The reaction on the golf course to a badly sliced tee shot usually comes in two waves.
First, there is some stunned silence as you watch your ball slice off target and out of view.
Then realizing you don’t want to injury anybody or end up in small claims court, you scream “FORE!”.
Keep in mind it's not just the beginning golfer that fights the slice. Even the good players fight the slice from time to time.
Slicing your tee shots all the time, however, is not a laughing matter. If you fall into that camp, the good news is that equipment is out there to help you tame that slice.
That leads us to the question, what are the best drivers for a slicer? Before we issue you a prescription, let's diagnosis the problem.
What is a slice?
We aren't talking about shanks or totally mishits off the tee. Your average Saturday afternoon slice is a decently-struck drive that simply doesn't fly straight. It slices off course left-to-right for right-handers and right-to-left for the southpaws.
Anatomy of a Slice
When you slice the ball you are not striking your tee shot with a square club face at impact. Leaving your club face open relative to the club path results in a shot that moves to the right off the tee.
The opposite errant tee shot is when you strike the ball with the club face closed relative to path at impact. This results in a hook or ball that moves to the left.
For most high-to-mid range handicappers the slice is a bigger concern than the hook. Most slicers tend to pull their driver inside on the back swing. Then they have to make a big out-to-in swinging left through impact that opens up the club face.
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Why do I slice my Driver and but not my Irons?
Many golfers they can play most of their irons fairly straight but find themselves deep in the woods after a slice from the tee.
The design of the driver is primarily why it is more prone to slicing. For starters, your driver is the longest club in your bag. The longer the club and swing the more that can go wrong during your swing. Add all this up and it results in your club face not being square at impact.
Your driver is also your lowest lofted club and the curve of the ball is exaggerated off the face of a driver.
What creates a slice?
Technically, a slice happens when you have an out-to-in swing path with an open clubface relative to the path.
The average golfer usually will have an out-to-in swing path on the downswing and the result will be an open club face at impact and the result will be a slice.
But in simple terms, for most of us a slice is because we have an open clubface at impact.
So to fix the slice, we need to address the open clubface at impact. The open clubface can be caused be a variety of things:
- A Weak Grip
- Bad Alignment
- Improper Transition from Backswing to Downswing
Discussing in detail or fixing any of those issues are outside the scope of this article. But, if you find yourself with this dreaded slice. You have two options:
- Check out our article on How to Stop Slicing, or if you don't have time to practice...
- The average golfer can call on today's new line of drivers to help control their slice. Keep reading.
Driver Technology to Help Slicers: Offset
Since slicers have trouble getting the club faced closed at impact. Club manufacturers have given them an edge by creating drivers that are "offset".
In an offset driver, the club face is not aligned directly with the shaft. Instead it is set back slightly from the neck or hosel.
When a slicer hits their normal shot the offset gives the club face a fraction more time to get square before impact. This can limit slicing off the tee.
Of course, if you have perfect a swing that has your club on plane then using an offset driver will cause you to hit the ball with a closed club face. A closed club face will result in a hook.
Shifting the Weight in the Driver to Control Your Slice
Offset drivers are not the only way golf engineers can help slicers.
Drivers are also made with more weight in the heel of the club, which is where the club face meets the shaft. The extra heel weight makes the rear end of the club rotate slower. That keeps the club face more closed at impact which can correct a slice from happening.
The Best Drivers for a Slice
Now that you know what to look for, let's take a look at five good slice-fighting clubs on the market:
PING G400 SFT Driver Review
The fact that "SFT" in this driver name stands for Straight Flight has us headed in the right direction.
This driver club head measures 445 cubic centimeters, which is 15 cubic centimeters smaller than the standard 460 cc driver. The smaller club head and custom-engineered, reduced drag design results in a lighter swing weight. That will help you square the club face up at impact and limit left-to-right shots. Tungsten heel-weights are another feature to cure your slice.
This club, which comes in 10 and 12 degrees loft, is winning praise for correcting your slice without over-doing the changes to the normal G400 club line. PING engineers say that a shot hit properly with this driver will result in a drive 10 yards to the left of your normal path.
Cobra F-Max Offset Driver Review
Cobra is known for giving more "oomph for you mph" but with the F-Max Offset the focus is on keeping you in the fairway.
The key to this club is lightweight technology, it is Cobra's lightest driver, to give the average player more speed and distance.
Cobra's research found that golfers with a moderate swing speed and tendency to slice needed a club with maximum draw bias. Ultralight construction, not only on the club face, but also on the 50-gram Superlight shaft help make this club a breeze to swing. Most graphite driver shafts weigh in between 60 and 90 grams so you will feel the difference.
An added bonus is improved laser grips on the club that will help with comfort and consistency on tee shots.
2017 TaylorMade M2 D-Type Driver Review
In the last two years the TaylorMade M1 and M2 drivers have taken the golf world by storm. It's no surprise to see so many professional players putting them in their bags at the biggest tournaments.
There is no argument that you can hit it long with the latest M2 driver. But keeping it in the fairway can be a problem for those that slice the ball. Thanks to the M2 D-Type, Taylormade has created a driver that mid-to-high handicappers can enjoy the straighter ball flight with this club's built-in draw bias.
The "D" stands for Draw. This club has a multi-material design, geocoustic sole and active speed pocket. This design adds heel-weight and a slight offset to deliver an average of 12 yards right-to-left draw action and up to 20 yards of draw-bias. That can make the difference between the tall stuff and the fairway for many weekend golfers.
New for 2018, TaylorMade released their new M3 and M4 Drivers. As with the M2, TaylorMade released the M4 D-Type Driver. This is an upgrade over the M2 D-Type Driver reviewed here, for more information please read our full review of the M3 and M4 Drivers. However, given the price drop after the M4 D-Type was released, we still consider the M2 D-Type driver to be an excellent choice.
Tour Edge Hot Launch 2 Offset Driver Review
Tour Edge may not have the name cachet as PING, Cobra or TaylorMade. Over the last 20 years, it has morphed from garage club maker to a major player in the industry.
The Hot Launch 2 Offset, which we think is a rocking name for a driver, is a club with a dramatically expanded sweet spot to deliver more power, even on mishits. Sole weighting and offset hosel combine to keep your ball on a right-to-left trajectory.
PING G SF Tec Driver Review
You might think PING has cornered the market in draw-biased drivers with another entry on our list.
The PING straight flight technology gives this driver a fast swing and is draw-biased thanks to a CG nearer the heel and an adjustable face angle.
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We think you should put the 2017 TaylorMade M2 D-Type driver in your bag. Not only is it a great club, but given the release of the new M4 D-Type Drivers, it is hard to find a better value on a new driver.
And the M2 D-Type still gives you added distance and maximum forgiveness. All this along with the right-to-left movement thanks to the added heel weight and a slightly offset hosel. We like that this driver doesn't scream "Offset" and looks just like the regular M2.
Since the hosel is not as offset as other drivers in this segment, you won't overcompensate in the other direction as your game improves. This driver that will put you happily in the fairway for years to come.