Best Golf Drivers 2024

We take a look at the best golf drivers currently available on the market

Best Golf Drivers
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When it comes to your golf game, there are a number of ways in which individuals can save shots out on the course. One of those is to focus on shots off the tee as, put simply, if you are putting the ball in play with a sufficient amount of distance, you are going to be nearer to the green and, therefore, more likely to get the ball closer to the flag with your approach shots.

Over the years, the golf driver is the club which has arguably come on the most technologically-wise, with companies seemingly coming up with new innovations every year to maximize a number of different aspects of performance. Whether you’re a fast swinger looking for workability, or a beginner searching for as much distance as possible, today’s drivers provide a new level of playability that should help you find a few more fairways and maximize forgiveness.  

However, this throws up yet another conundrum: which driver is best for your golf game? Well, in this guide, we have listed the best drivers currently available on the market and, what's more, we at Golf Monthly have tested the entire class of drivers out on the course, as well as on launch monitors, with the video below offering a full insight into what you can expect across the board, including our launch monitor data comparing the performance on offer.

In our experience, each of the main brands has a model that will work well for pretty much every golfer but, if you are looking for a specific type of performance, you can take a deeper dive into some of our other guides on the most forgiving drivers, best golf drivers for distance, or even the best high handicap drivers

WATCH: We run through the performance of the best drivers in 2024

The Quick List

Best Golf Drivers

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Best wide appeal

Photo of Taylormade Qi10 Driver

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A tunning driver that will suit a wide range of golfers

Specifications

Lofts: 9.0°, 10.5°, 12.0°
Adjustable Hosel: Yes
Stock Shaft: 2 options (Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 5 & Mitsubishi Diamana T+ 60)
Left Handed Option: Yes - 9.0° & 10.5°

Reasons to buy

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New rounded head shape is excellent
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Extremely forgiving at this spin level
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Will appeal to a broad spectrum

Reasons to avoid

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Only loft adjustability - no moveable weights

Sitting in the middle of the Qi10 range in terms of its spin and forgiveness levels, in theory the Qi10 will appeal to the broadest range of players. One thing that is for certain is that the tech story is pretty simple; TaylorMade has aimed to maximize the MOI without compromising ball speed.

How have they achieved this you may ask? Well, the company have re-engineered their 60X Carbon Twist Face and provided a new supporting structure to promote faster ball speeds and improve the durability of the face. Coupled with a brand new, larger address footprint and a lower CG projection, and the Qi10 hits the mark in all the important aspects, with our testing showing an improvement over the Stealth 2.

Visually, TaylorMade has also come away from the red face that we saw in the Stealth range of clubs, with the color being replaced with a more subtle and less garish navy colour. Furthermore, the new ultra rounded shape of the Qi10 is a real delight and should inspire confidence when at address.

Best for forgiveness

The sole of the Ping G430 Max 10K Driver on a green background

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One of the most forgiving drivers we have ever tested

Specifications

Lofts: 9.0°, 10.5°, 12°
Adjustable Hosel: Yes
Stock Shaft: Multiple options
Left Handed Option: Yes - Available in all lofts

Reasons to buy

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Exceptional stability and forgiveness
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Very tight dispersion
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Powerful feel and ball speed

Reasons to avoid

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The stretched out footprint may not appeal to all

Ping says the Max 10K is the straightest and highest MOI (moment of inertia) driver it has made to date, eclipsing the 10,000g-cm2 combined moment of inertia threshold first surpassed by the G400 Max five years ago. 

How, you may ask? Well, it features a significantly bigger footprint, a fixed back weight and a Carbonfly wrap on the crown. The fixed back weight facilitates the high MOI as it drives mass down and away from the face to increase forgiveness and optimize the center of gravity position. This in turn lowers spin and ensures ball speed preservation across the clubface for added distance.

Performance-wise, the G430 Max 10K performed incredibly! The stability and forgiveness of the head in isolation would be a hugely impressive feat, but to cultivate this while keeping the spin so low is genuinely remarkable. In testing, we found the ball speed numbers are comparable to anything on the market and the spin output stands up against any of the best low-spin drivers. The real story, for us, is how that low level of spin combines with potentially the most stable and forgiving driver head we have ever used. 

Best adjustable

Photo of Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Max Driver

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An excellent improvement, building on the success of the Paradym range

Specifications

Lofts: 9°, 10.5°, 12°
Adjustable Hosel: Yes
Stock Shaft: 3 options (MCA Tensei Blue, Project X Cypher
Left Handed Option: Yes - in all available lofts

Reasons to buy

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Great range of CG adjustability
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Love the rounded head shape
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Surprisingly low spin rate

Reasons to avoid

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Very close in performance to the Triple Diamond model

After the resounding success of the original Paradym family from Callaway, 2024 sees the launch of the Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke family. The first model to discuss here is the Ai Smoke Max, which is the standard head of the three, and there are a few key changes to mention. 

