What Are The Best Drivers Of 2017?

2017 golf season is officially over. Most important tournaments of the year passed through, and professional golfers have some time off now, until the preparation for the new season begins. Golf season for amateur players, however, often lasts much longer, but with a new year just around the corner, it is time to evaluate and reflect the season of 2017, as well as to pick out the winners in the golf gear section.

Let’s talk about drivers! Not just any drivers, but the absolute best ones of the season. Also known as the superstar of any golf club set, driver is a club that can be really difficult to master, and yet also the one that rewards you the most.

 2017 brought many new technologies and innovations, and so did this season’s most popular drivers. Let’s take a look.

Arnold Palmer once said: “What other people may find in poetry, I find in the flight of a good drive. “What he did not say, however, is how to choose the best driver so that all your balls fly just like that — perfectly angled, right to the middle of the fairway, and, preferably, long-distanced as well. To be honest, there are a lot of really important little things behind choosing the driver that would be absolutely perfect for you and your game, and that’s why it’s very common seeing golf players who are playing with drivers that are not suitable for their swings or techniques.

Remember to follow simple rules before buying your new driver, such as never buy in a hurry and without trying the club first. Yes, that driver might be an amazing fit for some of your golfing friends, but that doesn’t mean that it will be the best fit for you. For the same reason, it’s quite common for golf players to buy drivers with 10 or even 9 degrees loft now, although the launch angle and trajectory would be 100 times better with 12 or even 16 degree loft. Simple yet the most effective rule is to look at your swing’s speed first — we are more than sure that you will be able to find some answers there. This club is one of your most — if not the most — important club in the golf bag, as during the average golf round it is used for approximately 75 percent of holes. Making a bad decision can cost you quite some nerves and…well, simply break your game. Remember to choose carefully and be attentive to all the small yet extremely important little things that come with this decision.

If you want to know more about how to choose the best driver just for you, check out this video. There you will find some valuable information and the most important factors to consider before making your decision.

Best Drivers Reviewed: Buying Guide

If you are familiar with Taylormade M2 Driver, trying M1 is an absolute must. If not, even more so. M1 features 43% more carbon than last year’s model, as well as a new multi-material construction. This driver might be a good choice for those in search of a perfect distance, as it truly stands out via its long shots, which comes 5 to 10 yards longer than many other drivers. If you want to experience true accuracy and forgiveness, M1 is among the top-rated models as well, and can actually help you to hit your drives straight, or at least land them where you want to: moving 10 grams of weight side to side for direction and 15 grams front to back for forgiveness and height actually alter the ball flight, and each golf player can find the solely personalized option. Directional misses with this one still tend to stay in play, as they never lose more than 10 yards. That’s an impressive launch number for a driver. Besides, there are 28 optional shafts available for you to choose from. (Golf, IndependentGolfReviews, TaylormadeGolf)

Pros:

  • Easy to get used to and the most playable driver as well, which make draws and fades equally easy to hit.
  • Best-in-class sound: internal acoustic engineering control vibrations and pitches to produce a solid,  hot and crisp sound.
  • Features a Lightweight Crown, which allows additional weight to be utilized on the bottom of the  club to achieve preferred trajectory and ball flight.
  • Absolutely new Multi-material construction ensures maximum distance and forgiveness for every  swing.

Cons:

  • Might deliver a bit less forgiveness and ball speed protection than Taylormade M2.
  • M1 Driver’s head size is not quite as wide as M2’s, which might be an important feature for amateur golfers, as bigger club head usually adds both extra confidence and ultimate forgiveness.

Newest from the whole Cobra King series, this driver might be a great option for players who want to experience an amazing level of personalization. Cobra King F7 will give you an advanced level of customization and, if needed, will help find accuracy, as it features three different CG settings in the front, back and heel positions. If you’re interested in golf clubs’ innovations, you will like the fact that this driver has a pre-installed tracking sensor, which can be a real game changer if you want to improve your long shots. (Golf)

Pros:

  • Features improved consistency on mishits and a larger sweet spot.
  • Can be a great choice for golfers who tend to slice the ball or hit their tee shots too high.
  • For the first time in Cobra King series, F7 is powered by Arccos technology integrated into the grip, which automatically allow golfers to track the distance and accuracy of every drive.

Cons:

  • If you are a low handicap player, Cobra King F7 will probably not deliver extremely big changes to your drive shots.
  • If it’s important for you to find lower (or even higher) lofted driver, this one might not be a good option, as it features 9 to 12 degree loft.

