460cc do we really need it?

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as some of you may have read i'm having driver trouble at the minuite,it got me thinking have we all been suckered in by the bigger is better,longer,straighter attitude.i know with my old taylormade r480 i hit the ball straighter while only gaining a few yards with the g5,i would certainly have it back now if it wasn't sitting in the old mans bag.
 

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im having trouble with my new bigger headed driver , and it was custom fitted , it goes well when im in the groove and i get 30 yards extra distance , i have gone from the driver(old one)being the best club in the bag for twelve months to my new being the worst and im not hitting my woods well either , on the plus side im striking the irons the best i have ever hit them and the short game is improving all the time ,its the big dog thats costing me dear ...
 

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I have been asking myself that very question as I am hitting my 3 wood about 235-250 and the head is tiny compared to my F speed Cobra. I am picking up my new Ping G10 on wednesday so I am asking myself if I really need a driver.
 

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I have been asking myself that very question as I am hitting my 3 wood about 235-250 and the head is tiny compared to my F speed Cobra. I am picking up my new Ping G10 on wednesday so I am asking myself if I really need a driver.

Madandra, just wait till you get the G10, you'll know why you got it alright. ;)
 

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I agree. I hit my Titleist 906F2 15° 3 wood miles, and the head is no bigger than a cotton reel. Not sure about 460cc drivers really. Back when I had a TM 320, and they brought out 400cc drivers, I used to think the wind resistance of the head made it harder to swing. My TM R7 quad was 400cc though, and that had a really nice head shape. All the 460s seem a bit bloated.
 

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I have been asking myself that very question as I am hitting my 3 wood about 235-250 and the head is tiny compared to my F speed Cobra. I am picking up my new Ping G10 on wednesday so I am asking myself if I really need a driver.

I am in the same boat, when I get the sweet spot on my 3 wood I get about 230 with a very nice flight and I also have a F speed and have talked the wife into letting me get a G10 driver. Are you trading in or just buying the G10 outright? I ask because I am playing ok with the f speed but worry that if I do not get on with the G10 I have nothing to fall back on.
 

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Try the Nike Sumo Sasquatch. It has a large head but the back half of it is silver and the front half black. Because your eyes can't focus on the two colours at once when your looking down on it at the tee, you only see the black half and it looks like your holding a traditional pear shaped driver.....when in fact your wielding an outer-spaced shaped weapon of golf course destruction.
 

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This raises a very good point and some excellent comments have been posted.

I think that the driver being big is of a great help to being able to hit it long and straight but the swing has to be right. The problems occur when the technique is flawed, usually because we try to hit the driver so hard we lose some of the technique I think. It is also harder to keep a large clubhead in the correct position during the swing as they are increased forces working to move the head around. Think of the wind effect on the driver, when it is blowing heavily the effect it has on the head mid-swing is awful but on the 3W it is so much less.

Nothing however, can beat the sound & feeling of when you crack a 280yd drive out of the middle.
 

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Before I went on my quest to replace my old clubs, I was using a Callaway Big Bertha 10* War Bird. I could hit it OK but not consistently well. Eventually decided on the G10 which requires a slower swing speed and, for me at any rate, more control. Ironically, the distance gain is nothing to write home about but the confidence I get with the G10 is immeasurable. After a couple of months of grooving the G10 I used the Callaway and found I was hitting it quite well - I put this down to using a driver which is genuinely improving my game.
 

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I dont know what all the fuss is about with the G10. I have tried it a few times and hated it.

My FT-5 gives me alot of confidence looking down on it. It looks solid but compact, and i dont think there is a better sounding driver on the market! The cobra f speed is certainly another good driver to look down on too. Wish i never sold mine! But my pal uses it so well, its a joy to watch.

I personally dont hit woods too well off the deck or tee but this is no doubt my technique.
 

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I have been asking myself that very question as I am hitting my 3 wood about 235-250 and the head is tiny compared to my F speed Cobra. I am picking up my new Ping G10 on wednesday so I am asking myself if I really need a driver.

I am in the same boat, when I get the sweet spot on my 3 wood I get about 230 with a very nice flight and I also have a F speed and have talked the wife into letting me get a G10 driver. Are you trading in or just buying the G10 outright? I ask because I am playing ok with the f speed but worry that if I do not get on with the G10 I have nothing to fall back on.

You have a very efficient 3 wood to fall back on. I am getting £100 for my Cobra against the G10 @ £179 and if I don't like it I will use my 3 wood until I get something else but I am sure I will love the G10.
 

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With the Rapture driver pushing £280 a touch i'll be sticking with the 3 wood for now. Typically get 220-240 out of it which is fine on all but the longest high s.i. par 5's for now. Second shot is just a longer lay up which is fine.

I can use the 3 wood on every tee shot bar par3's

£280 buys a lot of putter and other kit which I am going to use on every hole (and the way I putt- at least 2-3 times per hole).

No contest.
 

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There was some Raptors on Golfbidder secondhand for £190 with marks of 6 6 6 or new I have seen one £249.00. For me I think the 12 degree G10 reg shaft will be in the bag this weekend.
 

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I think its a confidence thing , with high handicappers anyway. If you're still tuning your swing and are a little unsure of your swing consistency , seeing that huge lump of metal on the end of your driver gives you more hope , psychologically , that you'll actually have a chance of making a decent contact. Whether that actually happens or not is another thing but we all know that a lot of golf is played with the ol' grey matter.
 

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Thanks for that gents,

I'm clearly going to have to look at prices a bit more closely if (and probably when) I go for a large stick.

Wouldn't rule out breaking with my 'all of one set only' rule as well at that point. The G5 and 10 spring to mind.

bill
 

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For me I think the 12 degree G10 reg shaft will be in the bag this weekend.

Be warned, the G10 flies quite high.

I need a 12 to just cut the spin on the ball, I used to use a 10.5 but the dreaded slice was mostly present so went to a 12 and found it more forgiving and consistant, I am popping down to AG this weekend and so see what they say, any thoughts on the staff in these places? and one last thing, I have found that degree and distance are not always related, does anyone else find this?
 
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