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Here's your brief update from yesterday:

 

Testing went very smoothly...100% according to plan. I haven't imported the data into the master sheet yet, however; my best guess as a participant and an observer is that the number 1 overall spot - MyGolfSpy's Most Wanted Driver - is going to be very, very close, and my belief at this point is that it's down to 2 drivers.

 

I saw nothing yesterday (again...eyeballs, no data yet) that alters my belief in the distance winners. Accuracy is perhaps a bit more blurry than I expected, but probably not enough of a change to alter the final results.

 

Consistency...honestly, I have no idea whatsoever.

 

Here's the story...

We are inside of the final 40 shots! By 1:00PM Eastern Time tomorrow testing will be completed.

When all is said and done, our testers will have spent over 30 hours testing clubs, and will have hit in excess of 3000 combined shots.

We're confident that this is 3 times over the most extensive driver performance test you're going to see this year.

 

GolfSpy X and will spend a good bit of next week organizing and preparing, and our goal is to publish results beginning Monday April 15th.

 

For reasons that have to do with space on the page, and not wanting to completely overload the casual reader we're not going to immediately publish all the raw data we normally include in a review. WE MOST CERTAINLY WILL PUBLISH EVERY LAST BIT OF IT...it's just that with so many clubs we have a metric s#%t-ton of data to sift through, so it's going to take me a little extra time to put those charts together. Obviously the most important thing is to get the initial (overall results) published. The raw data (launch angle, spin rates, ball speeds, etc.) will lag a bit behind, but to re-iterate, we absolutely will publish it.

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I know who the winner is...I know who the winner is.

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I know who the winner is...I know who the winner is.

 

Then get typing... We're waiting.

My Bag:
Driver - 
:cobra-small:  King F6+

3 Wood -  :callaway-small: XR16
Hybrids -  :srixon-small:  ZH45
Irons -  :mizuno-small:  JPX 850 Pro

Wedges -  :callaway-small: Mac Daddy 2
Putter -   :taylormade-small: Spider Tour Red
Bag - Ogio Grom Stand

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Drum roll please!!!! And the winner is........

 

Your arms are gonna be tired, because you'll be drum rolling for a week......

 

This is as exciting as Opening Day at the Ballpark (I was at The Trop with my bride) ....or The Final Four Games in Atlanta.....or the Semi-annual Two Day Golf Tourney next weekend at Pebble Creek(I run the tourney).

Driver: image.png.6ba1c8a254ad57aa05e527b74c2e04ba.png0211 w/Evenflo Riptide CB Regular shaft & 0811 XF w/Evenflo Riptide CB Senior shaft

Fairways:  image.png.80321f01fc46450b6f428c7daf7b3471.png0211 5W & 7W w/ Evenflo Riptide CB  regular shaft and Tour Edge E521 9W w/Fubuki HD50 regular shaft

Hybrid: None in bag at the moment

IronsTitleist T300 5-PW w/Fubuki MV Senior graphite shafts w/Golf Pride Tour

Wedges: Titleist T300 48* GW w/Fubuki MV Senior shaft and Edison forged 53* and 57* wedges with KB PGI Senior shafts(80 grm).

Putter: 33”   Evnroll ER2 w/Evnroll Gravity Grip or Ping Ketsch

Bag: Vice cart bag(Black/Lime). 

Ball: Maxfli Tour CG, Titleist Pro V1x or Titleist TruFeel

Using Shot Scope V3 and MG4000 Rangefinder

 

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X and I have spent the last couple of days plotting the release of the results of our test. Because you guys have been following this from the beginning, I wanted to share with you the schedule.

 

Thursday 4/11 - Meet the Contestants (background, testing procedures, participants, specs)

Monday 4/15 - Distance

Tuesday 4/16 - Accuracy

Wednesday 4/17 - Overall [with link to massive data chart...I hope]

 

The following week we will be publishing testing notes, behind the scenes info...that sort of thing. The data is the data, and we believe strongly in that....but there are always details that can't be seen with a simple yardage number and score...I'm going to share that sort of thing.

 

Finally...we're going to provide mailbag links...essentially we're giving you guys the opportunity to ask whatever it is you'd like to ask about the test, the testers, the clubs, etc.. Depending on volume we may not answer everything, but we are definitely looking forward to the opportunity to fill in any information you feel like we may have missed.

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Awesome cant wait!

MY BAG-

Driver- Taylormade SLDR 12* (Speeder 7.2vc tour spec S)

3 Wood- Taylormade R11(bimatrix prototype S)

3 Hybrid- Ping I20(stock S)

Irons-Taylormade Tour Perferred MC ( C Taper S)

Wedges- 50, 54, and 58 SCOR4161( KBS)

Putter-Taylormade Ghost Corza.

 

All Left Handed!

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X and I have spent the last couple of days plotting the release of the results of our test. Because you guys have been following this from the beginning, I wanted to share with you the schedule.

 

Thursday 4/11 - Meet the Contestants (background, testing procedures, participants, specs)

Monday 4/15 - Distance

Tuesday 4/16 - Accuracy

Wednesday 4/17 - Overall [with link to massive data chart...I hope]

 

The following week we will be publishing testing notes, behind the scenes info...that sort of thing. The data is the data, and we believe strongly in that....but there are always details that can't be seen with a simple yardage number and score...I'm going to share that sort of thing.

 

Finally...we're going to provide mailbag links...essentially we're giving you guys the opportunity to ask whatever it is you'd like to ask about the test, the testers, the clubs, etc.. Depending on volume we may not answer everything, but we are definitely looking forward to the opportunity to fill in any information you feel like we may have missed.

