Drivers Archives - 10Rate https://10rate.com Expert Product Reviews and Ratings | Best Top 10 Rated Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:02:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.2.5 Best Golf Drivers https://10rate.com/best-golf-drivers/ https://10rate.com/best-golf-drivers/#respond Tue, 13 Sep 2016 06:24:00 +0000 https://10rate.com/?p=19842 Top Golf Drivers 2024

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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)

Lofts: 9.00° and 10.50°
45.75″ length, 206g, 460cc head size
58.00° average lie
No offset lie
Dexterity: RH/LH
$399

I hit the 10.5 version of the Ping G best. This is a very long and very accurate driver and the best on the market in my opinion. The combination is tough to come by… read more


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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Ping G Driver Review (SF Tec, LS Tec) https://10rate.com/ping-g-driver-review-sf-tec-ls-tec/ Tue, 13 Sep 2016 05:04:52 +0000 https://10rate.com/?page_id=19844
Golf Driver  9.7/10

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Ping G Drive
I hit the 10.5 version of the Ping G best. This is a very long and very accurate driver and the best on the market in my opinion. The combination is tough to come by, but I consistently hit draws and fades around the same distance. I found that teeing it lower produced a better ball flight as making contact near above the sweet spot took off a good bit of distance. Contact made just to the right or left or underneath the sweet spot produced very good distance and accuracy. When making contact just to the outside of the sweet spot, the ball tended to bend right to left back online, and the opposite was true when contact was made to the inside of the sweet spot. This is just what we’re looking for in the forgiveness category. The G1 is not a far cry from the previous G30, which is also in our top 5 selections for this year. Really the “Dragonfly” design on the top of the head is the main difference. It has a little more aesthetic appeal. The head is a little larger than I prefer, but it has such a nice feel at address, it instills confidence that you will crush it.

The G SF Tec version places more weight toward the heel of the club to help produce a right to left ball flight.

Quick Specs

  • Lofts: 9.00° and 10.50°
  • 45.75″ length, 206g, 460cc head size
  • 58.00° average lie
  • No offset lie
  • Dexterity: RH/LH
  • $399
Strengths

Workable ball flight

Great Distance

Self-correcting ball flight when off center contact

Very forgiving

Great for all level of players

Consistent accuracy

Weaknesses

Head slightly too large

Above sweet spot contact less forgiving

Adjustable only to +/- 1 degree

Prices


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Mizuno JPX-850 https://10rate.com/mizuno-jpx-850/ https://10rate.com/mizuno-jpx-850/#respond Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:19:43 +0000 http://10rate.com/?page_id=19266
Golf Driver  9.2/10

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Mizuno JPX-850The 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, but Mizuno’s multiple weighting options gives you freedom to experiment to optimize your distance. The adjustable hosel delivers eight settings across five lofts, and we found the forgiveness factor to be a little less than the other drivers tested, although decent. Mizuno is known for making quality clubs, and they have achieved a solid performer in the JPX-850 Driver. The look is stylish, adjustability is well above-average, and the forgiveness is average. You will achieve a significant increase in distance off the tee, but only if you’re smart enough to know how to optimally adjust this driver.


Strengths

Adjustability & good control

Weaknesses

Shaft options limited

Difficult to dial-in w/o assistance

440cc head

 

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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Wilson D-200 https://10rate.com/wilson-d-200/ https://10rate.com/wilson-d-200/#respond Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:14:36 +0000 http://10rate.com/?page_id=19264
Golf Driver  9.3/10

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Wilson D-200Wilson 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 depending on where the ball is hit, can provide an enormous amount of forgiveness on off-center hits, while still giving you the distance you want. At $300, it is in the very affordable range for a new driver, and currently is the fastest adjustable driver on the market. Wilson achieves this by using a chemically etched crown, which reduces weight and increases the thickness toward the face of the club for structural support and durability. In our testing, we felt the shots went much farther than they felt as they would come off the face, indicating a softer better feeling face. This driver is not the best of the best, but is a great value for a long-hitting and fully adjustable driver, but the shaft options are limited.


