The Best Drivers in 2024: We launch monitor test all the best drivers to find the right fit for you

Which models make the podium in 2024? Monster distance, ultimate forgiveness, or a shape-shifting slice-buster? Our expert test and review of the best drivers has you covered.

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With each new year comes a new set of contenders, battling it out on launch monitors across the land to justify their inclusion in the latest best-in-class categories. With so many models available, it can be overwhelming to know where to start when trying to identify the type of driver that will take your game to the next level. That’s where this ‘best golf drivers’ guide comes in, doing the hard yards for you by whittling down the competition with our objective Head-to-Head testing and expert in-depth reviews.

It’s important to remember, however, that we can’t apply a ‘one size fits all’ rule to selecting the best golf driver. Fulfilling your potential off-the-tee will largely depend on the groundwork you do beforehand in successfully identifying the type of driver you need, and the balance of performance required inside the clubhead to meet your swing demands. With that in mind, picture your typical ball flight from the tee, and ask yourself – what do I need from a driver to put myself in position A1 more often?

Best At A Glance

Forgiving Category:

Best for ‘carry drop-off’ performance: TaylorMade Qi10 Max | View Offer

Best for ball speed: Ping G430 Max 10K | View Offer

Best for distance with forgiveness: Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Max | View Offer

Low-Spin Category:

Best for ball speed: TaylorMade Qi10 LS driver | View Offer

Best for distance with forgiveness: Callaway Paradym Ai-Smoke TD | View Offer

Best for low-spin playability: Ping G430 LST driver | View Offer

Draw Category:

Best draw driver for speed: TaylorMade Qi10 Max | View Offer

Most forgiving draw driver: Callaway Paradym Ai-Smoke Max D | View Offer

Best for draw capability: Ping G430 SFT | View Offer

The answer to that question may be finding more fairways, eking out more yards, correcting a slice, or perhaps a balance of all three. Aside from tuition and practice, the hardware solutions to these performance issues are generally found in one of three primary driver categories. The best low-spin drivers are designed to help high-swing speed players reduce spin and maximize distance. The most forgiving drivers help narrow down dispersion and maintain distance from off-centre strikes, and the best draw drivers seek to reduce or eliminate a slice.

Beyond that, it’s important to consider things like the right shaft length and stiffness, what loft will optimize your launch characteristics, the adjustability to dial in specific shot shapes, and what you like in terms of looks and sound. That’s why we strongly suggest getting customed-fitted once you’ve settled on a model as it’s the only way to ensure you get in a setup that’s optimized for your swing.

To help you make the most informed buying decision we’ve independently tested the drivers considered to be ‘most forgiving’, ‘lowest-spinning’, and ‘best drawing’ by their manufacturers in 2024. Our test Pro’s results can be viewed in the data tables, which have enabled us to objectively present a shortlist of the very best-in-class, featuring driver summaries from TG’s Equipment Editor – Simon Daddow, with links to full reviews for everything you need to know.

Best Golf Drivers 2024

Today’s Golfer 2024 Award Winners: Forgiving Category

TaylorMade's most forgiving driver to date is the complete package.

Best for maintaining distance
Thanks to a bigger profile, larger carbon fibre crown, and extreme weighting, the TaylorMade Qi10 Max driver offers a huge 10K MOI without compromising on ball speed. It's the company's biggest MOI gain since the original Burner 44 years ago. The Qi name is an amalgamation of the brand’s ‘Quest for Inertia’ and hitting the ‘10K’ barrier. An idea spurned by the company’s quest to produce the world’s most forgiving driver, without compromising on speed.

In the hands of our test pro, the Qi10 Max produced a ball speed comfortably above our forgiving driver test average. It was also within 2 yards of our very longest driver (with a stock shaft) for carry distance. Numbers that could easily be reversed on another day’s testing. Throw in a 2nd tightest shot area (dispersion) and you have a powerful and incredibly accurate TaylorMade driver on your hands. In my eyes, and based on our test data, as a golfer who’s never played a TaylorMade driver before, the Qi10 Max is one of the best big dogs available in 2024.

