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VOTE NOW! – 2014 “MOST WANTED” Driver

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The Best Driver of 2014

The largest data-driven test of drivers the golf industry has ever seen is underway and we are only days away from knowing the winners. Results will be published very soon.  Goal was simple, conduct the most comprehensive, data-driven test the industry had ever seen.  Show how the top performing drivers of 2014, and show all the data to back it up.  No marketing, no hype, no medals just results.  And let the results speak for themselves.

But, while the last swings are being calculated and bits of data deciphered, lets have some fun first and vote for who YOU think will win this thing.

We tested a total of 23 different models in "Most Wanted" Driver Test, but there can only be one winner.

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Vote Now!

While our testing will determine the winner, we encourage you to vote below for your favorite (or at the very least the company you think will win).  Be sure to use the Facebook and Twitter buttons to share this post with your friends, fans, and loyal minions so that they too can come and vote for their favorite putter manufacturer.

What is the #1 Driver in Golf?

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Steve Green January 13, 2014 at 10:47 am

Taylor Made SLDR

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Robert Stephens January 13, 2014 at 10:51 am

Best driver ever!!!

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AWOL January 15, 2014 at 4:30 pm

I have to agree i think TM will be the winner, i love my R1 and had the RBZ1 prior to it so i think im done buying drivers for awhile. But i am curious about the Big Bertha and the Krank, me being left-handed i have never seen a Krank driver anywhere.

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Jeff January 16, 2014 at 2:08 pm

AWOL,
As a fellow lefty I would recommend the Ping G25 reg shaft.Light shaft more club head speed love it.
But being curious I might trial the Ping i25 when we see it in NZ

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AWOL January 19, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Thanks for the advice. Funny thing is i used to own a G20 and i did a totally dumb a$$ move and dented the crown. No its not what you think i didn’t tee the ball too high and made my driver into a pitching wedge. haha. I walk all my courses and i didn’t leave enough space between me and my bag when i hit an iron and totally dented my crown on my backswing. I did love the G20 it was probably the straightest driver i ever hit and kind of a dull muted sound. The dent was so ugly i got rid of it and got the RBZ1 which was longer but i had to adjust it so low because of the ball flight height, it opened up the face and i sliced more often than ever. Then came the R1 and after getting fitted my ball flight was so high they tuned it to 8 degrees with a 3 degree closed face to get back to neutral and i got perfect ball flight and the longest i have ever been. I got 105mph clubhead speed with it and straight as hell. Im the only person i know that ever fitted into a 8 degree loft. But i agree with you, its hard to go wrong with Ping anything. TM and Ping are my choices except for wedges i play Titleist Vokeys SM4 which are fantastic better than my Cleveland’s I used to have.

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C.Evans January 13, 2014 at 11:01 am

The voting doesn’t display correctly on mobile, but I’ll be shocked if at least one of the Bertha’s isn’t in the top 3.

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C.Evans January 13, 2014 at 11:04 am

And I think the Bertha and not the Alpha will score better with the average golfer than the Alpha will, as the Alpha was designed with better, higher SS players in mind if I’m reading correctly. The SLDR, for me, was a flop. Felt and sounded like crap and was shorter than what I’m already playing.

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Steve Robertson January 13, 2014 at 11:05 am

The Engineers at Adams have done it again.. XTD!!!

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greg January 13, 2014 at 11:18 am

Callaway has the best technology .hands down the winner

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Conrad January 13, 2014 at 11:18 am

I will say TaylorMade. My bag is all nike except my driver which is the burner ’09. TM know how to make good sounding, feeling and performance drivers.

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Mr_Theoo January 13, 2014 at 11:23 am

Nike covert 2.0

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Zack hulett January 13, 2014 at 11:38 am

Krank formula 5!

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Sluggo42 January 13, 2014 at 11:52 am

Well, picking a ping since I play a ping makes sense to me. And the reason I play a ping? It has already won this event two years ago. Ping doesn’t play the game of a new club every 2 months, it plays it every 2 years, only when it knows it has truly improved the product.
How’s that for being a true homer! Ha!

