There’s a few things to think about before making your purchase and I’ll show you what’s most important – you’ll see my top picks for the year too.
How To Pick The Perfect Driver
Selecting this club can be a little complicated. Here’s a video that sums everything up:
Not too bad, right? Here’s a few things I look for when purchasing a driver:
- Loft: The loft creates the backspin of a ball and helps it travel farther. If you swing around 75 mph (the average of male amateurs) you should pick a driver with a loft around 12 degrees – the slower you swing the more loft you will need. Most clubs on this list come in many different lofts to suit your needs.
- Flex Point: A flex point is where the shaft bends when swinging. If you have a slower swing you want a lower flex point; this will help get the ball in air. Fast swingers want a high flex point – they’ll get the ball high in the air because of the backspin they generate.
- Your Own Skill Level: Sometimes I see beginners overthinking this purchase. All you should be worried about when starting out is getting the ball in the air and hitting it straight. Distance and more technical aspects of the game will come as you play more and more. Entry level golfers should go for a moderately priced driver with a larger head (bigger sweet spot) and higher loft. More advanced golfers can spend more and consider more specific features.
So now that you know what to consider, let’s take a look at my top picks now.
Taylormade M1 440cc Driver
The M1 440cc is Taylormade’s newest driver and it’s one skilled golfers will love. It certainly isn’t cheap, at around $499, but worth it if you have that to spend. It has all the latest technologies built into it, including:
- Light carbon materials and titanium body
- Inverted Cone technology which maximizes speed and forgiveness
- Fujikura Pro XLR8 enhances kick speed for high launches
I’ve played with a lot of clubs in my life – some good, some not so good. I can say, with 100% certainty, this is one of the best drivers I have ever played with. It gives you such a sweet and smooth swing. If you’re looking to improve your game (and maybe make your friends jealous), I would strongly consider this club.
Cobra King F7+ Driver
The Cobra King F7+ is another product skilled golfers will love (they come in an awesome iron set too!). This driver is very unique because you can adjust the head’s center of gravity. It has three settings and you can tune the CG to the front, center or heel – this gives you compete control over ball flight and distance. Additionally, this club features:
- Oversized head and carbon fiber materials for maximum forgiveness
- Titanium face that increases ball speed
- Adjustable loft settings for even more control
The F7+ will cost around $350. This isn’t bad when you consider all that you’re getting. It’s like buying three drivers in one!
Tour Edge Bazooka Driver
Company: Tour Edge
The Tour Edge Bazooka is inexpensive (under $99) and perfect for intermediate and beginner golfers. It’s perfect for these players because it has a very large sweet spot which minimizes the effects of bad contact. As someone who’s hit a lot of bad drives I can vouch for how helpful this can be. Also, you’ll be happy it comes with:
- Graphite shaft that is flexible and will give you extra torque
- Lightweight design that will improve swing speed
- Helps you get the ball in air more consistently
I wish I had a driver like this when I first started playing – it would have saved me a lot of frustration.
Nike Vapor Fly Driver
You may have heard Nike won’t be making golf equipment anymore which is a shame. I liked their gear a lot and their Vapor Fly Driver is an excellent product; I know people that have a straighter swing because of it. Some of my favorite features include:
- Low center of gravity and lighter design for quicker swings
- Flybeam Structure that stiffens the club for maximum impact
- Adjustable loft for added customization
This driver is fairly priced, at around $179, too. This is one of the best values on the market and is perfect for golfers of all levels.
Taylormade M2 460cc Driver
You already saw the Taylormade M1 and here’s the M2; it’s slightly cheaper ($299) and is another high performing piece of equipment (you should check out the m2 hybrid and m2 fairway wood too!) Like most drivers on this list you can choose what loft best suits you. This makes it perfect for all golfers, regardless of skill. Also, you’ll like:
- The large sweet spot and high MOI which limits the effects of a bad shot
- Lightweight design that is enjoyable to swing
- Very durable and will last many rounds
You’ll have a hard time finding a better product at this price. If you decide to purchase this club you can expect a farther and straighter drive, that’s for sure.
