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When do you upgrade your driver?

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As usual, I have the itch to tinker with my bag.  I'm hitting my driver better than ever. . . but I'm wondering if I'm missing out on any yardage or control the newest drivers offer.  Currently have a Titleist 910 D2 10.5* and to honest I love it.  Best driver I've ever owned.  Average about 275 average (total), sometimes shorter, sometimes a 290ish creeps in.

Initial thought is to grab a 913 D2, keeping in line with the 910.

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As usual, I have the itch to tinker with my bag.  I'm hitting my driver better than ever. . . but I'm wondering if I'm missing out on any yardage or control the newest drivers offer.  Currently have a Titleist 910 D2 10.5* and to honest I love it.  Best driver I've ever owned.  Average about 275 average (total), sometimes shorter, sometimes a 290ish creeps in.

Initial thought is to grab a 913 D2, keeping in line with the 910.

Sounds like you're good. If it ain't broke...

Seriously, I doubt you would see enough of a difference between the two to justify the switch, but if you have the ca$h and the urge...

But I would hang on to the 910 just in case you don't "gel" with the 913.

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I don't think there's a big difference. Your driver is still relatively new, and the 913 wasn't a drastic change. I know a lot of titleist tour pros still use the 910. If you do end up getting a new driver though I would definitely try out the new callaway optiforce.

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You are not going to get 17 more yards, as the drivers are maxed out. The pick-up is in a better shaft. It sounds like you are doing just fine. There are no silver bullet fixes out there but its always nice to be sporting the new bling.

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Earlier in my playing days, I would hit the bargain bin at the discount store every few months. A new Driver ALWAYS played better- I knew it did. Until it didn't and I would go back and grab another. We're talking early to mid 80's through the mid 90's. Never paid more than $50 for driver if I could help it. The old ones would go in the closet and then I would bring them down to my Dad in Florida and let him keep it. When I did finally have at least SOME extra cashflow to pay for a "real" name driver, I grabbed an R7 from RBG. Now THAT was a driver and I kept it for quite a few years. Decided on a change and went with an "09 Burner from RBG. Hated it- just didn't seem to do anything different than those bargain drivers. I went back to the R7 for a couple of seasons. Then switched to a Callaway Diablo Octane Tour for a song- again, from RBG. I liked it, and it did improve my drives for about 6 months. Then I saw an ad from GolfGalaxy for an R11s for under $200 right as they were introducing the R1's model. Snagged that one this past winter and lucky i did, the price went back up within a day. And chances are, when the SLDR gets replaced in a year or two, I'll pick one of those up for a good price. I don't have that "emotional bond" with any driver. It's only a s good as the last round or drive on 18.

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I don't have that "emotional bond" with any driver. It's only a s good as the last round or drive on 18.

Too many of us have emotional bonds that bind us from finding a real driver. Brand names, shaft types, etc, all blind us from the truth at times.

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Funny thing, I just updated my driver. I've been swinging a Ping i15. I wasn't having any problems hitting it down the fairway. My yardage was in the 270ish range and ball flight was good. However, after recently changing out my 3 wood - another Ping i15 - I found that the shaft and overall swing weight was heavier than current models. What I previously fitted into was due to the technology available at the time. In order to produce lower spin and trajectory, the earlier recommendation was heavier shafts. With newer technology in the club face, all that has changed. So, I decided to give my driver a comparison test. As with my 3 wood, my swing speed was 5 mph slower compared to newer drivers - launch and carry were also both lower - ball speed increased. I walked out with a black R1. : ) To answer your question, "when do you upgrade your driver?"... When you can prove the technology in your current model is lagging behind newer models. For me, proof is in the numbers. If you're open to other manufacturers, I suggest taking your driver into a local shop where you can compare the performance of several offerings. If there is no marked improvement, then you know what to do. Good luck and enjoy.

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I read this article a few weeks back about how changing equipment is hard to do. If the 910 is working great for you and you're really consistent with your driving, I say keep it.

http://www.golfdigest.com/golf-equipment/blogs/hotlist365/2013/08/replacing-your-favorite-golf-club.html

Right now, if I "loved" a particular club in my bag, it would be my putter. It's the only club that even though I've tried many others, I can't really find a suitable replacement. Other clubs, I can move it out of my bag easily if a replacement somehow comes along.

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I have the 910 3, 5 and driver and felt the same urge to go to the 913 series. If you have the money to burn why not. Not a major change but they did do some subtle tweaking that should give you a couple yards carry and a bit more roll. I tried to do an apples to apples at the Titleist center with a shaft I already use on mine. For me I had an average 4 yards more carry, slightly less spin and a bit lower trajectory. Nothing to right home about. Strangely it felt better to hit than mine. Probably just in my head as the sound was a bit different.

I know that if I had money to burn I would have put all three into my bag and said goodbye to the 910's. The new head covers almost sold me alone. ;).

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