Best Golf Drivers of 2019

 
The best driver for you may not be the same as your playing partners of the players on tour. However, much of the inspiration for what is best for your swing can be discovered through understanding what makes driver alike and unalike. Commonalities between different companies and product models can make narrowing your choice of drivers to test easy. Understand more about your game and ultimately driving you toward the best equipment is our goal.

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Top 6 Best Drivers for 2019

 

Best Overall
PING G410 SFT Driver
  • Streamlined design reduces drag to increase distance and club head speed
  • Forged, high-strength face powers a thinner, hotter impact area for high ball speeds and distance
  • Turbulators reduce aerodynamic drag and create more efficient airflow around head
Most Distance
TaylorMade Golf M5 Driver
  • The Speed Injection process is designed to maximize ball speed and distance
  • Corrective face angle engineered to reduce side spin and deliver straighter shots
  • Inverse T-Track enables two 10g weights to be maneuvered for optimal spin and trajectory
Best Feel
Callaway Golf Epic Flash Driver
  • Flash Face design helps golfers get more ball speed for more distance.
  • First known instance of using 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
TaylorMade Golf M6 Driver
  • The Speed Injection process is designed to maximize ball speed and distance
  • Corrective face angle engineered to reduce side spin and deliver straighter shots
  • Aerodynamic shaping designed to provide increased club head speed for more distance
Best Control
Callaway Golf Epic Flash Sub Zero Driver
  • Ultimate combination of low-spin and high MOI in a driver
  • First known instance of using A.I. in the golf industry - to create a radically different face
  • Two internal bars that stiffen and stabilize the crown and sole
Best Starter
Cobra Golf F9 Speedback Driver
  • Optimization of aerodynamics and low CG, making it the fastest, and longest COBRA driver
  • Speedback Technology delivers a highly aerodynamic clubhead design
  • The addition of a low, multi-material tungsten weight structure creates a low, deep CG

 

Best Prior Generation – Best Value Drivers

 

Best Value
TaylorMade M4 Driver
  • New face curvature w/corrective face angle on off-center hits
  • Hammerhead slots allow for a lighter, more flexible face, resulting in a larger sweet spot
  • The center portion of the slot increases ball speed low on the face
Best Value
TaylorMade M3 Driver 460
  • New face to reduce side spin & deliver straighter shots
  • Reinforced outer portions of the slot allow for a lighter, more flexible face
  • The center portion of the slot increases ball speed low on the face
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
Titleist 917 D2 Driver Rogue Max
  • Active Recoil Channel 2.0 refined thickness through the channel reduces spin
  • Radial Speed Face 2.0 enhanced with a thinner perimeter face
  • Greater off-center ball speed for more overall distance across the face
Best Value
Cobra King F8+ Driver Nardo
  • Machined driver face is CNC milled to create one of the thinnest and most precise faces EVER
  • Polymer Aero tips improve drag reduction 3 golf balls and 2 golf holes with flags for practice and fun
  • A lighter 5-ply carbon fiber crown saves discretionaryweight to move the CG lower and deeper

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.
 

When Do You Use A Best Golf Driver?

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

Beginning golfers and most amateurs will only use their golf driver on the tee boxes when they can tee the golf ball up. Drivers are designed with deep faces that allow them to be more forgiving and longer when striking a golf ball from this position. It is also possible to strike your driver when the golf ball is resting on the ground, however, this shot is very difficult to execute successfully and is not recommended for most players.
 

Finding the Best Driver for Your Golf Game

Each golfer’s swing is different. These differences make one club play in a variety of ways when given to different people. We are not robots and that means that our comfort level with the looks, sounds, and feels of club influence the way it plays in our hands. Your ideal driver will inspire you with confidence, give you better performance, and the optimal balance of distance and accuracy.
 

Budget

The newest model drivers can be very expensive. Players can stretch their dollar by purchasing clubs on the second-hand market or by picking up prior generation models that do not lag behind very much in technology. Often times, a adequately fit prior generation club is just as powerful as the newer, slightly more advanced option.
 

