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Just bought this driver from Callaway Pre-Owned and have played it for two rounds. The sound it makes when I hit it is a dull thud..  and that about sums up the way it feels as well. I didn't hit it too badly, but I don't feel like it was that much longer than my XR 16 Pro. Any change there's something wrong with this driver? 

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Pretty sure that's what I play.

Why do you expect it to be "longer" than your other driver?

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13 hours ago, iacas said:

Pretty sure that's what I play.

Why do you expect it to be "longer" than your other driver?

Newer/better technology. I read that it was one of the longest drivers tested. But that's not really my concern. I'm just worried that it could be somehow damaged. I had a friend hit it and he's also a pretty good golfer and he felt the same way. Each hit just feels dead. The sound of the ball being hit is a dull thud and you feel almost nothing as well. I just thought that a driver that was supposed to be for low to mid handicappers would have a better sound and feel. 

But if you get the same sound and feeling when you hit the ball, then I guess it's normal. 

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10 hours ago, gregmosu said:

Newer/better technology. I read that it was one of the longest drivers tested. But that's not really my concern. I'm just worried that it could be somehow damaged. I had a friend hit it and he's also a pretty good golfer and he felt the same way. Each hit just feels dead. The sound of the ball being hit is a dull thud and you feel almost nothing as well. I just thought that a driver that was supposed to be for low to mid handicappers would have a better sound and feel. 

But if you get the same sound and feeling when you hit the ball, then I guess it's normal. 

I’m just saying that no driver in the past 10 years is really that much longer than any other.

Get fit and make sure the shaft and head are the best for you.

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On 8/19/2022 at 4:52 PM, gregmosu said:

Just bought this driver from Callaway Pre-Owned and have played it for two rounds. The sound it makes when I hit it is a dull thud..  and that about sums up the way it feels as well. I didn't hit it too badly, but I don't feel like it was that much longer than my XR 16 Pro. Any change there's something wrong with this driver? 

Callaway worked hard to get that sound. Many people like it. 

According to their PR team they were going for a call back to the old "wood" woods. They didn't want a "Pingie" sound. They describe it as muted. You can read about it on their website. The A.I. face and all. 

I can't tell you if yours sounds correct or not. Callaway Pre-Owned is pretty reputable though. Don't think they'd sell you a broken one or a knock-off. 

I can tell you, as @iacas has mentioned. The ruling bodies that govern drivers haven't changed the rules in quite a while so there's only so much to gain in terms of distance from a new driver. There is literally only so much the engineers can really do. Even the A.I. Engineers. 

 

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On 8/20/2022 at 8:50 PM, ChetlovesMer said:

Callaway worked hard to get that sound. Many people like it. 

According to their PR team they were going for a call back to the old "wood" woods. They didn't want a "Pingie" sound. They describe it as muted. You can read about it on their website. The A.I. face and all. 

I can't tell you if yours sounds correct or not. Callaway Pre-Owned is pretty reputable though. Don't think they'd sell you a broken one or a knock-off. 

I can tell you, as @iacas has mentioned. The ruling bodies that govern drivers haven't changed the rules in quite a while so there's only so much to gain in terms of distance from a new driver. There is literally only so much the engineers can really do. Even the A.I. Engineers. 

 

 

What you're saying makes sense. I've been playing this driver for a month now and it's by far the best driver I've ever owned. I don't know if I had an off day the first time I hit it, but I'm hitting it farther and straighter than my old XR16. 

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On 8/23/2022 at 1:04 PM, Typhoon92 said:

It’s the low spin version so it might sound different 

Yep, one of the most dull sounding drivers I ever hit was the original SLDR. Super forward and low CG to reduce spin. 

I agree with @iacas, driver tech hasn’t changed much over the past 10 years. All you get is very slightly better ball speed retention on off center hits. The best thing you can do is get fit to optimize your launch conditions. 

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