Best Callaway Drivers

 
With the introduction of Jailbreak technology in the Epic driver series, Callaway Golf took over the claim as the number one driver in golf. Callaway continues to spend more money on research and development than any other equipment manufacture and the result is more advanced equipment and easier golf. It is a great feeling knowing that if you are carrying a Callaway product in your golf bag you are not giving up performance anywhere on the golf course.

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Best Callaway Drivers

 

Best Overall
Callaway Epic Flash Driver
  • Flash Face to help golfers get more ball speed for more distance
  • First use of A.I.in the golf industry - to create a radically different face
  • Two internal bars that stiffen and stabilize the crown and sole
Most Accurate
Callaway Flash Sub Zero Driver
  • Flash Face Technology is the ultimate combination of low-spin and high MOI
  • First use of A.I.in the golf industry - to create a radically different face
  • Two internal bars that stiffen and stabilize the crown and sole
Best Feel
Callaway Rogue Driver
  • Exceptional Ball Speed from The Jailbreak Effect
  • More MOI and Forgiveness from Our Triaxial Carbon Crown
  • Industry-leading Boeing Aero Package
Most Distance
Callaway Rogue Sub Zero Driver
  • Jailbreak Effect for Exceptional Ball Speed
  • Triaxial Carbon Crown for Increased MOI and Lower Spin
  • Interchangeable Weights for Increased Spin- and Trajectory-Control
Great Start
Callaway Epic Driver
  • New crown offers unprecedented forgiveness in a high-launch, low-spin design
  • Redesigned Track and sliding 17g weight allows you to fit the club to your swing
  • Streamlined head incorporates the proprietary speed step
Best Value
Callaway Epic Sub Zero Driver
  • More speed across a larger area of the face for increased average distance
  • New crown and sole create unprecedented forgiveness in a high-launch, low-spin design
  • Two interchangeable weights in the head (2g and 12g) to adjust spin-rate and launch angle

 

Prior Generation – Best Value Drivers

 

Best Value
Callaway Golf Men's Rogue Driver
  • Exceptional Ball Speed from The Jailbreak Effect
  • More MOI and Forgiveness from Our Triaxial Carbon Crown
  • Industry-leading Boeing Aero Package
Best Value
Callaway Golf Men's Rogue Draw Driver
  • Jailbreak Effect for Enhanced Ball Speed
  • Draw-enhancing External and Internal Weighting
  • Boeing Aero Package
Best Value
Callaway Golf Men's Rogue Sub Zero Driver
  • Jailbreak Effect for Exceptional Ball Speed
  • Triaxial Carbon Crown for Increased MOI and Lower Spin
  • Interchangeable Weights for Increased Spin- and Trajectory-Control
Best Value
Callaway Golf Great Big Bertha Men's Epic Driver
  • New crown offers unprecedented forgiveness in a high-launch, low-spin design
  • Redesigned Track and sliding 17g weight allows you to fit the club to your swing
  • Streamlined head incorporates the proprietary speed step
Best Value
Callaway Golf Great Big Bertha Men's Epic Sub Zero Driver
  • Technology changes how the head and face behave at impact to promote more speed across a larger area
  • Innovative combination of Titanium exo-cage and triaxial carbon crown
  • Two interchangeable weights in the head to adjust spin rate

Breaking down the best Callaway drivers is much more about what each model can do for your game. Do you need less backspin, do you enjoy dialing in your shot shape to eliminate one side of the golf course or another? Does a larger profile and higher moment of inertia raise your confidence and allow you to find more fairways? No matter what you are looking for in your next driver, Callaway has you covered.

Before we outline the different advantages of each Callaway driver, it is important that you understand what goes into building your perfect club and getting the most out of your golf swing. This guide will take you through some of the most common golf club fitting terms and help you to be more knowledgable moving forward in your equipment purchases.
 

When Do You Use A Golf Driver?

when to use a golf driver
Always use a tee when hitting with your golf driver.

You will generally use a golf driver from the tee box on holes where there is plenty of room to hit a shot as far as possible. Par-4 and par-5 golf holes typically encourage players to prioritize distance over accuracy. Seldomly players choose to hit their driver off the ground, however, this is not recommended unless you are a highly skilled golfer.
 

Finding the Best Driver for Your Golf Game

The best driver for you is built for you. The array of custom fit options available to everyone guarantees that you can find a club that helps you play better golf. Balancing your look, feel, and performance preferences can give you more confidence off the tee. Below are factors to consider when choosing your next club or retrofitting your current gamer.
 

Budget

With so many great options in the golf club market today, players can choose how much they can spend for each part of their golf bag. As drivers continue to become more expensive, golfers are opting for second hand or prior generation models. Callaway has a complete matrix of golf drivers available at various prices to fit your needs for performance without costing you too much.
 

