Best Golf Driver 2019

Hitting it Deep: The Top 10 Golf Drivers for 2019

Looking for a new golf driver for 2019?

We know how you feel. Nothing beats bombing one off the tee and straight down the middle, except blasting it down the middle twenty yards past everyone else.

You get to innocently say things like “is that my ball way up there,” or “gee, my long irons are getting a lot of rest today.”

Today’s drivers will get you further and straighter down the fairway than ever before.  Every one of them boasts new levels of distance, forgiveness, and adjustability.

Let’s see if we can help with this short primer and rundown on the best new golf drivers 2019 has to offer. If you need a little help in knowing what to look for, pay attention to our New Driver FAQ about halfway through the article. For the discount minded golfer, at the end of the article we have a quick review of the best golf drivers 2018.

Our Picks for Best Golf Drivers of 2019

  1. Callaway Epic FlashBest All-Around Driver
  2. Cobra F9 SpeedbackRunner Up Best Driver and Best Golf Driver Value
  3. TaylorMade M6 DriverLongest Golf Driver
  4. Callaway Epic Flash Sub ZeroBest Low Spin Golf Driver
  5. Titleist TS3 Driver – Most Accurate Driver of 2019
  6. TaylorMade M5 Driver
  7. Mizuno ST190G
  8. Titleist TS2 Driver
  9. Mizuno ST190
  10. Titleist TS4 Driver

Editorial Note: If you are a beginner or high handicapper, you might want to read our guide to the best drivers for beginners before you tackle this article.  Also, if you battle a chronic slice, you will want to check out our review of the best drivers for a slice.

Best Driver for Distance

Best Golf Driver Reviews 2019

1. TaylorMade M5 Driver

The TaylorMade M5 Driver was created to literally test the limits on ball speed. Combined with an abundance of customization options, the M5 Driver is one of the best golf drivers for high handicappers on the market.

The engineers at TaylorMade have upgraded old tech and debuted a few new tricks for the M5. All of it works together to make a driver that’s incredibly forgiving of off-center hits while bringing ball speed to the maximum.

For all the fine-tuning TaylorMade has put into the M5, they let you do a little fine-tuning yourself. Or a lot, as the case may be. There are a plethora of adjustable options – up to 1,770 settings per loft, according to TaylorMade. For those who want things the way they want them, that might just sound like heaven. But for those who are new to the game or don’t find fractions of an inch make much difference in their game, it might be a bit overwhelming.

There’s no one-size-fits-all driver, after all. Instead, TaylorMade blessed us with the M5 in every size imaginable.

Head size: 460cc (or 435cc for the Tour version)

Lofts: 9°, 10.5°, 12°

Length: 45.75”

Pros:

  • Twist Face technology. The technologically-advanced and much-loved corrective face curvature dubbed “Twist Face” was introduced in previous iterations of TaylorMade drivers. It returns to much aplomb.
  • Speed Injected. A combination of special resin injected into the bottom ends of the face almost break laws with how fast it goes.
  • Hammerhead 2.0. An upgraded three-tier slot in the face, intended to drastically improve ball forgiveness.
  • Tons of options. You’re free to customize pretty much every aspect of this club.

Cons:

  • Expensive. This driver is definitely one of the priciest around, especially with a number of extra-cost upgrades available.
  • Time-consuming to optimize. With tons of customization options at your feet, it can take forever to put together the club that’s right for you.

2. TaylorMade M6 Driver

Where the M5 Driver excelled in customization, the TaylorMade M6 Driver strips things down a little to focus on one thing: forgiveness.

It’s a little bit like magic.

The much loved Twist Face design, a sole beautifully weighted with inertia-generating carbon composite material, and the flexibility of the Hammerhead 2.0 slot all work together to deliver a more consistent spin and plenty of correction for skewed strokes.

The weight added by the 46 grams of carbon brings the center of mass down low and deep. But rather than make for a clunky driver, that weight is coupled with TaylorMade’s classically beautiful aerodynamic shaping and trademark Speed Injection to give us perhaps the longest driver on this list.

