Here at Honest Golfers we want to provide you with the best and most up to date information on our favourite golf clubs available in the market today.
In this article, we are going to be taking a look at the "Best Golf Drivers For Mid Handicappers".
We're excited to dive into a selection of driver options with you, putting you into a better position to select your next tee box destroyer!
We want to help you find the BEST club to meet your individual requirements.
Lets take a look at the six drivers we've selected for you today...
Our review is going to be taking an in-depth look at the following drivers.
1. PING G400 Max (Best performance and our winner)
2. TaylorMade M4 (Best all rounder taking second place)
3. Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Driver (Best for increasing swing speed)
4. Mizuno ST180 (Best for high swing speed)
5. TaylorMade M2 (Best looking in the bag)
6. Wilson Triton DVD Driver (Most innovative)
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The Test Winner After 31 Hours Of Research
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Our Top Pick: PING G400 Max
Why is it better?
Our top 5 Golf Drivers For Mid Handicappers (more below)
PING G400 Max Driver - Our Top Pick
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This club is going to blow you away with it's incredible performance - especially if you're a mid handicapper who struggles with any part of your Driving game.
Take a look at our in depth review of the PING G400 MAX (Ps we think this club is INSANELY good!)
The Ping G400 Max driver is hugely popular for Ping.
I must admit on a test that I did with the G400 range this driver really impressed with not only its overall performance but just the ease in which the club gives you, the player, forgiveness.
Ping has said that with the G400 Max that this club has even more forgiveness again with its new 460cc head!
I can't wait to get stuck into this club!
The G400 Max is very similar in every way, shape and form to the G400 regular driver. To be honest, it's hard to notice the difference! However, this is a large footprint concerning the head.
It's 460cc, and the Dragonfly technology has been extended even further back.
This club is all about MOI (Moment Of Inertia). This is based on the stats released by Ping, the most forgiving driver on the marketplace today and that's what this is all about! Especially for your mid to high handicappers out there.
It's about forgiveness! The club is creeping in to the territory of the MOI found in the square headed drivers.
Let's not beat around the bush here, it's not all about forgiveness.
Ping assure us it's a performance golf club too.
There's a forged face on these drivers, and we absolutely love the sound of the ball flying off the face! That's enough about the specs let's start hitting some golf balls.
Ok, so before we get stuck into hitting the balls, I have a quick talk about the aesthetics of the club which for me it's over always a very much a personal thing. First off the 460 head doesn't look that much bigger than the old head on the regular G400.
It's not noticeably different to look at. It is slightly more elongated, but perhaps again, that is just a little bit more of a confidence-inspiring feature! There is also an easy to use adjustable hosel on this club as we've found on most of the drivers we are reviewing.
The one noticeable difference that I have seen is the colour of the face. It was a darkened finish on the G400 whereas there is a lighter chrome finish on the G400 Max.
It really sets the face up behind the ball, and you honestly see a lot more of the clubface which I like.
Once again that is probably to add that little bit more confidence to you, the user!
For this review, I'm using the ALTA CB shaft with the stiff flex. The ALTA CB shafts were fantastic on the Ping range last year. I've got my driver set at 9 degrees worth of loft.
Right okay, so we've 10 balls with the G400 max driver and let's start off with something exciting.
When this club was announced by Ping, they suggested that the club would give you super forgiveness and perhaps; as a result, you could assume that the clubs, once again like the G400 irons are more aligned with the improvement irons and game improvement drivers.
I'll be honest I think that whole thing has gone out the window concerning categorising clubs and nothing proves that point more than this Ping G400 driver. I had this preconceived idea that the G400 Max, as I said, would be aimed at high handicappers.
I think any type of golfer can see massive benefits from using a club like this one.
This club is just so good, I want to put it in my bag right now!
I'll give you my overall assessment of what I think personally of the G400 Max driver after I've given you a view on my performance with the club.
The ball speed of the shots I have hit was an average of 148 which is a spin number I'm relatively happy with. Like I said this club is super forgiving, it has a lot of weight at the back of the club so maybe I was expecting to see that the spin number would go through the roof, but that didn't happen.
I managed to keep an average of 2300 but overall I think that's a really respectable number and again I'm quite surprised. The carry distance was 230 yards on average which was very consistent concerning my performance.
How does the club sound? We found it to sound pretty booming actually, even more so than the G400 standard model!
Generally speaking, I struck the ball very well this morning, and I'm more than happy with those numbers. Just to give you an insight my longest shot was 278 and my shortest ball was 269.
Which as you can see is a really tight and consistent range. Overall that is performed across a small set of shots that I'm delighted with, but that's not the story here for me.
The story for me when I look at the spread of the balls that are hit was that there was a nice grouping.
Frequently Asked Questions: Ping G400 Max
Q. Can you confirm this is a men's driver?
A. Yes this driver is designed for men.
Q. What is the weight of the driver?
A. With the recoil ES shaft fitted it is 47g.
The impressive thing that I want to report about this G400 Max is that ultimately I feel that there is so much forgiveness packed into this driver it's unreal.
Ping does say that it's the most forgiving driver they've produced and I would back that up 100% with the balls I've hit today.
Quite honestly, I've never hit the ball so consistently, compact and tight. I really do feel that there is so much forgiveness packed in this club. It's a fantastic performance.
So without a doubt, this driver is an excellent all-around package.
Finding fault with the G400 Max driver is tough. Honestly, I really want to pick a few holes in the club.
But I can't.
The Ping G400 Max performed amazingly well for me. This club is all about fantastic performance, enviable forgiveness and incredibly tight dispersion!
If you looking a driver that prioritises forgiveness then the G400 Max is the Ping driver to go for. We just can't understand why the Ping guys didn't bring this club out in place of the standard G400 - the G400 Max is so much more of a comprehensive performer.
Read our full Ping G400 Review here.
The Best Driver For Mid Handicappers 2019
Now we come onto the the actual detail of the reviews - where we dig in a little deeper.
Below you will find out top 5 picks, why we liked then and the pros and cons of each.
Within a few minutes you should have a fairly good idea which Driver is suited to your needs as a mid handicap golfer and be confident making a purchase.
2. Titleist TS2 Driver
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We're going to review the new Titleist TS2 driver first off, it's a 460cc head title which has the Titleist standard branding.
