If you have a high handicap, you’re probably looked to the rack of new drivers at your golf store many times in the past, hoping that it might hold the answer to your problems.
Indeed, this isn’t an entirely unreasonable assumption. Golfers are often teased for their reliance on new equipment, but the fact of the matter is that we drift to the equipment aisle as often as we do because every once in a while it actually does deliver on our wildest expectations.
In the guide below I’ve hand-selected ten clubs that are specifically designed to help people who are struggling with their distance and accuracy.
If you are a high handicapper golfer that needs to tighten up their long game, read on for these reviews!
In a Rush?
We get pretty n depth in the paragraphs that are to come. However, if you’re the type of person that doesn’t have time for a 4000-word driver guide, we get it. Here are a few quick recommendations that may make your choice a little bit easier.
Best Driver For High Handicapper – Reviews
Enough with the introductions. Let’s get right down to our reviews now, shall we? There is something on this list for everyone, so read on and find your next new driver!
1. Callaway Golf Men’s Rogue Driver
I loved the engineering on this club. The jailbreak technology may sound like a generic sales term, but it seems to be working wonders. The face is hot, hot, hot.
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Finally, the club features an intuitive adjustment interface that allows you to alter the flight pattern simply by changing up a weight located on the heel of the club.
2. TaylorMade M4 Driver
I loved how hot the face on this club is. It seems that no matter where you make contact with the ball, you’re destined to get lots of distance.
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TaylorMade has long been in the business of making great drivers. The M4 is certainly a continuation of that legacy. The hot face and the intuitive adjustability interface make it a great option for players who are really looking to establish a reliable groove off the tee.
The natural workability of the clubhead combines well with the endless adjustments to create a club that will have at least a little bit of something for everyone.
Like most TaylorMade clubs, it is also made to be extremely aerodynamic. This feature means that with every swing you will effortlessly pick up additionally clubhead speed, which aggregates into lots and lots of distance.
There are, however, two things to look out for as you consider this driver. The first of these concerns is price. It’s one of the more expensive options on our list today, making it a bad option for buyers on a budget.
I also didn’t love the shaft length. It’s about two inches longer than most conventional shafts, making it marginally harder to control. The extra shaft length adds distance but this move comes at the cost of accuracy.
3. TaylorMade M6 Driver: For Senior Golfers
I loved the fact that this club is one for the golfers with slower clubhead speeds. This is an audience that is often underrepresented. Here we have a great club for the average golfer.
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The TaylorMade M6 is much like the last option on our list save for one fact: all of the options have been specifically customized to suit the needs of the senior golfer.
That said, you don’t actually need to be in your sixties to make good use of this club. It will actually work well for anyone that has a slower wing speed. This is mostly due to the hyper-flexible shaft. This feature allows you to swing slower, and still get that whipping effect through the ball that generates lots and lots of power.
Like any TaylorMade driver, the face on this club is highly reactive. You’re going to get long scoring drives pretty much no matter where you stripe it on the clubface.
Like most drivers made by TaylorMade, ti’s also easy to adjust, and it features a low center of gravity that gets the ball high in the air quickly and effectively.
There are two major issues. For one thing, the price tag on this one is off the chart. This is the most expensive option on our list so far.
It’s also not going to be a good club for buyers with quicker swing speed. There are other clubs on this list for you, but this isn’t one of them.
4. Wilson Staff Golf Men’s D7 Driver
I love the simplicity here. You get good but basic features at a really great price.
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It doesn’t get much more classic than Wilson in the world of golf. They were, perhaps the first major golf club manufacturer back in the day. They’ve slowed down a little bit in recent years as other club companies caught up, and then surpassed them.
While they may not be on top anymore, they do still know how to make a good club, and what’s more, a good club at a good price.
The D7 is an adjustable driver that features a classic look, and a very forgiving face. It’s not as complicated as many of the newer drivers that are hitting the market these days, but there’s something to be said for that. A nice simple club may not have all of the modern bells and whistles, but it gets the job done, and, as we see here, it can cut down on the price.
That said, there is a natural problem that comes from buying clubs of this nature: the engineering isn’t quite what we found with the TaylorMade or the Callaway. The ball simply doesn’t seem to take off quite the same way as it did with the more sophisticated options on our list.
5. Cobra 2018 Golf Men’s King F8 Driver
The biggest selling point here is certainly the price. It’s not often that you find a big brand club available for this low a price.
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If you’ve been looking for a budget club, this is going to be one to pay close attention to. Not only does this club come from a major manufacturer, but it is also available at an uncommonly low price.
As a result, you get modern technology at a price that no other option on our list has been (or, spoilers, will be able to reproduce).
I was particularly partial to the aesthetic of the design concept. It’s a nice looking club that will inspire confidence at address.
It’s more than just a pretty face though. The head of the club is aerodynamic while the center of gravity is situated as low as possible to produce a naturally high ball flight even with easy swings.
Feel comes up a little bit short here. I was surprised to see this for the fact that the face is finely milled. Usually, a well-milled club will produce the nice soft feel that golfers love.