Ultimately, the TaylorMade M6 is a beautiful driver for players of any handicap. It’s an excellent combination of tried-and-true TaylorMade engineering and a focus on providing players with a club that doesn’t punish imperfect shots. It’s certainly an investment, but you’ll find it to be a worthy addition to your bag.

Head size: 460cc

Lofts: 9°, 10.5°, 12°

Length: 45.75”

Pros:

  • Long drives. The right balance of aerodynamic weighting and refined Hammerhead slots are guaranteed to make your drives go far.
  • “Inertia Generator.” That’s how TaylorMade describes the low carbon sole, which provides maximum distance without sacrificing accuracy. 
  • Ultra-forgiving. Thanks to the redesigned face and speedy resin-injected head.
  • Versatile. Trajectory correction for the high handicappers, fast for the low, and dependable for all. The M6 is great no matter your skill level.

Cons:

  • Fewer customization options than the M5, which may actually be a pro, depending on what you like.
  • Pricey. With great quality comes great cost, after all.

3. Callaway Epic Flash Driver

The engineers at Callaway got to sit back and let artificial intelligence do the hard work for the Epic Flash Driver. After several million dollars and thousands of computer models, the result is one of the most unexpected and impressive drivers on the market today.

Callaway really strove to implement new ideas in meaningful ways and cut to the chase with the Epic Flash Driver. From the simple sliding weight to combining old Jailbreak tech with new Flash Face, these components work together to consistently deliver farther lengths. Plus, there is just a little adjustability thrown in for good measure. You won’t get bogged down in the details or in a thousand ways to alter your club to eke out a few extra feet. It just does what it’s meant to do: carry the ball far and fast.

The Epic Flash Driver has been hyped by practically all golf driver reviews. We did the same thing in our review of the Epic Flash Driver. That’s because it’s hard to find flaws in this machine-perfected club, which players of any skill level will adore.

Head size: 460cc

Lofts: 9°, 10.5°, 12°

Length: 45.5”

Pros:

  • Designed by artificial intelligence. How do you surpass the limits of human intelligence? You let a computer find the scientifically-best design for a driver.
  • Flash Face and Jailbreak tech for stability and speed. Bars on the inside of the club provide stability and focus impact on the face, leading to greater ball speed.
  • T2C Triaxial Carbon Crown. A new lightweight material for better balance – and better forgiveness.
  • Sliding weight. A 16-gram weight allows you to adjust your MOI on the spot.

Cons:

  • Less forgiveness than similar models. But all in all, it’s hard to find a real fault with the Epic Flash.
  • Expensive. But for those who value the innovation of this club, it’ll be worth the price.

4. Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero Driver

As artificial intelligence refined thousands upon thousands of potential models for the Epic Flash, the engineers at Callaway put in just a few more tweaks for the Epic Flash Sub Zero.

The Sub Zero features a slightly smaller head than the original to make it more workable, if less forgiving. This makes it one of the best golf drivers for mid handicappers looking for a little more control when it comes to bending the ball to either side. High handicappers might find it to be a bit hard to control or that their shots don’t go straight, so be careful when choosing between the forgiving Epic Flash and the meticulous Sub Zero.

Finally, the low lofts and optimized shape make ball spin practically a non-issue for those who have trouble in that arena. Low spin is required to take the ball as far as the Sub Zero sends it. Those who struggle with spin because of their natural attack angle may just find their safe haven in the arms of Callaway’s computers.

Other than that, the Epic Flash Sub Zero is almost identical to the vanilla Epic Flash. But that’s undeniably a good thing, considering the revolutionizing precedent Callaway has set for the future of driver technology. The fact that they decided a smaller headed version of the Epic Flash was warranted should indicate that the Sub Zero can stand all on its own.

Head size: 460cc

Lofts: 9°, 10.5°

Length: 45.5”

Pros:

  • Low spin. Coming in only 9° or 10.5° lofts and with a lightweight head, the Epic Flash offers probably the lowest amount of spin of all the clubs on this list. Excellent for taking the ball farther, especially in wind.
  • AI design. Computer optimized for the ideal head shape and size for a driver.
  • Flash Face and Jailbreak tech combined. To set you up for the high MOI to support the low spin.

