The Best Golf Drivers Available In The Market Today – Buyer’s Guide
If you are looking to improve your golf game, you may be wondering what the best golf drivers are.
Perhaps you are hoping that a better golf club can finally get your golf score down.
What are the best golf drivers, and can they really make that much of a difference in your golf game?
And while we are on the subject, who were the best golf drivers, aka, professional golfers who hit their drives really well?
Is There Such as Thing as the “Best Golf Drivers of All Time”?
Before we continue, let us consider the subject a little more.
If you think by reviewing a list of the “best golf drivers” on a website, you can find a club that will somehow fix your golf score, think again.
(If, on the other hand, you really were looking for a list of golf professionals who are good at driving, we have that list included below, just to cover all the bases.)
We cannot possibly list the definitive list of alleged “best golf drivers” in terms of clubs, because the technology is now changing so rapidly. What was once an innovative club a few years ago is now old news and being supplanted by the latest and greatest.
Perhaps, in the past, when drivers were made of wood and all were fairly consistent in design, we might have been able to say, “here is the best driver.”
At that time, a ten-year difference, or even 15 years of time, might not change the dynamics of a golf driver. In the early to mid-20th century, golf club design was just not something that changed that dramatically prior to modern computers and technologies. It was not until the 1970s that we really started to see some innovations in golf clubs when the first metal wood driver was created.
Now, companies such as TaylorMade Golf Company, Inc. are spitting out new technologies and club designs so quickly that heads are spinning. Some people are saying, “Wait a minute, slow down a little bit there.”
If you are in amateur competition, you may have to follow some rules and guidelines for clubs and drivers, so things cannot change so dramatically that a driver might look like it’s from outer space. Still, we can bet that the clubs being made 10 years from now will be so different, that your club from today will be obsolete – at least technically speaking.
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A List of Some of the Best Golf Drivers (Clubs) of the Past
With all that said, there are some golf clubs that have been notable over the years. Here is a list of some of the best golf drivers (that is, golf clubs, not people) made in the past:
- TaylorMade Pittsburgh Persimmon Driver
- Ben Hogan Apex
- PING Eye 2
- PowerBilt Citation Persimmon Woods
- Callaway Big Bertha
- Titleist 975D
- Ping TiSi
- Callaway Big Bertha Steelhead
- TaylorMade Burner Bubble
- Nike SQ Sumo2
- TaylorMade 300 Series
- Callaway Big Bertha Warbird
- Callaway Warbird
- Cleveland Launcher 460
- PING G10
- Titleist 983K Driver
- TaylorMade R7 Quad
- Nike VRS Covert 2.0
- Callaway Big Bertha 2014
- TaylorMade R1
- Mizuno MP 630
- PING Karsten Laminated Woods
- Callaway X2 Hot
- TaylorMade SLDR
- Bombtech Grenade Driver
- PowerBilt Air Force One DFX
- Powerbilt Air force One Driver
- Ping G30
- Titleist 913 D3
- Mizuno JPX 850
- COBRA Fly Z
The first item on this list, the TaylorMade Pittsburgh Persimmon Driver, was the first metal driver ever released to the public. This driver, from 1978, changed how golf drivers were made. (The heads were previously made from wood.) This totally changed the game of golf and started the trend we have today of new technologies improving the performance of golf drivers and other clubs like fairway woods.
The problem is, as we have already noted, most of these “best golf drivers” are already out of date. You cannot buy them new. So, what should you get today?
Let us consider a few things. First, do you really need to update your golf clubs or driver if they are working well enough for you?
Can a Good Driver Really Make a Difference in Your Golf Game?
You may feel some pressure to upgrade your clubs, especially with all the marketing about the “latest” and “greatest” in golf club technologies.
Does this mean you need to start worrying about upgrading clubs every year or few years? Will golf clubs become like smartphones, purposefully made obsolete?
First, let’s deal with you and your golf game.
The question is: If you use the best golf drivers, will this make you a better golfer?
Yes and no.
Having the right golf equipment can and will make your golf game better. It may be easier to hit the ball and get it in the direction you want to go.
However, having the latest and greatest in golf club technology is not a guarantee that you will become an amazing golfer overnight. It can help, but a new golf club is not a magic wand.
Here are some things to consider when looking at improving your golf game:
1. Are You Thinking New Golf Clubs Will Fix Everything?
Golf is one of the most challenging games on the planet. It requires a lot of patience and skill. Golf, in general, is not very forgiving. If you miss one shot, you are significantly adding to your score. If that one missed shot puts you at a terrible angle or in the brush, you could end up losing a couple of swings. Your score could skyrocket.
New golf clubs may help a little, but they can’t fix bad technique.