TG Test Pro Data (8.5°, Diamana X shaft):
Ball Speed: 162.4 mph | Backspin: 2201 rpm | Carry: 270 yds | Shot Area: 337.5 yds2

Read our full TaylorMade Qi10 Max driver review.


  • Finally a super forgiving TaylorMade driver.
  • The bigger profile is confidence inspiring at address.
  • The extreme shape and weighting might mean you can use a little less loft to get more ball speed.


  • I honestly don't see any.
Lofts 9° / 10.5° / 12°
Stock shafts Speeder NX TCS (High Launch), Mitsubishi Diamana T+60 (Mid-Launch).
Stock grip Golf Pride Z-Grip Plus 2 (52g).

Ping's G430 MAX 10K pushes driver forgiveness to the absolute limit.

Best for ball speed
The 10K is Ping’s straightest and highest MOI driver to date, surpassing the 10,000 g-cm2 combined moment of inertia threshold first exceeded by the popular G400 MAX in 2018. The addition of a carbon fibre crown that wraps over onto the skirt has allowed Ping’s engineers to free up a decent amount of inefficient weight to further bolster MOI numbers.

For our test pro Neil Wain the 10K wasn’t quite his fastest or longest driver of 2024, as we’d expect of a super-forgiving driver. But, posting a carry distance just 4 yards back from the very longest  (with a stock shaft), whilst being the most forgiving driver on the market (along with the TaylorMade Qi10 MAX) is a truly first-class performance. No matter what level you’re at, if you put a premium on finding the fairway and plan on buying a new driver in 2024, you’re doing your game a disservice if you don’t at least have this model on your shortlist to try.   

TG Test Pro Data (9°):
Ball Speed: 163.1 mph | Backspin: 1993 rpm | Carry: 270 yds | Shot Area: 542.4 yds2

Read our full Ping G430 MAX 10K driver review.


  • You'll struggle to find a more forgiving driver.
  • Suited to a wide range of golfers.
  • Ping's first proper mass-market carbon crown driver, fill your boots while you can.


  • Some will complain about the louder sound, I say don't let it put you off.
Lofts 9° / 10.5° / 12°
Stock shafts PING’s ALTA CB line, Tour 2.0 Chrome, Tour 2.0 Black. <br>Third-party: HRDUS Smoke Red RDX, Mitsubishi Kai’li White.
Stock grip Golf Pride Tour Velvet.

A sweeter performance no matter where shots hit the face.

Best for distance with forgiveness
The Max is Callaway's core Ai-Smoke model. It’s the most forgiving of the family thanks to an Ai-inspired Smart Face design packed with technology, and will likely outstrip all the others put together in terms of sales. The Max is the only one of the four new drivers to have an adjustable sole weight, mass which will help golfers dial in a preferred shot shape.

At 272 yards the Max was our test pro's longest-carrying forgiving driver of 2024 (with and without a non-stock shaft). Unexpectedly this model (with the stock Tensei Blue shaft) also gave our test pro his tightest shot area across two test days. With shots being grouped into an area 37.6% smaller than our second-placed driver (the TaylorMade Qi10 Max) and 61.8% tighter than the test average. Just bear in mind though that dispersion figures usually change from session to session, so we can't say this model will necessarily be more accurate on the golf course over a season than a 10K MOI driver.

TG Test Pro Data (Tensei S shaft):
Ball Speed: 161.5 mph | Backspin: 2212 rpm | Carry: 272 yds | Shot Area: 210.6 yds2

Read our full Callaway Paradym Ai-Smoke Max driver review.


  • The new Smart Face concept is a really clever idea to tailor a driver more to your game.
  • With four models to choose between, there's a driver solution in the Ai-Smoke family for everyone.
  • These are good-looking, fast, and lovely-sounding drivers.


