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.
nrjyzr: Black Toaster of Death. I remember posting a pic of one next to my KZG MP driver, at a whopping 230cc. Then the Integra 400 happened...
Aug 21, 2019 17:35:32 GMT -7
jaime59: I went through the Bertha progressions: Big Bertha, Great Big Bertha, Biggest Big Bertha which was a massive 290 cc iirc. Also had Taylor Made Ti in there. Eventually I ended up with the Biggest Big Bang, or whatever it was called at 525cc.
Aug 22, 2019 8:56:55 GMT -7
bumblebees: Anyone still have their 975D? Mine has a replaced dynamic gold xx stiff steel shaft sawed down to 43 inches. WTH was I thinking?
Aug 22, 2019 10:24:03 GMT -7
flatstik: I still have a 975D with the stock EI 70 shaft and cat in the hat headcover. Classic - lol!
Aug 22, 2019 15:39:24 GMT -7
bcj1m: I have 2, NV-65 and bimatrix. At least one J around too, NV also
Aug 22, 2019 19:17:07 GMT -7
nrjyzr: Have never owned a 975D. Or any Titleist product.
Aug 23, 2019 4:50:08 GMT -7
nrjyzr: Over last few months, have considered picking up an old Mizuno TZoid Forged, about 270cc or so
Aug 23, 2019 4:51:14 GMT -7
Galgolfer: I still have a 975J around here too. I have a whole bag full of nothing but old drivers and FW's.
Aug 23, 2019 11:33:14 GMT -7
hax: The only Titleiset club I've ever wanted was a 983E. Other than that, never owned anything from them. Wait..I had a PT17 that was garbage. I bought it because they ere COOL, and then sold it because it was an unhittable turd...and made more on it!
Aug 23, 2019 11:56:25 GMT -7
hax: Hey Ed...good to see. you in here with our weird time lapse chat system.
Aug 23, 2019 11:56:49 GMT -7
Galgolfer: unhittable turd...I love it!
Aug 23, 2019 11:59:15 GMT -7
bumblebees: Forgot about the J!!! lol Man, we really were club ho's
Aug 23, 2019 16:42:08 GMT -7
nrjyzr: Been going back a bit lately, instead of embracing the new stuff. Put my Fast12LS driver back in the bag, it's outperforming everything else. Also have played my R9 SuperDeep, may take it out again. And bought a set of MP37s this past week.
Aug 24, 2019 6:50:12 GMT -7
nrjyzr: Had always regretted unloaded the MP37s I won here....
Aug 24, 2019 6:53:02 GMT -7
boomslang: Ed, never owned a Titleist club that cost me more than $4. LOL Got a wedge and a fairway wood for $4 each from different garage sales. Less than 5 years old. Got one off the golf pro at the resort course here(dickered his wife down to $12 for 3 wedges.
Aug 24, 2019 17:57:17 GMT -7
boomslang: The fairway wood was $2 off my doctor at her garage sale. I said I didn't need it. She said, for $2, you can throw it way. She made a good point.
Aug 24, 2019 17:58:45 GMT -7