It's actually a little bit more of a modern design a bit more streamlined which is going to help produce more club head speed. This will be a great asset to any player trying to decrease their handicap from the 10+ area.
So let's crack on.
The first shot was a beauty, there's a little bit of wind off the right but the strike was great. The flights may be a little bit low, but the club felt great.
The TS2 will give you speed and forgiveness straight off the first tee. And this is what it's done for me here! As you line up the club head against the ball, you can see the distinctive Titleist understated, unassuming but classy look.
The second shot was right on the money too, if I can hit another ball like that, I'll be happy.
Over the last two years, Titleist has deconstructed the driver's head, and the built the TS2, so every part of the club is designed to create speed!
Honestly, for a Titleist, it does actually feel quite hot.
The new thin titanium crown actually helps with forgiveness because the centre of gravity can be taken further back and deeper plus the face has a variable thickness which helps to create faster ball speeds... even from miss hits!
Which we always welcome.
How does the TS2 perform with the different shaft options available?
The TS2 is designed to create a higher launch angle and a low spin. The club we are using is actually set at 9.5 degrees and standard on the loft sleeve. Now you can this driver in the 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 and 11.5 degree lofts in right and left handed configuration. The shaft we've been using is the standard length at 45.5 inches long and the shaft I actually really enjoy is the HZRDUS Smoke Black 70.
Titleist have selected four shafts in total to use as preferred shafts for the TS2.
We're going to swap the heads over and just see how the other shafts perform.
Now I'm going to try the Kuro Kage Black DC 55, now this is designed to be ultra lightweight which helps to launch a ball high with a moderate spin, and it's actually got the straight flight weight system as well in the shaft.
This actually helps to reduce the fade of the ball.
The Titleist TS2 has a titanium crown which means the boom you get off the tee box is quite impressive.
So let's give the TS2 a try.
Ok, yeah that was a good strike, and it did seem to launch a bit higher than the prior configuration. All the shafts are actually fitted with the SureFit hosel which gives you 16 loft and lies combinations.
So now I'm going to try the next shaft which is the 10Z blue shaft. The 10Z blue shaft is also a lightweight shaft, but it actually produces more of a mid launch and mid spin shot. The 10z blue shaft has also got the straight flight weight system fitted as well.
(What is the straight flight weight system? Basically, there are some tungsten plates in the lower end of the grip, and this actually helps a golfer to turn the club over)
Let's take a shot with the 10Z blue shaft and see how this one goes.
I'll be honest with you! That was a bad hit!
Feel wise the shaft weighs in at around 55 to 62 grams and I'd say it's a shaft for more of the 8 to 15 handicap range.
Now I'm going to have a hit with the Even Flow from Project X.
So the new Project X Even Flow is designed to produce a lower launch and a low spin hot. The shaft is made of solid fibres which help to create a stiff tip and bend point, and it weighs in from anywhere around 65 to 85 grams.
So let's give this one a go.
I think this is gonna be my last shot.
This is definitely for the player who wants a stable shaft and good flight control.
During the review, I was using the HZRDUS Smoke Black 70 which is designed to create a low to mid launch and spin, and that shaft also has a higher bend point which helps to produce a more suited swing weight along the clubs. And actually, that is what the sure fit weight and tool on the back of the driver's head are there to do too.
So fundamentally you can change the shaft length to suit you, and if you shorten the shaft you need the heavier swing weight, and if you lengthen the shaft, you need a light to swing weight.
Frequently Asked Questions: Titleist TS2 Driver
Q. Is the TS 2 head/shaft interchangeable with a 917 D2 head/shaft?
A. Yes the shafts use the same adapter and both the same settings.
Q. Is this club made in the USA?
A. The components are made in China and the assembled in the USA.
Q. Which of the TS Drivers do you recommend for a mid handicap player?
A. We recommend the TS2 rather than the TS3.
Q. Does the TS2 come with additional CG weights?
A. The Titleist TS2 driver does not come with additional CG weights but you can buy more CG weights direct from Titleist.
Looking through all of our shot data the smash is similar for most of the shots but what stands out for me most is the club speed is on the high side, and the launch angle is consistent.
I'm happy with the club speed and the launch angle. It's clear that this club gives you excellent ball speed straight from the first tee box.
I've always enjoyed Titleist drivers (I was a big fan of the 910), and it's actually adorable to see Titleist trying to challenge Callaway and TaylorMade and produce a club with a consistently high club and ball speeds.
So overall it's a really impressive product but to be honest, it's only catching up with the competition driver position.
As always with a Titleist club, the build quality and feel are fantastic.
This driver would be a welcome addition to the bag for any mid handicap golfer. The club has done what it says on the ads by giving the user immediate speed enhancements.
For any slower speed swingers, the TS2 will increase your swing speed and help you get a higher launch angle.
3. Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Driver
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Now we're going to be taking a look at the 460cc Callaway Big Bertha Fusion driver.
I've got two drivers to test today, both Callaway Fusion - one has 45.5-inch long shaft fitted while the other driver has a 44.5-inch long shaft fitted. I'm predicting that 44.5-inch shaft will be the most popular because it is looking to cater for the mid to high handicapper market.
The shafts fitted into the Callaway Big Bertha driver are Recoil by UST (this club is the first one they've ever made with a recoil shaft).
I'm looking forward to seeing how they feel.
I'm going to be starting off with the slightly shorter shaft Big Bertha as we're looking at the drivers which would best help you mid handicappers out there (and I think the shorter shaft is it).
With regards to technology Callaway is saying that this is the most forgiving driver on the market.
But also the most forgiving they have ever made.
In addition to this the is available in the 9.5 degree and the 10.5 degree but also in the extremely lofty 13.5 degree heads. The adjustability of the hosel gives you great flexibility with this club, you can set it for 1 or 2 degrees down in with both a neutral and a draw angle.
Well, the reason for this is that Callaway have redistributed the centre of gravity more towards the heel. That means that if you are a slicer of the golf ball this driver could be for you!
Because if you hit that sort of heel shot (you know the one that makes you weep and your gold buddies giggle behind you) it's just going to help your ball go straighter rather than pulling out a big slice all the time, wrecking your score card.
So let's have a go with this Callaway Big Bertha! I'm looking forward to it...
I'll be honest it's feeling very nice off the face. I hit that one bang out of the middle.
