Best Golf Drivers 2017 – The Best Of The Best

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They say 2016 will be remembered for being (among other things) the year in which legends passed away. For me personally, one of the things which I’ll remember about 2016 is that it was a year in which a new age in driver technology was born – particularly during the latter half of the year. See what came out tops in our Best Golf Drivers 2016 Review.

Almost on a weekly basis I wonder to myself: “What will they come up with next?” And almost on a weekly basis, I get my answer. In spades.

It’s fair to say that trying to select the best drivers on the market is very much a moving target as a result, so within a few months, we’ll probably have to go back to the drawing board. But for now, we’ve collaborated what we believe stand out from the pack at this time. There’s a bit of everything in here too – even cool stat-tracking sensors, and other gimmicks.

So stick the kettle on, grab the popcorn, and read on below to see which drivers are the contenders for making themselves at home in your golf bag!

Let’s jump into our Best Golf Drivers 2017 review.

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Our Editor’s Choice for the Best Driver for 2017 is the Callaway GBB Epic Driver. Callaway have taken the bull by the horns and named it the Epic as they believe it’s that good. Well it really is that good and if you’ve never used a Callaway driver before, now might well be the time to join the starting lineup.

Best Golf Drivers 2017

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Score Methodology

All drivers were put to the test against our standard assessment model, where we looked at 4 key aspects: Build Quality, Control & Performance, Design & Appearance 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 criticize.
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 7 drivers we reviewed in our Best Golf Drivers 2017 assessment. To read our detailed individual reviews just click on your driver of choice!

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Taylormade M1 2017 Driver Review

Taylormade M1 2017 Driver Review

On this page you'll find a detailed assessment in our Taylormade M1 2017 Driver Review, the pro's and con's and a ...

Editor choice
2 Callaway GBB Epic Driver Review

Callaway GBB Epic Driver Review

On this page you'll find our detailed assessment of the Callaway Epic Driver, the pro's and con's and a side by side ...

Best value
3 Mizuno JPX900 Driver Review

Mizuno JPX900 Driver Review

On this page you’ll find our detailed Mizuno JPX900 Driver Review, the pros and cons, and an overall assessment of the ...

4 Titleist 917D2 Driver Review

Titleist 917D2 Driver Review

On this page you’ll find our detailed Titleist 917D2 Driver Review, the pros and cons, and an overall assessment of the ...

Best seller
5 Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Driver Review

Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Driver Review

On this page you’ll find our detailed Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Driver Review, the pros and cons, and an overall ...

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6 Cobra King F7 Driver Review

Cobra King F7 Driver Review

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7 Srixon Z 765 Driver Review

Srixon Z 765 Driver Review

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Key Considerations

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Brief Overview of Best Golf Drivers 2017

Callaway GBB Epic Driver

The Callaway GBB Epic Driver is our Editor’s choice for 2017.

Callaway took a chance naming it Epic as if it didn’t live up to expectations it could well have been the laughing stock of current drivers on the market.

It’s pricey let’s not ignore that, but it offers superb value that will add yards and consistency to your game.

A slightly unresponsive feel at impact due to the 3G titanium bars joining the crown and sole, but the sound off the clubface is fantastic.

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


PROS:
  • Mishits definitely travel further than normal and your misses will be a lot closer to target
  • The hype around the Epic and how long it is, is valid. In testing the average distance gained over 30 balls, we found the Epic was 9.2 yards longer than other leading drivers
  • Concise variety in leading shaft brands ranging from 40g – 80g as well as varying launch benefits
  • Superb sound off the clubface at impact leaving you itching to keep on hitting it and hitting it out the middle!

CONS:
  • The feel off the clubface at impact may take a bit of getting used to in comparison with the driver you currently use. Not as ‘springy’.


Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Driver

The Big Bertha Fusion driver marks a notable shift in direction and priority at a time when all the emphasis seems to be on adjustability.

Forgiveness, at the end of the day, appeals to golfers of all abilities. Even the best need a hand at times. Distance-wise, we’d say it holds its own, without excelling in that category. But, on the whole, Callaway have taken innovation to another level, with a product made of high-quality materials and the pinnacle in technology.

As such, we think this puppy will have a whole lot of appeal – and not just for newbies either.

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


PROS:
  • Forgiveness, forgiveness, forgiveness. It doesn’t feel like you can miss a fairway!
  • The Exo Cage and cutting-edge triaxial carbon do an excellent job in tandem, with the MOI figures to prove it
  • Feels solid at impact, with market-leading stability throughout the swing
  • Still has all the adjustables you need in terms of loft and lie angle

CONS:
  • You’ll have to dig deep into the pockets here. But then again, Boeing engineers helped design it!
  • Just perhaps lacks a bit of distance


Titleist 917D2 Driver

The 917D2 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 915D2.

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.

This club has a lot going for it – not least of all some awesome smash and extra distance – but it is all underpinned by this unprecedented, high-level customization from the SureFit combo which allows you to tailor it so that it suits you perfectly.

For this reason, we think they will sell a lot of these drivers to a broad cross-section of players – in spite of the price.