Not so this time. A well-struck shot still feels a little bit clunky with this club. Big deal? It really depends on what type of player you are. Some people may not mind at all. Others might consider this aspect a deal-breaker.
6. Callaway Golf 2019 Epic Flash Driver
Like it or hate it, this club has forever found its way into golf history. Callaway made this club using AI software to find the optimal balance of forgiveness, aerodynamics, and customization.
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It’s not every day that you mee a club that was literally made by a computer. No, not made on a computer: by it. The design concept is the direct product of artificial intelligence ensuring that it is, quite literally, the latest and greatest in golf technology.
The AI build does come with some benefits. The explosive face and the unprecedented level of aerodynamics certainly seem to be a product of sophisticated engineering.
It also features jailbreak technology, a forgiving face, and a brilliant feel that you just don’t see very often.
There are, however, some unfortunate aspects of this club that should not be ignored. First things first, it’s very pricey. This is probably largely due to the fact of its unique source of origin. Callaway has something truly unique on their hands, and they are trying to monetize it.
It’s also hideous. Subjective? Yes, but tell me I’m wrong. The performance factor here is top-notch, but the biggest selling point is probably the unique source of origin. It’s a good club, but you can find similar results from more affordable clubs.
7. Wilson Staff Cortex Men’s Golf Driver
I loved the simplicity of the club. Though it’s not nearly as fancy as, say, the Epic Flash, it still achieves lots and lots with some basic, but very simple design elements.
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I like this club a lot. The price tag is very reasonable, but for your money, you’re given plenty to like. An adjustable interface, a lightweight clubhead, and a confidence-inspiring design all account for a club that will help you find better results off the tee.
The club is actually made of lightweight carbon fiber, thus reducing its’ wait so that it’s roughly 40% that of the average driver.
This means that you will naturally get effortless distance off the tee with every swing. There is a small issue with this feature. If you have a quicker clubhead speed, the lighter bodyweight may actually lead to problems with your timing and tempo. However, the vast majority of players will be able to find a good groove with this club.
The biggest problem that I had with this club is that the adjustability interface is a little bit overcomplicated. There are a few moving pieces involved which can make it hard to set the club the right way.
That said, once you get past the learning curve, you should find that this is an effective club that makes keeping the ball in play off the tee very easy.
8. Teeless Driver with Upgraded Fujikura Shaft
I love the unique design concept here. This club is made to be used off the tee or the fairway, making it a little bit easier to go after the par fives in two shots.
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This is the first off-brand driver featured on the list today, and like many clubs of its nature, it features a unique design concept that is sure to set it apart from other options.
Unlike the vast majority of drivers, this club is made to be hit from the tee or the fairway. The versatility factor makes it really easy to go after par fives in two shots. The company also advertises that you can use the club from the rough, or even a divot. Personally, I find that a little bit far fetched. It takes really tremendous ball-striking to hit any wood from the fairway.
Still, if you can do it, more power to you.
It’s also a club that produces really solid distance. The face is explosive which means that you should find longer distance even off pretty minimal swing speeds.
One thing to bear in mind is that this club is very pricey for an off-brand driver. It’s not to say that this is a particularly expensive club. In fact, it’s more or less average as far as drivers are concerned. Still, you don’t get that off-brand deal that most people hope for.
I also had a hard time finding out if the club is USGA permitted. Ordinarily, that’s not much of a concern. However, anytime you get concept clubs (drivers that make departures from typical design themes) it is something to be concerned about.
Hopefully, there’s no issue, but right now, it’s hard to say.
9. Mizuno Golf Men’s JPX-900 Driver
I loved how adjustable, and generally effective this club is. Mizuno is vastly underrated, and this club is yet another testament to their innovations in technology.
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I am a big fan of Mizuno. They produce extremely high-quality clubs all across the board, and they usually do so for a price that comes across as moderate relative to other big brand manufacturers. It’s not a cheap club, but it’s also not nearly as expensive as it could be.
For your money, you get an extremely adjustable club interface that will allow you to self-correct errant all flights. The only problem is that it actually might be too adjustable. The various slides and weights give you lots of different things to focus on which can make it difficult to find a proper groove.
Once you get a hold of the settings, however, you’ll find many other things to appreciate about the club. This includes an aerodynamic design and an attractive aesthetic that should promote confidence at address.
I particularly liked the fact that the clubhead is uncommonly compact. While the average driver clubhead is roughly 460 CCs, this club is 450 CCs. It may not sound like much of a difference, but you will notice it at address.
All in all, this club gets many things right and makes very few mistakes. It’s the perfect option for buyers that want a good driver from an extremely impressive company.
10. Titleist 917 D3 Driver 8.5
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We end things with a club that I am personally fond of. In fact, this a driver that I game myself on occasion. It’s innovative both in the world of golf clubs at large and relative to other drivers that Titleist has produced in the past.
The adjustability interface is extremely simple and can be altered with the simple turn of a wrench. It’s also really long. Titleist is mostly known for producing players clubs that are more workable than they are long.
Here you get something that is competitively powerful and also very versatile. I also love the fact that it features great acoustics. Titleist specifically designed the club to sound great so that you feel confident every time you hit the ball.
