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Many applied, only a few were selected. These are the 10 best drivers on the market in 2018 - with three receiving a coveted GolfMagic gold star.
Distance, feel, forgiveness, looks - those three have it all, but every club on this list is a top performer.
This is our 2018 driver test.
Callaway Rogue - £469
A new colourway, and new and improved Jailbreak technology. The Rogue has the devastating distance of the Epic, while adding in more forgiveness and a more full bodied feel. An excellent performer.
Technology: Jailbreak Effect, Triaxial carbon crown, Boeing Aero package
Cleveland Launcher HB - £279
Designed for forgiveness and a high launch, this big stick does both - it's really easy to hit. There’s also an appealing soft feel. Doesn’t quite have the distance some of the others boast, though. A great value option for a higher handicapper.
Technology: Flex-Fin technology, lightweight hosel, Launcher Cup Face, HiBore Crown
Cobra King F8 - £329
A stunning piece of design. Love the black and grey colourway, and the carbon crown looks superb as does the milled face. Offered great all-around performance - forgiveness, feel, distance.
Technology: CNC milled face, 360 Aero technology, thin face, Cobra Connect
Mizuno GT 180 - £399
Stunning crown, but the sole is a bit cluttered. There’s a massive amount of adjustability on offer here. We did get some really long numbers on this, and the feel is soft and pure. Middle of the pack for forgiveness.
Technology: Forged SP700 TI face, moveable 7g weights, low spin design
PING G400 - £389
Serious forgiveness from all over the face. The overall feel is well rounded, while the distance is decent but not quite there with the big boys. Looks great sat behind the ball. A great product from PING.
Technology: maraging steel face, thin crown, back weight, dragonfly technology
Srixon Z565 - £325
We love the look of this club. It has an excellent soft feel, and packs a punch in the distance stakes. Didn’t trouble the leaders when it came to forgiveness, though.
Technology: power wave sole, stretch flex cup face, lightweight crown
TaylorMade M4 - £369
Packed with power. It produced some great ball speeds and distance, and there is a load of forgiveness crammed in. This just pipped the M3 in performance for us, but only by a hair. The feel is soft and explosive. A pleasure to hit.
Technology: Twist Face, Hammerhead Slot, Geocoustic technology
Titleist 917 D2 - £450
Classic Titleist look from the top, and a traditional overall shape. Forgiveness and distance is middle of the pack. Does have a nice, soft feel to it - much improved on the last iteration.
Technology: Surefit CG, Active Recoil Channel 2.0, Radial Speed Face 2.0
Vertical Groove Golf driver - £399
A distinctive feel - firmer and more hollow than the rest. We got low spin from this, so got some long numbers on occasion.
Technology: vertical grooves
Wilson Staff C300 - £349
Launches really high, and has a decent whack of overall forgiveness. Looking down on the Power Holes may cause some issues, but the deep red finish looks superb. Doesn’t have the distance of the others.
Technology: Power Holes, adjustable weights, Reactive face technology