Driver - the headliner in the bag. The one everyone wants to hit.
There are a lot of them on the market, but only some are worthy of your attention. That’s why we made our way to the Shire London to test out the best on the market in 2017.
Watch our full test below, and then check out all our data and more information about each driver below...
If you haven’t heard about Callaway’s new driver, where have you been? JailBreak Technology - two bars behind the face that connect crown and sole - make this one of the longest drivers in the test.
It has a firm, responsive feel, and all testers like the look of the driver sat behind the ball.
Spin rates were on the high end of the scale for the Epic, which also offers sliding weights in the sole.
An outstanding club but not the most forgiving in the test.
Key Technology: JailBreak, Exo-Cage/triaxial carbon construction, adjustable perimeter weighting, OptiFit adjustability
FULL REVIEW: CALLAWAY GBB EPIC DRIVER
All testers got significantly lower spin rates with the Epic Sub Zero compared to the Epic. For some this equated to sizeable distance gains.
Boasting the same superb feel and adjustability as the Epic, most testers thought this version of the driver was more forgiving than the Epic.
Key technology: JailBreak, Exo-Cage/triaxial carbon construction, adjustable perimeter weighting, OptiFit adjustability
FULL REVIEW: CALLAWAY SUB ZERO EPIC DRIVER
The Cobra King F7 looks appealing sat behind the ball, and all testers agreed it was one of the most forgiving drivers in the test.
Offering decent distance, the F7 was relatively high in the spin stakes. The feel is soft and lively. Comes with interchangeable weights.
Cobra Connect also offers excellent performance feedback.
Key technology: multi material Textreme crown, E9 face, MyFly 8 with SmartPad, Cobra Connect
FULL REVIEW: COBRA KING F7 DRIVER
FULL REVIEW: COBRA CONNECT
Very similar to the F7, but with lower spin rates and a smaller head. Despite the smaller profile, some actually found it more forgiving.
Also comes with Cobra Connect.
Key technology: Multi material Textreme crown, E9 face, MyFly 8 with SmartPad, Cobra Connect
FULL REVIEW: COBRA KING F7+ DRIVER
FULL REVIEW: COBRA CONNECT
The best Mizuno driver we’ve ever hit. High ball speed and distance, and great spin rates. One of the more forgiving drivers in the test to boot.
Lots of adjustability, allowing users to change how the club sits while adjusting loft.
Key technology: Multi-thickness face, Quick Switch Hosel, three fast tracks
One of the most forgiving drivers in the test, and also one of the longest. Sat behind the ball, the white and black contrast is stunning, and the head is large and confidence inspiring.
Lower spin rates compared to the 2017 M2. It has a soft, meaty feel that will appeal to the masses. Offers front to back, and side to side weight adjustability.
Key technology: 6-layer carbon crown, carbon toe panel, T-Track, Geocoustic
FULL REVIEW: TAYLORMADE 2017 M1 DRIVER
Higher spin rates compared to the 2017 M1, which some found added more forgiveness. A slightly harder feel, and louder.
Like the M1, decent distance is on offer. No sliding adjustability like the 2017 M1, but that corresponds with the price.
Key technology: Geocustic, geometric shaping, 6-layer carbon composite crown, new Speed Pocket.
FULL REVIEW: TAYLORMADE 2017 M2 DRIVER
The best feeling and sounding Titleist driver we have hit. Classic profile at address will appeal to most. Offers us good yardage, and middle of the road for forgiveness. Flippeable weight system works well.
Key technology: SureFit CG, SureFit Hosel, Active Recoil Channel 2.0, Radial Speed Face 2.0
FULL REVIEW: TITLEIST 917 D2
A solid driver across the board. A medium soft feel with tonnes of feedback was to the liking of all testers. Decent distance and forgiveness as well.
Key technology: Power Wave Sole, Stretch Flex Cup face, lightweight crown.
The best value for money driver in the test. Because it has a light shaft it takes some time to get used to, and is suited to slower swing speeds.
Offered great distance and low spin rates, although does not have the forgiveness of the other drivers.
Key technology: Micro Vortex Generators, Right Light, Fast Fit, variable face