Best TaylorMade Drivers

 
TaylorMade was and is often the longest standing number one driver in golf. They have made a name for themselves as being the brand of choice for the World’s best players. As a company that innovates rapidly, golfers can often find anything they need to help their game in TaylorMade’s lineup. Even prior generation models can offer significant improvements in your driving performance this season.

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Best TaylorMade Drivers

 

Best Overall
TaylorMade M5 Driver
  • Speed Injection process is designed to maximize ball speed and distance
  • New face curvature with a corrective face angle on off center hits
  • Inverse T-Track enables two 10g weights to be maneuvered for optimal spin and trajectory
Best Feel
TaylorMade M6 Driver
  • peed Injection process is designed to maximize ball speed and distance
  • Corrective face angle on off center hits for straighter shots
  • Aerodynamic shaping designed to provide increased club head speed
Best Control
TaylorMade M4 Driver
  • New face curvature w/corrective face angle on off-center hits
  • Reinforced outer portions of the slot allow for a lighter, more flexible face
  • Center portion of the slot increases ball speed low on the face
Most Accurate
TaylorMade M3 Driver
  • Provides more loft in high-toe & less loft in low-heel for more consistent spin
  • Reinforced outer portions of the slot allow for a lighter, more flexible face
  • The center portion of the slot increases ball speed
Most Distance
TaylorMade M2 Driver
  • 6-layer carbon crown with 911 skeletal Titanium body frees up weight
  • Club face expansion for added forgiveness
  • Deeper, more active speed pocket with 3x more active than original M2 to increase flexion
Best Value
TaylorMade M1 Driver
  • Redesigned t-track System with longer Track and more moveable weight
  • Three premium Stock shafts, with 30+ after-market no-upcharge shaft options
  • Lamkin UTX cord grip (Stock)

 

Prior Generation – Best Value Drivers

 

Best Value
TaylorMade M4 Driver
  • New face curvature w/corrective face angle on off-center hits
  • Reinforced outer portions of the slot allow for a lighter, more flexible face
  • Center portion of the slot increases ball speed low on the face
Best Value
TaylorMade M3 Driver 460
  • Provides more loft in high-toe & less loft in low-heel for more consistent spin
  • Reinforced outer portions of the slot allow for a lighter, more flexible face
  • The center portion of the slot increases ball speed
Best Value
TaylorMade Driver-M2
  • 6-layer carbon crown with 911 skeletal Titanium body frees up weight
  • Club face expansion for added forgiveness
  • Deeper, more active speed pocket with 3x more active than original M2 to increase flexion
Best Value
TaylorMade Driver-M1
  • Redesigned t-track System with longer Track and more moveable weight
  • Three premium Stock shafts, with 30+ after-market no-upcharge shaft options
  • Lamkin UTX cord grip (Stock)
Best Value
TaylorMade Men's AeroBurner Driver
  • Aerodynamic shape designed with a rounder toe raised center crown reduces drop
  • New Speed Pocket increases size of the sweet spot and reduces spin
  • ew matte white finish on head and black PVD face and linear AeroBurner crown graphic make alignment easy

We have compiled a list of the best TaylorMade drivers currently available, and while the newest models offer the largest array of custom fit ability and most advanced technology, budget-conscious players can find terrific clubs for their bags in some of the best performing club of recent years.

In order to fully understand what makes each driver model unique, it is important to have a grasp of common club fitting and golf related terminology. Knowing these things about your golf game and the ways that you can use equipment to ultimately make you a better player is the fastest way to shoot lower scores. We have compiled a brief overview of the most important parts of buying a new driver and have streamlined the process of getting the best equipment into your golf bag.
 

When Do You Use A Golf Driver?

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

Golf drivers are used primarily off the tee box. The deeper faces of drivers are designed to help players strike the golf ball from a tee. While it may be possible to hit a driver while the golf ball is resting on the ground, it is not recommended for most players.
 

