Choosing the right driver can mean the difference in attacking a flag to make birdie versus chipping out from behind a tree scrambling for par. Our Buyer Guides are constructed to help lead golfers to the best new equipment in golf year after year. We always suggest going and getting an in-person club fitting to see which driver is best for you individually. This Guide can serve as a launching point to help you ask the right questions and find the perfect club combo for your golf bag this season.
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Top 10 Best Golf Drivers
No matter your skill level or frequency of play, playing equipment that is properly fit to your swing is the best way to shoot your best scores. With so much information out there about which club to buy and why it can be overwhelming deciding where to begin. We have created an easy-to-understand guide that presents information about golf drivers, what makes each club unique, and the common golf ball and club fitting terms that you need to know before you walk into the pro shop at your next fitting. And choose your best driver for maximizing your performance.
What is the most important aspects about your driver?
Understanding why a driver may be well suited to you is essential for knowing which driver to select. While many driver can be adjusted or built to fit your specifications, intrinsic properties of the various club heads lend themselves better to certain types of golfers. Generally, golfers that are very consistent with striking their driver can afford to give up some forgiveness or moment of inertia (MOI). Higher handicap players often do better with more forgiving, higher lofted options.
The most important things to check when testing your new drivers are loft, lie, center of gravity, head weight or swing weight, and its shaft and grip partners. Loft and the center of mass will have the largest influence over the launch angle and spin rate of your driver. Lie can often be responsible for direction influences either left or right. The weight of driver heads often differs as well and adding or subtracting weight can change the way you swing that club. What shaft and grip you put in your new driver should also be considered as significant improvements over strike can be found with a well-rounded setup.
Distance or Forgiveness?
While it is true that players should seek both distance and forgiveness, build design of different driver heads make them more likely to product one or the other. Drivers built for distance will often feature a center of gravity that is higher and further forward. The shape of these drivers may be more compact and deeper than their more forgiving counterparts. Forgiving drivers will appear larger and more stretched out behind the golf ball and have a center of mass that is lower and further back.
How to know when you have your best fit?
An easy way to estimate if a driver is perfectly built for you is to compare your swing speed with the distance you get on your best strikes. Largely, for every 1 mile per hour (mph) of swing speeds you can produce, you can expect about 2.5 yards of carry distance and 2.7 yards of total distance. That means that if you swing your driver at 100 mph swing speed, you should be carrying the golf ball around 250 yards in the air and 270 yards will roll. If you are not close to these numbers, then you are leaking performance either with your club fit or your technique. But the swing speeds also changes with the years of the golf players. Junior players usually do not have swing speed as an adult golf player, while with the more senior players the swing speed tend to decline with the years.
Best Golf Drivers for 2020
Callaway Mavrik Driver
Push performance to the next level with the Callaway MAVRIK Golf Driver. Engineered with improved technologies, this Callaway driver is designed to equip golfers with a combination of incredible distance, forgiveness, consistency and feel. This company design one of the best drivers on the market.This driver artificial-intelligence build up from the last year epic flash platform.New A.I. designed Flash Face SS20 is constructed with high-strength FS2S Titanium for optimal ball speed, forgiveness and spin performance. Revolutionary Jailbreak Technology uses two internal bars to stabilize the crown and sole for even greater ball speed, while the T2C Triaxial Carbon Crown promotes better distance and accuracy performance on mis-hits. This is our fastest driver and features an all-new cyclone aero shape for reduced drag, while the Sub-Zero is low spine and Callaway Max Mavrik is draw-biased.
Ping G410 Plus Driver
Ping’s G400 line was largely touted as the best driver class of 2018. For 2019, Ping has set out to give players more options. They have Ping G410 and upgraded Ping G410 plus.The G410 Plus introduces the first Ping driver with movable weight technology and a more precise fit. Made sleeker by internalizing the dragonfly design, the G410 Plus is a well-balanced driver for players looking for distance and accuracy. The fast forged face and confidence-inspiring profile help make the Ping G410 Plus fast and forgiving. This driver has excellent draw bias. Ping has always created golf clubs that helps everyone play better golf, the G410 is precision performance at the highest level. For sure this driver is on the top of the list for best drivers of 2020.
Cobra Speedzone Xtreme Driver
A revolutionary advancement, the Cobra KING Speedzone Driver is the Ultimate Formula for Speed and ball speed. Cobra’s most forgiving driver utilizes a larger shape with more perimeter weighting and a tungsten back weight to help accomplish the highest level of MOI. A CNC Milled Infinity Face helps to ensure the face is machined to precise specs for optimal performance. Cobra’s 360 Carbon Wrap Crown wraps around the body to save 25g of weight for enhanced stability.
Titleist TS2 Driver
After an underwhelming 917 driver release, Titleist set out to change everything about their driver technology. The TS2 driver from Titleist sheds the short and spinny narrative that has held Titleist back in recent years. TS2 combines ultra-thin titanium, a thinner, faster face, and optimized weight to give players more distance and more accuracy from the tee. Titleist TS2 is an excellent choice for players that love traditional looks and sound but need modern performance.
TaylorMade SIM Max Driver
In limitless pursuit to help golfers improve, TaylorMade discovered the new shape of driver performance.They created TalorMade Sim, Sim Max and Sim Max D, for sure drivers to be put on the list of best drivers of 2020. An asymmetric sole design and powerful new Inertia Generator combine to optimize aerodynamics and speed at the most critical stage of the swing.
