Most Forgiving Drivers

 
While there are golfers out there who have no trouble hitting the ball long and straight, the vast majority of golfers could use a little help, especially off the tee. Thankfully, golf driver manufacturers understand this need and have created drivers that are incredibly forgiving.

In this article we share a compiled list of some of the most forgiving drivers; breaking down the pros and cons of each driver and how they are most compatible for golfers of all skill levels.

In order to get the most out of the list, it is imperative to analyze each driver and make sure it meets your specific needs. Every golfer has a unique set of strengths and weaknesses, and we all know how expensive drivers can be. By being diligent, you’ll be able to make the best choice and not have to worry about the hassle of returns and finding a new driver.

Before we get to the list, there are a few things we should discuss first.
 

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Most Forgiving Driver

 

TaylorMade M3 Driver 460 (MCA Red, Regular Flex, Right Hand, 10.5 degrees)
  • 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
Callaway Golf 2018 Men's Rogue Driver, Right Hand, Synergy, 60G Shaft, Stiff Flex, 9 degrees
  • Exceptional Ball Speed from The Jailbreak Effect
  • More MOI and Forgiveness from Our Triaxial Carbon Crown
  • Industry-leading Boeing Aero Package
2018 Cobra King F8+ Driver Nardo (Men's, Right Hand, Aldila NV 2KXV Blue 60, Reg Flex)
  • Precision milled face-our first fully Machined driver face is CNC milled to create our thinnest, hottest, and most precise face EVER
  • 360 Aero-Innovative Polymer Aero trips positionedaround the perimeter of the clubhead improve drag reduction face-on throughthe downswing to generate maximumclubhead speed.
  • Ultralight Carbon Fiber Crown-A lighter 5-ply carbon fiber crown saves discretionaryweight to move the CG lower and deeper, producinghigher trajectories and increased forgiveness.
PING G400 Driver, Men's, Right Hand, 10.5°, ALTA CB Graphite Shaft, Regular Flex
  • Ping G400
  • In addition to improving feel, the internal rib structure of the G400 head rewards you with a rich, full sound at impact. Bolder crown turbulators enhance clubhead speed and visual appeal.
  • Streamlined shaping harmonizes with bolder turbulators and Vortec Technology to reduce drag 40% mid-downswing and 15% overall to increase clubhead speed and ball velocity for added distance with stability.

 

When Do You Use A Golf Driver?

Always use a tee when hitting with your golf driver.

You will use a golf driver from the tee box on holes where you have ample room to hit a shot the farthest distance possible. Good examples are par-5s and medium-to-long par-4s. Being confident with a driver plays a big part in when you will use a driver.
 

Finding the Best Driver for Your Golf Game

Choosing the right forgiving driver for you is highly dependent on your skill level and personal preferences. Are you new to the game? Are you trying to break 80 for the first time? Do you like adjusting your club, or do you like simplicity? With so many factors to consider when buying a driver, we wanted to help simplify this process by providing you with things to consider when making this important decision.
 

Budget

Of all the factors involved, the one you should be most aware of is the amount you’re able to spend. If price doesn’t matter, then a golfer can go with our top driver below to get the most out of their tee shots. However, most of us need to consider the price when choosing the next driver for our golf bag. Golfers’ budgets can vary widely, but that should not hinder your ability to purchase a quality driver at a fair price. This list has taken budget into consideration; however, if you are looking for budget recommendations to squeeze the most out of your driver, then take note of the drivers below that may be slightly outdated, but still a great addition to your current set. These are drivers that are still high quality, but have been updated recently. Examples include the TaylorMade M1 and M2, or the high quality and affordable Cleveland Launch HB.
 

Key Factors in Creating the Ideal Golf Shot

If you want to drive the ball consistently 275 to 300 yards, then you are going to need to have an understanding of the key factors for creating solid shots. These are Ball Speed, Launch Angle, and Spin.

Ball Speed

Ball Speed. Source adamyounggolf

Ball speed is the velocity of your ball after it makes contact with a driver’s clubface. While clubhead speed can vary between 75 to 100 mph, the ball speed will be greater if you make solid contact. Clubhead speeds for players on the PGA Tour average around 112 mph while their ball speeds average over 160 mph. Although we probably won’t reach the ball speed of the pros on the PGA tour, it’s still important to maximize ball speed for your driver.