Finding the Best Driver for Your Golf Game

Each swing is different. These differences mean that each player needs a different set of equipment to build his or her perfect golf bag. The driver is one of the most important golf clubs in your bag as it is one you will use more often. The best driver for your game will give you a balance of distance and control and inspire you with more confidence standing over your golf shots.
 

Budget

Budget can be a strong deterrent for players considering buying a new golf club. Luckily, TaylorMade offers some excellent prior generation drivers that can be purchased for a fraction of the MSRP. Paying more will not always mean getting more if your clubs are custom fit properly to your swing.
 

Key Factors in Creating the Ideal Golf Shot

There are several ways to create your best golf shot. Whether you like to see the golf ball curve from left to right or right to left, understanding the different factors that make each shot more and less efficient is paramount. We have outlined some of the most common club fitting terms below to help you assess the quality of your golf swing technique and the standing of your current equipment.

Ball Speed

ball speed
Ball Speed. Source adamyounggolf

Ball speed is the term used for the velocity the golf ball leaves the club face with after impact. This speed is regulated by the rules of golf and can be no more than 1.5 times the amount of club head speed that each player can produce. That implies that if you are not getting 1.5 miles per hour of ball speed for every one mile per hour of club head speed you are bringing, you are leaking power either through your golf swing or your current equipment.

Getting you into the correct club head style, loft, weights, shaft, and grip can all play a significant role in improving your ball speed and bringing you closer to the golden 1 to 1.5 ratio. Newer equipment does more to help you get the ideal speeds even when your golf swing isn’t perfect.

Launch Angle

launch angle
Launch Angle. Source adamyounggolf

Launch angle is the angle in which your golf ball leaves the golf club face relative to the ground. Finding the correct launch angle combined with the ball speed you have available is critical in your ability to hit the golf ball further. With more club head speed, players can often benefit from reducing loft and launching the golf ball lower. Speed creates lift so if you are a slower swinging player, going with more loft can ultimately mean more distance.
 

The launch angle of your driver shots are determined primarily by the following factors:

    Clubface Static Loft =This is the loft printed on the sole of the golf club. This loft is a measure of the loft while the golf club is at rest. Manipulating this through hosel settings or different club heads can make a huge impact on the distance and accuracy of your golf drives.

    Dynamic Loft =As you swing the golf club into impact, your swing conditions will often reduce or elevate the loft of your golf club. This dynamic loft is the most important loft measurement in determining your golf ball’s launch angle. A great custom fit will find the correct dynamic loft at your point of impact.

    Angle of Attack (AoA) =The angle of attack as you approach the golf ball will also influence the launch of your golf ball. Traditionally, steeper angles of attack will produce lower launches and more upward angles will produce higher launches.

    Impact Location =One of the often overlooked areas of the golf ball’s launch is where the golf ball is impacted on the club face. HIgher impact location will often launch the golf ball higher with less spin. Golf balls struck lower in the club face launcher lower and have more spin.

According to simulation statistics, the majority of golfers will get their longest and most accurate drives with a launch angle between 12-degrees and 15-degrees.

Ball Spin

ball spin
Ball Travel.

The spin rates of your golf ball will also determine how far they fly and how much they curve one way or another. Backspin and sidespin combine to give your golf ball stability and shot shapes. Depending on your speed and the desired golf shot, the correct amount of spin will differ.

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

Draw

Draws are golf shots that begin to the right and curve leftward for the right-handed golfer. For left-handed players, a draw will begin left and curve to the right. These shots are produced when the golf club face at impact is closed to whatever swing path you create.

Fade

Fades are golf shots that begin to the left and curve more right for the right-handed golfer. Left-handed players conversely, hit a fade when the golf ball begins right and curves to the left. Fades are produced when the golf club face at impact is open to whatever swing path you deliver.

Topspin

Topspin is detrimental to your golf shots unless on the greens or when putting. Topspin will cause the golf ball to plummet out of the air and loss excessive distance. Topspin is often the result of an extreme misstrike with your golf club.