Cons:

  • Values workability over forgiveness. That may be a problem for those struggling with a lot of mishits.

5. Cobra King F9 Speedback Driver

“Aerodynamic” is hard to get right. Every club is supposedly designed to be aerodynamic, but none cut through the air so beautifully as the Cobra King F9 Speedback Driver. As a race car pierces the air with its sleek shape while a powerful engine thrums on the interior, the Cobra King F9 strikes just the right profile and boasts lightweight materials, a CNC milled face, and a low CG to meld power and elegance.

When drivers strive to make the most aerodynamic shape, they often do so by creating an unwieldy balance through the club. That creates high spin, which translates to low distance. But the Cobra King F9 places the weight low, so you won’t need to give up distance.

The Cobra King F9 also has a specially CNC milled face meant to improve precision and consistency. It expands the acceptable area of impact for hits via a tilted bulge and a Dual Roll design. That makes mishits less likely, as the F9 will easily course correct for you. For those who make a lot of high toe to low heel misses, you’ll find the F9 is blissfully forgiving.

Head size: 460cc

Lofts: 9°, 10.5°, 12°

Length: 45.25” (standard) or 45.5” (Cobra Connect)

Pros:

  • Doesn’t sacrifice ball spin for aerodynamics. Instead, the shape is complemented by the low CG.
  • Expanded “Sweet Zone.” That’s how Cobra King describes the wide elliptical center area of the face created by E9 technology. Essentially, it widens the acceptable hit area to capture what other drivers would consider mishits.
  • Affordable. At least, as far as premium drivers go.

Cons:

  • Cluttered aesthetic design. Some aren’t fans of the visual appearance of Cobra King clubs. Otherwise, it’s tough to find flaws in this driver.

6. Titleist TS2 Driver

To maintain their reputation for creating some of the best equipment around, Titleist has reworked its drivers from the ground up. Coming from the successful-but-imperfect 917, the TS line has a new shape, paper thin faces, and an emphasis on speed.

Titleist TS2 Driver Review

The TS2 is a great all-around club. We did a detailed review of the TS2 and TS3 Drivers.

Titleist bills the TS2 Driver as the highest launching in the series. Its wide, flat profile makes it extra forgiving for off-center hits. It does offer some weight adjustability in the form of changeable cartridges, which Titleist enthusiasts may recognize from the 915. All of this makes for stable, consistent shots that high handicappers will adore.

Head size: 460cc

Lofts: 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5°

Length: 45.5”

Pros:

  • High launch, low spin. Thanks to the thin crown and low CG.
  • Wide face. In redeveloping the way they do drivers, Titleist has focused on giving the TS2 an accessible and wide face for a more forgiving ball trajectory.
  • Thinnest titanium crown available. Measuring in at just 0.65mm, the TS2 knocks off 6g and 0.35mm from the 917 for an unbelievably lightweight clubhead.

Cons:

  • Bulge and roll reduced. While some players may prefer a prominent amount of bulge and roll for forgiveness, Titleist opts for a thin and wide face. Your mileage may vary on this one.
  • Requires customization for best performance. Some of the original shafts may not be impressive for players on their own. Be prepared to do a little testing to find what works best for you.

7. Titleist TS3 Driver

The Titleist TS3 Driver greatly resembles the TS2 at its core, but with enough major differences for it to be suited to mid to low handicappers who don’t need as much leniency for an off-center hit.

The TS3 has the SureFit CG Weight adjustment options for players looking to vary their shot trajectory in the heat of the moment. With the insertion of a special pin with a magnetic cap, you can bias the weight toward the heel or toe to draw or fade respectively. Titleist labels the TS3 as a mid-launch, low-spin with a more classic shape to please longtime Titleist traditionalists.

Titleist TS3 Driver Review

The TS3 Driver is definitely meant for slightly more experienced players who are confident over their ball control. Ultimately, this club was worth the redesign Titleist put into their drivers.