When I'm looking down at the club, the shape I'm seeing is that of the old fusion style (you may know the one) with the carbon finish. It's a very nice looking driver and wouldn't look out of place in anybodies golf bag.
It just feels so good off the face!
Ok, let's give this baby another bash and then I'm going to switch to the club with the slightly longer shaft.
Niceee, again, the club hasn't let me down so far, it's flown straight out of the middle.
So I'm going to be trying out the 45.5 inch driver which has 5 grams of weight in the back of the head. Interestingly these drivers are the lightest drivers Callaway have ever produced.
They've done this by creating what's called an 'Exo-cage' for the body, and adding further structure to it by using an incredibly light tri-axial crown and sole allowing Callaway to not only save weight but also move weight elsewhere, to help you - the golfer.
Incidentally, Callaway have saved around 35g on this model when compared to the previous version of the Big Bertha.
As a result of the low weight and, importantly, the superior position of the weight it that should allow me to increase my club head speed through the ball which will hopefully gain me a few yards in distance!
Ok, so that it was slightly out of the heel for me there, but thankfully for me, it's gone dead straight with maybe 2 to 3 yards of fade. If I was to hit that kind of shot out of the heel with my regular driver that would have faded more like 10 yards.
That's the difference and forgiveness this club gives you.
I'm honestly quite impressed!
Ok so now I've hit a couple of shots with both shaft lengths I'm personally a little more comfortable with the 44.5 inches shorter shaft. Trajectory, distance, dispersion, they all just look and feel better with the 44.5 inches for me. As we always say, everyone is different so the 45.5 could be the club which suits you better.
It's funny because Callaway actually released some numbers based on testing with this driver and found that 30% of hitters were longer with the shorter shaft fitted.
I'm not the only one then!
As we know and I've mentioned there are two different drivers and as I've said you I the short shaft version.
The short shafted club has just launched off the face for me. I'm averaging 260 yards carry rolling out to somewhere closer to 269 yards uphill Club head speed for me over my hits with the short shaft has been hovering around the 112 mph region.
Which is pretty good for me, while spin rates have been a little higher, maybe an extra stiff shaft would get me a little less spin in the air.
Frequently Asked Questions: Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Driver
Q. Can you confirm this is a men's driver?
A. Yes this driver is designed for men.
Q. What is the weight of the driver?
A. With the recoil ES shaft fitted it is 47g.
In conclusion we think the Callaway Big Bertha Fusion is a great club for any mid handicapper looking to add a new driver to their bag.
It's a great model.
The Callaway Big Bertha Fusion is a little bit more pricey that the Callaway XR 16, but, in all honesty, for that you get a slice of the cutting edge materials and a very eye-catching head shape along with innovative aerodynamic technology.
At the end of it all, if it enables you to get the ball on the smooth grass of the fairways more often, then I'm sure you agree that the Callaway Big Bertha Fusion will be a sound investment for you to make in your golf game.
4. Mizuno ST180 Driver
Our Honest Star Rating
First off for all of you Mizuno fans - you will love the traditional blue.
The club has got this Mizuno colour everywhere! What I really like is the top at the top of the crown where it's joined to the face.
The crown seems to be set back a little bit, and there's this black line that goes across the length of the head. And what this actually does is change how the angle of the head looks when you address the ball.
We've got the club set at 7.5 degrees.
But as a result of the black line, the face seems more open and gives you more confidence over the ball.
Ok, next up I want to talk to you about the technology in the club. There's a lot of technology in the ST180. The Mizuno ST180 has a standard 460cc driver head which is manufactured out of Titanium, and we've been told there is something called the 'Waffle Crown' on the inside of the head to save weight, approximately 5g of weight to be exact.
This weight can then be moved to the sole to help improve the clubs centre of gravity.
It's very sneaky of Mizuno because this waffle technology is hidden from view as it's under the top surface of the head.
The amplified shockwave sole contracts / expands for elevated ball speed, while pushing weight forward for vastly reduced spin rates.
When it comes to the this Mizuno club it also has the amplified wave technology as standad. This basically means, as stated by Mizuno themselves:
We couldn't have put this better ourselves....
Errmmm, it basically means the club is designed to spin the ball at a lower rate.
IT'S CRAZY LOW SPIN.
On top of all of this the SP700 Titanium face "allows for a precise multi-thickness face for accelerated ball speeds."
Just what we like to hear.
The driver also has a quick switch hosel which allows you to adjust the loft of the driver. We've seen this before in the previous drivers, and it's a pretty standard feature now in all clubs from the top brands.
The club adjusts upright all you need to do is unscrew the head (which is supposed to come off).
It's straightforward to make the adjustments you need. You don't need to think, "damn I've purchased a 10.5-degree head, and I should have gone for a 9.5 - It's all built into the ST180.
All in all the settings go from 8.5 to 10.5 degrees.
There's loads of customisation on the neck, and no customisation on the head.
The face of the driver also uses Forged SP700 Ti titanium that allows the variable thickness in the front to be more precisely manufactured to make it as fast as possible. Doing this at the top of the head also allows for better weight positions improving the centre of gravity location.
It actually changes the face thickness across the whole driver increasing the potential for higher ball speed.
As you can see the technology is all there to improve the confidence of the mid handicapper off the tee.
I'm expecting pretty low spin numbers so maybe under 3000 rpm. I'm a big fan with the obtuse look at the head on ball address making you feel so confident at the ball.
I've just hit that long and straight over 300 yards.
It gives you so much confidence
Wow, I love how this club feels.
This club is just effortless.
Honestly, it's effortless.
And the only thing I may be concerned about is I've seen this before maybe a little bit before where toe and heel strikes were leaving you in big trouble so yeah like say it's not probably as quick as some.
When you hit this baby out of the middle it just feels lovely.
Honestly speaking we've got something to tell you.
The testing we did with the Mizuno ST180 was with a guy who has a very forceful swing. This club is probably best suited for those players out there that hit the ball plain hard.
It's fundamentally designed to reduce the balls spin so those type of players can keep their shots on line.
We've said this before and we'll say it again.
When you hit this club out of the middle it feels amazing.
For all you hard hitting, fast swinging mid handicappers out there, this driver maybe the answer to all of your ball spin reduction prayers.
It's the lowest spin driver we have ever tested.
