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  1. 1. What was the most surprising result from the 2021 Most Wanted Driver results?

    • PXG being the best value
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    • PING G425 not finishing in the top 3
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    • TaylorMade SIM2 in the middle of the pack
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    • Two top-5 places for Cobra
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Shocked that Ping was dethroned, by itself! 

I had guessed it would be Ping, Cobra, Callaway, Taylormade/Titleist. 

 

So they've done the past winners' battle.  Is there room for some "are they really better?" tests?  

Imagine even the G400 LST beat out the new Pings?!?!  

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:ping-small:        G400 Max, PX Evenflow Blue 6.0s, until the adapter comes loose again in 5 swings. 😢

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:cobra-small:  AMP 3h 19deg.  Aldila RIP 70 R

:cobra-small:  King Utility 4i, UST Recoil 780 ES SmacWrap S 

:mizuno-small:         JPX 825 Pro forged 5-PW.  TT Dynalite Gold R300

:cleveland-small:      CBX-2 50/11 

:taylormade-small:   ATV 56/16deg 

Putter:            Walter Hagen MS-2 with a nice Wynn grip.   

:Arccos:  Caddie for tracking.     

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Who would ever think that someone would say best value and PXG in the same sentence.

...all of the conspiracy theorists are going to be upset that a Ping club isn't somewhere in the list. LOL

And can't wait to hear the Callaway loyalist who scream MGS has a bias against them..ha

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PXG just wow, the value is unbelievable. Hey Honey, I do not need to sell the first born anymore to get a PXG driver.

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Have a Ping G400 and happy with it. Just boughtva G410 plus, thinking maybe I'll be more happy.

Was at GG yesterdat getting my irons realigned and hit the Epic Max. Wasnt spectacular for me but that was probably the 50g stiff shaft. Didnt feel real solid. Hit a couple 2 yards longer than my G400.

I also hit the Mavrik just because and distance was similar but it felt more solid than the Epic Max.

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On 2/22/2021 at 11:25 AM, bens197 said:

Gotta figure cost for fitting, tax and freight. Worst case that was my top number. 

Many drivers are $550 and upgraded shafts  can be $300+. With upgraded options and taxes you can definitely spend upwards of $900. 

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Very happy to see the Ping G410 still hanging in there. Totally surprised at PXG being the bargain. I plan to test the Tour Edge Exotics EXS Pro and the PXG 0211. I am curious as to how much difference there was between 1 and 38 in actual yardage. As always a fabulous test.

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I have owned the PXG 0211 for a month and can personally attest to the forgiveness of the club! Given that like many golfers, I don’t hit the optimum area of the club face every time, I find that with the 0211 my miss hits go straighter and further than last year’s Callaway Mavrik, which results in my overall average being 10 yards further with the 0211. I will take straighter and further all day, especially for a $249 driver! 

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Last year I bought a TM Sim Max driver and it was the most amazing driver I've ever hit.  Didn't like any of the Callys, Pings etc. 

 

I'm surprised TM went with milling the face (Cobra?) instead of the previous method with the goop.  I think they had a winner with that design.

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TaylorMade Sim Max 10.5° driver w/5.5 Evenflow Riptide shaft & std GolfPride Tour Velvet +4 grip
Tour Edge Exotics ESX 220 3-wood w/reg Fuijikura Air Speeder shaft & std Lamkin Z5 TT grip
Tour Edge ExoticsEXS 220 3-hybrid w/reg KBS 70 shaft & std GolfPride Tour Velvet +4 grip
Titleist AP1 714 irons 5-PW & GW w/reg True Temper XP95 R300 shafts & std GolfPride Tour Velvet +4 grips
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I agree with these results with Titleist finally keeping up with the fastest. Tsi has been amazing and as good as anything out there. 

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DI: ZX Utility 18* AD DI 95x 

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Wedges: SM8 50.12 at 51,  SM7 54.08 at 56 and RTX zipcore 60 mid - all KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 135x

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I'm not all that surprised.  The G425 series I tested offered no real gain in distance or accuracy when I tested them last month... and with the "best for me" KBS TD shaft. My understanding is that PXG hired some of PING's best designers/engineers so it appears Bob played the right cards on that move. (In a way, PING should be flattered).

