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Hook DeLoft

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A few companies have started selling light weight drivers marketed for slower swing speed golfers (I'm looking at you, old man in the mirror).  If you have hit some of them, which was your favorite?  You can, of course, build your own with a light weight shaft and grip.  Which brings up another question, which companies' stock driver heads tend toward the lighter end of the spectrum?

14 of the following:

Ping G430 Max 10.5 degree

Callaway 2023 Big Bertha 3 wood set to 17 degrees

Cobra F9 Speedback 7/8 wood set at 23.5 degrees

Callaway Epic Max 11 wood

Ping Eye 2 BeCu 2-SW

Mizuno 923 JPX HM HL 6-GW

Hogan sand wedge 56 degree bent to 53

Maltby M Series+ 54 degree

Ping Glide 3.0 Eye2 58 degree

Ping Glide 3.0 60 degree

Evnroll ER2

Ping Sigma 2 Anser

Cheap Top Flite mallet putter from Dick's, currently holding down first place in the bag

TaylorMade Mini Spider

Bridgestone XS

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My wife uses a Sim2(200g) with a 47g aldila nvs pink: she gets absurd distance numbers for someone swinging 75mph on avg. Not sure if a 280+ gram driver qualifies as lightweight, but it ain’t heavy either…

 

Driver - Cobra LtDxLS

3 Wood - Ping g410 LST

2iron - Titleist U505

Irons - Ping i59

Wedges - Vokey Sm9

Putter - Mizuno Mcraft IV

 

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15 hours ago, Hook DeLoft said:

A few companies have started selling light weight drivers marketed for slower swing speed golfers (I'm looking at you, old man in the mirror).  If you have hit some of them, which was your favorite?  You can, of course, build your own with a light weight shaft and grip.  Which brings up another question, which companies' stock driver heads tend toward the lighter end of the spectrum?

The ones I can think of are Cleveland XL Lite and all the XXIO clubs.  I really liked the Cleveland when I hit it during last years most wanted testing.   XXIO aren’t the best looking; IMO, but they are lighter weight.  

Driver:  :ping-small: G400 Max 9* w/ KBS Tour Driven
Fairway: :titelist-small: TS3 15*  w/Project X Hzardous Smoke
Hybrids:  :titelist-small: 915H 21* w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
                :titelist-small: 915H  24*  w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype        
Irons:      :honma:TR20V 6-11 w/Vizard TR20-85 Graphite
Wedge:  :titleist-small: 54/12D, 60/8M w/:Accra iWedge 90 Graphite
Putter:   Sacks Parente MC 3 Stripe

Backup Putters:  :odyssey-small: Milled Collection RSX 2, :seemore-small: mFGP2, :cameron-small: Futura 5W, :taylormade-small:TM-180

Member:  MGS Hitsquad since 2017697979773_DSCN2368(Custom).JPG.a1a25f5e430d9eebae93c5d652cbd4b9.JPG

 

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I went with the TSi 1 I gained clubhead speed thus more distance. Interesting enough I was fit by Titleist and they put me in a stiff shaft and 10 degrees. My last driver was the Ping G400 and I was fit into a soft regular shaft at 12 degrees. Two opposite approaches but they both worked with my swing type. But the Titleist won out between the two.   

:titleist-small: Driver, TSi 1 S Flex

:cobra-small: 3 wood, Aerojet Max UST Helium Nanocore R Flex

:cobra-small: 5 wood, Aerojet Max UST Helium Nanocore R Flex 

:cobra-small: 7 Wood, Aerojet Max UST Helium Nanocore R Flex 

:cobra-small: 5 Hybrid King Tec MMT R Flex

:cobra-small: Irons, Tour UST Recoil 95 R Flex (6 - Gap)

:cobra-small: Wedges, Snakebite KBS Hi- Rev2.0 54* & 60*

:cobra-small: Agera 35"

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I went with Titleist TSI1 model. I have a slow swing speed and the Titleist fitter put me on a 10' with their ultra lite shaft. I did adjust it up to about 11' and I have gained 5-10 yards of carry with this driver. I did see a testing report from here on the MGS site that scored Titleist Stealth HD best for slow swings. 

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Im scheduled to try the New Ping 430 H/L and the new Titlist TSR1 lineup. I believe the new Stealth 2 HD lineup uses lighter weight shafts as well.

 

 Ping 430 Max H/L 10 Degree Geezer Flex

 Ping 425 7 wood Geezer Flex

Ping 425 5H [Not in bag]

TM DHY 4/5

Titlist 5-Gap T300's Geezer Flex

Wedges Cleveland RTX Fullface Zipcore 52 degree and TM Hi Toe 4 56 degree

Putter Scotty Cameron Golo S Center Shafted

Ball Bridgestone BXS , Trying The Maxfli Tour S also

Bag Titlist 15 Cart Bag

 

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2 hours ago, Fred Mitchell said:

Im scheduled to try the New Ping 430 H/L and the new Titlist TSR1 lineup. I believe the new Stealth 2 HD lineup uses lighter weight shafts as well.

 

I look forward to reading your impressions.  And, welcome to MSG!