Cobra King LTD Driver
Here we have another top of the line Cobra driver. The LTD allows for the most control possible and you can adjust between 8 different loft settings. Some other awesome features include:
- Space Port technology that is very forgiving and gives you extra distance on your shots
- A very large sweet spot
- Comfortable grip
This product comes with an Arccos stack tracker that tracks the distances of all your drives – not bad for $300.
Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Driver
If you’ve played golf long enough you’ve come across a Callaway ball or club. Their Big Bertha Fusion is one of the most well known and loved drivers on earth. You know with a name like Big Bertha it has a large head and massive sweet spot. It also comes with:
- Titanium exoskeleton that gives it a unique and unparalleled feel
- UST Recoil ES Shaft let’s you unload on the ball during your downswing
- Very forgiving and will straighten out bad shots
This club features all different lengths, flexes and lofts too. No matter your age, size or skill level you can find a version of Big Bertha that will suit you perfectly.
Taylormade AeroBurner Driver
The Aeroburner is one of the most affordable drivers from Taylormade – it doesn’t give up much in the performance department either. You get the option to choose the exact stiffness and loft you want, as well as:
- Aerodynamic design that gives you a very fast swing speed
- Alignment aids which help with shot accuracy
- Lightweight and easy to swing
If you want a driver for under $200 this is a product you must consider. It will be hard to find a better one for that price.
Titleist 917D2 Driver
This is one the most expensive drivers on the list and comes from golf giant Titleist. There’s a reason the 917D2 costs around $499 – it’s high quality. Do you need this if you’re new to the game or don’t take your game very seriously? Of course not. But if you’re a skilled golfer or actively trying to become one, I would consider this club. Some of my favorite features include:
- A lightweight feel and massive head to your crush your drives with
- Graphite shaft that is very flexible and adds some torque
- Limits shanks and keeps your shots straight
Many people won’t pay $499 for a driver and I can understand that. Others, though, realize the importance of having the best gear possible and will happily pay extra if it’s worth it. If you’re the latter you’ll be very satisfied with your purchase.
Tour Edge Hot Launch 2
Company: Tour Edge
The Tour Edge Hot Launch 2 is a fairly priced driver that performs well – it costs under $180. I personally love how forgiving this club is and the:
- Deep center of gravity that helps you launch the ball
- Adjustable loft settings that makes it perfect for all skill levels
- Large head and sweet spot
I’ve had drivers break on the first day and that won’t happen with the Launch 2. It will last many swings and you’ll definitely get your money’s worth.
Cobra Fly-Z Driver
The Cobra Fly-Z is perfect for beginners and intermediate golfers. Like many drivers it has an adjustable loft setting that gives you a lot of control. Besides having an awesome price (under $170), this club features:
- Forged E9 Zone Face that decreases weight and increases swing speed
- Helps keep your ball straight and out of the woods
- Balanced and easy to grip
The Fly-Z may not have all the bells and whistles of the more expensive products on this list but it’s still a well made, and quality product.
Wilson Staff Fg Tour F5
I play with Wilson gear in a lot of different sports – I know from firsthand experience the type of quality and performance their products deliver. Their Staff FG Tour F5 is a high end product and has a lot of awesome features, including:
- Developed and tested for and by professional golfers
- Titanium face that increases responsiveness and feel
- 6 loft settings to give you more control
There are a few clubs all gifted and serious golfers should consider and this is one of them. It will give these players exactly what they want out of a driver.
Tour Edge Exotics EX9 Driver
Company: Tour Edge
Last on the list is the Tour Edge Exoctics Ex9 and is another product serious golfers should consider. It’s not overly expensive at around $230 and gives you a lot of options between flex and loft. I know you’ll like the:
- Large club head that makes hitting bombs much easier
- PSI Power Grid that helps you launch the ball into the air
- Allows for maximum ball feel
If you decide on this club I know you’ll be happy with it – you’ll get nice shots all day long.
Don’t Cost Yourself Stroke This Year!
I know how frustrating golf can be. I really, really do. I also know how much fun and how satisfying it can be. There’s not many feelings that compare to launching a ball straight down the fairway. If you want that feeling often you’re going to need a quality driver – like the ones on this list. No matter your skill or budget there’s a product here for you and I hope you decide on one of them.
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