  • These are some of the most costly drivers on the market.
Lofts 9° / 10.5° / 12°
Stock shafts Project X Cypher 2.0 (high launch), Mitsubishi, Tensei AV Blue (mid launch), Project X Denali Black (low launch).
Stock grip Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360.

Today’s Golfer 2024 Award Winners: Low-Spin Category

The low launch and low spin weapon of choice of Rory, Tiger, and Scottie.

Best for ball speed
The Qi10 LS is the only driver in the family that comes decked out with a movable sole weight (18g), a useful feature in helping tour pros and elite players dial in shot shape. An MOI of 7600 g/cmis very similar to the previous Stealth 2 Plus, but a lower CG projection helps reduce spin for additional distance. Removal of the weight track in the heel improves aerodynamic performance, and a clever fixed screw construction frees up additional mass over preceding models. 

In our fastest ball speed setting the LS was just 2 yards back from our test pro's very longest low spin driver, and once dialled into his preferred and more stable Mitsubishi Diamana X flex shaft, the shot area tightened by 84.3% to 179.2 yds2 – the 2nd smallest in our entire test. If you’re a high-speed player I’d advise studying how the LS compares to TaylorMade’s brilliant Qi10 Max driver too. TaylorMade staffer and world number 12 Collin Morikawa has already realized the forgiveness benefits of playing the Max head while giving up very little in terms of ball speed and distance.

TG Test Pro Data (Diamana X shaft):
Ball Speed: 160.4 mph | Backspin: 2260 rpm | Carry: 274 yds | Shot Area: 179.2 yds2

Read our full TaylorMade Qi10 LS driver review.


  • I love how the Infinity Edge crown does away with the unforgiving look of the sliver of titanium at the front of the head.
  • A great option for high-speed players looking to control spin. 
  • Long-term TaylorMade fans will love the head shape. 


  • A great driver, just be aware it's the least forgiving model in the Qi10 family.
Lofts 8° / 9° / 10.5°
Stock shafts Mitsubishi Tensei AV Limited Blue 65 (X/S/R) | Low launch – Mitsubishi Tensei AV Ltd Black 65 (X/S).
Stock grip Golf Pride Z-Grip Plus 2.

Callaway's smart-faced and low-spinning offering for 2024.

Best for distance with forgiveness
Thanks to Callaway's AI-inspired supercomputer, Paradym Ai-Smoke models benefit from the learning of 50,000 electronic prototypes before settling on the most optimized iteration. Plus, thanks to the hours of real-world research, each driver is more tailored to the typical speed, path, and impact location of its intended audience - in the case of Triple Diamond golfers - swing speeds of 105 – 120+ mph and shots grouped tightly around the centre of the face.

If you do fit the bill and your game is based on consistent hitting at high speeds, our test data highlights the TD as a brilliant performing low spin driver in 2024. At 276 yards carry distance, it was just a single yard back from the very longest and was our test pro’s 2nd longest low-spin driver, posting an overall shot area (593 yds2) just inside our test average. This is a seriously fast, powerful, and strong low-spin driver option, so strong it ranks among our top two performing low-spin drivers of 2024 (alongside the TaylorMade Qi10 LS).

TG Test Pro Data (Denali S shaft – Back Weight):
Ball Speed: 161.9 mph | Backspin: 2099 rpm | Carry: 277 yds | Shot Area: 424.5 yds2

Read our full Callaway Paradym Ai-Smoke Triple Diamond driver review.


  • The new Smart Face concept is a really clever idea to tailor drivers more to your game.
  • With four models to choose between, there's a driver solution in the Ai-Smoke family for everyone.
  • Expect a good-looking, fast, and lovely-sounding driver.


  • Remember this is the least forgiving driver in the Ai-Smoke family.
Lofts 8° / 9° / 10.5°
Stock shafts Project X Cypher 2.0 (high launch), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Blue (mid launch), Project X Denali Black (low launch).
Stock grip Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360.

