Getting unparalleled distance, fine-tuned trajectory, and more shot accuracy with a golf driver is bread and butter for golfers at all levels of their game. So, knowing as much as possible about golf drivers will really help improvement on the greens...
2017 Golf Drivers
Getting unparalleled distance, fine-tuned trajectory, and more shot accuracy with a golf driver is bread and butter for golfers at all levels of their game. So, knowing as much as possible about golf drivers will really help improvement on the greens, while having a strong knowledge of correct loft, shaft and available brands can also add a little more experience to a players’ performance.
This buying guide to 2017 golf drivers has everything a player should know about getting the best possible return from their game when using the driver in their bag.
Getting to grips with driver design, size & weight
Size should be the first thing a golfer looks at when choosing a driver. Many brands adhere to the USGA’s legal clubhead volume (460cc), but always check to make sure the club is game-worthy before hitting the greens. The larger the head size, the larger “sweet spot” there will be to promote improved consistency for average players. Smaller driver heads come in around 380cc-410cc, and allow for better players with greater swing control to achieve repeatable hits.
Nowadays most brands take similar routes when it comes to design and weight of club. Internal and external weighting helps golfers hit a fade or draw, while also helping to adjust golf ball flight for higher or lower performances. Whether the player prefers weight screws, lightweight carbon crowns or a unique head shape, there’s a high-performance driver out there for everyone which matches their needs.
The following section is about choosing golf drivers which match the handicap of the player. For golfers who are absolute pros on the greens, a low handicap is ideal, whereas for the mid-range player, a mid-handicap is preferred. For golfers just starting out, high-handicap drivers should be all that is recommended, as these offer most forgiveness on off-hit shots.
We have compiled a list of 2017 golf drivers that are ideal for each handicap, and the reasons why they come so highly recommended.
For player just starting out, or for those who like to play at a higher handicap, there’s a plethora of golf drivers available to suit the needs of all players looking to dip their toes into the game.
The Wilson Staff D300 Driver, Cobra Golf King LTD Black Driver, Callaway Golf GBB Epic Driver, TaylorMade M1 2017 Driver, TaylorMade M2 2017 Driver, Mizuno Golf JPX900 Driver and Titleist 917 D2 Driver are perfect for new golfers as they offer plenty of forgiveness and outrageous speeds, while also delivering professional results on the course.
For ladies seeking a forgiving, high-handicap driver for their bag, the PING G Le Ladies Driver, Cobra King F7 Black Ladies Driver, Wilson Staff D300 Ladies Driver, TaylorMade Kalea Ladies Driver and TaylorMade M2 2017 Ladies Driver won’t steer anyone wrong, and work effortlessly with a selection of other golf clubs, too.
Mid/High Handicap & Game Improvement Drivers
Most of the same rules which apply to high handicap golfers also apply with mid/high handicaps, too. Playing at this level, it is a good idea to try reducing forgiveness and increasing performance. Golfers who play within the mid-handicap bracket often opt for less loft and stiffer shafts to increase speed on all shots. It is also now commonplace for golfers to use drivers which offer adjustability to give greater success on more shots.
Some of the best mid and mid-high handicap golf drivers which make the perfect step up from high handicap models include the TaylorMade AeroBurner Driver, Benross HTX Type R Driver and Cobra King F7 Ti Black Driver.
Low handicap golfers will benefit more by opting for a wider variety of shaft/head options, including matching their current swing speed, golf ball speed and launch condition. Most top golf brands create golf drivers with compact, workable heads, and these will undoubtedly help enhance a game, so should be considered when purchasing drivers.
We stock a huge range of golf drivers at American Golf from all the biggest brands, available both in-store and on our website, including Cobra, Callaway, TaylorMade, Nike, PING, Titleist, Benross, Mizuno, Wilson Staff, Fazer, Wilson, Wilson Deep Red, Yonex, US Kids, Golphin.
We are dedicated to helping you improve your game. Matching you with the right equipment from the widest range in the UK needs the latest swing and ball analysis technology. Every one of our American Golf stores is ready to help you hit longer and truer.
We advise lots of customers in-store and every one of them has a different style to their play. This is why we believe that getting to grips with latest technologies is the best way to advance your game and find the right golf equipment for you.