location at $300 or so.

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21 hours ago, JDHolmes said:

Based on the original question, I'm intrugued by the TM Sim2. The hype surrounding the TSi1 is also interesting and I'll go hit the both. I played Cobra for quite awhile through F7 but I'm historically a Ping guy and game a G400 now so the G425 will be on my list when they make it to used sales location at $300 or so.

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Since G400 Max are selling on the bay for between $275 and just shy of $350 lately (depending on condition); I expect it to be QUITE awhile before you can sniff a G425 for anywhere close to $300.  Unless your "or so" equates to $100+

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On 2/19/2021 at 2:40 PM, JohnSmalls said:

Man I wish I could have seen what all the bubble shaft hype was first hand!

EVERYONE had to have a bubble burner.  That was a crazy time!  I look at pictures now and think, man that thing was ugly... but we all played it none the less! I was managing a golf shop and by far we sold the mess outta them.  Between those and the Big Bertha's.  🤣

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On 2/19/2021 at 3:14 PM, Shank Aaron said:

I've hit the first five poll choices, and the Cobra....A LOT! G425 was the winner in my testing. The rest of them can just fight it out in the court of public opinion after that, cant they?

Hands down, the G425 was the the straightest and most consistent in spin numbers for me as well.  The others performed well, but distance is relative.  Straight, well that is not!  

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7 minutes ago, BNewton51 said:

EVERYONE had to have a bubble burner.  That was a crazy time!  I look at pictures now and think, man that thing was ugly... but we all played it none the less! I was managing a golf shop and by far we sold the mess outta them.  Between those and the Big Bertha's.  🤣

The burner bubble was my first non hand me down driver. I loved it something fierce. 

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On 2/2/2021 at 12:55 PM, Thin2win said:

So who has won the early hype war for you? IE, if you got a free driver delivered in the mail tomorrow, which one would you want it to be(and which shaft? please say autoflex)

Perhaps I am in the minority on this one, but I just don't get the Autoflex... I know I know... I may be missing something.  But A. The price is just ridiculous... and B. There are so many great shafts out there for far less price wise that produce great numbers that I just can't justify playing that outrageous amount of money for that shaft.  BUT, as I said, that's just me.... I may be wrong on this one.  

G425 with the Tensei Orange Raw on order simply because distances are ALL about the same in my testings amongst all the new drivers (There really isn't anything on the market head wise that's gonna hit it further - Shafts are about all that can make a difference), but the dispersion of the Ping is outrageously straight and grouping within 10-15 yards.  PING also does an amazing job of producing a consistent spin head where you don't shoot up or down in either direction tremendously far. 

I'll take my 280 average with fairways on every shot over being able to inch out a few more yards but little to no control.  

Great question thought since the new products are out there flooding inboxes luring people to the stores left and right currently! 

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2 minutes ago, Thin2win said:

The burner bubble was my first non hand me down driver. I loved it something fierce. 

I bought one myself when they first came out and gamed it for half a season before I was compelled to put the BB back in the bag.  That was perhaps the most revolutionary driver I think I ever played and one of the most consistent.   BUT, having said all that... the Bubble was a HOT stick!  We sold ton's of them to the point that TM was sending us free product because we were shattering sales. 

If you remember those, they also coupled them with the Burner Bubble irons... Now flash forward and think of them against today's modern day hollow clubs on the market.  Talk about technology advances. 

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I’d love to see the D9 take a top billing this year. I won’t get on it but I’m always rooting for the underdog. 
 

My smart money is on Ping for the third year. I’ll take an LST with a Ventus blue or Tensei Orange 🍊 

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Well if the SIM is half as good as that M-6 I just started using well---- I did a trade deal on a M-6 really to benefit a friend but it really benefitted me. I tried it on a whim and loved it. even with me hitting at only 80% it is a straight cannon for me. One of the smoothest buttery feeling drivers I have ever hit. Now the shaft that fits me will be bitter dissapointment for some but it works for me. the Evenflow 45 gram R--- And I know I have made fun of the Twist face before but it works for me. In fact I nicknamed it Twisted Sister. But yep I guess it would be TM for me

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11 hours ago, BNewton51 said:

Perhaps I am in the minority on this one, but I just don't get the Autoflex... I know I know... I may be missing something.  But A. The price is just ridiculous... and B. There are so many great shafts out there for far less price wise that produce great numbers that I just can't justify playing that outrageous amount of money for that shaft.  BUT, as I said, that's just me.... I may be wrong on this one.  

It's one of those things for some people if that shaft helps optimize their driver 2% more then that is worth it. But many others will not want to pay that, myself included. Though if I got to hit one for free that could be fun.

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4 hours ago, ejgaudette said:

Though if I got to hit one for free that could be fun.

Channeling @Golfspy_CG2and the folks at Autoflex 🙂.

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4 hours ago, ejgaudette said:

It's one of those things for some people if that shaft helps optimize their driver 2% more then that is worth it. But many others will not want to pay that, myself included. Though if I got to hit one for free that could be fun.

yup, 100% agree.  Different strokes for different folks, but if it's free sure that would be fun!   However... the way Scott's raking his around the course lately I'd have to say that's not exactly a great look for Autoflex.  He literally looks like he doesnt have any control. 

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