Key Factors in Creating the Ideal Golf Shot

The ideal golf shot is largely dependent on how much power you bring with your golf swing technique. More club head speed and better impact conditions will mean more distance, accuracy, and consistency in your golf shots. No matter if you prefer to play a draw or fade, getting the most out of your swing is everyone’s goal. There are some club fitting metrics that help you to analyze if you are getting the most from each of your golf swings and equipment choices.

Ball Speed

ball speed
Ball Speed. Source adamyounggolf

Ball speed is the measure of the velocity of the golf ball as it leaves the golf club face immediately after impact occurs. Depending on your club head speed, there is a maximum amount of ball speed a golf club can produce. The USGA regulates all golf clubs to only allow 1.5 times the amount of ball speed per club head speed. That means that players swinging at 100 miles per hour can have a ball speed as high as 150 miles per hour. If you are falling short of this 1 to 1.5 ratio, you are leaking power in your swing or in your equipment.

Launch Angle

launch angle
Launch Angle. Source adamyounggolf

The angle the golf ball leaves the club face at is called the launch angle. This angle is responsible for the start of your golf ball’s flight and getting the correct amount of height is critical in getting the best balance of carry distance, total distance, and accuracy.
 

The launch angle of your driver shots are determined by these factors:

    Clubface Static Loft =The static loft is the loft of your clubface when it is at rest. This figure is printed on the sole of the golf club and can be manipulated by the adjustable hosel system.

    Dynamic Loft =The dynamic loft is the angle of the golf club face that each player presents as they impact the golf ball during their swing. Several swing characteristics can lead to golfers delivering an angle that is different from the one printed on the golf club and this is the most important angle when considering your launch.

    Angle of Attack (AoA) =The angle in which you approach the golf ball during your swing also influences your launch angle. Steeper angles of attack tend to create a lower launch, while an upward angle can increase launch.

    Impact Location =Where the golf ball is struck on the club face also influences its start direction and launch. Golf shots struck higher in the club face tend to launch higher and spin less. Strikes from the bottom portion of the golf club will produce golf shots that launch lower and spin more.

According to simulation statistics, the optimal launch angle with a driver is around 12-15 degrees. This will depend on your speed and club path to club face relationships and should be tested on a launch monitor.

Ball Spin

ball spin
Ball Travel.

Spin rate is another important consideration when trying to maximize distance and accuracy. Backspin and sidespin work together to create shot shapes and distance measures. Getting the right amount of both of these spins is a complex problem.

Here are some of the ways sidespin occurs, and what it does to your golf shot

Draw

A draw occurs when the club face makes contacts on the ball more closed to the path the golf club is being swung on. Draws will start to the right, then curves left for those that play right-handed. For left-handed players, the opposite is called a draw, a shot that shapes left to right.

Fade

A fade occurs when the club face impacts the golf ball more open to the path of the golf club. Fades curve left to right for right-handed players and right to left for left-handed players.

Topspin

Topspin is present once the golf ball has landed on the ground or is rolling over the green. Topspin is also confused for too little backspin as both will make your golf shots fall rapidly out of the air and fall significantly short of their intended targets.

Backspin

Every airborne shot has backspin. Backspin must be balanced to get your optimal golf ball flight. Too little backspin and your shot will come clambering out of the air. Too much backspin and your ball will fly too high and stop quickly after it lands.

 

Top Rated Golf Drivers Features

Common features are shared among drivers that help them fit the needs of different players. Each golf club will be built with components that make it fit various swing styles. The club head of choice can be altered to fit different lofts and centers of gravity. The shaft and grip are paired to make sure the club acts as one unit for the golfer..

Shaft

Types of Golf Shafts. Source callawaygolf

One of the most challenging aspects of custom fitting is getting the correct golf shaft. With so many options and models available, it can be overwhelming trying to decide which one is best for you. The guide for golf shafts follow swing speed and feel preferences. Faster swinging players often opt for heavier, stiffer club shaft. Slower swing speed players enjoy the lighter, softer flexes. This is simply a guide however and should not limit to trying a matrix of different options in several weight and flex categories.

Common flexes of driver shafts are as follows: Ladies (L), Regular (R), Senior or Amateur (A), Stiff (S), and Extra Stiff (X). Driver shaft weights often range from 40-90 grams. Bend profiles and kick points exist to help you narrow your choices for different golf ball flight characteristics but you will not know how a shaft performs in your hands without trying it first. The best course is to try multiple club shafts and club head models before making your decision.

Head Size

head size
There many head sizes. Source golf.com

Callaway driver head sizes vary from 440 cubic centimeters, or cc, to 460 cc in size. Often, differences in head sizes relate to differences in performance. Smaller club heads like the 440 cc driver may be lower launching and lower spinning. The largest club head sizes typically offer slightly more forgiveness and higher launches.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the most common questions for golfers who are looking to upgrade their driver.
 