This correlation between clubhead speed and ball speed is known as the Smash Factor. To calculate your personal Smash Factor, take your ball speed and then divide it by your clubhead speed. The higher your Smash Factor, the more distance you’ll produce. If you can reach a smash factor somewhere between 1.2 and 1.5, you’ll notice an increase in distance with the driver.

Launch Angle

Launch Angle. Source adamyounggolf

Did you know that if you hit the ball too low, you won’t generate enough carry distance? This will cost you a lot of distance overall. The same problem occurs when you launch a ball too high. Your goal for optimal ball flight is one that maximizes carry and roll when the driver is hit precisely.
 

The launch angle of your driver shots are determined by 3 factors:

    Clubface Loft =The loft of your clubface is something you should take into consideration. This aspect has a significant impact on how your driver shots will play.

    Dynamic Loft =Most golfers make contact with the ball with their hands behind the golf club, which increases the driver’s loft. Conversely, if your hands are ahead of the clubface, you’ll decrease the amount of loft the golf driver has at impact. Both of these can affect the initial launch angle.

    Angle of Attack = Steeper angles of attack tend to lower loft, while shallower angles can add effective loft to the clubface.

According to launch monitor stats, the optimal launch angle for a driver is approximately 12 degrees. This is the number you want to see whenever you are looking for the most forgiving driver, and the best way to achieve this number is by trying a variety of shafts, lofts, and clubhead designs.

Ball Spin

Ball Travel.

There is another factor needed to achieve maximum distance: spin rate. If your spin rate is too low, you will not be able to generate the proper flight, thus the ball will land too soon. Although the ball will roll once it is on the ground, it will be much shorter compared to a shot with an optimal spin rate. A driver with too much spin can cause the ball to land more like a wedge than a driver. The perfect spin rate is approximately 2700 rpm. Combining this with a 12 to 13 degree initial launch angle, should produce your ideal shot. There is still one more spin factor that will influence your shot—sidespin. Sidespin has a strong impact on your shot’s direction and overall accuracy.

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

Draw

A draw occurs when the clubface contacts the ball from the inside with a slightly open clubface relative to the target. The result is a golf ball that will start heading to the right, then curve left for a right-handed golfer. This also causes the golf ball to fly slightly lower and have more roll.

Fade

A fade happens when the clubface is closed, which means it travels in an outside to inside path when it makes contact with the golf ball. The shot will start slightly left before curving to the right. With modern drivers, a fade tends to fly longer than a draw but with lower spin, producing an increase in carry. Fades will tend to travel higher and land sooner than a normal shot.

Topspin

Topspin is not your friend when using a driver. A drive hit with topspin will dive after a short flight in the air. It might roll a long way, but the ball will still travel much shorter than it would have, if it had been stuck solidly.

Backspin

Every shot has some kind of backspin. The key is to control backspin for when you want it and limit it for when you don’t. For example, you want a lot of backspin from your short irons and wedges while minimizing it with your driver. The reason is that less spin can help your tee shots carry farther and roll a greater distance.

 

Top Rated Golf Drivers Features

There are four main factors that you need to consider when choosing a forgiving driver—the shaft, the head, the loft, and your budget. The first three of these factors are influenced by the speed of the golfer’s swing. There is a general guide you can use to determine swing speed which is based on what club you need to hit a ball 150 yards. If you use a lower iron, like a 6-iron, then you likely have a slower swing speed. If you use a higher iron, such as an 8- or 9-iron, then you presumably have a higher swing speed.

Shaft

Types of Golf Shafts. Source callawaygolf

If there’s one element to every golf club a player should pay attention to, it’s the shaft. As hard is it might be to make the change to a different shaft, what’s most important is getting the most out of your forgiving driver. The flexibility of your shaft isn’t the only thing to pay attention to. The kick-point also influences the ball’s overall flight. If you play in more windy conditions, a high kick-point will result in a more piercing ball flight, while lower kick-points will help with your launch angle. Since there are a variety of shafts on the market, your best bet is to find a shaft that accommodates your swing and have it installed to the forgiving driver head you decide to use .

Driver shafts come in several different flexes: Ladies (L), Regular (R), Senior or Amateur (A), Stiff (S), and Extra Stiff (X). The flex you need depends on your swing speed: the slowest swing speeds require a more flexible shaft, while higher swing speeds require stiffer shafts. Utilizing a simulator will help you figure out what flex will suit your forgiving driver club head.

