Top 5 Golf Drivers of the Past Decade | Trackman Testing & Comparison



At 2nd Swing, we know golf equipment. We know that many older club models can still compete with the newest releases in the market. In this exclusive video, 2nd Swing master fitter Thomas Campbell and staff writer Drew Mahowald use Trackman to test and compare the #top 5 #golf #drivers of the past decade, including testing and comparison of the #TaylorMade SLDR 460, Cobra KING LTD, #PING #G400, TaylorMade 2016 M2, and #Callaway GBB Epic.

The decision to include these five models came from our staff’s ranking of the top five used drivers from the past decade in our At The Turn newsletter, which can be found here: https://www.2ndswing.com/t-at-the-turn-newsletter.aspx/#top5driverspastdecadearticle.

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    33 Replies to “Top 5 Golf Drivers of the Past Decade | Trackman Testing & Comparison”

    1. Tex Mex says:

      Get on with it 😡

    2. GONADSable says:

      SLDR driver is just fine for me ,lofted it up as Taylormade recommend to do back when they had their loft up campaign ,and I am very happy I watched this video .The sldr driver will be staying in my bag for a few years sure .Thanks guys and always enjoy your professional advise and videos .Cheers Graham

    3. Great video! I especially love Drew's glove tan lines….:)

    4. Hey, do y’all think that bc the M2 was 10.5° that it was higher and spinnier than the GBB Epic. Also the M2 has a steeper landing angle.

    5. Thanks for the feedback on all these drivers. I’m really considering the G400 but also on the fence about the Cobra King F9. What do you guys think about them in comparison? Thanks!

    6. HeyJude 1900 says:

      The SLDER is still $400 used at 2nd Swing

    7. Great video guys!!!!
      Thinking about buying another driver (I have a 2010 burner driver) and tossing up between an RBZ, M2 or Ping G 400 which are around my price range. What would you recommend out of those? Obviously RBZ is the cheaper out of the 3

    8. angrybuzzy says:

      Thomas' club head speed increased with each driver as he warmed up favoring the drivers that came later.

    9. Rafa Bonati says:

      Glad I bought my used M2 recently. Quite an upgrade from my Top Flight starter driver.

    10. Kiddos to 2nd Swing for these videos. I love playing clubs from 2003-2008 because that’s the time I was playing the most – newlywed with no kids and large disposable income for golf. Realized that when I got back playing in 2015/2016 a lot had changed in drivers. Gone through Ping G30, G SFT and G400 Max and Taylormade M2. All amazing and at today’s prices on 2nd Swing I can purchase 2 at a time for less than a new one and later trade it for something new once I feel like I can justify it within my game.

    11. coegj says:

      Great video guys, thanks.

    12. Jerry Tohtz says:

      Ping G400 it is for me!

    13. Jimmy Culp says:

      You are using the wrong LTD cobra , The pro model is much better for your club head speed!

    14. Jimmy Culp says:

      Why did yall not use the pro model in the cobra. Much better club!

    15. I hit the exact same SLDR. I'm thinking about the SIM. Would you recommend that or maybe the M6?

    16. Tab McLain says:

      Titleist 905R. Unbeatable

    17. Funny… I’ve gone through/ tested a lot of drivers in the last 5 years (much to my wife’s chagrin 😂)
      But keep coming back to my Titleist 910 d2. Something about the feel of that club…
      Does probably spin a little much but keeps staying in the bag.

    18. Randy Mahony says:

      I think the 2016 M2 is the best driver Taylormade ever made. I don't know how I missed this video , better late than never. Lol

    19. Honeyunk13 says:

      This videos alone was enough to make me subscribe. Thanks for showing value and performance can be had for the budget minded golfer. I know my swing speed or mechanics aren’t equal to this golfers but it shows me that I need to spend money on lessons not clubs. This is very appreciated.

    20. joe newton says:

      These older drivers showed better results than the May 29th test done with 2020 drivers ?

    21. Very interesting as I have always found it difficult to find a driver I like and have confidence with re consistency and reasonable distance as a senior. After moving from the ping g30 to the ts2 I thought I might have found something but was mistaken. The club that performed for me though I did not buy it (yet- maybe now that the price has fallen considerably also as a leftie) was the pxg gen 2 but with a customised counterbalanced shaft the fujikura Ventura 5r (another 200 bucks for the shaft). However I went around to see what was around from older clubs and to my surprise I ended up with the ping g400 lst 8.5 degrees which I am finding reliable and decent so good to see this is the mix. Never found an m2 leftie so did not get to try it nor a gbb epic though a new epic flash also seemed good but did not want to spend that much on it as am holding out for the pxg.

    22. Chizzad 51 says:

      Love my m1 3 wood

    23. Just got a G400 for $230ish.. cant rememeber exactly but within $10 of that price either way. Also got the 3 wood. From videos its apparently easy to hit that off the grass which will be new for me.

    24. Clay Fleming says:

      As an FYI Trackman has difficulty picking up the club head speed of clubs with a carbon crown like the M2 or Epic, that's what leads to the variation in smash, essentially a misread on club speed.

    25. Greg Benoit says:

      I’ve had the Ping G30 for about 5 years and love it. Just got the G400 5 wood and love that too. Might have to get a G400 Driver as well!

    26. Titleist 915 best for me . Thought that was a very popular driver. Five years later still using it cause it works. Own two of them

    27. Chris T says:

      Sorry guys….I’ve had sldr, and ALL I’ve ever heard from others as well, is that SLDR. ..? Low spin…yes. Long….yes. But……….SLDR Is NOT Forgiving !!!!! Lol

    28. In comparison with the other drivers, the Cobra was a dud. Spin too high, very inconsistent in spin rate (500 rpm between highest & lowest, other drivers were c.100 rpm difference). Epic might have been longer but the consistency of the M2 was very impressive & the G400 appears to be a robot!

    29. swardmusic says:

      Ok enough, i need to know. Did Thomas leave Australia when he was 14 years old or something, then move OS? Really trying to work out that accent 😄

    30. Still play my M2 driver and 3 wood. Love them.

    31. Great video! I never owned a TM M driver, But it’s clear here that the 2016 M2 was the winner. I also read and seen great results that that was probably the best driver TM ever made

    32. Chris Eckes says:

      Interesting test guys! Would love to see something comparing previous generations from the same manufacturer and showing how much difference there really is between the models now vs from 3-4 years ago: M2/M4/M6/SIM Max or M1/M3/M5/SIM, Epic/Rogue/Flash/Mavrik, F7/F8/F9/SpeedZone, etc.

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