Best Golf Drivers For Distance 2024

In this piece, we review and compare a number of the best golf drivers for distance

A range of the best golf drivers for distance in a grid system
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Every golfer wants more distance off the tee and, one easy way to do that is by looking for a new driver that can go in your bag. In today's market, many brands are introducing new technology to maximize the performance from their drivers and, in this guide, we have taken a look through what drivers will suit your game in the distance department.

Firstly, what exactly makes a driver ideal for distance? Well, this can vary depending on the level of golfer but a common theme is getting the best optimization of launch possible and making sure the spin characteristics are where they should be because, if your driver spin rate is too high, it will balloon in the air. 

In this guide we've tested the best golf drivers for distance to give you an idea of how they could perform for you. The video below provides an overview of the best all-round drivers on the market this year.

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

As we've mentioned, lower spin is often the key ingredient for longer drivers, so we've highlighted some of the models that offer this through head shape and weighting. However, this sort of set up won't suit every golfer, and the lower spinning, more compact heads in the drivers listed below are mostly aimed at better ball-strikers. As such, they are much less forgiving than the most forgiving drivers or best drivers for beginners.

Because of this, we have also added models that will suit those looking for distance, but have a slower swing speed. In this department, it is spin that will benefit the user, as it will carry further in the air if the optimal amount of spin is available.

Our expert club testers have personally tested every model we list below, so be sure to read the full reviews if you want to take a deeper dive into any of the models we've chosen. Our reviews include comparisons to older models as well as other models in the currents ranges to help you decide which driver will best suit your game. Also be sure to check out our other guides - such as the best golf drivers for mid handicappers, or the best high handicap drivers.

The Quick List

Best Golf Drivers For Distance

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Top pick

Photo of the Cobra Darkspeed Max Driver

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Specifications

Lofts: 9.0°, 10.5°, 12°
Adjustable Hosel: Yes
Stock Shaft: 2 Options (Project X HZRDUS Red CB, UST LIN-Q M40X Red 5)
Left Handed Option: Yes, in 10.5° and 12°(Custom Only)

Reasons to buy

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Seriously difficult to slice
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Exceptional looks
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Strong ball speed

Reasons to avoid

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Head shape not as refined as the other two models in the range

We begin with the looks, with Cobra opting for a 'dark' theme for 2024. Aside from the word ‘MAX’ and a couple of tiny accent dashes in red, the Darkspeed Max has an all black matte crown that we really liked. What's more, the look at address is something which will appeal to many, with the squareness of the driver behind the ball not giving it the impression of being a draw bias club.

Performance-wise, the Darkspeed Max delivered strong results across the board, with the ball speed strong and the launch and spin a little higher than the other two drivers in the Darkspeed family. The spin and launch is not excessive though, with the carry distances plentiful.

Overall, the aspect that sets this driver apart from others is the draw bias. In testing, we couldn't get this club to go right, with the right-to-left flight adding an extra few yards to what is an already powerful driver.

Best for adjustability

Titleist TSR1 Driver Review

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Specifications

Lofts: 9°, 10° & 12°
Adjustable Hosel: Yes
Stock Shaft: MCA MMT SpeedMesh
Left Handed Option: Yes, available in all lofts

Reasons to buy

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Impressive carry and distance
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Effortless to launch
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Confidence-inspiring aesthetics

Reasons to avoid

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Fitting is key to maximize performance

The TSR1 driver from Titleist is specifically designed for players who have slow swing speeds, with the TSR1 featuring an ultra-lightweight design that is roughly 40 grams lighter than the TSR2.

An interesting aspect, which not many would notice, is that the TSR1 driver is quarter of an inch longer than the standard TSR2, TSR3 and TSR4 models. This, combined with its lightweight feel, is designed to help moderate swing speed players deliver greater distance and spin, which will help keep the ball airborne.

In testing, we could really feel the aerodynamics at work and, what's more, we also noticed the speed of the ball off the clubface through impact. As for carry and distance, compared with other drivers, we achieved a significant yardage gain of approximately 20 yards. This is also to do with the deep center of gravity that the TSR1 possesses. 

Most accurate

Photo of Taylormade Qi10 Max Driver

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Specifications

Lofts: 9°, 10.5°, 12°
Adjustable Hosel: Yes
Stock Shaft: 2 options (Fujikura Speeder NX TCS 50 & Mitsubishi Diamana T+ 60)
Left Handed Option: Yes, available in all lofts

Reasons to buy

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Massively stable at impact
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Very easy to launch
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New head shape is excellent

Reasons to avoid

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Not as draw biased as some in this category

The Qi10 Max driver is the highlight model in the new Qi10 range and, as such, the whole series was named after this club. For those who don't know, the quest for 10k MOI was what the TaylorMade engineers set out on hence the ‘Q’ for quest, the ‘i’ for inertia and the ‘10’ for 10k, giving us the Qi10.

So, although it's one of the most forgiving drivers money can buy, it is also one of the longest, with the Qi10 Max unleashing a powerful and meaty sound at impact but at a decent pitch. What really stood out to us was the stability. The resistance to twisting, even when struck at the very extremities of the face, was genuinely impressive.

Like other 'Max' versions of drivers, the spin was a little higher, but this helps get the ball airborne and keep in the air longer. Overall, the way TaylorMade has delivered incredible levels of forgiveness and stability without compromising speed is truly astonishing. 

Most forgiving

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

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Specifications

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

A lot of talk has been made about the Ping G430 Max 10K, with the company adding the driver to their