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Desert

I could use some Driver advice

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Background - high-handicapper with lessons beginning in June.  I can't hit a driver to save my life.  Typical driver shots are heavy slices.

I currently have a Ping G5 driver with a stiff shaft.  It was a friend's but he has lent it to me indefinitely.  I am 100% positive that the shaft is wrong for me, as I need a regular or maybe even a light flex given my swing speed (Ping confirmed this at a club fitting). How outdated is the G5 in terms of technology? Does it make more sense to buy a new shaft, or would I be better off buying a "newer" used driver?  Any suggestions on specific drivers that I should keep an eye out for on the used racks?   Thanks all!

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I would lean towards buying a new (and by that I mean "new to you" but used) driver as it isn't very cost effective to re-shaft an older driver unless you really, really love it.

Also, I suspect you could find something a little more recent for the same $$ or less than the cost of an (uninstalled) shaft.

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I would buy a used driver with the shaft you need and go from there. Should be able to find something cheap. Alot of the guys I golf with buy the latest and greatest every couple of years.

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Definitely keep an eye out for the Ping G-15

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How different is the G15 and G5 driver? Is the G15 more forgiving? If it isn't that noticeable, I'm thinking it'd be cheaper to re-shaft my G5, plus I could get a shaft fit for me for length and flex.
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Originally Posted by Desert

How different is the G15 and G5 driver? Is the G15 more forgiving? If it isn't that noticeable, I'm thinking it'd be cheaper to re-shaft my G5, plus I could get a shaft fit for me for length and flex.

They are quite different. Better materials, newer technology. Expect much better mishits, but no more length on the good ones, really.

That said, the G5 is still a fine driver for a beginner, and I think your problems are more due to swing faults than the club. And of course, the shaft could be A problem, but its not THE problem.

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Originally Posted by Desert

How different is the G15 and G5 driver? Is the G15 more forgiving? If it isn't that noticeable, I'm thinking it'd be cheaper to re-shaft my G5, plus I could get a shaft fit for me for length and flex.

I had a G5 and switched to a G10, then a G15. I like the G15 much better. It is more forgiving, helps reduce my slice and gives a good ball flight.

I bought the standard shaft.

I'd recommend buying a used G15 instead of reshafting the G5. The G25 is out, and a you should be able to find a used a G15 for a good price.

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I'm a relatively new golfer and a HUGE Ping fan but I have had great success with a Cobra S3 that I bought used for $60. Read the reviews on this driver. It has an adjustable head and can be found online at globalgolf for $60-75. If you insist on Ping look for a K15.
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You can find a ping rapture in about the same price range as what's already been mentioned. Try WWW.callawaygolfpreowned.com . They have used clubs from all different manufacturers.
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ApocG10 is exactly right. The G15 is certainly more forgiving and will have newer technology. I have never been a ping fan but I have hit both the G10 and G15, they are both solid driver and provide a lot of forgiveness. You should check Ebay on both and see what you come up with.

I checked Ebay's completed listings on the G10 and G15 for you.

These are the prices they're currently selling for:

Used G10's: $30 - $40

Used G15's: $45 - $60

Here is a G10 Driver 10.5* Regular Flex - This model is a Draw, which will help your slice a little bit.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ping-G10-driver-/271194466401?pt=Golf_Clubs&hash;=item3f24732861

Just do a little research and you most likely could come up with a G15 for less then $40.

Hope this helps.

-ZH

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Originally Posted by ZachIsLegend

ApocG10 is exactly right. The G15 is certainly more forgiving and will have newer technology. I have never been a ping fan but I have hit both the G10 and G15, they are both solid driver and provide a lot of forgiveness. You should check Ebay on both and see what you come up with.

I checked Ebay's completed listings on the G10 and G15 for you.

These are the prices they're currently selling for:

Used G10's: $30 - $40

Used G15's: $45 - $60

Here is a G10 Driver 10.5* Regular Flex - This model is a Draw, which will help your slice a little bit.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ping-G10-driver-/271194466401?pt=Golf_Clubs&hash;=item3f24732861

Just do a little research and you most likely could come up with a G15 for less then $40.

Hope this helps.

-ZH

Wow!  Thanks for your help!

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