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Top Golf Drivers 2015

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We tested many of the drivers that are out there in the market today and came up with our top 10 list. There are a couple holdovers from last year. Testing and consideration were given based on distance and accuracy with the same neutral swing speed (110) in a controlled distance environment (testing facility). Otherwise the golf drivers were rated based on the following factors:

1 Comfort on setup
2 Grip comfort and control
3 Shaft response and control (stiff shafts were used)
4 Distance at 110 swing speed
5 Ball trajectory
6 Accuracy to center line
7 Ball control in flight (indicating a spinning or no spin ball flight)

Loft: 9 or 10.5
Availability: RH / LH
Length: 45.5″
Lie: Adjustable
CC 440
Swing Weight: D3

Several important factors make this the top driver this year. First, a large sweet spot and hot, flexible face makes this driver long off the tee with less effort and max forgiveness. It is fully adjustable…read more


915D2: 460cc, RH lofts 7.5°, 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 12°, Standard lie 58.5°, 45″
915D3: 440cc, RH lofts 7.5°, 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, Standard lie 58.5°, 45″

Titleist doesn’t flood the market with new drivers every 6 months, but they wait two years to unveil their latest masterpiece. The 915D2 &D3 are truly masterfully designed drivers…read more


PING G30  9.7/10

Lofts: 9.00° and 10.50°
45.75″, 206g, 460cc
No offset lie
59.00° head
D3 swing weight
RH / LH

The best feature of PING’s new G30 Driver aren’t the “turbulators” or the ridges on the driver that reduce aerodynamic drag, it’s the stability through impact that the re-designed weighting in the crown provides and the larger, sweeter face …read more


Models: 9°, 10.5°, 12°
Availability: RH / LH
45.5″, 460cc
Lie: Adjustable
Adjustable total weight; Swing weight: D3

The big draw, so to speak, on the Big Bertha Alpha 815 is the amount of adjustability, coupled with a hotter more flexible face design, similar to the XR driver. However, the ability to dial in your game completely…read more


Lofts: 9.5, 10. 5, 12 14
Head: 460cc
Shaft length: 45.5”

The new R15 Driver from TaylorMade may seem like the SLDR reincarnated with a different paint job, but there is some new technology sure to get your drives out there, longer & straighter. The clean-looking head boasts…read more


NIKE Vapor Pro  9.5/10

Adjustable 8.5 to 12.5 degrees
Length: 45.5”
Face Angle +1.0 degree open
Swing weight D3

The NIKE Vapor Pro driver, used by Rory McIlroy, has a stiffer rear half of the club which, in theory, provides more flex or give in the front half of the driver to help your increase your ball speed off the face. The new ‘FlyBeam’ structure… read more


Adjustable 8.5 to 12.5 degrees
Length: 45.5”
Face Angle +1.5 degree open
Swing weight D4

The Vapor Flex Driver, with ‘FlexFlight’ technology utilizes the same Flybeam & Compression Channel tech as the Vapor Pro to stabilize the head, but has a carbon-enhanced RZN Cavity that adjusts the center of gravity… read more


COBRA Fly Z+  9.3/10

8.5° / 9.0° / 9.0° Draw / 10° / 10° Draw / 11° / 11° Draw / 11.5°*
Length: 45.00″
Swing weight: D4
Volume: 455cc

By using the new “Flipzone” weighting technology, the Cobra Fly Z+ Driver allows you to adjust the Center of Gravity (CG) setting with a 15-gram moveable weight for either a higher or lower launch condition, whichever you prefer. Adjustability… read more


WILSON D-200  9.3/10

D2; 460cc; 46.0″; LH for 10.5 club
9.0° lofts: 8.0°, 9.0°, 10.0° STD & DRW
10.5° lofts: 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5° STD & DRW
13.0° lofts: 12.0°, 13.0°, 14.0° STD & DRW

Wilson has developed a very light and very adjustable driver, while many companies have struggled to do either well. The D-200’s loft can be adjusted six ways, including three draw settings. The face which varies in thickness… read more


MIZUNO JPX-850  9.2/10

Loft: 8 setting from 7.5 to 11.5 degrees
Length: 45”, Standard Lie: 60 degrees
No offset
Volume: 440cc
Material: Titanium.

The Mizuno JPX-850 sits like an old-school driver, but boasts an incredible amount of adjustability, allowing you to set the club up any way you want it with the new Fast Track system. You may have to tinker some on the range… read more



 

Golf Driver Buying Guide

Choosing the Right Driver
Steps for Finding the Right Driver to put in your bag

  • A) First Narrow your Choices by knowing your handicap or level. Obviously, the best driver on the market for top tour pros may be different than the driver a high handicap golfer needs. If you are a high handicap golfer consider drivers that have:

    1. A larger sweet spot
    2. Drivers designed with high handicap golfers in mind

    If you are a low handicap golfer consider:

    1. The shaft flex and control for your swing speed (have your swing speed tested)
    2. The club head position at set up and whether you need an adjustable face and loft
  • B) If possible test clubs at a course, golf shop, or golf testing center to determine what club feels best to you. This is really one of the only ways to find out which club you like best.

  • C) Play with various shaft combinations, lengths and grips to determine what is best for you. For example, to avoid hooking the ball, I elongated my shaft with a plug and changed out my grip for a bigger more full feel. Some hit a graphite shaft better and some an aluminum composite shaft.

  • D) Consider whether you have a tendency to hook or slice the ball off the tee and purchase your driver to avoid this outcome. Makes common sense, but worth pointing out, do not purchase a driver that promotes the same bad shot shape.

As an avid golfer and tennis player for most of his life, he enjoys researching the latest in golf and tennis technology as well as analyzing his own game. He has been a writer and reviewer for a dozen years and his work has appeared in numerous publications including CBS, the San Fransisco Chronicle… See more about S. Dee Davis

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