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  • Tying to ball on budget- Taylormade M4 purchase

    Sorry for no visuals at the time!--- After a few years of bag and game go down the drain and talking with @2BFAST (Brian) about my current set-up I decided it was time for a new driver. I was hitting (Taylormade RBZ Black 9*, on standard settings) and just buying what ever I could on sell that "looked" to be decent, not truly realizing the impact it had on my game.

    With that said, I knew my wife would castrate me for spending the money on the newest and best. After a couple rounds with poor service at some of the bigger box retailers, I settled in at Edwin Watts golf store. I explained to the guy helping me what my price range was...

    We settle in on 4 drivers to test.

    Taylormade M4, 9* w/ amtos 70g

    Cobra F8+, 9* w/ Aldila NV Green 65g

    Ping G400, 8.5* w/ Pings x-stiff tour 65g

    Wilson C300, 9* w/ unsure of the shaft but was x-stiff


    All produced better #'s than what I was hitting,
    Spin Rate Ball Speed Club Speed Total Launch Ang Attach Ang
    M4 2864 165.6 114 291 9.9 1.9
    F8+ 3020 169.2 115 294 10.2 1.7
    G400 3315 163.2 113 284 10.6 1.9
    C300 3364 158.6 114 266 11.1 2


    Needless to say I wore myself out after about 15 balls per club, but the end result was I walked out of the store with the Taylormade M4 for right at $250.00 with a lousy trade in of $52.

    Have a round planned tomorrow so looking forward to seeing the results. I will keep everyone posted.
    - Justin -

    In my Grom Stand bag:
    Driver - F9 Speedback 9* Tenesi CK Blue 60 x-stiff
    3W - Hi-Bore XLs 15*
    2HY - Hi-Bore XLs 19*
    3-PW - CG16 Black Tour S300
    GW - RTX-3 52* S300
    SW - RTX-3 56* S300
    Putter - EXO Rossie
    Ball - Q Star Tour

  • #2
    Why did you go with the M4 over the f8+ looks like the club head and ball speed as well was distance were higher
    WITB

    Dirver Bio Cell 10.5
    Fairway V Steel 4w 17*
    Hybrid Altitude 3 Graphite
    Irons Exotics XCG6 4-pw
    Wedges ATV 50,54,58
    Putter Spider Tour Black
    Ball Zip/DUO
    coin ball marker

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    • #3
      Originally posted by pumbaa View Post
      Why did you go with the M4 over the f8+ looks like the club head and ball speed as well was distance were higher
      Decision came down to feel. The f8 just didn't feel as crisp. And I also seem to be more consistently off line with the f8.

      Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
      - Justin -

      In my Grom Stand bag:
      Driver - F9 Speedback 9* Tenesi CK Blue 60 x-stiff
      3W - Hi-Bore XLs 15*
      2HY - Hi-Bore XLs 19*
      3-PW - CG16 Black Tour S300
      GW - RTX-3 52* S300
      SW - RTX-3 56* S300
      Putter - EXO Rossie
      Ball - Q Star Tour

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      • #4
        Originally posted by KCSmitty View Post
        And I also seem to be more consistently off line with the f8.
        I don't think I ever asked, I assumed the dispersion on the M4 was pretty good?
        Brian
        --------------------
        In my - LUX 2.0 Black / White 14 Way Cart Bag:
        Driver - F9 9.5* HeLium Proto F5 49g 4X stiff 45"
        3W - CBX 119 15* HZRDUS Smoke 65 6.0 S
        2 Hy - CBX 119 20* EvenFlow Black 85 6.0 S
        4I - ZU85 23* Recoil 95 F4
        5I-PW - Z765 Recoil 110 F4
        GW - RTX-4 50* Mid Recoil 110 F4
        SW - RTX-4 54* Mid Recoil 125 F4
        LW - RTX-4 58* Full Recoil 125 F4 Proto
        Grips - MCC +4 Midsize Grey Color
        Putter - DB2x 34" Pro X 1.32
        Ball - Q Star Tour


        2017 THP Regional Rivalry - ILL/MO vs MN/WI Champions sponsored by @ Tournament Club of Iowa Des Moines
        2018 The Game Changer by with World Long Drive Champion & Tour Pro Jamie Sadlowski @ Talking Stick Resort Scottsdale
        2018 Shaft Up #3 by @ Olympia Fields Country Club Chicago
        2018 Shaft Up Finale by @ Mission Inn Club Orlando
        2019 TEEm Tour Edge Participant
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        • #5
          Originally posted by KCSmitty View Post
          Decision came down to feel. The f8 just didn't feel as crisp. And I also seem to be more consistently off line with the f8.

          Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
          Got it, I figured it had to be dispersion or feel
          WITB

          Dirver Bio Cell 10.5
          Fairway V Steel 4w 17*
          Hybrid Altitude 3 Graphite
          Irons Exotics XCG6 4-pw
          Wedges ATV 50,54,58
          Putter Spider Tour Black
          Ball Zip/DUO
          coin ball marker

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          • #6
            Originally posted by 2BFAST View Post
            I don't think I ever asked, I assumed the dispersion on the M4 was pretty good?
            Definitely tighter with the m4. Again that's only with launch monitor data so we'll see what the real result holds

            Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
            - Justin -

            In my Grom Stand bag:
            Driver - F9 Speedback 9* Tenesi CK Blue 60 x-stiff
            3W - Hi-Bore XLs 15*
            2HY - Hi-Bore XLs 19*
            3-PW - CG16 Black Tour S300
            GW - RTX-3 52* S300
            SW - RTX-3 56* S300
            Putter - EXO Rossie
            Ball - Q Star Tour

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            • #7
              i would have gone F8+ the G400 just due to forgiveness on both being better IMO than the M4. I still think the OG M2 in a loft fit for you would be better than M4.

              Testing Project X Catalyst 100g 6.0 shafts - Thank you THP/PX Crew


              Proud Supporter & Captain of Team So. Cal. in the 2017 THP Regional Rivalry - So. Cal vs Nor. Cal.


              Participant 2016
              Championship - TPC Las Vegas!
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              • #8
                Originally posted by KCSmitty View Post
                Definitely tighter with the m4. Again that's only with launch monitor data so we'll see what the real result holds
                Be easy on us short pokers in a few weeks!
                Brian
                --------------------
                In my - LUX 2.0 Black / White 14 Way Cart Bag:
                Driver - F9 9.5* HeLium Proto F5 49g 4X stiff 45"
                3W - CBX 119 15* HZRDUS Smoke 65 6.0 S
                2 Hy - CBX 119 20* EvenFlow Black 85 6.0 S
                4I - ZU85 23* Recoil 95 F4
                5I-PW - Z765 Recoil 110 F4
                GW - RTX-4 50* Mid Recoil 110 F4
                SW - RTX-4 54* Mid Recoil 125 F4
                LW - RTX-4 58* Full Recoil 125 F4 Proto
                Grips - MCC +4 Midsize Grey Color
                Putter - DB2x 34" Pro X 1.32
                Ball - Q Star Tour


                2017 THP Regional Rivalry - ILL/MO vs MN/WI Champions sponsored by @ Tournament Club of Iowa Des Moines
                2018 The Game Changer by with World Long Drive Champion & Tour Pro Jamie Sadlowski @ Talking Stick Resort Scottsdale
                2018 Shaft Up #3 by @ Olympia Fields Country Club Chicago
                2018 Shaft Up Finale by @ Mission Inn Club Orlando
                2019 TEEm Tour Edge Participant
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by 2BFAST View Post
                  Be easy on us short pokers in a few weeks!
                  I'll be curious to see some real results. Not to mention this doesn't fix my swing by all means, a deep ball in the woods doesn't do anybody any good.

                  Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
                  - Justin -

                  In my Grom Stand bag:
                  Driver - F9 Speedback 9* Tenesi CK Blue 60 x-stiff
                  3W - Hi-Bore XLs 15*
                  2HY - Hi-Bore XLs 19*
                  3-PW - CG16 Black Tour S300
                  GW - RTX-3 52* S300
                  SW - RTX-3 56* S300
                  Putter - EXO Rossie
                  Ball - Q Star Tour

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    You have your AoA showing positive....were they positive?
                    Brian
                    --------------------
                    In my - LUX 2.0 Black / White 14 Way Cart Bag:
                    Driver - F9 9.5* HeLium Proto F5 49g 4X stiff 45"
                    3W - CBX 119 15* HZRDUS Smoke 65 6.0 S
                    2 Hy - CBX 119 20* EvenFlow Black 85 6.0 S
                    4I - ZU85 23* Recoil 95 F4
                    5I-PW - Z765 Recoil 110 F4
                    GW - RTX-4 50* Mid Recoil 110 F4
                    SW - RTX-4 54* Mid Recoil 125 F4
                    LW - RTX-4 58* Full Recoil 125 F4 Proto
                    Grips - MCC +4 Midsize Grey Color
                    Putter - DB2x 34" Pro X 1.32
                    Ball - Q Star Tour


                    2017 THP Regional Rivalry - ILL/MO vs MN/WI Champions sponsored by @ Tournament Club of Iowa Des Moines
                    2018 The Game Changer by with World Long Drive Champion & Tour Pro Jamie Sadlowski @ Talking Stick Resort Scottsdale
                    2018 Shaft Up #3 by @ Olympia Fields Country Club Chicago
                    2018 Shaft Up Finale by @ Mission Inn Club Orlando
                    2019 TEEm Tour Edge Participant
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by 2BFAST View Post
                      You have your AoA showing positive....were they positive?
                      No sir. It was negative.