Frequently Asked Questions: Mizuno ST180
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5. Taylormade M2 Driver
Our Honest Star Rating
Now we're going to be looking at the new Taylormade M2 driver 2017 edition, previous M2 drivers as many of you will know are really, really good products.
It was one of the longest hitting drivers Taylormade had ever produced, but it was also one of the most forgiving too.
The new version, believe it or not, is actually slightly better! We might not have gained tons of distance in our testing (we gained probably 5 or 10 yards), but we did see a substantial increase in stability though.
So guys, if you're looking for even more forgiveness than what the previous version of the M2 gave you then this driver is basically something that you need to look at getting in your bag!
Why This Club Will Be The Most Forgiving You Have Ever Used...
The club is still utilising the multi-material construction with the titanium body and the carbon weave crown that obviously gives Taylormade the ability to reduce weight which they can then place lower down and further back so that it increases your launch angle at the strike.
As well as the stability of the driver. What's different on this version of the driver is that Taylormade is utilising a seven-layer weave which makes it considerably lighter than the previous version allowing them to save another 12 to 13 grams of weight.
There is also a little loop at the back of this driver that I want to talk to you about.
It is called 'Geocaustic' technology.
This clever tech does a couple of things, it allows Taylormade actually to push their head size over 460cc but then also very smartly while indenting the sole a little bit which actually brings the club back to within the legal limit.
The M2 is light and effortless to swing with a great deal of force. The sound emitted from the club due to the 'Geocaustic' technology is quite impressive too.
We think you'll like it, it's very commanding.
Look At The Size Of This Sweet Spot!
What does all of that mean?
It gives Taylormade the ability actually to make the sweet spot slightly bigger which gives you, the golfer, the ability to get away mis-hits which is very lovely - especially when you're keen to move down from your mid handicap level.
If you have a look at the sole of the club Taylormade, have implemented a speed pocket.
You'll see this channel is quite deep in the back of the club head and it allows the face a certain amount of flex which increases your ball speeds.
If you hit the ball off the heel or the toe area this is when the speed pocket comes into play on a whole new level. Because of that a little bit of face flex, it generates a lot of speed which equates to the distance for you. Flight control technology is also included within the Taylormade M2.
This has become a staple of the Taylormade brand. The club also features the new 2-degree loft sleeve, so the 10.5 degrees I've got in my hands can be taken up to 12.5 degrees or can be knocked down to an 8.5 degree.
Again this is all in half a degree increments to make your life pleasant and smooth!
Our Conclusion On The Taylormade M2 Driver
At the start of the review, I said to you that this driver is substantially more forgiving, I just want to summarise that is for you.
It's for a few reasons.
It's a combination of the seven-layer weave which means Taylormade have saved weight that they've redistributed low and deep in the drive ahead.
They have centralised this weight deep back in the driver. Now you can imagine that with all the weight situated deep and centrally if you hit the drive off the toe driver doesn't want to wobble around.
Basically, it encourages massive amounts of club head stability in the drive head.
It's an extremely, extremely stable driver.
Throw in the 'Geocoustic' to make the sweet spot slightly more significant, as well as the speed pocket, and you are looking at one of the most forgiving drivers on the market!
For me, this drive is definitely aimed at you mid to high handicappers, but it needs to be said that some tour players put this little beauty in their bag...
Because they are not looking for the workability in the brother club, the M1, they are looking for the forgiveness and high launch that only the M2 can give you!
I personally love this club!
6. Wilson Triton DVD Driver
Our Honest Star Rating
Wilson might not be the first brand you think of when you're looking to buy a new driver but hold on right there.
The Wilson Staff Triton DVD driver is different.
We highly recommend that you read our informative, hands on review below before you make your mind up that a Wilson Staff could never make it into your bag.
Below you will find our hands on range testing review of the Wilson Staff Triton DVD.
Today we've been testing the new Wilson Staff Triton DVD driver; we were excited to get our hands on this driver and check it for many reasons.
The first is that it's got a very cool backstory, for those of you that don't know this driver design appeared in a driver versus driver competition on the Golf Channel in the US.
On the Golf channel show, aspiring golf equipment designers competed with their various designs to win a cash prize. But not only this, they also got their driver developed by Wilson!
How amazing is that!
Then they had their driver marketed and sold to the public.
You may have already guessed, but the winner of that Golf Channel competition was the Triton DVD driver which was designed by a guy called Eric sillies.
The panel that judged the competition included Kevin Streelman, who is a Wilson PGA Tour player but also Frank Thomas who was the US GDA director and developed a number of the testing procedures for golf clubs in todays game.
There's a hell of a lot of equipment making and know-how pumped into this golf clubs design.
A driver that is jam packed with cool features so good they will make your golf buddies weep on the tee box - because you keep on crushing them...
I'd go as far as to say it's the most advanced driver Wilson have ever made. That's because of the host of adjustable features that we see on this club.
We've got an adjustable loft in the hosel, so just by merely twisting and shifting the hosel up and down, we can change the loft by 1 degree. There's also some draw settings but the critical feature, the main piece of technology, is this adjustable soleplate.
Now it comes in two versions I've got the carbon fibre version fitted first off which is distinguished by the pattern that is on the plate.
Then there's also a titanium soleplate which weighs a little bit more at 2 grams, so switching between the two soleplates should change the launch and spin of your shots. Presumably, the titanium soleplate, which is heavier, should lower the spin and launch trajectory a little bit by moving the centre of gravity further down in the club head.
Now whichever soleplate you choose they're held on by three adjustable weights: we've got one on the toe, and one in the back of the club head. The black ones are 2 grams, and the red one is 6 grams. You can change these around depending on the preference of shots shape that you want to achieve with your driver.
The driver also comes with this adjustable pack which is quite cool, you can put your soleplate in there, and it's got a wrench to adjust it very quickly. It's also got an additional 6-gram weight so you can change the 2 gram for a 6 gram if you want a more pronounced shot shape if you want a little bit more draw on your driver, you can put the 6-gram weight on in the heel, instead of the 2 gram.
Also, that's going to give you more of a draw bias on your shot shape!
How's the Wilson Triton Look In Your Bag And Will It's Hitting Performance Deliver On The Hype?
One other thing I want to talk to you about before we talk about the performance of this driver is how it looks when you address the ball.