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FrozenGolfer January 13, 2014 at 11:44 am

I think the exotics has a good chance of high finishes in both distance and accuracy, which is something I think we all love in a driver. If the XTD proves to be accurate I feel it could be a top contender as well.

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vic January 16, 2014 at 12:54 pm

I agree. But it won’t get the air time till you hit it!

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blstrong (SeeRed) January 13, 2014 at 11:46 am

i25 to retain the title for Ping.

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blstrong (SeeRed) January 13, 2014 at 11:48 am

Just to be clear- by “title” I meant best MGS rated driver ever (i20). Whatever, it’s Monday.

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drisky January 13, 2014 at 12:21 pm

I’m right with ya, bud.

Came here to say the same thing

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TxGolfJunkie January 13, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Despite just purchasing a SLDR and gaining 17 yards over my Adams Fast 12 LS and my failed Krank Formula 5 test, I’m curious to see how Cally stacks up for the higher swing speeds. The Bertha seems legit.

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Bud Davis January 13, 2014 at 12:38 pm

I’m picking the Big Bertha to win. Don’t count out the Wilson M3 (nasty good looking) or the Mizuno JPX. Win, place, show. Do I win anything if I’m right?

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Lloyd January 13, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Taylormade sldr 430 cc TP jap version

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hamish January 13, 2014 at 1:10 pm

krank formula 5

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Nick Thurgood January 13, 2014 at 1:11 pm

KRANK Formula 5

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Troy January 13, 2014 at 1:21 pm

Geek golf-no brainer

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Barbajo January 13, 2014 at 1:28 pm

If we’re doing Win/Place/Show, I’ll go with:

1. Callie X2 Hot

2. Wilson Staff FG Tour M3

3. Callie Bertha Alpha (edging out Ping in a photo finish)

Dark horse – Tommy Armour, just because…

Looking forward to the results!

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Chicago-hoosier January 13, 2014 at 1:40 pm

1. Onoff type s or d depending on the tester and swing speed.
2. Yonex ezone xp

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Tad January 13, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Go Callaway Go

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TWShoot67 January 13, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Callaway BB Alpha for me

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Whatspy Uses Aname January 13, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Cobra Bio Cell Driver and Cobra Bio Cell+ should have been one category just like the Nike VRS Covert 2.0 (and Tour) were.
SLDR by Taylormade is a 2013 club that wrapped around to this season. The fact that it’s getting so many votes in this anyway is just a testament to how good of a club it truly is.
And although I myself voted for Nike, this just goes to prove, CALLAWAY is poised for a HUGE year.

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Tony Covey January 13, 2014 at 2:09 pm

We originally considered treating BiO Cell and BiO Cell+ as one entry, but the reality is that the + really isn’t a pro model of the other. It’s an entirely different driver, with different materials (BiO Cell is all titnium, + is not. Basically it’s more the difference between Big Bertha and Big Bertha Alpha, than say XCG7 and XCG7 Beta.

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Kenny B January 13, 2014 at 2:05 pm

If Ping wins, I’m getting one!

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B.vail January 13, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Krank all the way!!

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Drew January 13, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Still hoping to see the Tommy driver kick some major butt LOL

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Marcelo Bernardo January 13, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Love my Krank Formula 5 Driver! Longer and straighter than Taylormade.

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Andrew E January 13, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Krank Formula 5 all the way

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Landon January 13, 2014 at 3:07 pm

I’ll vote for the Adams XTD based on what I’ve heard and read in side by side testing of the SLDR & XH2.

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golfer4life January 13, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Not gonna be a big day at TMAG for there ego’s if Adams beats out there thoroughbred. Even though it would/should be a win win.

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Shawn L January 13, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Krank Nation, Formula 5 has to be the best it’s science and technology.

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Christian January 13, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Callaway Big Bertha, Callaway X2 Hot and Ping i25 are my top 3. I won’t be surprised if the Mizzy JPX-EZ is in the Top 5. I can’t wait for the results.

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Dwayne January 13, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Krank, I voted with my heart.