A strong blend of low spin performance and on-course playability.

Best low-spin playability
Ping ‘G’ drivers have been among the best golf drivers ever since the Ping G2 first appeared back in 2004. Two decades on and Ping believes the latest iterations offer golfers the biggest gains in ‘G’ history.  The G430 LST has a smaller 440cc head, and a new carbon fibre wrap over crown to remove inefficient weight. A 22 g backweight and three-position weight track give a good degree of influence over the shot shape. Ping says their testing shows an added 1 mph of ball speed while lowering spin by 200 rpm against the previous G425 LST, and golfers can expect an 18% lower dispersion (which comes from a 5.5% gain in MOI).

At 161.4 mph the LST generated a fraction more ball speed than our 2024 test average, carrying six 6 yards less than our very longest playable low spin driver of the year due to slightly higher spin rates compared to its rivals. It also produced the second smallest shot area of the entire low-spin driver test. Levels that were significantly tighter than many competitors’ forgiving driver options, like the Cobra Darkspeed X,  TaylorMade Qi10, and Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Max. Despite heading into its second year of product, the LST is still a force to be reckoned with in the low-spin category in 2024.

TG Test Pro Data:
Ball Speed: 161.4 mph | Backspin: 2301 rpm | Carry: 270 yds | Shot Area: 246.4 yds2

Read our full Ping G430 LST driver review.


  • With an MOI of over 9K the G430 LST is just about the most forgiving driver money can buy.
  • A solid balance of distance, forgiveness, and low spin performance.
  • Exceptional sound and feel.
  • The G430 LST is a proven tour winner.


  • The busy crown may be distracting for some.
Lofts 9° / 10.5°
Stock shafts Alta CB Black, Ping Tour 2.0 Chrome, Ping Tour 2.0 Black.
Stock grip Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360.

Today’s Golfer 2024 Award Winners: Draw Category

TaylorMade's most forgiving driver to date is the complete package.

Fastest draw driver
Thanks to boasting so much MOI, which is an unusual trait for TaylorMade drivers, the Qi10 Max has garnered huge attention in 2024. But it’s really important to point out that while the Max replaces the brand's Stealth 2 HD (High Draw), TaylorMade is not marketing this model as a draw driver. Instead labelling the Max as an easy-to-square, maximum forgiveness driver that doesn’t compromise on ball speed or distance. It’s for a wide audience of golfers and not just lower-speed players, a point demonstrated by Collin Morikawa playing it out on tour.
With a shot area of 325.7 yds2, the Max produced a dispersion inside my test average which hasn’t always been the case with TaylorMade drivers before. I also liked being able to dial down the loft a fraction as the footprint is so big and rear-weighted that the spin is a little higher than the competition. I didn’t feel though like I gave up any fairway finding confidence, despite being able to produce my fastest ball speeds of the year. If you’re a TaylorMade fan and you’ve been waiting for a forgiving driver option from them 2024 is the time to fill your boots.
Read our full TaylorMade Qi10 Max driver review.


  • Finally a super forgiving TaylorMade driver.
  • The bigger profile is confidence inspiring at address.
  • The extreme shape and weighting might mean you can use a little less loft to get more ball speed.


  • I honestly don't see any.
Lofts 9° / 10.5° / 12°
Stock shafts Speeder NX TCS (High Launch), Mitsubishi Diamana T+60 (Mid-Launch).
Stock grip Golf Pride Z-Grip Plus 2 (52g).

An AI-inspired slice buster with excellent all-round performance.

Most forgiving draw driver
The Max D is the most draw-biased of the four Ai-Smoke drivers and replaces the previous Paradym X. Expect the model to hit 9 yards further left than last year’s set-up, which is also further left than setting the Paradym Ai-Smoke Max head up with the sole weight in the draw position. Expect a slightly lower MOI however, so only explore this model if a slice is your downfall. If you’re just inconsistent it could be the higher MOI Max might be a better option. 