14 of the following:

Ping G430 Max 10.5 degree

Callaway 2023 Big Bertha 3 wood set to 17 degrees

Cobra F9 Speedback 7/8 wood set at 23.5 degrees

Callaway Epic Max 11 wood

Ping Eye 2 BeCu 2-SW

Mizuno 923 JPX HM HL 6-GW

Hogan sand wedge 56 degree bent to 53

Maltby M Series+ 54 degree

Ping Glide 3.0 Eye2 58 degree

Ping Glide 3.0 60 degree

Evnroll ER2

Ping Sigma 2 Anser

Cheap Top Flite mallet putter from Dick's, currently holding down first place in the bag

TaylorMade Mini Spider

Bridgestone XS

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So, I called Ping and got the scoop, the low down, the skinny on the G430 HL.  The head is exactly the same as the G430 Max but with a lighter moveable weight in the back.  The shaft is similar to the Distanza shaft available previously, but the new shaft is 2 or 3 grams heavier.  And it has an ultra light grip.  So, basically, I could put together something very similar using my G425 Max head.  And the 425 and 430 heads are the same weight.

14 of the following:

Ping G430 Max 10.5 degree

Callaway 2023 Big Bertha 3 wood set to 17 degrees

Cobra F9 Speedback 7/8 wood set at 23.5 degrees

Callaway Epic Max 11 wood

Ping Eye 2 BeCu 2-SW

Mizuno 923 JPX HM HL 6-GW

Hogan sand wedge 56 degree bent to 53

Maltby M Series+ 54 degree

Ping Glide 3.0 Eye2 58 degree

Ping Glide 3.0 60 degree

Evnroll ER2

Ping Sigma 2 Anser

Cheap Top Flite mallet putter from Dick's, currently holding down first place in the bag

TaylorMade Mini Spider

Bridgestone XS

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On 2/22/2023 at 3:12 PM, Hook DeLoft said:

I look forward to reading your impressions.  And, welcome to MSG!

Went with the Ping. The Titlist was more forgiving than i though, gave the Ping a run for is money until you hit one on the toe then not so well. The Pings actual longest was 1 or 2 yards shorter but if you averaged the best 5 or 1o the Ping was the longest. for me. I also tried the TaylorMade HD model. Titlist was a clear 2nd place for me. If I hadnt tried the Ping I would have walked out with the TSR1 very happy with the improvement over my Callaway Epic max

 

 Ping 430 Max H/L 10 Degree Geezer Flex

 Ping 425 7 wood Geezer Flex

Ping 425 5H [Not in bag]

TM DHY 4/5

Titlist 5-Gap T300's Geezer Flex

Wedges Cleveland RTX Fullface Zipcore 52 degree and TM Hi Toe 4 56 degree

Putter Scotty Cameron Golo S Center Shafted

Ball Bridgestone BXS , Trying The Maxfli Tour S also

Bag Titlist 15 Cart Bag

 

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2 hours ago, Hook DeLoft said:

So, I called Ping and got the scoop, the low down, the skinny on the G430 HL.  The head is exactly the same as the G430 Max but with a lighter moveable weight in the back.  The shaft is similar to the Distanza shaft available previously, but the new shaft is 2 or 3 grams heavier.  And it has an ultra light grip.  So, basically, I could put together something very similar using my G425 Max head.  And the 425 and 430 heads are the same weight.

The weight is a silver aluminum color on the H/L models, Black on regular 430.

 Ping 430 Max H/L 10 Degree Geezer Flex

 Ping 425 7 wood Geezer Flex

Ping 425 5H [Not in bag]

TM DHY 4/5

Titlist 5-Gap T300's Geezer Flex

Wedges Cleveland RTX Fullface Zipcore 52 degree and TM Hi Toe 4 56 degree

Putter Scotty Cameron Golo S Center Shafted

Ball Bridgestone BXS , Trying The Maxfli Tour S also

Bag Titlist 15 Cart Bag

 

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I weighed a Cobra LTDx LS last night. It was 194g which was 4g lighter than my F9 and is at the light end of standard heads. I believe Callaway heads are on the light side as well. 

:ping-small: G425 MAX Driver & 5W

:cobra-small: Baffler Rail-H 3H-4H

:Sub70: 699 Pro Utility V2 - 4i

:callaway-small: APEX CF19 6-AW

INDI Wedges 52, 56, 60 

 :edel-golf-1: EAS 2.0

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On 3/8/2023 at 10:34 AM, BMart519 said:

I weighed a Cobra LTDx LS last night. It was 194g which was 4g lighter than my F9 and is at the light end of standard heads. I believe Callaway heads are on the light side as well. 

The head is lighter, don't forget to factor in the lighter shaft if you're trying to replicate the Ping H/L, Callaway Big Bertha 23 or Taylormade HD [ lighter for speed ] Drivers.

 

 Ping 430 Max H/L 10 Degree Geezer Flex

 Ping 425 7 wood Geezer Flex

Ping 425 5H [Not in bag]

TM DHY 4/5

Titlist 5-Gap T300's Geezer Flex

Wedges Cleveland RTX Fullface Zipcore 52 degree and TM Hi Toe 4 56 degree

Putter Scotty Cameron Golo S Center Shafted

Ball Bridgestone BXS , Trying The Maxfli Tour S also

Bag Titlist 15 Cart Bag

 

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