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Mike Honcho January 13, 2014 at 3:47 pm

Cleveand VAS 2.5…oh wait…its the 2000′s. I’m going with either Adams or Wilson.

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MB January 13, 2014 at 4:15 pm

BioCell looks like it will be another underrated beast. Amp Cell was easily a top 3 performing driver of 2013 – absolute weapon.

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Mennix January 13, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Callway’s Big Bertha Alpha – The number one, innovative and gorgeous!

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oldbug January 13, 2014 at 4:41 pm

krank for sure

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N January 13, 2014 at 4:51 pm

The SLDR will be dead and replaced in March / April this year. It was released early because of Callaway and it sliding weight in the Big Bertha. Having spoken to multiple professionals who have hit the Big Bertha, I would be surprised if anything comes close to it this season.

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DaveMac January 13, 2014 at 5:10 pm

The winner is likely to come from the same, one size almost fits all candidates, so the top 3 is probably going to be the X 2 Hot, Jetspeed and the Bio Cell. The others will be split, low spinning models for high swing speed players (SLDR) and the high launch, high spin models for low swing speed players (Adams, Mizuno).
Regardless of which driver is crowned the winner, with lots of data, it is going to be a very good read.

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jesse January 13, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Powerbilt hands down period

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P.M. January 13, 2014 at 6:11 pm

Callaway Big Bertha Alpha

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Gil B. January 13, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Gotta be the Ping G25. What an awesome driver.

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MikeG January 13, 2014 at 10:21 pm

Callaway Big Bertha, Callaway X2 Hot, Ping G25

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JBones January 14, 2014 at 1:28 am

I wanna say the SLDR, but I think the Powerbilt will do very well.

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Dropking January 14, 2014 at 2:13 am

I go for the Cally BB as it brings back fond memories of these industry leading drivers back then when we all had to buy one.

Biggest loser? G25 – tried one yesterday and hit the ball all over the place! Would love to try a Krank or Sinister!!

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Stoffer January 14, 2014 at 5:49 am

Overall I think the Callaway X2 Hot win although I’m rooting for the Ping G25 and Nike Covert 2.0.

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Mike January 14, 2014 at 6:58 am

I would love to see Ping g25 win this this and prove that relvant improvement takes more than one year.

Question; how will you treat the Alphas weight distribution change? Will each golfer be “fitted” to one setting through trials, or through theory about what they should have, or do they hit both and then you count the best score?

I guess the same question can be asked about all the other parameters as well, but since draw/fade bias through weights and adjustable hosels have been around for a while I would asume that you testers generally knows what works best for them.

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Tony Covey January 14, 2014 at 9:22 am

We make every reasonable effort to provide the best fit for each tester from the equipment provided by each company. In the case of Big Bertha Alpha that means we fit for flex, face angle and loft, and yes…the gravity core.

To a degree we’re fortunate in that our testers fall into pretty clear groups; guys who generally need more spin, and guys who almost always need less. So for the most part, gravity core placement for each tester has been fairly cut and dry.

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RAT January 14, 2014 at 8:51 am

I thought the Wilson Staff FG M3 was the driver for 2014 .The D100 was last year.Please correct the list.
I believe the Wilson Staff FG M3 will be the best.

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Tony Covey January 14, 2014 at 9:19 am

We allow manufacturers to submit anything from the current lineup (basically less than 2 years old without a direct replacement). Wilson chose to submit both the D100 and the FG Tour M3…and we’re glad they did.

As far as being fun to hit, nothing can touch the D100.

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Blaine Phillips January 14, 2014 at 9:16 am

The Adams Driver gave me another 4 mph ball speed with the SAME HEAD SPEED!

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Golfer Burnz January 14, 2014 at 9:20 am

I’m torn between the Yonex EZONE XP, Exotics XCG7 and Wilson D100. I realize the Wilson Staff FG Tour M3 isn’t on the list, but it also looks interesting for 2014.

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Golfer Burnz January 14, 2014 at 9:25 am

My bad, I see the Wilson Staff Tour M3 is on the list.