Head size: 460cc

Lofts: 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°

Length: 45.5”

Pros:

  • SureFit CG Weight. An adjustable sole swingweight feature held over from the Titleist 917 days to affect MOI.
  • Rounded face for greater control over shots. While the TS2 is flat for straight and consistent shots, the TS3 allows you to finetune your shots to better or draw or fade. That means less forgiveness, but not by much.

Cons:

  • Longer shafts may be harder to control. Some players have reported a loss of control when increasing shaft length. This can potentially be mitigated with practice, but watch out if it’s something you struggle with.
  • Can be tough for those with low swing speed. The adjustable weights may make it hard for lower speed swings to generate enough launch.

8. Titleist TS4 Driver

Set for a mid-2019 release, the Titlist TS4 Driver is meant to follow up on the popularity of the TS2 and TS3. It’s described as having the lowest spin of the TS series and a forward CG for the longest ball flight ever produced by Titleist.

The TS4 is meant for a relatively small subset of players looking for an intense reduction in spin without a distance sacrifice. That means it’s not necessarily the club for everyone, but for those who need it, the TS4 is a godsend.

With its release still in the future, not many people have been lucky enough to get their hands on a TS4 just yet. But fans are already praising its existence as a much-needed option to fill a specific niche. For those who prefer higher lofts or tend to attack at a great angle, the TS4 is your key to tamping down on spin and finding more distance.

The drastic reduction in spin means that the TS4 promotes very high speeds. The CG is also set 5mm more forward than the TS2 – another feature for low spin. All in all, the TS4 was crafted for one purpose, but it seems to serve that purpose very, very well.

Head size: 430cc

Lofts: 8.5° (RH only), 9.5°, 10.5° (RH only)

Length: 45.5”

Pros:

  • Aggressive spin control. The TS4 was created precisely for the players who always seem to deliver too much spin.
  • Classic 430cc pear-shaped head. For greater fade/draw control and a more pronounced reduction in drag.
  • Low, forward CG. A classic way to reduce spin; used to great effect with the TS4.

Cons:

  • Not suited for beginners or high handicappers. This driver isn’t for the faint of heart because of the level of control needed to handle it.
  • MOI tradeoff. Spin control always seems to necessitate a lower MOI, unfortunately.

9. Mizuno ST190 Driver

Mizuno continues its development of better and better drivers with their new ST190 Driver. The company is renowned for their irons. The release of the ST190 proves they can hold their own in the driver game.

Mizuno has historically had troubles with spin control on their drivers, but the ST190 marks a vast improvement. The weight distribution, the forgiving stability, the titanium faceplate, and all the little adjustments Mizuno has made since their ST180 work together to make a driver that can meet (but not necessarily surpass) other leaders in the driver market. Lots of players have noted that the ST190 is incredibly impressive considering Mizuno’s unremarkable past with drivers. That being said, it doesn’t quite outclass offerings from Titleist or Callaway.

Finally, the ST190 ends the trend of Mizuno’s famous blue coloring, opting instead for a luxury black. Fans may miss the blue, but the heads still look gorgeous.

Head size: 460cc

Lofts: 9.5° (LH only), 10.5°

Length: 45”

Pros:

  • Amplified Wave Soleplate Technology. Mizuno’s trademark ridged design. With it, impacts are better translated into faster ball speeds through the SP700 titanium face.
  • Redistributed head weight. 7 grams has been removed from the carbon crown and placed elsewhere around the club. This is great for MOI and speed.
  • Adjustable hosel for varying loft. A nice touch for those who worry about hosel settings.
  • More affordable. Still a premium driver, but not as costly as other options on this list.

Cons:

  • Doesn’t stand out from the crowd. Is the ST190 good? Yes. Is it the best? Not compared to other brands.
  • No adjustability. The 6g backweight makes the ST190 more stable and forgiving by keeping a high MOI, but this allows no room for customization on the green.

10. Mizuno ST190G Driver

As the names suggest, the Mizuno ST 190G Driver is built upon the same foundation as the ST190. The biggest difference lies in the twin weights found in the 190G, which are 7 grams placed along dual weight tracks. Depending on where they’re set, these weights will affect your spin, as well as the fade or draw bias.

