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The new one (that Phil has been gaming) is coming out next week, hopefully… 11.5 and 13.5 mini driver options.

im seriously considering buying one… I need a new three wood and would love a bigger head. 
 

im very interested in this!

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TM & Callaway have had mini's on and off for years! What's the BIG DEAL!

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curious to see if this becomes a new trend on tour....whats old is new again????

if so, and the 460CC driver becomes a "thing of the past", every amateur will run out and buy one

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I carry a driver and a mini. The mini is good for short par fours where hitting through the fairway can be an issue. Leaves me a full club less into the green than a standard 3W. I also carry a 3HL (16.5) that I use off the deck. 

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My Original One is my third TM mini driver.  I don't know what it is about them that just works for me, but they have been great for my game.  A bit harder to hit off the deck than a traditional 3-wood, of course, but a fantastic driver alternative off the tee.  I don't need the new one, but I'll be taking a serious look anyway.  

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Right now it is not really easy to purchase a mini-driver.

Wishon has one and the Callaway Mini-Drivers on eBay go for a pretty penny.

Having something with modern face tech and weight ports would be welcome by a lot of fitters and golfers.

JD

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I picked up a TM mini driver about 6 years aog. It's nothing more than an over size 3 wood head. Pretty much what you could bey some 20 years ago when 260CC drivers were the norm. I have an old SnakeEyes 260CC 12* driver head I got when I started playin golf 20 years ago, and it's very much the same size and shape as the new TM Mini driver head. Just a LOT more moeny. 

Bottom line is that the newer Mini drivers are nothing more than an EASIER to hit 3 wood. depending on what loft to get. They work off a tee well and decent off the deck as well. Worth a look, but make sure you get a GOOD after market shaft to replace the cheap factory shaft, and have it properly Spine and FLO aligned it you go with a Mini. 

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Cobra made a 12 deg Long Tom 2 wood in 2012-ish time frame.  260cc head at 45" long.  Worked well off a tee or off the deck.  I had one and am shooting myself for not keeping it but you know how clubs go.  Something new?  Something goes.  I replaced with a TM 3W HL.  Good club but not the same.  There are some Cobra Long Tom drivers and 2W on eBay periodically.

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Just your average hacker here. My driver/fairway wood is a 13* Callaway Mavrik Max 3 wood. The only wood in the bag. Next man up is an 18* 3 hybrid. 

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2 hours ago, GPS111 said:

Cobra made a 12 deg Long Tom 2 wood in 2012-ish time frame.  260cc head at 45" long.  Worked well off a tee or off the deck.  I had one and am shooting myself for not keeping it but you know how clubs go.  Something new?  Something goes.  I replaced with a TM 3W HL.  Good club but not the same.  There are some Cobra Long Tom drivers and 2W on eBay periodically.

Yeah, I've been trying to find a Long Tom for a little bit... they never seem to pop up anymore... the used market is weird. I've also been looking for a 3 deep from Callaway with no success... 

 

I'd love to see some competition in this space and see what other OEMs make... I just want a "bigger" three wood head as it's primarily a tee club for me.

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I used to carry a Callaway Bobby Jones 2 Wood regularly.  Used it very similar to the way Phil uses what they now call the "Mini Driver" (though my results were markedly different ;)) ... same club.  Smaller head, slightly more loft.  I sought it out because my original Eye-O-Matic MacGregor Persimmons were a complete set  (Driver, 2, 3, 4 5 woods) - gifted to me from my Grandfather when he passed.  Honestly, I should be using that type of club more than the new drivers... more control and a little less difference... but sometimes longer and in trouble doesn't make sense compared to shorter and a FIR.  Hmmmmm food for thought.    

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I’ve been playing the TaylorMade Original One (11.5 head turned down to 10) since it was released. For me a fantastic alternative to the driver. I often play alone on the same course giving me the luxury to hit multiple shots when practicing. After 6+ months of hitting tee shots with both a driver and the Original One, you find out your expected landing spots, the distances etc.

The resulting difference was that when I hit them both at 9+/10, the driver is about 8-12yds longer on average. However, for whatever reason the accuracy of the Original One made the choice clear. I’d rather be in the fairway ½ club short than possible vs. OB, in the rough, behind a tree, whatever.

Perhaps it’s the ½ to ¾ inch difference in length and smaller face real estate that gives me that confidence over the ball.

Lastly, someone previously mention after market shaft. I would completely agree. I think having changed mine out to a Ventus Blue VeloCore made a huge difference. BTW, I also have OEM after market shaft options used in the driver, so the comparison was fair imo.

