Well my last three drivers (over the last six years) were a Ping G25, a Callaway XR16, and I'm now playing a Callaway Rogue. I also tried a Taylormade 2017 M2 for a couple of weeks, but it didn't end up in my bag. While I haven't tried them, I hear the Ping G400 and the Cobra F6 are good too. I also encourage you to pay attention to the shafts as well. As you see I have had good success with Callaway drivers even though my fairways and irons are Taylormade. I would include the Rogue and the Epic in your test.
Generally speaking....the only drivers that would meet the OP's requirement to keep within his upper budget limit would be the G25 and XR16....and they still might be over $200. Clubs are more expensive up here in Canada vs. the US....our poor exchange rate doesn't help and we also don't have a great on-line used inventory up here too. It's so much more economical to club ho in the US.
I suspect though that if I drive down to Golf Avenue once the courses open and leave them a few C notes on m Visa they will be happy to let me borrow a 2-3 used drivers for a week or two .
They'd likely require you to purchase the club....with the option to return the club in 30 days less any possible restocking fees. I'd put some masking tape on the crown and sole to ensure you keep the club in the same condition as when it was bought...should you decide to get a refund.
I have bought several clubs from Golf Avenue...and they are a good vendor...but my recent used club purchases have been from Global Golf Canada....I find their prices are generally better than GA.....but they don't have actual club pictures.
mr22putt, it's obviously been a while since I've been there but the folks at Golf Avenue were always pretty good when I stopped by in person. G25s are on sale used for $140 CDN and the XR16 for $170 so well within my planned budget and I have a coupon code for an extra 10% off. I also don't mind raising my budget for the right driver, but for the amount I've been playing the past few years I'm not sure it would be worth it. But if I tried an Epic and knocked it 30 yards past my old Hogan and straighter I think I could be persuaded to step up LOL! Of course that's not going to happen. I also would not be terribly surprised if I can whack my old Hogan just as far and straight as a new driver, in which case I'd be good for another 10 years. I have checked out Global Golf and contacted them recently about a gap wedge but have not purchased from them. Coincidentally I received the matching gap wedge for my TM Tour Burner iron set in the mail from Golf Avenue this afternoon and it was mint condition as advertised.
50 I had never heard of the Hogan Colonial driver...so I did a Google....looks like a retail version of a Hogan club....I'd definitely upgrade.
Yeah, no one has heard of it LOL! I was at Golftown hitting the latest TM and Callaway drivers into a simulator in late 2009 wanting to upgrade my Callaway Big Bertha 460. I didn't like any of the new drivers I was testing. I tried the Hogan and hit it better than any of the other drivers there so instead of replacing the Callaway I decided to buy the Hogan for my backup bag to go with my old Apex blades. After a while I realized I hit it longer and straighter than the Callaway 460 so they switched bags. It's been there ever since. It's actually a great driver, but I figure after almost 10 years there has to be something better.
Thanks everyone for your help and very much appreciated advice. I just pulled the trigger on a used Cobra F6+. I will let you know how it works out once the courses open here.
I'm betting you will like it. Over the last decade there have been some major improvements by all of the OEMs. If it doesn't work like you want you can always go back to your Hogan. Whenever I get something new to me, I always keep the previous club (or clubs) until I'm sure the newer ones are keepers.
fitz: Congrats Nrjyzr great shot!
May 19, 2019 0:35:30 GMT -7
hax: CONGRATS ED! that is awesome.
May 19, 2019 7:11:44 GMT -7
nrjyzr: most amazing part of the whole "ace experience"... I managed to actually hit my tee shot reasonably well on the next hole, which was #17. On #18, though, I fatted a 3 wood. LOL
May 20, 2019 5:31:33 GMT -7
uwhuskies: Congrats Ed! I admit I haven't been checking GEA at all lately. I just can't get comfortable with this new look. LOL!!!
May 20, 2019 7:52:14 GMT -7
anserman1: WOOOOOOOO nice one dude congrats
May 20, 2019 9:03:46 GMT -7
ericm007: Congrats!! Still waiting on my first at 56, been close a number of times, but no love after 30 years.
May 21, 2019 12:04:47 GMT -7
sparky: Congrats Ed! That makes 230,982 people that have made an ace before me. I have a spreadsheet.
May 21, 2019 12:05:30 GMT -7
mustanggolf: Nice shot ED... I am with UW on new format. Old dog used to old stuff...
May 21, 2019 12:30:53 GMT -7
anserman1: the old look was serious heinous you guys, adapt!
May 21, 2019 19:39:25 GMT -7
nrjyzr: Thanks dudes. And Sparky, well played. said with condolences, of course
May 22, 2019 4:40:21 GMT -7
nrjyzr: As for the format, I don't mind it. The biggest problem with the forum is the number of trolls that seem to be sanctioned. Not a fan.
May 22, 2019 4:42:04 GMT -7
anserman1: yeah, no idea why clubchamp gets to continue to exist, it's old and tired
May 22, 2019 5:04:34 GMT -7
Whatever: 90% of us are old and tired
May 23, 2019 4:27:45 GMT -7
jaime59: Club champ is a hoot. I'm glad he made the transition to the new site.
May 23, 2019 6:45:47 GMT -7