Key Factors in Creating the Ideal Golf Shot

There is no one perfect golf ball flight. There are several ways to play great golf and understand the ways that you can most effectively swing the golf club is more important than emulating pictures or videos online. Guidelines exist to help players identify the efficiency of their equipment and technique. Getting the maximum measure of ball speed, the correct launch angle, and the perfect amount of spin is the precise cocktail for distance and accuracy.

Ball Speed

ball speed
Ball Speed. Source adamyounggolf

Ball speed is a measure of the velocity a golf ball leaves the golf club face after impact. This number is regulated by the rules of golf and is maximized at 1.5 times the amount of club head speed a player can produce. That means that if you swing between 90 and 110 miles per hour with your driver, you should be producing ball speeds of roughly 130 to 165 miles per hour. These figures will produce total driving distances of between 240 and 300 yards depending on ground and temperature conditions. If you believe you are swinging as fast or faster than this but your ball speeds and distances are lacking then you are leaking performance in your equipment or swing technique.

Launch Angle

launch angle
Launch Angle. Source adamyounggolf

Distance leaks can be a result of a golf shot that is launched too high or too low. This launch angle is important for getting the maximum amount of carry and total distance from your tee shots.
 

The launch angle of your driver shots are determined by several factors, the most important are the following:

    Clubface Static Loft =This is the loft of your clubface when you set up to the ball and it is at rest. The static loft of your golf driver will be printed on the sole of the golf club.

    Dynamic Loft =During impact, players often add or subtract loft. This results in a dynamic loft that is different to the static loft printed on the golf club and is the larger influence over launch angle and spin.

    Angle of Attack (AoA) =The angle that the golf club approaches the golf ball is called the angle of attack, or AoA. This angle also impacts the amount of launch your golf shot will have. In general, AoA that are more downward will launch lower than upward angles.

    Impact Location =Where the golf ball is struck on the club face will also influence how high the golf ball launches. Strikes struck lower in the club head will launch lower than strikes struck more near the top..

Most players will get their ideal driver distance and stabilities from launch angles between 12- and 15-degrees.

Ball Spin

ball spin
Ball Travel.

Spin rate is another component that will play a large role in the distance your golf ball travels. Golf balls that spin too much may fly too high and fall short of their target. Shots that spin too little can fall out of the air and become unstable. Excess sidespin causes dramatic curvatures and can be difficult to control, especially when playing in harsh winds.

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

Draw

A draw is a golf shot that curves right to left for a right-handed player and left to right for the left-handed player. Draws are produced when golfers strike the golf ball with a golf club face that is more closed to their golf club swing path. Golf shots hit with too much draw are called a hook.

Fade

A fade is the opposite of the draw. A fade is a golf shot that curves left to right for a right-handed player and right to left for the left-handed player. Fades are produced when golfers strike the golf ball with a golf club face that is more open to their golf club swing path. Slices can happen when players exaggerate a fade style swing and lose control of the club face.

Topspin

Topspin happens once the golf ball has landed and on the greens. Topspin will not allow the golf ball to fly into the air and is often only the result of an extreme misstrike with drivers, irons, and wedges. Do not confuse topspin with too little backspin as this can be ambiguous.

Backspin

Golf shots that become airborne each have an element of backspin. The perfect amount of backspin will give golfers more distance and better control over their golf shots. Too much backspin can result in golf shots that fly too high while golf shots with too little backspin will fly low and fall out of the air abruptly.

 

Top Rated Golf Drivers Features

Drivers vary among brand manufacturers and models. Each driver build, however, possess common components that make it easier for players to match their swing to different golf club styles. Each club will be assembled using a driver club head, a driver shaft, and a grip of the player’s choice.

Shaft

shaft
Types of Golf Shafts. Source callawaygolf

The shaft of the golf club is a difficult thing to fit and there is lots of misinformation surrounding this topic. Several studies have recently shown that shafts help players in a variety of ways to deliver the golf club consistently to the golf ball and make a more repeatable swing. Some traditional rules of shaft fitting, however, have been debunked.