Q: How Do I Measure A Golf Driver’s Length?

A: Length can be measured using a a 48-inch measuring stick or a tape measure. The golf club should be placed in playing position as if it was set up approaching the golf ball. The length should be taken from the butt end of the grip to either the middle of the golf club face or the hosel. The subsequent measurements are the driver’s length and shaft length respectively.
 

Q: Driver vs Woods: What is the Difference?

A: The distinction between golf drivers and fairway woods can be blurred. Depending on your swing type, you may even hit your fairway woods further than your driver. Drivers are often larger in size and designed to strike a golf ball from a tee. Fairway woods can be used from a tee or the ground and offer more versatility to the golfer. Although these clubs can have similar lofts and names, the intended use of each define how they are crafted.
 

Q: What is an Adjustable Driver, and Does it Really Matter?

A: Adjustable drivers feature a wrench tuned hosel and a variety of movable weight options to help players dial in their equipment to their unique swing. Hosel settings influence the static loft, dynamic loft, spin, and shot shape profiles of each club. Moveable weights alter the centers of gravity between models and can influence ball flight parameters such as launch angle, spin rates, swing weights and shot shapes. Getting all of these setting built specifcialy for you is paramount if you want to find your ideal golf club.
 

Q: How Do You Know if a Driver is USGA Conforming?

A: Before a new club hits the market, the United States Golf Association tests the club to make sure it conforms to USGA rules. Consolidating this process makes it easy for customers to reference the public database to see when drivers conform to the rules. You can review this list by clicking on the link provided below.

http://www.usga.org/ConformingGolfClub/ConformingClubList_M.pdf

 

Best Callaway Drivers

 

1. Callaway Epic Flash Driver


The Callaway Epic Flash driver is the only driver in history to be awarded a perfect score by Golf Digest. The all-new Flash Face was created by simulating thousands of golf ball impacts using artificial intelligence. The new wave pattern result gives players more ball speeds across the face for more distance and forgiveness. Jailbreak has been retained to create less flex in the driver’s face and higher performance. The adjustable sole weight helps players to dial in spin and shot shape desires for the ideal custom fit. An absolute standout driver for this season, we believe the Epic Flash driver is Callaway’s best ever.

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OUR RATING
  • The Callaway Epic Flash Driver employs a new technology called Flash Face to help golfers get more ball speed for more distance.
  • Flash Face's sophisticated architecture was created by Artificial Intelligence - the first known instance of using A. I. in the golf industry - to create a radically different face.
  • Jailbreak Technology features two internal bars that stiffen and stabilize the crown and sole, placing more impact load on the face to promote faster ball speed.

 
 

2. Callaway Flash Sub Zero Driver

 


Players that enjoy the performance of the Epic Flash but who need less spin off the tee will find a better fit in the Epic Flash Sub Zero driver. The Epic Flash Sub Zero is built for low spin distance but with forgiveness of a much larger club. Using the same Flash Face and Jailbreak as the standard model, Sub Zero pushed more weight towards the front of the golf club for lower launch and lower spin. The first low spin Callaway driver to include an adjustable perimeter weight, the Epic Flash Sub Zero is more customizable and the most forgiving low spin driver on the market.

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OUR RATING
  • The Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero is the ultimate combination of low-spin and high MOI in a driver, led by new Flash Face Technology.
  • Flash Face's sophisticated architecture was created by Artificial Intelligence - the first known instance of using A.I.in the golf industry - to create a radically different face.
  • Jailbreak Technology features two internal bars that stiffen and stabilize the crown and sole, placing more impact load on the face to promote faster ball speed.

 
 

3. Callaway Rogue Driver

 


The Rogue driver from Callaway uses improved aerodynamics and an hour-glass Jailbreak to give golfers more distance and more forgiveness. Raising the MOI of Rogue beyond the Epic driver makes it easier for golfers of all abilities to get the improved ball speeds of Jailbreak without the worry of mishits. Aerodynamics designed in collaboration with Boeing, the Rogue driver is big and fast. Now available for less on the heels of the Epic Flash release, Rogue is a must try for anyone in the market for a new driver.

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OUR RATING
  • Exceptional Ball Speed from The Jailbreak Effect
  • More MOI and Forgiveness from Our Triaxial Carbon Crown
  • Industry-leading Boeing Aero Package

 
 

4. Callaway Rogue Sub Zero Driver

 


Similarily to the Epic Flash Sub Zero, the Rogue Sub Zero driver features a more forward weight for lower launch and lower spin. Higher MOI than the original Epic, Rogue Sub Zero is more forgiving than many standard model drivers. Players looking for longer drives and more protection off the tee can get the best of both worlds with the Rogue Sub Zero driver.

