How To Use This Driver Selector
We wanted to make choosing a new driver as easy as possible for you.
So we put together this simple quiz to help you narrow down your options and find the perfect driver for your game.
In order to give you the best experience, we only included our top picks here. So you won’t get recommendations of every driver on the market that fits your game…only the best options. We took the time to curate the picks so you can rest assured these are the ones that tested as the most forgiving and that fit the options that you choose in the quiz above.
What We Based The Picks On
First and foremost, you should be looking for the right driver for you. There is no such thing as the best driver for everyone. That’s why we created this quiz to help you narrow down the options.
Here are the factors that we looked at..
No matter what your skill level is, forgiveness is important in a driver. Even the pros don’t hit the center of the clubface every time.
If you are a higher handicap player or a beginner then forgiveness should be the primary factor you consider when choosing a driver. The vast majority of golfers need a very forgiving driver.
We focused a lot on forgiveness. That’s because when you are attempting to hit the driver, maximizing distance even on imperfect hits is important. Hitting the ball consistently far has a much more positive effect on your score than the occasional bomb.
Also, the driver is the club you are probably most prone to overswing and trying too hard. This leads to mistakes and off-center hits. So you want a club that doesn’t punish you much for those swings.
Your swing and skill level will change over time and buying a new driver each time is a terrible idea.
This is why most modern drivers come with an adjustable hosel.
These clubs often let you change the loft and lie angle of the driver. In addition to being helpful if your swing changes over time, this adjustability can also help you on a day-to-day basis.
For example, on a wet day, you may want a little more loft for more carry, while on a dry day, less loft can maximize rollout. You can even make adjustments based on the course itself. Although I would caution against doing this too much as it can often cause more harm than good by messing with your swing. But it is worth experimenting with for courses that you play regularly.
The shaft is the engine of the club. Choosing the right one can make a huge difference in both distance and control.
One of the added benefits of an adjustable club is that you can swap out the shaft very easily if you want to test new ones or your swing changes. This means that you can find a great price for a club online and then go to your local fitter to really fine-tune your club with the right shaft.
Look and Feel
Everyone has personal preferences when it comes to clubs. Don’t underestimate the importance of having a club that gives you confidence when you look down at it.
Back many years there were a couple of companies that came out with square-shaped drivers. I still don’t know if the shape was more or less beneficial because I don’t think I was ever able to put a good swing on the ball with one.
The lesson…you still have to swing the club yourself no matter how good the technology is.
Of course, price is important. If you spend your whole golf budget on a new driver then you can’t play as much.
That’s why we wanted to give you options at different price levels. So don’t feel like you’re missing out with a lower-priced club. Sometimes a model that is a couple of years old is a tremendous bargain and is maybe 95% as good as the latest and greatest.