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Generally smaller heads allow for the ability to work the ball a bit better.  Not everyone is enthused with 460cc drivers.  Personally I despise them and have relegated myself to a 440cc head (9.9° loft).  I am definitely interested in the TM mini driver at 11.5 degree loft.  I can make it a lower loft by a degree or 1.5° and have close to the same loft of my current driver.  My swing is fairly repeatable where I strike the ball in the center of the club face or close to it every time so I don't need the massive face of a 460cc driver.  Also, I am not in a distance contest and am not playing big time tour or amateur events.  I play in a local tournament or two every year and would do just fine even if I lost 5-10 yards of distance.  I am looking for a driver I can work the ball right to left or left to right and control the flight of the ball better.  I have always been able to do that with smaller headed drivers.  This one just might be tempting enough to try.

 

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With the new TM Mini being 307CC, you might want to see if you can find and OLD Cleveland 330 Launcher driver online and see IF you like it before you go out and spend a couple hundred dollars on the new TM, which you may not like at all. I have an old 330 Launcher that I'm sure would be a good test club to try if I was looking to get the new TM, which I am NOT interested it. 

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4 hours ago, IONEPUTT said:

With the new TM Mini being 307CC, you might want to see if you can find and OLD Cleveland 330 Launcher driver online and see IF you like it before you go out and spend a couple hundred dollars on the new TM, which you may not like at all. I have an old 330 Launcher that I'm sure would be a good test club to try if I was looking to get the new TM, which I am NOT interested it. 

I have been golfing for 35 years and am quite used to small headed drivers.  I used to play persimmon woods and still to this day occasionally take one of my drivers out to the course for a few ceremonial drives.  I used one last week at Ute Creek Golf Course in Longmont and out drove my TM M3 440cc 9.9° tour issue driver/2016 Taylormade Tour Preferred ball with a 1950 MacGregor M43T with original shaft/Titleist 384 Tour 100 compression ball by about 10 yards on #17 (575yd par 5).  AND I struck the drive with the M3 pretty well.  I just hit the persimmon wood even better on that strike.  My first metal wood was a Taylormade Tour Burner 9.5° (mid/late 80s model).  I have gamed drivers with smaller size than the TM Mini 300 coming out.  I have hit the old Cleveland 330 Launcher as my buddy owned two of them at the same time each with a different shaft.  I hated both of them.  I did game a Taylormade 300 series 8.5° driver in the early 2000s for a couple years and loved that one.  There is a reason I like smaller headed drivers compared to the monster drivers today.  One is pure looks of the driver and two is the ability to work the ball a bit better than the TM M3 440cc driver I am currently gaming.  What can I say, I am a club ho like many of us but I am not 100% convinced I'll buy one, at least not new.  If I wait a couple months these will start showing up on the BST pages on this site and another popular site.  😄

 

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Very interested as I want more distance out of my 3w.  I'd love to see just how playable off the short grass this is.  I have lots of confidence hitting both my G400 3w and 5w off pool tables and if this offers that capability and about 10-20 yards more distance 👍.

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16 minutes ago, fixyurdivot said:

Very interested as I want more distance out of my 3w.  I'd love to see just how playable off the short grass this is.  I have lots of confidence hitting both my G400 3w and 5w off pool tables and if this offers that capability and about 10-20 yards more distance 👍.

In my experience golfers with slower swing speeds the older ones from Callaway and Tm werent that easy to hit off the deck

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I wonder i this would be something to invest in for those who play in wet conditions were you don't get much roll. I think this would be a good winter golf option for those in the PNW. hmm....

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2 hours ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

In my experience golfers with slower swing speeds the older ones from Callaway and Tm werent that easy to hit off the deck

I'm 60, not dead 🤣.  Do you think they have changed the sole design since the earlier versions to improve that aspect?  The difference between my former Warbird 3w and the G400's are like night and day.  I could hit the WB off the deck but not as consistently (ball flight more so) as the G400's.

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3 hours ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

In my experience golfers with slower swing speeds the older ones from Callaway and Tm werent that easy to hit off the deck

I'm not exactly "slow", I top out around 100mph usually if I'm really limber, but I will say that the 14* BB Mini I have is a no-go off the deck, at least for me. Off the tee, it's really good and it's been a confidence booster for me as I work my way back to a regular 460cc driver. But in my experience, and from others I've spoken with, the mini drivers are more of a driver/3w replacement off the tee and aren't so hot at all off the deck. 

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