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Jin Teh January 14, 2014 at 10:17 am

KRANK FORMULA 5……

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Shark January 14, 2014 at 12:40 pm

You guys create such fun events like this driver test. Very unique. There’s always people who poo paw due to some missing entries etc but u do the best you can.
This guy can’t wait for the results.

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jonah January 14, 2014 at 3:46 pm

I don’t know why everyone is hating on the SLDR. It is a great club, and I have hit it. I also thinks the callaway x2 hot wil be big.

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Fenton Taylor January 14, 2014 at 4:26 pm

The new Krank driver is by far the best driver I have ever hit. The combo of the new head with the green Fuji shaft is unreal. I hit one at the range the other day that was the best ball I have ever hit!

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Dropking January 15, 2014 at 1:54 am

It must be a Srixon ball Fenton – they are the best!!

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JL8n January 14, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Looking forward to the results!
Oban Shaft PowerBilt Head!

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SkipThisAd January 14, 2014 at 9:46 pm

The 2010 “Cobra S2″ will blow these drivers away, save your money. But, if the Krank driver doesn’t win by a mile, then it’s all advertising.
Thanks for the test GolfSpy, i’m looking forward.

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Joe January 14, 2014 at 10:19 pm

Callaway is on a roll when it come stator signings, and it seems to be translating to the consumers.

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Joe January 14, 2014 at 10:20 pm

Spell check stinks!

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Dude McDude January 15, 2014 at 11:11 am

*sigh* another group of people that will overlook the Cleveland driver even though it looks stunning and preforms awesome.

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Jamie January 15, 2014 at 11:56 am

Nike driver

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andrew January 15, 2014 at 1:47 pm

bertha alpha… or i25…

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Mark kitchen January 15, 2014 at 4:29 pm

KRANK FORMULA 5

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Mark kitchen January 15, 2014 at 4:34 pm

I have never hit Callaway to know. So I vote KRANK

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Logan January 16, 2014 at 4:59 am

The Big Bertha Alpha really seems very similar to the SLDR in terms of adjustability and CG. The MOI on these new drivers is lower and you can tell they feel dull when you hit the ball. My smash factor went from 1.49 consistently with my TM R7 to 1.45 consistently with SLDR and I really didnt like it.
I have tried over 30 new drivers since I bought my R7, I went to cool clubs and they couldnt put together a better combo, and I tried a local fitting at ADS golf and they struggled to get me a better fitting club as well. Nothing can touch my R7 far as consistency and length overall. The Razr fit extreme with AD DI-6s shaft was actually about 10 yds further for me but not as straight.
That being said the new Big Bertha has similar adjustability to the R7 as far as how you can position the weight on the head. I really hope with a new head design I like and same adjustability the Big Bertha will solve my 5 year quest for a new driver.

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Joe January 16, 2014 at 9:24 am

I think you are confusing the two Big Bertha drivers. The regular BB is a lot like the SLDR, most notably with the rail on the back. The BB Alpha, is quite different, and intriguing to me, because the “gravity core” allows you to adjust spin and launch independently.

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logan January 16, 2014 at 1:14 pm

No, the priciples behind the Alpha and SLDR are similar they are direct competitors. That is why the SLDR moved the weight under the driver. They can still adjust the weight from fade to draw but it was moved under the driver to brings the center of gravity down and kill the spin rates a bit. This also lowers the MOI. This is how SLDR is acheiving the same effect as the gravity core from callaway. When you move the tungsten weight from the gravity core to the bottom of the head it is in the exact same place as the SLDR’s weight in neutral. This is way different then the BB track along the back. The BB has perimiter weighting on the outside to increase MOI and forgiveness of mishits and more adjustability for draw and fade to help people mask swing flaws better.

SLDR/Alpha= lower spin allowing for higher launch and a little draw/fade biasing
BB= Lots of draw/fade bias, higher MOI for more forgiveness on mishits. no spin reduction from weights.

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Mike Davis January 16, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Ping G25

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Frank January 16, 2014 at 12:34 pm

Bertha

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Frank January 16, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Alpha

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Daniel Hinzman January 16, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Callaway Big Bertha

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Andyk January 16, 2014 at 1:28 pm

I think it will be Callaway Big Bertha Alpha.
Taylor Made would take it especially if R1 was listed, but SLDR and Jetspeed are just not up there. This year Callaway will take it.