Driver shafts often come in weights that stretch from 40-grams to 90-grams. These shafts come in an array of flex and bend profile options to help players get more production from their tee shots. Generally, slower-swinging players will gravitate toward lighter shafts with softer flexes. Faster swinging players enjoy the feel and response of heavier, stiffer models. These are guides however and should not discourage you from playing a shaft you feel comfortable with regardless of your swing speed and skill level.

Gone are the days of thinking that softer flex shafts send the golf ball further right or left. Flexes from amateur to tour-extra-stiff are available and each will perform differently in the hands of each golfer. The only way to know what is best for you and your game is to try different models with different golf club heads to find your best fit.

Head Size

club head size
There many head sizes. Source golf.com

Driver head size and profiles differ. Sizes range from 430 cubic centimeters to 460 cc. The differences in size often lead to differences in center of gravity placements that can cause launch, spin, ball speed, and forgiveness discrepancies among driver models. Matching your club to your visual, feel, and performance characteristics is a balancing process of each of these design characteristics.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the most common questions for golfers looking to upgrade their driver for 2019:
 

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

A: Two lengths are often noted when evaluating a golf driver. By taking a 48-inch measuring stick or tape measure, a golf driver’s shaft and total length can be measured. By measuring the butt end of the grip to the hosel and middle of the golf club face you can find the length of your current or new driver.
 

Q: Driver vs Woods: What is the Difference?

A: Drivers and fairway woods are often quite similar yet drastically different. Each club may share a similar name and matching colors. These clubs may possess the same static loft or even length of the shaft. However, it is where these clubs are different that really help them to shine in diverse locations on the golf course.

Drivers are designed to be struck from a tee. Their faces are deeper and larger for more forgiveness. Drivers are often longer in length and can lead to more distance when struck properly. Fairway woods have a narrow face and a curved sole that help them to hit the golf ball from either a small tee or the ground. Fairway woods may have shorter shafts and may even fly further than drivers depending on your swing speed and delivery conditions.
 

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

A: Adjustability in golf drivers and clubs has given players and club builders more options to make drastic improvements in a players game. By rapidly being able to custom fit the loft and face angle through hosel settings, you can get the ideal launch and spin for your golf shots. In addition to the wrench adjustable hosel, moveable weights allow a singular driver to be capable of several launch, spin, and shot shape configurations by moving the center of gravity either back-to-front or side-to-side.
 

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

A: Each new club, as it is released to the PGA Tour and other professional venues undergoes testing. The United States Golf Association analyzes the club to make sure it conforms to USGA rules. Deconvoluting this process and creating a public database that can show if your driver, or the one you want to buy, conforms to the rules makes it more simple for amateur golfers. You can review the conforming list by clicking on the link provided below.

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

 

Best Driver for 2019

 

1. PING G410 Plus Driver


The G400 driver from Ping was one of the most successful and best-selling drivers they have ever produced. G410 Plus looks to expand on that performance and give players a custom fit tailored to their swing and ball flight preferences. The movable weight placed on the rear of the golf clubs maintains the MOI and creates a golf club that is fast and forgiving. A fast forged face and internal dragonfly gives players more club head speed, more ball speed, and lower spin for longer drivers. Perfectly positioned centers of gravity using the adjustable weight means that more players get their ideal balance of distance and accuracy. While no one driver is best for every player, the G410 Plus is making a huge push to get into the bags of several amateur and professional golfers.

PRODUCTDETAILS
OUR RATING
  • Faster, streamlined design reduces drag over previous models to increase distance and club head speed
  • Forged, high-strength T9S+ face powers a thinner, hotter impact area for high ball speeds and distance
  • More efficient crown Turbulators reduce aerodynamic drag and create more efficient airflow around head

 
 

2. TaylorMade M5 Driver

 


The TaylorMade M5 driver is the ultimate weapon for longer drives and more fairways. Injected Twist Face ensures that players receive the ideal balance of speed and forgiveness. The all-new inverse T-track helps players push weight further forward, further back, and to the heel and toe of the golf club. Moveable weight can helps golfers get their perfect launch, spin, and shot shape conditions for their best performance off the tee. An almost unlimited array of options on the M5 make it customizable to almost any golfers swing and can make eliminating your big miss easy. Imagine taking out one side of the golf course and knowing where your shots were going more often. Go see your club fitter and build the M5 just for you.