TaylorMade Sim Max driver have reshaped sole design optimizes clubhead speed and enhanced aerodynamics at the most critical stage of the swing. The Inertia Generator positions weight at the extreme rear for increased forgiveness and is strategically angled to reduce drag on the downswing. Provides adjustability and personalization to optimize the club to individual trajectory and face angle preferences, up to +/-2° loft change. TaylorMade Sim Max D have draw bias driver head design.
TaylorMade Sim, Sim Max and Sim Max D is the pride of this company by pushing the boundaries of golf club design so that you may find greater joy in the game and better on-course performance. After all, it is golfer driver created form golfers for the golfers just like you.
Ping G410 LST Driver
This high-MOI model is engineered to produce low, stable spin with the shot-shaping control provided by the G410 driver family’s innovative movable-weight technology. The compact, multi-material 450cc head combines a fast, forged T9S+ face, improved aerodynamics, and a MOI 3% higher than the G400 LST. Trajectory Tuning 2.0 expands your loft and lie adjustability utilizing a patented eight-setting, lightweight hosel.
LST’s profile is smaller, more rounded and pear shaped to promote clubhead speed and more ball speed.Its “Tour Square” face sits slightly open and the score-line pattern frames the impact area to aid in alignment. The creased crown design has stiffening properties and provides a clean and powerful look at address.
Patented Dragonfly Technology on the inside of the 450cc head creates an ultra-thin crown structure, saving weight, which is moved to the extreme boundary of the clubhead to increase the MOI by 3% (compared to the G400 LST) for added ball speed and forgiveness.
Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero
Experience a breakthrough in low spin and high MOI with the Callaway MAVRIK Sub Zero Driver. Engineered with improved technologies, the driver contains a slightly smaller 450cc head combined with an adjustable 14g and 2g weight to promote ideal launch and spin. This driver leads on the ball speed field. One of the field this company constantly improves is raise forgiveness and faster ball speed. New A.I. designed Flash Face SS20 is constructed with high-strength FS2S Titanium for optimal ball speed, forgiveness and spin performance. Revolutionary Jailbreak Technology uses two internal bars to stabilize the crown and sole for even greater ball speed, while the T2C Triaxial Carbon Crown promotes better distance and accuracy performance on mis-hits.
Titleist TS3 Driver
The Titleist TS3 driver may be the most technically sound driver that Titleist has ever made. This driver is perfect for the player looking for both increased speed and distance. With a slightly shorter and taller head compared to the previous 917 D3, the TS3 has an an increased length and lower spinning profile for penetrating shots off the tee.
At just 0.35mm, the face on the TS3 is razor-thin. With such a thin face, the TS3 head design has moved six grams of weight out of the face to elsewhere in the clubhead, not only making the face hotter, but increasing clubhead speed through improved aerodynamics.
The most prominent change in head design is a more pronounced camber from the face to the top of the crown and a sharp drop off moving from the crown to the back of the club. Coupled with the crown being 20% thinner, this design allows air to be held closer to the clubhead during the swing resulting in faster clubhead speed.
Cobra Speedzone Driver
Cobra Speedzone Driver is traditional shape with front to back CG adjustability is perfect for those who desire to work the ball with ease and fine tune launch and spin without sacrificing forgiveness. The face is the engine of the driver and the foundation for speed. An infinity edge face design expands the milled area by 95%, enlarging the area of the face that is at the legal limit. It’s as precise and maximized as ball speed goes.
A newly designed T-Bar Speed Chassis is lighter and stronger to withstand high speed collisions and deliver excellent stability and feel. A 360 carbon wrap crown covers 50% of the club body, adding stiffness to the chassis while saving 25 grams of discretionary weight that we moved low and back and to the perimeter.69 grams of mass is positioned as low as possible, creating the most efficient transfer of energy to the ball and speed that you can relish every time you step on the tee.
A streamlined shape with milled perimeter leading edges harnesses airflow with ultimate precision for maximum acceleration power. Similar to a wide body car design, weight is positioned low and wide to improve stability so off-center hits fly longer and straighter.
TaylorMade SIM Driver
In our limitless pursuit to help golfers improve, we’ve discovered the new shape of driver performance. An asymmetric sole design and powerful new Inertia Generator combine to increase aerodynamics and speed at the most critical stage of the swing. The reshaped sole design optimizes clubhead speed and enhanced aerodynamics at the most critical stage of the swing. The Inertia Generator positions weight at the extreme rear for increased forgiveness and is strategically angled to reduce drag on the downswing.
Provides adjustability and personalization to optimize the club for individual trajectory and ball-flight preferences, up to +/-20 yards of draw-fade bias. Provides adjustability and personalization to optimize the club to individual trajectory and face angle preferences, up to +/-2° loft change.
We pride ourselves on pushing the boundaries of golf club design so that you may find greater joy in the game and better on-course performance. After all, we’re golfers just like you.
Golfers often categorize drivers based on their playing ability. The better idea is to base what driver you play on how you deliver the golf club and what the strengths of your game are. With technology taking huge part in creating the best drivers for sure new drivers will be better even less forgiving than last year models.If you can readily control the swing path and club face of your driver then opting for a lower spinning option can have you hitting wedges into par-4s and irons into par-5s. If you struggle with either club head speed or control then choosing the stretched, more forgiving drivers can help keep you in play and make golf more enjoyable. Either way, go test these newest clubs yourself and find something you love to look at, enjoy the sound of, and gives you the best numbers!