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Which one won…Ping G, Callaway Epic or Taylormade M1?

The Heavyweight Driver Battle

We have heard what the likes of Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson think of their new clubs but we wanted to find out how they performed in the hands of the amateur golfer.

At Dunes we provided the opportunity for you to try the latest and greatest drivers on the market – each promising unrivalled levels of distance and accuracy.

Our Heavyweight Driver Battle proved a big hit as 54 golfers turned up throughout the day to try the new drivers and compare them against what they were currently playing.

Of all the drivers currently available there are really only 3 that people are talking about: The Callaway Epic, Taylor Made M1/M2 and the Ping G.

Before we get into the results from the day let’s take a look at the features and benefits of each.

Callaway Epic
The new Epic is probably the most talked about new driver since the original Great Big Bertha was launched in the mid-nineties.

The most notable feature on the Epic is what Callaway have called Jailbreak Technology.

Jailbreak works by dramatically increasing distance through stiffening the body to transfer more energy to the ball. On normal drivers, the face and crown flex upon impact with the crown moving up and sole moving down. This creates a loss of energy so Jailbreak creates a vertical connection with two lightweight titanium vertical bars. This drastically reduces the flex on the face to double the impact load for more energy and ball speeds across the face.

Taylor Made M1/M2

The all-new M1 driver takes multi-material construction to the next level to deliver distance, forgiveness and complete personalisation. Featuring a new 6-layer carbon crown and additional carbon toe panel, the 2017 M1 driver has 43% more carbon than last year’s model.

Ping G Driver
Inspired by an approach called biomimicry, PING engineers analysed the dragonfly’s intricate wing pattern to design ultra-thin crown sections for extreme centre of gravity location and maximized MOI. Dragonfly Technology, Vortec Technology, turbulators and a strong T9S face have created Ping’s longest and most forgiving driver ever.

So, that’s the information on the technology but what did you, the general golfing public, think of them?

All participants were asked to score each club on; Looks, Feel, Sound, Performance and ultimately which one they would buy.

Looks
Callaway topped the best-looking list with an average rating of 4.14, just a fraction ahead of the Taylormade. The Ping was certainly not a favourite aesthetically and finished a good way behind the other two.

WINNER BEST LOOKING: CALLAWAY EPIC

Feel
The best feel was a very close run affair between all three drivers but it was the Ping that came out on top, defeating the Callaway into second place by the narrowest of margins.

WINNER BEST FEEL: PING G

Sound
The three drivers certainly have their own distinctive sounds of which we have no doubt the manufacturers engineer deliberately. It was our prediction that the softer thud made by the multi-material Callaway and Taylormade would be popular but it seems we were wrong. The much louder crack created by the Ping proved to be the preference overall and therefore claimed the top spot.

WINNER BEST SOUND: PING G

Performance
You could argue this is the most important category of all. At the end of the day, does it matter what a driver looks, feels and sounds like if it does not perform very well?

I think it is fair to say that all three of these products perform exceptionally well but we can only have one winner!

We have long promoted the Ping G Driver as one of the best on the market but since the launch of the new M1 and the Callaway Epic we were questioning if it’s crown could now be taken. Well, according to your ratings, the answer was NO. Despite the Ping selling for £299 versus the Callaway and Taylormade at £429 you rated it as the best performing driver of them all.

WINNER BEST PERFORMANCE: PING G

Which driver would you buy?
An interesting result here as you would think that it would be the Ping given that it was rated as having the best performance. However, the totals showed that the Callaway Epic will be filling more of your golf bags this year than both the Ping and the Taylormade.

WINNER BUYING CHOICE: CALLWAY EPIC

MY THOUGHTS

What was clearly evident from the day was that getting fitted for your next driver is an absolute must. You could easily dismiss a driver on its performance simply because you were fitted with unsuitable shaft, head type, length, settings on the head or most likely a combination of all of the aforementioned.

We have invested heavily in technology and training to help us quickly and confidently optimise the set up for each individual golfer. We are committed to providing a World class service to the golfers of North East Scotland and offer you the leading brands in golf at the most competitive prices. Best of all we will make sure you get what is right for you.

Rodney Trail certainly benefitted from a good fitting and the newer technology available today. His current driver is a Callaway Diablo driver from 2009 but with the new Callaway Epic he gained 42 yards in length. That is what we call a ‘Game Changer!’

If you could not make it to the Heavyweight Driver Battle then do not worry! We have the full range of demo products and shaft options in the Golf Studio for you to get fitted with 7 days a week.
We are now open Monday to Friday 10am to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

If you would like to see how much more yardage and accuracy you could gain then book a fitting today. It costs £30.00 but this is refunded if a purchase is made as a result of the fitting.
Don’t forget to bring your own club along as we only want you to buy a benefit!

