Driver Reviews Top 10
Photo Packaging Product Credit: © TITLEIST Golf
Compared with the D3 and the D2 drivers, the Titleist 915 D4 is a little bit different. For example, the weight is closer to the face than in the D3/D2, the face is deeper than D3's, and because of that it has 450 cc vs 460 cc for the latter; also,the D4 has a rounder look due to the more curvature across the crown, it reduces spin by 300 ppm when compared to the D3 and it has a lower moment of inertia than the D2/D3 but quite similar to other low-spin drivers from other companies. But what does that mean for you, the customer? Well, being aimed at better players, the Titleist 915 D4 will provide you with lower spin options, if you're seeking for a more controlled/controllable ball flight, together with excellent workability and playability. Also, this driver is full of distance and forgiveness technologies, which work together with the deeper face for providing you with consistent performance round after round on the golf course. The Active Coil Channel is basically a wide, long and deep channel in the sole of the club which permits the face to flex upon ball impact, for increased ball speeds and reduced spin. The forged face insert, also known as the Radial Speed Face technology, has variable thickness, for allowing you to achieve consistent ball speeds all across the driver's face. If you put into the mix the premium stock shafts and the SureFit hosel, together with the Titleist 915 D4's great looks and its solid feel and sound, you'll know that you've hit jackpot!
Photo Packaging Product Credit: © Adams Golf
The Easy Launch System is focused at helping you as much as possible, providing more consistency to your shots with a little help from science. The first part in the equation is the Velocity Slot, which makes the clubface more flexible upon ball impact, offering the player more speed, distance and consistency, resulting in better accuracy and improved golf shots. The second element of the Easy Launch System is the center of gravity positioned low and back in the club’s head, an essential feature that promotes a higher launch and increased spin, thus more carry on all of your shots. Last but not least in the Easy Launch trio is the Slim Tech shaft Adams Golf put in its Blue range, which provides a higher launch from any type of lie. Bottom line, the Adams Blue Driver is all about game improvement, targeting recreational golfers and beginners alike, or anyone else for that matter that enjoys an easy to hit with and fun to play set of golf gear.
Photo Packaging Product Credit: © Ping Golf
These babies have all the awesome qualities which make the G30 series exceptional golf driver, plus a little extra on the forgiveness levels, to please those players who fight an unwanted slice from time to time. However, the G30 SF Tec are not focused only on high handicap players, pretty far from it actually; the SF Tec part essentially means a tad shifted CoG (center of gravity) for promoting a draw, i.e. science put to work, meant to improve your game. These are drivers which will suite a wide range of golf players, of all abilities, not only amateurs/high handicappers. Bottom line, I would advise you to buy these drivers, you can’t really go wrong, regardless of your skill level; they’re designed to offer you the precise amount of help you require, and that’s great in my book folks.
Photo Packaging Product Credit: © Bridgestone Golf
After taking this baby for a test-drive on the golf course, I must declare that I was totally impressed by it in terms of distance. The Bridgestone JGR is a monster, offering excellent contact and carry all across the face, a face that carries far and provides awesome roll-out, being one of the longest drivers I ever tried until now in its category (max game improvement, that is). In terms of accuracy and forgiveness, the Bridgestone JGR is fairly easy to hit and offers excellent consistency, from your first swing. The shots take of linearly, with next to nothing side-spin and the driver offers top notch correction, even for the worst miss-hits. When it comes to feel, the Bridgestone JGR is impressively stable through the entire swing, and the ball literally jumps off the face, offering an exciting impact, even on minor miss hits. In terms of playability, this driver offers a medium high, consistent and penetrating ball flight, capable of cutting easily through the wind, while its traditional shape that sits comfy and squarely is definitely a confidence booster. Bottom line, the Bridgestone JGR Driver is among the best, if not the best in its class, being perfect for any higher handicapper looking for a max game improvement piece of gear at a decent price.
Photo Packaging Product Credit: © Tour Edge Golf
The question is, how did they do it? The answer is pretty straight forward: the latest Tour Edge Exotics EX 9 are built with a higher MOI (moment of inertia) for improving ball speed upon impact, together with the proprietary Full-Speed impact design, which dramatically decreases the aerodynamic coefficient of the club head, hence more speed via better aerodynamics. Outstanding, isn't it? But wait, there's more! The Tour Edge Exotics EX 9 drivers benefit from a state of the art material, 6A4V titanium that is, which is used for the driver's face in a Hexagonal Variable, according to the company. In layman's terms, that means the driver's face has an ingenious design featuring different levels of thickness. This peculiar design is aimed at helping boosting ball speed when hit in certain areas, with a special emphasis from the heel and toe. And that's not all folks. The Tour Edge Exotics EX 9 also feature the very familiar Speed channel, that works in tandem with a narrower Power Grid (compared to the previous gen), which allows for more face flex, further boosting ball speed upon impact. Finally, the Tour Edge Exotics EX 9 comes with a fully adjustable hosel, so you can fine-tune your driver according to your preference, in eight different settings for achieving the optimal launch trajectory/conditions for a perfect swing. For further optimizing performance, you benefit from an adjustable weighting on the sole of the driver. If you're already a big fan of the previous generation, you can bet your last penny on the Tour Edge Exotics EX 9!