Similar to the differences between Titleist’s TS2 and TS3 drivers, the Mizuno ST190 is well-suited for forgiveness. The ST190G is a step up for more advanced players who desire a greater level of control. Many have noted the impressive distance the ST190G can grant, even at lower lofts. Mizuno has clearly managed to put all the right pieces together to make an excellent driver, even if it’s not showstopping.

In fact, the ST190G may not be as forgiveness-focused as the ST190. However, high handicap players may yet find value in this driver. It manages to straddle the line well between control and forgiveness because it reuses the same SP700 titanium face as the ST190 and implements CORTECH design. It’s a great intermediary for high handicappers looking to take things to the next level.

Head size: 460cc

Lofts: 9.0° (RH only)

Length: 45”

Pros:

  • Twin 7g weights and Fast Track Technology. These weights allow for maximum adjustability, letting you keep spin as low as possible and precisely handle shot control.
  • Quick Switch Adaptor. For changing loft and lie settings in the hosel; also found in the ST190.
  • Harmonic Impact Technology. This is Mizuno’s way of improving the responsiveness and feedback of their drivers. Players report the ST190G feeling and sounding very good.

Cons:

  • Limited loft options. Actually, just the one option out of the box. Adjustments can be made with the Quick Switch Adaptor, however.
  • Good, but not the best. As with the ST190, Mizuno has finally made a real firecracker of a club here, but it doesn’t necessarily surpass the competition.

The Winners for Best Golf Driver of 2019 are:

This year has brought us some of the most exciting and innovative new clubs we’ve ever seen. The best golf driver has to send balls far and fast – and even when it feels like we’ve reached the limit of what club technology can do, some makers manage to take it a step further.

The top spot and best overall driver definitely belongs to the Callaway Epic Flash. This driver is an engineering marvel and the first designed by artificial intelligence. If this sets off a new AI-trend in club tech, who knows how far we’ll advance the game in the coming future?

The runner up for best overall driver is, of course, the Cobra King F9 Speedback Driver. Its aerodynamic profile is unmatched, as is its forgiveness. Actually, for the high handicappers out there, we’ve decided to dub the Cobra King F9 as the most forgiving driver, too.

Our pick for the best low spin driver is the Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero. Callaway is really sweeping players of their feet with this tweaked version of the Epic Flash, now with a smaller head for low spin and maximum distance.

But the spot for the longest driver has to go to the TaylorMade M6. Most of us wondered if TaylorMade could meet the bar they set with the previous M-line iterations – and the M6 shows they still know how to make a good club.

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Selecting a New Golf Driver FAQ

I Play a Ten Year Old Driver. How Much More Distance Should I Expect?

You might be disappointed to find out that no magic bullet exists when it comes to distance off the tee.

All things being equal – the same player, shaft length, club head size, loft, and center-of-gravity placement – even best golf driver of last ten years won’t add much as far as distance, at least on perfect hits.

But, don’t let that make you think twice about getting an upgrade, because who hits the ball perfectly every time?

Thanks to a wealth of new technologies, you will get more distance on slight to moderate, and sometimes, even severe mishits, which brings us to the next question.

How Much Forgiveness Should I Expect from a New Driver?

You can expect plenty. So far, golf driver reviews for 2018 have made forgiveness the winner of this year’s most improved trophy.

Two brands (we’ll name names shortly) have entirely redesigned the clubface. Others use different combinations of variable face thickness, exact CG placement, and lightweight materials to help you keep it in the middle.

Plus, along with helping you keep it straight, today’s drivers will also impose far less distance punishment, on mishits, than those of not long ago.

Do Adjustable Center-of-Gravity Weights Work?

They work great if you take the same swing every time. A professional golfer will see an immediate difference in ball flight after making a CG weight adjustment.

Some manufacturers have begun to move away from adjustable CG weights because they found that players weren’t using them. If you have the time and the patience to set them up correctly and have a reasonably grooved swing, then center-of-gravity weights can provide an excellent level of customization.