I really enjoyed hitting this model and my data with it wasn’t half bad either. With just a single yard between it and my longest driver (the PXG 0311 XF GEN6), there’s little to choose between them as I know the data could be reversed on another test day. What sticks out though, in a year when MOI is the hot topic, is the Max D managed to group shots into my smallest shot area (143 yds2). With an AI Smart face optimized for low heel-to-high-toe strikes, I feel like the Max D has mine and many other club golfers’ misses covered. A cracking draw bias driver option in 2024.

Read our full Callaway Paradym Ai-Smoke Max D driver review.


  • The optimized Smart Face is tailored to those struggling with a slice.
  • One of the longest and most forgiving draw drivers available.
  • Some clever topline shaping means the face doesn't look massively closed at address.
  • Powerful and stable through impact.


  • Some may prefer less busy aesthetics.
Lofts 9° / 10.5° / 12°
Stock shafts Project X Cypher 2.0 (high launch), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Blue (mid launch), Project X Denali Black (low launch).
Stock grip Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360.

Great looks, lots of forgiveness, and a huge amount of draw bias available.

Best for draw capability
Due to being so draw-biased, and because the sole weights have been non-movable, the last few versions of Ping SFT drivers had a bit of a reputation for being one-dimensional, slice-busting machines. We like, then, how the new G430 SFT’s movable weight has a 'Draw' setting, which offers 12-15 yards more draw bias than the G430 MAX, and a 'Draw+' set-up that adds an additional 7 yards of right-to-left shot shape (for right-handers) to battle even the biggest slices.

As has been the case with several generations of SFT, the model is a really good-looking driver. Ping drivers are rarely the fastest or longest, a trend the SFT followed for me this year. However, it was almost spot on my test averages for ball speed, backspin, shot height, descent angle, and carry distance, plus comfortably inside my dispersion average. All in that’s got to say this is a very strong across-the-board performer for slicers, and in its Draw + setting, is probably still the most draw-capable driver on the market in 2024.

Read our full Ping G430 SFT driver review.


  • Huge amount of slice reduction in the most draw-biased setting
  • Attractive looks
  • Lots of forgiveness
  • Very accurate


  • Slightly shorter distances than the longest draw drivers
Loft 10.5°
Stock shafts Alta CB Black, Ping Tour 2.0 Chrome, Ping Tour 2.0 Black, Alta Quick.
Stock grip Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360.

Best Golf Drivers: The Data

Below is the data from our independent testing of the best drivers available in 2024. You can read about all the other models that didn’t make our shortlist above in our golf club review pages or category-specific driver pages.

Most Forgiving Drivers 2024 (Test Pro data):

