If you're looking for amazing distance, forgiveness and consistency off the tee, then check out our top picks for the best golf drivers.
We reviewed over 40 drivers for this article and have selected clubs for low, mid and high handicappers alike.
Let’s jump into our Best Golf Drivers review and find out which is best for you and why!
Best Golf Driver
Below are our top picks for golf drivers by category.
- Best Overall: Callaway Epic Speed Driver
- Pro's Choice: Titleist TSi2 Driver
- Editor's Choice: Taylormade SIM2 Driver
- Best Driver for Mid-Handicappers: Callaway Epic Flash
- Best Driver for High-Handicappers: Srixon Z785 Driver
- Best Driver for Seniors / Slow Swing Speeds: PXG Offset driver
- Best Driver for Beginners: Taylormade Sim Max D driver
Best Golf Drivers
1. Callaway Epic Speed Driver
Callaway Epic Speed is the latest addition to the Callaway family in 2021. Callaway have once again chosen to use artificial intelligence in its product design. An improvement on the original Jail break now termed Speed Frame along with Flash Face SS21 technology.
A range of 3 different driver heads make up the stable: The standard model (Epic Speed), which works for the majority of golfers. The Max provides higher launch and draw bias. And lastly, the Epic Max LS which is aimed for the elite player and is Callaway’s low launch, low spin driver for players with faster swing speeds.
2. Titleist TSi2 Driver
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Earlier in 2021, Titleist took a huge step forward with their drivers.
Light, flexible and really strong titanium that delivers on increased forgiveness and playability. The TSi2 has the shallower face of the two models and suits the mid to high handicap.
The TSi3 favours the low to mid handicap and aimed at those who are consistent in shot shape and launch.
3. Taylormade SIM2 Driver
Almost the entire head of the new SIM2 has been replaced with carbon fiber except for the clubface making it exceptionally lightweight.
Three models to choose from:
The SIM2 provides low launch and aimed at low handicaps. SIM2 Max looks similar, but offers higher launch - also aimed at low handicap players.
Lastly, the SIM2 Max D provides the highest launch and highest forgiveness aimed at mid to high handicapper.
4. Callaway Epic Flash
Callaway have leveraged the qualities that made the Epic such a hit, and harnessed this with something bigger and better.
The Epic Flash is even longer than its predecessor the Epic and whilst the colours are similar in terms of green finish, the Flash looks just that much better. Incredibly long off the tee leading the way in terms of carry and total distance over competitors.
The laser etched lines on clubface provide enhanced alignment over the ball helping golfers align the golf ball directly in middle of Flash face.
The adjustable sliding weight at the rear of clubhead as well as adjustable hosel provide ample customization in terms of weight and loft.
The Callaway stable is ever growing on Tour and the Flash is undoubtedly a winner.
5. Cobra F9 SpeedBack
There is practically nothing we can knock with the Cobra F9 Speedback.
As Rickie Fowler himself stated “it is business on the top and a party down below”. A funky looking driver that looks and feels fantastic, not to mention the performance factor.
Ticking the boxes in terms of overall distance, consistency of distance, shot dispersion as well as shot shape; the F9 provides superb value for money.
Cobra have pitched the F9 at roughly $50 less than most competitors and those in the market for a new driver should certainly shortlist this bad boy!
6. Srixon Z785 Driver
The 60 day money back guarantee from Srixon vouches for the fact they are that confident in the Z785.
It is top class in terms of shot dispersion and overall distance even on mis-strikes due to the larger hitting area aiding the beginner golfer or higher handicapper.
A good looking all black clubhead that sits perfectly at address. Not to mention the highly adjustable hosel that golfers can fiddle with to match their preferred settings and offer enduring value over time.
7. Taylormade M6 Driver
The M6 was launched in tandem with the M5, and, primarily, is the more forgiving of the two. A natural successor to the M4, if you like.
This is underpinned by the Twist Face, which, like the M5, compensates off-centre hits with spin to limit the effects of the imperfect strike. But it isn’t just about accuracy – we couldn’t believe how far our mishits were still travelling. This can partly be attributed to weight savings in the sole, which in turn deepens CG – despite a tall-ish face.
A lower degree of adjustability with the M6 may turn heads towards the M5 instead. But this is still a fantastic club, which suits pretty much any player. And the fact that it comes in $50 - $60 cheaper than the M5 doesn’t hurt either.
8. Titleist TSi3
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The TSi3 has a new look about it that may not win everyone over. But the deeper-set center of gravity adds to the noticeable enhancement in forgiveness when compared to the 917D3.
The new cutting-edge weight cylinder (referred to as the SureFit CG adjustable weight) within the sole, which can be adjusted so as to optimize trajectory, direction, shape and alignment at impact, is a fine addition to the pre-existing Surefit Hosel for loft and lie settings.
9. Ping G400
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The Ping G400 is simply incredible.
Again Dragonfly technology has been used to lighten the crown and move center of gravity lower in the clubhead to provide maximum distance and consistency. Not to mention forgiveness.
Whether you’re a low single figure handicap or high teens, this is a great fit and at $400 it’s a fair bit of money, but still beats a couple of competitors comfortably price-wise.
10. Taylormade M5 Driver
The M5 is super-fast thanks due to the Twist Face technology and is as close as you’ll get to the legal clubface limit. Whilst very similar to the M3, Taylormade have fine-tuned it opting for a matte black crown as well as a slightly deeper clubface to promote less spin and increase distance.
The M5 is more adjustable and slightly more expensive than the M6, but it screams power and is targeted at the better player. Rory, Tiger and Jon Rahm all have the M5 in their bag which definitely tells you something.
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Golf Drivers - Buyers Guide
1. Build Quality
So much technology to squeeze into one small piece of equipment! It’s almost frightening when you think of the level of expertise club manufacturers are sourcing in order to steal a march in this competitive marketplace, and years of design and testing goes into it. There isn’t a lot separating the best drivers on the market in this regard, given that they all generally make use of the most cutting edge composite materials. All you need to do is identify the properties and benefits each element of the club exudes, and assess how valuable these will be to your game.
2. Control and Performance
This one is the biggest challenge of all. How to marry forgiveness, distance and the ability to work the ball, all into one? I daresay no club can perfect all three in one go, but many make a good fist of it. Often it depends on ability and/or swing speed, but it’s probably best to prioritise those three criteria, and then go from there. Once you have a clear idea of what’s most important to you, it becomes much easier to disseminate between the drivers that may suit you and the ones which probably won’t.
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3. Design and Appearance
Appearance may not be the be all and end all, but there’s plenty to be said for addressing the ball, looking down at your club, and feeling the part. It just sets the tone, and helps to make you feel comfortable. And design, of course, is another animal altogether. Do you like grand pianos or smaller heads? Flex? Versatility? These are all things to think about when mulling over the look and feel of a driver.
4. Value for Money
If you want the best, you’ve got to be willing to pay for it. That’s an important predisposition to have, otherwise the price tags below will frighten you away. But be smart here: this is the sort of purchase which can serve you for five-plus years. That’s barely more than $50 a year dedicated to the most important club for your most important pastime! So don’t skimp on quality – just be absolutely sure that you’ve found it first, and that your hard-earned dollars are going towards a cause that will be worthy for you.