                      Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
                      - Justin -

                      In my Grom Stand bag:
                      Driver - F9 Speedback 9* Tenesi CK Blue 60 x-stiff
                      3W - Hi-Bore XLs 15*
                      2HY - Hi-Bore XLs 19*
                      3-PW - CG16 Black Tour S300
                      GW - RTX-3 52* S300
                      SW - RTX-3 56* S300
                      Putter - EXO Rossie
                      Ball - Q Star Tour

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by KCSmitty View Post
                        No sir. It was negative.
                        Welcome to the club

                        Did you like the heavier shaft more?
                        Brian
                        --------------------
                        In my - LUX 2.0 Black / White 14 Way Cart Bag:
                        Driver - F9 9.5* HeLium Proto F5 49g 4X stiff 45"
                        3W - CBX 119 15* HZRDUS Smoke 65 6.0 S
                        2 Hy - CBX 119 20* EvenFlow Black 85 6.0 S
                        4I - ZU85 23* Recoil 95 F4
                        5I-PW - Z765 Recoil 110 F4
                        GW - RTX-4 50* Mid Recoil 110 F4
                        SW - RTX-4 54* Mid Recoil 125 F4
                        LW - RTX-4 58* Full Recoil 125 F4 Proto
                        Grips - MCC +4 Midsize Grey Color
                        Putter - DB2x 34" Pro X 1.32
                        Ball - Q Star Tour


                        2017 THP Regional Rivalry - ILL/MO vs MN/WI Champions sponsored by @ Tournament Club of Iowa Des Moines
                        2018 The Game Changer by with World Long Drive Champion & Tour Pro Jamie Sadlowski @ Talking Stick Resort Scottsdale
                        2018 Shaft Up #3 by @ Olympia Fields Country Club Chicago
                        2018 Shaft Up Finale by @ Mission Inn Club Orlando
                        2019 TEEm Tour Edge Participant
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by 2BFAST View Post
                          Welcome to the club

                          Did you like the heavier shaft more?
                          After some time at the range, the most noticable factor for me was the stability

                          Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
                          - Justin -

                          In my Grom Stand bag:
                          Driver - F9 Speedback 9* Tenesi CK Blue 60 x-stiff
                          3W - Hi-Bore XLs 15*
                          2HY - Hi-Bore XLs 19*
                          3-PW - CG16 Black Tour S300
                          GW - RTX-3 52* S300
                          SW - RTX-3 56* S300
                          Putter - EXO Rossie
                          Ball - Q Star Tour

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by KCSmitty View Post
                            After some time at the range, the most noticable factor for me was the stability
                            Must be rough having clubhead speed.........
                            Brian
                            --------------------
                            In my - LUX 2.0 Black / White 14 Way Cart Bag:
                            Driver - F9 9.5* HeLium Proto F5 49g 4X stiff 45"
                            3W - CBX 119 15* HZRDUS Smoke 65 6.0 S
                            2 Hy - CBX 119 20* EvenFlow Black 85 6.0 S
                            4I - ZU85 23* Recoil 95 F4
                            5I-PW - Z765 Recoil 110 F4
                            GW - RTX-4 50* Mid Recoil 110 F4
                            SW - RTX-4 54* Mid Recoil 125 F4
                            LW - RTX-4 58* Full Recoil 125 F4 Proto
                            Grips - MCC +4 Midsize Grey Color
                            Putter - DB2x 34" Pro X 1.32
                            Ball - Q Star Tour


                            2017 THP Regional Rivalry - ILL/MO vs MN/WI Champions sponsored by @ Tournament Club of Iowa Des Moines
                            2018 The Game Changer by with World Long Drive Champion & Tour Pro Jamie Sadlowski @ Talking Stick Resort Scottsdale
                            2018 Shaft Up #3 by @ Olympia Fields Country Club Chicago
                            2018 Shaft Up Finale by @ Mission Inn Club Orlando
                            2019 TEEm Tour Edge Participant
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                            • #15
                              Look forward to seeing you hit this in a few weeks Smitty!
                              - Randy

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                              In my Tour B Stand bag:

                              Driver - G400 LST 10* HZRDUS BLACK Xs 75g 45"
                              3W - G400 13* PING Tour 75 Xs 76g 43"
                              3HY - Steelhead 19* Recoil 95 F4
                              5I-PW - 919 Forged 6.5 125g
                              GW - XW-1 50* Tour 105
                              SW - XW-1 54* Tour 105
                              LW - XW-1 58* Tour 105
                              Putter - O Works Black 1ws Mid Slim 2.0
                              Ball - Tour BX
                              Grips - CP2 Midsize


                              2019 Championship at Firestone Country Club - Champions

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