2. Are You Tempted to Spend Money Just to Get the “Latest and Greatest”?
Look, if you have money to spend and it is not an issue, by all means, get the latest and greatest. However, if your golf club buying habit is upsetting your spouse and dipping into the kid’s college fund, it may be time to cool down a bit and slow down your golf spending.
As long as we have modern technology and the game of golf, there will always be new types of golf drivers. Do not drive yourself crazy trying to keep up with the new technologies every year. Sure, if it is a fun hobby for you, and you can afford it, go ahead and try the new clubs that come out.
However, if you are constantly tweaking and adjusting your golf swing to learn these new clubs, it could end up hurting more than it helps.
3. Is the Money You Spend on New Equipment Better Spent on Golf Lessons?
This is a comment you will actually find frequently in online reviews of golf clubs. Basically, people try out a new club that is supposed to have amazing effects on a golf swing. When it does not perform as promised, or they dislike the club for some reason, the advice is: “You would be better off spending your money on golf lessons.”
And, it may be true that golf lessons and coaching by a seasoned professional will do much more to improve your game than some tweak to the driver you are using.
4. Are the Golf Clubs You Have Currently Good Enough?
If you have a set of golf clubs, including a driver, that is of high quality and work well, do they need to be upgraded just to have newer technology that might shave a few points off your golf score?
For some people, that answer is not so complicated. They may have clubs that work well but they just want that extra oomph. The added expense is not a concern.
It also may be that your clubs really aren’t that great for you. Maybe they aren’t fitted properly, or you have outgrown them.
Finding the Best Driver and Golf Clubs for Your Skill Level
Ultimately, the best golf driver for you will be different than the best type of driver for your best friend or spouse. Your height, weight, strength, and style of the swing will be different.
Ideally, you will go to a local golf pro shop and get some assistance. They will measure you and also provide advice about what type of golf driver would be the best for your current game.
For example, what type of shaft you have on your golf club can make a huge difference in your ability to hit the ball well. The type of golf shaft on your driver is in many respects much more important than the “latest and greatest” technology.
You could have the most amazing driver with a head made of the best in carbon composite material. It could have, like the TaylorMade M1 and M3 drivers, moveable weights to enable you to customize how the driver hits.
Yet, if you have the wrong shaft on this amazing driver, you could do much worse in your gameplay than you might with a standard, run of the mill golf club.
Golf club shafts come in different flexes, five total, depending on how fast you hit the ball. The stiffer the flex, the faster your swing should be. The slower your swing, the more flexible the shaft should be.
Men are on average stronger than women, and so use stiffer golf club shafts. The “ladies’” flex on a golf club is the most flexible, followed by the senior flex level. You can then get regular flex, stiff, and extra stiff.
Then, you might consider the weight of the club and how it could affect your swing. Perhaps a lighter weight club would work better for your particular strength and skill level.
Ultimately, the best driver for you is the one that gets professionally fitted for your particular needs.
So, what about those great golf pros who know how to drive well?
The “Best Golf Drivers” aka Professional Golfers to Emulate
If you want to learn how to be a better golfer, and hit your golf driver better, then observe and learn from the pros.
- John Daly
- David Toms
- Lee Trevino
- Sergio Garcia
- Fred Funk
- Sam Snead
- Calvin Peete
- Ben Hogan
- Jack Nicklaus
- Greg Norman
- Sandra Haynie
- Kathy Whitworth
- Karrie Webb
- Nancy Lopez
- Annika Sörenstam
Where can you watch some of these golf masters in action? As a starting place, check out YouTube, which has a lot of clips of old golf games and amazing swings. You can actually watch some full golf tournaments from the past online.
For example, the “1986 Jack Nicklaus EPIC Masters comeback win over Norman FULL Final Rd @ Augusta” – all three hours of it, is on YouTube for free at the Sk8Gr8 Sports channel. This is the historic victory of Jack Nicklaus at the Augusta National of the 1986 Masters Championship.
When you think about the changes in golf club technology over the years, it is often amazing to see vintage golf games on video. The previous golf greats did not have modern technology behind their golf drivers. They didn’t have fancy carbon in the heads, computer-designed clubs, or weighted track systems like the TaylorMade M1 and M3 series of drivers.
Prior to the 1970s, golf drivers were made of wood, primarily persimmon, and were thus smaller than modern clubs.
By watching some old school golf, you can see how the early greats in modern golf used a technique, and not just modern technology, to have a great or even epic golf game.
The Best Golf Drivers Won’t Make Up for Lack of Skill
If you come away from one thing in this article, it is that the best drivers won’t make up for lack of skill on the golf course. And, you need a golf club that matches your skill level. Work with a golf shop to get the right driver for your needs, and don’t worry about the illusive “best.”