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Best Golf Drivers

Best for Distance
Cobra 2018 Golf Men's King F8 Driver

Best for Affordability
TaylorMade M4 Driver

Best for Beginners
TaylorMade 2017 M2 Men's Driver 460cc

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The best golf drivers are now more affordable than before. Cobra, TailorMade and Cleveland Golf are just a few of the brands which now offer affordable drivers made with high-quality materials for the ultimate performance on the green. One driver is never going to be enough for most players. However, purchasing one at a time might create a nice golf driver’s collection even for the most dedicated golfers.

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  • 1

    Cobra 2018 Golf Men's King F8 Driver

Made with high precision, the driver comes in attractive black and grey options. As a 2018 release, it comes with new materials and new technologies. Among them, carbon insertions seem to balance it out the best. 2 shaft options are available here and the drivers are known for their balanced weight in both options.

A CNC milled face design is one of the main attractions of the driver. It represents a solid material made by hand to high precision. The thinner face material gets plenty of praise from all users, especially by those who’ve tried previous year’s drivers.

Dual roll technology implements 2 curvatures across the face. These areas are separated in top and bottom curvatures for the ultimate golfing results. Optimized launch and spin is the result of these design variations.

Thin carbon fiber crowns have been added to the Cobra King drivers. Most golfers ensure they get this driver for the lower center of gravity and the improved spin which comes with it. They also say the driver comes with improved an improved forgiving driver profile. Ball flight is a bit better with a lower center of gravity for those just starting out.

PROS

Made with Dual Roll technology

Head shape designed with a carbon fiber crown

Made with a lower center of gravity

CONS

Sharp edges around the clubface

  • 2

    TaylorMade M4 Driver

TailorMade’s M4 is made to reach the distance. With added flexibility and thinner materials, the driver now represents a stepping stone from entry-level products towards professional-grade gold drivers.

A new face angle has been designed to correct side spin and for straighter shots. The redesigned face offers to improve reliability on long shots. TwistFace is the technology implemented by TaylorMade here. This technology represents the corrective design on off-center mishits. Players with improving skills show the most appreciative feedback on the new face design as a result.

Geocustic explosive sound has been created to make the driver sound better as well. Advanced sole shaping has made the driver considerably more maneuverable. The redesigned sole frees up more space on the driver’s face as well. Its sweet spot is 67% larger than on the previous year’s design as a result.

PROS

Made with a larger driver face

Redesigned sole

Improved acoustics

CONS

Similar M2 performance

  • 3

    TaylorMade SIM MAX Driver

The TaylorMade SIM MAX Driver has a revolutionary new shape with aerodynamic sole and inertia generator is designed for the most critical stage of the swings, and positions weight to provide faster clubhead speed for more ball speed and distance while the rear weight creates high MOI for improved forgiveness. It is also strategically angled to reduce drag on the downswing.

It also has intelligently optimized C.O.R. due to its Speed Injected technology that improves ball speed across the face by calibrating each head to the threshold of the legal speed limit. TaylorMade’s revolutionary face curvature reduces sidespin and delivers straighter shots on off-center strikes. This revolutionary driver reeks of technology, as it also features the Twist Face technology that uses a corrective face angle designed to overcome inherent golfer tendencies on mis-hits. It also provides straighter shots while providing a larger face for more confidence.

The TaylorMade SIM Max Driver is made of carbon, titanium, and steel that comprises the multi-material construction that creates a head design where weight is positioned precisely in the head for ultra-low CG and high MOI. Its two-degree loft sleeve, on the other hand, provides adjustability and personalization to optimize the club for each trajectory and face angle preferences.

Those who have used this driver are having the best experience, saying it is very forgiving and could add at least 10 yards on their drives! It is also easier to use because it is lightweight and very comfortable, and also a great choice for the mid to higher handicap players. Though it is a bit pricey compared to other drivers, it is worth every penny.

PROS

Multi-material construction with carbon, titanium and steel

Improves ball speed across the face

Reduces sidespin and delivers straighter shots on off-center strikes

CONS

A little bit expensive

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    TaylorMade M6 Driver (460cc)

The M6 is another top performer from TaylorMade. Representing one of the main attractions of the manufacturer, it features characteristics such as a new face design based on speed injected construction and a new carbon sole design.