Backspin

Golf shots that become airborne will have some element of backspin. This backspin will cause lift and give the golf ball the carry and rollout distance properties. Too much backspin and your shots will fly too high and stop quickly. Too little backspin often robs the player of significant distances as the golf ball falls out of the air quickly and can curve violently offline.

 

Top Rated Golf Drivers Features

Golf drivers share several features that make them easily fit for players based on their style and golf swing preferences. Getting the proper components to your newly assembled golf club is easier than ever and tour-level custom fitting services are now available to the amateur golfer. Balancing your club head of choice with a shaft and grip that match will give you better, more consistent results tee-to-green.

Shaft

shaft
Types of Golf Shafts. Source callawaygolf

The golf shaft has come under much debate in recent years. The influence a shaft has over how the golf club is delivered to the golf ball has been the focus of several studies. Guidelines exist to help club fitters and golfer find a shaft that fits their swing, but only by hitting different shaft and club head combinations can you be sure how something will perform in your hands.

Driver shafts come in a variety of weights and flexes. Driver shafts often range from 40-grams to 90-grams with flexes of Ladies (L), Regular (R), Senior or Amateur (A), Stiff (S), and Extra Stiff (X). The flex and weight recommended to your loosely correlates with your club head swing speed. A slower swing speed will most often enjoy the feel of a lighter, more flexible shaft. Higher swing speeds enjoy the feedback of heavier, stiffer options.

A variety of different bend profiles and kick points exist even among weight and flex classes. Understanding how a shaft is designed to perform can help you narrow your list of which models to try. Ultimately, a great shaft fit will help you deliver your golf club of choice in a repeatable fashion that helps you hit great golf shots time after time.

Head Size

head size
There many head sizes. Source golf.com

Modern TaylorMade drivers come in head sizes between 430 and 460 cubic centimeters in volume. These sizes come in different shapes, depths, and weight distributions to help players fit their visual, feel, and performance preferences. Standard differences between sizes usually see a smaller club head traveling faster, launching lower, and spinning less. Larger club heads often yield more forgiveness, higher launches, and more spin.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions exist in driver buying. We have listed some below for your convenience.
 

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

A: By using a tape measure or a 48-inch measuring stick you can asses the length of your driver and driver shaft. The measurement should be taken from the butt end of the grip to the hosel attachment for the shaft length. The total length of your golf club will span from the butt end of the grip to the center of the club face or the bottom of the golf club’s sole. Each measurement should be taken with the golf club in a playing position as if it was resting behind a golf ball.
 

Q: Driver vs Woods: What is the Difference?

A: Drivers and fairway woods can appear similar in design and perform similar roles. The differences between these two categories determine their intended use around the golf course. Drivers are designed using a larger, deeper golf club face that helps players strike a golf ball from a tee. These faces are more forgiving and produce higher ball speeds when used in these locations.

Fairway woods are crafted using shallower, more compact club heads that increase their versatility. Fairway woods can be used from the teeing ground or from the fairways and rough. This versatility is gleaned from the curved sole of fairway woods that make it possible for this golf club to travel more easily through the turf.
 

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

A: Adjustable drivers give tour-level service to every golfer. The ability to dial in the loft, the face angle, and the spin rates using a hosel or movable weight system has given more tools to club fitters and players looking for improved performance. These adjustable pieces have a large impact on the golf clubs performance and because of this, players are getting better equipment and a more specialized fit than ever before. The placement of these parts absolutely matters and should not be overlooked when buying or adjusting your club.
 

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

A: Drivers and all new clubs that are released are tested by the United States Golf Association or USGA. The USGA acts to ensure that clubs do not give players an advantage over the golf course or their playing partners. Each club that is deemed conforming to the rules of golf can be found at the link provided..

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

Best TaylorMade Drivers

 

1. TaylorMade M5 Driver


The all-new TaylorMade M5 driver is the most advanced golf club ever made. The combination of Speed Injected Twist Face, Hammerhead 2.0, and the inverse T-track make the M5 longer, more forgiving, and more customizable than any competitor. Designing the M5 driver with illegal ball speed measures then reducing these speeds with tuniing resin ensures that every driver head produced is at the absolute legal limit for ball speed and distance. Serious players looking to dial in their launch, spin, and shot shape preferences now have more options with the M5 driver.