PRODUCTDETAILS
OUR RATING
  • SPEED INJECTED: Every head is individually speed tested and injected with tuning resin to optimize COR across the entire face; The Speed Injection process is designed to maximize ball speed and distance in the M6 driver
  • TWIST FACE: Revolutionary new face curvature with a corrective face angle on off center hits, engineered to reduce side spin and deliver straighter shots
  • INVERSE T-TRACK: The new, more efficient Inverse T-Track enables two 10g weights to be maneuvered for optimal spin and trajectory

 
 

3. Callaway Epic Flash Driver

 


Callaway became the number one selling driver company in golf as soon as they found a way to join the top and bottom of the golf driver with Jailbreak technology. The Epic Flash driver contains a modified Jailbreak for more ball speed across the face and more forgiveness. In addition to Jailbreak, Callaway engineers simulated thousands of impact strikes using artificial intelligence to create an all-new Flash Face. Flash Face and Jailbreak combine to give industry leading distance and a rear sliding weight gives more custom fit options. Already a powerhouse in driver technology, Callaway has spent more money than ever before to build golfers the most technologically advanced driver of all time. The Epic Flash driver couples outstanding performance with tour-inspired looks and sounds to give golfers more confidence and more performance from the tee this season.

PRODUCTDETAILS
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.

 
 

4. TaylorMade M6 Driver

 


A perfect compliment to the incredibly adjustable M5 driver, the TaylorMade M6 is simple and easy to use without compromising performance. M6 is designed for straight distance and unparalleled ball speeds with an Injected Twist Face and Inertia Generator. Injected Twist Face guarantees tour-level ball speeds to each and every golfer and more fairways hit from a modified roll and bulge. M6 gives players all the performance of M5 without the higher price tag and complex moving parts. For players looking to point and shoot to more fairways and lower scores, M6 is a perfect option in 2019.

PRODUCTDETAILS
OUR RATING
  • SPEED INJECTED: Every head is individually speed tested and injected with tuning resin to optimize COR across the entire face; The Speed Injection process is designed to maximize ball speed and distance in the M6 driver
  • TWIST FACE: Revolutionary new face curvature with a corrective face angle on off center hits, engineered to reduce side spin and deliver straighter shots
  • AERODYNAMIC CARBON SOLE DESIGN WITH "INERTIA GENERATOR": Sleek, aerodynamic shaping designed to provide increased club head speed for more distance

 
 

5. Callaway Flash Sub Zero Driver

 


Often times, golfers need less spin to get longer drives. The problem with lower spin can be the loss of stability and control. The Epic Flash Sub Zero is the most forgiving driver we have ever tested. The combination of lower spin and more MOI means longer drives on your best strikes and more protection on your worst. A rear sliding weight helps players dial in the center of gravity of the Epic Flash Sub Zero for even higher ball speeds. Jailbreak and the all-new Flash Face combine to give players unrivaled ball speeds from everywhere on the driver club head and the lightweight carbon crown is perfect for alignment and feel and sound. One of the best all around low spin drivers ever, the Epic Flash Sub Zero is a must try regardless of skill level and handicap.

PRODUCTDETAILS
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.

 
 

6. Cobra F9 Speedback Driver

 


Cobra is taking a new approach to giving golfer more performance off the tee box in 2019. What if you could swing faster? Faster swings can equal longer drivers and that is exactly what the F9 Speedback driver was designed for. Improved aerodynamics mean that each player gets more distance from their swing. A moveable sole weight gives you more options for dialing in launch and spin and a CNC precision milled face means that every golfer gets the absolute best performance possible from their build.