Shafts come in two different material compositions: steel or graphite. Wedges typically come in steel, while iron sets, hybrids, and especially driver shafts are graphite. The science behind this is simple: lighter clubs are going to swing faster than heavier clubs. Even the lightest steel shaft will still be about 90 grams, which is about the same as a heavy graphite shaft will weigh. Graphite shafts on average will be in the 55 to 70 gram range. One may be tempted to ask: do these weights, which vary less than an ounce, make that much of a difference? While there is a vast difference between a 130 gram steel shaft and a 55 gram graphite shaft, the weight ranges between graphite shafts are modest. The important factor in choosing a shaft for your forgiving driver, and what should matter most to you, is how they feel, and how that feel influences your shots.

These differences in shaft feel and weight make testing an imperative part of selecting a shaft that’s right for your forgiving driver. The good news is you can test out a wide variety of shafts on a specific head with the help of a simulator. This allows instant feedback on your spin rate, launch angle, carry, roll, and overall distance. Having this information is crucial to maximizing your ability to deliver long, straight drives with the forgiving driver you choose.

Head Size

There many head sizes. Source golf.com

Driver heads vary from 440 cc to 460 cc in size. The difference is that 440 cc is smaller and better for skilled golfers, allowing them to apply small corrections to the flight of the ball. A forgiving driver with a 460 cc head is larger and better fitted for golfers who may not hit the ball exactly on the center of the club face and are in need of a little more forgiveness when driving the ball.
 

Loft

As mentioned above in the Loft section, the ideal loft is one that produces a launch angle of around 12 degrees. Since every golfer is different, you will want to test out drivers with various lofts to find the one that is right for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the most common questions from golfers when looking to purchase the most forgiving driver.
 

Q: Do Seniors Need a Specific Type of Driver?

A: A golfer’s age doesn’t determine what type of forgiving driver one should use. What should be considered is your skill level and your preferences. Whether you like having complete adjustability or a classic setup, there is a forgiving driver out there for everyone
 

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

A: Take a 48-inch measuring stick and setup as if you are addressing the golf ball. Note: if you try this on a table or on the ground, you won’t get an accurate measurement.

Once the sole of the club is set squarely to the ground, line up the leading edge to the shaft and make sure that the stick’s edge is in line with the hosel. The measurement reading at the end of the shaft tip or grip is the actual length of the golf driver.
 

Q: Driver vs Woods: What is the Difference?

A: The significant differences between a driver and a wood is the size, loft, and utilization. Drivers feature large club faces which make the sweet spot larger and provide players with more space to make better contact with the golf ball. Fairway woods are designed similar to drivers, but typically have smaller heads and lower profiles, which allows players to hit the ball from a tee as well as the fairway, rough, and even fairway bunkers.

While it is conceivable to hit a driver off the ground, it is best to use your fairway woods instead. Meanwhile, your 3-wood off a tee won’t go nearly as far as your driver, so you would need to then adjust your strategy. Some holes require more accuracy than distance, and that’s where fairway woods function better than even the most forgiving driver.
 

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

A: Adjustable drivers feature unique hosels that can alter the loft of the clubface up or down as much as two degrees. This is a great feature to use if you want to configure your forgiving driver based on the course and weather conditions. For example, adding loft can help you carry the ball longer when the course is wet and soggy resulting in less roll. This adjustment feature is best for those who prefer having these options, since the drawback is extra weight in the hosel, which alters the center-of-gravity and MOI, resulting in less forgiveness on off-center hits. Adjustable drivers are cool, but you do have the option of getting a modern forgiving driver completely customized without ever having to adjust it yourself.
 

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

A: As with all clubs new to the market, the United States Golf Association tests the club to make sure it conforms to USGA rules. To make this process easy for customers, the USGA maintains a public database that can show if your forgiving driver, or the one you’re interested in, conforms to the rules. You can check out this list by clicking on the link below.

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

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Top 10 Most Forgiving Drivers

 

1. TaylorMade M3 Driver


The TaylorMade M3 Driver is one of most technologically advanced and forgiving drivers ever produced and is engineered to have a larger sweet spot. This maximizes forgiveness and allows for personalized adjustment of the ball flight. The M3 Driver utilizes the same revolutionary Twist Face technology and Hammerhead slot as the M4, but also offers an adjustable, split-weight, Y-Track, sliding weight system. This Y-shaped track allows the movement of two 11g weights from front to back and side to side to adjust this forgiving driver for trajectory and speed, providing the very best customization for golfers that benefit from tinkering with their driver.