While it’s not practical to tweak them on a regular basis, they can be used to adjust spin, launch, fade, and draw bias over the long term if your swing changes.

Also, your friends will enjoy taking bets on how long it takes you to lose the little wrench that came with your new adjustable club.

Why Would I Need an Adjustable Hosel?

Like the CG weights, an adjustable hosel provides a nice level of customization. You’ll probably only set the clubs lie once, when you first get it, unless you’re still growing ( or shrinking) but, it’s always good to be able to get your club to sit the way you like.

Many of today’s drivers will also let you fine-tune the club’s loft on the fly. You can go low against the wind and high when it’s at your back.

Even if you only set it occasionally, an adjustable hosel could be the difference between needing a new driver when your swing improves, of sticking with your current club for years to come.

Should I go with the Standard or Low-Spin model Driver?

Some people (we’ll call them guys), will buy a $4000 barbeque to cook a hot dog, or a commercial grade circular saw to cut a piece of molding.

In those cases, although they didn’t need to, going with the top-of-the-line item didn’t affect their outcome.

With golf clubs, however, deciding that a club will serve you better because better players use it, is a mistake.

Most manufacturers make low spin models with professionals in mind. They do this because some of the features that give the average player the help they need work against the elite golfers who require different qualities in their clubs.

They need feel and playability while the rest of us need distance and forgiveness.

Are the New Smaller Head Drivers Harder to Hit?

You might be surprised but, a lot of golfers, not just pros, find the smaller heads are easier to hit. That’s because the larger heads can be harder to square up at impact. Many also find that they’re more accurate with a smaller club head as well.

If you’re at the point where you can work the ball to some degree, the more modest head will be the smart choice.

In general, if your mishits rarely come on the heel or toe of the club face, than the smaller driver should be a consideration.

It won’t hurt on distance either and may actually speed up your swing a tad.

How Do I Choose the Best Driver Shaft for My Swing?

More than any other feature, getting the right shaft for your swing speed will have the most significant impact on your new club’s performance.

A shaft that’s too stiff won’t flex enough and sap your distance on a well-struck shot.

A shaft that’s too weak will flex too much throughout the swing and won’t release properly. You’ll get too much side-spin, and even the most forgiving club head won’t be able to bail you out.

Shaft length also plays an essential part in getting the most out of your driver. Manufacturers have been gradually moving towards shorter lengths over recent years. Even though, when swung correctly, a longer shaft will give you more distance, they can be harder to hit.

Overall, most players don’t lose distance with a shorter shaft because a shorter shaft makes good contact easier to accomplish.

Going back to flex, you’re probably wondering how to determine your swing speed without using a launch monitor.

We’re going to show you a simple method but, you must tell the truth. Answer the question “what club do I hit, on average, 150 yards.

With that in mind, the chart below will give you a pretty accurate assessment of what flex you should use, not just on your driver but, on all of your clubs.

Simple Guide to Selecting the Right Shaft

Your Shaft Flex Is…  If You Hit 150 Yards With A…

  • X Flex (Extra Stiff) – PW or 9-iron
  • S Flex (Stiff Flex) – 8-iron
  • R Flex (Regular) – 6- or 7-iron
  • A or M Flex (Amateur or Senior) – 4 or 5-iron/hybrid
  • L Flex (Ladies) – Any club 4 or below

Discount Section: Review of the Best Golf Drivers of 2018

If you are itching for a new driver but don’t want to drop a load of cash, you will find some very good deals on last year’s models. If you are playing an older driver, you will still see a lot of upgrade at a discount.

Our Picks for Best Golf Drivers 2018 (Best Discount Golf Drivers)

  1. TaylorMade M3 Driver – Most Forgiving Driver of 2018
  2. Callaway Rogue Driver – Longest Driver of 2018
  3. Cobra King F8 – Most Innovative Driver of 2018 and Best Budget Driver of 2018
  4. Callaway Rogue Sub Zero Driver – Best Low Spin Driver 2018
  5. Cleveland Launcher HB Driver – Best Choice for Beginning Golfers 2018

In 2018, we reviewed every driver on the market. These were our favorites depending on what level and type of golfer you are.