Made with a larger 460cc head, the driver is now easier to handle for those new to the sport. But the extra size didn’t include the extra weight. The driver is now lighter and some of the weight reduction is based on the newly redesigned carbon materials.

TwistFace revolutionary face curvature design for off-center shots is what attracts most players to the driver. The technology is used on other TaylorMade releases and it proves to add the curvature and ball responsiveness with a higher trajectory and top swing speed performance.

Injected construction for enhanced clubhead speed is what makes the driver a top design when pushing the limits and personal records. This construction allows TaylorMade to make the driver with a bit higher precision than with its CNC alternatives such as those from Rogue.

A low carbon sole weight with a lower center of gravity has been added to the driver. The new material follows the trend of modern drivers and it combines the responsiveness of hard material with the lightweight nature of carbon fibers.

PROS

Made with a carbon sole

Designed to enhance launch height

Performs faster based on the new sole

CONS

Only suitable for low spin rates

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    TaylorMade M3 Driver 460cc

The M3 with all of its variations such as the adjustable loft and choice of shaft flex is another top performer from the brand. It’s probably hard to replace for those who play a bit more often than other golfers. Its balance and durability are above average. But the face’s design and the trajectory is what makes it popular. Found in all golf stores based on its popularity, it is the type of driver to choose if there would only be one low center of gravity design to play with for years.

Corrective face technology with curvature makes it considerably better over traditional old school drivers. The new face curvature is made to correct a human error which often leads to misses, especially with shots closer to the heel of the toe. A toe strike may take a Titleist golf ball too much inwards while a heel strike might take it too outside. Both of these trajectories are corrected by the redesigned face with its improve responsiveness.

Made for low spin shots, the driver is made to reach the distance. On short shots, it might not be the best performer. But it certainly goes the distance when compared to other top long-trajectory releases.

Straight shots going further away also mean many players are now able to take their skills further as well. There’s no point in hitting the same old drivers hoping for those extra few yards with lower spin. TaylorMade shows it can be done and the driver can adjust some human errors on off-center shots.

PROS

Made with a redesigned face

New sole slot

Made for higher ball speed

CONS

15 grams heavier than the M4

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    Callaway Golf 2018 Rogue Driver

If you’re looking for exceptional ball speed, the rogue Driver from Callaway delivers this from a combination of its Jailbreak Technology and X-Face VFT. In addition to this is the MOI for a breakthrough in driver performance. Using this driver will make every golfer wanting more ball speed and forgiveness due to its Triaxial Carbon crown which is the largest ever carbon composite crown surface area in any Callaway driver. It also has the new high-MOI shape with a larger address footprint combine to help increase stability and forgiveness.

The Callaway Rogue Driver has the premium shaft selection at multiple weights; you may choose from 40g, 50g, 60g, 70g, and 80g weights by Aldila, Synergy, Even Flow, HZRDS Yellow, Project X, and UST.

Users of the Rogue Driver advise that you have to be sure to get fitted first in an accurate system before making a purchase as new drivers have a low spin rate if you don’t get a higher loft than you may be used to. Other than that, this driver does everything it has to do, and will surely give you longer and straighter drives.

PROS

Very forgiving

Faster ball speeds

Great feel and distance

CONS

Needs to be fitted first before making a purchase

  • 7

    Cleveland Golf Launcher Turbo Driver

If you’re looking for a high launch driver that has a total weight of 300 grams and with a D4 swing weight, look no further! Cleveland Golf Launcher Turbo has all that in store for you. It has a redesigned HI Bore Crown that lowers the center of gravity (CG) by 2.2mm which enables a lower CG position for an optimal launch condition.

This driver also delivers more speed by its deep weighting where the discretionary mass savings positioned for significant increases to MOI. It also has an ultra-light hostel for internal and external weight reduction, redistributed low and deep for higher launch and more forgiveness. The driver is also revolutionized with the MIYAZAKI C. Kuma, the CG is relocated higher toward the grip that enables additional head mass and increased MOI.