No secret that Callaway’s Epic received a great amount of hype since it came to the market. Designed using research from Boeing and a physics concept called “energy lensing”, Epic offers the so called “Adjustable Perimeter Weighting”, which — with its 17 gram sliding weight — can absolutely change the feel of the club.

If you're looking for a driver that can help you reduce side spin and keep shots on the fairway (long-distance, that is), Callaway Epic might be a good choice. Featuring the one and only Jailbreak Technology, which is famous for increasing average distance, Epic is actually quite a forgiving driver. Besides, if sound is an an important factor for you, then you will love Epic's powerful yet muted acoustics. (PluggedinGolf)

Pros:

  • Big sweet spot guarantees more forgiveness and even more straight shots.
  • Easy shot control with a 17 gram sliding weight: Epic generates high launch and low spin tee shots.
  • Especially good option for golfers with slower swings.

Cons:

  • If you have a rather quick swing, Epic might not be the best option, as its light stock shaft and swing  weights can cause problems.
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    Standard Epic’s length is 45.5 inches long, which may take some time to adjust to.

If you’re looking for a driver that can ensure straight shots each time you swing it, Titleist 915D2 might be the one, as it performs straight and simple ball trajectories and safeguards golfers from hooks or slices — each mishit is actually more likely a push or a pull. Featuring a classic timeless look, this driver delivers high, straight shots with a chance of possible adjustability if you need it. And by “adjustability” we mean a wide variety of lofts, two distinct club heads and 5 different premium stock shafts for you to choose from. (Golf)

Pros:

  • An option for all skill levels: if you’re a low handicapper, you will find variety and versatility, and if your handicap is a bit higher, you will be happy with discovered forgiveness.
  • Features a wide cutout (ARC) on the sole behind the leading edge, which allows more flexing and       forgiveness than any other Titleist driver.
  • Even when you mishit the shot, 915D2 will deliver only minimal loss of speed.

Cons:

  • Consistent contact is mandatory with this one, and if that’s not the case with your drives, then there certainly are better options.
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    Features forgiving feel, but at the same time lacks responsiveness, as it can be quite hard to get the    ball in the air.
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    Titleist 915D2 does not show an extremely big difference from last year’s model.
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    No opportunity to adjust the Gravity Center.

If you want a driver that is lightweight and impressively forgiving, Adams Golf Men’s Blue Driver should be your top choice, especially if your handicap is a bit higher. Featuring a slightly closed face, this driver offers you the magic of reducing fades and slices, and generates a lower spin that you might actually expect. If you like that nice high launch angle, you will like this driver as well, as it’s lowered and moved to the back Center of Gravity helps to provide such trajectories. (Golf)

Pros:

  • Embedded Velocity Slot Technology ensures more flex with more speed for your drive shots.
  • Long-distance shots guaranteed, as RH adds quite a lot of roll to the ball after landing.
  • Large club head ensures maximum forgiveness and a decently sized sweet spot.

Cons:

  • Lacks loft angle adjustable options.
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    If you prefer a bit heavier clubs, this driver might not be the best option, as it’s extremely    lightweight.
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    Available only for right handed players.
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    Loud pinging noise can be quite annoying.

Rounding Up This Review

Choosing the right driver can be like putting together a jigsaw puzzle, one piece at a time: analyzing your swing’s speed, picking the right loft, deciding on the head size and selecting the proper shaft… Choosing the details will require some time, but this is worth the wait, as when all the elements that are right just for you will be combined, you will finally add that perfect driver to your golf bag.

The roundup of this year’s best drivers revealed interesting results, as well as the fact that somehow it’s all about the distance now. Distance is great, don’t get us wrong, but an exceptionally great driver is the one that can also give you excellent performance, look, sound and feel, combined with innovation and demand. If even your mishits are good enough, the ball launches with great spin, maneuvering the head feels amazing and you can personalize it to get the best results possible, then we dare to say that it’s about anything a golf player can ever ask for in a driver.

And so, the true and definite winner of the 2017 is Taylormade’s M1. Somehow, it’s shockingly easy to hit great tee shots with it, and the consistency is incredible. The precise T-Track adjustment technology lets you experience the difference in manipulating your ball flight. And what makes M1 truly great is its suitability for a wide range of golf players — whether with quick or slow swings — no other driver can offer that many different options to choose from.

 Taylormade M1 stands for “better everything”, and now we believe it.

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