The latest crop of drivers have advanced alloys and engineering that allow golfers to dial in loft, lie and face angle to fit their unique swing. Now you can add a degree or more of loft for distance down wide fairways or take it down to keep trajectory low into the wind. You can also mitigate your slice by closing the clubface angle and then opening it back up when you fix your swing. New adjustable vertical weights can even customize the forgiveness you feel at impact with the ball. So, which driver is right for your bag? We took the best of the bunch for a swing to figure out the best driver for every duffer.
01 of 09
Get the most distance out of your drives with Cobra’s KING F6. The dual position 'front-to-back' CG weight system allows you to dial in your ideal launch and spin conditions. Flip the 10-gram weight to the back of the club to drive higher and get more roll or leave it in the front for a flat, low-spin ball flight. Additionally, eight adjustable loft settings allow you to further manage trajectory for any swing. Completing the package is Cobra’s new, forged 8-1-1 Titanium E9 Face, a variable thickness structure that is light, thin and provides one of the largest sweet spots in the tee box.
02 of 09
The M in TaylorMade’s latest driver stands for multi-material, and the company says their proprietary seven-layer carbon composite allows recreational golfers to benefit from the same tech pros get out of professional fitting. That composite makes the crown of the club thin, light and ultra-strong. TaylorMade loads the weight to the sole, lowering the center of gravity for a more efficient power transfer. Translation: M1 adds ball speed to your drivers. The club allows for 25 grams of multi-directional adjustability, so you can dial launch conditions in to fit your swing. The M1 adds the new T-Track System: Up front one 15-gram weight can control draw and fade and in back one 10-gram weight adjusts for high, medium or low launch.
03 of 09
Want to maximize distance for your hard-earned buck? Right now on Amazon you can pick up the Adams Golf Blue Driver for less than a Benjamin. You won’t find any adjustable weights, and it doesn’t have an adjustable hosel. But for budget golfers, Blue brings Adams Golf pedigree, an all-titanium head, and a sweet spot the size of a grapefruit. Trying to fix a slice or fade in your swing? This baby is draw biased, meaning the center of gravity is shifted toward the heel to keep the launch angle low and the ball on a draw flight path. Meanwhile, a new Velocity Slot on the sole of the club helps duffers maintain ball speed on miss-hits. Need even more ball speed? Adams adds a 55 gram Aldila Slimtech graphite shaft that is .03 inches narrower than standard shafts for more speed in the air and pow at impact.
04 of 09
Looking for forgiveness on miss-hits? If you’re not getting that center strike with every swing, think about adding Callaway’s Big Bertha Fusion Driver to the bag, so that you can stay on the fairway. The key is Callaway’s new triaxial carbon in the crown and sole. This strong, lightweight composite shaves weight where you don’t need it, allowing engineers to add weight to the back and perimeter of the club for maximum forgiveness. Completing the package, Callaway’s Speed Step crown technology improves aerodynamics for less drag and higher club head speeds.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
What’s in a name? Everything with Cleveland’s 588 Custom Driver, which can be dialed in for duffers and pro-level swings alike. The hosel has 12 settings that change loft by +/- 1.5 degrees and face angle up to 2.25 degrees open or closed. The back of the sole has an adjustable weight screw to optimize swing weight, so you can add forgiveness for miss-hits or keep it hot for faster ball speed on center strikes. Even if you do miss-hit, the 588 Custom keeps you on the fairway thanks to a massive sweet spot made possible by the enhanced variable face thickness.
06 of 09
Phil "Lefty" Mickelson has defined the left-handed swing on the PGA Tour for more than two decades, so why not swing with the tech he puts in his bag? Lefty was involved in the design of the Callaway’s Big Bertha Alpha 815, and it's one of the most adjustable drivers on the market. Callaway has bottomed out the center of gravity in the club, so adjust the Gravity Core weight all the way down to reduce spin or raise it for increased air time and more spin. The club also features a fully adjustable hosel, so you can optimize launch conditions – increase loft by two degrees to get it up fast or dial it down a full one degree when you need to keep it low. With all that weight moved lower, the face is light as ever, leading to higher ball speeds at impact.
07 of 09
There’s a whole segment of the golf club market dubbed “Game Improvement,” but very few clubs will lower your score. Enter the Cobra Fly Z Driver, which moves weight backwards to drive your ball farther. The center of gravity in this innovative driver is lower and farther back than any club out there. The results, per the company, is their longest driver to date. Best of all, you don’t have to be a robot to add distance with the Fly Z Driver, because the low, deep center of gravity forgives off-center hits, and an all-new Forged E9 Zone Face makes for a sweet spot the size of a grapefruit.
08 of 09
If you like the innovation Nike Golf has put in your bag, hurry up and pick up their sweet Nike Vapor Flex Driver, because the company announced it will cease making clubs in 2017 to focus on golf apparel and footwear. This innovative club replaces titanium with a strong, less dense carbon fiber to lighten the load. There’s an adjustable weight in the body that shifts the club’s center of gravity from front to back – load the club in the back for a higher trajectory off the club face or front load it for low-launch, low-spin drives.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Yeah, you read that right. At 520 CC the Nextt Golf Green Monster XL isn’t exactly tournament legal. But then again, if you’re just playing with your buddies on the local course, who cares? Step into the tee box with this behemoth and you can swing with confidence knowing your driver has the largest sweet spot possible. Nextt Golf’s Power Cell technology keeps the club light, the center of gravity low and the club face hot for an explosive launch.
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