DriverBall SpeedLaunch AngleBackspinHeightDescent AngleCarry DistanceShot Area
Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Max
(Ventus Blue S)
161 MPH11.9º2246 RPM34 YDS38.6º275 YDS (1)406.8 SQYDS
Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Max (Tensei S)161.5 MPH11.4º2212 RPM32 YDS37.9º272 YDS (T2)210.6 SQ YDS (1)
Cleveland Launcher XL 2162.6 MPH9.3º2033 RPM25
31.4º272 YDS (T2)384 SQ YDS
Ping G430 Max162.8 MPH10.2º2397 RPM31
37.4º271 YDS509 SQ YDS
Titleist TSR 2
(10º Tensei Blue S)
161.1 MPH10.3º2266 RPM29 YDS35.7º271 YDS792.3 SQ YDS
TaylorMade Qi10 Max (8.5º Diamana X)162.4 MPH9.6º2201 RPM27 YDS34º270 YDS337.5 SQ YDS (2)
Ping G430 Max 10K (9º)163.1 MPH1993 RPM23 YDS30.1º270 YDS542.4 SQ YDS
Cobra Darkspeed X (Front Weight)161.6 MPH9.7º2161
27 YDS33.7º270 YDS667.5 SQ YDS
Ping G430 Max 10K161.2 MPH11º2556 RPM34 YDS34º268 YDS506 SQ YDS
Cobra Darkspeed X
(Back Weight)
161 MPH9.9º2375 RPM29 YDS36.2º268 YDS370.8 SQ YDS
TaylorMade Qi10159.2 MPH10.6º2338 RPM30 YDS36.8º267 YDS385 SQ YDS
PXG 0311 XF GEN6160 MPH9.9º2226 RPM27 YDS34.5º267 YDS564.2 SQ YDS
PXG 0211160.6
9.9º2185 RPM27 YDS34.2º267 YDS953.7 SQ YDS
TaylorMade Qi10 Max (8.5º Tensei S)161.9 MPH8.6º2215 RPM24 YDS31.7º266 YDS630.5 SQ YDS
Wilson DynaPWR Ti161 MPH10.7º2532 RPM32 YDS39.1º266 YDS1001.3 SQ YDS
Cobra Darkspeed Max (Mid Launch Shaft)159.4 MPH11.5º2372 RPM33 YDS39.1º265 YDS342 SQ YDS (3)
Srixon ZX5 MK II158.2 MPH10.9º2300 RPM30 YDS37º264 YDS669.2 SQ YDS
TaylorMade Qi10 Max (Tensei S)161.2 MPH9.8º2823 RPM32 YDS39.5º263 YDS404 SQ YDS
Mizuno ST Z157.8 MPH9.6º1954 RPM23 YDS30.5º262 YDS750.5 SQ YDS
Mizuno ST X160 MPH8.6º1956 RPM26 YDS28.4º262 YDS609.6 SQ YDS
AVERAGE160.9 MPH10.1º2267 RPM28.8 YDS35.3º267.8 YDS551.8 SQ YDS

Best Low-Spin Drivers 2024 (Test Pro data):

DriverBall SpeedLaunch AngleBackspinHeightDescent AngleCarry DistanceShot Area
Titleist TSR4 (10° – Tensei Blue)162.4 MPH10.8°1921 RPM28 YDS32.8°277 YDS (1)589 SQ YDS
Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke TD (Denali S – Back Weight)161.9 MPH11.2°2099 RPM31 YDS36.2°276 YDS (2)424.5 SQ YDS
TaylorMade Qi10 LS (Tensei Blue S)163.6 MPH10.7°2338 RPM32 YDS37.8°275 YDS (T3)1148.4 SQ YDS
Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke TD (Denali S – Front Weight)161.7 MPH10.2°1896 RPM25 YDS31.5°275 YDS (T3)553.8 SQ YDS
TaylorMade Qi10 LS (Diamana X)160.4 MPH12.5°2260 RPM36 YDS39.9°274 YDS179.2 SQ YDS(2)
Cobra Darkspeed LS (Lin-Q Blue)159.9 MPH11.8°2007 RPM31 YDS35.7°273 YDS1089 SQ YDS
PXG 0311 GEN6 (Aldila NV Green)161.1 MPH10.5°2240 RPM30 YDS36.9°271 YDS147.6 SQ YDS (1)
Titleist TSR3 (10° – Tensei Blue)162 MPH10.5°2435 RPM32 YDS38.2°271 YDS566.8 SQ YDS
Ping G430 LST161.4 MPH9.7°2301 RPM28 YDS35.1°270 YDS246.4 SQ YDS (3)
Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke TD (Ventus Blue – Back Weight)161.7 MPH9.9°2006 RPM26 YDS32°270 YDS800.8 SQ YDS
Srixon ZX7 MK II159.8 MPH11.4°2313 RPM32 YDS38.2°269 YDS1036.5 SQ YDS
Wilson DynaPWR Carbon158.5 MPH11.2°1828 RPM27 YDS32.9°269 YDS509.6 SQ YDS
Mizuno ST-G (9.5° – Back Weights)162 MPH9.1°2109 RPM24 YDS31.3°268 YDS442 SQ YDS
AVERAGE161.3 MPH10.7°2135 RPM29.4 YDS35.3°272 YDS595 SQ YDS

