Choosing the best driver can mean the difference in attacking a flag to make birdie versus chipping out from behind a tree scrambling for par. Our Buyer Guides are constructed to help lead golfers to the best new golf clubs year after year.
We always suggest going and getting an in-person club fitting to see which is best driver for you individually for your best golf game. This Guide can serve as a launching point to help you ask the right questions and find the perfect club combo for your golf bag this season.
Top 10 Best Golf Drivers
What is the most important aspects about your driver?
Understanding why a new driver may be well suited to you is essential for knowing which best driver to select. While many driver can be adjusted or built to fit your specifications, swing speed, intrinsic properties of the various club heads lend themselves better to certain types of golfers. Generally, golfers that are very consistent with striking their best driver can afford to give up some forgiveness or moment of inertia (MOI). Higher handicap players often do better with more forgiving, higher lofted options and adjustable hosel.
The most important things to check when testing your new drivers are loft, lie, center of gravity, club head weight or swing weight, and its shaft and grip partners. Loft and the center of mass will have the largest influence over the launch angle and spin rate of your driver. Lie can often be responsible for direction influences either left or right. The weight of driver head often differs as well and adding or subtracting weight can change the fade bias and the way you swing that club. What shaft and grip you put in your new best driver should also be considered as significant improvements in your best golf.
Distance or Forgiveness?
While it is true that players should seek both distance and forgiveness, build design of different driver heads make them more likely to product one or the other. Drivers built for distance ball flight will often feature a center of gravity that is higher and further forward.
The shape of these drivers may be more compact and deeper than their more forgiving counterparts. Forgiving drivers will appear larger and more stretched out behind the golf ball and have a center of mass that is lower and further back.
How to know when you have your best fit?
An easy way to estimate if a driver is perfectly built for you is to compare your swing speed with the distance and ball flight you get on your best strikes. Largely, for every 1 mile per hour (mph) of swing speeds you can produce, you can expect about 2.5 yards of carry distance and 2.7 yards of total distance.
That means that if you swing your driver at 100 mph swing speed, you should be carrying the golf ball around 250 yards in the air and 270 yards will roll.
Best Golf Drivers for 2021
Callaway Epic Speed Driver
What happens when you use Artificial Intelligence to engineer a NEW formula for speed that doesn’t even seem possible? The answer is you get the Epic Speed, Callaway’s fastest Epic ever.
Epic Speed will change the industry forever with a simple equation that creates a profound impact on driver technology and performance. They not just making drivers; they are framing the future of speed.
Titleist TSI2 Driver
For players seeking incredible speed and accuracy across the entire surface of the face. Features a deeper, lower CG to maximize distance through Speed Optimized MOI design.
Accurately tuned for speed at every point of contact, TSi driver faces are constructed from ATI 425 Aerospace Titanium, a unique material that delivers superior strength, elasticity, and durability versus the conventional titanium alloys used in golf.
TaylorMade Sim2 Driver
Forged Ring Construction is the key that unlocks a new dimension in distance and forgiveness. Forged from a lightweight and high strength aluminum that is milled to an exacting shape, it unites a massive rear weight, a full carbon sole, crown and a new milled back cup face creating a driver designed for increased stability and forgiveness, giving golfers the confidence to take on any tee shot.
Ping G425 LST Driver
In the G425 driver series, the primary model is named Max as it elevates the moment of inertia (MOI) to PING’s highest level in history and provide golfers the most forgiving driver in golf. Joining the G425 Max are the LST (Low Spin Technology) and SFT (Straight Flight Technology) to best match a golfer’s swing and launch conditions.
A proprietary high-strength, precision-machined T9S+ forged face maximizes flexing to deliver fast ball speeds and more distance.
Cobra Radspeed XB Driver
The RADSPEED XB (Xtreme Back) Driver features an oversized shape (460cc) and a back-biased RADIAL WEIGHTING to deliver the fastest and straightest ball flight, low spin, and the most stability and forgiveness.
By increasing the distance between the front and back weights, we are able to create faster ball speed while maintaining forgiveness. A perfect balance of front and back RADIAL WEIGHTING delivers low spin for enhanced speed with maximum stability.
Srixon ZX5 Driver
Combine great looks, feel, and sound with a forgiving launch and confidence-inspiring address view. A larger footprint and flattened shape, along with a single sole weight placed low and deep, make ZX5 ideal for straight drives that launch high and carry far.
By focusing more energy into the golf ball, Rebound Frame’s unique structure increases ball speed and distance on every shot, especially center-face impacts.
Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo
Turbocharge your drives with the new Launcher HB Turbo. The Launcher HB Turbo Driver delivers more speed off the tee for avid golfers seeking higher, longer, and straighter drives. The new Turbocharged Cup Face, enhanced with a new variable face, provides higher COR over a larger impact area for increased ball speed and more distance.
The redesigned HiBore Crown lowers the center-of-gravity by 2.2mm, enabling a lower CG position, while the Ultralight Hosel redistributes weight low and deep for a higher launch and more forgiveness.
Mizuno ST-Z Driver
A balanced toe/heel carbon composite construction with deep central back weight – for spin efficient, straight-line ball flight. Built upon the 2nd generation of Mizuno’s Forged SAT2041 Beta Ti face – for potent ball speeds and consistent performance over time.
As a high strength Beta Ti, SAT2041 maintains its characteristics and resists micro fractures for longer than the commonly used 6-4 Ti.
Tour Edge Exotics C721 Driver
This ultra-premium driver is designed to have a perfected CG (Center of Gravity) location and extreme M.O.I. (Moment of Inertia) properties with the intent on making this Tour Edge’s most advanced driver ever produced.
This is being led by innovation breakthroughs by Tour Edge, most notably the new Diamond Face 2.0 and the Ridgeback support system that provides the ultimate in power and feel.
Wilson D9 Driver
Hundreds of face geometries were simulated in order to create a driver that could deliver higher ball speeds, maximum distance and incredible forgiveness. With a huge sweet spot that extends out towards the toe and heel, the D9 driver is always on, even when you’re a little off.Every millimeter of the D9 driver has been honed for performance.
Every millimeter of the D9 driver has been honed for performance. By dividing the face into a series of fractal zones, each tuned for explosive distance, our Peak Kinetic Response Face optimizes both forgiveness and ball speed.
Golfers often categorize drivers based on their playing ability. The better idea is to base what driver you play on how you deliver the golf club and what the strengths of your game are. With technology taking huge part in creating the best drivers on the market for sure new drivers will be little bit better even less forgiving than last year models. If you can readily control the swing path and club face of your driver then opting for a lower spinning option can have you hitting wedges into par-4s and irons into par-5s.
If you are high handicapper or struggle with either swing speed or control then choosing the stretched, more forgiving drivers can help keep you in play and make golf more enjoyable. Either way, go test these newest clubs yourself and find something you love to look at, enjoy the sound of, and gives you the best numbers!