Best Drivers for a Slice

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.  

Don't care why you slice and just want to hit the ball straight?  Here's the Best Drivers for a Slice:


Or you can jump straight to the Driver Comparison Table.

(Not quite a slicer but ended up here somehow?  We have an in-depth review of the best new drivers of 2018 and a review of the best drivers for beginners that might be of interest to you.)

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

Ping G400 SF Tec Driver

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.

Pros

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    Tungsten back weight gives this driver one of the deepest Center of Gravity locations in all of golf. This higher-density heel weight makes this a forgiving club. You can also dial in launch conditions before a round by adjusting loft +/- 1 degree on the hosel.
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    Lighter swinging club will help you square the club face. The streamlined shaping of the club, along with new turbulators and Vortec Technology, reduces drag by 40 percent mid-downswing and 15 percent overall which helps increase club head speed.
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    Alta CB Premium Shaft uses a proprietary counter-balance design that increases energy transfer. Color-Shift Paint Technology features a vibrant copper shaft paint that transitions to nearly all black as you address the ball.

Cons

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    Some golfers that lack confidence in their address may not appreciate the smaller profile of the club face.
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    There is no Center of Gravity adjustability limiting ways to adjust ball flight to shaft or loft adjustment.

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.

Pros

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    Offset hosel and fixed back-heel weighting/center of gravity helps promote straighter and higher arcing drives with little sidespin that promotes slicing. A straight neck hosel is also available for golfers that want minimal draw bias.
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    Visually-pleasing crown alignment, highlighted by the iconic Cobra logo and white face lines, makes it easier to align the club head at address.  This gives you more confidence and results in straighter trajectories down the fairway.
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    F-Max features a forged Titanium 6-4 face which delivers improved ball speed on drives that are not struck on the center. Despite the club's ultra lightweight design, the club head has enough of a weighty feel.  This weighty feel remains stable and firm through impact.

Cons

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    Like most drivers in the game-adjustment category there is no adjustability with this driver.
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    The hosel is offset more than some other draw-bias drivers.  This can work against golfers that do not have a major slice problem.

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.

Pros

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    D-Type combines added heel-weight, slightly offset hosel and advanced visual cues to promote a square face at address and a more draw-biased swing through impact.
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    Geocoustic Tech features best in class sound thanks to a design that relies on the geometry of a sunken sole portion of the driver and acoustical engineering. Ultra-light, thick-thin 9-1-1Titanium is used and that helped engineers free up volume without raising the center of gravity.
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    Customize your performance with a new 4 degree aluminum loft sleeve that features 12 adjustable settings to help stop your slice habit. M2 D-Type comes equipped with a high launching Matrix Ozik MFX X5 shaft but other custom shafts are available. The 360 dual feel performance grip for a consistent feel throughout your swing.

Cons

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    There is no adjustable weight system on the sole that comes with the 2017 TaylorMade M1 driver.
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    Some golfers can struggle to keep the spin rates down with this driver which can cost some distance overall.  But the tradeoff is not finding trouble down the right side.

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.

Pros

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    The 460cc titanium forged club head has a deep face design and thickness technology that provides better forgiveness and max power from more contact points on the face.
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    Weight is positioned to the rear of the sole to help create a deep center of gravity for high-launching tee shots. The internal sole design also incorporates additional weight in both the heel and toe to provide maximum stability and performance.
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    Offset hosel allows the face to square up at impact to help natural slicers keep their ball in the fairway. The offset for this second generation Hot Launch driver is twice as offset as the original Hot Launch Offset.  This gives golfers twice the slice fighting protection.

Cons

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    Some golfers that reviewed the driver felt like the trade off for some lost distance was not worth the fade correction.
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    Unlike other Hot Launch drivers, there is no adjustability with this offset model.

PING G SF Tec Driver Review

Ping G Series SF Tech Fairway

You might think PING has cornered the market in draw-biased drivers with another entry on our list.

The major difference between this club and the PING G400 SFT is that this PING G SF Tec has a now standard in the modern game 460cc club head vs. the 445cc club head on the G400 SFT.

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.

Pros

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    PING engineers used biomimicry to produce the Dragonfly Technology design of the club face. The result is a thin crown pattern that saves 8 grams, allowing for a CG towards the heel to help fight your slice.
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    The CG is not only towards the back but is the lowest, deepest CG of any PING driver manufactured. This generates greater distance by increasing dynamic lift. The end result is maximum forgiveness and a shot that long-time slicers will find drifting right-to-left and back into play.
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    Dial in your ideal launch conditions prior to a round with five setting to adjust loft up to +/1 1 degree. The 7075 aluminum hosel sleeve is lightweight, high-strength and aerodynamic.

Cons

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    The over-sized club head looks too over-sized for some. The eye-catching turbulators can be a distraction to some at address.
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    The lighter swing weight of the SF Tech leaves some hitters wanting some more heft behind the club.

Best Driver for a Slice Comparison Table

Distance

 Slice Correction

Adjustable

Price

Overall

Longest

Very Good

None

Reasonable

Very Long

Very Good

LImited

Pricey

Very Long

The Most Slice Correction

None

Reasonable

Average

Adequate

Limited

Reasonable

Long

Almost Too Much

None

Very Affordable

And the Best Driver for a Slice is ...

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.

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