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

 
 

2. TaylorMade M6 Driver

 


The M6 driver is the perfect complement to this season’s M5. TaylorMade gives golfers more bang for their buck with the simple set up of M6. Still fully loaded with Speed injected Twist Face and Hammerhead 2.0 technology, the M6 driver is one of the longest clubs on the market. Made more forgiving by the Inertia Generator and low center of gravity, the M6 is the ultimate blend of distance and accuracy. Golfers looking to point and fire to more fairways this season should be testing the fully loaded TaylorMade M6 driver.

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

 
 

3. TaylorMade M4 Driver

 


A presence in the golf bag of multiple Major winners in 2018, the TaylorMade M4 driver is one of the best options for players looking for premium performance without premium prices. TaylorMade’s M4 gives golfers the same benefits of the M5 and M6 driver with Twist Face and Hammerhead slot technologies. The M4 also features a geocoustic sole shaping to optimize sound and feel and a larger sweet spot. Now available for less than $300, the M4 is one of the go-to options for budget-conscious consumers.

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

 
 

4. TaylorMade M3 Driver

 


Played by some of the most famous players on the PGA Tour last season, the M3 driver is highly acclaimed. TaylorMade revolutionized the driver face by introducing golfers to Twist Face for more accuracy and more forgiveness on mishits. Hammerhead slot and the movable Y-track weight system help make M3 one of the most customizable golf clubs available. Now reduced in price since the release of the M5 and M6 drivers, the M3 is the perfect bargain options for players that want the ultimate custom fit and performance.

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
  • New sole slot implemented into our most adjustable driver for the first time. 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 & drops unwanted spin for more distance

 
 

5. TaylorMade M2 Driver

 


The first driver to introduce Geocoustic technology, the M2 driver is made to be a pleasure to hit. TaylorMade uses high contrast white to black carbon crowns to help golfers align behind the golf ball and pick up club head speeds. The lightweight crown allows more weight to be pushed low and back for more forgiveness and higher launches. One of the most decorated drivers during its release, the M2 driver is perfect for players looking for help from the tee box this season.

PRODUCTDETAILS
OUR RATING
  • All-new multi-material construction saves weight & repositions CG low and back; 6-layer carbon crown with 911 skeletal Titanium body frees up weight and heavy back weight
  • Geocoustic technology is advanced sole shaping with recessed toe panel that enables club face expansion for added forgiveness and externalized sound ribs
  • Deeper, more active speed pocket with 3x more active than original M2 to increase flexion and forgiveness across the clubface and generates high launch/low spin shots to achieve massive distance

 
 

6. TaylorMade M1 Driver

 


TaylorMade has continued to push the envelope of technology and innovation. The benefit of their rapid improvements is that drivers created one or two generations prior to the current model still rival other brands in performance but cost much less. The TaylorMade M1 is a budget concerned players dream for custom fitting. Even without a full custom fit service, the TaylorMade M1’s movable weight system ensures that players get their ideal launch, spin, and shot shape preferences. If you are in the market for a new driver but know the prices of the latest models will be too much for you to justify, going with the prior generation M1 driver is a great option.

PRODUCTDETAILS
OUR RATING
  • Redesigned t-track System with longer Track and more moveable weight
  • Three premium Stock shafts, with 30+ after-market no-upcharge shaft options
  • Lamkin UTX cord grip (Stock)

 
 
 

7. TaylorMade R15 Driver

 


For those players seeking drivers on the second-hand market or for very little money, the TaylorMade R15 is one of the best models available. The R15 features two sliding weights that help golfers adjust their new club to their swing characteristics. The R15 features a low and forward center of gravity for longer drives and lower spin. Positioning these weights near the heel or toe can also help account for golfer’s typical miss from the tee box. Available in white or traditional black, the R15 driver still rivals current models at less than half the price.