PRODUCTDETAILS
OUR RATING
  • Speedback Technology-King F9 Speedback driver is the first of its kind to achieve true optimization of aerodynamics and low CG, making it the fastest, and longest COBRA driver.
  • Speedback Aero Design-Speedback Technology delivers a highly aerodynamic clubhead design
  • Low CG Speedback Weighting-The addition of a low, multi-material tungsten weight structure creates a low, deep CG

 
 
 

7. Mizuno Golf ST190 Driver

 


Mizuno has secured their first driver win in over five years on the PGA Tour thanks to the performance of their ST190 driver. Introducing players to the Dark Side of Distance, the ST190 features an all black carbon crown that is sleek and lightweight. By moving weight low and back in the driver club head, Mizuno engineers have given golfer more distance and more forgiveness in a player’s inspired shape. An amplified wave sole and harmonic impact technology make the ST190 driver the longest Mizuno has ever built. Players loyal to Mizuno can finally play a similar branded driver without sacrificing distance and accuracy off the tee.

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  • SP700 Titanium Face for greater responsive force for increased ball speed and distance
  • Carbon Composite Crown allows weight to be moved low within the clubhead
  • Quick Switch Adaptor for defined loft/lie settings

 
 

8. Srixon Z 785 Driver

 


Srixon has introduced the Z 785 driver with a lightweight carbon crown and Ti51AF face forging. The Z 785 gives players a tour-inspired look and profile for lower launches and lower spin rates off the tee. A winner of the Golf Digest Gold Medal Award, the Z 785 driver is in the class of premium driver options. Posting ball speeds that rival the largest names in golf, Srixon has a winner for 2019 and if you have never tested a Srixon driver, this is the year.

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OUR RATING
  • Ti51AF Cup Face - Stronger, lighter, and faster: our new Ti51AF Cup Face produces exceptional ball speed for greater distance.
  • Lightweight Carbon - A lightweight carbon crown moves mass to the perimeter for more forgiving, more accurate drives.
  • Quick Tune System - Effortlessly adjust loft and swing weight with the Quick Tune Adjustment and Customization System.

 
 

9. Callaway Rogue Driver

 


Still one of the highest performing drivers in this years test, the Callaway Rogue driver is an outstanding option. Rogue improves on the performance of Epic using more MOI for more forgiveness and modified Jailbreak for better ball speeds across the face. Rogue gives players a confidence-inspiring shape and more playing options. Higher launch and longer drives can be yours with a driver that is now available for a reduced price. Although there are newer products available, the Rogue driver can make drastic improvements in your game.

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

 
 

10. TaylorMade M4 Driver

 


Used to win multiple Major Championships in 2018, the TaylorMade M4 driver is an outstanding option made better by the recently reduced price. The M4 driver gives players the ideal balance of distance, accuracy, and simplicity. M4 uses Twist Face to give players more relief in the high toe and low heel for more fairways hit and controlled spin rates. The Hammerhead slot and Geocoustic technology ensure that M4 sounds great and gives players more ball speed protection, even when they do not make their best swings. If you are looking for a break for your wallet but an improvement in performance, the M4 can be a great option.

PRODUCTDETAILS
OUR RATING
  • New face curvature w/corrective face angle on off center hits, to reduce side spin & deliver straighter shots; Provides more loft in high toe & less loft in low heel for more consistent spin
  • Hammerhead slot: the reinforced outer portions of the slot allow for a lighter, more flexible face, resulting in a larger sweet spot
  • The center portion of the slot increases ball speed low on the face and drops unwanted spin for more distance

 
 

What Driver Should You Buy?

If you are not getting the most from your current driver then identifying where you are leaking efficiency is the best place to start your new search. A better fitting club will give you more distance, more accuracy, and more confidence. New technology makes fitting a driver to your swing easier than ever and the variety of shaft and grip options make no excuse for getting exactly what you need.

Understanding that paying more does not necessarily mean getting more can save you time and money. Getting the correct amount of launch, spin, and shot shape correction is possible in used clubs or prior generation drivers. Trying a club is always the best way to tell what combination is best and will help you hit more fairways this season.

While no singular driver is best for every player, each player can find improvement in playing their best fit clubs. Our list of drivers and reviews are a great starting place and a lot can be gleaned by understanding more about your game and where you can improve. See your local club fitter and test clubs that help you feel more comfortable standing over your golf shots. Balance your club head of choice with a shaft and grip that connect you to your new favorite weapon. Thanks for reading and happy testing.

 

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