Best Golf Drivers 2019 – Expert Review Of The Best Drivers

Welcome to our Best Golf Drivers 2019 review.

In a hurry? Our top pick for 2019 is the Callaway Epic Flash. If you're looking for amazing distance, forgiveness and consistency, then the Epic Flash is an awesome driver. 

For golfers who are looking for a game improvement driver then we recommend the Cobra F9 SpeedBack. Cobra have really pull the stops out to create a mass market driver for the mid to low handicapper. It's also more affordable than the other big brands.

Finally, for higher handicapper we highly recommend checking out the Srixon Z785. This driver has a larger sweet-spot to help high handicap players achieve more consistent drives with lower shot dispersion.

If you are just beginning golf we recommend you check out our review of the beginners golf clubs.

Let’s jump into our Best Golf Drivers review and find out which is best for you and why!

Other Club Reviews: Beginner Drivers | Irons | Game Improvement Irons | Fairway Woods | Hybrids | Wedges | Putters

Best Golf Drivers

1. Callaway Epic Flash

Callaway Epic Flash Driver

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.

Pros

  • Exceptionally long
  • Despite its length, the Flash is super straight with limited shot dispersion during testing
  • Laser etched lines on the clubface are very cool and also provide enhanced alignment at address
  • Looks fantastic from all angles, but particularly from the top at address

Cons

  • Sound off the clubface isn’t the best, slightly ‘carbony’ at impact

2. Cobra F9 SpeedBack

cobra f9 driver

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!

Pros

  • Unconventionally good looking even though a splash of yellow on the sole. Bold and funky
  • Hugely consistent in terms of shot dispersion and led the way in our tests
  • Notable increase in ball speed from its predecessor, the F8.
  • Great value for money coming in at a suggested retail of $449 and fair bit lower than competitors

Cons

  • Crown is slightly on the busy side which may not appeal to the classic design lover

3. Srixon Z785

srixon z785

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.

Pros

  • Very consistent in terms of shot shape, dispersion and distance primarily due to the larger hitting area on clubface
  • Hugely variable hosel which allows the better player in particular to customize loft and lie to very specific settings
  • The all black finish is attractive and classy and sits well behind the golf ball at address
  • 60 Day money back guarantee from Srixon shows their confidence in this model

Cons

  • Not one of the longest drivers we tested as well as not carrying as far in comparison to some of the ‘bigger’ players in the market
  • Only one model stock shaft to choose from which could be an issue for some players

4. Taylormade M6

taylormade m6

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.

Pros

  • Speed injection of resin into every face which stiffens flexibility and maximises legal limit
  • Lower spinning than its predecessor (M4) providing incredible distance
  • Sounds beautiful not to mention how good it feels at impact

Cons

  • Despite being long off the tee it is not exceptionally forgiving, particularly for the higher handicapper
  • Not the best looking driver on the market, the grey/matte black crown is a touch bland

5. Titleist TS3

titleist ts3

The TS3 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.

Pros

  • Huge emphasis on reducing the weight in head having thin titanium crown and laser etched grooves
  • An increase in the MOI has had a significant effect on the forgiveness on off-centre strikes
  • Sounds good off the clubface primarily due to the elimination of ARC
  • Adjustable weights in sole to primarily promote either a fade or draw

Cons

  • Overall size of the clubhead is massive and some traditionalists will prefer slightly smaller
  • It’s forgiving in terms of still providing decent distance, but in terms of shot dispersion it was one of the weaker drivers we tested

6. Ping G400

ping-g400-review

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.

Pros

  • Wonderful forgiveness due to lowered center of gravity
  • The turbulators on the crown give it a really aerodynamic look
  • Really solid feel through impact and a noticeable improvement on some previous Ping models
  • Adjustable hosel allowing for optimum adjustments in terms of ideal launch

Cons

  • $400 is still a little pricey, but then again – this is proper value!

7. Taylormade M5

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.

Pros

  • Produces a consistent high launch with low spin for increased carry.
  • Massive adjustability in the sole that alters the spin, launch and shot shape
  • The TwistFace technology and resin injection push legal limit and provide huge distance
  • The grey titanium and black matte carbon finish on the crown helps aligns the clubhead up effectively to the ball and target

Cons

  • You need to know what you’re doing when fiddling with the adjustability track, can be quite complex
  • A touch pricey, but that said has plenty to offer

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.

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.

Mike fell in love with the game from a very early age – a passion that hasn’t diminished ever since. He earned provincial colors throughout his junior years, but by the time he reached Varsity, the realization set in (thanks largely to some cold ales) that it was time to favor the pen rather than his clubs. He now writes for GA along with a few other sources.

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