Best drivers test 2017

We test the best drivers on the market for 2017 - who will come out on top?

Charlie Lemay's picture
Wed, 31 May 2017
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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.

Drivers were tested against three broad categories - looks, feel and performance. We used a SkyTrak launch monitor to gather data, and employed TaylorMade’s new TP5 golf balls.

Watch our full test below, and then check out all our data and more information about each driver below...

Callaway BIG BERTHA EPIC

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

CALLAWAY BIG BERTHA EPIC SUB ZERO

 

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

Cobra KING F7

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

COBRA KING F7+

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 

Mizuno JPX900

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

TaylorMade 2017 M1

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

TAYLORMADE 2017 M2


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

Titleist 917 D2

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

Srixon Z 565

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.

Wilson STAFF D300

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  

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