Starting with the looks, when we first put it down we were really pleased to see the new grey colorway. We feel that it blends so much better with the grey banner strip, creating a really clean aesthetic that, from a visual perspective, places it among the best drivers on the market. Callaway has really improved the shelf appeal with the smoky graphic pattern too.

In terms of the tech story, Callaway's tag line with this product is ‘Sweeter From Every Spot’. Essentially, this means a bigger effective hitting area, a concept it has created by advancing its Ai Smart Face technology, using swing dynamics from thousands of real golfers. This information has then been inputted into its Ai system and has produced a whole new face which Callaway says creates micro deflections across various points of the striking area, essentially producing multiple sweet spots!

But how did the Max perform? Well the forgiveness was impressive. We hit an awful lot of balls with the Max so inevitably missed the center on occasion, but when we did, we were really pleased with the results. While there was good feedback of strike location, it was in no way unpleasant and the dispersion even from my most questionable hits was reassuringly tight. Sound and feel were not worlds apart from the original Paradym, which is no bad thing, but - if anything - we found the Ai Smoke felt a touch livelier off the face. Overall the Callway Paradym Ai Smoke Max is a really good option for those looking for great adjustability of flight and real playability.

Best sound

Photo of the Cobra Darkspeed X driver

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An exceptional all-rounder with a lovely sound

Specifications

Lofts: 9°, 10.5° and 12°
Adjustable Hosel: Yes
Stock Shaft: 5 Options (Project X HZRDUS Red CB, UST LIN-Q M40X Red 5, UST LIN-Q M40X Blue 6, MCA Kai'li Blue 60, and UST LIN-Q M40X White 6)
Left Handed Option: Yes in 9° (Custom Only) and 10.5° Not in 12°

Reasons to buy

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Stunning aesthetic
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High levels of forgiveness
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Will suit a wide range of players

Reasons to avoid

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Mostly cosmetic improvements over last year's Aerojet

Out of the box, first impressions were excellent with the all matte black profile giving a seriously sophisticated appearance. The headcover is a thing of beauty too, continuing the all black visual and adding a touch of class with some high quality embossed logos.

The lack of accent colors and graphics makes the Darkspeed X look a little more compact than it actually is, which may deter some but really suited our eyes. The aesthetic really makes you feel you have a really premium driver in your hands. The sound and feel are very similar to the Aerojet, which is no bad thing given the popularity and success of that range. Not too loud, but enough feedback and decibels to let you know you’ve given something a good whack!

From a tech point of view it would be a lie to say that the Darkspeed X is a significant leap forward from the Aerojet driver, but in terms of performance, the Darkspeed X ticked a lot of our boxes. Launch and spin sat perfectly in the mid-windows that we look for at around 11 degrees and the 2300rpm mark, and the ball speed was just as impressive as its predecessor the Aerojet, coming in at approximately 173mph. 

Best traditional style

The Titleist TS2 Driver

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A design that will suit those wanting a classic aesthetic

Specifications

Lofts: 8°, 9°, 10° & 12°
Adjustable Hosel: Yes
Stock Shafts: HZRDUS RED CB (6 other options available)
Left Handed Option: Yes, available in 9°, 10° & 11°

Reasons to buy

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Impressively long
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Consistent flight and distance
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Aspirational aesthetics are classic and confidence-inspiring

Reasons to avoid

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Not a huge upgrade over the previous generation

Over the last six years, the Titleist driver designers have been on something of a journey. Following the original TS model, we then saw the TSi driver and now we are graced with the TSR, which promises further refinements through, amongst other technologies, better aerodynamics and a new multi-plateau variable thickness face design. 

Aesthetically, we noticed the traditional shape that you find in most Titleist drivers, with the new model slightly shorter from front to back and the toe area being a little more rounded. If anything, we thought that the TSR2 appeared a fraction more compact at address but there's no denying that it looks superb.

In testing, we noticed the powerful feel off the tee, with the work that Titleist has done, both on the aerodynamics and on the design of the face, boosting the speed on offer. Along with the added speed, it's the consistency where we thought the TSR2 really shone as, in testing, the all-round playability of the head was incredible and helped favor off-centre strikes. There's no denying that this sits as one of the best Titleist drivers anywhere on the market.

Best for looks