As far as I am concerned, the club does pretty much everything right. There is only one caveat: it’s not extremely forgiving. This driver is specially made for low-handicappers, which means it’s not the club you will want to reach for if you’re trying to shave strokes from your score.
Finding the right driver is not a task that should be taken lightly. In the guide featured here, we examine several key components that will help you choose the perfect driver. :
Head size used to be much more of a consideration than it used to be. This is mostly because of the fact that basically, all drivers come in at more or less the same size now. It’s a rare day that you find a club that clogs in at less than 460cc (the USGA maximum).
The 46cc head is prized for the fact that it gives designers more real estate to maximize the sweet spot, the center of gravity, the aerodynamic qualities..etc.
However, you can find the occasional exception to this rule. Every once in awhile, a manufacturer will put one out for the golfer that prefers a cleaner, more classic look.
I personally fall into that category myself. While it’s true that you will get a few fringe benefits from investing in a club with a beefy head size, the fact of the matter is that the differences will be marginal at best.
It’s much more in your interest to choose something that is visually appealing. Confidence is the very best tool that you can have at your disposal on the course so invest in something that makes you feel good when you step up to the tee.
Oh my goodness, how much time do you have for this next consideration? The truth of the matter is that virtually every driver is shaped at least slightly different. To list every different design theme would be to list most of the major clubs on the market.
However, you can anticipate encountering several different popular themes that the wide variety of different shapes will fall under.
There are the pearl style driver, the rounded clubs, and the boxy options that were all the rage about ten years ago. Clubs with an almost triangular concept are also starting to pick up steam, especially with manufacturers like Ping.
The shape does have a bearing on aerodynamics, but so many different features go into that quality of the club that the basic design structure is but one of them.
At the end of the day, this is another factor that mostly just informs how you feel when you step up to the tee. Choose a design that you can feel confident in.
The driver is far and away the most highly marked up club on the market. This is probably largely for the fact that golfers are suckers for the promise of more distance.
However, the funny thing is that there’s really never any reason whatsoever to fork over $550 on a new driver. Why is that? Well, because it may cost a fortune when it’s released, but six months later, the driver will be half what it was released for. A year after that you may well be able to pick it up for under $200.
Contrary to what the manufacturers say drivers don’t really change very much on a year to year basis. You don’t need to pick up a new club every time the latest and greatest is released. Just be patient and wait for a good deal on a great club.
The standard shaft length for a driver is 45 inches. However, some manufacturers like to jack the length up by an inch or two to increase the distance factor. The longer the club, the more clubhead speed it naturally generates. The more clubhead speed that you generate, the more distance that you can expect to get.
Sounds good, right? Wrong. The longer the club, the harder it is to control. It’s not a good idea to sacrifice everything for the sake of distance. You’ll ultimately have more shots by hitting from the fairway than you would hitting a little bit closer, but from the rough.
If you can, try to get a standard length club. It will ultimately be to your benefit.
The brand name is not necessarily a key buying factor. There are actually lots of off-brand manufacturers that I am very partial to. However, more often than not, it’s the bigger companies that have better technology at their disposal.
An example I always like to use when explaining this fact is that Callaway is now using AI to design their drivers. Is that some Phillip K. Dick stuff or what?
These advanced algorithms have been able to optimize clubhead technology to ensure that the face is as reactive as possible.
You aren’t going to find these features on off-brand clubs. If you’re looking for cutting edge, go with a Callaway or TaylorMade. If you’re just looking to get a great deal on a mostly solid club, feel free to go with the off-brand approach.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Are you allowed to keep more than one driver in your bag?
A. Yes! Not only are you allowed to do it, but there is actually a credible history of just such a strategy on the PGA tour. Most notably, Phil Mickelson has gamed multiple drivers on several notable occasions. In one instance,e the strategy even led to his victory at a major championship.
Q. You said that longer clubs hit the ball farther. Is there a limit to how long my driver can be?
A. Yes. The USGA insists that clubs used in official tournaments not exceed 48 inches. The good news is that manufacturers do not typically exceed this length, so it’s not really something you need to worry about when you buy your club.
Q. A lot of my friends keep their drivers tucked away in a headcover. What are those for, and do I need one?
A. Headcovers are designed to keep the head of your driver from getting banged up in your bag as you get around the course. While there is no rule stating that you need one, they are a good idea to have. The price of most new drivers usually includes a headcover as an accessory. You can also buy headcovers at most golf retails stores.
So there you go. Ten great drivers, each with its own unique audience that it caters to. It’s not easy picking between ten great clubs, but I do actually have some recommendations for you to keep in mind.
The is going to be a really solid option for buyers who need a blend of quality and value. However, if performance is the only thing that matters to you, it may be to your benefit to fork over a little bit more and go with the Callaway.
Choosing is always hard, but the one cancellation I can offer is this” the drivers featured here today made our list by being great golf clubs. That means that no matter what option you go with, you should find that it helps you to hit more clubs dead solid perfect right down the middle of the fairway. Hat’s what counts, right?