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


PROS:
  • The high degree of customization from the SureFit CG is by far it’s biggest drawcard
  • Undoubtedly yields a few extra yards
  • Larger profile means it’s a very forgiving club, and makes a decidedly agreeable sound at impact
  • Comes in a variety of sizes and loft angles

CONS:
  • It’s expensive! No getting around that
  • We all agreed we weren’t crazy about the square-ish shaped clubhead. Or the color



Mizuno JPX 900 Driver

At first glance, it isn’t worlds’ apart from the JPX 850 in terms of appearance. But the JPX 900 is just on another level when it comes to distance, forgiveness, and, above all, adjustability.

It really has the wow factor, and the acoustics of the smash only confirm this.

Between the two tungsten sole weights and the aluminum disc to adjust face angle, every possible need or preference is catered for, and this club simply blew us away.

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


PROS:
  • Lighter CORTECH face with bigger sweet spot means excellent ball speed and forgiveness
  • Noticeable extra distance
  • With 16g of movable weight, VFA and toe & heel Fast Track, you have a world of adjustability at your feet
  • The Harmonic Impact Technology produces a beautiful sound

CONS:
  • We haven’t lost perspective – $500 is still a lot to fork out for a golf club!



Cobra King F7 Driver

Obviously the big headline grabber regarding the King F7 (and indeed the F7+) is that it is the first commercial driver to come with a preinstalled tracking sensor, which is an impressive breakthrough.

We’ve focused on the King F7, which is the more forgiving of the two, while the F7+, with lower levels of spin, is more conducive to working the ball, and, perhaps by extension, better players. But the King F7 delivers premium levels of adjustability, and every other feature you’d expect from a modern day driver.

This new club really could mark the launch of an exciting new era.

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


PROS:
  • Cobra Connect sensor in the grip, powered by Arccos, means you’re getting an absolute first in terms of a driver stat tracker
  • Also includes a GPS app to measure distances
  • TeXtreme Carbon Fibre crown adds immense forgiveness and performance
  • Adjustable weight system is easy to operate, and very effective when it comes to shape and trajectory

CONS:
  • Probably not going to carry as much appeal for low handicappers


Srixon Z 765 Driver

You’d have to say the Z 765 is a niche club. It’s somewhat rare to see sub-450cc drivers on the market these days, and this isn’t the most forgiving driver we’ve ever sampled.

But in terms of performance, you can bank on a penetrating ball flight, and better players will revel in the way you can work the ball.

It’s a little pocket rocket of a club, and this should definitely grab your attention if you’re a single-figure player.

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


PROS:
  • Impressive distance due to the Power Wave Sole (10% increase in COR area)
  • Simple, uncomplicated design
  • The Stretch Flex Cup Face creates a beautiful – and large – sweetspot
  • The ball flight is piercing, and you can shape the ball very easily

CONS:
  • Probably not worth a second look if you’re a beginner
  • It certainly isn’t the cheapest at $450


Taylormade M1 2017 Driver

Taylormade have built on the success of the old M1, and who could blame them?

But that’s not to say there aren’t significant upgrades here. Both the sole and the crown have been built with more weight-efficient carbon composite, and a downward shift of some mass means this is simply a standout club with respect to forgiveness. Other virtues include impressive distance (notably, reduced spin at launch), superb feel at impact, and also the incredible versatility and adjustability we’ve come to expect.

It’s a fantastic club with plenty to offer – no wonder the world’s best are making a beeline for it.

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


PROS:
  • Adjustable in the extreme, and with 27g of movable weight at your disposal courtesy of the T-track system
  • Superb smash factor – feels great at impact
  • So, so easy on the eye, with the characteristic white titanium leading edge
  • Unbelievably forgiving, and the spin rates are as low as anything we’ve seen

CONS:
  • No respite for the wallet, given a price tag of $500!

Image DescriptionScore Offers
Taylormade M1 2017 Driver Review

Taylormade M1 2017 Driver Review

On this page you'll find a detailed assessment in our Taylormade M1 2017 Driver Review, the pro's and con's and a ...

Editor choice
2 Callaway GBB Epic Driver Review

Callaway GBB Epic Driver Review

On this page you'll find our detailed assessment of the Callaway Epic Driver, the pro's and con's and a side by side ...

Best value
3 Mizuno JPX900 Driver Review

Mizuno JPX900 Driver Review

On this page you’ll find our detailed Mizuno JPX900 Driver Review, the pros and cons, and an overall assessment of the ...

4 Titleist 917D2 Driver Review

Titleist 917D2 Driver Review

On this page you’ll find our detailed Titleist 917D2 Driver Review, the pros and cons, and an overall assessment of the ...

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5 Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Driver Review

Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Driver Review

On this page you’ll find our detailed Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Driver Review, the pros and cons, and an overall ...

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6 Cobra King F7 Driver Review

Cobra King F7 Driver Review

On this page you’ll find our detailed Cobra King F7 Driver Review, the pros and cons, and an overall assessment of the ...

$335 $419 Buy It Now
7 Srixon Z 765 Driver Review

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