Best Golf Drivers 2016 – Go Big or Go Home!

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As part of our Best Golf Drivers 2016 Review we assessed 10 of the leading drivers on the market in 2016.

We tried to keep our selection pretty broad in terms of handicap suitability, but admittedly, most of the drivers featured below are for low single figure to mid-teen handicaps.

If you are just beginning golf or are a high handicapper we recommend you check out our review of the Best Golf Clubs for Beginners and High Handicappers.

Let’s jump into our Best Golf Drivers 2016 review and find out which is best for you and why!

Looking for our 2017 selection, check out our Best Golf Drivers 2017 Review.

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Our Editor’s Choice for the Best Driver for 2016 is the Taylormade M1. If you are in any doubt, go with the M1 – it’s versatile, long and very well built!

Best Golf Drivers 2016

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Assessment Criteria

The last 18 months have seen a plethora of new drivers enter the market. Features like adjustability are now standard across even the most basic of ranges.

With the huge variety of offerings on the market, the most challenging aspect we had was choosing a comprehensive set of drivers to review. We initially cast the net wide, but quickly whittled the list down to our view of the 10 best golf drivers available on the market at the moment.

Below you can find a side-by-side comparison of our list of best golf drivers for 2016.

All drivers were put to the test against our standard assessment model, where we looked at 5 key aspects: Design and Appearance, Build Quality, Control / Feel, Performance and Value for Money. Individual scores of each of these aspects was then aggregated to give an overall assessment score, as follows:

Overall Mark Score Description
Excellent A+ 9.6 – 10 Stop the clock and buy now. This piece of equipment will change your game.
Excellent A 9.0 – 9.5 Superb piece of gear. Amazing quality, performance and value for money.
Great B+ 8.6 – 8.9 Great offering. This piece of gear won’t let you down.
Good B 8.0 – 8.5 Solid piece of gear with only minor issues to criticise.
Average C+ 7.6 – 7.9 Adequate offering, but not the best value for money.
Average C 7.0 – 7.5 Not the most exciting piece of gear, seek alternatives.
Weak D+ 6.6 – 6.9 Leaves lots to be desired. You can do a lot better.
Weak D 6.0 – 6.5 Steer well clear of this gear. Not worth the money!

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Side-by-Side Comparison of all Drivers

Below is a side-by-side comparison of the 10 drivers we reviewed in our Best Golf Drivers for 2016 assessment. To read our detailed individual reviews just click on your driver of choice!

Image DescriptionScore Offers
Best seller
Callaway Great Big Bertha Driver Review

Callaway Great Big Bertha Driver Review

The Callaway Great Big Bertha Driver Review was a whole lot of fun and one thing is for certain. Callaway have ...

$199 $349 Buy It Now
Editor choice
2 Taylormade M1 Driver Review

Taylormade M1 Driver Review

On this page you’ll find our detailed assessment of the Taylormade M1 Driver, the pros and cons, and a side-by-side ...

$369 $499 Buy It Now
3 Titleist 915D2 Driver Review

Titleist 915D2 Driver Review

On this page you’ll find our detailed assessment of the Titleist 915D2 Driver. The pros and cons, and a ...

$299 $449 Buy It Now
4 Ping G Driver Review

Ping G Driver Review

In our Ping G Driver Review we're confident to say that this driver is the meanest looking club available on the ...

Best value
5 Taylormade M2 Driver Review

Taylormade M2 Driver Review

We recently completed our Taylormade M2 Driver Review, which points out the valuable benefits of the slightly ...

$299 $399 Buy It Now
Best price
6 Callaway XR 16 Driver Review

Callaway XR 16 Driver Review

Our Callaway XR 16 Driver Review was as interesting as they can get. What we've learnt regarding the partnership ...

$269 $349 Buy It Now
7 Cobra King F6 Driver Review

Cobra King F6 Driver Review

This week we conducted our Cobra King F6 driver review. One thing is for certain, every club that Cobra designs ...

$198 $399 Buy It Now
8 Nike Vapor Fly Driver Review

Nike Vapor Fly Driver Review

Our Nike Vapor Fly Driver Review can be summarized in three words: Unique, Long and Affordable. From the ...

$179 $350 Buy It Now
9 Mizuno JPX-850 Driver Review

Mizuno JPX-850 Driver Review

Our recently completed Mizuno JPX-850 Driver Review shows just how far adjustable driver technology has come. ...

10 Srixon Z 745 Driver Review

Srixon Z 745 Driver Review

Our recent Srixon Z 745 Driver review established that this particular driver is targeted at the lower handicap ...

$149 $399 Buy It Now
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Brief Overview of Top 3 Golf Drivers for 2016

Taylormade M1 Driver

The Taylormade M1 Driver is our Editor’s Choice for Drivers in 2016.

The workability and playability of the M1 is quite simply, superb!

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Here is a summary of the pros and cons. To read the full review click here.


PROS:
  • In one word: LONG! The M1 is a beast off tee, you’ll be bombing it down the fairway.
  • ‘Adjustable’ is an understatement. Really versatile with many launch, weight and trajectory settings
  • The black carbon and white titanium mix is definitely an improvement from the R1 and looks fantastic

CONS:
  • At $499.00 it is a touch pricier than competitors
  • For lefties there are only two options compared to 6 for right handed players



Callaway Great Big Bertha Driver

Callaway’s Big Bertha range has been a staple in golf drivers for decades. With their new Great Big Bertha they have once again lifted their game with a driver that delivers results for any type of player.

Rated as our ‘Best Seller’ due to it’s incredible popularity with young and old players, the best and the rest, you simply can’t go wrong with the Great Big Bertha.

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Here is a summary of the pros and cons. To read the full review click here.


PROS:
  • Proven design delivers consistent results, time and again. It’s forgiving (which is great for the higher handicapper), and super versatile with its weight adjustment system.
  • Out of all the drivers we trialled, the sound at impact from the Great Big Bertha is by far the biggest and punchiest!
  • It goes without saying, the Great Big Bertha is long, long, long!

CONS:
  • Nadda! Seriously, we would be being really picky to come up with negative things to say about the Great Big Bertha. Hat tip to Callaway for a superb offering!



Titleist 915D2 Driver

In our opinion, the Titleist 915D2 Driver was the best looking driver on the market in 2016.

Seriously though, the design of the Titleist 915D2 Driver is impressive. Titleist have managed to design a club-head shape that reduces drag on the downswing to create more speed and stability at impact. The result: It’s Long and really forgiving!

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Here is a summary of the pros and cons. To read the full review click here.


PROS:
  • Like it’s peers above, the Titleist 915D2 is also really long and super forgiving, ideal for pure strikers but also mid to high handicappers
  • The 915D2 just looks great at address. You seriously get a psychological edge when you stand over the ball and look down at the fierce lines on the 915D2 Driver.
  • Definitely one of the more workable drivers out there. Despite the large club head we were able to shape it pretty easily!

CONS:
  • Well, first off it is Titleist! Just kidding. They guys at Titleist have really delivered with the 915D2 Driver. It looks great, is long and is forgiving, so what’s not to like?

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