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23 hours ago, The Flush said:

My son just bought an Epic Speed from Callaway Preowned for $275. It was in like new condition and appeared almost flawless when he received it. I don't know why anyone would look for a used Callaway anywhere else.

Yeah, that's off topic. 

To bring it back to the topic, there are a lot and I mean A LOT of great drivers out there. 

Which is one more reason why I give TaylorMade all the credit in the world. They have created a buzz around their driver. They have created a talking point. Whether it works better or not, we can debate all day long. But one thing that is definitely true is that people are talking about this driver. When I was at the GG, there were 3 guys being fit for this driver. And from what I could see, more people were at least going over to look at it than pretty much anything else in the store. 

Creating buzz in a world where everyone has great product is impressive. 

I don't know if it's sustainable, but ... 

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When I was working an old supervisor told me once, "Publish or perish".   It was in reference to work related information but I believe it rings true almost anywhere.   TaylorMade is getting the public's attention and for them, that's a good thing.

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Funny...at my Golf Galaxy there were two others getting fit while I was testing. At this particular store there are only 4 bays with Trackman (Trackmen?), one of which is the domain of the instructor and he was doing a fitting as well. There was a lot of interest and they were selling a bunch. Good for them, good for Taylor Made.

If history is any guide, there will be a Stealth 2 next year and that's the one I'll probably buy.

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Okay, so I came across a young man hitting one of these on the range last night. 

I asked him how he liked it and of course, he said he loved it. Which I later thought was a dumb question on my part. What else is going to say? I took a look at it and he had a "real" Ventus shaft in it. At first I assumed it was one of the "Made For" Ventus shafts Taylormade Drivers tend to have now-a-days, but nope, closer inspection revealed it to be a "real" Ventus shaft. Which means the kid (or somebody else) paid a $250 adder onto his about $600 driver. So for that kind of money he'd better like it. 

Anyhow, getting to the point. He also told me it took a little while for him to hit it well. He said the carbon face has "A break in period" and after the break in period the carbon softens up and will go farther and straighter than right off the shelf. I've heard others mention a "break in period" as well for the carbon face. 

I said nothing. But I couldn't help think that "A break in period" is a terrible idea. Anyone know for sure if this is a real thing? 
How long is the "Break in period"? If it needs to break in, how do you stop it from breaking in too much? 

What I'm hoping is that this is just a sales technique. You know a happy customer leaves the store with a brand new driver and the sales guy or gal says "Oh, if you like that club now, just wait until the break in period is over then you will REALLY hit it far." Something like that. 

In my opinion, nothing other than blue jeans should have a "break in" period. That's just a tolerance controlling nightmare. 

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4 minutes ago, ChetlovesMer said:

How long is the "Break in period"? If it needs to break in, how do you stop it from breaking in too much? 

Break and carbon fiber don’t seem to be a good idea together. Seems like snake oil to me.

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1 hour ago, ChetlovesMer said:

How long is the "Break in period"? If it needs to break in, how do you stop it from breaking in too much?

Yea that sounds weird. What happens during this period until the club is “broken in” and the face gets more springy? Layers of carbon fiber on the back of the face are coming apart? Does that mean the whole face is going to fail eventually?

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Composite baseball bats are said to have a break in period. They are supposed to get hotter once they break in and are at their hottest right before they break.  I never spent that much on a bat for my son, so I really can't say for sure.

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  • 1 month later...

I hit the TM Stealth the other day. Not impressed but I must admit it wasn’t the right shaft for me. I much prefer the sound and feel with both my PXG and TSi2.

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In regards to the break in period referenced earlier I've heard something similar, but more along the lines of adjustments. I've heard it didn't perform amazingly right off the bat, but tinkering with some stuff and finding the right spot for the person and now it's amazing. 

I do know that when I had my full bag fitting I tried a bunch of different drivers and the 2 I hit best were the stealth and the Callaway. I was looking more for a shaft for my current head, but if some benevolent stranger pulled up and said "it's on me, but you have to get it today" I would go with the Callaway, because I know that technology/material will last, and I'm just not sure about the carbon face 

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I hit the Stealth the other day for a while.   I currently have a SIM2, so I'm not really in the market to buy or anything.   I was just curiously.   

But, boy do I have to say, that thing feels and sounds amazing.   That said, this is one time where I think it hinders a golf shop to have Trackman bays.  Because, unfortunately, the numbers really showed no discernable difference at all from my current driver.     But, without the Trackman there telling me ball speed and distance, The feel and the *ping* when I caught it center face certainly would have led me to believe I was adding 15+ yards.  

 

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14 hours ago, lastings said:

I hit the Stealth the other day for a while.   I currently have a SIM2, so I'm not really in the market to buy or anything.   I was just curiously.   

But, boy do I have to say, that thing feels and sounds amazing.   That said, this is one time where I think it hinders a golf shop to have Trackman bays.  Because, unfortunately, the numbers really showed no discernable difference at all from my current driver.     But, without the Trackman there telling me ball speed and distance, The feel and the *ping* when I caught it center face certainly would have led me to believe I was adding 15+ yards.  

 

I can see that. 

I haven't seen any official data, but it seems like Taylormade is selling the Hell out of these. 

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