PROS

Provides higher COR over a larger impact area

Redesigned HI Bore Crown lowers the CG by 2. 2mm

High launch driver

Could help improve golf game by 75%

CONS

Could be a bit noisy when used

  • 8

    TaylorMade 2017 M2 Men's Driver 460cc

The M2 is TaylorMade’s alternative to those who want to make the carbon jump. While its performance is good, its sound may be a turn off considering just how loud it is. Some golfers place their loudness over to the multi-layer carbon construction and the sole design which now continues further towards the back.

A 6-layer carbon crown is what makes the driver a solid performer. Without a doubt, it manages to accelerate the shot considerably improving both distance and trajectory. The sole has been pulled to the back and the center of gravity designed lower so that the driver head would be capable of delivering higher trajectories.

Added forgiveness due to sole expansion is another reason why many golf players still consider it today. Without the need to invest in expensive drivers to see forgiveness on imprecise shots, the driver is among the leaders of affordability to performance ratio such as with the Ping 410 Plus, Ping G400 driver or the Titleist TS3.

Shipped with a Fujikura XL48 shaft, the driver also includes premium accessories. It might be the first contact with a Fujikura shaft for many players but the right short stock shafts are a good match to the larger driver head.

PROS

Made with improved forgiveness

Ships with a premium shaft

Designed with aerodynamic 6-layer carbon head

CONS

A bit too loud compared to the M3

  • 9

    Pinemeadow PGX Offset Golf Fairway Woods

The fairway wood is a top performer in a category of products which is atypical. Those who haven’t tried such a wood before are certainly going to be surprised to see the straight trajectory and the distance it delivers.

Fairway wood with anti-slice technology impresses those on a budget who need straight shots in certain scenarios. If your rangefinder shows the perfect straight direction to the flag with decent elevation, this is the wood to choose for the shot.

Straight shots even with a sliced design mean a driver is a valuable option in the golf bag of any serious player. Yes, its design is not perfect. For example, the grip hasn’t been received with too much enthusiasm. But players overlook its design based on the performance.

The fairway woods come with a long USGA shaft. It takes some time to get used to it and many said it’s a design flop. However, none of the players returned the wood and this speaks volumes about its performance.

PROS

Made for pure straight shots

Delivers extra yardage

Includes a headcover

CONS

Long shaft

  • 10

    Cobra Men's Fly-Z Driver

The affordable alternative of the 2017 King F7 golf club, the Fly-Z is made for speed. Those who don’t want to spend too much on a driver may consider it for all types of shots.

However, it’s with speed shots that it performs the best among Amazon releases. Part of its performance is based on its design and materials’ interpretation. For example, it comes with a thin perimeter around the face that changes its physics. It allows the driver to perform with higher speeds and players to break personal records.

There’s also weight removed from the face which means the center of gravity is already shifted more towards the back to add a bit of power to the shots. Together with the new face design, it delivers distance results with any balls such as those from Mizuno.

PROS

It delivers extra speed

Forged E9 face design

Made with a graphite shaft

CONS

Not as subtle as the Cobra 2017 King F7

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    TaylorMade Men's M2 460cc Driver

This driver is the main option from TaylorMade in an increased face surface category. It allows those with improving skills to constantly work on their skills with its unmatched forgiveness.

There might not be much else to the driver. However, those who need to improve their skills in straight trajectory and distance shots might not need anything extra. However, it doesn’t guarantee straight results with every shot. It also suffers in terms of durability when compared to other TaylorMade releases such as the TaylorMade M5 or the Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero.

PROS

Made for top forgiveness

Impressive face surface

Adjustable loft

CONS

Not the most versatile driver

Frequently Asked Questions


What are the best drivers in golf?

TaylorMade, Cobra and Cleveland Golf make some of the best drivers in golf. However, its design might mask some of the lacking skills of modern players. All golfers should try and master their shots as good as possible before investing in a top driver.

What are drivers in golf?

Drivers are also called number 1 woods. They have the longest shaft and the largest head in the game. Its specifically made to hit the ball the furthest from the tee.