PRODUCTDETAILS
OUR RATING
  • 460cc head Low-forward CG promotes low spin
  • New Front Track system performs like a Speed Pocket reduces spin and increases size of sweet spot
  • New sliding split weights heel for draw toe for fade 12 point 5 grams each and 4 degree loft sleeve to dial in your launch conditions

 
 

8. TaylorMade R11 Driver

 


TaylorMade’s R11 driver uses a custom sole weight to help golfers adjust the face angle of their club in what is called Flight Control Technology. In combination with the adjustable hosel, the R11’s sole weight help make it one of the most customizable golf drivers. Although harder to find, if you can pick one up for yourself, you will be surprised at how much technology is packed into a driver that is several years old. Far ahead of its time, the R11 driver impressed even against current models.

PRODUCTDETAILS
OUR RATING
  • Adjust: The loft with Flight Control Technology (FCT), The face angle with the new Adjustable Sole Plate (ASP), The CG location with Movable Weight Technology (MWT).
  • Promotes up to 100 yards of side-to-side trajectory change and ±1,000 RPM backspin change.
  • New aerodynamic shape promotes faster speed for more distance.

 
 

9. TaylorMade RBZ Driver

 


The RBZ brand made TaylorMade popular by introducing the legendary Speed Pocket. Ultralight titanium gives the RBZ driver higher launch and more control. Also availble in a RBZ Black edition, the RBZ driver is a sleek high-performance club from the tee. Another well decorated driver in TaylorMade’s lineup, the RBZ driver is not to be overlooked.

PRODUCTDETAILS
OUR RATING
  • Faster and longer than the original RocketBallz driver; Expansive 4,100 square-millimeter clubface gives the golfer substantially more face area
  • Inverted Cone Technology milled into the inner side of the larger clubface expands the portion of the face that delivers high ball speed
  • Black clubface, non-glare white crown with new decal promote easy alignment; Fujikura Rocket Fuel 50 Gram graphite shaft promotes fast swing speed

 
 

10. Taylormade AeroBurner Driver

 


One of the best driver options ever for correcting a slice and helping golfers stay in play from the tee box, the Aeroburner driver is still an outstanding option for your golf bag. Named for its design in advanced aerodynamics, this driver uses a rounded toe, raised center crown, and hosel fin to give golfers more club head speed for more distance. An optimized Speed Pocket gives players more forgiveness on strikes across the face and distinct graphics on the crown help make alignment easy. Aeroburner was built to cut through the air with more efficiency and improve driving performance.

PRODUCTDETAILS
OUR RATING
  • Advanced 460cc aerodynamic shape designed with a rounder toe raised center crown reduced drop from crown to skirt and new hosel
  • New Speed Pocket increases size of the sweet spot and reduces spin
  • New matte white finish on head and black PVD face and linear AeroBurner crown graphic make alignment easy

 
 

What TaylorMade Driver Should You Buy?

The greatest problem about trying to decide which TaylorMade driver to buy is that there are so many great options. TaylorMade consistently works with some of the smartest and most accomplished golfers of all time to ensure that their products are second to none. The best fitting driver for you may not be the same club as Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy, but it absolutely might be as well.

The best golf driver for you will fit your swing and give you more confidence standing over your tee shots. Straighter, longer, more accurate drives are possible with improvements in your technique and equipment setups. Knowing where you can improve and how the latest golf clubs innovations can help you is the first set in getting your best new club. Your ideal club will have a golf club head that is built for your launch, spin, and shot shape preference, a golf shaft that helps you deliver the best parts of that club head to the golf ball more often, and a grip that maintains a great connection between you and your club.

When choosing your next driver or retrofitting your current gamer, keep in mind the different aspect of playing better golf and make sure that you don’t leave anything out. Playing what is best for you means golf is easier and more fun. Thanks for reading and be sure to check out our other guides and reviews to find your best equipment and swing tips for this season. Happy testing!

 

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