Best Draw Drivers 2024 (Equipment Editor data):

DriverBall SpeedLaunch AngleBackspinHeightDescent AngleCarry DistanceShot Area
PXG 0311 GEN6 XF120 MPH12º2563 RPM21 YDS30.9º211 YDS196.4 SQ YDS (3)
TaylorMade Qi10 Max (9º)121 MPH12º2650 RPM19 YDS34.4º210 YDS325.7 SQ YDS
Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Max D119.9 MPH14.9º2517 RPM25 YDS37.1º210 YDS143 SQ YDS (1)
Cleveland Launcher XL 2 Draw119.5 MPH12.7º2495 RPM21 YDS32.4º208 YDS564 SQ YDS
Ping G430 SFT118.9 MPH14.9º2760 RPM24 YDS36.4º206 YDS278.4 SQ YDS
Cobra Darkspeed Max119.1 MPH11.8º2579 RPM26 YDS36.8º205 YDS299.6 SQ YDS
Inesis 500 HL117 MPH16.3º2849 RPM28 YDS40.6º203 YDS515.2 SQ YDS
Yonex Ezone Elite 4117.9 MPH13.9º3026 RPM24 YDS37.8º202 YDS342 SQ YDS
Cobra Air X118.9 MPH14.4º2507 RPM26 YDS38.6º201 YDS645.3 SQ YDS
AVERAGE119.2 MPH13.5º2657 RPM23.4 YDS36.1º206.4 YDS347.7 SQ YDS

*All lofts at 10.5º unless otherwise stated.

How we tested the best golf drivers

We asked the leading brands to send us their 2024 drivers in our test Pro Neil Wain’s specs. Draw models and those aimed at more moderate speeds were sent in Equipment Editor Simon Daddow’s preferred setup.

We created an indoor test lab at Keele Golf Centre to ensure a controlled environment, which meant we could use premium Titleist Pro V1x golf balls and a Foresight GC Quad launch monitor to create the most reliable data possible. We rejected major misses but recorded how shots launched, span, peaked out, and how far they flew in which direction.

See more about how TG tests golf clubs and other equipment.

TG Test Pro Neil Wain testing the latest golf drivers

Best Golf Drivers: Buying Guide

Gaming an older driver won’t limit your enjoyment, and in many cases may not limit your off-the-tee performance either. Equipment Editor Simon Daddow was still using his five-year-old Ping G400 SFT driver before it was stolen in October. However, with continual developments in research, design, and engineering, the potential gains from the latest models are increasingly difficult to ignore, especially if you go for a professional fitting.

Here are the key things to consider when searching for a new driver…

Driver type

As discussed in the intro, consider the performance attributes you require before heading straight to the model used by Rory McIlroy or Jon Rahm. These low-spin options are designed for high-swing speed players (160 mph+), who have no trouble launching their drives and want to help keep spin down to get the most distance from their ball speeds.

The most forgiving drivers provide damage limitation when you don’t hit shots perfectly from the middle of the face, maintaining ball speed on mishits and reducing the severity of left and right misses. Draw-biased drivers feature technology that helps combat a slice, and tend to be easier to launch, which can make them a highly appealing option for beginners and high-handicap players.


While no driver can turn a complete mishit into a fairway-splitting screamer, it’s a fact that some drivers are more forgiving than others. With each new driver launch, manufacturers typically offer at least one driver geared toward those seeking a more forgiving performance off the tee. Forgiveness is quantified using MOI (moment of inertia), measured in grams per centimetre squared, and defines how resistant the club face is to twisting on impact. Higher MOIs will provide greater forgiveness by keeping the clubface square with your alignment at the point of impact.