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OUR RATING
  • Jailbreak Effect for Exceptional Ball Speed
  • Triaxial Carbon Crown for Increased MOI and Lower Spin
  • Interchangeable Weights for Increased Spin- and Trajectory-Control

 
 

5. Callaway Epic Driver

 


The driver that promoted Callaway to the number one driver in golf, the Epic driver is still an excellent performer that many good players are still gaming. The introduction of Jailbreak gave golfers more ball speed and more forgiveness across the driver’s face. Golf balls struck high and low consistently do better with the implementation of Jailbreak technology. One of the best selling drivers in history, the Epic is a wonderful option if you are trying to gain performance this season without spending too much.

PRODUCTDETAILS
OUR RATING
  • Innovative combination of Titanium exo-cage and triaxle carbon crown (lightest EVER in a Callaway driver) and sole create unprecedented forgiveness in a high-launch, low-spin design
  • Redesigned Track and sliding 17g weight allows you to fit the club to your swing, providing 21 yards of shot-shape correction for more control and distance
  • Streamlined head incorporates our proprietary speed step, created with Direct Input from aerospace experts, to improve airflow for more swing speed and distance

 
 

6. Callaway Epic Sub Zero Driver

 


Following the trend of other Sub Zero models, the original Epic Sub Zero is the low spin counterpart to Epic. Epic Sub Zero is less forgiving than Rogue or Epic Flash Sub Zeros but still offer remarkable performance for amateur golfers. Better players and players that struggle with a slice can often benefit from the reduction of spin and gain of distance that comes with a more forward center of gravity. If you struggle to get the distance you think you are capable of, a switch to the Epic Sub Zero may unlock additional yards off the tee.

PRODUCTDETAILS
OUR RATING
  • Innovative new technology changes how the head and face behave at impact to promote more speed across a larger area of the face for increased average distance
  • Innovative combination of Titanium exo-cage and triaxial carbon crown (lightest EVER in a Callaway driver) and sole create unprecedented forgiveness in a high-launch, low-spin design
  • Two interchangeable weights in the head (2g and 12g) to adjust spin-rate and launch angle. Put the 12g up front to lower spin; in back for higher launch and higher MOI

 
 
 

7. Callaway Rogue Draw Driver

 


A more specialized version of the Rogue driver, Rogue Draw is made for players who struggle with a slice. By moving more weight into the heel of the driver, Callaway has made the Rogue Draw more draw bias. The result is a driver that helps reduce sidespin that creates a slice and gives players more distance and accuracy. If you are someone who has tried several technique or equipment tactics to reduce your slice and keep yourself in play, the Rogue Draw can be a much-needed relief. More forgiveness and shot shape correction help make Rogue Draw one of the best options for golfers struggling the most.

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OUR RATING
  • Jailbreak Effect for Enhanced Ball Speed
  • Draw-enhancing External and Internal Weighting
  • Boeing Aero Package

 
 

8. Callaway XR Driver

 


The XR driver is built for speed. Boeing aerodynamics help make the XR driver one of the most efficient golf clubs on the market. With ball speeds up to 5 miles per hour than prior model Callaway drivers, the XR driver is still one of the best performing golf clubs available. R-MOTO face technology and a speed step crown help make the XR driver easier to swing and better through impact. A driver designed for simplicity and ease of use, the XR driver is a great option for players looking to save money and gain performance.

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  • Speed From Speed Step Crown To reduce drag and maximize speed through the swing, we've put in a Speed Step Crown and combined it with an optimized aerodynamic head shape
  • Speed From RMOTO Face Technology This is how we increase ball speeds across the face by reducing 10% of face weight to make it thinner; RMOTO leads to more energy efficient energy transfer all over the face, allows us to put the CG 17% lower
  • Speed From Maximum Shaft Load The shaft is a key component to speed, that's why XR comes stock with the new Project X LZ; It produces maximum shaft load during the downswing loading zone for greater energy transfer to the ball

 
 

What Driver Should You Buy?

Callaway has created great drivers for a number of years. The best one for your game will be a blend of something that inspires you with confidence, helps produce your best golf shots, and is in a price bracket you can afford. No matter what model you select, your game can get better, even if you are not buying the newest offering.

Understand which part of your current driver is holding you back is a great place to begin your search for its replacement. Knowing which parts of your golf ball’s flight and impact can be optimized further can unlock distance and accuracy gains without you making radical swing changes. The ability to alter golf clubs to fit the needs of each player makes no excuse for not having something that makes the game easier for you.

Our job is to inform you about making a smarter buying decision and to put the right equipment into your hands. The best way to know if something is best for you is to try it yourself and see a professional club fitter to guide you. Start by choosing your club head of choice and dialing in the proper loft and center of gravity specifications. Follow that with a shaft that helps you deliver the club with less effort and more consistently. Round out the build with a grip that helps connect you to your new club and play better golf. Thanks for reading and be sure to check back soon for our latest reviews and buying guides.

 

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