1. TaylorMade M3 Driver / M3 440cc Driver

TaylorMade M3 460 Driver

Pros

  • Twist Face – TaylorMade developed a unique multi-curved face design they call “Twist Face.” After looking at over one-hundred-thousand swings of players at every level, TaylorMade researchers found that balls hit high on the face tended to draw or hook, while balls hit low on the face tended to fade or slice. Armed with this new data, TaylorMade engineers created what looks to be a breakthrough in clubface design.  After looking at over one-hundred-thousand swings of players at every level, TaylorMade researchers found that balls hit high on the face tended to draw or hook, while balls hit low on the face tended to fade or slice. Armed with this new data, TaylorMade engineers created what looks to be a breakthrough in clubface design.
  • Hammerhead – Previous TaylorMade drivers and woods had a cavity that runs along the sole of the club behind the face which provides more flex on face to ball contact. For the M3 driver and M3 440cc driver, engineers took the single face-length pocket and broke it into three individual sections. They found that doing this almost doubled the size of the club’s sweet spot, improved ball speed, and most importantly, increased forgiveness.
  • Y Track – Y Track features two 11 gram weights set in a continuous “Y” shaped track along the sole of the club. The weights can be placed in any configuration to create dozens of combinations of spin, fade, and draw.
  • Twelve-Way Adjustable Hosel.

Cons

  • With thousands of possible lie/loft and CG weighting combinations, the M3 could take considerable time and effort to set up.

TaylorMade may be onto something with their new “Twist Face Technology.” Early reports indicate that it works as advertised. One thing’s for sure though – They put a lot of effort and research into the M3 Driver, and it pays off for players that are willing to take the time to find their optimal setup.

Between the “Y” track CG weighting system and the twelve-way adjustable hosel, no one else offers the same level of adjustability. The M3 also comes with a 440CC M3 version head for those who prefer a smaller profile.

If you think you might be better suited for the M4 driver, head over to our detailed guide to the M3 and M4 Drivers.

2. Callaway Rogue Driver / Rogue Sub Zero Driver

Callaway Rogue Driver

Pros

  • Jailbreak Technology – Callaway’s Jailbreak technology features two internal vertical bars which join the club head’s crown and sole, and stiffen its body. This promotes faster ball speed and distance on both good contact and mishits. Jailbreak, coupled with Callaway’s proprietary “X Face technology, improves distance and enhances forgiveness as well.
  • X Face Technology – By analyzing one-hundred and seven different impact locations, Callaway learned which parts of the clubface experience the most and least stress at impact. This data led to the new “X-face” design with a variable face thickness selectively thinned out in different areas. The thinner face flexes more on impact, and in turn, creates more ball speed and added distance.
  • Triaxial Carbon Crown – The new and lighter crown allowed Callaway engineers to push weight to the outer edges of the club and significantly increase the M.O.I. (resistance to twisting) over even their most recent offerings.
  • Optifit Technology – The Callaway Optifit hosel adjusts to eight possible lie and loft combinations.
  • Adjustable Center of Gravity Weighting System (Rogue Zero) – Two interchangeable weights of two and fourteen grams, located in the sole’s front and rear, let users adjust spin-rates up to plus or minus 300 rpm.

Cons

  • Requires time and patience for optimal setup.

Last year, some people thought the Great Big Bertha Epic Driver might be the best golf driver of all time but, then along came the Rogue Driver.

Between the standard, the Sub Zero, and the draw models, Callaway pretty much makes a Rogue for every player. The standard model is probably the best driver for the average golfer.

Better players will appreciate the high level of adjustability offered by the Rogue Sub Zero Driver which might also be the best low spin driver on the market, and the Rogue Draw Driver will help beginners with their slice.

The Sub Zero doesn’t have the same endless amount of CG adjustments as the TaylorMade M3 Driver but, it should still do fine by most and could be the best driver for good players.

To find the right Rogue driver for you, check out our full review of the Callaway Rogue Drivers.

