Best Golf Drivers

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)

Ultra-light Fujikura Speedster 57 shaft
12 loft setting adjustments
$299

If you want a little less distance and more control off the tee, hit your 3-wood. That’s my take anyway, and why I recommend the SLDR as our top ranked driver…read more

Golfsmith Golf & Tennis


Head Material: Titanium
$399
Stock grip: Titleist Tour Velvet 360 degree rubber
5 different stock shafts

We reviewed the 460cc size head in this excellent driver from Titleist. It has a classic pear shape design that reminds you of real wood drivers. But don’t let the design fool you, the ball speeds off the club face very well…read more

Golfsmith Golf & Tennis


8 settings adjustments on hozel
$300
Venollum Crown
 
 

This is a long driver as in, it booms it. It’s almost as long as the SLDR. I hit the standard stiff shaft a very consistent and long distance with this driver. However, almost every shot…read more

Golfsmith Golf & Tennis


Ultra-light Fujikura RocketFuel 50 graphite shaft
7 standard loft adjustments
4,100 square-millimeter clubface
$99

Taylor Made’s new RBZ driver has surpassed my expectations in many areas. The stiff shaft version I feel provides a little more stability and control than last years RBZ model. I like the design on the non-glare club crown better…read more

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Taylor Made R1  8.6/10

Aldila RIP Phenom 55-gram shaft
$399
Crown White, black clubface

One difference between this club and the RBZ Stage 2 also mentioned on this list is that this club in addition to the 7 standard loft angle adjustments feature also has 7 face angle options as well…read more

Golfsmith Golf & Tennis


Project X Velocity Shaft (proprietary)
$229
Driver Head: Titanium

The Callaway X Hot drivers weight configuration is designed to help you draw the ball from the start. It has some new features for this year like an ultra thin… read more


Golfsmith Golf & Tennis


Cobra ZL Driver  7.5/10

Face: Titanium 6-4
Shaft: graphite Aldila
Grip: Golf Pride/Cobra
 
 

ZL is Cobra’s “zero limits” driver. We tested the 10.5 degree loft version of this impressive and beautiful driver from Cobra, but it also comes in 8.5, 9.5, and 11.5. It is truly a pro-style driver in performance… read more

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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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