To put the numbers in context, drivers with MOIs of over 9,000g/cm2 are typically at the highest end of the MOI spectrum with some models now hitting the 10K mark. The TaylorMade Qi10 Max and the Ping G430 MAX 10K are among the most forgiving drivers in 2024, pushing MOI beyond the magical 10K barrier.

Ball speed

It’s become a trend in recent years to focus on ball speeds when testing drivers. While it’s true that ball speed determines your distance potential, it’s not the only thing you should consider. Our Equipment Editor Simon Daddow lost 3.1 mph of ball speed overall compared to last year’s test, but still gained six yards of distance on average. That’s because he was hitting drives higher and with 700 rpm less spin. This highlights the importance of a good fitting session to help dial in the optimum launch and spin numbers for your unique swing.

If more distance is your missing jigsaw piece, however, check out our pick of the longest drivers in golf.


Having the ability to tinker with loft and lie is something that can pay dividends for all levels of golfer, and as such is becoming increasingly commonplace in the latest driver releases. This adjustability, often via interchangeable weight ports or sliding weight mechanisms enables you to achieve shot shapes, launch angles, and spin rates that best suit how you deliver the club through the ball.

Custom fitting

It is often overlooked, but dialling in your optimal driver set-up through a custom fitting session will likely be more beneficial than the slight performance edge you hope to achieve by selecting one driver over another. If you’re unsure where to start, we suggest nipping down to your club Pro and exploring your options.


As with most things in the golf world, prices for drivers can vary considerably. Value for money is subjective and therefore you should spend however much you feel comfortable with, be it a premium model, or one with a more competitive price point.

If you’re ready to upgrade in 2024 but can’t justify the dizzying price tags of the games’s powerhouse brands, check out our pick of the best golf drivers from 2023. Many of these recently replaced models are now available at reduced prices and still deliver a competitive performance package.

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Best Golf Drivers: FAQs

How do I know which driver is right for me?

Understanding your swing speed and typical shot shape when hitting from the tee will help you understand the type of driver that will suit you best. Players with slower swing speeds may benefit from drivers with higher launch angles and spin rates that keep the ball in the air a bit longer, helping carry distance.

If you lack consistency off the tee, then prioritizing forgiveness makes sense to help tighten dispersion and also preserve distance on off-centre strikes. Ensuring your driver’s hosel is adjustable will also allow you to make tweaks that optimize your swing and help dial in your preferred shot shape.

What makes a driver forgiving?

One of the key factors in the level of forgiveness offered by a driver is the MOI (moment of inertia), which is how stable the clubhead is through impact. This resistance to twisting helps the face stay square to the intended target for longer, encouraging straighter drives, even on off-centre strikes.

The most forgiving drivers also pack in technology which helps mishits maintain ball speeds and spin rates closer to what you get from a centred strike, which helps with ball flight and distance.

What does low spin on a driver do?

Low-spin drivers are designed for fast-swinging players who require the ball to penetrate through the air with moderate launch and optimal roll-out. It’s important to ensure you have sufficient ball speed if you are considering a low-spin driver, otherwise, the ball could drop prematurely, resulting in lower carry distances than your swing deserves.

What is a draw-biased driver?

Draw-biased drivers are designed to stop the unwanted slice that plagues many amateur golfers. Different draw drivers achieve this differently through fixed or moveable weight systems in the clubhead, but in general, they’re all trying to help you square the clubface to stop the glancing impact that causes the dreaded curved ball flight. Visit our best draw drivers page to see our pick of the bunch in this category.

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Simon Daddow

Simon Daddow – Today’s Golfer Equipment Editor

Having tested and played more than 10,000 clubs in his life, what Simon doesn’t know about golf clubs isn’t worth knowing.

He spent a large part of his career as a golf club maker and product development manager, and has worked in the golf industry for more than 30 years. He joined EMAP Active (now Bauer Media) as Equipment Editor in 2006 and has worked for both Today’s Golfer and Golf World.

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