That's because you've got this powerful swing technology built into the club. It's called a one-one design. The one-one design is there to help you align the clubface but also improve your swing play a little bit. So it's designed to help you take the club away on a nice neutral path during your backswing.
I wouldn't say it did that for me, but it helped align the clubface, you've also got a black leading edge on a black face so without the one-one technology it would be challenging to align the face to your intended target.
So we talked about technology before, but you know we want to get down to the nitty-gritty and talk about the performance of this driver. So let's have a look at the performance of this driver.
We've been testing the Triton on our GC2 launch monitor using premium golf balls. So let's have a look at the data to see exactly how it performed and the differences in performance I got between the 2 gram and the 6-gram sole plates.
Okay, so we've got the launch monitor data here from the GC2. We tested Triton and driver with the tall extra stiff shaft which isn't the shaft I would normally use with a Wilson driver. I've got the testing with two different sole plates at 10 degrees of loft for both.
Our performance numbers are fascinating to look at, and you would think using the different weight sole plates you would get a difference in launch and spin and maybe even trajectory as well.
However, honestly, the performance of this driver across the board was pretty much the same!
The average carry was precisely the same at 270 yards - which is an excellent carry by the way for me hitting. It's definitely in the top half or top five of the drivers I've tested concerning the carry distance.
Each of the ten shots I hit had precisely the same ball speed at 150 miles an hour with just the same launch angle 14.5 degrees and pretty much the same spin rate between the two sole plates between 2200-2300.
So there has indeed been absolutely nothing in it, both sole plates have shown precisely the same peak height as well at 39 yards.
So to be honest with you I don't know what to say about the difference between the two sole plates. They have been pretty much the same. Which in a way is nice because we've seen consistent shot hitting.
What I would say is that with both the sole plates the overall performance was outstanding. There was a nice healthy high launch angle at 14.5 degrees and combining that with the kind of mid to low spin and great carry at 270 yards average over ten shots with a nice mid to high ball flight - you can't be anything but happy with that performance overall.
Would We Recommend This Club To Our Golf Buddies....
Well, to be honest with you - NO.
We want to keep this as our little secret right?
The performance of the Triton was excellent. The only thing I would say is that I didn't get a significant performance difference regarding the spin or launch angle between the two sole plates.
If you want to change the ball flight, you can do using the 6-gram weight instead of a 2-gram weight, but I didn't feel the need to do that. When I looked at the dispersion average, it was less than five yards offline for both.
So, honestly, it was hard to understand how the performance was remarkably similar between the two sole plates.
However, in summary, I don't want to take anything away from the stunning performance we got out of this club.
Ultimately, it's a unique looking driver at address, and there's so much to admire about the way it sits next to the ball.
You've got so many options concerning alignment assistance on the top of the head so you can see, from what we've seen, the driver is something different for the market. The one-one technology helps you align the clubface, and it includes an excellent visual aid for you to help you align the swing of the club to maximise the impact at the ball.
The Wilson Triton DVD driver feels powerful and banging off the face at the strike. It's one of the best feeling Wilson drivers we've ever tested, and we've hit a lot of Wilson drivers.
In conclusion, this Wilson Triton DVD is the best Wilson Driver we've hit.
It's the top of the list regarding Wilson drivers available on the market in our view, so if you're looking for a driver that's going to give you excellent, all-around performance, there's no doubt that the Triton is going to deliver that for you.
Moreover, for the very reasonable price, there's an element of value there. If you go and get, custom fitted for this driver you may you may experience a vast separation in spin and launch and different performances from the different sole plates, just because we didn't experience a vast difference between the two sole plates doesn't mean that you won't.
Clearly ball strike plays an integral part in this equation as well, so that's another element to consider.
However, all in all the Triton driver is one of Wilson's best-performing driver's ever made. It's going to appear on the course with a broad spectrum of players and abilities because the flexible options available to you make the Wilson Triton driver an excellent all-around package as I've mentioned before the value that you get from a driver that's packed with game enhancing technology and is so versatile in its customisation.
You've got to consider putting it in your bag!
The Wilson Triton Driver is our favourite Wilson Drive.
The technology packed into this driver is astonishing. From the sole plate weightings to the one-one alignment everywhere you look around this club there is a player performance aid waiting for you to help you knock your next drive out of the park.
We know you'll step up to the tee box with confidence holding the Wilson Triton DVD driver in your hand.
You'll have your golf buddies quacking in their boots. It looks great, it's great value and most importantly the Wilson Triton DVD delivers on performance consistently.
Go get yours today. We're confident you won't regret it!
Conclusion: Our Favourite Driver For Mid Handicappers
It's been a really tough choice with so many great options available...
But there's one stand out club to choose after all of our testing and always having the mid handicapper in mind.
Our Number 1 Driver for the Mid Handicap golfer is the Ping G400 Max.
It's so good in all areas we couldn't give the award to any other club.