The style and design is very similar to the M4, except for the Y-Track sliding weight system. The M3 also comes with a thin silver edge styling on the club head, giving a modern look to this masterpiece from TaylorMade.

TaylorMade M3 Driver

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Pros

  • One of the most technologically advanced drivers ever produced by TaylorMade
  • Off-center strikes can still result in incredible distance and accuracy off the tee
  • Costs less than the M3 Driver, it comes with the same advanced technology, just without the movable weights

Cons

  • More casual players may find the cost a little too high for their pocket books
  • The Twist Face benefits are difficult to precisely determine in testing
  • The lack of adjustability may be a negative for golfers that are more consistent and want to tinker with their club
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2. TaylorMade M4 Driver

 


The TaylorMade M4 Driver is a fantastic club, which greatly improves the power and forgiveness of its predecessor the M2 driver. This forgiving driver combines ground-breaking Twist Face technology, a Hammerhead slot, and Geocoustic design to allow optimal speed, spin, and trajectory on drives. The Twist Face is useful for any golfer who may have difficulty finding the sweet spot; it corrects for off-center shots and offers forgiveness without the need to tinker with any adjustable weights, such as the ones found in the M3 Driver.

The Geocoustic design improves the sound of your tee shots and comes with an updated thin silver edge on the head. This provides a modern and updated look with the added benefits of increased performance as a forgiving driver.

TaylorMade M4 Driver

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Pros

  • One of the most technologically advanced drivers ever produced by TaylorMade
  • Off-center strikes can still result in incredible distance and accuracy off the tee
  • Costs less than the M3 Driver, it comes with the same advanced technology, just without the movable weights

Cons

  • More casual players may find the cost a little too high for their pocket books
  • The Twist Face benefits are difficult to precisely determine in testing
  • The lack of adjustability may be a negative for golfers that are more consistent and want to tinker with their club
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3. Cobra F8 Driver

 


The Cobra F8 Driver is a highly sought out forgiving driver for 2018. The Cobra F8 Driver offers impeccable distance and accuracy through its advanced technology. A key feature of the Cobra F8 Driver is its CNC Precision Milled Face. This attention to detail configured into the clubface helps create a thin face, which increases ball speed and distance. This design also creates a larger sweet spot, as well as provides better traction in wet conditions, making it a great choice for those seeking a forgiving driver.

The innovative 360 Aero Technology implemented in Cobra’s F8 Driver provides exceptional performance. The design is comprised of a slightly raised pattern referred to as “Aero Trips” that are located at the crown and sole of the club. The Aero Trips reduce drag during the downswing, which helps you increase your distance.

Cobra F8 Driver

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Pros

  • Impressive distance regardless of where you hit the ball
  • Very accurate and forgiving club, even on mishits
  • CNC Milled Face with 360 Aero Tips Technology expands the sweet spot

Cons

  • Some players may get overwhelmed with all the technology
  • May feel sluggish going through the air due to profile
  • May create too much spin for some players to control
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4. Callaway Rogue Driver

 


Callaway builds on the smashing success of the GBB Epic to create an even better driver – the new Rogue Driver The Rogue’s design and technology was primarily created to maximize both ball and clubhead speeds. Jailbreak and X-Face VFT work in tandem to allow an increase in ball speeds, both on-center and off-center hits. The aerodynamic Speed Step provides a more efficient airflow around the leading edge, increasing clubhead speed effortlessly with no adjustments needed on your part.

Callaway utilized vertical metal rods to connect the crown and sole of the head of the club. The design makes the body stiffer and allows the face to react with a springboard effect. This same technology is in the Rogue-model drivers, but has been modernized slightly. These rods are made of titanium with an hourglass-shape, which allows them to be 25% lighter, making the X-Face VFT technology more effective than ever.