Strengths

Very light & adjustable

Weaknesses

Shaft options limited

Lower ball flight

 

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Cobra Fly Z+ https://10rate.com/cobra-fly-z/ https://10rate.com/cobra-fly-z/#respond Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:10:17 +0000 http://10rate.com/?page_id=19262
Golf Driver  9.3/10

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Cobra Fly Z+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 is key with this driver, and it may take you some time to get completely dialed-in, but when you do, you will experience maximum forgiveness and a more penetrating ball flight. Also, you can adjust it according to the playing conditions you may face from day to day. Stylistically speaking, this club has the ‘it’ factor and looks great. It comes in black, blue, green, orange, red, or white colors with the Aldilla Matrix VLCT graphite shaft. Head material is a 6-4 Titanium body for strength, with a Carbon Fiber crown and sole for speed.


Strengths

Adjustability good

Good forgiveness

Great color options

Looks good

Weaknesses

Shaft options limited

 

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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NIKE Vapor Pro https://10rate.com/callaway-x-hot-driver-review/ https://10rate.com/callaway-x-hot-driver-review/#respond Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:32:48 +0000 http://10rate.com/?page_id=13370
Golf Driver  9.5/10

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NIKE Vapor Pro
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 and Compression Channel combine to stabilize the chassis and maximize ball speed. This driver has a great sound at impact, very clean, solid and crisp – much better than previous Nike drivers of the past. The new technology is in the structure of the cavity in the sole, which is designed to be more forgiving on mishits, which this club does achieve. We found this driver to very long off the tee and forgiving. If you don’t prefer the Callaway or Taylor Made drivers, this club will deliver the extra yardage for you, but the key is to be fitted with the proper shaft.

Quick Specs

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

Great distance

Stable club face through impact

More forgiving

Weaknesses

Shaft options limited

Prices


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TaylorMade R15 TP https://10rate.com/taylor-made-r1-review/ https://10rate.com/taylor-made-r1-review/#respond Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:12:17 +0000 http://10rate.com/?page_id=13365
Golf Driver  9.5/10

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TaylorMade R15 TP
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 two moveable weights on the sole, which can be tinkered with to produce a higher ball flight while decreasing spin. To achieve this, TM has moved the weighting forward and lower, with about 75% of its mass in the front of the club. The two moveable sole weights (12.5 grams) are closer to the clubface to provide more power, and additional adjustability for your preference of fade and draw shots. The sound is solid to louder, but the tight dispersion pattern you will have is great and shows the excellent level of control you can have with this driver.

Quick Specs

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

Adjustability

Good distance

Tight dispersion

Weaknesses

Limited shaft options.

TaylorMade will make it obsolete in 6 months.

Prices


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Titleist 915D2/D3 https://10rate.com/titleist-913-d2-review/ https://10rate.com/titleist-913-d2-review/#respond Thu, 23 Jul 2015 12:55:51 +0000 http://10rate.com/?page_id=13355
Golf Driver  9.7/10

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Titleist 915D2/D3
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 with the D2 larger & more forgiving and the D3 for lower handicappers. Each is designed with control in mind, and you can dial it in with the 16-way adjustable hosel. The newly designed channel in the sole makes the face hotter & delivers less spin for more distance and more control. Also, metal has been thinned in the face & crown to save overall weight to produce higher ball speeds. This driver sounds great and delivers good distance and helps put the ball in the fairway.

Quick Specs

  • 460cc
  • RH lofts: 7.5°, 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 12° (915D2)
  • RH lofts: 7.5°, 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5° (915D3)
  • Standard lie 58.5°
  • 45″ length
Strengths

Max control

Tight dispersion

Good distance

Weaknesses

Clubface not as hot as XR Pro

Somewhat limited shaft choices

Higher price

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Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 https://10rate.com/taylor-made-rbz-stage-2-review/ https://10rate.com/taylor-made-rbz-stage-2-review/#respond Thu, 23 Jul 2015 12:27:46 +0000 http://10rate.com/?page_id=13350
Golf Driver  9.6/10

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Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815
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 sets this driver apart from the rest. The Alpha 815 has eight different loft and two central weight settings that can be adjusted to optimize your spin, all independent of one another. Callaway achieves this with eight different materials incorporated into the head to optimize weight and speed.

