Best Drivers of 2020 (Complete Guide)

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    The driver is the piece of golf equipment that players lust over the most.

    Everyone wants those extra few yards off the tee so they can have bragging rights with their friends.

    If you’re a beginner, you may want to check out our buying guide for the Best Drivers For Beginners

    Here are our top picks for the best drivers on the market today…

    Best Drivers of 2020

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    Overall Top Picks

    Callaway Epic Flash

    Callaway seems to always be at the forefront of technology. This club is no exception.

    Callaway has told us that they used artificial intelligence and machine learning to run computer models of over 15,000 versions of club design and ended up with the Callaway Epic Flash. Which makes me wonder if we are reaching the point where there isn’t much room for improvement left.

    Runner Up

    Callaway Epic Flash

    The Callaway Epic Flash is an expensive option but packs a lot of technology that can be a huge help to golfers of all skill levels.

    The result of all that artificial intelligence is a face with a series of ridges that Callaway says maximizes ball speed all across the face. That means that the sweet spot is essentially larger than other clubs.

    The Epic Flash also sports Callaway’s “Jailbreak Technology.” This is a stiffer crown on the club which also helps transfer more energy to the ball on impact, increasing ball speed.

    For those of you that want to fine-tune your ball flight, the Epic Flash also contains an adjustable slider across the back of the club. Depending on whether you move it right or left, you can adjust the weight balance of the head to promote a draw or a fade. This isn’t going to correct a massive slice, but it can help you perfect the ball flight that you want.

    Just remember that you can’t change it during the round!

    The club also comes with an adjustable hosel for loft and lie angle adjustments. In 2020, you shouldn’t even look at a driver if it isn’t adjustable.

    Pros

    Great forgiveness
    Among the best in ball speed tests
    Adjustability

    Cons

    Very expensive
    Better players may want more control or a smaller head

    Titleist TS3

    If you love a more classic look and feel in a driver than the Titleist drivers are probably for you. I love them and still play the 913 D3 but this year Titleist may have convinced me that it is time for an upgrade.

    Best Classic Look Driver

    Titleist TS3

    The Titleist TS3 packs a lot of great technology and ball speed into a classic look that Titleist is known for.

    The Titleist TS3 is the 460cc head (the largest allowable) model by Titleist.

    With these most recent models, Titleist has really upped their game when it comes to ball speed and spin reduction.

    My favorite part of the D2 and the D3 drivers is a feature that has been in Titleist woods for a few years now and that is the adjustability. You can change the loft and lie of the club independently from each other, letting you dial in the exact trajectory that you want. Nowadays, I wouldn’t buy a driver that doesn’t have adjustable settings.

    Pros

    Big sweet spot
    Higher launch
    Adjustable loft and lie
    Includes Cobra Connect Tech

    Cons

    Too much spin for faster swing speeds
    Large 460cc clubhead may not appeal to some players
     

    Callaway Rogue

    The Callaway Rogue is still very popular, and rightfully so. This thing is a beast.

    Since it was developed, Callaway’s Epic driver and its “Jailbreak Technology” shot up to the #1 driver on the market. According to Callaway, despite that success, this is a departure from its previous best selling driver design from last year. However, they do claim it has a new MOI enhancing shape for maximum forgiveness.

    Best For: Mid and High Handicap Players, All Swing Speeds
    Customization Options:
     40g, 50g, 60g, 70g and 80g  shafts by Aldila and Project X

    Callaway Rogue Driver

    The Callaway Rogue is a less recent model driver but that means you can find it at a reduced price which makes it a tremendous value.

    The face makes use of what Callaway calls “The Jailbreak Effect.” They have used this technology last year but the Rogue has new, hourglass-shaped titanium bars, which is supposed to make them significantly lighter without affecting their ability to minimize crown and sole deflection at impact. That allows for a thinner face, more energy transfer, and ultimately a faster ball speed. They also use varying thicknesses across the face to maximize ball speed on off-center hits.

    When trying out the club, off-center hits were pretty close to center hits on the simulator I used. Of course, that is not a scientific test at all but it seems to match what Callaway is saying about this driver.

    Ok, enough of the tech, how did it feel…

    It seemed huge to me! Now I am used to a smaller driver head but this seems excessive. What stood out to me immediately was how long it was from face to the back.

    I will say that once I got over the size and shape, it performed quite well. I ended up with some of my longest hits on the simulator with this driver. Callaway says the Rogue has an MOI that is 6% higher than the Epic. Since owners of the Epic will probably want to hear a comparison, I tried one of those head to head with this club and I have to say the results from the Rogue were better.

    The Rogue comes in standard and “draw head” options. The draw head is also 1 degree upright. Probably because over the top slice swings are also more upright. I won’t get too much into it here but this is a terrible choice if you intend on actually working to improve your swing. However, if you are happy to hack away with a steep over the top move, then this might help you a little.

    Each one can be adjusted as to loft and lie, which is great.

    Cobra King F8

    Cobra is touting their new milled face process that removes the person from the process to create a more precise face that is 3% thinner and 10% lighter than before. Thinner means more energy transfer from the club to the ball and lighter means more clubhead speed. Both are good things.

    One of the cooler things in the new Cobra drivers is the Cobra Connect grip. It is basically a grip that lets you insert an Arccos sensor so you can track your shots with the Arccos App without having one of those big nubs at the end of the club. It’s not a huge deal since you can just buy the grip by itself, but it’s kinda cool that they made it standard.

    Like most driver models today, Cobra has two versions, each for a different player profile.

    The F8 is for high launch and more forgiveness. It is also the larger of the two at 460cc and imparts more spin than its counterpart.

    I will say that of all the 460cc models I got to try out, this one seemed to be the most visually appealing. It didn’t have that beach ball on a stick feel that a lot of larger drivers have. I felt more comfortable swinging this club than the other 460cc versions of the models above.

    These drivers also have the MyFly Hosel that allows you to adjust the loft of the club. The F8 is adjustable from 9 to 12 degrees.

    It also seemed to have the most control of the larger more forgiving models. It certainly was not as workable as the 440cc drivers, but it handled quite well. That can be a double-edged sword like I mentioned above. However, for the player that can hit it straight, but maybe it doesn’t always hit the sweet spot of the clubface, this is a great option. 

    Best For: Mid to High Handicap Players, Low to Moderate Swing Speeds
    Customization Options:
    There are a ton of shaft options…too many to list here.

    The F8+ is the smaller (440cc) version that generates less spin and is more workable (and of course…less forgiving).

    I really liked the looks of this club. Not quite as much as the Titleist, but still a great classic look (with a lot of tech under the hood).

    The F8+ also has the MyFly Hosel but this one is adjustable from 8 to 11 degrees. As a driver that is designed with the better and faster swinging player in mind.

    Best For: Mid to Low Handicap Players, Higher Swing Speeds
    Customization Options: 
    There are a ton of shaft options…too many to list here.

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