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James Robinson Golf
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hi there James savage from national club golfer and today I'm gonna give you my rundown of the best drivers for 2018 okay so first place we're gonna start oh I guess I've kind of been the market leaders over the last 12 months in drivers and that's Callaway and we've got three drivers from Callaway we've got the regular Road we've got the draw and we've got the Sub Zero so like say you've probably already seen a lot of these drivers like the Callaway drivers and individual reviews but we just wanted to do a little bit of a summary and we will have a results table which I'll show you at the end with all the numbers and you know who have the best carry that sort of thing so I've actually got the Sub Zero driver here I've got the draw here and I've got the regular here and on all three of these drivers the first thing to say is they're a little bit bigger than the epic they feel you have a little bit more confidence but you still get that same explosive you know feel off the face so all three drivers really good for me it would be the regular model which works best because with the drawer I just felt I was just flipping it over to the left a little bit and the Sub Zero I did hit some absolute bombs with the Sub Zero it just isn't quite forgiving on the off centre hits as the regular rogue so it's a more forgiving than the epic ball speeds very similar but just filled with so much more confidence out address and have to clean up a little bit there too okay next up we've got the two new tailor-made drivers which is the m3 and the m4 hugely popular and successful on tour with the m3 obviously in rory mcilroy in tiger woods using and then with the m4 which out of the two I definitely think the m4 is going to suit more people it definitely suits me more at the address position they've both looked very similar and we're a little bit torn at the start whether or not we prefer the grey finish or whether we prefer the old white finish but I think after spending a little bit more time hitting both of these drivers we definitely seem to prefer that silver finish it's just a little bit more refined a little bit more classy so as I say m4 all day for me you may have seen a video we did recently went down to see Taylor Made at the belfry we did a little fitting feature and I got some fantastic numbers with the m4 after getting dialed in it's really forgiving all across the face you know ball speeds are absolutely fantastic and with the m3 I just didn't find it as forgiving on the off centre hits I mean you can actually move the weights on the m3 both back into this sort of forgiving high spin position but even then ice was still getting better numbers with them for and I just feel like if you're gonna just put the weight back in the m3 rather than you know trying to dial in a particular shot shape I'm not really sure why you'd be paying that extra hundred pounds for this as opposed to the m4 so it's just a case of if you want to get dialed in for a particular shot shape if you want to work it left or right the m3 may work better for you but if you just want to grip it and rip it the m4 is an absolute beauty okay so next up we've got the ping Jie 400 max driver which was in addition to pings existing G 400 range with the regular model the LS tech and the SF Tek there I have to say I've been phenomenally impressed with the G 400 max you may remember from our individual review out in Abu Dhabi of this club I probably got my best set of trap man numbers you know for consistency and a really good carry really good ball speed and excellent dispersion so like I say just a reminder that we will have a results table at the end of this video which has got you know a league table if you like of the best carry numbers and I think it's fair to say that ping Zhi 400 max will do well in that ok next up we've got the Titleist 909 staal Jacquet nglish drive around the head cover I got fitted into this product autumn 2016 obviously tire let's have their 2 year product cycle so we'll be expecting a new Titleist driver this autumn so it was nice actually to go back and have a hit with with the 9 1 7 like I said I got fit into this 18 months ago and I just think my strike patterns were a little bit different then to what they are now and I got fitted into an eight-and-a-half degree head back then now I feel that my driving is a lot better I'm striking it more in the middle when I was actually striking this club out of the middle I just wasn't launching it high enough and that was costing me a little bit of distance but looks fantastic sounds good you know numbers are still good you'll see those the results table at the end of this video and you can really get dialed in with this club you know and again I got fitted into this club where I got more weight loaded into the heel where my miss then was sort of left to right now my misses a little bit more of a one where I turn it over a little bit and miss left so again I'd really need to get refit into this club and to get the best out of it but yeah you know a fantastic product and I really enjoy giving it another hit okay next up we've got the Cobra f8 driver we were really impressed with this product when we went to the launch event of this in October 2017 sort of first impressions hitting on the driving range we really liked it we got it sent into the office a few months later really really liked it and then we got it sent in again for our latest round of testing and we really really liked it and it's just a fantastic looking product it looks fantastic it sounds fantastic it's got this CNC milled face and lots of cool technology going on with this club and it's a really good sort of value-for-money package as well because we've got the our cost technology in the grip as well where you can track your stats you know share your numbers on social media things like that so as an overall value for money package the FA is absolutely fantastic and just a reminder that we will have a results table at the end of this video where you can see where the FH stacked up from a numbers point of view okay next up we've got a couple of drivers from Mizuno we've got the st 118 we've got the GT 180 I mean Mizuno have really upped their game in the driver department over the last you know 12 to 18 months or so you know fantastic irons and the reputation of making fantastic coins but I think what we all start seeing now is that they are going to be getting a lot more kudos if you like for the drivers and that they're making so SD 180 yeah tested this out in Abu Dhabi really really enjoyed using it it's got a nice confidence-inspiring profile address I love the blue not everyone does but I love it and with the st 118 particular i was getting a really flat low spinning ball flight which to be honest would be one the the trap man numbers which i'll put a table of results off of at the end they don't often look that impressive but you know they're sometimes we're running out 30 35 yards so out on the core a driver like the SD 180 is gonna work really really well for me and then so kind of shortly after the st 180 was released they released the GT 180 which is just the super adjustable version of it really it looks exactly the same in the address position it sounds and feels pretty much the same and another thing what I liked about both of these drivers it was with this Mitsubishi 10 side blue 60 gram shaft which I absolutely love and I really enjoyed hitting and with the GT 180 I was just able to launch it a little bit higher so as there I was getting better carry numbers with this than with the ST 180 so you'll be able to see where these two both stacked up in our results table at the end of this video okay next stop is the Strix and Zed 565 another driver that's been around for a little while but it's a driver that you know Strix and have had a lot of success with he's probably the best driver strips and driver that I've ever tested I think it's probably got the nicest head cover out of everything if anyone was particularly into head covers at all it's almost got like a nice soft sort of leathery feel yeah like that one so what if the Strix and Zed 565 do well like so you set it down behind the ball it's a very classic shape it's got a clean no alignment aid and silver face which presents the loft quite nicely classical shame I think it's definitely gonna be more up the street if you're better player think for little things like that without you know clean look no alignment aid but yeah just really nice to look at behind the ball good fun to hear lovely sound and feel and even when I was striking this driver right out the middle I was just struggling to launch it a little bit and that's why I keeping from this test has been that custom fitting it's just an absolute must it just stressed to me why the fitting is so important and if I was going to get fitted into this driver I think I could get even better numbers a little bit of great you know that actually you'll see in the results they are very good but I just didn't feel like I was