Quick Specs

  • Models: 9°, 10.5°, 12°
  • RH / LH
  • 45.5″ length
  • Lie adjustable
  • 460cc
  • Adjustable total weight
  • D3 Swing weight
Strengths

Adjustability

Great shaft options

Weaknesses

Only for better players with higher club head speeds

Prices


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PING G30 https://10rate.com/cobra-bio-cell-driver-review/ https://10rate.com/cobra-bio-cell-driver-review/#respond Thu, 23 Jul 2015 11:51:29 +0000 http://10rate.com/?page_id=17587
Golf Driver  9.7/10

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PING G30
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 that make this driver hell off the tee. The basic G30 driver is designed to benefit middle to higher handicap golfers and deliver maximum forgiveness on off-center hits, while not sacrificing any distance. PING offers a LS (lower spin) version of the G30 for better players and a lighter, heel-weighted design (SF TEC) for those who slice a bit, so PING has your game covered with this driver. The driver has a nice, light feel, but the longer head design is the only detraction.

Quick Specs

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

Very forgiving

Great distance

Weaknesses

Large head looks strange at address

Prices


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Callaway XR/XR Pro https://10rate.com/taylormade-sldr-tp-review/ https://10rate.com/taylormade-sldr-tp-review/#respond Thu, 23 Jul 2015 11:02:33 +0000 http://10rate.com/?page_id=17580
Golf Driver  9.8/10

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Callaway XR/XR Pro
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, 20 grams lighter than the Big Bertha Alpha, and has a stealthy matt black look. Second, the more aerodynamic head increases your swing speed, for higher ball speeds, thus more distance. Finally, free (or small upcharge) premium shaft upgrades help customize your driver to your swing, and its $100 cheaper than most premium drivers out this year, making it a bargain for a premium driver.

Quick Specs

  • Loft: 9° and 10.5°
  • Availability: RH / LH
  • Length: 45.5″
  • Lie Adjustable
  • 440cc
  • D3 swing weight
Strengths

Max forgiveness

Hottest club face

Premium shaft choices

Price is right

Weaknesses

Dispersion not as tight, longer shaft may throw off high handicappers

Prices


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NIKE Vapor Flex Driver https://10rate.com/cobra-zl-driver-review/ https://10rate.com/cobra-zl-driver-review/#respond Thu, 23 Jul 2015 10:42:39 +0000 http://10rate.com/?page_id=3105
Golf Driver  9.4/10

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NIKE Vapor Flex DriverThe 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 (CG) from low & forward to low & back to fine tune your preferred launch condition. This driver delivers a punch if you prefer low to mid launch flight pattern, and it is fully adjustable to enhance your fade or draw bias. Although this driver offers 15 loft and face-angle settings, it goes a step further and allows you to adjust the spin and launch angle without altering the loft setting, which is great.


Strengths

Great distance

Adjustability

Weaknesses

Shaft options limited

Lower ball flight

 

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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Best Golf Drivers https://10rate.com/best-golf-driver-reviews/ https://10rate.com/best-golf-driver-reviews/#respond Sat, 18 Jul 2015 10:17:38 +0000 http://10rate.com/?p=3117 Top Golf Drivers 2024

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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)

Lofts: 9.00° and 10.50°
45.75″ length, 206g, 460cc head size
58.00° average lie
No offset lie
Dexterity: RH/LH
$399

I hit the 10.5 version of the Ping G best. This is a very long and very accurate driver and the best on the market in my opinion. The combination is tough to come by… read more


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


Lofts: 8.5, 9.5, 10. 5, 12
Head: 460cc
Shaft length: 45.5”
Fujikura 60 or Mitsubishi Kurokage Tini Silver 60 Shaft