3. Cobra King F8 Driver / F8+ Driver

Cobra King F8 Black/Silver Driver

Pros

  • Cobra Connect and Arccos sensors –The Cobra Connect app recognizes over forty-thousand courses worldwide. It pairs with Arccos sensors installed in the grips lets you track your distance on every drive. It also makes recommendations on CG weight placements and loft settings and records dispersion and percentage of fairways hit.
  • Dual Roll Technology – Similar to TaylorMade’s “Twist Face,” Cobra employs what they call “Dual Roll Technology.” The F8 and F8+ have a more vertical curvature on the top of the club face, and less at the bottom of the face. This new design provides optimal launch and spin on mishits above or below the face’s center.
  • MyFly 8 With Smart Pad – Eight easily adjustable loft settings allow users to increase or decrease launch angles in half-degree increments, and increase or decrease spin by plus or minus 400 rpm. Loft on the F8 can be set from as low as 9° to as high as 12°, while the F8+ adjusts from 8° to 11°, with draw settings of 8.5°, 9.5°, and 10.5°.

Cons

  • Some owners might find the high number of CG weight and loft adjustments unnecessary.

Like the M3s, the Cobra F8 Driver and F8+ Driver feature what could be the next big thing in clubface design.

The new design, along with the Cobra Connect System, its high level of adjustability, and Cobras traditionally lower pricing, makes the F8 possibly the best driver for intermediate golfers on the market today.

If you’re at the point in your game where you need more playability, then consider the F8+. It has all of the great features of the F8 in a player-friendly low spin package.  Still not sure which one is right for you, our Cobra F8 and F8+ Driver review will help.

4. Cleveland Launcher HB Driver

Cleveland Launcher HB Driver

Pros

  • A new and lighter “HiBore” crown allowed designers to move the center of gravity low and deep which leads to high-launch and low spin.
  • The stronger ultra-lightweight hosel design also helps keep weight low and adds to distance.
  • Cleveland’s forgiving Flex-Fin Technology helps launch the ball with incredible speed, even on miss-hits.
  • One of the best-priced options available.• Great if you like to keep it simple.
  • Cleveland’s “Launcher Cup Face” provides a huge sweet-spot and improves energy transfer across the face for more distance and forgiveness.
  • Comparable in distance, consistency, and accuracy to the much higher priced competition.

Cons

  • Low-tech compared to most other drivers on the market today.
  • No low-spin option available.

While so many manufacturers today have added more and more adjustability to their drivers, Cleveland Golf has taken the opposite approach with the HB Launcher Driver.

They’ve simplified the process of finding the Launchers optimal setup, by doing it for you. Overall, the Launcher does its name proud and gets the ball down the middle with plenty of height and distance.

It’s a great beginners club but, intermediate players will also appreciate the Launchers simplicity and low price tag.

And the Best Golf Drivers of 2018 are..

Some fantastic new drivers hit the market for twenty-eighteen.

Callaway upped their game with the Rogue Driver, while the Cobra King F8 Driver is the most innovative club of 2018 and offer players a level of “tech” not previously thought possible. Plus it is a tremendous value.

As far as who makes this year’s best driver, we’re going with the TaylorMade M3 Driver for most players.

The new “Twist Face” design, plus its incredible amount of adjustability, makes the M3 Driver not only the best driver of twenty-eighteen but, also the kind of club a player will keep in their bag for a long, long time.

If you are a really good player who could benefit from reduced spin, the Callaway Rogue Sub Zero will have you hitting shorter irons into the green than you ever thought possible.  If workability is your goal, the TaylorMade M3 440cc should be your weapon of choice.

And that’s it! Hopefully if you’ve read all this way you’ve found a new driver. If not, I’m not sure I can help you!

2 thoughts on “Hitting it Deep: The Top 10 Golf Drivers for 2019”

  1. One of the best reviews on drivers thanks
    I think that suggesting a driver for higher handicapper is good advice but I think swing instructions should be mentioned.
    I know from my own experience that the club’s you choose are important but without the proper swing you probably won’t see results.

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