 

 

Don't you just love it when a Plan comes together?

Driver: image.png.6ba1c8a254ad57aa05e527b74c2e04ba.png0211 w/Evenflo Riptide CB Regular shaft & 0811 XF w/Evenflo Riptide CB Senior shaft

Fairways:  image.png.80321f01fc46450b6f428c7daf7b3471.png0211 5W & 7W w/ Evenflo Riptide CB  regular shaft and Tour Edge E521 9W w/Fubuki HD50 regular shaft

Hybrid: None in bag at the moment

IronsTitleist T300 5-PW w/Fubuki MV Senior graphite shafts w/Golf Pride Tour

Wedges: Titleist T300 48* GW w/Fubuki MV Senior shaft and Edison forged 53* and 57* wedges with KB PGI Senior shafts(80 grm).

Putter: 33”   Evnroll ER2 w/Evnroll Gravity Grip or Ping Ketsch

Bag: Vice cart bag(Black/Lime). 

Ball: Maxfli Tour CG, Titleist Pro V1x or Titleist TruFeel

Using Shot Scope V3 and MG4000 Rangefinder

 

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As a new member I can not wait for this so I have an idea of what to swing at my local shop!!!!!!

Driver: 2013 Ping Anser 8.5 Aldila Rip XX 47"

Fairway: Cleveland HiBore XLS 3wood 45" VooDoo XVS7

Irons: Taylormade R11's 4-AW KBS Tour X // 3 Iron Mizuno MP-58 KBS TOUR X

Wedges: Cleveland CG15 KBS X

Putter: Ping Zing Karsten 35"

Bag: Nike Navy Blue Carry

Balls: Bridgestone B330 Black & Taylormade Penta TP5

Tees: 4" Zero Friction 3-prong

Whiskey: Crown Royal Neat

Cigars: Gurkha Widow Maker Maduro

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X and I have spent the last couple of days plotting the release of the results of our test. Because you guys have been following this from the beginning, I wanted to share with you the schedule.

 

Thursday 4/11 - Meet the Contestants (background, testing procedures, participants, specs)

Monday 4/15 - Distance

Tuesday 4/16 - Accuracy

Wednesday 4/17 - Overall [with link to massive data chart...I hope]

 

 

Shoot, that's in two days! Awesome!

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Can't wait for the results, the next week is going to be huge, not only do we get the test results, the Masters is on and I am having a custom fitting session for new clubs at Callaway Performance Centre on Monday, its all happening! :)

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Can't wait for the results, the next week is going to be huge, not only do we get the test results, the Masters is on and I am having a custom fitting session for new clubs at Callaway Performance Centre on Monday, its all happening! :)

THAT sounds like the perfect week! Would like to hear your impressions on the Callaway fitting also. If there were any surprises and what you ended up leaning towards or purchasing. Have fun!

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Interesting related story to MyGolfSpy's Ultimate Driver Test. The "other" golf blog has a story about Edwin Watts doing some driver testing for their advertising and coming up with surprising results. Now, this is all off the rack drivers but they set up a robot to hit off various spots on the club face of all the drivers and posted the leaders in different categories like distance, ball speed etc.

It's a selling tool for Edwin Watts and has to be taken with a grain of salt, but what I found interesting is that the Wilson D-100 ended up with the leaders in many categories (ok, I'm a bit of a Wilson fan boy like many on here). Kind of dovetails with T's observation that his senior hitter had an outstanding day with the Wilson driver. Great ball speed and forgiveness...

The two sources makes me want to hit the club.

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THAT sounds like the perfect week! Would like to hear your impressions on the Callaway fitting also. If there were any surprises and what you ended up leaning towards or purchasing. Have fun!

Thanks mate, will certainly post my experiences after Mondays session, it's for irons & wedges but I am going to try the drivers and hybrids too, its not often you get this chance so im taking advantage of it :)

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I'm sure you've covered this already, but with the adjustable drivers, were they tweaked (face angle, weights, not custom shafts) for each person before the testing began? Or did you go with stock set-up for every driver?

Driver: Callaway Optiforce 440 9.5* with Diamama Blue S+ 62g Stiff shaft

3 and 5 wood: Callaway Big Bertha with Fubuki Z65 Stiff

Hybrid: Wilson FG Tour 4 hybrid

Irons: 5 iron: Cleveland Altitude Stiff; 6 -PW Callaway Apex Pro, KBS Tour-V Stff

Wedges: 51*, 55* and 58* SCORE with Genius Stiff

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Excellent... Up until last weekend I had no intention of buying a new driver, but this post has been making me antsy... Then I tried my brother in laws RBZ... I'm not g Nona say I LOVED it, but it felt so much better than the KZG driver I'm playing now... Once I read the results I plan to go out and try out some drivers...

 

Can't wait to see the results...

My Bag:
Driver - 
:cobra-small:  King F6+

3 Wood -  :callaway-small: XR16
Hybrids -  :srixon-small:  ZH45
Irons -  :mizuno-small:  JPX 850 Pro

Wedges -  :callaway-small: Mac Daddy 2
Putter -   :taylormade-small: Spider Tour Red
Bag - Ogio Grom Stand

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In the market for a new driver. Took my Cobra S9-1 (9.5, ProLaunch Red stiff) to a shop to compare against new drivers. The S9-1 gave me over 3800 in spin for a 105 SS. Was close to walking out with a X-Hot but we still had snow on the ground so I waited. I liked the F12 as well. Currenly have my eye on the Anser. Was at Dick's today and saw a R11s with a "TP" shaft for $249, with my $30 coupon it would have been $219 out the door....but I kept thinking of the driver test results and decided to wait.....patiently.

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