getting optimum performance out of this driver because the combination of maybe that loft and maybe the shaft not quite working for me okay next up I've got the Cleveland launcher HB driver and yeah you may remember from our initial video of this I really enjoyed hitting this club actually it's it's no-nonsense it's simple there's no you know sort of adjustability in the hosel or anything like that no moving weights on the back it's just a really fun simple easy to use easy to launch goes miles and drive it and for the money you're talking you know more like the 280 power mark for this driver and you know the numbers are really good and they are stacking up with you at your 400 plus drivers so yeah if you want you know under 300 pound driver that there's just good fun to use kind of does what it says on the tin and yeah a big fan of the clean and launched a HB okay next up we've got the super premium Zek Co 10 driver which probably not a lot of you have been able to test or hit that they're not that easy to come across you're not gonna find them in your average sort of retail store they were it is a bit of a niche product very premium number one driver and in Japan hugely successful in Japan and you know a lot of this of Asian ladies Tour players are using sexy air clubs and and visually they are absolutely stunning they are just look like really premium materials finely crafted and you know some of that really cool Japanese technology so how did the sexy o10 driver perform for me well the sound and fitting off the face is absolutely fantastic it lacks a it just feels super premium looks great but for me these clubs are aimed more at you sort of slower swingers and you're seen you and your ladies players and that the chef just wasn't quite strong enough for me it's a kind of more of a draw bias head quite a lot loft on there and I've just had a tendency to sort of flip it over just like whip it over to the right and and lose shots to the right and for that reason I was just losing a little bit of carry as you'll see in our room results table at the end of this video but for the people that this driver is aimed at those people maybe not got the swing speed that they used to have they want a little bit of helping a little extra long shafts and shaft we've kind of kicked points that it's really going to help you square that face this driver is going to do that job view you've got for me was just doing that bit too much holes you know squaring the face you know more than square and wax a whipping it over to the left a little bit but yeah pretty good first impressions of this driver okay so we're going from one end of the spectrum to the other really with the super-premium Zek co-driver down to the the new Ben Ross evolution our driver now we say this every year in our test Ben Ross products are really really good value for money you know you're not you know looking anywhere near 300 pounds for this product again she's good premium components and a nice kurohagi shaft good grips looks good bit of adjustability on there so you know there's plenty of technology still in this club set it down behind the ball it's got a you know a bit of an unusual line on the top there and an alignment a which might put some people off but the performance is really really good you know you're talking getting on for 200 pounds less than some of the other drivers in this test and you'll see that the dropping carry from this driver to some of the more expensive drivers it's not a 200-pound drop if you like we know we are are talking a small number of yards so if you know money's a little bit tight you want plenty of bang for your buck then I definitely would recommend giving the new Ben Ross evolution our driver try this year okay next up we've got the Wilson C 300 driver which is a very distinctive red crown they're most about the Rooney crown I was really impressed with this driver when I hit it I was getting some really good numbers with it I did say in our original review of this video that I was not a fan of the sound but that's just a completely personal thing that's not only taken anything away from it it was just a little bit of a harsh sounding driver for me and not a sweet as some of the others that we tested but you know really good forgiveness really good numbers as you'll see I'm not already told you we've got a results table at the end of this video so you better see how it stacks up there but I think this is the best driver that Wilson driving that I've ever hit it's nice to see them bringing out products that get better year after year after year and the c300 it's a really good one ok and last but by no means least we've got the wildcard entrance into our 2018 Driver review and the vertical groove driver as used by the wild thing John Daly a really unique product compared to the others that we've been testing here because as the name suggests it's got vertical grooves rather than horizontal grooves which might expect and the tech story behind that does make sense to me it's just kind of about trying to reuse reduce that side spin on the ball and get the ball you know spinning more so our end over end if you like or you know at least maybe kind of drawing over a little bit so does the vertical groove technology work well I think it does actually that the spin numbers I was getting on this were nice and low and I was getting lots of lots of carry a little bit difficult to launch it nine and a half degree head here but when I hit this out the middle and it went really really far and it was actually surprisingly forgiving out of the toe as well which is a sort of a speciality miss for me so I was very impressed with this driver it's not the most confidence-inspiring driver at address it's quite small it's quite compact quite busy look there there's lots going on but if you get a chance to give this a hit definitely give it a go because I was getting some really good numbers in the results table which I'm going to show you now okay so that's more than enough waffling on from me about all these drivers here let's take a look at the results table which you should be able to see on screen now now before people start moaning and saying are you using different shafts you know this that and the other it's not fair test well I've tried to make this as fair as a test as fair a test as possible I've given all of these drivers not just like one go on the driving range now we hit them all pretty much when we're out and abbadabba using you know nice warm weather conditions I've hit them all back here in Leeds at multiple driving ranges multiple different testing sessions so you know if I didn't feel like I was swinging quite so well on one day with a driver and say well that's the best that that can do I'd put it to one side take it with me the next time give it another hit so every driver here it's had you know at least two maybe three sometimes four different you know run outs if you like and you know some of these drivers are pretty much custom-fit for me as well maybe that's just due to me a manufacturer already having my specs from a previous fitting or I've actually had an individual fitting with this driver and it's no surprise to see that some of the drivers that I've had more of a fitting with are the ones that I've had and the best number so if you look at these results tables here don't doesn't necessarily mean you know the one at the top is the best and the one at the bottom is the worst it's all prior dependent but people tell us we need to do these sorts of videos so we're doing it and and these are the number so let's just run through them for you now sup there at the top best carry of 254 yards with the Callaway rogues sub-zero driver now thus that's not the driver that I'd probably put into play because I just don't think it's that as forgiving as the regular road model but when I actually had absolutely caught one out of the middle with this driver with that sort of you know low spin weight forward technology I did just you know I got the best carry out of everything there 254 yards that's pretty good for me next up 252 yards was the Cobra f8 now people might be surprised to see how well the Cobra has done but you know the ball speed on this club is fantastic it was regularly at 150 miles an hour which you know for someone like me who swings it just below 100 miles an hour sometimes 100 miles an hour if you know you stuff when it comes to track my numbers that's about as bout as good as you can get from from a ball speed point of view so Cobra there next in was the ping Jie 400 Max and the TaylorMade M for two drivers that I've both been you know pretty much custom fit for 251 yards max I know that's three yards behind the rogue's observing which you're not really going to notice out on the golf course and you know those are the two drivers for me that I you know I think probably most likely it's between those two which I'm going to use out on the course in 2018 next 249 yards was the Callaway rogue again I probably have to throw that into the mix about the drivers and I'm going to use for 2018 Callaway let me keep it so again just just a couple yards behind and