With new takes on adjustability, added forgiveness and promises of even more yardage, there has never been more choice in the all-important Golf Driver market…

Buyer’s Guide

Custom fitting
Getting custom fitted for your driver is crucial because the various head designs across the market offer very different launch conditions. Gone are the days of when you were a ‘9.5° stiff’ golfer, as your ideal spec will vary from one model to another. Be sure to go to a reputable pro that uses a launch monitor and has a good variety of drivers from different manufacturers to try.

Adjustability
This comes in many forms and nearly all drivers on the market are adjustable these days, but what you want and how much you’ll use it will vary from golfer to golfer. Some models will offer face angle adjustability, others allow you to tweak the loft and lie angle while you can also change the weighting in the sole to change the ball flight. Think about which would most benefit your game before making your purchase. We would recommend you let a PGA Pro carry out the adjustability during a fitting to be sure you are maximising distance correctly.

Looks
Performance among most of the drivers on the market is very similar so cosmetics play a big part. You need to be comfortable in what you look down on at address. There are many different colours and shapes on offer in 2015 and picking one that suits your eye will help you make better swings.

Shaft
The shaft certainly plays a role in the overall performance of a driver. Shorter shafts tend to enhance control and dispersion while longer shafts generate more club speed but are more difficult to control. They also come in different weights and flexes. Again, the only way to know which is best for you is to get fitted by a PGA Pro.

Distance or Forgiveness?
Finally, think about where you need to improve: distance, workability or forgiveness. While most drivers offer a combination of all of these, some will favour one over the other. The smaller the head shape, the more workable it is but it’s size means it lacks forgiveness. 460cc drivers, the largest allowed by the Rules of Golf, will be stable through impact but perhaps less easy to shape through the air.

 

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Callaway XR 16 driver review

Golf Monthly's Callaway XR 16 driver review, a model with a raised crown section that reduces aerodynamic drag for more clubhead speed and distance

£289.00

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Ping G driver

Golf Monthly's Ping G driver review, the model that replaces the popular G30 and now features Dragonfly and Vortec technology to improve performance in key areas

£349.00

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Cobra King F6+ driver

Golf Monthly's Cobra King F6+ driver review, a new model that features an ultra-low CG position and 18-gram sliding weight to help optimise launch and spin to maximise distance

£299.00

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Srixon z355 driver

Golf Monthly's Srixon Z355 driver review, a club that features extra weight in the head and a high balance point shaft to help increase distance and forgiveness

£279.00

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Nike Vapor Fly driver

Golf Monthly's Nike Vapor Fly driver review, with updated technology to increase launch and distance as well as a fresh blue colour scheme

£249.99

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Cobra King LTD driver

Our Cobra King LTD driver review, a space-inspired driver with a Space Port and ultra-light carbon fibre crown to lower the CG position while maintaining forgiveness

£329.00

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Callaway Great Big Bertha driver

The Golf Monthly Test Team's Callaway Great Big Bertha driver review, a model with loft, lie and shot shape adjustability and a hot clubface for more distance

£369.00

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Callaway Berth Mini 1.5

  Key technology The Bertha Mini 1.5 is a versatile and forgiving driver alternative for those struggling with inconsistency from the tee which also provides an option from the fairway.…

£249.00

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Yonex Ezone Tri-G driver

Yonex EZONE Tri-G driver review Replacing The EZONE Tri-G replaces the i-EZONE driver, the brand’s first adjustable model that had a white section on the crown to assist alignment. Loft…

£399.00

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Mizuno JPX850 driver review

Golf Monthly’s Mizuno JPX850 driver review: Key technology: The Fast Track weight system first seen in 2007 makes a return in the Mizuno JPX850 driver. It features two twin eight-gram…

£349.00
Nike Covert 2.0 driver

Nike VRS Covert 2.0 review: Components 1) Shaft options – The Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver TiNi is a new shaft designed to produce a lower launch and less spin…

£250.00

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Benross HOT SPEED 10 Driver

Three new Benross drivers have been launched for the 2015 season, all offering adjustability but with each one designed to suit different golfers. Above we review the Benross Hot Speed…

£199.00

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Wilson Staff FG Tour M3 driver review

Wilson Staff FG Tour M3 driver review: This is the first adjustable Wilson Staff driver. The loft can be moved down one degree or up two degrees, and the driver…

£249.00

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