A guy here in Yuma I play with just purchased the PXG and I hit it a bit on the range.  It has a much more solid feel and muted sound than my G410.  I like the looks... very G4XX looking w/o the turbulators.

Ultimately, we're splitting atoms here as it pertains to degrees of separation between these makes/models... they are all quality products that will prove better for some and not so for others.

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On 2/22/2021 at 7:39 AM, Golfspy_CG2 said:

If they are able to stick to the same schedule as the past, I think it will be about 3 to 4 weeks from now.  

They have to slow roll the information to keep us coming back!  Pretty simple marketing strategy.

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Speaking of which, anyone get the Callaway email advertising 47” drivers for those craving distance. Calling it there LD spec. How many folks gonna see the more distance and go out and get these bean poles and try to play with them. Maybe this is how Callaway plans to sell more balls too and more people will be spraying them OB everywhere. 

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2H: :callaway-small: Super Hybrid with Tensei Orange Pro Hyb 80 Stiff (shaft may be swapped at some point) 

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I am still testing drivers in search of a New one.  I loved the PXG 0811 Proto and the Ping G425 SFT.  Also the Sim 2 was a good one as well.  Can’t wait to try the Epic and Titleist.  

Adams Hybrid Irons, Cleveland wedges 50,53,56,60, Nike Method Putter, Callaway 3 wood, Ping g25 Driver.  

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I am very surprised Ping didn’t rate higher. But that callaway really has me thinking of selling some blood lol


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2 hours ago, Peejer said:

They have to slow roll the information to keep us coming back!  Pretty simple marketing strategy.

Not really. @cnosilcan give you more insight.  It takes typically 3-5 weeks of testing for each product and then a couple weeks to compile/verify snd analyze the data.  
 

It will take well into late summer to complete every category. 

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On 2/23/2021 at 10:18 AM, pozzit said:

I think a great addition would be some tester profiles so you can find a comparable tester to yourself and see what fit them best. A tally of what was the best results per tester doesn't always equal the best on average.  

Doesn't TrueGolfFit basically do this?  You pay the fee, enter some data, and they compare it against their DB of shots to find you the best driver for your stats.  If nothing else, it's a $9 donation to keep MGS up and running.

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9 hours ago, HardcoreLooper said:

Doesn't TrueGolfFit basically do this?  You pay the fee, enter some data, and they compare it against their DB of shots to find you the best driver for your stats.  If nothing else, it's a $9 donation to keep MGS up and running.

Yea thats a good point. I know I want to go through a Driver fitting at the beginning of this year and was going to use TrueGolfFit with that as well to help narrow down my suggestions.  

I do think it would be good to have a tally for the testers of what was their best fit. 

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Not really. [mention=15174]cnosil[/mention]can give you more insight.  It takes typically 3-5 weeks of testing for each product and then a couple weeks to compile/verify snd analyze the data.  
 
It will take well into late summer to complete every category. 
@peejer

I am one of the most wanted testers so here is my take. The testing just takes time based on the available facilities and tester availability. The current facility has 2 hitting bays and 1 putting green. Each session takes approximately 1 and there are roughly 6-10 session per club type and 10-20 testers. There are also space limitations on how many clubs can be on the facility floor to perform the testing. This results in a one to two months of testing per club type.

Ongoing at the same time as club testing they are doing soft good testing which takes away additional space.

That is just the part of what the guys do, they are writing the articles, working with OEMs, doing smaller lab tests (like the tee test), measuring specs, and coordinating the schedules with all the testers. They also have testers that drop out or aren’t able to provide usable data which means they need to add another tester and do some catch-up.

Once all the data is collected it is reviewed and analyzed. Breaking it down by swings speed isn’t cut and dry either since testers on the speed border line may have clubs or even swings above or below the line.

Lots of time and effort goes into the planning, execution, and release of each test. I am sure they would like to go faster but there are limitations that prevent that from happening.
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On 2/24/2021 at 8:35 PM, rbsiedsc said:

Speaking of which, anyone get the Callaway email advertising 47” drivers for those craving distance. Calling it there LD spec. How many folks gonna see the more distance and go out and get these bean poles and try to play with them. Maybe this is how Callaway plans to sell more balls too and more people will be spraying them OB everywhere. 

I noticed that, but though it was weird that they didn't offer any lower lofts. I only saw that you could buy the 9 or 10.5 degree heads

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