Book online at www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/custom-fitting/ or 01346 510693

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What would 30 yards longer from the tee do for your game?

Golf is not all about more distance but if you are going in to the green with an 8 iron instead of a 5 iron it is sure to make a difference to how often you hit the green, how close you are to the pin and ultimately what score you achieve.

Not to mention how much more fun you will have!

I am really pleased with my Ping Driver certainly hitting a lot further than I was and mostly hitting the fairway! I would certainly recommend it to any person looking for a new driver.
Regards
Norman Cruickshank

With strict rules enforced by the R&A regarding club design, it seemed the manufacturers were left reinventing the wheel when it came to bringing out new products. However, Ping have truly delivered something special with their new G driver.

Since it was launched earlier this year we have seen it outperform every other driver on the market including the likes of the Taylor Made M1 and M2, Callaway Big Bertha Alpha, Titleist 916 and everything else we have put it up against.

There’s a lot happening on the crown of the Ping G Driver  First, it has the Turbulators which we also saw on the G30.  What’s new is the Dragonfly Technology.  The structure of the crown is designed to mirror a dragonfly’s wings, an approach Ping call Biomimicry.  The benefit is that the crown is strong but lighter and thinner than ever resulting in more ball speed and more distance!

The new G driver is also more forgiving thanks to the Dragonfly Technology.  By shaving eight grams from the crown, PING has raised the MOI (moment of inertia) to make the G driver more stable on off-centre hits. And when you combine more speed and more forgiveness with high launch and low spin, you have the best driver in golf!

Warning: Buying any G Driver won’t help!

I have spoken to several people who tried a friends G driver without noticing any gains of distance or accuracy. The reason: The friends driver was built especially for them and did not suit the swing technique of the person trying it.

With three different head types and loft options, over a dozen stock shafts, and adjustability settings, there are literally thousands of combinations to choose from.

The only way you can do this accurately is with technology like the GC2 in the Studio at Dunes and with the help of one of our expert custom fit technicians who can analyse the data and optimise the set up.

In addition to the standard head, there are two options to help create a better ball flight:

SFTEC – If you have a tendency to slice the ball
More weight in the help helps turn a slice into a much straighter shot
LSTEC – For the player who hits it too high
The centre of gravity is slightly further forward which reduces the backspin on the ball.

Book your custom fitting today: Call 01346 510693 or book online by CLICKING HERE

The G Driver now accounts for 90% of all of our driver sales, but don’t just take our word for it. Look what our happy customers are saying…

Got to say I am more than happy with my driver, seem to get a little more distance when I hit it sweetly, a bit more carry, but see a big difference when I maybe don’t hit it just as sweet as I would like to compared to my old driver! Overall very happy with it!
Thanks

Steven Ritchie – Rosehearty Golf Club

Fantastic driver, although I’m not a huge fan of the looks due to usually having smaller head tour drivers to reduce spin but the results don’t lie!
I would say it has added 20 yards to my drives and the ball flight is a lot more penetrating in windy conditions.Would definitely recommend the G driver to all abilities but as I have discovered with my new set of clubs custom fit is a must for all players not just the pros.
Regards

James Hadden – Fraserburgh Golf Club

Since getting fitted for the new Ping G SF Tec driver, my confidence has grown when I step on the tee, as I know where my drive will go, rather than trying to over compensate and hope my ball lands on the fairway. so that its self is a huge help…Ball flight is much higher and with the SF Tec model this corrects my fade which I am happy with and it makes it easier to play the next shot from the fairway – rather than the rough!!!

Just the look of the club head is nice to look at when teeing the ball up, as I feel this helps with your confidence.Compared to my old Callaway Big bertha 815 Aplha, I would say am hitting the ball 40-50yrds further, and on a good day when am hitting it well it’s the best club in the bag!!!!

The amount of people I know that had changed to the new Ping G Driver is quite a lot, so to me that says something – Ping you have a great driver that’s easy to hit and makes golf a lot more enjoyable.
Doug Hastie – Inverallochy Golf Club

Prior to buying my Ping G driver I was hitting my drives about 150 yards.
After purchasing my driver and have some lessons at Dunes I am now driving well over 200 yards. I’m more consistent on the fairways now than ever as I had a tendency to always slice the ball right. I would happily recommend anyone to buy this driver if they are looking to improve and increase their driving capability.
Regards
Norman Reid