Rogue Driver

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Pros

  • Forgiving of off-center hits due to the X-Face VFT
  • Jailbreak technology and X-Face VFT work tighter to achieve faster ball speeds and farther drives
  • The industry-leading Boeing Aero package helps golfers get faster head speeds

Cons

  • Lacks any ability to adjust the center of gravity and MOI
  • Does not provide the slice correction of the Rogue Draw or lower ball speeds of the Rogue Sub-Zero
  • For golfers that already have the Epic, it may not be enough of an improvement
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5. Cleveland Launch HB Driver

 


The Cleveland Golf Launcher HB Driver blends the current technology available today with the classic look and functionality of a decade ago. The Cleveland Golf Launcher HB Driver consistently offers long, high, straight drives, over and over again. Unlike the original HiBore models, which utilized a substantial dip, the new HiBore crown is hardly noticeable, but makes a huge impact on the club’s forgiving ability. This simple feature eliminates weight from the crown, bringing the center-of-gravity down, which makes it more forgiving to achieve high and straight drives.

There is a reason the Cleveland Golf Launcher HB Driver doesn’t offer adjustability: the extra weight in the hosel. The hosel in this driver is as light as possible, allowing the extra weight saved to go where it has the most influence: at the bottom. This bottom-shifted weight creates an even lower and deeper center-of-gravity. These features are the key to higher launch with lower spin: the ideal recipe for achieving greater distance.

Cleveland Golf Launcher HB Driver

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Pros

  • Designed to help every player hit it longer and straighter every time
  • Very simple in design and features, which doesn’t require any tools to adjust
  • Priced with the value-conscious golfer in mind

Cons

  • Without any adjustability, you have to know your loft before purchasing
  • No adjustable weights, which may cause problems in windy conditions
  • The HiBore design may not suit everyone’s eye
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6. Ping G400 Driver

 


The Ping G400 Driver is one of the hottest drivers of 2018, and there are many reasons why. The Ping G400 Driver provides players great distance with exceptional forgiveness. Having received the Gold rating on Golf Digest’s 2018 Hot List, the Ping G400 boasts several technological and design improvements from last year’s Ping G model. The G400 has been proven to provide increased forgiveness and accuracy for golfers from the PGA Tour down to rank beginners. If more fairways and forgiveness are what you’re looking for, then the Ping G400 is the driver for you.
 

Ping G400 Fairway Wood

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Pros

  • The club has a very powerful look, especially with the Turbulators on the crown
  • The light weight of the club offers excellent distance
  • The forgiveness of the club is a massive benefit for players

Cons

  • The club is fairly limited in adjustability which may be a turn off to some player
  • There is only one stock shaft option unlike its competitors
  • The black clubface and sole tend to wear away quickly
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7. Titleist T2 Driver

 


The Titleist TS2 Driver was released in September of 2018, and is sure to be one of the hottest drivers for 2019. The Titleist TS2 is designed to replace the previous 917 D2 Driver, and it is sufficing to say that the TS2 driver is by far one of the most technologically sound drivers Titleist has produced in years. With innovative design features including an ultra-thin face, a thin crown, a lower center of gravity, and SureFit weighting technology, the TS2 sets itself apart from other drivers currently on the market. The Titleist TS2 driver is perfect for the player who is looking for higher launch, reduced spin, and more distance off the tee. So, if you are a mid- to low-handicap golfers looking to take your golf game to the next level, then the Titleist TS2 is the driver for you.
 

Titleist TS2 Driver

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Pros

  • SureFit weighting technology allows players to optimize launch conditions
  • An ultra-thin face increases MOI for increased distance
  • More efficient clubhead design and weight distribution increases clubhead speed

Cons

  • The Titleist TS2 is more expensive than comparable drivers on the market
  • Extra length in the shaft may lead to less control and accuracy
  • The high launch characteristics may not be ideal for players with high ball flights
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8. Titleist T3 Driver

 


The Titleist TS3 Driver was released in September of 2018 and is sure to be one of the most popular drivers of 2019. The Titleist TS3 is designed to replace the previous 917 D3 Driver, and it is sufficing to say that the TS3 driver is by far one of the most technologically sound drivers Titleist has produced in years. With a head design that is 20% more streamlined than the previous model, the thinnest crown on the market, and an ultra-thin face, the TS3 combines the very best in modern technology and design with a classic look that is sure to optimize performance for players of all levels. The Titleist TS3 driver is perfect for the player who is looking for higher launch, reduced spin, and more distance off the tee. So, if you are a mid- to low-handicap golfers looking to take your golf game to the next level, then the Titleist TS3 is the driver for you.
 