then the Mizuno GT 180 a little bit of a surprise package there and the vertical groove driving they're coming in at 248 yards so you know really good performance from those two products their next 243 yards was the Callaway rogue draw driver again just again it's like a fitting thing really that it's not not not really the right driver for me because of my sort of missed these days is that may be sort of Toey you know flipping it over one that goes to left so I fan with the draw biased drivers I'm not quite getting optimum performance next to me on 42 yards the Titleist nine one seven again it's the driver that I feel like if I was to be refitted for tomorrow I think I could I could probably gain 10 yards on that no problem at all it's just eight and a half degrees of loft was right for me 18 months ago it's probably not right for me now because of how I'm delivering the club and how I'm striking it but considering those factors you know 242 yards of carry that's really good with tire lists nine one seven driver which is about eighteen months old now so looking forward to what they've got in store for us in the autumn next up 240 yards Wilson c300 yeah not a huge fan of the sound but it really does perform and you know 240 yards are carried out excellent for the Wilson C 300 and then we're a little cluster here at 238 yards which is quite interesting which was the TaylorMade m3 again just didn't find that head quite forgiving the Mizuno St 180 just couldn't quite launch it and spin was a little bit low it's very similar story with this Rickson as its 565 the Cleveland launcher probably launched a little bit too high for me and the Ben Ross evolution I like to say 250 odd quid 234 yards of 238 yards I will take that all day long out on the course and then finally there's xeo 10 the best I got our laps 232 yards of carry again just just not not a good fit for me from a fitting point of view but I really like that driver and I think that's going to work for lots of people so that's more than enough talking from me you've got all the numbers up there if you ever want any information about any of these drivers in terms of an SRP in terms of shaft options if you're a little bit more information about the performance okay we've got in-depth detailed sort of launch monitor data on all these drives which were more than happy to share with you if you want any more information but posters the comments below give this a video a thumbs up give it a thumbs down if you don't like it if you think you know we've got this all wrong and this league table doesn't reflect the performance of these drives we're really interested to hear your thoughts from your own testing experiences you know these are just my own personal testing experiences of these drivers it's it's it's very player dependent it's very shaft dependent it's very fitting dependent it's you know it's all about how a particular player delivers the club but these are my results they're there drink them in you know have a look at them in a little bit more detail then post as a comment below but thanks very much for watching and we'll see you again soon
James Robinson Golf
we are halfway through the 2018 season and I have been reviewing golf clubs since the start of the year which three drivers have I found to be most forgiving for mid to high handicappers let's find out let's do it now hi everyone James Robinson here if you're new to the channel make sure you consider subscribing if you like cause vlogs if you like product reviews if you like club head to head and if you like total it and also a free golf tips to help your golf game make sure you hit that subscribe button smash the thumbs up and let me know what you want to see now let's get back to my top three for giving drivers for mid to high handicappers of 2018 so far and so before we get started I want you to do me one thing I want you to comment below what do you think the number one most forgiving driver of 2018 is in my list I want you to do this now no cheating no waiting to the end of the video let's see if you're on the same wavelength as myself okay so coming in number three of the most forgiving drivers of 2018 we have the TaylorMade m4 driver now the m4 driver is obviously part of the M range I certainly thought the m3 driver although the head looked a little bit nicer I enjoyed the smaller shape wasn't quite forgiving even with those weights pushed back it didn't seem to maintain its ball speed and dispersion off sent it as well as the TaylorMade m4 does the reason the TaylorMade m4 is so forgiving is with the carbon composite crown the thin face the vanilla to make this clubs so light a lot of the weight has been pushed into the back of the head here moving CG back in the head and allowing me and allowing higher ball speeds on off centre hits and also less dispersion on poor swings the Hammerhead technology in the head also allows for greater ball speed all in all I think this is a nice simple driver I think the m3 is a little bit too complicated for a lot of handicappers if you're a low handicapper and you wanted to get enough spin rate down etc the m3 might be the one to go for as you can move the weights around another aspect of the TaylorMade m4 tailor-made offer the TaylorMade m4 b-type draw-tite basically that's an empty slice type the weight is moved more to the heel in order to help you square that club face up a little bit easier if you struggle with that dreaded slice if that is a shot that plagues your golf game that may be an option for you for me the third most forgiving driver of 2018 has to be the TaylorMade m4 so that was number three what's coming in at number two on my list of the three most forgiving drivers for midday and the cappers of 2018 to enroll please in it number two I don't physically have one to show you because we've sold out of them is the Callaway rogue the Callaway rogue is a fantastic Club I really enjoyed reviewing it I really enjoyed comparing it to the m3 to the ping Jie 402 many other drivers I found the forgiveness and off centre hits thanks to the jailbreak technology was just ridiculous the nice light head and again thin face allowed for fantastic ball speeds and also allowed for the CG to move back in the head similar to them for as you can see with the weight back again Callaway offer sub-zero version of this driver so if you lower handicappers we wanted to get that ball flight down would you spin rates get a little bit more distance that will be for you but the standard Callaway row comes in number two on my list of forgiving drivers for 2018 similar to the TaylorMade m4 also callaway offer a draw-tite so again wait move to the he'll help you square the club face up slow the heel down toe catches up all of the above Club face should be square and get rid of that dreaded slice again I thought the standard Callaway rogue was fantastic which driver is number one I'm going to give you a clue it's in one of these two head covers in one hand at a standard ping g400 in the other hand at the ping Jie 400 max which one do you think it's gonna be you guessed it ping Jie 400 max comes in at number 1 on my 2018 most forgiving drivers list boldface the massive head it all screams forgiveness well I tested this driver I couldn't believe how forgiving it was on off centre hits initially I got my hands on one of our members drivers he since giving it to his son who is a high handicapper purely the cast of the forgiveness it offered on off centre hits look at the size of this club face it's absolutely huge and again a similar theme with these forgiving drivers we have the tungsten weight in the back here the head's really big the faces are thin the heads are light yes we have the turbulence on top and the butterfly effect and all that kind of thing or dragonfly effect should I say butterfly effect was a film I believe of Ashton Kutcher's it anyway none of that really interests me I don't see how that plays a massive role but one thing ping have released ahead much bigger than the standard G 400 again if you're wanting a low spin model if you're a lower handicapper the ping Zhi 400 LS deck will be for you it will go further so long as you can keep that spin rate high enough to get launching for me the most forgiving driver for mid to high handicappers of 2018 has to be the ping Jie 400 max when ping first released the G 400 it like a fantastic Club but a lot of high handicappers were saying actually this head's too small I'm not comfortable with this head wide when we released a smaller head in the ping Jie 400 ping kept is all guessing and this was why okay everyone there you have it from me they are my top three forgiving drivers of 2018 so far for high to mid handicapped golfers let me know where you're right at the beginning of the video did you comment below did you get any of them in the top three did you guess the ping g400 max as the winner I'm James Robinson who does feel Golf Club make sure to put the thumbs up if you enjoyed that video smash that subscribe button if you hadn't already the channel is growing beautifully and comment below let me know 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