Photo Packaging Product Credit: © Callaway Golf
The exceptional distance levels offered by the Callaway XR 16 Sub Zero are a direct consequence of the below the neutral axis center of gravity of the driver, which is due to the aforementioned Carbon Triax Crown. The lowest CG driver in the company's history was made possible by the state of the art ultra-light carbon made crown. Now, all you have to do is to swing this baby as fast as you can, and you'll definitely benefit from tons of distance, like never before! But speed isn't everything, right? For fine tuning the trajectory in order to achieve the best results, Callaway put 2 interchangeable weights in the driver's head, in order to fully control both the trajectory and the spin. While the distance of the Callaway XR 16 Sub Zero is awesome, the same thing is true about workability, i.e. you'll be able to take on any tee shot with this driver! Talking about adjustability, if you put the heavy weight forward, you'll achieve extremely low spin, while moving it back, the end result will be a flat trajectory and increased forgiveness. Very interesting from my point of view, the Callaway XR 16 Sub Zero doesn't come with the iconic Speed Step Crown, a feature that improves aerodynamics and increases the club head's speed. In my opinion, the driver is so good already, that the Speed Step Crown was unnecessary, and that's outstanding, don't you think? The Callaway XR 16 Sub Zero will become available in stores starting with April 15'th and you'll be able to choose from twenty premium shafts to fit your desired swing speed for no up-charge.
Photo Packaging Product Credit: © Callaway Golf
Overall, I consider this driver to be among the best on the market today in its particular niche. One of the most astounding technological innovations in the Alpha 815 is the Gravity Core, one of Callaway’s proprietary technologies, which adds to forgiveness and adjustability, a perfect blend of features that recreational golfers will surely appreciate.
You must also know that what we’re dealing with here is an outstanding looking driver which stirs interest at first sight, with a round/balanced design and a minimalistic white chevron to help with the alignment. Obviously, with the udesign feature, you’ll be able to build your unique driver by customizing the colors on the sole and various other things. The sound upon ball impact in this baby is a metallic crack and the feedback is more than enough, despite the driver’s plethora of moving parts, not to mention the adjustability options. Here Callaway really did an awesome job. When it comes to ball speed and distance, the Big Bertha is a solid performer, and even off center hits are not a tragedy, holding the line decently. The Gravity Core really makes a difference in how you swing, being maybe the most important/helpful feature in golf as we speak. Bottom line, if you want the perfect all-rounder driver that delivers anything you throw at it (low spin, distance, forgiveness, adjustability), the Big Bertha Alpha 815 is a must try.
Photo Packaging Product Credit: © Taylormade Golf
Just like in the M1 driver, the top of the face is lower than the top of the crown, greatly improving aerodynamics, reducing turbulence and making for a faster swing, which means more ball speed, hence more distance. Usually speaking, a taller head translates into a higher center of gravity, but due to the ultra light carbon composite crown, the company managed to maintain the crown's height and in the same time to lower the center of gravity, offering the player the best of both worlds. Also, TaylorMade re-introduced their well known aluminum LoftSleeve, which is basically an adjustable hosel, offering you three settings for changing the loft. The TaylorMade M2 sounds muted and solid upon ball impact, and the feel is very rewarding, courtesy of the Inverted Cone design of the club's face, i.e. a face with variable thickness. When hit correctly, the TaylorMade M2 performs like a missile launcher, being a long driver, generating a low spin/flat ball flight and an impressive mix of carry and roll. The driver works particularly well if you're a consistent swinger and if you're in the aforementioned category, this baby can launch a long way, being significantly better than last year's AeroBurner.
Photo Packaging Product Credit: © Callaway Golf
This smartly designed crown works in tandem with the RMOTO face in order to keep an “as high as possible” ball speed across the face during the swings, and in the same time for offering the required amounts of forgiveness you’d expect from a low-spin driver. Callaway also improved the head design, which is now more aerodynamic, and thus it optimizes the driver’s speed through the air during your swings, contributing to achieving more distance/consistent shots round after round. Also, the Rib Technology on the RMOTO face increases ball speeds even further and makes for a more efficient energy transfer upon ball impact. All these features make for a driver focused on maximizing speed and distance from all sorts of lies. The XR Pro comes with an OptiFithosel, a feature that offers you 8 different options for fine tuning your driver (lie and loft), in order to make sure that you’ll benefit from the optimum launch conditions in any situation imaginable. Bottom line, the Callaway XR Pro driver comes with tons of speed, distance, consistency and forgiveness in an attractive package and at an affordable price, a great sound upon ball impact and plenty of feedback.
Photo Packaging Product Credit: © Wilson Golf
The WILSON STAFF D200 is a true flagship product, being an obvious improvement compared to the previous D100 line, via added adjustability. Compared to modern drivers, the D200 looks relatively bland at address, with its matte black crown, the Right Light logo close to the heel and the small alignment aid. For boosting confidence levels of higher handicap players, Wilson Staff designed a large/rounded footprint, and that's pretty cool in my book. In terms of sound and feel, you're in for a pleasant surprise, as the WILSON STAFF D200 produces a fairly loud sound at impact, but with a moderate tone, i.e. it doesn't sound metallic and you'll also feel the almost imperceptible twisting of the head, even on obvious miss-hits. Pure shots sound awesome though, while the miss-hits are somewhat duller. Now, despite its overall lightweight, the WILSON STAFF D200 keeps a very decent D2 swing weight, and that means you'll definitely feel the head during your swings, due to the excellent grip and light shaft. Also, this is the first D series driver from the company which comes with adjustability options, which are implemented very nicely and they're fairly intuitive and easy to use. The driver's best attributes are accuracy and forgiveness, the D200 being a consistent beast, almost "automatic", helping you a lot in unfavorable playing scenarios/conditions. Bottom line, the WILSON STAFF D200 is an excellent game improver, and I recommend it especially to slow swingers looking for increasing carry distance