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Cab Callaway January 16, 2014 at 1:48 pm

I’d love to try them all to see which one suits my game best.
Who at GolfSpy can hook me up?

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Michael Doherty January 16, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Open minded golfers will give the Nike Covert 2.0 a serious look. They will find its the best of the best.

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SONNYP January 16, 2014 at 3:59 pm

I give the edge to callaway but I don’t like the frequency of new product rollouts. optiforce, xhot 2 and big bertha all within 5 or 6 months is a little much!

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Johan January 16, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Vote for Cobra bio cell +

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Eidolon January 16, 2014 at 4:04 pm

No Titliest???

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egdewrich January 16, 2014 at 6:12 pm

SLDR or Jetspeed….I hit SLDR at GS with Speeder 652 ex shaft and was shocked at the distance, low dispersion and other data. Guessing the Jetspeed is enhanced somehow over it.

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Brewer January 16, 2014 at 10:19 pm

If you didn’t vote for the Adams XTD I would bet you haven’t hit one yet.

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skoldie January 17, 2014 at 4:58 am

I have hitt the Cobra Bio Cell + and i Can tell you its F….ing Awsome…. The best in the Business…..

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Redbird January 17, 2014 at 9:07 pm

You gotta try this sleeper Sinister golfs Agent Orange this club is awesome definitely ,beats Krank. This is the longest I have ever hit a driver consistently. Feels great and looks cool too.

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SMRT January 22, 2014 at 2:41 pm

I have to agree. I have 2 of the AO’s and I really like them. I hope they perform well in this test so people will check them out.

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dcorun January 17, 2014 at 9:36 pm

Cleveland588Custom

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Phil January 18, 2014 at 2:45 pm

I believe the Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 driver will surprise and place high on this list. It’s a great looking club, VERY low-spinning head, and quality shaft options. If testers “loft up” enough, it can be as long as any other driver on the list.

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Shane January 18, 2014 at 5:38 pm

I have heard that Callaway have stopped making the BB Alpha already, not replenishing stocks further. I play the G25 and its a super club.

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Farrelly January 18, 2014 at 8:24 pm

The sldr with the right shaft (ahina x-flex) is a winner. Solid feel and ball flight.

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Vtagolf January 18, 2014 at 9:09 pm

The winner won’t be the BioCell+…
It can’t.
My order just came in on 1-16-14.
I pre-ordered the BioCell+ for the RedTie in purl paint and the 440cc head.
I’m really happy with the shaft.
It’s a Matrix with a slick paint job – awesome!!!
I have a full set of AMP Cell woods and hybrids in the red so, I took the BIO Cell+ In the red to match.
I gotta tell you …
In person, this club looks like a girls lipstick that fell out of a clown costume on Halloween.
I like color! Color is fun and looks cool (sometimes)
This club, yikes!! For real.
The BioCell+ feels solid and it’s straight as an arrow.
But!!! It’s SHORT – it is.
20/30 yards shorter than my EncoreZL.
This is all to say, I can’t wait to see the official results will be.
Will they feel the same as me?
It’s an Ugly club that feels good, hits straight and drops short.

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Bill January 18, 2014 at 10:12 pm

Cally will be near the top. Hope Wilson’s M3 hits as well as it looks. Best looking driver from them…The Bio Cell looks great again, hope they put a worthy shaft in it this time. Was 20 yards shorter than everything else last year. Everything I read pointed to the shaft, not the head.

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Gab January 21, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Just bought the Adams speedline xtd ls 3 wood and have used it for 2 rounds and it goes as far as my Driver! It has driver length with 3 wood forgiveness – what a combo. My point is the fact that Adams have now been able to release a dual slot Driver in the XTD, well I think it has the ingredients to be the longest legal Driver on this planet. Can’t wait for the results and can’t wait to bag one. Love Adams woods!

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Jeff January 21, 2014 at 1:34 pm

So does my old Callaway X hot 3 wood.

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