Titleist TS3 Driver

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Pros

  • A club head design that helps to increase clubhead speed by up to 20%
  • The thinnest face that Titleist has ever made design purely for ball speed
  • SureFit adjustable weights allow players to customize the club for their optimal launch conditions

Cons

  • The Titleist TS3 is more expensive than comparable drivers on the market
  • Extra length in the shaft may lead to less control and accuracy for some players
  • Some players may prefer less options and customizability and may want to try the Titleist TS2 Driver
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9. TaylorMade M1 Driver

 


The TaylorMade M1 Driver is a well-known adjustable driver from 2016. The TaylorMade M1 Driver is the predecessor to the M3 and is one of the most forgiving drivers. It is a solid choice that many golfers have found ideal for their game. The M1 Driver uses 43% more carbon than its predecessor which provides the ultra-thin and ultra-light carbon composite crown with a lower center of gravity, which helps improve launch conditions and produce an increase in inertia.

It also features a weight-loaded sole, along with a newly renovated T-Track System. The T-Track System has a variety of adjustable weights to accommodate any golfer’s preference. The front track has a 15 g weight that helps players control a draw, neutral, or fade bias shot, while the rear track has a 10 g weight to adjust the launch and spin conditions of your drives. Both tracks offer forgiveness by giving golfers the chance to optimize the flight of the ball for more consistent drives. TaylorMade moved the center of gravity towards the face in the M1 to help maintain a higher ball speed across the clubface, resulting in an increase in forgiveness. The TaylorMade M1 Driver is a phenomenal club, perfect for anyone who’s looking for the very finest in golf technology.

TaylorMade M1 Driver

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Pros

  • When off center strikes occur, the ball will still have incredible distance
  • Very forgiving club and the spin rates are one of the lowest of any driver on the market
  • Tons of adjustability, players can choose both launch and shot settings

Cons

  • A little economically exensive, the M1 may be out of the budget of some golfers
  • Some players may be overwhelmed by all the options and complexity in the adjustability
  • On mis-hits the low spin may not provide the distance some players need
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10. TaylorMade M2 Driver

 


The TaylorMade M2 Driver is the predecessor to the M4. Similar to the M3 and M1 models, the M2 Driver is still a top choice for any player. The TaylorMade M2 Driver takes advantage of Geocoustic Technology, Inverted Cone Technology, and a Speed Pocket to create a huge sweet spot that provides amazing forgiveness, minimizes vibration, and optimizes ball trajectory.

The Inverted Cone Technology creates a broader sweet spot on the club face, which maximizes the driver’s inertia, limiting head twisting and minimizing the negative effects of mis-hits. Using the sunken sole shape, the Geocoustic Technology allows a larger club face with the added benefit of high-quality sound when the ball jumps off the face. The Speed Pocket functions as a springboard, giving you the ability to launch the ball on low-groove contact. These qualities combined make it one of the most forgiving drivers in golf today.

TaylorMade M2 Driver

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Pros

  • When off center strikes occur, the ball will still go straight and far
  • With a low launch and spin profile the ball can pick up some serious mileage once on the ground
  • One of the most forgiving drivers made by TaylorMade to date

Cons

  • A little costly, the M2 may be out of the budget of some golfers
  • There is no center of gravity adjustability like other similar drivers available on the market
  • Some players may not like the hard and hollow feel of the club
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What Driver Should You Buy?

Any of the 10 drivers listed above would be an excellent choice for golfers seeking a forgiving driver; keep in mind, each golfer is unique and you should consider your personal strengths and weaknesses when choosing which forgiving driver is best for you.

If you are consistent on your drives and need a driver with adjustability to get the most off the tee, then the TaylorMade M3, Callaway Rogue, Titleist TS3, and TaylorMade M1 drivers are the best choice.

Next, if you prefer a forgiving driver that doesn’t need adjustment and is easier to just pick up and swing, then the Titleist TS2, TaylorMade M4, Cobra King F8, and Cleveland Golf HB are the optimal choice.

And last, if budget is the primary factor in choosing a forgiving driver, then you would benefit from one of the proven versions of forgiving drivers that are still relevant today, such as the TaylorMade AeroBurner, M1, or M2 Drivers.

No matter how good of a fit any drivers on this list may seem, it’s best to try a club out for yourself before choosing which one to purchase. Testing out a few forgiving drivers in person before shopping online for the best deals allows you to gain confidence that your best tee shots are still ahead of you.

 

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