The new M1 drivers from TaylorMade is great for players that like to play a strong fade. I lost distance and accuracy when drawing this driver. The club face sits… 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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Material: Titanium 6-4 Head with semi forged milled titanium face
Shaft: Aldila Rip 45 – 66
Length: 45”
 
 

This new for 2012 model driver from Cobra has lots of new and interesting features. One of the aspects of this driver we like most is the offset head which allows the player to … read more

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Taylor Made R11S  8.6/10

Face: Titanium 6-4
Length: 45.75
(±3 degrees) with Adjustable Sole Plate (ASP) Technology
 
 

Taylor has just dominated woods and drivers since the 80′s when their non-metal woods became popular. Many tour pros use their driving and fairway… read more


Titleist 910D2  8.5/10

Length 45”
Lie Angle 59 degrees
Shaft: Aldila Rip 60
 
 

We reviewed the 460 head size of this driver and were impressed by almost every metric. This larger club head obviously offers more forgiveness than the smaller … read more


Shaft: Fujikura Graphite
Head Material: Titanium
Length: 45”
 
 

At $299 this new 2012 driver made by Taylor Made combines some of the best technologies the companies R11S has but at a better price point. Key points … read more


Shaft: Fujikura Graphite
Head Material: Titanium
Length: 45”
 
 

Now for the interesting part about this driver. It is composed of a new material – other than Titanium. That’s right, you heard it here second. Is is made from a patented material that Callaway claims is lighter and stronger…read more


Lofts 8.5,9.5,10.5,11.5
Shaft: Nike Project X 6.0
 
 

First of all what is with the $419 price tag on this driver? OK, now that we are past that stirring fact, this driver has 32 possible head positions – that’s right 32. Driving… read more


Length: 45.5”
Shaft: Aldila RIP
Lie Angle: 58 degrees
Face: Titanium
 
 

This driver is a good solid performer at a nice $199 price. It has an Aldila Wasabi shaft of that cool green color that Aldila is known for and a matte finish black head. The club head is designed for very fast… read more

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Material: Titanium 6-4 body with Ti 8-1-1 Low Density face
Shaft: Grafalloy Speed Coat Technology (Blackbird)
 
 

This driver derives its moniker from its 4 foot length. It’s the maximum length allowed by the USGA. This gives it a high length to weight ratio which in theory should… read more


Face: Titanium 6-4
Shaft: graphite Fujikura TX005
Length: 45.5”
 
 

This is a great driver for those who struggle with fading and slicing the ball. The head is very slightly offset which helps you get around on the ball more than usual… read more


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… See more about S. Dee Davis

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Golf Driver  7.5/10

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Taylor Made RocketBallz Driver (RBD) ReviewAt $299 this new 2012 driver made by Taylor Made combines some of the best technologies the companies R11S has but at a better price point. Key points remain such as allowing you to adjust the face angle plus or minus 3 degrees or adjustment for loft at 1.5 degrees plus or minus. It has a lightweight shaft and grip that attempts to produce a faster head speed through impact (for more distance).


Strengths

Face angle adjustable

Loft and face adjustment can help instill confidence

Bigger Sweet Spot with more distance off center for higher handicap players

Weaknesses

White Head color (not a fan)

Adjustable settings will likely not help lower handicap players

Shaft not top end Fujikura like R11

 

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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Golf Driver  8.5/10

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Titleist 910D2 Driver ReviewWe reviewed the 460 head size of this driver and were impressed by almost every metric. This larger club head obviously offers more forgiveness than the smaller option. Leave that one to the pros. Club head speed was up there among the highest. The tour velvet 360 grip is soft and has just the right tackiness. The Titanium 6-4 face gives the right amount of bounce and solidity. The face of this club is .5 degrees open to help players develop a more open look and stance when fading the ball. It’s a set up that many tour pros like. This club is not inexpensive at $399.


Strengths

Good solid club for those with high club speeds

Large head easy to manipulate ball

Great club for fading the ball

Weaknesses

Slightly shorter club reduces distance

Price

 

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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Titleist 910 D2 Driver

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